Players will be able to see notices about known issues in the menu system at the bottom of the screen in the news ticker, which is a welcome addition. Patch notices and community updates will be displayed there so players don't have to constantly wonder about the state of affairs (though I'm sure there'll still be some wondering involved). This one feature is just a small portion of a much improved interface from that of Battlefield 2 when it was launched, even if it still has a strange loading time. Friends, favorites, and advanced searches have all worked properly this time around. There's even a server history now so that it's easy to find that server from the night before that wasn't full of a bunch of jerkwads if you forgot to add it as a favorite.
Overall Battlefield 2142, even with the look and feel of a well polished mod, is a pretty worthy addition to the franchise, even with the price tag. There's something missing that's hard to really figure out. Some of the Battlefield magic just isn't quite there. That's not to say there isn't fun to be had, it's just almost like the game is taking itself too seriously. That said, the addition of Titan mode is certainly welcome to those of us that were clamoring for objective-based play. The changes to unlocks are definitely interesting and come out looking better after a longer time playing the game thanks to quicker progression through the ranks. Now they just need to get the stat reporting to work correctly and players can have more fun playing with their new gadgets. Most importantly, team play has been preserved and even made more advantageous. Hopefully it will inspire players to join squads, get mic'd up, and work together as a team. Battlefield 2142 might not be extraordinary, but it still got excitement and fun.
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DICE has finally created an interface that's actually useful. Now if their ranking sytem would actually work, we'd be set.
Technically still very good. Artistically can be pretty damn bland.
Sounds of the battlefield are still terrific.
A lot of fun to be had. Most of what you see here is from Battlefield 2 which makes it seem more like an excellent mod than a whole new title. Fans will still love it.
Titan mode ads new challenges and the unlock and awards system (when they properly work) will likely keep players pushing for more play time.
(out of 10 / not an average)
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