Bad Company 2 was a lot of fun. The one liners, the achievements, the commentary from your team as you progress … great stuff. The single player game was a lot of fun.
Multiplayer is great too, except for one small problem:
Back when Battlefield 2 came out, they worked hard to keep groups of people from creating small 6 on 6 matches just to rank up their own characters. In BC2, that’s what this entire clan did – played a bunch of 4 on 4 matches where one team just killed the other with RPGs while the other team did medical revives. No real match, just spamming actions until they had like 5000 points a piece each game. You could tell – we played that clan in one game and upon viewing their gamer stats, they had reached the rank of Colonel (level 30) in less than 2 days. No one can play a real multiplayer game of BC2 and reach over 30k points in less than 2 days.
Valve does an awesome job of preventing this same problem for Team Fortress 2. Scores and EQ drops for twink matches are usually ignored and some people actually get banned for doing it. Valve even gives people who don’t cheat nice goodies (such as the halo – that was a riot).
It wouldn’t be such a problem if weapons and gadgets weren’t unlocked with points. I’ve really unbalanced myself by unlocking most of the sniper gear, but not doing much as an engineer. So if we get overrun with tanks, I can’t really do anything, since it’s up to the engineers to prevent it. C4 can only work if the tanks aren’t watching each other closely.
Also, I finally played Halo 3 and downloaded Waypoint. It’s kinda neat. I just wish I had one friend who’d jump on the XBL and help me beat the last level in the single player campaign, though. Fucking sucks that the AI for friendlies won’t allow them to drive or shoot effectively. I die like every time trying to shoot the Scarab’s legs.