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Posted by Ryan
 Expect more change of scenery for B Company.
EA and DICE have been talking pretty openly about Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for almost a full year now, but the one thing they've managed to sidestep in all this time is the single-player campaign. While the layered multiplayer military action has always been the main draw of the Battlefield series overall, Bad Company was the first time it has tried to tell a story, and it was surprisingly successful, providing some welcome wit and weirdness to balance the intense and destructive action. So we were thrilled when EA held an event earlier this month finally giving us our first look at what's in store for B Company's next mission.
 
First off, I've got some bad news. All that trouble that Redford, Haggard, Sweetwater, and Marlowe went through in the first game to steal all that gold? Well apparently the US government caught wind of their war profiteering, and it wasn't crazy about it. Rather than throw all of B Company in some military gulag, though, the boys are sent to Alaska, which happens to be one of the front lines in a pending war between the US and Russia. As the war heats up, the army--recognizing B Company's unconventional and improvisational tactics in the field--sends them on a hunt around the world for a mysterious superweapon that the Russians are developing. It's a setup that sets much higher stakes for Bad Company 2, though the folks at DICE assure us that despite the gravity of the situation, the characters would retain their trademark unorthodox attitudes.

 
Actually playing a couple of missions in the game, a few things about the single-player in Bad Company 2 jumped out at me. First was the increased variety of the scenery, something that's facilitated by the globetrotting storyline that will include the Alaskan tundra as well as the sweaty jungles of South America. Though they've amped up the destruction a bit, the core action didn't feel too different from what the original Bad Company established, offering a lot of on-foot gunplay peppered with the occasional vehicle sequence thrown in for good measure. It doesn't seem too radically different, but the shooting action has still got that satisfying snap one associates with the Battlefield name, and what's not to love about more destructible environments?
 
In addition to the single-player reveal, EA and DICE used this event as an opportunity to reveal the final details about the game's multiplayer mode. Along with the previously revealed conquest, rush, and squad deathmatch modes, Bad Company 2 will feature a squad rush mode, which, at least in the US, is being treated as a 30-day limited-time GameStop pre-order bonus. Walling off full game modes like squad rush for pre-orders doesn't strike us as a very pro-consumer move, but we're told that you can be invited into a squad rush game regardless of where you bought the game. Plus, it's only 30 days, and with this being a Battlefield game, it seems safe to assume that the online community for BC2 will still be going strong by then.
 
Amongst all of the shooting and explosions, we managed to find a few minutes to pick the brain of DICE's own Karl-Magnus Troedsson, executive producer for the Battlefield franchise.

  
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Posted by kist

yizzzur!!

Posted by Hitchenson

Delicious Battlefield: Bad Company 2. 

Posted by HT101

Sounds good.  We need to see Truckosaurus Rex though.  THAT IS A MUST!!!!!!!

Posted by r0k1ll

What does ea have with preorder promotions. I hate them.

Posted by Zatoichi_Sanjuro

I played the PS3 BETA more than I played the entire MP of BFBC 1.
 
Looks like there's hella screen tear in that vid though at 02:43. >_<

Posted by Rhaknar

holy crap the graphics are awesome

Posted by Pie

I would of liked to of seen some more info about what they actually showed (and what you played)

Posted by Reverseface

THE ARTIC TUNDRA.......
The nothingness.
The whiteness
The endless...ness
Stretching on beyond the human imagination
Desolation of the soul!
OH MY GOD......

Posted by FrankCanada97

I am excited for this!

Posted by FireBurger

So happy to hear about hardcore. BC damage was a bit of a turn-off, plus the killcam does not fit with BF.

Posted by Marz

Ryan looks like he's sweating profusely.  Must have been hot in there.

Posted by thehexeditor

I really liked the 'gold' storyline; I hope they don't ditch it completely for a more conventional storyline.

Posted by Kilzombie

Finally some info on the singleplayer, I'm lookin forward to pickin this up!

Posted by Dylabaloo
@Reverseface said:
" THE ARTIC TUNDRA....... The nothingness. The whiteness The endless...ness Stretching on beyond the human imagination Desolation of the soul! OH MY GOD...... "
ICE FLOW NOWHERE TO GO!  ICE FLOW NOWHERE TO GO!  TRAPPED IN THE BLINDING WHITENESS OF THE ARCTIC TUNDRA!
Posted by Jayross

It looks really great, I know the gamestop deal is dumb, but I will live with the 3 other MP modes AND the awesome singleplayer story.

Posted by MrKlorox

Can't get much more hype.

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Posted by Tiago

A little sweaty there, someone give him a towel.

Posted by morningdrive

awesome!! so getting this!!

Posted by mnzy

So russia is attacking hm?

Posted by SalazarCruz19

damn i haven't played the first one yet... i probably should do that.

Posted by Riddell

The shooting looks like it has a really good 'feel' to it.

Posted by buzz_killington

I hope it's as funny and tongue-in-cheek as the first one.

Posted by skaune
@mnzy said:
" So russia is attacking hm? "
Yea you know those russians are always up to no good.
Posted by NobodyHereButUsTrees
@mnzy said:
" So russia is attacking hm? "
It's not ripping off Modern Warfare if that's what you mean.
Posted by TheHBK

Wonder how well it will play, how the enemy AI and mission variety is.  But still, the story is retarded.  Its like they just keep the characters but none of the other story matters because they want to follow in CODs steps, which I think is not good since it just compromises what they did with the first game.  I think they would have been better off ditching the whole Bad Company thing all together.

Posted by Daftasabat

Pretty sure the CODMW guys will be keeping a close eye on this one...

Posted by Halz

I like it when he talks about the hardcore modes and it's TOTALLY the same thing as the hardcore modes in CoD4, WaW and MW2.

Posted by mano521

graphics look amazing.  and hardcore? niicee
 
@mnzy
said:

" So russia is attacking hm? "
Bad company established the country russia as an enemy before MW2 came out if that is what you are insinuating
Posted by JoelTGM

great interview.  Also, about that 30 day preorder exclusive gamemode, PC users will have it from the start regardless of if you preordered it or not.

Posted by FrankCanada97
@Halz said:
" I like it when he talks about the hardcore modes and it's TOTALLY the same thing as the hardcore modes in CoD4, WaW and MW2. "
Call of Duty did not invent the removal of the HUD and friendly fire.
Posted by mrslippyfist81

This is going to be all kinds of epic...  I can't wait

Posted by Druminator

Can't take the wait any longer!!

Posted by Hammerjelly

These Gamestop pre-order bonus' are getting fucking ridiculous.

Posted by Murdouken

I was waiting to hear about this before I bought the game, as I loved Battlefield 2 for the price I got it but didn't play BC1 and wasn't willing to part with £40 for Battlefield 2 with better graphics. This seems to have swung me though.

Posted by spatss

nice review. can't wait for the game!

Posted by Linkyshinks

I'll be getting this on PC.

Edited by TwoOneFive

itll be alright. like all battlefield games. im not expecting a 5/5. probably a 4/5 
 
the game reminds me of MW2 a lot.  
russians invading again?! sheesh. 

Posted by CaptainObvious

Sounds like awesome mixed with badass.

Posted by MrHammeh

Love Ryan interviews.  And cant wait for this game, hope my PC will run it decently.  

Posted by White

In Soviet Russia, secret weapon scares you!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

The time-release preorder bullshit is pretty stupid, but other than that, this game looks fantastic.  I haven't really been able to get in to play a Battlefield game properly because of my color blindness, but I enjoy the hell out of watching friends play 'em.
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Posted by mnzy
@mano521 said:
" graphics look amazing.  and hardcore? niicee
 
@mnzy
said:
" So russia is attacking hm? "
Bad company established the country russia as an enemy before MW2 came out if that is what you are insinuating "
I think russia established itself as an enemy even before bad company!
Edited by MrKlorox
@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:

" The time-release preorder bullshit is pretty stupid, but other than that, this game looks fantastic.  I haven't really been able to get in to play a Battlefield game properly because of my color blindness, but I enjoy the hell out of watching friends play 'em. "

There are color blind people on the BC2 team at DICE. The UI colors have been improved for such circumstances.
 
 From this FAQ:
  • Will BC2 support options for the colorblind (the green squad tags and red enemy tags are a problem to some people)? "We've got colorblind people at DICE, they're constantly giving feedback. We've made some adjustments." Source- Source

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Posted by supermike6

Um, Killcam in Battlefield? That's weird.

Posted by Ezkilla

wooooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooo can't wait 
Posted by GeekDown

Looks like they improved the graphics quite a bit and it looks amazing. Day one purchase for me.

Posted by MjHealy

OK I may have now been sold on BC2. A solid sounding single-player campaign sounds like I have to lay down some money.

Posted by baconbits33

I'm glad to hear they kept all the humor but added an even more badass storyline. Sounds interesting.

Posted by Korwin
@Reverseface: 
 
ICE FLOW NO WHERE TO GO
ICE FLOW NO WHERE TO GO
LOST IN THE BLINDING WHITENESS OF THE THE TUNDRA, CHECK HIM OUT
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