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My favorite WWII shooter
Battlefield: 1942 is still one of my all-time favorite shooting games for the PC. Despite being several years old, people are still playing it online. The reason people keep playing is because the game is just as fun now as it ever was, and that goes to show that cutting edge graphics aren’t everything.
This game was released in 2002. With most PC games, anything more than 2-3 years old is considered ancient. Only a precious few games that age even remain on a serious gamer’s hard drive, but this is one that still holds up after all that time. Since this game came out, a couple of new entries in the Battlefield series were released for PC – Battlefield: Vietnam, Battlefield 2, and Battlefield 2142. There’s another one soon to be released called Battlefield: Bad Company. Needless to say, this series has been quite popular.
In this game, you play a soldier during World War II, and you can play either Axis or Allies. Each of the many maps in the game are based on actual battles fought during World War II, and it covers parts of Europe and the South Pacific. You can play a variety of different soldier types with each one having a distinct weapon. You can be a sniper and pick people off from afar, or use a rocket launcher to take out enemy vehicles. There’s also medics and engineers, plus your standard machine gunner.
One of the things that really set this game apart from most other 3D shooters was that it lets you pilot vehicles. In most shooting games, you can only use trucks and things for cover, but in this game you can drive them around. There’s nothing like a running a tank right through the middle of the enemy base and blasting away. Just watch out for those rocket launcher guys putting an RPG up your tail pipe. You can even fly airplanes in this game, and you will dominate if you master your piloting skills.
I keep this game installed on my old Compaq laptop with an AMD 2800+ processor and 1 gig of RAM. I like that the game runs incredibly well on there, and it doesn’t take a lot of machine to play. I’ve used it with friends to have some little LAN parties in my house, and it helps to be able to play stuff that everybody can run. Despite the lower system requirements, mainly because the game is so old, don’t think for a minute that it does not look good. The graphics are great and so is the sound.
The only thing missing from the fun online multiplayer game is stat tracking. This was later added in the newer Battlefield games, but it sure would have been nice if it was in this one. I like to be able to keep track of my kills and figure out which soldier class works best for me. It’s also nice to see your opponent’s stats to know what you’re up against.
You can pick this game up for cheap these days, and there is a collection that includes two expansion packs with a bunch of extra maps. If you love World War II games, this is one of the best. I’ve played several of the WWII-era Medal of Honor games and they fail in comparison to Battlefield: 1942.