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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
June 9, 2004 | Gordon Hurd

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If you take on the role of a medic you have, of course, a medikit, but also a medium range submachine gun. One nice thing about the medicís capabilities is that any injured teammate within your radius will be healed, as long as you select and activate your medikit.

Finally, the anti-tank troop is equipped with a bazooka and grenades. This class also has a pistol for those times when youíre facing enemy infantry, but the biggest bang for buck obviously comes with going head-to-head with a tank or other armored vehicle. A few well-placed shoulder rockets can take out the biggest panzer.

Each class has its benefit as well as its shortcoming. One good example is the anti-tanker. While the bazooka is powerful and a blast (pun intended), the reload on his main weapon is quite slow, and a pistol doesnít really match the prowess of a machine gun when dealing with enemy infantry. The classes are well balanced amongst each other, and youíll find that a successful team works together to complement each member.

A great feature that BF1942 offers to facilitate cooperation is an easy communication interface. Communication hot keys are visible on the battle screen at all times, and it makes it quick and easy to send important messages to your teammates. The Function keys (F1-F8) are all pre-mapped to a set of useful alerts and commands. Of course other team-based games have radio commands, but players are usually required to manually map those commands to the keyboard or to navigate through a slow menu system that doesnít do you much good when trying to communicate in a fast-paced battle.

Game modes
BF1942 offers both single and multiplayer gaming. Since the original release on the PC, both critics and fans have overwhelmingly declared the multiplayer experience to be superior to the single player mode. The Mac version supports that notion as well. While it can be fun and a great way to practice before going online with all the experienced PC players, the single player mode does not match the variety, challenge, and unpredictable turnarounds that you can find when you go online with Battlefield 1942.

The single player game is presented in either a campaign mode or as Instant Battle. The first option will take you through each of the gameís maps with an opportunity to read mission briefings and save your progress. Instant Battle acts like it sounds and allows you to play a single map with the computer AI as ally and enemy. Both options allow you to tweak the AI difficulty, friendly fire percentage (how much damage is done if troops are hit by friendly fire). If you start a campaign and realize its going a little too easily, be aware that youíll have to start the campaign at the beginning again. This is possibly one of the few downfalls I came across in BF1942 thus far.

Maps in both single player and multiplayer are focused on four of World War IIís major fronts: North Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Pacific Theater. Maps from the standard game include key battle scenarios like Wake Island, Iwo Jima, Stalingrad, Omaha Beach, and Guadalcanal. The variety of terrain offers plenty of different game play experiences with desert plains, blown out urban locales, beaches, and islands. Maps included with Road to Rome expansion include an interesting combination of Italian city and mountain range battles including Anzio, Salerno, and Monte Cassino.


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