The Battlefield Blog has word that the PC demo for Battlefield Bad Company 2 will begin today: "A PC beta would also be available to players that pre-order the game at participating retailers in North America, Europe and Asia, and through select community channels at 6pm CET today." 6:00 pm CET is noon Eastern Time. The PC beta involves similar content to the just launched Xbox 360 demo (word is the console demo will launch on PS3 on February 4): "The Battlefield: Bad Company 2 console demo and PC beta will feature Port Valdez, a new vehicle focused map where up to 24 players (32 on PC) will compete against each other as either the US or Russian armies in the game's Rush multiplayer mode. Players will have access to five land and three air vehicles where the Russian side can use everything in their arsenal including Main Battle Tanks as well as the fast-moving Quad Bikes and Mobile Armored AA. The fight will also be packed with plenty of infantry combat fought alongside the waterline towards a great oil industrial landscape in the Alaskan mountains." There's a new trailer showing off gameplay on the Port Valdez map from the beta and demo, and the trailer is embedded below.
With a presumed BF3 in development I wonder just what is going to make this a uniquely different experience.
Good question. IMO the biggest advantage PC's have over consoles is RAM and hard drive capacity as far as making bigger and better games. Yeah of course graphics but that doesn't make a better game, just prettier. So BF3 will likely have bigger maps, or more detailed maps, more types of vehicles, more types of infantry, etc etc.. Just more & bigger & better. Also the KB & mouse input allow for a more rich user interface where a gamepad can't or won't suffice like for example squad leaders in BF2 how they could do some pretty detailed orders, etc. A truly PC native hardcore BF game is a long time coming. Hopefully DICE hasn't forgotten how to do them.
BC2 might fun for a while though.
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