The Campaign mode is a neat touch – not only does it add a decent single player experience, but it also allows novice users to hone their skills a little before having to face a server full of hardened mercenaries waiting to add them to their kill tally.
Realistically though, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat isn’t a single player game, that’s just not what it’s about. Just like its PC forefather, Modern Combat cries out to be played online, with real comrades and real enemies. So, what’s the online multiplayer gameplay like? Well it’s probably safe to say that Modern Combat offers the best multiplayer experience of any X360 title to date.
What really blew me away about playing Modern Combat over Xbox Live is just how seamless the whole process is. Connecting to the EA ranked servers doesn’t require the same arcane black art that was needed in the early days of Battlefield 2 on the PC. Hit the quick match button and within seconds you’ll be playing on a server, without having to worry about being kicked off randomly. At the end of each round all the players can vote for the next map, much like playing Counter Strike – so if you like a specific map, you can vote to keep playing it.
The maps are quite large, but nowhere near the size of the PC Battlefield 2 environments – this is partly due to the number of players, which is limited to 24 rather than 64 on the PC. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as it keeps things moving at a decent pace and has fewer instances of you wandering around a map trying to track down the action – something that happens all too often on the PC version.
There are no squads and no Commander in Modern Combat, but I can’t say that I really missed those aspects. In fact the more simplistic gameplay of Modern Combat makes it easy to play as an individual, rather than trying to get a group of friends together as a squad, or go through the effort of joining a clan.
You’ve got a good selection of troop types to choose from – you can go for sniper, special ops, assault, engineer and support. Each type has a different selection of weapons and can perform different tasks. If you’re the loner type, then you’ll probably go for the sniper or perhaps special ops – you can take targets out from a distance with the sniper, or sneakily by being a special ops guy with his silenced weapon. The assault troop is your standard infantry grunt, with an assault rifle, complete with a barrel mounted grenade launcher. The engineer can repair vehicles that have sustained combat damage, while the support troop can heal injured comrades or even himself.
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