Mid Week Mini: Battlefield 1942 (PC)

Battlefield 1942

 

Developer: Digital Illusions

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Genre: First Person Shooter

Release Date: 2002

 

Awesome little FPS this, many hours of addiction and therapy needed to drag myself away. Even though the game is getting on a bit now, the graphics for one are certainly looking dated I still keep coming back for the odd game now and again, especially multi-player. The main game consists of capturing and controlling certain strategic points on the game map, almost a multiple capture the flag scenario. Once a team captures a point team members can spawn there, however when a team loses control of all of these points they cannot respawn and if all the players are killed the team with no spawn points loses (deep breath).

The player can choose to play as either the Allied powers or the Axis powers. The Allies consists of the US, UK, Soviet Union, Canada and the French. The Axis consists of Germany, Japan and Italy. Regardless of which side you chose you’ll get a choice of five different character classes to choose from; Scout, Assault, Medic, Anti-tank, and Engineer. All have certain distinct advantages depending on individual tastes, I tended to stick with Scout and Assault as they move quicker, helpful in making it to the coolest vehicle first or for general running away.

Some of my favourite scenarios in this game feature air combat. Let’s be honest, running across the vast maps, especially El Alamein, is a tad boring, driving or flying is much more fun and recommended. The game has a nice choice of vehicles to use and destroy and it’s always satisfying landing that bomb on target or engaging the enemy in a dogfight.

Although the game play remains fun (there’s nothing like trying to fly a bomber like a fighter, or seeing the pilot parachuting out of the plane you’re all in) the graphics are  looking a bit naff, and the control system seems slow and clunky, especially if you’ve been sitting there playing something newer and shinier. It’s a game for Sunday afternoon when it’s raining and you’re not in the mood for anything to stressful from the gaming library.

Also released were several expansion packs for the original Battlefield 1942 titled; Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome and Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII. Both added various new game play modes and design concepts but in my opinion didn’t really offer anything amazing or new in terms of playability.

I enjoy this game probably more than I should but then I can’t help it. The catchy intro music even has a certain appeal, so much so I even looked up the composer Joel Eriksson for this blog, see his IMDB page here! If any of you have played Dogfight for the Amiga the theme tune gives me the same sense of nostalgia and charm for a game, on its release, I couldn’t put down for 5 minutes without getting the urge to play it again.

Check out the games intro below!

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2 Responses to “Mid Week Mini: Battlefield 1942 (PC)”

  1. Jason Ashdown Says:

    Yay, I love this game! 😀

    The aeroplane fights and the ground battles are epic! Battlefield 2 was a nice update to the game but didn’t capture the same feeling of the original Battlefield 1942. Still very playable to this day, I enjoy hopping in for a quick game at the LAN’s 🙂

    The best bit is jumping into planes and bombing each others warship until it sinks, then blowing up each other in dogfights!!

    The intro music is ace and is a great example of how every game should be done. Command and Conquer was another good series that did amazing intros (before EA bought the rights).

    • James Says:

      Shame we didn’t get to play this at the last LAN, maybe we should make one evening for more retro PC gaming, bit of this, Zero Hour, that kind of thing.

      Red Alert intro was the best (begin debate) the Hell March music really sets the tone of the game nicely. Long live Westwood.

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