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This "Deluxe" edition package of Digital Illusion's shooter sequel contains both the original Battlefield 2 and its first retail expansion pack, Special Forces.
As in the developer's original Battlefield 1942 (as well as its various add-ons and Vietnam-themed update), the focus of Battlefield 2 is on fast-paced, vehicle-enabled, online combat for a large group of players — the sequel supports as many as 64 on a single map. Unlike earlier versions, however, Battlefield 2 is set in the near future instead of a glorified past. Players fight for the United States, China, or the Middle East coalition, using technologically advanced weapons, equipment, and vehicles. The selection of over 30 usable land, sea, and airborne vehicles includes helicopters, hovercraft, jeeps, and jets. A variety of soldier types are available for play, including assault infantry, snipers, engineers, medics, spec ops agents, and others.
As the large-scale online battles rage on in the main game, this first add-on for Digital Illusions' shooter sequel deploys highly trained soldiers to perform tactical maneuvers around strategically critical equipment and locations. Reminiscent of the theme of the original Battlefield 1942 expansion, Secret Weapons of WWII, Special Forces focuses on experimental weaponry, high-tech gadgets, and specially qualified operatives. Players can fight as one of six types of special forces soldiers: U.S. Navy SEALs, British SAS operatives, Russian Spetznas, MEC operatives, or specialist rebel insurgents. With such commandos in its starring roles, the game features more clandestine, small-squad missions, though it still supports the main game's multiplayer gameplay, with as many as 64 human competitors in the same online battlefield. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide