After the release of COD: Black Ops, DICE seems to be doing a rebuttal in response to Treyarch’s latest installment with their new DLC. Check it out in this Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam Preview!
DICE continues to give additional content for their acclaimed title Battlefied: Bad Company 2. With free downloadable content for unused purchases of Battlefield in the form of map packs, as well as payable content with their Onslaught Mode add-on, which allowed for four players to cooperatively defeat computer AI opponents, DICE continues to revitalize Bad Company 2 with the new release of the Vietnam expansion pack – featuring four new maps and an additional community unlock map that is playable after 69 million collective community team actions, a suggestive but feasible undertaking.
Hill 137, a map that is set in a Vietnamese jungle, littered with trenches and underground bunkers, also has a scorched earth setting. How the jungles became laced with napalm is still unknown if it’s caused by the player or if it’s just a decoration.The map Vantage Point has tranquil rivers and forests in it, disturbed by the sound of gunfire and noise of exploding tank shells. Phu Bai has streams that are connected with bridges, and Cao Son Temple centers around an ancient stone temple. Battle for Hastings, the unlockable map, has open grasslands and a few huts scattered around the map.
All game modes in BC 2 multiplayer will be featured in the expansion, and the fifteen Vietnam-era weapons, like the M79 grenade launcher and flamethrower, will be unlocked at the start of the game. DICE has done well to preserve the aesthetic of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army looks ragtag, and weapons look as if they are in poor condition. Two hours of Vietnam-era soundtracks have been integrated, such as Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Ride of the Valkyries from Richard Wagner, as well as new voiceovers and six new vehicles specific to Vietnam, such as the Huey helicopter.
Because Bad Company 2 instigated comparisons with Modern Warfare 2, indicated in dialogue scenes presented in Bad Company 2′s campaign, expect to find a lot of compare and contrasts between Treyarch’s latest installment; Black Ops and DICE’s new expansion, Vietnam.
Vietnam will be available for PC on December 18th, 2010, but if you preorder beforehand at the EA store, you can play it three days earlier. Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be available on the 21st.