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Battlefield 1942

As a big fan of EA’s Medal of Honor games on the PC and Playstation, I was eager to give this game a shot.

Once I installed it, I discovered it is a ‘massively multiplayer’ game only - meaning designed for playing online with hundreds of players in the one map/level.  But it does include the option to play these maps offline against ‘bots’ (computer controlled players).

The basic object of the game is for your team to capture as many ‘outposts’ or bases as possible, and wipe out the other side - who is trying to do the same to you!  With the ability to use tanks, ships, trucks and aircraft, this makes the game a lot of fun.

It is set around almost all theatres of the Second World War - Europe, Eastern Front, North Africa and of course, the Pacific.  The recent expansion, ‘Road to Rome’ covers the Italian campaigns.

In the Pacific, the levels included Guadalcanal, Wake Island, Midway and Iwo Jima. You are also able to download a Coral Sea multiplayer level from the official website.

As a fan of flight simulators I was disappointed with the flight characteristics of the aircraft in this game.  However, the game has been set up for quick and easy use for those more familiar with first person shooters rather than the more realistic flight simulators.  The damage profiles of vehicles and weapons have also been set up to be similar - giving each side a relatively equal chance of winning the game.

I discovered that to run this game well, you will need a pretty up-to-date machine.  The test machine - Pentium 4, 1.6GHz, 512MB RAM, GeForce 2 MX400 - ran it pretty well, but with a better video card it would look (and run) a lot better.

To put it simply, if your PC has enough grunt, then this is a great game to play - just for fun.  But if you are after more of a realistic or historically accurate simulation, I’d say steer clear.

Review by Daniel Leahy  

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