In 2002, Battlefield 1942 became the paradigm for all action games, with its seemingly limitless detailed environments—whether running, driving or flying about. Set in the present day anda near future, Battlefield 2 has no storyline. Rather, players choose to fight as the European Union, China, a Middle East Coalition or the US, imposing will by filling adversaries with the most lead. If it's possible to feel legitimate comradery online, this is the venue. Grab a headset and acquire enough experience to become a commander, leading your team into combat as you call the shots. Or, pit yourself against strong AI and take on the 'bots. Fantastic graphics and audio.
category: best of 2005