Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has been one of the most popular first-person shooters for iPhone. This week it launched on iPad and added some impressive multiplayer gaming options. Those who already own the iPhone version should hit the App Store for the update.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was originally a console game before it launched on iPhone last year. For those who are unfamiliar with the original, there is an excellent amount of action, weapons choices, terrain and battle scenes. Players will be leading a small platoon one moment and then another controlling an armored vehicle. Calling in air strikes, firing grenades – all the elements of a first-person shooter are there.
Controlling the action is done well, although some tweaks to the default set are recommended. For example, the turning radius is on the slow side. I found that increasing the turning speed to at least 65 percent made quickly turning one’s head to be more effective.
There is a modest learning curve for those who have not yet played Battlefield, so be sure to walk through the tutorial. However, those who are veterans of the iPhone version have the option of skipping this. While a touch-screen, first-person shooter will never have the same feel of a console or PC game, it does an admirable job. Part of this is because of the customizable control options. There are three major settings, with further choices such as a left-handed mode to make things more convenient for lefties. The only
The largest adjustment to this update is the multiplayer mode. In all it works great, although I experienced some network hiccups while testing. Players can join an impromptu game with other gamers or take on a friend over a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. It shows the promise of extending the iOS gaming experience to online gaming.
While the iPad version is on the higher end of the App Store pricing, first-person shooter fans will probably find it worth the cost. The iPhone version is well worth the $2.99 price.
- Excellent first-person shooter
- Plenty of different weapons
Off the Mark:
- Controls can be fidgety
- Inconsistent multiplayer experience