In times gone by man would fight in the future nothing has changed as in the year 2142 the war rages on.

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Battlefield 2142 is a FPS or a first-person shooter set in the far flung future of 2142. Where the people of earth are yet again in the grips of a war...which they say will end all wars. The reason for this war is an ice age. It has forced two powers into conflict. The European Union and the Pan Asian Coalition both fighting for space food fuel water and whatever they can lay there hands on.

Now with this being a Battlefield game you would expect that the gameplay for it would be mainly aim at multiplayer...Well to be honest with you that is the case here Battlefield 2142 is a multiplayer game which is set up to handle a maximum of 64 players on a server. Which when you think about it is a fair number of people to join up with and fight on a Battlefield. This being mainly a multiplayer game there is not much realy to the story other than there is a conflict and its your job to kill the other people on the other with the people on your side to take points on the map to your side can win the day.

With the story out of the way..(Ice age) i will move onto looking at the meat and the bones of this game and that is the gameplay. First we will look at the class system that Battlefield 2142 has. Realy its not a class system like in the past Battlefield games it is more of a kits system. These kits are:

Assault Kit:
The Assault and Medic classes from Battlefield 2 are combined as the Assault kit in Battlefield 2142. The main weapons are assault rifles with unlockable rocket or shotgun add-ons. Other unlocks include advanced first-aid kits which can be deployed to restore the health of anyone standing close to it, smoke grenades for screening, and a defibrillator for reviving fallen comrades. The Assault kit has helmet upgrade that allows the user to determine what type of kit the enemy soldier is using, and assigns the appropriate icon above the enemy spotted marker. Which is handy for knowing what the enemy kit is.

Recon Kit:
The Sniper and Special Forces classes from Battlefield 2 are combined as the Recon kit in Battlefield 2142. The main weapons are sniper rifles, while there is also an unlockable carbine for close-range encounters. This class can unlock a variety of explosives, including APMs and remote-detonated RDX charges, both of which can kill infantry upon detonation, and the latter can also be used for destroying enemy vehicles, assets and strategic objects, SAT Track, UAV, Orbital Strike and EMP Strike. Another unlockable item is the Active Camo system, which makes the user 90% invisible to other soldiers, but if the user gets too close to an enemy, the user can be easily spotted because of the electronic and static sounds the Active Camo system creates. The Recon kit's helmet upgrade increases the time the enemy spotted marker stays on the HUD. Having this will help with taking a plan of action and knowing where the enemy is for a longer time.

Engineer Kit:
The Anti-Tank and Engineer classes from Battlefield 2 are combined as the Engineer kit in Battlefield 2142. The default weapon for this class is a directable anti-vehicle rocket launcher. Other unlockable main weapons include a high-velocity anti-tank rifle lacking guidance systems and an anti-air missile launcher with guidance systems. The equipment unlocks include motion-sensitive anti-vehicle mines, a vehicle repair kit, and a defusing device for enemy explosives. While the other classes carry a pistol as their sidearm, the Engineer class has a submachine gun to compensate for its lack of an anti-infantry weapon. The Engineer's helmet upgrade works similarly to the Assault kit's, but identifies and assigns icons for vehicles instead of infantry.

Support Kit:
The Support class from Battlefield 2 remains fairly unchanged for the Support kit in Battlefield 2142. The default weapon is a light machine gun. Unlike other weapons, this machine gun becomes more accurate the longer it is fired. Other unlockable main weapons are a heavy machine gun and a shotgun. The equipment for this class includes ammunition hubs, deployable sentry guns, a sonar device to locate enemy infantry. EMP grenades which are useful in revealing nearby enemy Recon soldiers using their Active Camo, and individual deployable energy shields. The Support kit's helmet upgrade passively spots any enemy within a certain range that starts using the Active Camo. The cloaked enemy's marker will appear on both the HUD and the mini-map, and both will track as long as the enemy is within the Support's line of sight.

As you can see there may be only four kits in this game but them kits cover more ground which means there should always be a person ready and waiting to do the right job at the right time.

With the kits out of the way i will move onto the Conquest mode of Battlefield 2142. It involves two teams of players fighting each other while working to capture and defend spawnpoints. Spawnpoints are represented by flags and display the color of the controlling faction. Holding a simple majority of flags will initiate a ticket drain on the opposing faction, which will only speed up if one faction controls all the flags. So making sure that your team has a hold of atleast one spawn point at all times is key. Both teams begin the match with a preset number of respawn tickets. Each time a soldier dies, a respawn ticket is removed from their team. Players have the opportunity to reduce their number of lost tickets by reviving their "critically wounded" teammates with the Assault class' defibrillator. By reviving a teammate within 15 seconds no ticket is lost and the player does not need to respawn, the player who killed the revived player still gains a kill point. The team that has no respawn tickets, or no places to spawn with no one alive, loses the match.

Then there is Titan mode. This involves players from opposing teams whose objective is to destroy the other team's Titan, while trying to defend their own. These are massive, heavily-armored, flying warships, which have powerful force fields protecting them from enemy intrusion or conventional weapons fire. As the force fields are up during the first part of a battle, players must fight to control the anti-Titan missile silos scattered about the battlefield on the ground. Titans can be moved around the battlefield, but only by the team's Commander. Each Titan can defend itself and contribute to the fight on the ground with 4 anti-ground guns and 2 anti-air guns.

After the sheilds have been taken down there are two ways to destroy a Titan. The first is to simply remain on the ground and hold the anti-Titan missiles until they wear down the hull. The second is to board their Titan using assault pods launched from an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier), air transport, Titan, or spawn beacon, spawn on your squad leader, or land an air transport on a Titan as a mobile spawn point. Once inside, the players must destroy 4 reactor consoles to gain access to the reactor room. There, they can blow up the reactor, and have 30 seconds to flee the Titan before it is destroyed.

Battlefield 2142 came out in north america on October 17, 2006 in australia on October 18, 2006 and in europe on October 20, 2006. For Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X.

The System requirements are:

Operating system: Windows XP with latest service pack installed.
DirectX 9.0c February 2006 edition (included).
CPU: 1.7 Ghz.
RAM: 512 Mb.
Video Card: 128Mb DirectX compliant video card, Pixel shader 2.0 and above.
Hard Drive space: 1.8Gb of space is required to install the game.
Internet connection: 128kbit Cable/DSL connection.

Operating system: Windows XP with latest service pack installed.
DirectX 9.0c February 2006 edition (included).
CPU: 3.0 Ghz.
RAM: 1.5 Gb.
Video Card: 256Mb DirectX compliant video card, Pixel shader 2.0 and above.
Hard Drive space: 1.8Gb of space is required to install the game.
Internet connection: 512Mb Cable/DSL connection.

To be honest this game be a hard game to get into but once you do you will find it to be a fun blast just as long as the people your playing with work well at the task at hand.