In today's age, post-game release now means DLC. If you look at games like Call of Duty: Black Ops
, Grand Theft Auto IV
, Mass Effect 2
, and tons more, you will know that these developers are expected to put out grade-A DLC after release. 2010 has seen numerous amounts of excellent DLC such as Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
, but flying under most people's radar due to the late last-quarter release is Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam
. Can it measure up to the standards set by other DLCs such as Undead Nightmare? Read on for the full review, and be sure to comment with your opinions of the add-on.
If you watched my first impressions video for this add-on, the first thing I noticed with Vietnam was the fact it had its own menu within the Bad Company 2 menu. Though this is a simple feature, it really adds to the experience within the points you paid for it, and feels like you are getting a whole new experience. From this menu you can also view all the Vietnam weapons, vehicles, and achievements separately from the Bad Company 2 weapons, vehicles, and achievements.
DICE is known for its great map-creating, and Vietnam is no different. Each map is brilliantly created with care and touch. There is a fantastic balance between hiding spots and open battle fields, which creates the variety of battles of close-range combat and long-range combat that Bad Company 2 is most famous for. Visually, the maps are some of the best looking in the entire Battlefield series. The jungles, ancient ruins, and camps all add to the feel of the Vietnam setting, and the great this is that none of these maps look remotely close to any other Bad Company 2 map. For both Rush and Conquest - especially Rush - the maps are set-up in a perfect balanced way for both teams. In Rush, you will never feel trapped as an attacker where people are just mowing you down as you come out of your spawn, and as a defender, you will never feel as though the attackers can come from anywhere and kill you. Variety and balance is the keywords to use when explaining the Vietnam maps.
As I said when explaining the maps creating a Vietnam setting, the presentation of the add-on also creates a whole new experience that makes you feel great about your purchase. Revamped voice-acting for characters really makes you feel like your not even playing Bad Company 2 anymore, but like an arcade Battlefield 1943
type of game. In-between matches, you will also notice a news style presentation from the Vietnam era that I thought was the best feature of the add-on. This voice-acting in-between matches creates a whole new atmosphere apart from the regular Bad Company 2 game that really gets the point across that this is a whole new experience.
Vehicles and weapons have all detailed for the Vietnam era, but none feel less-fun from the guns or vehicles in Bad Company 2. The flamethrower by itself is an exciting addition for the game as it brings stunning graphics, and deadly deaths for opponents. Things like medkits have been adapted for the era, as they are now syringes that medics carry along with them. Everything fits into the era, and still brings the excitement from Bad Company 2
Overall, Vietnam is one of the best add-ons of 2010, if not the best. You will get your MSP worth from this DLC, as it brings a while new experience, but still sticks to Bad Company 2's roots in terms of gameplay and controls. For anyone looking for more Battlefield, or just for some more FPS action, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is for you, and is a great addition for one of the best FPS of 2010.
Presentation - 10/10
Graphics/Sounds - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Overall - 10/10