Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Reader Review
The Battlefield series has always been notorious with it's online play and not so much of a single-player game. So trying to do something different EA has tried to implement a single-player game for gamers who don't use the online service.
Basically you play as both sides in this case the United Nations and China. It all kicks off in Kazakhstan(sigh)regarding the people being "opressed" by some leader the U.N invade and attempt to "liberate" the Kazak people. The Chinese don't want this to happen and set out to defend Kazakhstan from the U.N. This is where you come in fighting as both sides up until the conclusion where you can choose to fight for China or the United Nations. The single-player mode is extremely short but does offer varied missions from Helicpter flying to sniping and so on. Throughout this mode you will be ranked with medals depending on your handywork. Another good aspect is the "hotswap" feature. Say you're an Engineer and are getting sniped left right and centre you can swap with a press of the square button to say a sniper and take out the enemy. This is one of the better features of the game but is only available in single-player for obvious reasons. This can't change the fact though that the single-player mode is way too short and if you're without online play it's not worth your time or money.
The online play is different and arguably the best online game on Playstation 2. You have over a dozen maps to play on including the likes of the popular Backstab to the oil rig of The Black Gold. The maps are chosen by vote or just as all maps. On vote it's flawed as you'll have the same map over and over again. This continues in the kicking system. If you have an idiot on your team that keeps killing teammates you have to vote to kick and can not just instantly get rid of the player. You also get players voting to kick each other for no apparent reason which is plain stupid. The maps have different armies for like Backstab is a fight between the U.S and The Middle East Coalition. All in all you get 4 armies each with different weapons although you hardly notice. The armies are China, Europe, United States and the Middle East Coalition. Each army has different kits including Assault, Sniper, Special Ops, Engineer and Support. Each kit has it's strengths and weaknesses and adds some depth to the online play. You'll also drive vehicles like humvees helicopters and boats.
Battlefield 2 Modern Combat does not have a worthy campaign mode and this prevents it from scoring any higher. The online play is fantastic but if you haven't got online play it's pretty useless. A fantastic online shooter that is worthy of your collection if you've got Broadband.
7 / 10