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Post by Dan @ 03:10pm 25/02/10 | 39 Comments
While a lot of studios appear to be losing PC-focus on their multi-platform titles, it's good to see the folks at EA DICE still giving the desktop version the extra attention it deserves in the hotly anticipated Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Today's video takes a look at the PC-specific features of the game such as a powerful game-server browser and a re-worked user interface to better cater mouse input. Then of course, there's the performance graphical benefits afforded to the higher horse-power PCs - unlocked framerates and field of vision, higher resolutions and both fullscreen and widescreen aspect ratios.

Couple that with higher player number support (32 vs max of 24 on consoles) and it's clear that much more care has been taken with the PC version than some other recent shooters.

Watch the PC features walkthrough video right here on AusGamers.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is due on PC and Xbox 360 on March 4th 2010 with PlayStation 3 following on March 11th.




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trog
Posted 03:12pm 25/2/10
AND IT HAS DEDICATED SERVERS
FraktuRe
Posted 03:18pm 25/2/10
I hope they've improved the server browser from the beta, it's a piece of s*** atm.
Dan
Posted 03:27pm 25/2/10
...and even then it's infinitely better than Modern Warfare 2's server browser.
MARLINBLADE
Posted 03:28pm 25/2/10
Amen Brother Trog.... Amen
TiT
Posted 03:33pm 25/2/10
Im not battlefield fan at all but im loving it... wish i didnt buy MW2
Methz
Posted 03:50pm 25/2/10
DICE are fast being held in the same esteem as Bioware & Blizz in my eyes.
They're really taking care not to piss of the pc community like some other recently released titles have *cough*
re so
Posted 03:53pm 25/2/10
Yea now all they need to do to seal the deal is make a decent game eyyyy.
Python
Posted 04:14pm 25/2/10
pity I find the game boring :/
Trauma
Posted 04:20pm 25/2/10
While the server browser is good to have even tho theirs is terribad, the main issue is that the gameplay is made for console, no prone, no lean, no strafe while sprinting. May seem small but totally ruins the game play.
ravn0s
Posted 04:25pm 25/2/10
why do you find it boring? i think its pretty fun and if you have a good team the matches can be pretty quick and hectic.

one thing i would like to see is auto balance.

lastnight i was playing on a server with 11 people (16player server). the enemy team was a bunch of stackers so it was 3vs8. the other players on my team were really good and we did really well defending but ended up losing after about 20 mins. however when it was out turn to attack we won within 5-10mins. f*****g stackers got their arses kicked.

last edited by ravn0s at 16:25:50 25/Feb/10
HERMITech
Posted 04:48pm 25/2/10
why do you find it boring? i think its pretty fun and if you have a good team the matches can be pretty quick and hectic.

Yeah, had a massive battle for the Apache's heliport last night and when we finally got it first two things I thought of was the line from Saving Private Ryan "They really didn't want to give up them 88's" and giving kudos to the other team for putting up such a fight.

Was awesome!
Zylox
Posted 05:37pm 25/2/10
might have to get that demo tonight. Does anyone know if it has the default game mode of BF2 where u hold more flags the opponents tickets go down faster?
Khel
Posted 05:47pm 25/2/10
Gotta admit, this game is turning out better than I had thought it would. I haven't played the beta/demo/whatever much cos theres a bazillion other things to play atm, but from what I did play of it, I enjoyed it more than MW2 multiplayer. I couldn't get into MW2 multiplayer at all, it just didn't feel instantly fun, whereas this had more of the instant fun appeal.

And as someone who doesn't play a lot of fps and isn't a crackshot ninja pro, Bad Company 2 is a game where I can still feel useful, and you can still do reasonably well even if you don't know the map inside out and aren't full of mad skillz. Whereas MW2 on the other hand, I just seemed to spend most of my time dead and getting frustrated.
RockitMan
Posted 05:59pm 25/2/10
I see it available for pre-order on steam - will the price go up after launch?
superFX
Posted 07:23pm 25/2/10
the price on steam has already been hiked, was initially 49.99usd
ravn0s
Posted 08:01pm 25/2/10
might have to get that demo tonight. Does anyone know if it has the default game mode of BF2 where u hold more flags the opponents tickets go down faster?


i think they have a few game modes. one is capture the flag. not sure if its like old ctf or like the one you described. you can only play one gamemode in the beta/demo. not sure what its called but you need to capture 2 comm stations in a region. once you do, you move to the next region of the map to capture those comm stations. theres 4 regions on the map.

also if you want to grab it youll probably have to get it on console since youll need to preorder it to get a beta key on PC. console i think you can just download it and play.
icewyrm
Posted 08:16pm 25/2/10
Can't see the appeal of this game. But I haven't liked any of the battlefield games or their mods.

The feel of the guns and gameplay has always felt kind of dongs, and the vehicles always seemed like too much d***ing around. Not trying to insult anyones tastes, I've known plenty of right proper gamers that love the series. I've just never come away from a bf gameplay session and thought "I want to play that again".

I have been pulled into it on occasion at lan parties and whatnot and pretty much regretted it every time, haha.
Zelph
Posted 08:19pm 25/2/10
Yeah, the PC Beta is going to be switched off tomorrow.

[quote]While the server browser is good to have even tho theirs is terribad, the main issue is that the gameplay is made for console, no prone, no lean, no strafe while sprinting. May seem small but totally ruins the game play.[/quote]

Actually I'm not sure that's "console gameplay" that just a design decision DICE have made and I think it's much better that way. No more matches with half you team prone "sniping". I'm not real for or against lean but really who can run sideways at full speed? You may not like it but I wouldn't label it console gameplay.

And I believe the US price on Steam is still cheap for pre-order if you happen to live in the US when you buy it.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/901297/?cc=US
ravn0s
Posted 08:26pm 25/2/10
Can't see the appeal of this game. But I haven't liked any of the battlefield games or their mods.


yer i was never really interested in this game until i played the beta. i havent been interested in any of the BF games since 1942 which i loved.


i really hate that theres no strafe while sprinting. sure you cant strafe at sprint speed in real life but i can still side step pretty quickly. they could have just had it that if you have sprint key down, you sidestep quicker than if you were just walking but its not quite a sprint speed. a speed in the middle would have been nice.
icewyrm
Posted 08:34pm 25/2/10
Ordering by the cc=region method doesn't seem to work anymore btw. Was trying to buy something and kept getting rejected. I think you might need to do it by VPN now?

Edit: I did try the beta, didn't seem much different really? I guess the smaller maps would have improved it in various ways.

I actually preferred codename eagle to 1942.

last edited by icewyrm at 20:34:56 25/Feb/10
Khel
Posted 08:35pm 25/2/10
Think it might also depend on the card you use, cos people have been saying it doesn't work for a while now, but I've still been able to use it recently.
ravn0s
Posted 08:37pm 25/2/10
damn that sucks :(
icewyrm
Posted 08:37pm 25/2/10
I actually tried it via 2 different cards and also paypal. Meh, dunno for sure. Ended up buying what I wanted when it came out for the AU region a day or two later (publisher had set proper equal pricing, lucky me.)
Midda
Posted 08:45pm 25/2/10
I've only tried it once, back when I was ordering L4D2 and MW2, and I had to do it with a VPN, even back then. It flat out refused to work just using the cc trick. I entered everything the EXACT same way while using a VPN, and it was fine. Maybe it was my card, I dunno. I have a new card now, but I haven't tried it with that one yet.
Spook
Posted 08:53pm 25/2/10
this beta has been wicked
McGarnacle
Posted 10:21pm 25/2/10
EA DICE have reported that they purposely got rid of prone so that everyone doesn't just camp and pick off people. By removing prone it encourages more gunplay which is more exciting. I'm loving the game, can't wait for it to be released.
pARODY
Posted 10:26pm 25/2/10
Beta was just closed down. 1 week to wait for the full thing!
eightyeight
Posted 10:52pm 25/2/10
worth getting for PC?
weedy
Posted 10:56pm 25/2/10
yay finally BFBC above the s***** res that is 720p

im a bit confused that some people are saying they hated BFBC yet they love BFBC2 they are almost identical games imo, in fact so similair after playing the demo on PS3 now for quite some time, i consider BFBC2 just a patched version of BFBC with some new content/maps
Erisus
Posted 11:41pm 25/2/10
Unlocked the Frame Rate? Really.

So no more cap at 30-50 fps on 4850s and 5770s?
Zylox
Posted 11:52pm 25/2/10
so dont download the beta? multiplayer only i asume?... damn i got gigs to kill. Probably just pre-order anyway as MW2 lacks vehicles. I miss the Apache and Scorpion from BF2.
The GuVna
Posted 12:38am 26/2/10
Its funny in the vid he highlights all the PC features that basically should be in EVERY PC multiplayer game :)

That said it's good to see the producer completely respects the PC gaming multiplayer community. Shame I don't like the game as it feels like a way inferior game to the old Enemy Territory Quake Wars :P
Martz
Posted 07:58am 26/2/10
I want the PC that is in that vid!
Robbo
Posted 04:31pm 26/2/10
Sucks that things that used to be expected in PC multiplayer is now something that can be marketed to make the game stand out!
whoop
Posted 06:57pm 26/2/10
no prone, no lean, no strafe while sprinting. May seem small but totally ruins the game play.

You're s***ting me? No lean in mw2 s**** me enough as it is but to lose strafe while running and prone too. Screw that. Plus EA has their fingers in this cookie jar so you know the game is gonna be buggy as hell on release & the DRM on the physical media version will prevent you from playing and the downloaded version will have its own issues.

Auto patcher? Oh hey don't let me select a nice fast server that gives me unmetered data for your 270meg patches, just download them for me automatically from some overseas server at 30kb/s.

Sod off. Do not want.
reLapse
Posted 07:17pm 26/2/10
@Whoop

BFBC2's gameplay without those features will still be amazing.

Prone and strafing whist running had to go in my opinion, leaning I will miss but it's not going to break the game by not having it.

I'm hopeful that you'll be able to download the patches manually and that the auto patcher is just a feature for those who would use it.
dox
Posted 01:47am 27/2/10
Ummm when did a bf game actually ever have a leaning function? ..that your actually missing now :P

I cant remember how sprinting worked in 1942 and BFV, but since bf2 im sure you couldnt sprint strafe either, calling it consolized is kinda funny, seeing how sprint stafing in a war game seems very arcadish and consoley :)
reLapse
Posted 03:20am 27/2/10
You're right, since BF2 but it was in previous games in the series and many outside of them and I'm glad it's staying gone.

As for leaning, I was referring to other games.
reLapse
Posted 03:22am 27/2/10
I was generalizing fps' when I said leaning had to go, I didn't mean to say that Battlefield games had it.
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