Battlefield Heroes

Genre(s): Action/3rd Person,

Metacritic Rating: 69 (out of 100)

Price: Free-to-Play


Battlefield Heroes is a free-to-play cartoon-style action video game developed by DICE initially. It is the first Battlefield game to be released under Electronic Arts’ “Play 4 Free” model, which releases the game for free with revenue generated from advertising and micropayments.

Advertisements appear on the website and the ‘front-end’ of the game although none appear while playing, while micropayments may be made for additional items to customize the appearance of players’ avatars or to buy stronger weapons. Furthermore, purchasable Play 4 Free Funds can be used to redeem rate boosts to experience points along with other items.

Tired of grim, gritty WWII action games? Then Battlefield Heroes, might be the game for you. Visually, Battlefield has more in common with a G.I. Joe cartoon than with Saving Private Ryan, but this third-person conquest game’s classes and leveling system provide a lot of depth.

Battlefield Heroes features a modified conquest mode providing each team 50 lives and eventually one flag at the start of the round. Killing enemies and holding more flags than the opposing army will progressively reduce their number of lives. The game also features matchmaking, to keep players of the same level together. Developers of the game have talked about levels going as high as 40 or 50, although the current level cap is 30. The two armies are called the National Army (possessing a red base color flag) and the Royal Army (possessing a blue base color flag). The game is third-person only at this point, but senior producer Ben Cousins has stated if first-person is really wanted, it may be added in at a later date. Spawn times are 5 seconds (compared to the 15 seconds of previous Battlefield games, except for the map “Midnight Mayhem.”), allowing for less waiting and more action. Players do not pick spawn points since the game has an “Intelligent Spawn System” putting players closest to the nearest battle. Sometimes the player will be parachuted behind enemy lines. There is also a new mode called “Conquest V2.” The goal of this mode is to take hold of a rocket for 5 minutes. This doesn’t mean at once, it just means 5 minutes in total. There are three maps for this mode including Coastal Clash, Sunset Showdown and Midnight Mayhem for this mode and has a 15 second spawn time.

Like previous Battlefield games Battlefield Heroes has a class system, which has been reduced to three basic classes: the Soldier (a mid speed, mid health mid ranged weaponed medic), Gunner (a heavy weaponed, high health slow class), and Commando (a low health, speedy, snipe and knife specialist).

Publisher: Electronic Arts, Aeria Games

Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE, Easy Studios

Release Date: June 25, 2009

Players: Massively multiplayer online

ERSB: T, for “Teen”

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