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Battlefield: Bad Company
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is the latest in the series of Battlefield military shooters. Since you're in the midst of a futuristic war, players will encounter plenty of violence. You kill enemies using guns, grenades, rocket launchers, tanks, air strikes, and a host of other weapons. The game doesn't show graphic images, nor is blood visible. Expect to hear quite a bit of cursing, which could grow worse if you play online.
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What's it about?
Unlike most military shooters where you are cast into the role of an elite soldier, in BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY you're part of a squad of army rejects battling in a futuristic campaign against Russia. As your character, Preston Marlowe, and his crew of misfits uncover stashes of gold hidden throughout the region, you decide to turn AWOL to try and get rich.
New to the Battlefield franchise is the ability to decimate buildings and other elements of the environment. Instead of chasing an enemy hiding in a building, you can blow a hole in the side and negate his cover. Visually, the destruction looks very impressive. Chunks of walls fly after receiving a shot from a grenade launcher. Trees tumble as you mow through landscapes in tanks. The arsenal in Bad Company allows for great flexibility in how you kill foes and demolish landscapes. Besides a broad range of guns, players can use tanks, helicopters, air strikes, rocket launchers, and grenades, to name a few.
Is it any good?
The game's single-player campaign is solid but not as compelling as other top-notch military titles. Part of the problem is the artificial intelligence. Your teammates offer little help, forcing you to do almost all the work. Enemies, meanwhile, are wildly inconsistent. Sometimes, they deploy effective tactics like flanking. Other times, they prefer to hide and let you hunt them down. The penalty for dying is also rather low, thanks to an injector soldiers carry that offers unlimited health boosts. Fortunately, the game redeems itself with an strong multiplayer mode that allows for up to 24 players.
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