The very first game that REALLY got me hooked was EA's Battlefield 1942, a First-person based shooter set within the World war 2 era. This game was truely fantastic and a testiment to the what would become a series of Battlefield games.
This game was great, it allowed you to play it in many different ways and really allowed you to develop a playstyle. For example, clans were formed at the time whereby they needed experienced pilots for dog-fights. I was a pretty good pilot myself, and the expanse on some of the maps really allowed some great air combat.
Other maps like Berlin were more infantry based which required stealth and precision. Usually I took up the sniper-rifle kit and scouted ahead feeding back to my clan on teamspeak the enemy's movements and allowed for some fantastic team-work and gameplay.
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When Battlefield 2 was announced, I really anticipated the core qualities, which made Battlefield 1942 a great game, transfering over to a much more modern combat scenario. EA did this perfectly, and with the introduction of squads and in-game communication, team effort really became the driving point of my experience.
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