Finally, Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam is out today!
My first impressions of the DLC:
The weapons seem to be very fair, with the classes having their power spread out evenly, much like the Bad Company 2 multiplayer experience was in the modern combat maps. I like the overall look of the weapons, from the scopes that can be put on, to the sniper scope, being much easier to use, it feels like it could be used at long or medium range. With only 2 pistols to use, both being unlocked from the start, the secondary weapons aid in close quarters, and medium range combat. I managed to get my first kill on BFBC2:Vietnam with the M1911, a headshot, about 200 feet away.
The equipment, such as the heath packs on the medic, and ammo crates on the assault classes have undergone a makeover, going from green crates to a leather pouch and a metal box respectively, whilst the repair tool has transformed into a blowtorch and the defibrillators now a syringe. These are just cosmetic changes, with the tools still doing the same job as the originals.
The vehicles. What can I say about the vehicles on a Battlefield title. They drive like a dream. The Huey that can be piloted on 2 of the maps is amazing to fly, with a space for 4 passengers, made up of 2 gunners and 2 in the cargo hold, is great for overhead sweeps of the terrain using your missiles to bomb tanks and Tuk-Tuks underneath when they least expect it. The Tuk-Tuks are the equivalent of the quad-bikes on the maps, but with an allocation of three spots, 2 passengers and 1 driver allowing for very easy movement around the maps. Finally we come to the tanks. Personally, I’m not a tank kinda guy, I just keep getting blown up A LOT by them, mainly due to me running around in the open or trying to drive straight past them. The overall look of the tanks are smaller, but more vicious and threatening. A tip, as soon as you see them, get the hell out of the way of them, find cover, just don’t get spotted.
EA have made a big fuss over the music in this add-on, with you able to change the song in tanks, which from personal preference is Ride of the Valkyries, this music can also be heard on overhead radio speakers in the main bases, so they give a good atmosphere around the game.
Of the 5 maps on the DLC, only 4 are available until Operation Hastings is unlocked by 69 million actions are performed, spotting enemies, reloading team mates, healing and reviving, and repairing vehicles.
TL:DR; First Impressions, best multiplayer experience of the year, has just got better.
Here’s the release trailer from EA: