The Rock And Roll War has rarely painted a successful backdrop for videogames – at least, not to the same level as World War II. And I know for a fact there are stalwarts out there still playing Vietcong who'll disagree with some fervour, but the problem has always been rooted in the ground. Namely, foliage.
Can't see the enemy until he's right upon you? Eek. It's a familiar state of affairs in every Vietnam war movie ever, and it's also the reason it's hard to make a game based in the jungle fun to play. Foe recognition, manic bullet-spray, and it's all over for one or the other. It doesn't really make for fun multiplayer. And just think of the grenade spam.
But some games have tackled jungle warfare, and with a measure of success. Take DICE's original Battlefield Vietnam. And Far Cry – although to a lesser degree, as the AI would shoot with deadly accuracy through greenery which blocked human line-of-sight. So how does Battlefield: Bad Company 2's Vietnam DLC deal with the problem?
Saigon before you know it.
DICE has another Battlefield: Vietnam map for Bad Company 2 - but this time you'll have to earn it. You and the entire Bad Company 2 community, that is.
Help your squad-mates to unlock.
Update: EA has sent out a press release confirming the PS3 and Xbox 360 release date for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam as 21st December.
On Xbox 360, BFBC2 Vietnam costs 1200 MSP - a bit more than on PC, PS3.
We're also told that the VIP Map Pack 7 will arrive before then on 1st December. This is free to first-hand buyers of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, who got a VIP download code with their game.
This week's EA Winter Showcase saw Battlefield looking to the past and the future – the former by way of a Vietnam-themed DLC expansion for Bad Company 2, and the latter with an extremely ambitious free online title, Battlefield: Play4Free.
Of all the immoral, bloody and pointless conflicts the world has seen, the Vietnam War at least had the best soundtrack. That's what all the movies suggest, anyway. And it's a theme DICE appears to be continuing with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam.
EA has announced a DLC multiplayer expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 set in Vietnam. It will be released in winter 2010.
A very short teaser was shown of jungle action set to a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune. The press release confirms that you'll be able to play as either US Marines or North Vietnamese Army.
Meanwhile, Medal of Honor was confirmed for a 12th October release date, and Dead Space 2 will be released on 25th January 2011 (28th in Europe).