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Video Game / Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

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Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a First Person Shooter and a spin-off of Battlefield 2 developed by DICE for the Playstation 2 and Xbox released in Octuber 2005 and later for the Xbox 360 in April 2006.

Similar to its PC counterpart, the story is set 20 Minutes into the Future in a war between NATO and the PRC in the Eastern European/Central Asian country of Kazakhstan after peace negotiations between both factions are interrupted by an unknown assailant.

Unlike its PC counterpart, the gameplay is way more streamlined and arcade-y and has a full-fledged singleplayer campaign with an unique "hotswap" mechanic that allows the player to move from to soldier to soldier with press of a buttom.

Its multiplayer mode allowed 24 players to duke it out with a variety of vehicles such as light transports, tanks and helicopters, and was one of the most online-featured console games of its time with the implementation of Clans, Leaderboards and unlocks. However, its Xbox and Xbox 360 servers were closed in 2009 and its PS2 servers followed in 2014.


Its commercial success led to the development of the Battlefield: Bad Company duology, a sort of Spiritual Successor released in 2008 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • Adapted Out: There's no Russian or Middle Eastern Coalition faction in the campaign. However, the MEC does appear in some multiplayer maps set in the Middle East.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The campaign AI suffers from unpolished pathfinding, can't decide on targets when multiple enemies are around and constantly fires at walls and buildings. Thank goodness for shifting.
  • Art Shift: Due to the limitations of the Playstation 2 and Xbox, the artstyle is slightly more cartoony with more exaggerated visual effects (explosions, muzzle flashes, tracers, etc). Averted in the Xbox 360 version where the artstyle is more in line with Battlefield 2142.
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  • Big Bad: The Burning Flag, the paramilitary faction responsible for the conflict between NATO and the PRC in the region.
  • Body Surf: The game's main gimmick is taking control different soldiers through different positions by aiming at them and pressing a button.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Due to its "T" rating, only smoke appears when people get shot.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: All the classes and vehicles suffer from this as each has a function and preferred gameplay style but outside of their function and approach they are left vulnerable or even useless.
  • Demoted to Extra: The MEC was not only relegated to a multiplayer-only faction but only a few maps feature them with the majority being between the either the US or the European Union fighting the PRC.
  • Difficulty Spike: The moment a mission asks you to hold a position or capture a heavily defended enemy command post, you start to feel the ineptitude of your AI teammates and the unfairness of enemy units always aiming to kill you rather than your teammates, in moments like this you start to see how fast your team's tickets (lives shared by the entire team) plummet to zero.
  • Grey-and-Grey Morality: Both NATO and the PRC are portrayed as extremely prideful and stubborn, but not overly malicious or cruel - pragmatic maybe, but not evil.
  • Ruritania: Zigzagged. Kazakhstan is a real country, of course, but the actual portrayal of it is as a generic war-torn Eastern European country.
  • Western Terrorists: The Burning Flag, a paramilitary army composed of Russian and European mercenaries.
  • We Hardly Knew You: The Burning Flag appears out of nowhere after the defeat of either NATO or the PRC and are only fought in the last mission.
  • Zerg Rush: The standard tactic the AI uses in the campaign.

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