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Review: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) Games | My Reviews 17 JAN 2013

I absolutely loved 2008’s Battlefield: Bad Company first person shooter from developer DICE (the same guys behind the phenomenal Mirror’s Edge), and pleasingly I enjoyed the 2010 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 outing almost just as much!

It turns out that Preston, Sweets, Hags and Sarge didn’t get very far with their stolen gold at the end of the first game, and this time they’re back, placed in the Special Activities Division, tasked with retrieving a very, very dangerous scalar weapon developed by Japan during World War II! But to get it back, they are going to have to face off against some very dangerous foes, the most deadly being without a doubt Colonel Arkady Kirilenko, leader of the Russian Army!

What follows is a good couple of hours worth of unrelenting blasting and destruction, as you travel through a cornucopia of varied landscapes, blowing apart buildings and structures and in general just wreaking havoc amongst some rather trigger happy Russian soldiers.

There is a fair amount of weapons to collect and use, split into the normal groups of long range, high explosive, assault, and close quarters, though it must be stressed that the selection at the same time isn’t all that huge. The game cheats by adding either a red dot scope or say extra damage or magazine space and then calls it a new gun. In addition to the varied weapons also comes a nice selection of vehicles to be commandeered and driven around, from big battle tanks all the way through to AT bikes.

The story is particularly engaging, and if you’ve played through the original game, then you’ll immediately feel at home amongst all the often humorous team banter between the various squad members. Plenty of cutscenes are used to drive the single player campaign along, and at the end of it, you’re left with a pretty decent story that got told, with one or two rather unexpected surprises!

Visually Bad Company 2 is nothing less that stunning. Gorgeous landscapes abound, smooth character animations and the addition of pretty much completely destructible structures and landscape fixtures make for a very immersive experience. Of course, this is helped by a brilliantly fitting soundtrack with strong voice acting and even stronger sound effects.

Of course, a first person shooter without multi-player is almost a lost cause these days and thankfully Bad Company 2 comes with one of the best multiplayer systems around, featuring fantastic maps and an even better array of vehicles to add to the insane level of destruction that already abounds.

All in all I highly recommend this game if you just need to sit down after a long day at work, jerk at a trigger and maniacally laugh as you plow pretty much everyone, and everything, down in front of you in a hail of flying bullets!

Definitely worth picking up then.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_company_2

Review: Bulletstorm (2011) Games | My Reviews 07 MAR 2012

2011 saw release of the hugely fun and attention-grabbing first-person shooter from People Can Fly and Epic Games: Bulletstorm!

Set in the 26th Century, you’re introduced to a rogue special ops unit formerly known as Dead Echo, led by the heavy-drinking, foul-mouthed Grayson Hunt. On a mission of revenge and redemption against the man who had misled them into taking out civilian and innocent targets, the team eventually run into General Sarrano’s cruiser space ship Ulysses, and out-gunned, decide to ram through it in order to end their mission once and for all.

The end result is a lot of death, and a crash landing of both ships of the wild planet Stygia. Learning that Sarrano somehow also managed to survive the crash, you take the role of Grayson as you pick up your gun, alongside your now cyborg partner Ishi, and attempt to reach and kill your mark – and perhaps even escape off this mutated and highly dangerous planet in the process!

Bulletstorm features a great dramatic story for a first-person shooter title, wrapped in a lot of cursing and crude humor as it literally kicks and blasts its way through its relatively short 7 mission campaign. As you’ve come to expect from the genre, there are more than enough enemies to deal with, plenty of scattered debris to provide cover, and more importantly, a wide variety of guns to pick up through the course of the game! From futuristic assault rifles to flail guns to drill guns, this game features a neat selection of all three short-range, medium-range and long-range armaments. Each weapon comes with an alternate firing mode which is basically a super-charged version of the normal shot (in other words, bloody useful), for example the charged version of the bouncing bomb hurling gun is a bomb that detonates multiple times with each strike against a surface!

Apart from the quite deadly but rather fun firearms, the other big trick up Bulletstorm’s offensive sleeve is the ability to leash items towards yourself, as well as the ability to deliver a powerful kick. Start matching these together and add in a few environmental factors like spikes, loose electrical cables, spinning fans and cacti, and pretty soon you have some pretty insane ways of dealing out pretty epic deaths to your many and varied foes.

Upgrading your guns and purchasing ammo is done at special dropkits found scattered along your way, and the currency used to buy with are what are known as skill points – points you earn by dispatching of your enemies in a variety of special (and often quite outlandish!) ways. There is a huge variety of skill shots that can be performed (like shooting a guy in the throat for “Gag Reflex”, or blasting him in the nuts before killing him to gain “Mercy”), and part of the fun of Bulletstorm is seeing just how many of these you can discover and tick off from the special skillshot menu that details each technique for each of the weapons and environments available to you.

Built using the Unreal 3 Engine, Bulletstorm quite simply looks amazing, with great textures, dynamic lighting, fantastic animations and thrilling character designs. However, it is the sheer scale and beauty of the environments that really set it apart, featuring huge futuristic cityscapes set in both lush and desolate surroundings, brimming with detail as you move through a vast variety of different types of terrains, both indoor and out.

Similarly, the epic scale of the soundtrack suits the heaviness of the story and the frenetic gun fights just perfectly, matched only by the fantastic voice-over work put in by each and every voice actor for their corresponding game character.

One important thing to note here is of course the over the top macho crude language and humor that makes up Bulletstorm, and one certainly can’t go into Bulletstorm without being aware of this. If you easily take offense, this game is probably not for you, but you can always choose to switch off the offensive language via the menu – but be warned you’ll probably lose up to 50 of the scripted soundtrack and most certainly strip the game of its lighter (well maybe for the guys) moments!

With its crazy slow-mo flying physics, fun selection of weapons, beautiful graphics, engaging skillshot system, and enjoyable if frenetic story campaign, Bulletstorm is a thoroughly enjoyable first person shooter and well, well worth the effort of picking up if you are in the mood for some good old stress release! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletstorm