Battlefield 2142 Hands-On - Single-Player With Bots

Battlefield 2142 is arriving later this month, and we got our hands on it one last time to check out single-player combat against the computer.

The Cold War may be history, but EA and developer DICE have a new cold war up their sleeves in Battlefield 2142. As the next game in the acclaimed Battlefield saga, 2142 takes place approximately 150 years in the future, after a new ice age makes most of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable. Unfortunately, most of the world's land is in the Northern Hemisphere, so war erupts between futuristic factions for the last remaining land on Earth. In Battlefield 2142, you'll be able to participate in that war in multiplayer battles of up to 64 players, representing either the European Union or the Russian-centered Pan Asian Coalition. With Battlefield 2142 scheduled to arrive later this month, we got some last hands-on time with a nearly finished version of the game recently to see how well everything has come together.

We were able to play in single-player against the artificial intelligence. Actually, we were also playing alongside the AI bots, as the computer controls 15 of the 16 players in single-player. That's right--it appears that single-player is still limited to 16 players and the 16-player maps. We suspect that it might have something to do with processing issues, since having the computer control and keep track of more characters might affect the performance of the AI. Speaking of which, you have some control over the AI's behavior, as well--a sliding bar lets you adjust their difficulty from easy to hard. We played on the latter to see how smart these bots are.

Though Battlefield 2142 is primarily a multiplayer game, you can still play alongside the AI in a single-player mode.

The AI in previous Battlefield games has been everywhere from brain-dead to merely decent, and judging from our teammates' behavior in Battlefield 2142, it looks like the AI is a bit sharper than before, though you won't mistake them for real human beings. The AI does seem to work better in a squad, since squadmates have a tendency to stick together and support one another. This is especially true if you're capturing an outpost. Your squad will come and help cover you while the enemy flag slowly comes down the flagpole and your team's flag goes up it. If you're wounded, teammates are usually good about taking out the med kit and healing you, and if you're "killed," they're also good about getting the old defibrillator paddles out and shocking you back to life, which is helpful.

We were also able to toy around with the commander functions. Commanders are team leaders and as such are able to issue orders to squad leaders, as well as make use of a number of tools. The commander tools in Battlefield 2142 are fairly similar to those found in Battlefield 2. There's a supply drop, a satellite scan that tells you the location of every detectable enemy on the map, a UAV button that puts a drone temporarily over an area of the battlefield, and an orbital strike option that works like artillery but is a lot more responsive. In fact, the old days of having to call in artillery and then wait 15 seconds for it to arrive are gone. Now, you'll hear the thuds of the orbital bombardment within seconds of calling it in. There's also an EMP strike, which calls down an electromagnetic burst that temporarily knocks out enemy vehicles in the blast radius. As in Battlefield 2, though, there's a way to take an enemy commander's tools away from him. By destroying various structures on the ground, you can cripple your enemy's ability to call in UAV or satellite scans, or orbital and EMP strikes. Of course, the enemy can do the same thing to your side, so these structures become strategically important to you, as well.

It appears that single-player supports only the traditional conquest gameplay mode, where the goal is to seize and hold various outposts on the map until the other side runs out of respawn tickets first. Since single-player is limited to 16-player maps, there's not enough room for the new titan mode, which tasks both teams with assaulting and destroying the enemy's titan, or floating aircraft carrier. Still, single-player conquest did let us see maps that we hadn't seen before. This includes Belgrade, a frigid urban level set in the Serbian capital, and the Fall of Berlin, another urban level set among the gleaming office towers of the German capital. Then there's Cerbere Landing, which is set in the last EU stronghold in Europe in 2142. A port city, Cerbere Landing doesn't have the sleek towers of the previous two maps but instead feels more like a traditional European town. Finally, for a warmer setting, we saw Suez Canal, which, as you might expect, is defined by the titular waterway that cuts through the level.

Walkers are some of the coolest vehicles in the game, provided you can get one.

One thing that we were able to appreciate fully for the first time was just how good Battlefield 2142 sounds. The musical score that accompanies the level load feels inspired by the bombastic tones of Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, but everything else sounds cool, too. Weapon fire is distinctive and quite a bit different from the regular gunfire we've heard in so many other games, while the thud of orbital artillery landing in the distance makes you want to smile at the pounding the enemy is receiving. (Of course, when you're on the receiving end, it's not so much fun.) There's a ton of voice dialogue, as all orders are verbally issued, and you'll even hear Russian being uttered by the PAC forces. The EU troops, on the other hand, speak with clipped English accents, so it's easy to tell sides apart. A word to the wise: Learn the Russian word for "grenade" as soon as possible.

As we've said before, it'll be interesting to see how the Battlefield community embraces 2142. Battlefield 2 remains incredibly popular, and EA and DICE have noted that they don't see 2142 as a replacement for that game. Instead, Battlefield 2142 will offer a new addition to the family with its new gameplay mode and unique setting. Answers will come soon, though, as Battlefield 2142 will ship later this month.

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166 comments
mrflyrods
mrflyrods

I have downloaded the other programs & had no problems , This is the first , Am playing all the demo's that cover's single player actions . " Help " What am I Missing ?? Thanks

mrflyrods
mrflyrods

Hello Guys , I downloaded the BF2142 , But when I run the program , Its says it can't find the installer folder what does that mean ? Thanks

townie4699
townie4699

this game rocks,good gameplay,sweet graphics and plenty of things happening to keep you busy.

Miclee1
Miclee1

Single-player mod pwns...

River_of_Styx
River_of_Styx

Game sounds awesome so far...haven't played it yet, though, have to expand computer software

linkfan123
linkfan123

My game crashes whenever I play It

Ratty690
Ratty690

U guys should download something called Bf2 modifier,its for bf2 but can still work on battlefield 2142,it can increase the number of bots in single player to up to 128 bots

curt_leon
curt_leon

This game was noobified to the max, 5 or 7 shots with the base rifle and your dead! Same 1 headshot 2 bodyshots thing with the snipe same unaccurate SMG for antitank PAC gets mec like weapons (good assault rife and snipe) and EU gets USMC like weapons (Decent assault rife accurate snipe) 2142 is a LOT like bf2 in every way possible.

carmatija
carmatija

Can I play Titan mode in Single-Player? And are there only 5 maps for Single-Player?

E-MC2
E-MC2

The advertising in Battlefield 2142 is not spyware... They don't get ur personal details. They're just getting basic information like which part of the world you live in (so you don't get ads in French for example) and adjust which ads will be shown. They also have stuff like how long you see each ad, so they can keep rotating the ads to keep you frm seeing the same ones repeatedly. There are no Trojan horses or anything like that... EDIT: link to article: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=11300

shadowwuzhere
shadowwuzhere

mscano, Just so you know, the term is upload not download.

mscano
mscano

I haven't seen any mention of the spyware (basically, a TrojanHorse downloader) that Battlefield 2142 installs on your computer. It downloads the info on your computer to EA and then they adjust the ads you see based on that information. That's a deal killer for me.

Nicekebabkillen
Nicekebabkillen

Athlon 64 4000+, 2Gigs RAM running ddr 430 Mhz, 256 7800 GT...This game rocks all the way long ....I like it a---ha..:P

coolkid001
coolkid001

athlon 64 3500+, 2gigs of ram,256mb 7600gt...all settings all the way up...runs pretty dang smooth

Baddtrip_basic
Baddtrip_basic

Athlon 64 3200. 1 gig ddr400 ram. 256 nvidia geforce 7300gs running at 512. Runs ok

Kajados
Kajados

p4 2.8ghz. 1 gig ram, nvidia geforce fx5200. It runs pretty good

playdennis
playdennis

I have Althon 64 3000 6800XT 1 GB DDR400 and it runs perfect here :P

tig1979
tig1979

Athlon 64 3800, 6800GT, 2GB DDR400 runs on high sweet as a nut for me

designnrg
designnrg

The game is very fun and runs great at medium settings. You need a really high end pc to run on high. If I had more time I would buy this game but the demo will do fine for the once a month play.

Lothars
Lothars

I played the demo and it was mediocre, I dunno I might pick it up but it's nothing special.

Wanker033
Wanker033

Anyone else having the whole game crash after being in game for less then 3 minutes?

Peltz999
Peltz999

I've played the demo alot by now and theres a few things to be said about the demo as a reply to brhoom28 "The demo is perfect" 1) In the world of battlefield2142 the soldier models have somewhat funny twist to them. For instance if you want to make a headshot with a sniper you have to target for the throat because otherwise the bullet will go through the target without harming them. Dont aim for the hands and legs coz they dont really exist either. 2) Titan fights cause massive lag and slinging back and forth, when the shields go down and the action gets taken onboard them. 3) AA rockets can home in even if you're on the other side of the map so the missile warning or lock on is just annoying because its always on and causing distracting noise. On a good side, Armored vehicles are alot easier to destroy. One shot to the rear and buuuff away goes the tank.

lrolro
lrolro

For those of you who has trouble with a Russian voice when playing the PAC and would like switch to English, this is what you have to do: Once you logged in from the EA Account Login screen, and selected your soldier, at the 'Welcome to Duty' screen, on the left, click on 'Options', then click on 'Audio', and on the right, put a check on the 'English VO only' check box. Once you've done this, you're gonna hear English voices with both factions (EU & PAC). Good Luck on the Battlefield!

brhoom28
brhoom28

The demo is perfect .... waiting for the full version... nice game

fredrik373
fredrik373

anny place to get this in single player demo (i didnt read all off the rewiev:P )

thefragenator
thefragenator

i think that they're saying that only get this game if you want to play online because it sucks otherwise

MartyredShadow
MartyredShadow

Too bad the singleplayer is worthless. Oh well, guess I'll go back to HL2.

Spyral1
Spyral1

so basically, what theyre saying is, the singleplayer blows

conti027
conti027

this game rocks all i play alot was cs:s but this will be one i probly will play when it comes out i wasnt to happy with bf2 but this on i am but yea this game has its ups and downs but all do i just dont like how people use the tanks and mechs so much thats the only thing that gets a little old but its not the games fault its the people playing and how they want to play it so its all good

laughmubai
laughmubai

Love this game....hooked on the Demo, can't wait for the full version. Note all the previous pros & cons, but even though I'm a CoD person, I for one will be buying this game. Good SERVER/PING & VGU = loads of FUN. However, it's not the first of it's kind (perhaps in some ways). Note TRIBES (Starsiege: Tribes - Sierra), the birth of Multi-player FPS in my opinion....futuristic indeed! When I played in '98 on a Dial-Up connection (or was it B4?....so long ago, can't remember) this game amazingly played well even in that environment (like CS did also). Now Tribes: Vengeance with a GS Rating of 8.8....not bad me thinks. Still I like this up-to-date BF-2142 with a more military feel....well done so far....Err....Uh....do I get my FREE copy now? Just kidding ;)

sangoanuta
sangoanuta

hey, BA3COOL 6800 + 2GB Ram + P4 3.0 For running it the nice way.

poetduck
poetduck

On the demo the computer only speaking russian when you play the PAC is very annoying.

ba3cool
ba3cool

Hey what kinda system config would you need for this one??

SniperZoz
SniperZoz

you played the demo? conquest is very much like BF2 ... but Titan mode rocks! honest - they got me hooked!

maggotons
maggotons

Riggers is right!- ill wait for the other battlefield, this one is going to suck! unreal- is a big mod! people come on-

Rigges
Rigges

think I'll wait for the next battlefield to come out, which will probably be announced about 8 months after the release of this one :p

casco1982
casco1982

atleast we dont have to worry with lag with bots.....just bugs

Ironclash
Ironclash

What's "grendade", in Russian?

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Cant wait to get my hands on it. The only thing i would want is lesser bugs and and more frequent patching.

Tebbit
Tebbit

I like the idea of post-apocalyptic worlds, probably since Fallout and Tiberiun (m?) sun. Sure, this looks just like BF2, but who the hell cares? There's snow!!!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

someone posted that as a beta tester they experienced the game and it plays like a mod/expansion. i hope it only costs that much then.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i think EA exploits the fact that no one else is competing with the battlefield franchise right now ( i mean no one tries to steal the large scale battle idea and do it better). and as such they think they can get away with lack luster game design. they build a fundamentally flawed game engine that marks teammates as enemies and enemies as teammates, and messes up your password when you ask it to remember your name and password. the movement in the battlefiled games has never been good, or kinetic, or responsive, and yet they feel no need to change. after two iterations they finally started to tweak weapons, and in 2142 they are closest to having good feeling weapons as ever. the vehicles two have been second rate till 2142. then if 2142 is a colmination then why not love it for giving what was promised four years three games ago. because these are things that should have been there forever ago. ut2004 had beter vehicle response, and it is "unreal" the vehicles respond and have interesting suspensions, and traction that makes sense. counter strike has had gun play that bf could only hope for and each iteration brings them closer to that acheivement. i think the problem is that instead of improving the games by industry standards or benchmarks they only try to improve each incarnation enough to make it worth buying, like bf2 it got extra dev time because vietnam didn't go down quite as well, not to perfect the game, or else the character tag problems would have been fixed. darn them i would rather wiat another year for a unforgetable experience than get instant satisfaction that in a month will leave a bad taste in my mouth. i'm a battlefield junkie, they are my poisin, i don't mmo i battlefield, and as such i find EA's(Dice's) incrimental improvements insulting and abusive in nature.

StarStuck
StarStuck

I played the demo, the game looks promising despite a rather bland level with a very limited amount of guns available in the demo (no grenades or defribulator!). I hope they get the bugs worked out before the launch. Hope to see you on the battlefield.

waltdogg75
waltdogg75

first off let me say that i am totally a battlefield person i play almost all the time bf was good loved the planes and all bf2 was much better esp with the sf expansion pack so of course i have pre ordered 2142.. been playing the demo for this whole weekend.. ya it has some problems i noticed a vehicle spawn upside down.... but all and all i can't wait to start unlocking the kits. since i have already signed up at ea as a past bf2 player that give alot of people a promotion as soon as the install and run it for the first time. one thing i noticed you all talking about the graphics, i think they look great seeing that my setting are on high but i reliaze not everyone can do that. anyways love the demo can wait till the 17th!!! might call in sick that first day lol hope to see all you battlefield.....

Tezzer05
Tezzer05

One other thing, I saw someone comment on the blocky graphics in the game. The Eu are further behind in technology than the PAC. As a result the EU have more square stuff (your blocky graphics) and tanks look more conventional with their tracks and armour skirts and all whereas the PAC have hover tanks and blue muzzle flash instead of normal white or whatever muzzle flash and their vehicles are all brown and have NO jagged or square edges at all so I preffer the looks of the EU stuff cause it looks way cooler cause it looks like a proper mech instead of some crappy thing.

datastorm
datastorm

i have been playin the demo for a few day now and its not bad. the map that is included in the demo is absolutely colorless and doesnt inspire me to continue on playing it. i love battlefield 2 and so far have not got sick of it especially after adding the allied intent mod which give new weapons and new maps to an already good game. i especially like to fly the blackhawk choppers and as a pilot be able to use both gatling gun and rockets on the enemy-whoa. 2142 seems decent but plain and minimal weapons are available in the demo.

Tezzer05
Tezzer05

I have the demo and I was also one of the lucky like 17,000 people in the world to get a beta key. In my opinion the beta was far better cause you could play on a better map and unlock stuff so you could be a proper soldier with grenades and defribulators (both of which you have to unlock). Reading your posts I decided none of you have any idea what you're talking about so I will clarify a bit. This game is basically a futuristic mod for BF2. It can only play 16 players on SINGLE player. On multiplayer it can go up to 64 players just like BF2. They will probably put in a coop mode to play with bots and obviously people over the internet. This game has NOTHING to do with america. It has the PAC (Post Asian Coalition) and the EU forces (they have english accents NOT British, thats not England, for any Americans). No need to learn any new languages cause it has subtitles just like BF2 and also they say some semi english words like when you spot a walker as the PAC it says something like "Es robot" so you get the drift of whats going on. Any other questions just send an email to terryCsawyer206@hotmail.co.uk