|Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII|
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII is the second expansion pack for Battlefield 1942 and features many new weapons, vehicles, maps, as well as a new game mode that focuses on fulfilling objectives rather than destroying the enemy army. These new features help to bring variety compared to its predecessor without overhauling the series.
As in Battlefield 1942, players play the role of a soldier in a two-sided battle, working together in an attempt to reduce the enemy's tickets to zero by killing opposing troops and capturing flags. However, the expansion introduces a new objective-based mode that require players to accomplishing specific objectives to win the battle. This is similer to a mode on the Battle of Britain map that was introduced through a patch.
An example of this objective mode can be seen on the Essen map. Allied forces must destroy key portions of a weapons factory and the Axis forces must prevent them from fulfilling this task by defending the factory. If the Allied forces successfully fulfill these objectives, the Axis tickets are drastically reduced, but for as long as the Allies are not fulfilling their objectives, their tickets are reducing.
The expansion also introduces the Jet Pack, which allows players to fly in the air while firing a weapon. It is not unique to one faction, but can be found at one or more locations throughout a particular map as a usable item. There are only three maps which have the Jet Pack in them (Essen, Hellendoorn and Kbely Airfield).
- Ordnance QF 25 Artillery
- AW52 Fighter
- Commando Raft
- C-47 Dakota Cargo Plane
- McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Fighter
- LVT4 Amphibious Transport
- XA42 Motorcycle
- M21 81mm MMC Mortar Carrier (SAS only)
- M8 Greyhound Armored Car (SAS only)
- SAS Overland MB Jeep (SAS only)
- M4 Sherman Tank with T34 Calliope (US Army only)
- T95 Tank (US Army only)
- Flakpanzer IV Artillery
- HO229 Fighter
- Natter Rocket Plane
- Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri Helicopter
- Pak40 Artillery
- Schwimmwagen Amphibious Vehicle
- Sturmtiger Tank
- Wasserfall Guided Rocket
- R75 Motorcycle
- Munitionspanzer IV (Waffen-SS only)
- Henschel Hs 297 (Waffen-SS only)
- Krupp Protze (Waffen-SS only)
- Sdkfz 2 Kettenkrad (Wehrmacht only)
Seven new weapons, including throwing knives, are introduced in the expansion.
- M1 Garand Rifle
Eight new maps are introduced in the Secret Weapons of WWII.
- Eagle's Nest
- Gothic Line
- Kbely Airfield
- Raid on Agheila
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII received generally positive reviews from critics. The expansion pack has a score of 79 at Metacritic based on 18 reviews and a score of 82.47% at GameRankings based on 31 reviews.
GameSpot gave it a score of 8.2 out of 10, saying that "Secret Weapons of World War II adds plenty of new features, and nearly all of these new features are great. However, considering how much it retails for, it probably could have offered more. Nevertheless, its additions are extremely enjoyable to play around with and, in some cases, really change the gameplay of the original in new and intriguing ways. The new additions should give fans of Battlefield 1942 reason to keep right on playing their favorite online shooter."
IGN gave it a score of 8.8 out of 10, saying that "Still, assuming you can swallow the more fanciful additions, you'll find plenty of excitement here. The balance is still superb, the physics system embraces the new jet-powered vehicles, and the new maps allow for gameplay almost as compelling as you'd find on Wake or Market Garden. Though the $30 asking price is a bit steep, fans of the series won't be disappointed with this one."
GameSpy gave it a score of 3 out of 5 stars, saying that "If you've played Battlefield 1942, The Road to Rome and Desert Combat to death, need something new and don't mind the $30 price point (or can find it on sale somewhere), it's a great addition to the Battlefield universe."