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Ships Ahoy - Battlefield 2142

EA Assaults Retail Shelves With Battlefield 2142 is the press release announcing the availability of the latest installment in the Battlefield series of multiplayer military shooters:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prepare for titanic all-out war in the year 2142! Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) today announced that Battlefield 2142(TM) has shipped to retailers in North America and Europe for the PC under the EA(TM) brand. The game is rated "T for Teen" and carries a MSRP of $49.99. Battlefield 2142 was developed by Sweden-based developer Digital Illusions.

Battlefield 2142 drops players into a future ravaged by a new ice age. Players are called to fight for the European Union or the Pan Asian Coalition in an epic battle for survival. Armed with an arsenal of high-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will wage war using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man. Massive Battle Walkers patrol the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and a selection of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field.

Battlefield 2142 supports online multiplayer for up to 64 players in the classic Conquest mode and up to 48 players in the new Titan mode, which challenges gamers to use teamwork to destroy their opponent's Titan, a massive flying battleship, while defending their own. The game also features a deep new persistence system, with more than 40 ranks, from Recruit to Supreme Commander. Players can also customize their soldier with more than 40 unlockable weapons and gadgets for upwards of 1,000 possible combinations to match any play-style.

"Battlefield 2142 is a bold leap into the future for the franchise and represents nearly 18 months of development by the team at DICE," said Marcus Nilsson, senior producer at Digital Illusions. "Battlefield 2142 reinvents the classic Battlefield sandbox with all-new toys, deep persistence, and the massive new Titan mode - the first all-new mode since we introduced Conquest mode in Battlefield 1942."

81. Re: No subject Oct 18, 2006, 03:20 Desertfox
Well, SHIPS AHOY, but not for me.
I'm an adult player with money to spend and I've been a BF fan since day 1: played the BF1942 demo to shreds; bought the game; bought the two expansions; bought BFVN; LOVED the BFVN WWII-mod; bought BF2; bought BF2-SF...
...but then they started selling those internet-only packages with mediocre maps that hardly have any server online... Hmmm, I passed on that one. What happened to free content? Luckily we got The Road to Jalalabad (which was/is great).
Now I tried the BF2142 demo when it was released and I gave it four or five hours of gameplay, but I was not impressed. It's just no fun. I think the pace is less than the battles in BF2. It's not just this I don't like: it's the whole concept and feel of the new BF2142 that I don't like. There just is no spark. I can even call it boring at times.
I don't like the Titan-mode and the (inside of the) Titan. I don't like the fantasy vehicles and guns. They look cool, but the feel of it all is not as exciting as the vehicles in the three other BF-games. A plasma gun or a bigger plasma gun? Who cares when they both don't give you that AH, YEAH! feeling? And although I'm not a flyboy, I miss the planes/jets. The only cool thing to look at and try is the mechs, but that's not enough for me to get a whole game going.
But what matters in the end: fun is what I miss in this thing. Ofcourse I only played the demo and its map, but I'm not spending my 50 euro to find out if the game gets better in the other maps. There's just too many things in the demo that I don't like. I don't believe that the full game will be that much better.
Luckily theres good news too: my BF2 runs great and every game I play has the excitement and fun I miss in the BF2142 demo. So I just stick to BF2.
BTW: long time ago in a forum far far away I suggested they should have made BF14-18 with WW-1 troops, horses, vehicles, biplanes, zeppelins, trenches and gas-attacks. If there's any future left after BF2142 DICE should have another look at this 14-18 period.
Maybe they should stick to what they're best at, put the love of game-creation back into their product and grab back some market share I'm pretty sure they lose with BF2142. They did already with my share
This comment was edited on Oct 18, 03:22.
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