DICE provided a bit of a head start for PC owners of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 by allowing them early access to the new Vietnam add-on. While Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait till Tuesday to be able to purchase the add-on, PC fans have already been enjoying it.
The best news is that the DICE add-on for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to be a well done offering that captures the essence of the Battlefield series and shows off the quality of the Frostbite engine. Perhaps the one thing that many will be pleased about is the vehicular combat experience, which is very well done in the add-on. Our favorite new offering was the flamethrower, which offers a new element to game play that we have not seen done this well in the past in other titles.
The four maps that are included do offer the unique feature of being some of the best Battlefield maps that we have seen in a long time, and they are sure to be elevated to classic status over time. The add-on does seem to better take the fight to Call of Duty: Black Ops and it does deliver on EA’s promise to take the fight to the Activision franchise.
The big issue here is whether DICE and EA are able to elevate the buzz to a high enough level to get players to spend the $15 to purchase this add-on. We think that word of mouth will help, as it is a great experience if you are a Battlefield player, but even those who have strayed away might return once they get a look at what the game play in this add-on on has to offer. The Vietnam add-on might be better described as a total conversion experience, as that is what it delivers; and it is well worth putting Black Ops down to get a taste of this excellent game play.