First off I know there was a big brouhaha about being able to play as the Taliban in multiplayer mode but the game developers raised a good point. Anytime we play cops and robbers, someone has to be the bad guy, does it mean we justify their actions? No, but you can't play cops without robbers unless you want to play cops and jelly donuts, in which case prepared to get eaten motherfuckers. And honestly I don't know why the military is pissed at EA and DICE, this game is a like a five hour blow job to the US Armed Forces. They ought to set this game up on a console at recruiters offices and I swear they'll see a surge in recruits.
Now to get down to the gameplay, its a little glitchy but that can be forgiven. Invariably this game is going to be compared to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series (which I still believe 1 was better than 2) and it holds up. The story in this game is much better than in the COD MW series. It deals with the war in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 where you take on the roll of Tier 1 Special Forces operators or an Army Ranger at times. Like COD MW you also get to see a variety of combat, you are on the turret of a technical, you are lazing targets for destruction, riding an ATV through the hills, sniping with a .50 on the mountainside, and in the gunners seat of an Apache attack helicopter.
All in all, the game would be a solid pick for anyone looking to expand their FPS collection.
8 out of 10 on the GR scale.
Sheesh, I haven't played any video games for months now. The last game I purchased (not counting the Chuck-E-Cheese Wii game I purchased for my gf's 5yo cousin) was Tatsunoko vs. Capcom which came out early in the year (and I still haven't taken it online *sigh*). I have a BackLoggery, and with over 200 unfinished games, I can't bring myself to buy anymore ... though I'm jonsesing bad for a PS3.
I wouldn't mind a PS3 for the blue ray functionality and to play the Metal Gear line of games but other than that, I'm an Xbox gamer through and through.