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We can safely assure you that the latest Bad Company 2 video game is made in the best traditions of the Battlefield series. It will please not only newcomers to the series, but also the proven veterans.

The single player campaign can be a bit of a disappointment, but after you have tasted the multiplayer experience, it will hardly matter. The game is going to sell in millions of copies, and this means that online servers will be full of people ready to fight against other players.

The visual aspect of the game is quite pleasing. While there is nothing special – from the textures and details point of view – Battlefield: Bad Company 2 creates a nice atmospheric feel. The engine also offers a lot of flexibility for playing with different settings if you feel unsatisfied with gaming performance and/or image quality. Without significant visual quality sacrifices you can still enjoy this title on a wide range of modern graphics cards.

If you are looking for a true eye candy experience, be prepared to spend a significant amount of money on your next upgrade. Maximum quality settings require you to have a brand new ATI Radeon HD 5970 installed in your PC. Nothing less will suffice.

ATI’s Radeon HD 5x00 architectural superiority to the currently available Nvidia GeForce series is obvious in BF: BC2; therefore, your choice is somewhat restricted only to the red team offerings. The actual selection of the particular GPU brand may depend on your personal preferences as well as on the kind of deal you can get from your favorite hardware shop. While Radeon HD 5850 is a preferred option, some people may find a better deal with GeForce GTX 275 graphics card (keeping in mind that it does not support DirectX 11). We would most probably advise against buying Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX 295, as it will soon be replaced by a brand new Fermi based graphics card.

For those of you who are not interested in hardcore gaming, sticking with GeForce GTS 250 (8800 GTS 512, 9800 GTX, etc.), if you own one, would be the best way to go. Even though the card itself may be considered as a bit of a relic, it does the job of beating all of the newcomers and performs on par with Radeon HD 5750, which is, in fact, the preferable choice.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 does need a top-end CPU to get the best out of your graphics cards. Our tests showed a noticeable increase in performance when we upgraded our system from Core i7-920 to a top of the line Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. Destruction of buildings, walls, towers and other elements stresses your CPU subsystem and having a faster CPU from either AMD or Intel is a good idea.

All things said, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has a certain 'drive' that will not leave any FPS familiar player unaffected. You are going to spend hours trying to beat the opponent team and shouting orders to your helicopter or tank driver will become a habit. And those beautiful buildings in the middle of the multiplayer map will have to be razed to the ground. Enjoy!

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