Battlefield 2

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Battlefield 2
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Battlefield 2 box cover

Developer(s) Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s) EA Games
Release date(s) June 22 2005 (NA)

June 24 2005 (EU)

Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (T)
Platform(s) PC

Battlefield 2 is a newly-released computer game based on the Electronic Arts Battlefield franchise. Battlefield 2 was announced in the Spring of 2004. It utilizes a new engine for gameplay, physics, and graphics, as well as other functions. Battlefield 2 is often compared to the popular Desert Combat mod for Battlefield 1942 as both games take place in modern times and, after the acquisition of Desert Combat developer Trauma Studios by DICE, developers that worked on Desert Combat went to work on Battlefield 2. However, The Trauma team has since been let go (http://www.gamecloud.com/article.php?article_id=240).

Battlefield 2 was originally scheduled to be released on March 21, 2005, but was delayed until June 22, 2005 for North America. The European release date is set as June 24, 2005. The Australian release date is set for late June.

The game is about a hypothetical war in the near future between three powerful factions: the United States, China, and the fictional Middle Eastern Coalition (MEC). The battles, however, only feature U.S. vs. M.E.C. and U.S. vs. China. The armies use modern weaponry: The Americans use well-known American weaponry such as the Abrams tank, the Chinese mostly use Chinese-made copies of Soviet weapons, and the Middle Eastern Coalition use mostly Soviet or Russian weapons. The various forces still use the trademark feature of the Battlefield series, the spawning vehicles that any player can hop into.

A demo is available for download from major game sites featuring a single map ("Gulf of Oman") for single-player and also a multiplayer map with a time limit of 12 minutes.

Contents

New Features

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Battlefield 2 Screenshot
  • New gameplay engine, realistic physics and dynamic lighting, material penetration feature, destructible environments.
  • Server admins can set maps to use 16, 32 or 64 player versions to provide the ideal vehicle-to-player ratio, custom maps can be made to scale to fit any number of players.
  • Ingame Squads:
    • The squad leader can use the T key to issue commands or right click on the ingame map.
    • It can be password protected.
    • A max of 6 players per squad including the leader.
    • The squad leader can set waypoints.
    • The squad leader is a mobile spawn point.
  • Commander Mode - strategic role of a battlefield commander directing his forces:
    • Players must "apply" before the round. The highest rank gets the position, ties go to a vote.
    • The commander is like any other soldier on the battlefield in that he choses a kit, spawns in, can die, etc.
    • He can communicate over VOIP to squads.
    • He cannot see if radars are destroyed.
    • The commander can be voted out by team.
    • There are four abilities: Artillery Strike, Satellite Scan, Predator UAV and Supply Drop.
  • Online profiles:
    • Ranking from Recruit all the way to General, one's online profile can track kills, weapon usage, medic stats, engineering stats, etc.
    • One can have multiple profiles per account (stunt, clan, public, etc.)
    • One can unlock medals, special weapon functions, decals, etc.
    • There is a special access to forums/download servers.
    • Ranking is only available on "official" (EA and EA leased) BF2 servers.
    • Ranking/unlockables can be on all servers, but only EA servers record and send back stats.
    • EA plans to offer more servers worldwide sponsered by ISP's, etc, provided they meet requirements.
  • Battlefield Recorder - will allow the ability to record ingame videos:
    • Files are around 1Mb in size and are played within the Battlefield 2 engine.
    • Camera angles can be changed, as well as the speed.
    • Files can be exported to AVI format.
  • Radio commands are now displayed on an ingame menu brought up using the Q key:
    • In this mode, the crosshair is replaced with gray circle with radio commands around the circle.
    • If menu is activated while aiming at at an object such as a tank and "Spotted" is clicked, it recognizes the tank and sends out an "enemy armor spotted" radio command.
  • Voice-over IP (VOIP) is supported, which allows players to communicate via audio ingame without the need for third-party programs.
  • The F keys (F1, F2, etc.) are now used to switch positions in vehicle, number keys switch weapons.
  • The minimap now shows a white triangle simulating your field of view.
  • Custom shortcuts can load up a server with parameters set in your profile.
  • Admin tools will ship with the game.

Maps

see Battlefield 2 Maps

Infantry Classes

see Battlefield 2 Infantry Classes

Vehicles

Battlefield 2 will include almost 40 all new vehicles, ranging from fighter jets such as the Su-27 'Flanker' to tanks such as the American M1 Abrams.

For a full list, see Battlefield 2 Vehicles

These vehicles will all facilitate for easier kills, allowing the individual soldier to make far superior headshots.

Mods For Battlefield 2

Mods that are known to be in development for Battlefield 2 include:

External links

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