Battlefield 1942

Popular strategic war simulation game for the PC

7.0

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  • Category Action
  • License Free
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by DICE

Battlefield 1942 is a classic first-person shooter game which has been popular since its release in 2002.

Fans of heart-pounding World War II campaigns will not be disappointed with what Battlefield 1942 has to offer. Developed by DICE Software in 2002, this platform is one of the most popular first-person shooters in existence. Although the graphics may appear to be a bit dated in relation to modern games, the fact of the matter is such a classical appeal is just as well suited for modern players. Another massive benefit is that thanks to increases in computer performance, Battlefield 1942 will not be plagued by freezes and buffering issues as it was in the past.

The Plot

There are several ways to play this game. Some prefer the "lone wolf" strategy. While a single player can be very fun, one of the main premises of Battlefield 1942 is to utilise teamwork to complete the necessary objectives. From storming beaches to conquering an enemy-held base, the sheer possibilities are nearly endless. This multi-player capacity is further enhanced due to the ability to have up to 32 individual players on a specific team. The ultimate objective is to capture the flag of an opponent. When more players are involved, the flag progressively becomes easier to obtain. So, there is a very real sense of camaraderie that was not present within many games of this era.

Challenges

It should be mentioned that Battlefield 1942 will not exhibit the same artificial intelligence as more modern variants. Although this could frustrate those who are extremely well versed in such platforms, by no means are the enemies easy to defeat. This is obviously not as relevant when playing against human counterparts. The main takeaway point is that what Battlefield 1942 may lack in innovation is certainly counterbalanced by fast-paced excitement and a classical attraction.

Soldiers and Equipment

Another feature that has enabled this game to stand the test of time is that the player is not limited by the roles that can be chosen. Different soldiers such as infantrymen and snipers boast unique skill sets. Vehicles and hardware will appear on the maps as the game progresses. The more difficult levels can offer up such powerful options as planes and tanks.

A Competitive Environment

Battlefield 1942 is heavily focused upon pitting one's skills against another player. Not only can this be seen in the real-time action that takes place, but certain metrics are recorded for later review. These include kill counts, the number of times a player has died and captured opponents. It is clear to see why this game was revolutionary for its time. Many feel that these same features were the basis for more modern platforms that have been developed since. Battlefield 1942 is said to be on par with other massively successful franchises such as Quake and Counter Strike.

System Requirements

It is recommended to have a computer with a processing speed of at least 500 MHz. 128 megabytes of RAM are required alongside 32 megabytes of VRAM (video memory). 1.2 gigabytes of hard drive space is also needed. These figures are able to be accommodated by most operating systems these days. Battlefield 1942 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Battlefield 1942 is a must-have game for anyone who is truly loyal to first-person shooter platforms. Let us take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks.

Pros

  • Excellent game play
  • Low system requirements
  • A classical appeal
  • Easier than some modern variants

Cons

  • Dated graphics
  • Difficult single-player campaigns
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