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We know you didn't agree with what we thought, so we want your opinion of the game...
So it seems we hit a bit of a nerve amongst the Battlefield community with the review of Bad Company 2. A '7' we hear you cry, how could we? An elaborate ruse concocted with Activision to steal thunder for Modern Warfare 2? This certainly isn't the case, we enjoyed MW2 but didn't award it a 10. We just didn't warm to DICE's latest effort, it really is that simple.
There's a few things that should be pointed out.
- TVG review scores are NOT based on averages. Our score setup employs a weight system that puts the emphasis on Gameplay, Originality and Longevity over Graphics and Sound. That's the way we score it, we enjoy a game that's fun to play even if it does look rougher than a dog's backside. So it's not applicable to add up all the scores and divide by five, it doesn't work that way. Bad Company 2 did come out as a very high scoring 7, and due to the difficulties of unifying various score techniques it has been taken as a 70.
- Bad Company 2 was seen by more members of the TVG team than just Gwynne Dixon. We all came to the conclusion that it's rough around the edges, particularly in terms of issues such as poor hit detection; AI that can't handle a player attempting to play the game differently to the way it's designed; and a general lack of imagination as the game moves on. These are criticisms of the single-player mode, which in our opinion drags down the impact of the overall package.
- We enjoyed the multiplayer and put about 8 hours purely into this aspect of the game. Bad Company 2, like all Battlefield titles, is a blast to play in multiplayer, but we have to judge the entire package for what it is. In our opinion, as a package that attempts to unify a single-player game with multiplayer, there are better shooters out there - again that's an opinion. Personally, we hope DICE sticks solely to multiplayer with Battlefield 3.
Given the response, we've decided to do something a little bit different and challenge the Battlefield community to write an alternative review. Simply let us know what you think of the game, why it's so good, and what score you'd give it. Do it all under 1000 words and we'll reward the best review with a game - provided you live in the UK.
We don't want reviews of our review, as we've already got 20+ pages of comments doing precisely that. Create something that puts across the other side clearly and concisely and we'll post the best of what comes through next week.
Considering that the game isn't officially released in the UK until tomorrow, and we'd never imagine Battlefield fans would write a review without playing it, we'll open the challenge up until Wednesday March 10th.
So provided you can put the controller down for a couple of hours, send us your reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll look forward to seeing what comes in.