Battlefield Bad Company 2 was released earlier this year and Dice has continued to support the community with various updates and additional maps for free. BFBC2 – Vietnam is a full fledged expansion to what was already an exceptional shooter. Now with this new expansion pack, the best just got better!
Rather than add a few maps, Dice decided to create an entirely new game within Bad Company 2. This new expansion even has its own menu seperate from the original multiplayer. This expansion takes place 40 years in the past, returning Battlefield to the infamous Vietnam War.
First and foremost, Dice has really nailed that gritty look and feel of the Vietnam era and excels with all the little details you’d come to expect from the Battlefield series. Dice recorded all new voice overs, included an awesome soundtrack including “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and included a whole slew of era-appropriate weapons and vehicles. The weapons, in the usual Battlefield way, all feel unique from one another.
The landscapes are exceptionally detailed, even more so than the original game. There are 5 huge maps included with this expansion, each with all four game modes. As with Battlefield 1943, the 5th map will be unlocked after 69 million player support actions (spotting, reviving etc). Hill 137 in particular has some particularly stunning graphics, with one side of the map with lots of vegetation and foliage and the other side being a small NVA base napalmed. What Dice’s Frostbite is capable of producing on consoles always amazes me, and with this expansion, it’s no different.
If you played BFBC2, you are already familiar with the basic premise as the same game modes all carry over. There are some small but significant changes that really change the dynamic of the gun fights. Now only the Recon class has scopes so the other classes are forced to use the iron sights. It might sound like a negative, but I ended up really liking most of the iron sights or at least just getting used to them. By forcing the player to play without the red dot or 4x scopes, the gun fights are now close range engagements which makes Vietnam that much more intense.
The Bottom Line
It’s actually quite amazing that this is simply just an expansion of BFBC2, you get a ton of new content for your $15 entry fee. This could have been its own standalone game altogether. Bad Company 2 Vietnam is among the best multiplayer experiences you will have this year, so what are you waiting for?