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Even years after its first release, the Battlefield 2 franchise is still one of the best multiplayer shooters in the genre. The release of the second booster pack, Battlefield 2: Armored Fury, extended its lifespan even further and makes refinements to certain aspects of Euro Force.
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The Best Parts
The change of scenery is impressive fun on three fields of battle on American soil we haven't seen before and the perfect opportunity for the developers to impress us.They added Scout Helicopters and Ground Attack Aircraft with Armored Fury and they're fun and add to the game without unbalancing the game play.Global war between China, the United States and a make believe middle eastern coalition comes to North America when China tries to seize the Alaskan oil fields, while the forces of the middle eastern coalition land on the eastern coast and try to take the American Capital.
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Parts That Need Improvement
The graphics engine is starting to show its age more and more, beautiful maps and detailed environments but moving around in the environments had a few problems that you don't see in the best games. For example my vehicles couldn't go through environmental objects that they would normally run over,
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The Game Graphics
This still has a wonderful overall presentation that can compete with most of the pretty good games in this genre, the details and textures certainly aren't any where near the best, but something tells me the next titles will show visual signs of improvements. They appear to have made slight additions to the color palette and added a few shades and tones that provide noticeable changes to the presentation.
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Sounds Of The Game
The soundtrack used in Battlefield 2: Armored Fury has a few new tracks but for the most part it's taken from earlier Battlefield titles, mainly from Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield 1942.The sound of the A-10 Warthog coming in to attack a poor tank is wonderful to hear; all six of the new vehicles sound great and authentic in all aspects of their movements and attacks. The other sound effects sound about the same as the earlier Battlefield 2 titles; they sound sharp and get your attention when they strike in your vicinity.
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The Story Line
If you enjoyed Red Dawn and Invasion USA then Battlefield 2: Armored Fury will give you a shot of nostalgia with three well conceived and executed story lines dealing with global war coming to North American shores. The first is Midnight Sun, the story of China's invasion of the Alaskan oil fields across the Bering Straits and their attempts to seize and keep Valdez Alaska. In the second, Operation Road Rage, a Middle Eastern coalition fights to secure key road ways and highways leading into the heart of America and they must be stopped. In Operation Harvest, the last level, you will meet your foe on the open fields and farms of Pennsylvania under dark and foreboding skies that create a feeling of impending doom, very appropriate, I thought.
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They added six new vehicles that add nice, engaging, and useful elements to the game play, without unbalancing the game we already love.Three levels new levels took me eight hours to play in the single player mode, with the hours you can play on the multiplayer mode this provides a pretty good value for your $10.
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The Bottom Line
Boosters packs are something that many gamers, developers, publishers, and industry specialists haven't completely embraced yet, and they aren't all bad. Like all human ideas, the final results depend on the philosophy and use to which they are put to work. In the Battlefield 2 franchise they appear to be at least trying to do a few good things with each booster pack and Armored Fury certainly has my recommendation as another good addition to an already outstanding franchise. Players who like the Battlefield line of games will enjoy this title. It's always good to see developers support popular tiltles with new expansions and packs that add to the gameplay that made the original title so popular.