Battlefield 2: Euro Force

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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.

Battlefield 2 expansion out now

Battlefield 2 expansion out now

And priced at just Ł5.99.

A new expansion pack for Battlefield 2, DICE's multiplayer shooter, is now available via the EA downloader.

The much-delayed Battlefield 2: Euro Force sees you taking on the armies of the MEC and China, battling it out on three new maps: Taraba Quarry, Operation Smoke Screen and the Great Wall of China.

There are four new weapons, including the Leopard battle tank, Eurofighter Typhoon and Tiger attack chopper, and seven new weapons - such as the FAMAS and P90 rifles.

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Battlefield 2 expansion out soon

Battlefield 2 expansion out soon

Plus: new patches released.

After countless delays due to patch issues, Electronic Arts has announced that new expansion pack Battlefield 2: Euro Forces will be released on March 15th via the EA downloader.

Euro Forces will see you battling against the MEC and Chinese armies as you attempt to take control of all-new locations across Asia. Expect lots of new weapons and vehicles including attack helicopters, battle tanks and assault rifles.

EA has also released two new patches for the original Battlefield 2. The first is only 14MB and updates version 1.2 to version 1.21, fixing various bugs. The second 351MB patch updates a fresh install of the game. Both patches are available on Eurofiles, and you can find full details of what they do over on EA's FTP site.

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BF2 expansion delayed again

No sooner had we gotten used to the idea of Battlefield 2: Euro Forces coming out today, than EA updated its website with news that, er, it isn't.

In fact, it's going to have to wait for patch 1.21, which we're waiting for because patch 1.2, which was holding up Euro Forces, had a bug in it, which they're "working around the clock" to sort out.

That's according to an update on the game's official website which, just for comedy effect, is currently unavailable.

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BF2 expansion due tomorrow

BF2 expansion due tomorrow

As Ben Kenobi almost said: Euro Force, look!

EA's finally getting its war together over Battlefield 2 expansion Euro Forces, which is now due out tomorrow exclusively through EA's online Downloader service.

Having been delayed in order for the 1.2 patch to turn up, which it now has, EA's made it clear February 21st is the day.

Euro Forces is one of two planned download-only "Booster Packs" due through EA Downloader and will cost Ł5.99 or €9.99 depending on where you live - it has seven weapons, four new vehicles and three new maps.

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Euro Force delay confirmed

Euro Force delay confirmed

Because 1.2 patch is also late.

EA's confirmed speculation that the forthcoming Euro Force "Booster Pack" for Battlefield 2 has been delayed.

The pack has been set back because the 1.2 patch for Battlefield 2 has been set back, according to an EA community update, and the new patch is a prerequisite for Euro Force.

"We really felt that it was important to delay the patch and take care of some of the issues that have had the community concerned," says Euro Force producer AJ Marini.

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BF2 Euro Force delayed?

Seems so. But not too much.

EA has yet to clarify when its planned Battlefield 2: Euro Force "Booster Pack" is actually coming out.

BF2 Euro Force weapon details

BF2 Euro Force weapon details

Booster Pack shots and stats.

EA and DICE have released shots of Battlefield 2: Euro Force, the first of two planned "Booster Packs" for BF2 due out via digital distribution, and also talked about the seven new weapons included in the package on the new European Army side.

Those weapons are the semi-auto Benelli M4 shotgun (carried by Engineer), the FAMAS assault rifle (Medic), the P90 (Anti-Tank), the big old HK21 (Support), the HK53A3 assault rifle (Spec Ops), the L96A1 sniper rifle (Sniper), and the SA80 L85A2 (Assault), an upgraded variant of the British SA80 assault rifle that soldiers always complain about on the news.

DICE also talked a little about each. The Benelli was chosen as "a compromise between the full auto Saiga-12 and the Remington," while the HK53A3 is described as "the stereotypical 'special operations' type of weapon" and the SA80 upgrade with grenade launcher was "the perfect fit" in "looking for the assault to carry a very common EU gun".

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