Battlefield: Bad Company Single-Player Impressions

We take a look at some of the similarities between the campaign and multiplayer experiences.

Considering how Battlefield games have always been known for their robust multiplayer, it makes sense that the majority of Bad Company's prerelease coverage has dealt with ways you'll be duking it out with friends and strangers online. But lest you forget, DICE is also devoting quite a bit of attention to Bad Company's single-player campaign. The trailers released showing the game's main characters have displayed the offbeat sense of humor they're aiming to achieve, but other details on how the single-player experience will play out have been a bit scarce. Last night, though, we got the chance to play one of the levels from the Campaign during EA's Spring Break press event.

The wide variety of specialized weapons in campaign mode reflects the class system in multiplayer.

The level we played is called "Acta Non Verba," which is the second chapter in the campaign. It takes place in a dense forest setting in Eastern Europe, much like the Ascension map found in the recent multiplayer beta. The first thing we noticed was that, aside from dialogue and cutscenes, the campaign doesn't feel a whole lot different from multiplayer matches. Much of that has to do with the way the game handles a player's life and several subsequent deaths. Rather than placing a heavy penalty on dying in the Story mode, DICE has opted for maintaining a high level of difficulty in terms of enemies, allowing you to respawn as many times as you'd like. When you die, you simply respawn nearby just as you would in a multiplayer match. You don't lose all your progress, however, because buildings you destroyed in your previous life will still remain demolished after you come back.

If you don't want to keep dropping dead when enemies show their faces, you'll need to get in touch with your inner medic class. Your health will not auto-regenerate, and you won't find health kits on the ground to heal yourself. Instead, you'll need to cycle over to the adrenaline shot you're carrying at all times and thrust an injection right into your chest. This will restore your health, but it can't be used over and over again in the heat of battle because the needle needs a good 20 seconds to refill its life-saving liquid. This process lends a bit of class responsibility to the single-player campaign. In addition to the way you respawn, it also helps blur the line between the single-player and multiplayer experience.

You're given a good deal of freedom to choose your path during the story. The two things you'll need to focus on are required objectives and optional treks to go searching for gold. The objectives tend to fall into the standard categories of taking out all the enemy personnel in an area or destroying certain targets, such as weapons depots. These are laid out helpfully on your minimap, but the way you get to them in Bad Company's expansive levels is up to you. You and the rest of your squad can foot it out by running to certain points on the map, but you can also choose from the variety of vehicles at your disposal. In the level we played, we took a boat downriver from a rural residential area to a haggard old factory that housed a cluster of missile launchers. This choice saved us plenty of time but also meant we missed some of the optional gold crates that would have helped to trigger unlockables and achievement points.

When you hop in a vehicle, the other members of your squad magically appear in the passenger seats no matter how far they were from you a moment beforehand. This is one of the ways the game's team aspects try to help rather than hinder you. Another way is that you don't need to keep a constant eye on the health of you squad members; they'll be perfectly fine if left alone. They don't need to be given orders either because they simply follow you most of the time when you're not following them. The EA rep we spoke with was quick to point out that this is not a squad-based tactical game; your teammates are there to provide a helping hand and an occasional laugh rather than being the constant focus of your attention.

All in all, those who devoted at least a few hours to the public beta should feel right at home in the Campaign mode. Like the Gold Rush mode featured in the beta, you're essentially working with a handful of teammates to push the enemies back until you've claimed the entire level as your own. The main difference seems to be the story rather than actual gameplay mechanics. Battlefield: Bad Company will be released on June 23, while a free downloadable pack featuring the classic Conquest multiplayer mode from previous Battlefield games will follow sometime thereafter.

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81 comments
valttu
valttu

This one looks very nice. I'm gonna buy it. =)

Mcooter
Mcooter

Game looks like the best ever, and it has things that call of duty 4 wished they had

Dagtonn
Dagtonn

I played the demo of this game, and so far I it better than COD4. The coolest thing that happened while I was playing was when I shot a grenade launcher at a passing helicopter in multiplayer. The grenade hit the rotor and the helicopter began to spin out control, eventually hitting a building and exploding. The guns feel better than those in COD4, too. I am getting this game when it comes out.

Slayert
Slayert

This game Rocks man , I just love battlefield games and this one looks amazing Thanks DICE and EA

jmrwacko
jmrwacko

I've been playing the demo and I've got a mixed reaction. It's got classic BF gameplay, but it's unbearably laggy and the classes are completely unbalanced. All the vehicles are death traps because demolition/specialist combo is so ridiculously OP, and there's way too many anti air batteries lying around to shoot down the single helicopter on each team. I dunno. Maybe it will be better come release.

baluchi94
baluchi94

look this is much better than cod4 for becuase first cod4 without the multiplayer it just sucks. and the single player is one of the shortest i have ever seen. i have a freind who dont have internet on his ps3 and he finished it in 2 days then just ditched the game , so he wasted 50 pounds or 60 dollars . and battle feild has a amazing multiplayer just like the original battle feild on the pc's. and battle feild has an exelent single player plus breaking walls instead goeing through doors(a great shortcut) and very cool cars and tanks and apcs and helicopters . and last but not least... its fun and its like real war thank you and goodnight xD

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

it sounds OK... but i'm only getting it based on the reviews. it has an equal amount of negatives and positives (well...maybe more positives but still...) and i don't want to play a game that is SAID to beat COD4... i want proof.

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

hhmmm.....still not sure on this one. it looks really good and the destructable environments sound cool and it seems to play good but id still have to justify getting a job to pay for it and every other award-winning title coming out in the next month or so. and to answer someones question, MGS4 comes with MGO but only the same amount of content as the beta with some more content on the way. Kojima seem to want to keep MGO alive as long as possible by constantly adding stuff. as long a the servers hold up and the content is free (hear that, free? what is this devilry?) then it'll be happy days.

luke_sheffield
luke_sheffield

how can some of u say its cod4 well it is but blowing up buildings with a grande lancher and trees with ur kifie geting in cars and drive bout it every with u want in a war game and the muliplayer has 24 it well over enough compared to all of the cods

johnnyhyper
johnnyhyper

this game is the best who wants a game where your a raving crack monkey(far cry 2) and to be honest cod 4 is no where as good as cod 2 its to easy and turned into halo no tactics bc all the way

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

Looks good, but does it bring anything madly new to the field, or is it just another CoD4? I own CoD4, and to be honest i dont think i'm going to get this because it doesnt really jump up and down screaming BUY ME!!! like CoD4 did. Sorry EA, at least im buying Mercs 2 and Dead Space, that'll give you a little, eh?

Master___C
Master___C

To answer someone's question before, this game does have rankings, as well as trophies, medals, and awards.

iamabonana120
iamabonana120

i agree. i think that far cry 2 will probablye end up being better. this game still looks great though

TFrieden0928
TFrieden0928

looks alright but far cry 2 seems to take this type of shooter to the next level

bamfer3
bamfer3

had the developers not been EA, this would've been a must-have IMO, and with less than a month till release, i'm beginning to doubt the end-product due to EA's recent failures (army of two, NFS pro street) you guys should all read the review first then decide from there on.

FatChuwawa
FatChuwawa

@bendall01 agreed, but i heard that MGO comes with mgs4 now?

stinkey_monkey9
stinkey_monkey9

i think this will be a very good game, judging by the success of the previous Battlefield games. But one thing i am worrying about is it being only on the consoles. I remember Battlefield: Modern Combat, I was highly excited for that game, and it turned out to be not so good. I just hope this game will get players off of COD4, even though it is an amazing game, it is kindof getting old. And i was wondering, Does anyone know if this game will have Rankings? Cause that would be awesome

MatrixtheNEO
MatrixtheNEO

i wish this game could come out for pc too

JehovaWrinkles
JehovaWrinkles

sounds sick, but i guess we'll all have to wait and see

Death-X-
Death-X-

Great! I can't wait to play it.

360nly
360nly

is true 1 demo online come in june ????

shankmaster4815
shankmaster4815

i cant wait for this game to come out. Im so pumped for it

WATS0N
WATS0N

hang on, ea are publishing it and not making it and anothr thing can pc gamers stop coming to a console forum, why do u care whats on the console?, and this game is gonna be brilliant :)

wars45
wars45

not sure about this with it been ea it looks good and sounds good al wait till the reviwe

bendall01
bendall01

its not fair, I have to buy gt5, gta4,mgs4,MGO, SSBB, BFBC and othe games. I wish they would just make airsoft legal in Austalia - then I wouldnt have to worry about video games anymore...

halo1579
halo1579

weellll this game is going to be good

taj7575
taj7575

hmm the more i hear about this game, the more i want it. but knowing ea, a problem will show up somewhere, so i will wait for the review. oh btw, I HATE EA.

KANOOBS
KANOOBS

cyrsis sucks well i didnt like it, a good fps is bioshock, cod4 and halo 3. I think this game is gonna be pretty sick with all of the destructible environments. I just hope its not a let down like army of two was.

firzok
firzok

I think this game is gonna suck as almost every console fps had sucked if you want to enjoy fps gaming get yourself a fully rigged pc and play crysis

mcuth
mcuth

And PC gamers, don't complain! We console gamers never got to play BF 2142.

mcuth
mcuth

A note to every game developer: It is far better to not release a demo or beta at all than to release a lousy one. I'm a hardcore Battlefield fan, but the beta testing of this game was a shock to me. I simply did not expect such a pitiful experience. The framerate was dreadful. I know it's a beta, but there simply is no indication that the framerate issue would be changed (after all, even the cutscenes at the beginning looked similar... almost like a very well done FLIPBOOK!!!). Plus, EA, you have a problem: Quake Wars comes out on consoles around the same time, and it offers a rip-off of the Battlefield premise. PLEASE FIX THE GAME SO THAT I CAN SPEND ANOTHER YEAR AND A HALF PLAYING A VERSION OF BATTLEFIELD!!!!!! Otherwise, I'll see you guys on Quake.

pttiger989
pttiger989

For sure, this game will be a trash like every EA's Games

lnehme
lnehme

I think this will rock! I can't wait for it! i am buying for sure!

dok686
dok686

man i wish a demo would be released soon. i cant believe i missed the beta >

CHECKTHISTA
CHECKTHISTA

i just can't wait to the day it will be released. and as far as it goes for singleplayer...i come think of a friend of mine which can't connect his PS3 to the internet...so he is still able to play singleplayer here ^^

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

twinklestone, why not focus your energy on playing fps on the pc instead of posting in an xbox360 forum. Most of us here would rather play a shooter on our consoles in front of a nice hd tv...just because you don't, doesn't mean anyone gives a rats poupr

Joaquin0789
Joaquin0789

Twinklestone: """"SinglePlayer" on a Battlefield game? Haha! that's not what Battlefield was ment to be.. Get Crysis if you want to play alone! I don't understand Dice and EA! FPS (and especially the Battlefield Series) on a Console is like peeing in the dark forrest: Something you do not really want to, but sometimes you have to!""" hmmm looks like you are living in the past, when FPS were rare on consoles, but after so many years with almost all FPS coming to consoles, how you dare to say such weird comment? Maybe it's just jealousy cuz it's not comming to PC, well yeah i'm sorry for PC owners but you don't have to attack the consoles.

AruKiller
AruKiller

I have always preferred Single-Player to Multiplayer so i can't wait until this game comes out.

Twinklestone
Twinklestone

"SinglePlayer" on a Battlefield game? Haha! that's not what Battlefield was ment to be.. Get Crysis if you want to play alone! I don't understand Dice and EA! FPS (and especially the Battlefield Series) on a Console is like peeing in the dark forrest: Something you do not really want to, but sometimes you have to!

Death-X-
Death-X-

Yay, I liked Battle Field alot. I can't wait for It!

Svarta_Framtid
Svarta_Framtid

Really, I think the single player campaign is going to be balls. The multi player is going save this title and give it some decent sales. Sorry EA but you SUCK.

justinjohns0n
justinjohns0n

This game doesn't even need a single player campaign. This is going to be an intense multiplayer game. The campaign is just extra to get those non-Battlefield fans to come along for the ride. Once they play multiplayer, they'll be hooked.

drdvl
drdvl

a good single player would be interesting, but i really dont care about that. I just want an awsome multiplayer

nitsud_19
nitsud_19

Ive been a big BF fan since 1942, but the first iteration on consoles blew chunks IMO, this one is looking promising. I guess we'll see when it comes out.