We’ve already mentioned how you have both Battlefield Heroes, and even the original Battlefield 1942, to get your shooter fix for free. But what if you want something a bit more serious than Battlefield Heroes, or more contemporary (in terms of both setting and technology) than Battlefield 1942? That’s where this week’s recommendation from our free games library, Battlefield Play4Free (or BFP4F), comes in.
Think of BFP4F as a mix of Battlefield 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2. The maps and basic gameplay come from BF2. Most of these maps are played in Assault mode, which is most similar to the overall Battlefield franchise’s own Conquest mode. Except unlike Conquest, kills aren’t the gameplay focus—flags are. So you’re less concerned with taking out a bunch of fools to decrease the opposing team’s ticket count; your main drive is to keep on capturing flags to increase the number of tickets your team has.
But, as with many online games, the developers have been working on additions, so not only have they added new maps, but some of them now support the Rush mode introduced in BFBC2. Here, the teams alternate between “rushing in” to plant explosives onto M-COM devices, and defending or disarming these same M-COM devices.
Besides the Rush mode, BFBC2’s also influenced the class system, as BFP4F focuses on four classes: Assault, Medic, Engineer, and Recon. Assault players are those who just like to shoot or blow stuff up (and can drop ammo boxes to help other gun nut players), while Engineers focus on fixing and/or destroying vehicles. The Medic is primarily there to restore people, but he can also unload 120 shots within a short range when defending himself. Finally, the Recon class focuses on pegging enemies from very very far away via the sniper rifle.
But as you’d expect from this mashup of BF2 and BFBC2, BFP4F gives you lots of opportunities to shoot your foes and cruise around in tanks and the like in a modern combat setting—all for free. If you’d rather level up a bit faster in order to customize your soldier with a wider array of perks and weapon loadouts, then you can buy Boosters with real money to increase either the number of credits or experience points you earn from a match.
However you play it, Battlefield Play4Free is a great option to check out if you’re looking for a “true” Battlefield type experience sans goofy attitude and cost.
Posted by Thierry Nguyen on December 16, 2012