We’re only a few months away from Battlefield 2042 and the excitement for a new Battlefield entry is going through the roof. But, while it may not be on the same level as the last game, there is still a fair amount of controversy surrounding this game’s release as well.
Many people are turned off by the fact that DICE has made it clear there will be no single-player campaign but the truth is, Battlefield games started out as a strictly multiplayer experience and went out of their way to introduce a single-player campaign to the franchise when they released Battlefield: Bad Company.
I thought now would be a great time to take a trip down memory lane and get reacquainted with this beloved game and the colorful cast of characters that are introduced to us in this unique campaign experience. All-out war, is now a personal squad-based experience.
So, if you’re looking for some tips on how to get the most out of your time spent with Private Marlowe and the rest of the gang, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got a few of the best tips I learned along the way that are sure to help you out. Without further ado, here’s how to beat Battlefield: Bad Company.
HOW TO BEAT
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY
Grendaes, Grenades, Grenades
The Frostbite Game Engine made its big debut in Battlefield: Bad Company and showed us all just how destructible video game environments can be with the right tech. I spent the majority of every encounter blowing up every house that had an enemy hiding in it and it was spectacular, to say the least.
There are a plethora of explosives at your disposal. From C4 to Rocket Launchers, even standard throwable grenades, there’s a lot of ways to bring the noise when you play. But, by far, the best weapon for this is an assault rifle with a grenade launcher as a secondary weapon.
Being able to instantaneously launch a grenade from your gun without pulling one out, taking out the pin, and throwing it at an enemy. The grenades that you throw by hand still have to cook and take a few seconds before they explode, giving your enemy time to move away if they spot the grenade first.
The grenades that you launch from the gun explode on impact and will take down any wall or fence immediately without hesitation. As iconic as the Bad Company grenades might be with the smiley face pin, the tactical advantage of being able to instantly open up the battlefield is second to none.
Vehicle sections in Battlefield: Bad Company proved to be some of the more frustrating aspects of the game. These levels are wide open and you’ll often find yourself traveling far distances to get the next objective. This wouldn’t normally be an issue but you’ll often find heavily armed troops along the way ready to take you out.
This becomes especially troublesome when on hard mode when each potential attack has the potential to completely stop you in your tracks or, even worse, straight up kill you. Don’t even get me started on the lack of significant checkpoints that puts you right back at the beginning of the level if you don’t make it all the way to the end in one go.
Not to mention the fact that vehicles have a tendency to not respawn if they get destroyed. So if your tank doesn’t make it all the way there, and you die, you’re starting all the way at the beginning…without a tank, resulting in a long walk to the end or to the closest vehicle.
This is why the repair tool is a must-have whenever you’re traveling long distances. If you find yourself in a less favorable encounter, it’s relatively easy to find a decent spot out of the enemy’s line of sight, hop out, and do a quick repair before you lose the vehicle entirely. You’ll have no trouble making sure your vehicle stays intact the entire journey.
All Hail The M416
The single-player campaign for Bad Company is filled with all sorts of weaponry to collect and make use of but the more I played the game and the further I got in the story, the more I found myself relying on one weapon in particular. The one that they give right from the start of the game.
I found it to be very effective for more close-range encounters and it proved to be sufficiently accurate at longer distances. Plus, since it also has the grenade launcher attached to it, it makes breaching buildings and makes taking out any unsuspecting enemies that much easier.
The sniper rifles in this game proved to be amongst my least favorite weapons especially since the secondary weapon is only a pistol, forcing you to use a rocket launcher or C4 explosive to breach effectively since not all enemies will be standing in a visible spot and will need to be flushed out.
And don’t even get me started on the close-quarter applications of the pistol. It doesn’t do a lot of damage and takes an absolute century to reload. Being able to pick off enemies at a distance just isn’t worth it when you don’t have the option to blow stuff up as well.
Don’t Underestimate The Squad
Bad company is well known for the exceptional voice acting and cast that helped to bring this simple story to light but don’t think their appeal is only limited to cutscene jokes and that these are some brain-dead A.I. following you around. They proved to also be pretty effective in combat.
Okay, so there was the occasional instance where they would purposefully stand in harm’s way, or stare at the enemy point-blank and miss every shot. But, there were a lot of moments where I felt like I was lacking and my squad was taking care of more kills than me.
Even more valuable are the call-outs that the squad gives you as you play. They’ll let you know when there’s a sniper nearby, incoming enemies to look out for, and any nuisance with an RPG that might be waiting for you around the corner. This information proved invaluable at times and made these squadmates better companions overall.
Battlefield: Bad Company is definitely worth taking another look at and, with these tips, you’ll have a blast getting through the campaign, even on harder difficulties. This is the game that started the franchise’s campaign routes and it’s a cool send-off to the new campaigns that won’t be coming this year.
Have you played Battlefield: Bad Company? What are some of the tips and tricks you’ve discovered along the way? Let me know in the comments section below.