Despite the Daily Mail-fuelled flak received by socially controversial games like Manhunt, there has been surprisingly little questioning of what is perhaps one of the most politically-insensitive games recently conceived, Digital Illusionís Battlefield 2 for PC. Due to be published by EA, itís an almost traumatically realistic online battle simulator, set in the modern day Middle East.
As soon as we managed to suppress our collective peaceful nature and stop hugging the trees, we could finally see the woods, and they look absolutely amazing. Whatever criticism one might have of such a game being published as a form of entertainment, in a climate where peopleís lives are being destroyed by the same events, technically and creatively it is no small feat.
Battlefield 2 supports up to 100 players simultaneously, and sports totally new graphics, audio and physics engines. Visually and conceptually speaking, this should be something to look forward to. Itís due out at some point in Q1 2005 - check these new screens in the meantime.