Battlefield Heroes opens to the public

We first heard about Battlefield Heroes and its mixture of Team Fortress 2-style graphics and casual gameplay almost a year and a half ago. Today, as Shacknews reports, members of the public can now play the game free of charge—at least to begin with.

To try the casual shooter, simply head over to the Battlefield Heroes website with either Firefox or Internet Explorer, and hit the big, round "play now!" button. After installing the required Firefox add-on or IE ActiveX control, the game installer will open, download the game, and set everything up for you.

You’ll need to pop back into your browser to create a character, but the game itself runs as a full-blooded Windows application with its own Program Files directory. DICE’s approach is therefore a bit different from the one id took with Quake Live, which runs within the browser through a custom plug-in. That said, Battlefield Heroes look and feels considerably more cartoony and dumbed-down. (Quake Live, by contrast, is pretty much a direct port of the original Quake 3: Arena.)

Battlefield Heroes’ handful of maps are freely playable through the game’s built-in match-making system. As Shacknews points out, however, you’ll have to shell out real money if you want bonuses, new weapons, special items, and other "premium" content—that’s how DICE plans to cash in.

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    • Mondos
    • 10 years ago

    Played the beta. No thanks.

    • cegras
    • 10 years ago

    BFH isn’t bad. It’s meant for a quick round or so.

    But I can’t play past 4 minutes without getting connection error (3).

    Sigh.

    • porov
    • 10 years ago

    its for the kids

    • marvelous
    • 10 years ago

    Didn’t like it much

    • donkeycrock
    • 10 years ago

    i played last night for an hour, its pretty fun, only think i dont like is third person view, can we get an option for first person please.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Third person view is part of the balance against commandos.

    • The Dark One
    • 10 years ago

    I haven’t heard great things about this game. Snipers seem to be a real problem- you can capture points while cloaked, drive vehicles while cloaked, or run around for twenty minutes planting IEDs without losing it.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    As a serious gamer I applaud Punkbuster and the resultant reduction of cheating in multiplayer it has provided for a few years now.
    Its not perfect but it beats the crap out of no Internet wide anti-cheat system.

    • nonegatives
    • 10 years ago

    I think Ill stick to TF2.

      • TheBob!
      • 10 years ago

      Me too. I was in the BFH beta. It was fun for a while, but lacks the depth of TF2.

    • Swollen_Goat
    • 10 years ago

    looks cool.

    • adampk17
    • 10 years ago

    Doesn’t this game use Punkbuster? Ever read their TOS? No thanks… not on my PC.

    • adisor19
    • 10 years ago

    Great. Another “live” game that only works on windows. So much for that casual part..

    Adi

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