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Published: 3/11/2010

Game review: War gets even tougher in Battlefield: Bad Company 2

BY CHRIS CAMPBELL
SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

The immersion you feel launching Bad Company 2 lasts through the moment you shut down your console, giving you one of the best war experiences in gaming.

A hearty upgrade from the original, Bad Company 2 offers not just intense combat and environments but rocks you with a full sensory experience. Sarge and the rest of the Bad Company crew return in this sequel and they have your back, whether you're fighting on snow-capped mountains or in mosquito-infested jungles.

This game excels at destruction. Almost everything can be demolished — trees, towers, rocky encampments, jungle ruins, you name it. There's nothing like blowing the minds of the opposition by blowing away their cover position, right?

Once you finish the exhilarating campaign mode, your enjoyment is only heightened in multiplayer modes. With this game's destructive capabilities, every tactical advantage is up for grabs. No longer can gunners and snipers pick out impenetrable cover positions and lay waste to you nonstop. Now, just demolish the wall, building, or tree-lined hilltop and the villains are as exposed as you are.

Bad Company 2's visuals and sounds are terrific. When your character is on foot, the game's concussion blasts and gunfire pops are perhaps the most realistic of any game. Switch him to being inside or driving any number of the vehicles available, and, again, the senses are appropriately tweaked. Helicopters present pros and cons that the tank or ATV cannot, and you'll enjoy exploiting these strengths.

Don't hesitate to add this to your library.

A new musical video game lets players strum a real six-string electric guitar instead of tapping buttons on a fake instrument.

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString is a game first and foremost. But its maker, Seven45 Studios, says players will be able to plug the guitar that comes with it into a standard amp and play real music.

Games such a Guitar Hero and Rock Band soared to popularity over the past several years. But lately they've been faltering, in part because customers have been reluctant to shell out big bucks for the fake musical instruments needed to play the games. Seven45 hopes Power Gig will lure gamers ready for a new challenge.

The company hasn't announced a price. It will be available in the fall.



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