Battlefield 2142 Updated Hands-On

EA had a 32-player Titan game during its summer press event, and of course we jumped in.

EA gave us a chance to play Battlefield 2142 at its summer press event, and needless to say, we jumped at the chance. Battlefield 2142 is the next game in the popular multiplayer action franchise, and this one is set almost 150 years in the future, where two factions war for some of the last land on Earth. Like all Battlefield games, it will mix vehicle and infantry combat on maps that support up to 64 players.

Even though we recently saw the game at developer DICE's Stockholm offices, this gave us a chance to see another new map. In this case, we played on City Power Plant, which is an unusual name, since the other maps that we've seen have been based on actual places, such as Verdun and Gibraltar. This level features a river cutting through the middle of the map, with bridges connecting both sides and various industrial buildings scattered throughout. The wide-open nature of this map makes it perfect for not only vehicle battles with the walkers and tanks, but also for Titan mode, as well, which is the mode that we played. The job of our 16-man team was to destroy the enemy's Titan while defending our own.

The one thing we learned is that it will be hard for an unorganized team to take on an organized team, even if that organized team is composed of EA testers with orders to take it easy on the press. Then again, half of our play session was spent with the various members of the media who were familiarizing themselves with the new weapons and vehicles in the game. All 40 of the game's unlocks were made available for us, so we could experiment with different weapons and equipment. In the regular game, you'll have to earn these unlocks through play, so there's a constant reward structure in place as an incentive to play well.

There are some notable tweaks in the gameplay that are worth mentioning, since many of the conventions found in Battlefield 2 have been changed. Take, for instance, medics. There is no dedicated medic class in Battlefield 2142. Instead, the standard assault class can unlock a medic kit, which can be used to heal you and friendly units. However, you won't be able to scatter multiple kits at the same time. Instead, you're given a single health kit that can be deployed onto the ground. It will not instantly heal a friendly, like Battlefield 2's kits can, but it will slowly heal all friendly units within a small radius. Meanwhile, defibrillators to revive fallen teammates are another unlock.

Even during our brief gameplay session, we got the sense of how essential teamwork is in this game. We were divided into four squads, and the squad leader becomes even more essential than before. For example, not only can squad members spawn in on the squad leader's location, but the squad leader is also the only one that can put various new toys into play, such as a respawn beacon, a sentry gun, and a floating gun droid that gives your squad a bit more firepower.

It's a lot easier to take over the missile silos on the map as a squad. These silos are critical since they're the main way to take down an enemy Titan's shields. Once the shields are down, you must assault the Titan, and again, squad play is the only effective way to go as you battle through the tight confines of the Titan. If you die without having a squad leader or respawn beacon to spawn on, it means you must somehow work your way back up to the Titan again.

Battlefield 2142 feels just as dynamic as its predecessors, but there are enough changes and new features in here to make it feel quite different at times, as well. The game is still in development, and we should see it ship later this year.

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LivingMachine
LivingMachine

The 40 unlocks sounds more like they just locked up all the extra stuff that bf2 had, like the medic kit, ammo kit, granades, shock paddles, knive, etc. I hope I am wrong though.

payback_56
payback_56

The patch is suppossed to be released soon, its patch 1.4, but they are adding at least 1 new map with it, so it may cause more bugs, like when they released patch 1.3 wit hthe vehicle drop option....the patch should be out before 2142, but the demo of 2142 will be out very earl august they said, so I will probably be playing that more then BF2, that is if its good... :)

MrZed
MrZed

It has to be said that if EA launch 2142 before fixing the multitude of problems with BF2 I'll not be buying it. Lets face it EA have totally washed over BF2 and the half arsed patches that fix one thing and create two more have become tedious. Not sure I can handle it again with 2142! Roll on Quake Wars....

payback_56
payback_56

well they are working on a patch currently, and are u serious, u can go in a ton of buildins, the buildings u go in are the same more or less, and get repetitive, but look at Kubra Dam, u can go in all of the structures on that level, its the same building in each area but u can go in it and shoot out the windows....and in special forces, most of the buildings u r able to go in, just like on devils perch, there are a ton of little shanty houses to go into, and warlord has a whole mansion to run though and fight, in, though unless u have a powerful pc, dont bother, or it lags pretty bad, or u can just upgrade it like I did....either way Basically if u didnt like BF2 dont bother with 2142, its gonna be close to the same, it Will have bugs, it will take a powerful pc to run the game comfortably, and it will have longer load times if u have a slower pc, its going to be just like BF2, just with new features, new weapons, 40 unlockables, and a new gameplay mode: titan....

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

I agree with ultimatiumomega. They need to fix their latest patch or something.

neocow5
neocow5

You shouldn't give them credit for **** EA's a money-whoring company and I hope they go belly up.

EvilLorax
EvilLorax

"That is how it was on pc, u can get into most of the buildings in BF2..." That's not true at all... Do you actually have the PC BF2, or are you just pretending you do?

PotatoSan
PotatoSan

BF2 was far from perfect; pretty scrappy game that you could get bored of easy imo, and I think this will be the same. All the little unfixed problems and lack of gameplay variety will frustrate you like in BF2

payback_56
payback_56

that is how it was on pc, u can get into most of the buildings in BF2, and in special forces, but I think they need some other type of weapon, like a more powerful rocket launcher, and u only get like 1-2 shots, but that 1 shot will take out a tank for sure, because with the regular rockets, u need like 2+ shots, and u have to shoot at the wheels to get them out fast, but its so easy for them to just turn the gun and mow u down.... That is why I like the new patch EA is making, it is going to fix the bugs thy said, but also they are releasing some new map sponsored by comcast, and the patch gives the server the option to turn vehicles off, and just have infatry Vs. infantry.... Oh yea, also I like the custom character feature, I always wanted to be special forces, but with claymores that the snipers get :)

dafeldman
dafeldman

This game looks pretty cool. I like the more general classes and more customizable characters. Hopefully they'll let you customize them to the point of being able to adapt your character to fit your style of play rather than the other way around (although in order to be a good team member you'll still have to mix it up) My other main thing is giving infantry the abilities to stop armor. This doesn't mean, however, making the armor weaker. You could keep the armor realistically strong but give the infantry more tools like allowing them to go inside MOST buildings (instead of like one or two) and shoot out the windows at incoming armor. This would make the armor vulnerable inside cramped city streets and still powerful in open fields, just the way it is in real life.

kinncolts
kinncolts

hopefuly EA will release this game for the 360...adn it will be an identical game to teh PC one not some half-asss port like BF2

payback_56
payback_56

They have patch 1.4 coming for BF2, willit fix all the probs? Probably not, but u have to give them credit for trying, they are still making patches even though the new game is right aroun the corner also, on ign.com they said there will be a demo released in the begining of august! Oh yea, and if they do release it for ps3 or 360, it probably wont be anything like the pc version, just like with BF2, they were 2 completly different games, even some of the classes were changed, it wasn't bad....just different...

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

This game is impressive. I'm curious to know if it'll make it onto the consoles.

mooseman721
mooseman721

Not that interested until Quake Wars was postponed, looks good, been playing BF2 since release so the franchise must have something about it! Save the negativity until it's been released, it could be the best thing since sliced bread!

griffic32
griffic32

Does any one know when will a Demo be available for Battlefield 2142.

Xeroshift
Xeroshift

U can spend money 2 help fund science groups to create more innovative technology to help reduce CO2 and reduce car emissions...indirectly that helping preventing global warming

protossdragoon
protossdragoon

sounds quite cool. teamwork is the important part so it will be cool.

MCCHA
MCCHA

gun droids :)

j_spring98
j_spring98

One of two things has to happen for me to buy this game: 1. The single player part of the game is beefed up and unlocks become available in single player. or 2. It doesn't take 10 minutes for me to get onto a multiplayer game like it does in BF2!

Hellisunreal
Hellisunreal

seems like their trying out some interesting ideas, lets hope they r pratical 2 the game

payback_56
payback_56

I think the new BF is going to be more of the same....which is good, they will make the game fun, but it will almost definatly have some kind of bugs, al of the BF games have, and I am just hoping they will try to continually fix the game, just as they did with BF2 Other than that I think the game will be great, and freshin up the already great formula of a FPS, with the new titan mode, though it would be nice to see them add another mode or two, Capture The Flag anyone?? Also, last thing, I think the new vehicles, will be ust like the old ones, only look different: Mech = Tank, Hover Craft = helicopter etc...

Dreamsofthesoul
Dreamsofthesoul

Three things to Phantom_Fro, 1. you cant spend money to help stop global warming. 2. there is a theory that the glaciers will melt and all of the extra water will cool the planet down so severely that we will have another ice age. so it is EXPECTED. 3.who is WE?

360guy
360guy

What if it could be only playable on windows VISTA....that would hamper sales indeed considering vista needs certain computer components to run, and i doubt the game would be as good on a console than on a high end PC. The game would definitely have to be good considering the success of Battlefield 2 though.

Utgardaloki
Utgardaloki

"""KillerG2300 2.) make the trees breakable or pass-throughable by planes, because I HATE MY PLANE BLOWING UP BY BRUSHING AGAINST A STUPID TREE THAT IT SHOULD HAVE CHOPPED UP!""" Collision detection should end at a lower point in the trees instead of in the top leaves. A plane flying smack into a tree should of course blow up. You can't have trees breakable. With that kind of destruction level we could end up with a ping well over a thousand since all possible destruction has to be reported from each computer to all others at all times. When ever our internet connections have reached a speed level fast enough to start upping the ante the first thing to add concerning destruction levels would naturally be strategic objects like buildings and general road destruction.

tehbighead
tehbighead

titan mode, if it delivers, could really push both the franchise and online FPS over the top. deep, team-based play ftw. Andrewc989 you also mispelled "spelled". 0_o

houtx1836
houtx1836

yes BF2 is buggy as all get out - and dont get me started on the EA Downloader... But, I'll buy this anyway - it is a fun franchise - I'm just another BF2 junkie - that doesn't mean I have to like being addicted though

KillerG2300
KillerG2300

I disagree, ive never bought a BF2 expansion because they just havent intrested me at all, i think its nice that there commin out with a futuristic one, it intrests me allot because this robotic future is just very cool, i mean sure weve seen it done a million times but I would still play it. all I want is 1.)make sure they get as many bugs out as possible before release.. so i doesnt end up like the annoying things BF2 did and still does 2.) make the trees breakable or pass-throughable by planes, because I HATE MY PLANE BLOWING UP BY BRUSHING AGAINST A STUPID TREE THAT IT SHOULD HAVE CHOPPED UP! 3.) incorperate allot more infanty based stuff, because in BF2 anything you can do on foot, you can do 10x better in a vehicle. I would like to see places where only infanty can manuver

Andrewc989
Andrewc989

PatsFan11, did you notice you spelt "spelt" wrong?

kpnreal101
kpnreal101

i think its too early for another battlefield. They should release some new expansion packs for bf2 first. But the game sounds good though.

Phantom_Fro
Phantom_Fro

EA is just trying to milk this franchise and us for everything we got. Instead of paying for this game, consider spending your money to help stop Global Warming, which this game horribly misportrays... Well i'm going to get the game anyway, but still seriously, "WE NEVER EXPECTED THE ICE!"

soc1ety
soc1ety

Im exited to find out how many files in 2142 are identical to files found in BF2. They probally used the BF2 map creator. That was wayyyy to short to create a worthy BF release.

SiKh22
SiKh22

this is what u call taking a Game Franchise downhill. total copy of QW. and this game looks to be like ****

Archebius
Archebius

im am probably going to get it: ill check Gamespots review of it, and if its above 8.0, ill get it

xavpex
xavpex

SWEET! Will this game live up to the other battlefields though we aren't used to all the sci-fi in the battlefield games. It might be a well needed break from all the WWII games out there.

Zippo_Fire
Zippo_Fire

Sounds good. I like the way they have done the medic thing makes it a little more challenging ;). Reply to the planetside guy um dude PS blows graphics blow gameplay blows weapons blow everything blows in that game. As for the bf2 support I think it will keep on going as long as there is a player base so no worries m8s :D. Other thing Id like to see is some improvements of the physics o_o cause bf2 physics are jacked up sometimes. THe load times are a concern for me as well even though I have a high end system. I load a map in like 5 seconds but it takes forever to verify client data bleh........

MegaManX9101
MegaManX9101

im worried about load times too.. thats wat kept me away from bf2.

X_Hydra_X
X_Hydra_X

Boycott 2142 unti they fix bf2? Well that may be extreme but i sure hope they dont forget about bf2. Also, i hope they make smoother changing of game version, why is it neccessary to reload a whole new game to play warlord if you were on sharqi?

hotrod1903
hotrod1903

Will BF2142 take five minutes to actually get into a game like BF2? Will BF2142 have the same horrendous BF2 server finder which does not allow any easy way of joining friends without knowing the server IP address? Thank goodness for XFire. Will BF2142 and EA still not support widescreen resolutions unlike every other non EA game that does and has for many years now?

iantony
iantony

Nice mod.... I guess a lot of people will camp mechs instead of helicopters now.

mach-stem
mach-stem

1) Same engine with an obviously large amount of tweaking 2) Only competitor for its release, being ET: QW has been postponed indefinitely 3) The engine has been reworked to include better effects, some graphical tweaks 4) Game is released before end of 2006 (hopefully) All reasons to be excited about. As for the game being developed by DICE...well, that's debatable. DICE was bought out/merged by EA, and most of the original staff were essentially disbanded or left accordingly. I for one will play the demo before buying the game, but I have a feeling that even with the up and coming mods being released for BF2 (POE2, FH2, OPK, USI) this will be a nice addition. Oh, and for those who are Star Wars fans, the Rebel Strike mod has been pushed back to support the BF2142 engine, and not the BF2 engine as originally planned. That's good news, as previously mentioned, the engine has been re-worked and bug tested. PEACE

PatsFan11
PatsFan11

Did anyone notice they spealt played plalyed

Grimmreaper074
Grimmreaper074

I'll be buying it, Dice has been doing a great job I've only seen improvements in their games, looking forward to it.

zaammk
zaammk

Has anyone oticed how ridiculously smiliar a lot of the vehicles and general play styles are to PlanetSide? The walkers, the way the planes fly etc. Especially the walkers, they seem too much like bfrs. They have shields, and can be taken down by quick infantry by getting uder them and hitting a weak spot on their under side. Don't get me wrong, the game looks good, but some of the ideas just seem too close to PS to be coincidence.