Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Hands-On Preview and Video

If you’re already burned out on Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, EA’s got an upcoming alternative for your gritty, real-world shooter needs. Based on the console series, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 represents EA Mobile’s first first-person shooter on the iPhone, and their first game with live online multiplayer.

From what we played of it, it’s a pretty strong debut. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will have both single-player and multiplayer modes, with 4-player online deathmatch and team deathmatch. It’s a far cry from Modern Combat’s 10-person matches, but it’s still a good start.

The single-player campaign has five standard environments, including obligatory snow, desert, and jungle scenes. Your character is a nameless grunt, but the four main characters from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will accompany you on some missions.

You’ll also be able to pilot vehicles, like a tank or truck, and operate heavy weaponry like RPGs, sniper rifles, and machine guns. We’re even told you’ll get to pilot a helicopter at some point.

In our hands, the controls seemed fairly natural. They’re of the typical iPhone FPS variety, with the left side of the screen controlling your movement and the right side controlling the camera. You can also toss grenades and duck down by hitting buttons in the corner. We played with minimal onscreen controls, which we think looked the best, but you can also opt to have them appear on the screen.

When we asked what set Battlefield apart from Modern Combat 2, the answer we got was essentially “the strength of the brand”, which tells us Battlefield isn’t going to be too different from MC2. But we’re just happy to see EA make an FPS with online multiplayer, even if it seems awfully similar to a game we’ve been playing for months. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be available later this month.