Battlefield 1942
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Tuesday, 07 March 2006

When the Swedish developer Digital Illusions CE and EA released this title it took the whole online multiplayer community with storm. Never before had a multiplayer game with this kind of proportions been released, is it possible to still enjoy Battlefield 1942? Read on to find out.

If you don’t already know Battlefield 1942 is set during World War 2, it will take you to Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Africa on a series of missions and maps. You can play as Russians, Americans, the British, Japanese and the Germans. All of the soldiers and units are modelled correctly and look really good.

There are a couple of unit types you can choose from, medic, scout, soldier, engineer and anti-tank. The units are designed to complement each other, it’s impossible to win if your team don’t mix the between the unit types.

The many battlefronts are designed with great care, for example the Northern Africa scene makes you really feel like you are right there. DI has also chosen to include famous battles such as El Alamein, Midway, D-Day, Stalingrad and the battle for Berlin among others.

Like it or not Battlefield 1942 is primarily designed to play in multiplayer, there is however a single player campaign and a single player instant action mode. In single player the game can be fun at times, but your own teams AI is really bad. Most of your team mates are incapable of doing anything serious, they don’t understand tactics and they simply attack where they want to. The enemy AI is much better, although not perfect. However they are smart enough to get tanks to support their infantry, something the team AI is not.

When you start the online multiplayer game starts the game enters a whole other dimension. Suddenly it’s tremendously fun to play, of course it differs a lot from server to server and what other player that is online playing. There are still people playing this game online, which tells a lot about the game play.

A few problems with game can be found though. The communications between team mates is the big problem. All of the communications, such as reporting enemy units, requesting artillery and reinforcements are done through the function keys. So if a bunch of German tanks attack, you want to report them in, pressing F3 then press F1. The worst part is if you accidentally press F4, then you have to go back and by the time you have done so you are most certainly dead.

Overall Battlefield 1942 is nice and fun to play; it’s a good alternative for people with weaker computers. The sequel, Battlefield 2 is however much more dynamic and has a better communications interface.


Related: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Hidden&Dangerous
Developer: Digital Illusions CE ()
Website for Game:
http://www.ea.com/official/battlefield/1942/us/home.jsp
Publisher: EA
O/S: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
Year of Release: 2002

Requirements:
Pentium 500 MHz, 128 MB Ram, 32 MB VRAM
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.




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