Battlefield 2 is the third installment in the Battlefield series and was developed by DICE. It was released on June 21, 2005 in North America with a console port of the game, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, being released on October 24, 2005.
A sequel, Battlefield 3, was developed and released by EA and DICE on October 25, 2011.
Battlefield 2 is the first installment in the series to be set in a modern setting, taking place 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, while Chinese and the MEC forces invade the mainland 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 three 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.
Battlefield 2 received 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.