If you’ve played Battlefield 2, then you’ll feel quickly at home in Battlefield 2142. The future is a very familiar place, because the designers didn’t go too exotic with the weapons and vehicles. There are no laser or beam weapons here; instead, you’ll get futuristic versions of today’s weapons. There’s an assault rifle, a sniper rifle, a missile launcher, and a light machine gun to equip the game’s four classes. That’s right: There are only four classes in the game, down from the seven seen in Battlefield 2, though these new classes are a lot more flexible and customizable. The price is that you’re going to have to play 2142 a lot to access most of these customization options, as this system is designed to encourage long-term play.
The designers took the idea of weapon unlocks in Battlefield 2 and put it on steroids, so you can unlock up to 40 different weapons or pieces of equipment. Not only that, but each class has two different unlock tracks, which specialize in a different direction. For instance, the recon class can become a more powerful sniper or a more effective Special Forces operator, who can sneak around and blow up enemy ground stations, thus hampering the ability of the enemy commander to call in various forms of support. However, this also means that you might be in for some frustration in the beginning, as your character won’t even have grenades until you unlock them, and you’ll be at a disadvantage against those players who have access to the more powerful weapons and abilities. And while the promotions and unlocks come fairly quickly early on, the pace will slow down as each new unlock requires you to accumulate more and more points. So you’ll need to play quite a bit to unlock a lot of what makes Battlefield 2142 so different from its predecessors. Or, you’ll find yourself playing one class a lot more than the others, since that’s where most of your early unlocks will go. This entire process is a bit confusing, as it’s not enough to simply unlock new items, but then you must outfit your character when you join a battle for the first time.
- Operating system: Microsoft ® Windows ® XP / Windows ® Vista
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon 64
- Memory: 512 MB (Windows XP) / 1 GB (Windows Vista)
- Video: 3D-graphics adapter with 128 MB of memory, compatible with DirectX ® 9.0 and supports Pixel Shader 2.0 (ATI Radeon X1800 GTO / GeForce 6800 Ultra)
- Sound: Sound card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
- Free hard drive space: 1.5 GB
- Additional software: DirectX 9.0c
- Controls: A keyboard and mouse