Battlefield: Bad Company 2 demo hits XBL, PC beta begins

Xbox 360 owners get early taste of EA DICE's upcoming shooter now through Feb. 25; PS3 version due Feb. 4; Windows preorders get chance for beta key.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 doesn't ship out until March 2, but Electronic Arts is already pulling out all the stops to promote it. The financially troubled publisher announced that starting today, a multiplayer demo for the DICE-developed military shooter is available on Xbox Live. Free to Gold-level subscribers, the 1GB demo will feature a large map based on the Alaskan oil port of Valdez (see below) in which up to 24 players must secure resources in the game's Rush mode. The demo, which lasts until February 25, will feature infantry and vehicular combat, including such vehicles as the main battle tanks, quad bikes, mobile armored antiaircraft guns, and helicopters.

PlayStation 3 owners will get access to the BF: Bad Company 2 demo on February 4 in North America and February 11 in Europe. Owners of Sony's console already had the opportunity to participate in a beta test last November. Now, a similar open beta has begun for those who preorder the PC version of the game from GameStop. They will get a chance to get a beta key from the game's official site, which has a list of mirrors to download the PC beta client from.

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damn..i got a bad company full version but something is wrong...my mouse and my keyboard, doesn't work...when u walk the key W,S always go forward, den on my mouse always looking up and when u turn to left always right...help me guys

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cant wait

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SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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Shame that that the demo ends so soon before realease. Brill game tho.

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Bye Painkiller, Bye Commando, Bye Heartbeat Sensor and Bye SMGs with unlimited range !

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@latin-stroller - it should come probably later this day.This happened when I was trying to download the MAG beta.I was trying to look for it in PSN but it wasn't there.Eventually, it came out like around afternoon.

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i got it on the pc as a beta now and i have tested it on ps3 before december.. and i really like the ps3 aim/shooting controlls better which is weard because im a old fps pc gamer ... BC2 IS NOW MY CURRENT FAV. GAME

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"On February 4th, the demo will be accessible on the PlayStation®Network in Europe and on February 11th in North America." Copied and pasted from the BF blog. Ouch gamespot.

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I feel that this game is quite a bit more fun than COD! I really enjoy the use of vehicles in a FPS. The sounds in this game are amazingly realistic and the feel of game play is top notch! This game is gonna Rock when it has its full release in March!!

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dang i just want to play a little to see if the grafix work well on my pc xD ill buy the game on dvd i dont like this digital stuff, im scared of hackers xD

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Guys below me, it's not a PC DEMO. It's a PC BETA. The demo is still coming and will be out at the end of February. The reason it's a CLOSED PUBLIC BETA is because the PC version of the game isn't finished and fools would incorrectly think it represented the final product if they released it as a DEMO. To those thinking of getting this for PC: Steam is still offering instant beta access if you pre-buy through them. Nobody is forcing you to pre-order to play the game before deciding to buy. If you already know you're gonna get the game and know that your PC can run it, then get it on Steam and play the beta now. If you are unsure then wait for the PC demo at the end of February before making up your mind. Having played both the 360 demo and the PC beta, I feel comfortable saying I'm sticking with the PC version this time around. The only drawback I could find is that I won't be able to play with my xbox live friends list. But it is evened out by the fact that I can bookmark servers I come across that have friendly regulars, low pings, or skilled players.

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dude under me is dumb this game is way better then cod.

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its so lame, it tries to be like call of duty but is nowhere near as fun..

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If I sign up now I wonder if I'll get a key...

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its a load of B@lls needin a Beta key just to play a demo what a load of crap. A lot of us pay loads of money for are PC just to get this crap

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i signed up at the link above, when will i get my beta key

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The video is worthless. I'll play the beta though.

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When do i get my beta key!

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I love this game! I find it easier to play on the PS3 though.

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ok i registered at bfbc2 website when do i get my key

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meh i still didnt recieve a beta key :( NEEEEED NAO!!

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Do you need steam to play this?

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Need Beta key

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just got the beta key from steam and downloading now can't wait to try it out. Its looking awesome.

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They have vastly improved the persistent unlocks and class specialization, I have had this one pre-ordered and paid in full since November. I can't wait for 4 on 4 squad rush. This is awesome.

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Platini, I'm not sure whether you forget a few hormone pills this morning, or if you are just naturally that angry. The Beta I played was very fun to play, and has great graphics (running on a PS3). Its not my fault you have a PC and had problems getting into the Beta, so please just shut up.

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hope "all" problems are fixed prior to release.

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I tried this beta and let me tell you they are not even close to what MW2 multiplayer is! This game sucks so bad that when you try it, you will never again want to play it. Don't believe me? try it and then come back and let me know! THIS GAME SUCKS! The visuals you have seen on youtube? Hmm, not even close! I tried with best settings and it was not even close to what ModerWarefare2! Not even close! And good luck getting the beta updates! I tried and tried and you cannot get an update to this game! Do you want beta? Sure pre-purchase and be amazed by the fact that you have to pay extra money to download the client though 3rd party download site! did I say that once you do and you have to upgrade there is no way to do it? Please try it and then let me know if you like it! Oh god does this game suck!

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WOow

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I am sooo excited for this game. There is just sooo many things that are great; guns, vehicles, and destruction. I love it. I think I like the demo more than I like MW2 online as an entire game. I had the opportunity to play the beta on the PS3, and now I get the opportunity to play the demo on XBOX 360, and I'm just very impressed with what I am seeing and experiencing. I hope this turns out to be as good as the hype. So far I am very pleased.

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is it for free in xbox marketplace?

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Its a great game for sure. I play PC BF2 and its definitely better than that and has a different feel to the BF2. Its all about Map Domination and that is cool. I find the snow too white washed but that just might be my screen. I have preordered it as well from EA games and will buy it.

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My, Inconnux, you're so intelligent...

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Pre-booked and payed the CE for PS3 like oct last year, but I just have to have it for PC aswell.... gonna be awesome, the BETA was so... :P

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I refused to buy MW2 on the PC after they made it a direct console port... but I will be getting this game on day 1. I hope people dump the mediocre MW2 and show IW that they can't keep releasing generic crap

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Wow just played the demo on xbox and it was really good, I think I might actually get the game.

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Had a chance to play it extensively at Eurogamer Expo. I think folks looking for a replacement for MW2 are going to be sorely disappointed - it's not nearly as smooth, stuff like reloading takes longer too. If you liked Bad Company OG, then you'll like this though. And it's a good and fun title in its own right. I think the new MoH title is worthy of more hope for a MW2 replacement though.

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I have high hopes for the PC version of the game. Did download the Xbox version just to see what it looks like. Should be pretty good. Looking forward to something OTHER THEN MW2.

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@penguins227 Yes, just pause the game, go to options, audio, and then turn down or off the "dialogue". :D If future games are going to have swearing it, at least make an option for people who don't want to hear it but still enjoy the gameplay.

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@ Flint247 - You can turn off swearing?? AWESOME!

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Just played the demo. Besides the swearing, the gameplay and graphics are great. Fortunately, you can mute the dialogue so you don't have to hear the bad swearing. :D You may disagree with me if you want, but I don't want a match where they drop f-bombs the entire time. That's annoying.

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just played the demo on XBL in a squad with my friends....SO FUN! :D

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already preordered from steam. Quite excited for this game

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this demo was actually better than mw2 in a few ways and cant stop playing it

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i think gamespot should be giving out keys also for the pc

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@ Nos1Chelseafan That's very debatable.

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the guy playing the demo is sick and the game is going to be the best game of 2010 :):):):):):):):):):):):)

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@ LiuKang3000 that's the stupidest reason I've ever heard not to buy a game not to mention one in THIS franchise

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