Battlefield 2 is the third installment in the Battlefield Series and was developed by DICE. It is the first game in the series to be in a modern setting and was released on June 21, 2005 in North America. A console port of the game, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, was developed and released on October 24th, 2005.
A direct sequel, Battlefield 3, was developed and released by EA and DICE on October 25, 2011.
Battlefield 2 is set in and around 2007, during a global war pitting the United States and the European Union (Euro Force) against China, the fictional Middle Eastern Coalition and the Russian Federation (Special Forces). The game takes place on different fronts, with American and European Forces invading China and Middle Eastern Countries and China and the MEC invading the United States.
Battlefield 2 features a singleplayer mode that allow players to play on multiplayer maps and game modes by themselves with Bots on either the Recruit, Veteran, or Expert difficulties. Unlike the multiplayer, which supports up to 64 players, this mode only supports a maximum of 16 players, limiting the mode to only 16 player sized maps as a result. This, however, can be overwritten by the use of mods.
Battlefield 2, like its predecessors, pits two enemy factions against one another as they reduce the opposing team's tickets until they reach zero. Players can chose to play as a member of the People's Liberation Army, United States Marine Corps or the Middle Eastern Coalition. Additional Factions are available through booster packs and expansions, such as the European Union and the Russian Federation.
Battlefield 2 features 13 maps, available in 16, 32, or 64 player sizes.
Battlefield 2 currently has four expansion packs that introduces new weapons, vehicles, maps and factions.
- Battlefield 2: Special Forces (2005)
- Battlefield 2: Euro Force (2006)
- Battlefield 2: Armored Fury (2006)
A demo is available for download features the map Gulf of Oman for both the single-player and multi-player modes. Players who own the retail version of Battlefield 2 results in that person's current rank being displayed in the demo. Maps that are 16 and 32 sized have time limits of 10 and 12 minutes respectively while the 64 player version is left unavailable. EA later shut down its demo servers on November 28, 2005 but some client and server software, as well as server operators, are still available for the demo on the BF2 website.
Project Reality (PR) is a mod that brings realism and great emphasis on teamwork and co-operation to Battlefield 2. Weapons and vehicles have been modified so that they behave realistically, such as the ballistics being modified to include bullet drop. The health system has been modified into a locational damage system, so for vehicles, if its wheels or tracks suffer heavy damage, then it cannot move; if its turret is heavily damaged however, then it cannot fire. A health meter is not present, so if a player gets shot, their health will slowly degrade and will die if a medic does not treat them. Maps in the game are based off real-life locations such as Basrah, Beirut, Helmand Valley, the Gaza Strip, etc. The mod features 13 playable armies from the United States, Canada, China, Russia, Great Britain, etc. Some of the game modes in the mod include AASv4, where control points must be captured in a certain order and Insurgency, where one faction must blow up all of the illegal ammo caches while an Insurgent faction must protect them. Some of the classes in the mod include Officer, Rifleman, Combat Medic, Rifleman Specialist and Automatic Rifleman. There are more classes to choose from in the game, but they must be requested upon as players cannot choose them in the spawn screen. The mod has received positive reviews, with GameSpy commenting it as "the mother of all realism mods [has] arrive[d] for Battlefield 2" and PC Zone saying that "not only does it make virtual warfare harsher, Project Reality also adds fantastic new maps, vehicles and weapons to the fray". Project Reality has won awards such as the Silver Spanner Mod of the Year 2006 and 2007 from ModDB, Best Modification of 2007 Award from Total Gaming Network and has been included in ModDB's Mod Hall of Fame.
Point of Existence 2Edit
Point of Existence 2 (PoE2) is a sequel to the mod for Battlefield Vietnam. It focuses on a fictional conflict between Ukraine against the United States of America and Germany in Eastern Europe. Just like the first mod, it includes a mix of real and prototype weapons and vehicles from each country. The mod has garnered positive reviews and won awards such as the 2006 Mod of the Year Award from ModDB.
Battlefield 2 recieved a more positive review than the previous two installments, garnering a 91 at Metacritic and a 90.07% at GameRankings.
GameSpot gave the game a score of 9.3 out of 10, earning it an Editor's Choice Award from the publication, saying that "When it's at its best, Battlefield 2 elevates online gaming to whole new heights. Put simply, this is a thrilling and revolutionary game that just has to be played to be believed."
IGN gave the game a score of 8.9 out of 10, saying that "The thing to remember about Battlefield 2 is that it's exceptionally fun. There are most definitely some things that need some improvement, but that certainly isn't going to keep the game from owning our lives for a good long while. Anybody that was a fan of Battlefield before will have a great reason to renew their love affair when the game is released early this week."
GameSpy gave the game a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars, saying that "While the steep technical requirements might be an issue for some, what ultimately matters is the game itself and how it plays, and Battlefield 2 sets a new high watermark for online play. Once you strap into an F/A-18 and rocket over the landscape, once you're crouched next to a tank trying valiantly to repair it while bullets ping off of the armor inches above your head, once you defend a waypoint and ask for new orders from your commander over the radio, all of those nitpicks about map balance or sniper power fade. Battlefield 2 is a multiplayer experience that'll suck you in and keep you there for months to come. It's time to get your war on."
- Battlefield 2 Website
- Battlefield 2 Info - maps, weapons effects, joystick setup
- BF2 Screenshots
- Battlefield Singleplayer
- Originally, there was to be a set of falling kit parts—items such as helmets could be shot off—but only the U.S. helmet was ever finished. The MEC helmet is half-finished, but lacks a texture.
- Many of the buildings found in Battlefield Vietnam remain in Battlefield 2's files, without textures.
- This is the first Battlefield game that is set in modern times.
- DICE bought Trauma Studios, the creators of the Desert Combat mod for Battlefield 1942, to help with the creation of Battlefield 2.
- Days before Battlefield 2 was released, however, DICE shut down Trauma Studios.