By Brad Cook
Make sure youre ready for action before you join the digital battlegrounds of these expansion packs. Acquaint yourself with such new weapons as throwing knives, satchel charges and the Wasserfall Rocket. Look over the controls of such new vehicles as the C-47 cargo plane, the Sturmtiger tank and the jetpack.
You may be wondering when you missed the Wasserfall Rocket and the jetpack during your history class review of World War II. Actually, theyre two of the never-before-seen weapons and vehicles found in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII, which takes a hard look at the Axis and Allied drawing boards of the period and presents what could have been.
Meanwhile, United Offensive continues the Call of Duty storyline by placing you in the boots of American Corporal Scott Riley, British S.O.E. operative James Doyle and Soviet conscript Yuri Petrenko as you lead the Allies to victory. Participate in the Battle of the Bulge, engage in air-to-air combat above the English Channel and join the fierce tank warfare at the Battle of Kursk.
If We Told You, Wed Have to
True to its name, Secret Weapons of WWII features eight new maps not discussed in many history books but still crucial to the development of weapons that could have changed the wars course. From Kbely Airfield, a mysterious base near Prague where UFO-like aircraft are rumored to exist, to the French town Mimoyecques, where Hitlers long-range V3 rocket is under construction, the game offers various scenarios in which the Allies must disrupt the goings-on while the Axis powers launch an all-out defense. New character types, the British commando and the German elite, help shape the battles to come.
Given the games orientation toward multi-player action and the push-and-pull nature of the maps, its only appropriate that developer Digital Illusions also added a new gameplay mode, objective, thats available for six of the maps. When you select it, each sides tickets count down as they normally do in a Battlefield 1942 game, but now the Allies lose theirs until they accomplish all their goals, while the Axis team only sees theirs drain away when they fail to defend an objective and cant repair the damage done.
Be a Uniter, Not a
In addition to offering 13 new single-player missions and 11 new multi-player maps, United Offensive includes the ability to sprint across short distances, which minimizes your exposure to enemy fire but leaves you unable to use your weapon. You can also now cook off a grenade before you throw it, a technique that allows you to increase your throwing precision because it will explode sooner than normal.
On the multi-player side of the game, you gain three new modes domination, capture the flag and base assault as well as the ability to use all vehicles, other than heavy tanks, with more than one teammate. The second feature brings versatility to the multi-player action thats similar to Battlefield 1942.