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Battlefield 1942

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Experience the savageness World War II on your computer. You’ll pick up the firearm of your choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft and wage war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles the world has seen.

  • Developers: Digital Illusions CE.
  • Publishers:  Electronic Arts, Aspyr Media (OS X).
  • Initial release date:  10 September 2002
  • Platforms:  Microsoft Windows, OS X.
  • License: Commercial.

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Battlefield 1942, developed by digital illusions, drops you a new soldier recruit into the action taking place between the Allies and the Axis forces during World War 2. The four primary battlefronts which you will be deployed to are North Africa, the Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe which are nearly exact replicas of WWII battle fronts. Once in this locations, you can choose amongst the various player classes which are assault, medic, scout, anti-tank and engineer all of whom have different skill sets.

The various player classes give you flexibility, as you can choose amongst the different players even when in battle. The various player classes come in handy in situations where you require a particular skill set for example when repairing a car you can switch to engineer mode then back to assault mode. The game can be played in two modes, single player mode which acts more like a training ground for those new to the game as it is you against computer bots or the multiplayer mode where the real action takes place between you and other game players on the internet or in the local area.

The multiplayer mode, adds to the fun experience as the game puts emphasis on teamwork since no battle is just about a single soldier’s survival.  For you to win the challenge you have to make sure that your team members do not get killed, as this will mean the loss of points for your team. But in case your squad has multiple casualties you can help out by switching to the medic character and providing medical assistance to those injured. You, however, need to remember that even though the multiplayer game mode is all about teamwork, you should not over rely on your team members as sometimes the location on the map might be so wide that you only meet up later in the game (that is if you are still alive though).

Something to note about Battlefield 1942 is that players have the capacity to fly various aircraft and bombers, navigate ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and the use of jeeps and tanks. All of which add to the player experience as you can jump down from a plane, land on a ship, swim to the shore and take control of a tank and bomb away at the enemy with no downtime. This is made possible by the game’s great interface, as it combines strategic combat with lots of explosions and action taking place amongst the clashing countries in a battle to control the most points on the map especially those that belong to the enemy.

The game is intense as it accurately portrays realistic combat in war through strategic planning, teamwork and smart use of weapons at hand. However, the fact that the game lacks in a storyline acts as a double edged sword since every time you play you get a different experience but at the same time the mission objectives are not sufficiently diverse and if you are a serious gamer the general game becomes somewhat repetitive hence dulling the experience. All in all, it’s a must have for any war game fan.


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