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Battlefield 2142 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a new review of Battlefield 2142. The futuristic first person shooter is one of several new titles brought to the Mac courtesy of Transgaming's Cider emulation software. Applelinks gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

And here we arrive at the primary "carrot" of the game: the promotions system. Characters start at the lowest level, buck private, and work their way up by achieving goals in the game: killing enemies, taking control points (see below), and earning medals and ribbons (below). As you earn promotions, you unlock equipment upgrades; better guns, sure, but also things such as heart defibrillators that let you revive fallen allies, EMP grenades that immobilize vehicles, and shields that protect you from enemy fire. There are also squad-specific upgrades that allow a squad leader to better direct and defend his team. These upgrades, however, are only available if the squad leader has a team of sufficient size; you can't earn them and use them by yourself, for example. The main problem with this is that when you're first playing the game, not only are you trying to learn, you're also playing against soldiers who are more experienced, but have more lethal gear. Expect to be lit up like a pinball machine for a while.

Of course, you can play the game in the single-player, offline mode. Here, you'll get a chance to familiarize yourself with the maps and basic strategies of the game until you feel you're ready to take on other human players (you won't actually be ready, of course, but...). A couple of things about single-player mode: while you will get a score at the end of the round telling you how well you did, it won't be added to your permanent record at all. That means no promotions and upgrades for multi-mode. The second is that even though you're playing the game off-line, you'll still need an active internet connection to log into the game (you're required to register for a free EA Games account, which you have to access when the game boots).
The full review is available at the link below.

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