developer: EA DICE / Digital Illusions CE
publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1-64
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Battlefield 1942 for PC is an FPS set in WWII that focuses on multiplayer. The production is published by Electronic Arts and developed by Swedish Digital Illusions, primarily famous for racing games like Motorhead, Rallisport Challenge, and the Swedish Touring Car Championship series.
Due to its gameplay specificity, Battlefield 1942 does not feature a classic single player campaign. The player assumes the role of a soldier from one of five countries fighting in the war, namely USA, Great Britain, USSR, Germany, or Japan. Additionally, soldiers from each country are divided into five classes of different uses, e.g. the Scout engages enemies at long ranges, the Assault is most useful in frontal attacks, the Anti-tank is equipped with a weapon capable of destroying vehicles, the Engineer can not only set mines and explosives, but also repair vehicles and stationary weapons, while the Medic can heal himself and his mates.
Players are divided into two teams: Allies and the Axis. The objective of each match is to reduce the enemy’s balance of coupons to zero. It can be achieved in a number of ways, e.g. by capturing and holding control points (which also serve as respawn points) or by simply killing the enemy soldiers. Gameplay strongly emphasises cooperation of all classes, which is vital for the success. The action takes place on 16 maps of up to 4 km2, which are modelled on real WWII battlefields, and placed in four different theatres, i.e. the Western Front (Omaha Beach, Normandy; the Ardennes; Operation Market Garden), Eastern Front (Kharkov, Stalingrad, Kursk, and Berlin), North Africa (Gazala, Tobruk, El Alamein, and Operation Battleaxe), and Pacific (Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Midway, and Wake Island).
The characteristic feature of Battlefield 1942 is the highly interactive gameworld. During the game, you can pick up any weapon left behind by others, hide in buildings, and use 35 different vehicles like transporters, tanks, bombers, fighters, aircraft carriers, submarines, battleships, and destroyers. You can also jump out of a plane with a parachute.
Battlefield 1942 for PC focuses primarily on multiplayer – each match can be played by up to 64 players. The game features such modes as Conquest, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and Cooperation. There is also a single player mode in which your teammates and enemies are controlled by the AI. The campaign is divided into four chapters, each including four maps – players have to complete 12 diverse quests in every mission.
The production utilises Refractor Engine created by Refraction Games studio from Sweden. Originally, it powered a WWI FPS Codename Eagle, then it was bought by Digital Illusions so as to use it in Battlefield 1942. Owing to the engine’s possibilities, the game features impressive visuals, but during the time of its release, the title required a powerful hardware to run smoothly.
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 2003 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz, 256 MB RAM, memory card 64 MB (GeForce 3 Ti200 or better), 1.2 GB HDD, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP