There are lots of vehicles to get to grips with along the way too, everything from tanks to jeeps to snowmobiles to helicopters are on offer. Learning how to get the best from the vehicles is a big part of Modern Combat – getting to all the neutral checkpoints first at the beginning of a round will bag you some easy points, while piloting a helicopter and taking out half a dozen enemy troops from the air will do your score and ego no harm whatsoever. Obviously some vehicles are far easier than others to control – don’t expect to jump into a helicopter and fly like Stringfellow Hawk straight away, but a little perseverance will get you nailing those targets without the need to have Ernest Borgnine riding shotgun.
On the whole, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat works very well on the Xbox 360; partly because Xbox Live is so brilliantly implemented into the system and partly because the more simplistic gameplay lends itself well to a console platform. If you’re a regular combatant on the PC version, you might find Modern Combat a bit lightweight, but if you’re primarily a console gamer this will give you a taste of what all your mates with very expensive, high-end PCs have been going on about for years.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat definitely gets my vote as the best X360 multiplayer game around, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Even with the ranks and medals, there are many who may find the gameplay repetitive and mundane. That said, if you like the idea of being part of a large scale, 24 player combat zone, Modern Combat will definitely hit the spot.