Battlefield 2: Armored Fury

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Huge Battlefield 2 patch finally released

Huge Battlefield 2 patch finally released

Plus: AI reworked in Empire: TW update.

EA has released an enormous 2GB patch for ageing online shooter Battlefield 2. And, what ho, Creative Assembly has dated and detailed a much-needed update for Empire: Total War as well.

The Battlefield 2 patch makes expansions Armored Fury and Euro Forces free for all, on top of adding Highway Tampa and Blue Pearl maps. Plus, BF2 now works with Windows Vista, supports widescreen and can use more than 2GB of RAM.

Battlefield 2 may be over four years old, but with age comes fewer bugs, as well as system requirements less demanding on today's PCs. The Battlefield 2 website can tell you more, as can our original BF2 review.

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New Battlefield 2 patch test by Christmas

New Battlefield 2 patch test by Christmas

With Santa comes beta 1.5, says DICE.

DICE hopes to start an open beta for Battlefield 2 patch 1.5 before Santa stuffs himself down chimneys.

"The beta would be for everyone that wants to install it, the more people that do the better feedback we get and we don't have an update 1.30 again," said a spokesperson for the developer on the official forum (spotted by Blue's News).

"The plan is to get it out before Christmas yes."

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DICE doing five Battlefield games

Including a "core" console title.

DICE exec Ben Cousins has confirmed that the team is currently working on no less than five titles in its Battlefield franchise, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

BF2: Armored Fury released

Three maps, six vehicles.

Those of you still waving choppers in each other's faces night after night can pull your pants back on and start playing Battlefield 2 again - providing you're interested in new "Booster Pack" Armored Fury, which is now available.

BF2 Armored Fury details

BF2 Armored Fury details

US maps, new vehicles, more.

EA's announced details of Armored Fury - the second "Booster Pack" for DICE's online shooter Battlefield 2.

Due out this spring for $9.99, Armored Fury will introduce maps set in the USA for the first time.

In an official website update, EA/DICE talks a bit about three of the maps, and says to expect six new vehicles - three scout helicopters, including the MD530 "Little Bird", and three ground attack aircraft like the A10 Warthog.

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