GDC 2009: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 First Look

EA delivers a quick look at the second installment in this humorous shooter franchise.

SAN FRANCISCO--It's a steep uphill climb for the developer of a first-person shooter to make its game stand out in one of the most saturated genres around, but it's far from impossible. EA DICE did it last year with Battlefield: Bad Company by infusing its shooter with an infectious sense of humor that never felt out of place in the game's warzone setting. The team from Stockholm is now hard at work on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which it unveiled during last week's Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco.

The unveiling was a brief gameplay demo--really more of a teaser--clocking in at around 10 minutes. The first revelation was the complete return of the first game's crew. B Company is back in full force with Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard, and Redford all coming back for more. The team is introduced in a snowy mountain village near the Russian border, though the reasons for their visit to this locale were never disclosed.

The demo began with a bit of banter between the members of B Company. They're trying to decide how to infiltrate the village, but they quickly notice Sergeant Redford sneaking way off in the distance. Just as they're trying to figure out what he's up to, Redford plants a knife in the neck of an enemy soldier. This elicits a disgusted reaction from the group, likely because they know things are about to go pear-shaped.

And that's exactly what happens, with every enemy soldier coming after them. The team pushed forward through the Russian village using the familiar combination of assault rifles, barrel-mounted grenade launchers, and any other destructive weapon they could get their hands on. The action was similar to what made the first game so exciting--that is to say, lots of destructive elements. And the scale of the destruction has expanded on the micro and macro levels. Surface penetration means cover will chip away when you spend too much time behind a crate, and entire buildings seem like they're much quicker to come tumbling down compared to the stubbornly resilient building frames in the first game. At one point, we saw an entire radio tower come slowly toppling down to the ground.

A village blanketed in snow is where our demo took place.

Another change we noticed is the level of tension during firefights. The music is a lot more dramatic than the tunes accompanying you during the first game. It began as a slow, pounding rhythm with a deep bottom end. Then, the music picked up as the team moved from the on-foot section to an on-rails vehicle sequence that forced them to shoot ATVs, trucks, and helicopters trailing them on snowy mountain roads.

The demo was quick, but it left us impressed. We wish we could have heard more dialogue between the members of B Company since those absurd exchanges were one of the first game's most shining attributes. We're not sure when we'll get a taste of that, but we do know that EA is planning to unveil its multiplayer plans at E3. Stay tuned for more.

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Discussion

194 comments
wruedawg
wruedawg

Is Bad Company 2 only for online play?

CaptPerez
CaptPerez

Another good game guys ready to buy it one more to my collection..

Dima2000
Dima2000

can i see some gameplay please, this is the most boring interview I had ever heard, almost fell asleep, GARBAGE!!!!!

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

as long as they fix the hilarious indestructable building frames from the first game, this might look to be a buy.

critterx52
critterx52

I would like to see a destruction engine more similar to Red Faction Guerilla. That would make this game awsome. I could never really deal with buildings that still contained a roof without any walls supporting it lol.

shooters125
shooters125

two things i love about this game that cod cant give: vareity of vehichles and big maps

gamerman_96
gamerman_96

i think bad company 2's online play is going to be better than cod4 because it takes all the intense play from the first game and adds more to it like weapon customization.

thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

SICK. i already know this is gonna be tons better than B company, and that was already an amazing amazing game! im also glad the the original crew is coming back, because of them, this was the first video game i ever got a laugh out of (no really, literally laughed out loud). and more destruction...i mean, the destruction in the first game made things very tense, imagine the intense battles with the even more destructible enviroments! cant wait for this game yall. cant wait

progamemania
progamemania

I do long to blow up these buildings :).. welcome back BF:BC2

Woodford69
Woodford69

love playing bf badcompany. Dice puts out a quality game. I'm looking forward to badcompany2

poorisaac
poorisaac

Weapon customization would be sweet. The hilarious antics of these guys is what really makes me excited for the sequel though.

Sasquatch154
Sasquatch154

THERE BETTER BE TRANSPORT HELICOPTERS THAT YOU CAN PARACHUTE OUT OF

toritact
toritact

its hope fully gunna support bigger matches like 32 players or somethin like that

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

looks awesome, Pat Said the Graphics look more real in the new Bad Company WOW & i thought it looked as real as you can get In Bad Company 1 already, I look forward to more news on this Game Def!

bloodshot191
bloodshot191

i heard that you can attach red dots and silencers on your guns now in this one

Keitha313
Keitha313

@George120050 Wooooah... You say alot for fanboyism dont you pal?.. Maby if you werent so busy protecting this rubbish game you'd realise their is many many games that are by far better than Bad Company, The fact you even mentioned COD4 compared to this... Oooh boy o boy you dont know what your doing or talking about, I must ask you this what planet are you living on because its clearly not this one!.

ScaryPixels
ScaryPixels

I loved the first one, so I'll certainly be getting this

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

i didnt play the first one so i hope i dont need to buy that one to get this one.

moh9696
moh9696

Sweetest thing is that this gonna be on PC

Evilhen88
Evilhen88

Looks good. @a mop265 I think it is going to be out for PC because it was in the PC newsletter

a_mop265
a_mop265

hopefully they bring the battlefield series back to the PC

hvypetals
hvypetals

hey will they make the knife nuclear again?? and the heavy machine gun akin to a water pistol??? YAY!!! keep your crapola EA choke on it!!

tomo90
tomo90

Looks good, didn't think BC was AS an amazing game as alot of people think, but from whats been discussed so far it looks like alot of my grievances are going to be cleared up. Top notch.

evratto
evratto

BC: first game ever that simply flows ....

saadxxx
saadxxx

hurryyyyy up can,t wait

black-knight012
black-knight012

first one was ok.... not epic... too many little annoying things like helicopters. i might consider buying this if the helocopter controls weren't so impossible to use, which it is. and some vehicles were a little under powered, like tanks - no where near as good as BF2MC. \apart from that its pretty good tho

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

@nickisom: It's called having fun.

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

i think that the music aspect of the game could make or break the game. I mean, think about it.

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

Count me in, definitely I will enjoy this on my PC.

nickisom
nickisom

i hope there is some type of prestige mode to keep people gaming after all weapons are unlocked.

canmanmtc
canmanmtc

i want it,i want it,i want it,i want it,i want it

amjadaragon
amjadaragon

i love EA games cuz it give us bad company but i hope run on my pc :)

jaws30000
jaws30000

cant wait!!!!!!! i want to play the demo!!

DarwinBC
DarwinBC

While bad co was fun, Battlefield fans are crying for something other then this. Pay attention DICE Patch 1.5!

Squeets
Squeets

I love this guy... They are going to make the guns have a more realistic look and feel... They were amazing the first time around and now they are making it better... AWESOME! And you can destroy entire buildings now!!!!!!!!!!! RUNNING IN A HOUSE WON'T SAVE YOU FROM MY JDAM's ANYMORE!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA... Plus from the teaser... it looks like you can lay down now... I am never going to die :) No one will ever find me... I will be laying in the bushes a mile away "shootin ur guyz" :P

CyanideV
CyanideV

i wish it would come out sooner

GolgoThirteen
GolgoThirteen

Finally, the PC gets some Bad Company lovin'... can't wait!

xKaTaHoMaSx
xKaTaHoMaSx

LOL if u look at the dudes face at the end of the interview when he says the time of release the dude looks all dissapointed.

Gammet25
Gammet25

It looks stunning and really kinda looks like they're taking a step forward in the Battlefield Franchise

Mcderby4
Mcderby4

I dont understand how you think this is an April Fools joke The game was announced a while ago and this interview was posted on March 30th not April 1st... Whatever