Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Back to Battlefield 2

Never made that leap to Battlefield 3 or Bad Company 2? Well no worries there are still wonderful mods to keep Battlefield 2 strong. Take a look at Forgotten Hope 2 and Project Reality.

Forgotten Hope 2

Forgotten Hope was originally a realism WWII modification for BF1942 and for BF2 the mod team decided to go at it again. Forgotten Hope 2 came late in BF2's existence but made quite a large impact on the modding community, generally earning itself the number two spot behind Project Reality as the most popular modification. It is still a WWII modification and it still boasts large maps that support planes, armor, infantry and support guns.

Forgotten Hope 2 - 2.4 Official Trailer - Mod DB

I had played Forgotten Hope 2 quite a lot when it initially came to Battlefield 2 but never found it to be as appealing as the original modification was for BF1942. All of the maps were originally placed in the African theatre of war and Italy but now they have expanded the mod to include other theatres as well. Forgotten Hope 2 has several other game modes on top of the typical BF conquest mode. Many of the modes are strategic based, often requiring you take out objectives or capture areas in a set order. The mod is still going strong and recently was a runner-up for modification of the year, along with Project Reality, and is nearing the release of its 2.5 version. It is a fairly large download, nearly two gigabytes, but is easy to install. Check it out, it's likely one of the best WWII games out there at the moment.
Main Website: http://forgottenhope.warumdarum.de/
MoDDB Page: http://www.moddb.com/mods/forgotten-hope-2

Project Reality 

As it is known to many, PR is still one of my favorite modifications of any game ever. With Project Reality they attempt to do what many have clamored for in a FPS since the genre has come into existence, make people work together as a team. With PR if you try to go the lone wolf you are either wasting the team's resources or wasting your own time, little will be accomplished on your own while others are out there trying to find enemy ammunition caches or forward bases. Generally with PR most people use mics or at the very least are very good at typing, because without communication your squad will die and the enemy will win. The most organized and skilled team are the ones who win. Besides all the emphasize on teamwork PR has other unique features that make it the #1 modification for Battlefield 2. On a basic level it has destructible buildings, something that no other BF2 mod had before it and few first person shooters had at the time. It also has large scale transport vehicles, like chinhooks, huge maps, a unique damage system and interesting classes that force people to work together. Check out the most recent trailer for their 0.95 release.

Project Reality BF2 Mod v0.95 Trailer - Mod DB

I have played PR a lot over the years, it's one of those games that you play quite a lot with friends and then move onto something else after a while only to return to it again at a later date for one reason or another. Never in any other game has squad based combat felt as right as it does in PR. Spotting enemies, defending areas, doing "boring" tasks are often vital to the team and feel more significant than such actions do in many other games. Running through the gorgeous and massive maps is also a pleasure, especially when you watch buildings get decimated by artillery and crumble to the ground. Not all of the buildings in the game are destructible though. If you've ever wanted to play a game that feels like modern combat should be, organized and tactial on a large scale, then check out Project Reality. They have also moved the mod over to ARMA 2 but it I haven't seen anything fantastic come from that version yet. Can't recommend this one enough yet at the same time I don't recommend it to anyone who considers casual FPS games to be perfect.
Main Website: http://www.realitymod.com/
MoDDB Page: http://www.moddb.com/mods/project-reality

Honorable Mentions
US Intervention Mod: http://www.moddb.com/mods/us-intervention
-Made by the guys who made the original Desert Combat for BF1942.

Point of Existence 2: http://www.moddb.com/mods/point-of-existence-2
-Focuses on Eastern Europe modern combat and supports singleplayer.

Thanks for reading, be back shortly.
-Written by Sean Cargle


  1. Sean C,

    THank you so much for posting this writeup. I've been bored with look-alike console games lately and have been itching to get back to some 'golden age' PC gaming. Original Ghost Recon and BF Vietnam / BF2 and BF2142 were some of the best games ever. 2001-2005 was a very rich period in PC gaming.

    I just now pulled out my old copy of BF2 and downloaded the reality mod. Can't wait to try it!

    -Sean K. from Colorado...

  2. Glad to see I got someone to check out one of those fantastic modifications. Yeah nothing these days feels like BF2/BF1942 did, nor the original Ghost Recon games (I loved those as well). Make sure you either type a lot or use a mic for the Project Reality mod, most people who play that are fairly intense players.