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Best of 2005 #10: Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2

Admittedly I have no basis for comparison, but I’d imagine that no game makes you feel like a soldier the way that Battlefield 2 does. For all it’s flaws, of which many are fixable and should have been fixed by now (this is a Battlefield game so I don’t know what I expected), few games have ever immersed me as much as this. Team-based multiplayer FPS always do well with me, but this one just took the idea and ran with it, and thankfully didn’t make it yet another WW2 FPS.

The basic game mechanics are essentially the same as in BF1942 and Vietnam in a modern setting, but thanks to vastly improved infantry combat, an overall balance to the weapons, and a focus on urban warfare I loved this game and really wish for the next one they’d actually finish it before release. The lack of patch support for the bugs is the main reason why this didn’t place higher.

Most games make the single player the focus of their gameplay and generally that’s the best idea, but with BF2 I can think of few gaming experiences more satisfying than joining up to a 32-man army and moving, street by street, into an enemy city, with teamwork and the use of all your combined talents and different weapons as the best way to success. A heavy weapons guy keeps the enemy armour occupied while the machine gunners pin down the infantry so that your own infantry can outflank them and capture their base: there are so many possibilities to how each game plays out. and it makes the list in spite of the problems simply because the core gameplay is so well done.

Best of 2005

Looking back, even without the unusual number of hardware launches, 2005 was a very good year for gaming. It had been a long time since I’ve bought, played, and thoroughly enjoyed so many great games, and over the last ten days of 2005 I’m going to be giving you my top ten, one a day at 9pm GMT, with my last to come on 31st December.

It wasn’t easy and the order may well change slightly between now and when they appear, but looking back at what I played brought a lot of “was that really less than a year ago?” moments, and that’s one possible bone of contention – whether or not some of these came out in 2005. Certain games that I’m including were released outside the UK in 2004 and some haven’t even been released here at the end of 2005, so there’s no hard and fast rule here. Basically they got released somewhere in 2005 and were played by me, either on import or the UK release, at that point. The first will be with you tomorrow and you’re welcome to argue with me when more of them are up.