Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is one of those rare products where if it simply works as promised — or gets even marginally close — it’s a crowd pleaser.

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DICE ran into some temporary technical issues with online multiplayer in Battlefield 1943 và Bad Company 2 right around each game’s launch, causing me to be more than a little nervous for the just-released multiplayer-only Vietnam expansion, but that’s thankfully not the case here (for the most part).

And, guess what? The crowds seem khổng lồ be mighty pleased with this one.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam (Xbox LIVE , PlayStation Network, PC)Developer: DICEPublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: December 18 for PC / December 21 for consolesMSRP: $14.99

It’s surprising to lớn me that Vietnam was released as an expansion rather than a standalone product. Because really, all of the parts are there: new maps, weapons, vehicles, voice-overs, và even a 49-song soundtrack are what you’ll find.

But no, this content gets its own little menu directly inside of Bad Company 2, complete with “Fortunate Son” by CCR. Perhaps the decision has to vì with all of your multiplayer statistics and progression, which are shared between the bộ vi xử lý core game và this expansion. If you had all of the class gear unlocked in BC2, you’ll have the ’60s-era counterparts in Vietnam, too, minus whatever items wouldn’t make sense for the period.

I’m glad DICE went this way, và I’m also glad that all four modes — Rush, Conquest, Squad Rush, và Squad Deathmatch — are playable on all four (soon khổng lồ be five) multiplayer maps. Each platform will get the final maps once its players build up a collective 69 million team actions (spotting, reviving, etc.).

I’ve heard reports that some people are having their unlocks và rank reset, which isn’t entirely surprising considering prior Battlefield launches. I haven’t personally run into anything that dramatic, but some of my statistics for medals và things of that nature don’t appear khổng lồ be updating accurately.

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The other noteworthy addition for me was the flamethrower, which is unbelievably satisfying to wield. Much like the rest of DICE’s great audio work, the hiss it lets out is vị trí cao nhất notch. Plus, you can totally destroy parts of the environment with it, và that’s always a plus.

And finally, there’s the presentation. Before and after each battle, an overview is given in the style of a news report as if the virtual conflict you are fighting is, in fact, really happening right this moment. It’s a nice touch, & it really makes the difference; DICE didn’t just release some new maps & weapon skins & call it a day here.

As far as the in-game experience is concerned, vehicles & loudspeakers will play the sort of rockin’ tunes you’d expect. From inside of the former, you can manually switch between songs. So, naturally, Vietnam players can expect to lớn hear a lot of “Ride of the Valkyries” và the aforementioned “Fortunate Son” as they rush in, guns blazing. Nothing wrong with that.

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Basically, if you are an active Battlefield player, or are looking for an excuse lớn rejoin the ranks, getting Vietnam is a no-brainer. The expansion feels fresh, both in terms of the locales và how the older weaponry has pushed combat khổng lồ be more in-your-face.

The same màn chơi of care và attention khổng lồ detail you would find in one of DICE’s retail offerings has been put into all aspects of Vietnam. It’s not uncommon lớn see studios put their “B” team on downloadable content, but it sure doesn’t feel as if that was the case here.

I suppose it would’ve been nice lớn see some more experimentation in terms of modes or mechanics, although the unique of what’s included is high enough that you can hardly complain too much. I suspect DICE will tư vấn Vietnam through balancing, updates, and possibly even more maps.

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No matter what does or doesn’t happen, though, there’s no reason not lớn dive into this expansion immediately.