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Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Review (Xbox 360)

Game Review: Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam
Release: December 21, 2010
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: DICE
Available Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, PC
Players: 2-24
MSRP: 1200 Msp, $14.99, €12.99, £9.99
ESRB Rating: M (Mature): Blood, Strong Language, Violence
Website: BFBC2 Vietnam
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOD MOOOOORRRRRRRNINGGGGG VIIIEEETNAAAAAAMMMMM!!!! It’s a balmy 100 degrees up on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Charlie is on the move. So stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen ladies, we’re heading off to war!” DICE is taking us back to the 60’s with Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam, their newest online multi-player expansion pack for their mega-hit, Battlefield Bad Company 2. The question is should you sign up for war, or sit in on a protest against it? Read on to find out the verdict!
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BFBC2: Vietnam is strictly an online only expansion pack. There is no single player story mode involved with this, but that’s O.K., the online packs more punch than an M48 Patton Tank. “What can I get for fifteen dollars?” you might ask. “Everything you want!” I say.
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  • 5 Multiplayer Maps: there are 4 maps from the get go with a fifth map that is waiting to be unlocked. This is unlocked by achieving 69 million collective team actions (Resupplies, Revives, etc..) for each of the three online platform communities (the PC community has already unlocked their’s). The maps are loosely based on real “hot spots” during the actual War. There’s Hill 137 which is more popularly known as “Hamburger Hill”, Vantage Point, Phu Bai Valley, and Cao Son Temple with Operation Hastings being the fifth unlockable map. They are filled with dense jungle foliage, skimpy shanties, tunnels, foxholes, and lots of water environments. Cao Son Temple is pretty unique with the Temple ruins scattered around the dense jungle, while Phu Bai Valley is a quaint village full of skimpy shacks and rice fields. Vantage Point is long, narrow, and fairly open with a big hill in the middle, while Hill 137 is tight and compact with a lot of foliage, rocks, trenches, and tunnels. These maps are superb and a blast to play on.
  • 15 Vietnam-era Weapons: Each of the four classes of soldiers (Assault, Medic, Engineer, Recon) has 3 unique primary weapons at their disposal along with 6 other weapons that can be shared between any soldier class. The Assault class has the M16, AK47 and M14. Medics get the M60, RPK, and XM22 while the Engineers have their trusty Mac10, PPSH, and Uzi. Finally, the Recon class can use the M21, SVD, and M40 rifles for long range sniping. The 870 Combat Shotgun, M1 Garand, M1 Thompson, M2 Flamethrower, and the M1911 and TT33 pistols can be used by all classes. You may notice that some of these weapons are the “same” as some of the weapons from BFBC2. Well let me tell you, they’re not the same, well sort of. For one thing, these weapons aren’t all shiny and new looking like the ones carried around in BFBC2, These rifles look like they’ve been to hell and back (which they pretty much have been). They’re rusted up and held together with rags. You’re also not going to find any fancy-nancy, red-dot sites or latte posh scopes for your convenience (only sniper rifles have scopes). The troops back in ‘Nam didn’t have them and neither will you. This makes combat more personal and more intense.
  • 6 Vehicles: M48 and T54 tanks, Huey Helicopter, M15A infantry vehicle, GAZ69 utility truck, MKII riverboat. These were popular vehicles used by US and NVA (North Vietnamese Army) troops. All four of the maps come with at least one of these types of vehicles and they definitely add some excitement to the foray. This is what Battlefield is all about, big maps with big vehicles that are packing big guns.
  • Other Stuff: You also get 2 hours of authentic era music to listen to on the radio while you and your squad are cruising around in any of the US vehicles. Listen to CCR’s “Fortunate Son” while you run over an NVA in search of some Danang poontang. You also get brand new voice-overs for both American and NVA troops, based on real communications from the War, and 10 brand new Achievements that will keep you coming back to the front lines for a long time.

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BFBC2 Vietnam is an amazing package. You can tell that DICE did their homework while making this. When you step into the shoes of an American soldier for the first time, you can feel the fear that they felt. There are no safe places to hide in the jungles and the villages. The buildings are just little bamboo shacks that crumble from the massive firepower of the tanks and the almighty Flamethrower. You can tell right away that these guys were tired and wore out, but kept going because that was what was expected from them. The guns show it all from the rusted metals and the rags wrapped around the barrels. These weapons took a beating but kept on killing. Some of the weapons are a bit more personalized. The Mac10 has a peace sign etched onto the butt end for example. The grainy effect and saturated colors also add a lot of realism to the game and look great. You get a cool “campy” film effect while the map is loading up and when the round is over, it plays out as a radio broadcast that varies depending on whether the US or NVA won.

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While Vietnam is one awesome, testosterone filled joyride, it’s not without it’s flaws. One of the biggest problems I found was the Huey Helicopter is as delicate as a porcelain doll. After playing for over a week, I have yet to get 1 kill while either flying or riding inside. It seems like every time I get a chance to jump in for a spin, it comes crashing down within seconds. You can literally see the “health” drop down at a steady, rapid pace. I don’t know if this is a glitch or maybe just DICE being too realistic with the game, but it’s very annoying. Especially when one of the achievements requires you to get 50 kills with the Huey. At this rate, I’ll still be working on getting it this time next year. That is by far the worst thing with the dlc in my opinion. There are a couple of other minor glitches that I have spotted while roaming around the maps but they aren’t even worth mentioning. The good thing is, we just got an update the other night and I’ve noticed some of these things have been corrected already.
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Brian’s Final Say: Regardless of my Huey rant, I Love Vietnam! I’m a huge fan of the Battlefield Bad Company series and Vietnam is icing on the cake. The maps are fantastic and a ton of fun to play in with all of the new weapons, vehicles, and character models. This is one of DICE’s best offerings. If you already own Battlefield Bad Company 2, you owe it to yourself, and your country, to enlist in this campaign.
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+ A Lot of content crammed into this DLC pack
+ Only being able to use iron sites makes combat more personal and intense.
+ Great job with nailing the whole Vietnam vibe
– Huey could have had a bit more armor
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Final Score: 10/10
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