I pre-ordered Battlefield Bad Company 2 from steam and got access to the closed PC Beta.
I have played all the Battlefield games going back to Battlefield 1942. I never really liked any FPS’s until I discovered the Battlefield series. There is something about it them that really grabs me.
I tried Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and sold it after playing the short single player mode and then having 30 unenjoyable minutes in the multiplayer.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 has brought the series back to the lofty heights of Battlefield 2. It has a way to suck you in and get you working as a team in your squad to acheive the team goals. This can be done with one of the 4 classes that all have a place in the squad. The medics revive and drop health packs, assault drop ammo, recon spot enemies and engineers help to take out vehicles. All collecting stat points along the way to unlocking better guns and equipment.
If your a bit FPS challenged like myself (I’m improving!), this also makes it far more fun than dying constantly in small maps full of rooms and hallways and 14 year old FPS veterans that care only about their kill/death ratio.
This video was posted on the official website http://badcompany2.ea.com/, it is a great indication of the fun to be had with this game.
Bring on March 2nd!
Barnsley travelled to St James’ Park this weekend to face championship leaders Newcastle United.
Newcastle was always going to be the favourites and the 52000 strong crowd wasn’t disappointed.
Newcastle with the bulk of possession dominated proceedings from the outset. Lovenkrands scoring in the 22nd minute and then Jonas in the 28th minute to give the home side a commanding 2-0 lead both goals coming after some terrible defensive mistakes.
Newcastle didn’t have it all their own way however, as Barnsley pulled one goal back in the 32nd minute courtesy of a brilliant strike from the edge of the box by Hume.
The contest was again dominated by Newcastle after that and Lovenkrands added another goal on 43 minutes after getting onto a brilliant through ball and sliding it past the keeper for his second of the match.
In the second half it could have been far worse for Barnsley if it wasn’t for some exceptional saves from the keeper. They would have been very happy to keep Newcastle goaless.
Newcastle Manager Dante Hicks was delighted with his team’s performance but said they need to be scoring more from situations where they find themselves one-on-one with the keeper. He said they were improving but were still really at semi-pro difficulty.
Next Newcastle travel to the Emirates stadium to face Arsenal in the 4th round of the league cup.
Newcastle United Barnsley
3 Goals 1
14 Shots 4
10 On Target 4
54% Possession 46%
13 Tackles 15
1 Fouls 1
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
71% Shot Accuracy 100%
80% Passing 78%
Lovenkrands 2 (22’,43’) Hume 32’
Man of the Match: Peter Lovenkrands, Newcastle United