BF2 getting boosted, patch bugged

Euro Force booster pack on schedule for release next week via downloader; v1.2 patch causing issues with Special Forces expansion.

Electronic Arts' Battlefield 2 is gearing up for another set of reinforcements. The first-person shooter has already received some new troops in the form of Battlefield 2: Special Forces. The expansion was released in November and was available in both retail stores and via the EA Downloader, the publisher's online distribution service.

Battlefield 2 fans need only hang on a little while longer until even more fresh troops arrive. The game's first booster pack, Battlefield 2: Euro Force, will be available via download on February 21 for $9.99. Included in the content, which is available only through the EA Downloader, will be several new weapons, vehicles, and kits.

Gamers who recently updated their copies of Battlefield 2 to version 1.2 may have noticed that the war is sometimes over before it begins. EA is aware of a bug that causes v1.2 to crash when gamers try to play two maps from the Special Forces expansion. All variants of Leviathan and the 32- and 64-player Night Flight maps are affected, and EA is working toward solving the problem.

Battlefield 2 is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99. Battlefield 2: Special Forces requires Battlefield 2 to play and costs $29.99. GameSpot's reviews of the original and the expansion have more information.

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mcllister
mcllister

Well i think someone needs 2 role the dice and shake them up alittle. Ihope this gets 2 them somehow hint hint..........

bdog32
bdog32

The EA downloader crashes everytime i try to open it.

silvya1980
silvya1980

Ah, well. I was lured into buying SF by the 'more infantry combat' allegations, but I'm not falling for it with EF. The way the game switches between BF2 and SF is ridiculous (it basically launches the two games as if they were completely different games), and the (few) new feats in SF are all but worth the money I payed for it. The maps from SF are utter crap, and there is possibly one of 2 out of the lot which are worth playing. Moreover, SF special kits and abilities can not be used in regular BF2 games (which is fine, for the sakef of game balance), but new weapons are. And of course, SF brought new bugs along. In the end, SF was one of the few games I >>really

DavidCK
DavidCK

gellis1981: Nope, you are wrong, game publishers do set hard deadlines at some point. Yeah, DICE can still work after the deadline and release when they want to, but I'm pretty sure there's some loss for DICE (or any company) for not obeying a clear deadline. So if they have bugs in their game, EA is partly to blame also... Do you know that even toy makers loses tons of money if they can't deliver a shipment on time, to let's say Walmart? We are not talking hundreds of dollar here. Hope you learned something new. Welcome to the real world.

AngelB1ack
AngelB1ack

After installing the new patch I cant get my joystick to work ingame...lol figures. Before the patch it worked just fine and after..nada.

thefathobbit
thefathobbit

did the new patch add new weapons or am i just easily confused ?

tigerjack
tigerjack

Hey... wait a minute. People sill play Bf2 SF?? I installed it played it for 4 hours, and never played it again. It was that bad. I play vanilla bf2 and ill be dammned if i pay for something that the modders make better and for free. EA: Give your head a shake, fix your game. You owe this to everyone who bought the base copy of the game. Fair is fair. Knowing EA/dice's track record, this booster will be just as lame as SF and just as buggy.

nauman_97
nauman_97

bf 2 was such a great game and now expansions are ruining it !!!!!

Hell3ent
Hell3ent

That being said, I haven't had any major problems with the latest patch, aside from the fact that it tried to force me to create a new account and reset all my controls and settings to the default. I'll still in all likeliness be picking up the booster pack...I'm a sucker for new content.

Hell3ent
Hell3ent

EA may just be the publisher, but EA in all likelyhood sets the release date as well...most developers are at the whim of the publisher...if EA says "we want the game released in time for X-mas (example)", then DICE, if they want to retain EA as their publisher, will ship the game for x-mas. Same thing happened with Lucasarts and Obsidian Entertainment with KoTOR 2; the game was only 3/4 finished, but Obsidian didn't have the established powerbase to say "no". There aren't that many developers out there that have that power, outside of Valve, Bioware, or Rockstar, to name a few.

darth-revan
darth-revan

wow they dont fix the bugs and they think they can charge another 10$ from me f*** you EA!!!

CLDragonCL
CLDragonCL

quoting gellis1981 "Do you think DICE is just going to say, well its half done and we need another 6 months and EA is going to say no" thats what they did to screw over Origin, so yes. O yea, and dont forget about that nasty memory leak right after the release.

goldeneye_basic
goldeneye_basic

EA sucks because it bought the rights to publish the James Bond games and then srewed them up. Then it got the exclusive rights from the NFL to make the only NFL games. I'm not saying Madden is bad, I just would like competition forcing them to make the best game they can. I think 2K games should file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL and EA. BTW, you don't have to be logged in to Steam to play any Valve or Half-Life related games.

beesbreck
beesbreck

Well, $9.99 is not much to ask for, and it should enhance the game, although it has to be said that some games just give out this kind of additional content in update patches.

gellis1981
gellis1981

In the last 9 months since the game was orginal released..can anyone name any major bugs with the game besides this new bug with BF2:SF maps and the wrong color tags for friendlies? Real big bugs...bugs that effect the game while your playing...I'm not talking about Dolphin Diving.

gellis1981
gellis1981

NT082786: "You are the one that thinks that EA is a charity organization. It is true that the code and design of the game and the patches are in charge of DICE, EA as a publisher set the release dates, and that can affect the quaality of the games or patches. Just like a producer can affect the quality of a movie". Uh no..DICE is fully in charge on releasing the game when it's ready and when its ready for EA to publish it..that's how it works...Do you think DICE is just going to say, well its half done and we need another 6 months and EA is going to say no..release it right now...NO..DICE releases its games when their ready..not when EA says so. The only bug I seen since its release was the wrong color for friendlies, red instead of blue. Different topic BTW I guess its hard for some people to understand that a PC game is different from a console game due to the variety of different hardware and software each PC user uses, compared to a console with fewer bugs since everyone is using the same equipment.

ryokinshin
ryokinshin

ok EA didnt make bf2, the expansion or any of the patches, stop being idoits, they are the publishers not the developers

DamnedChild
DamnedChild

9 month after releasing the original game who could release an expansion without bugs ? That's it. they just wanna make more & more & more money. Who wants to pay 10$ for more buggs ?

NT082786
NT082786

gellis1981: You are the one that thinks that EA is a charity organization. It is true that the code and design of the game and the patches are in charge of DICE, EA as a publisher set the release dates, and that can affect the quaality of the games or patches. Just like a producer can affect the quality of a movie.

_Merc_
_Merc_

A patch is alot better than no patch.. Either way you will be screaming "I want a patch, blah blah blah" or "Why don't we get enough patches?!?" The CoD 2 community is desperately waiting on a patch that is 3 months overdue, so don't complain that you are getting "too many patches"

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Valve is very committed to the community, there are still some slight bugs here and there but nothing too major. Almost every week now there's an update to one of its games.

prez1440
prez1440

They need silenced sniper rifles though.

gellis1981
gellis1981

Would you rather pay $10 every couple of months "for booster packs" or just pay $10 a month to play BF2.. like ala WOW? It's a business not a charity organization...I'll keep saying this... DICE does the patches and sets the dates on when it gets released..EA is just the publisher...THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PATCHES OR BUGS IN PATCHES!!!

Antipothis
Antipothis

Yes, Dice's battefleid games typically start out pretty buggy. But normally their patches fix the problems and add tons of content. Unfortunatly EA has decided to not only release an expansion literally months after the release of the buggy title, but have released three seperate patches, that have ALL had serious issues. And that isn't normal. And the booster pack is a terrible idea. It's EA trying to milk cash out of content that would normally just be part of one of Dice's normal patches, and is almost certainly going to split up the user base even more, now that there are 7 seperate combinations of BF2 to try and play online.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

'Bout time they date it, getting antzy.

gellis1981
gellis1981

EA has nothing to do with fixing the game..."EA is the publisher"..."Dice is the makers"...If Dice has a patch ready....EA deliveries the patch. Don't blame the messenger. So do your research people..especially you The_Fat_Zebra EA doesn't make patches...so believe that.

The_Fat_Zebra
The_Fat_Zebra

EA has made a buggy patch? I cant believe it!?!???

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

I am just glad they aren't just putting out a game and forgetting about it. This is cool and I agree with truelove79 who can't afford 10 bucks when games like World of Warcraft charge $15 a month to play. i think it's great!

Safe_Bet
Safe_Bet

BlackCross- "EA surely hired some of the most inept testers in the world because that bug was nearly impossible to mis." After playing BF:MC on console, I've begun to think the Testing Department is where EA tries to save a few bucks. I use to ask myself, "Did anyone at EA really even PLAY this game before it was released?"

truelove79
truelove79

"More expansions, more money. Is it gonna be more fun?" Do you play BF2? I love that they keep adding maps, weapons, vehicles, etc. And for $10, who can't afford that? Lots of players play Karkand 24/7, I am not one of those players, I love all the maps.

gellis1981
gellis1981

Errr..Do you play CSS or DOD:S{tankintheair315} ...Valve constantly keeps the community inform every Friday with patches or upcoming updates...Valve is probably the most committed to their community.

tankintheair315
tankintheair315

well atleast there doing somthing about the patch instead of VALVe stiing on there ass and never relecing a new patch

gellis1981
gellis1981

How the hell is this EA fault...they don't make the game they just publish it...Dice "who made the game" has full control over patches and releases...People who hate EA for the bugs for BF2 are idiots

gzader
gzader

Digital Illusions has a bad history of buggy releases with the BF series. This is just one more example. On the plus side, if you don't have the SF pack you might get a better base level experience. Ah well....

Link1515
Link1515

Exactly LukeCube. That's how it is with EA. I don't know what's goin' on with them, they seem to mess up more of the patches. Next time a patch is released, it better be bug free.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Hehe, more bugs while trying to fix the previous bugs. This is better than Steam I tells ya.

LukeCube
LukeCube

Patch, more issues, another patch, more issues. The circle of life.

gamemasterchief
gamemasterchief

Why do you think the EA downloader is trash? It's simple enough, and all it does is download a file... what's trashy about that? It's not like Steam, which requires you to be logged in to play content purchased from it (or even not purchased from it in a lot of cases). Do you think it's crap just cuz you're an EA hater (which is fine, but back up your statements with some real fact/opinion). It could be I'm just missing out on something, and it really does suck and I didn't even realize it in my ignorance. I just don't see how simple download manager can achieve "suck" status when it doesn't really do too much other than what it states. Personally, I'm totally neutral about it. It works, I've had no problems, therefore no reason to hate on it. Now Steam... that sucks. So, someone, anyone, please tell me why I'm wrong for not thinking it sucks!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i laugh at how much the patches have been effecting the game, it launched it good condition but the patches seem to create as many problems as they fix, i love this game, it is great when played with friends, and the scalable maps make for nice 16 player games that are tons of fun. i still feel that there are areas that the game neglects like the spawn point placement. spawn killing happens way to much, and a simple fix would be to spawn people inside of buildings instead of in the freaking open. the SF expansion was tons of fun, but extremely bugy as well. EA seems to not worry about testing their games the BFME 2 demo showed that they removed the awsome seige mechanics of the original game, funnily enough they took the one good thing in the original and removed it making it a total waste of time. EA should stick to the simpler console crowds and let some one else publish pc shooters like BF2.

BlackCross
BlackCross

The patch downgrades Special Forces by 2 maps...EA surely hired some of the most inept testers in the world because that bug was nearly impossible to miss. Just mount in a TOW, shoot, server crash....LOL!!

Ryrock
Ryrock

Yeah, if the Booster Pack wasn't EA Downloader Exclusive, I'd probably be interested in buying it.

molivers7
molivers7

More expansions, more money. Is it gonna be more fun?