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Battlefield 2: Special Forces Expansion Pack - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows XP
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • War simulation, online multiplayer action with 64 players on the PC
  • Battle as U.S., Chinese, or Middle East Coalition troops
  • 30+ land, sea, and air vehicles; choose from a variety of solider classes
  • New state-of-the-art weapon systems, including heat seeking missiles
  • Increase rank and unlock awards; voice-over IP (VOIP) supported
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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AO9YQM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 21, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,918 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Expansion pack; Installation of Battlefield 2 required
Battlefield 2: Special Forces drops you right into the middle of a 21st century shootout! The good news is that you have a team of grunts at your side to help you survive in frenzied close-quarters combat. The bad news is that you have to engage the enemy on their home turf, in the world's most dangerous hot spots. Unleash 6 of the world's deadliest military forces, using their fury and high-tech arsenal to survive. Complete your mission and get home alive.

From the Manufacturer

Special Forces, Special Weapons, Special Vehicles, Special Missions... Become an elite soldier or insurgent in the secret war for control of the modern world's most strategic locations. Fight intense online battles using the latest weaponry on land, in the air, and at sea.

Battlefield 2 Special Forces takes the intensity and quality of Battlefield 2 behind the scenes of news headlines, showcasing the most elite and deadly forces in the modern military world. Using accurate Special Forces weapons, gadgets, and vehicles, these covert armies battle to control key military and strategic locations.

Battlefield 2: Special Forces
Battlefield 2: Special Forces
Fight for one of 6 different Special Forces outfits using the latest weaponry

In Battlefield 2 Special Forces, players will choose to fight as one of 6 different Special Forces soldiers -- Navy SEALs, British SAS, Russian Spetznas, MEC Special Forces, Rebel groups and insurgents. Armed with the latest Special Forces weaponry, players can take control of any of the game's 10 new vehicles to engage in major conflicts with up to 64 players. Additionally, persistent character growth allows players to continue to rise through the ranks.

The Battlefield 2 game engine and physics system brings the modern battlefield to life like never before. The material penetration feature measures weapons' ability to fire through barriers based on their composition and players will need to know the difference between concealment and cover in order to survive.

Team play features allow players to enter the action on the front lines as part of a formal squad, or work behind the scenes in Commander Mode to direct the strategic assaults of their teammates.

Key Features

  • 6 new forces -- Navy Seals, British SAS, Russian Spetznas, MEC Special Forces, Rebel groups and Insurgents, each with their own unique arsenal and tactics
  • 8 new maps -- strategic locations featuring expanded indoor play
  • 10 new vehicles, including the Desert Raider, Combat ATV, and Apache Longbow
  • Special Forces weapons and gadgets including zip line, grappling hook, tear gas, and flash bang grenades
  • Dynamic Lighting and Low Light Vision bring stealth and tactics to the battlefield, allowing players to hide in the dark or spot enemies with night vision goggles
  • Generalized Triggering System used to control key elements of the environment
  • Online multiplayer action with 64 players on the PC
  • Join a squad or select Commander Mode with the new night vision filter to assume the strategic role of a battlefield commander directing his forces.
  • Character Persistence and Growth. With in-game success, players can attain additional ranks and unlock new awards
  • Full in-game community support
  • Voice-over IP supported with USB headset

*Requires Battlefield 2 PC to play

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Content - 5 Star Headache November 25, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The content of this release, while not top notch, does add some life to the already popular BF2 game. The sum total of the release adds new soldier classes, maps and vehicles. It does not (as many had hoped) patch a multitude of bugs in the original game. Many of the vehicles while fun at first really turn out to be nothing more than a novelty as they are not as effective as most vehicles included in the original game. Also, a blessing to some and a disappointment for others, there are no airplanes in this game. Still many die hard fans of the game won't be without this (or any other expansion pack), but the casual player can easily do without.

One tactic that EA has employed to try to keep you from doing without is that Special Forces owners are able to play on the original BF2 servers using the new goodies in the expansion pack. Many feel that this gives an unfair advantage as Special Forces players who are able to blind others with flash bangs and use other new tactics. It is a questionable marketing ploy as people who have paid for the original game must now decide if they must purchase the expansion to remain competitive. This has been a point of contention in the BF2 community and has been a constant complaint on many internet forums.

Beyond the marketing of this product, the real problems surround the complete swarm of bug reports and problem installations. Reports of computers that ran the original fine but now only get 15 frames per second are not uncommon. Also after install, a 280 megabyte patch must be downloaded (4 hours from EA with a broadband connection). This patch then decompresses to an unheard of 3 gigabytes.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buggier than the original November 29, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Believe it or not, Special Forces is in worse shape than Battlefield 2 was when it was released.

EA and Dice have been slow to address showstopping bugs in the original game, and against my better judgement, I decided to give SF a shot thinking that maybe some problems would have been addressed.


Many people are experiencing a lot of difficulty just INSTALLING the game, let alone playing it. If you are able to get the game installed (and I eventually was), you're likely to find yourself up against a host of other problems including severe frame-rate drops and performance issues, even if the original game ran well performanse-wise (which mine did).

It would be nice if companies like EA and Dice were held more accountable for shoddy product they release to their fans, especially considering that the majority of their fanbase consists of financially-strapped college and high-school students.

This is awful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Same as my review for the original -- a few new tools to use in the default kits. When I rate it a 4 as fun, I'm thinking it *would* be fun if I could actually make use of the entire game... because what you can access is pretty fun.

Also you end up downloading a 250MB (!) patch that you have to reinstall after installing the SF expansion pack. That's just uncalled for. Even with DSL every server I got made it creep along at 25 KPS, and I feel sorry for people who have dialup. If they do have dialup, they aren't going to likely be playing multiplayer either, which means, don't waste your time.

What I said about the original:

I admit it's enjoyable to play, but it's really frustrating knowing you can't access all the features of the game in singleplayer. You get half a game for the full price. I have played online, and i just don't care for it much because of the numerous problems with servers booting you off for who knows what For example, forgetting to stop in the middle of the 'heat of battle' and apologize for teamkills, or missing the little message that tells you how to forgive someone for teamkilling you. I got booted for too many teamkills when I hadn't killed any teammates. There also don't seem to be that many newbie servers where you can go to learn the mp rules and practice.

I just don't have the time for figuring out all the ins and outs of multiplayer at this point in my life. I might consider a LAN party at some point, but for now singleplayer is my main option.

You're also limited to the smaller maps in singleplayer, and smaller numbers of bots.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs and Usability Gaps Ruin a Great Game December 4, 2005
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is deeply disappointing. While gameplay itself has been good, the quality of DICE's game menus and selection screens for multiplayer makes it almost unplayable. The GUI of this part of the game is completely counter-intuitive, appears to have been an afterthought, and does more to prevent players from joining games than it does to actually support them.

As an example the game often fails to load simply when you boot it up, sitting uselessly at the "Connecting To Account Server" screen during initial log in. Bear in mind, you're not logging into multiplayer here... the game needs to connect to the server so that you can even play it on your own machine against the computer, and often fails to do so!

Once in, finding a game can be impossible, or at least infuriating. The game often loads completely (takes forever), begins comparing data with the server, and breaks with no error message, returning you to the game selection screen. This process will not be unfamiliar to those of you who formerly owned Commodore Vic-20s with the Cassette Tape storage system.

DICE should be ashamed at the inattention to detail and overall poor quality of this software.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Battlefield has always been a great game and the expansion makes it even better.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Steve Winkle
5.0 out of 5 stars It's BF2 man, what do you expect?
BF2 man. Awesome shooter. The game that hooked me forever on the battlefield series. The shooter by which all others are judged....
Published 15 months ago by Scott C. Hensel
5.0 out of 5 stars I got it for the LULZ
I got this so I could PWN kids on BF2 with the special forces weapons. It took a few tries to get it kosher. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jonsiri harnmuanphongs
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast
Night vision, crossbows with zip lines, smoke, rope climbing - what the heck is not to like about this. A great time. Much better than the base Battlefield 2 game.
Published on December 29, 2012 by John Jamieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Battlefield 2
Bought as a gift for a gamimg enthusist. They really loved it! So if you Like games I highly recommend it!
Published on July 5, 2012 by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Only really worth the bonuses on vanilla
Only bought it for the extra unlocks. Game itself imo isn't really worth playing. Adds some novelty items. But nothing really worth playing the game for. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by The Foo
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
The Battlefield 2 series on PC is just one word - Outstanding! I still play the original with my buddies most evenings especially on weekends. Read more
Published on May 23, 2009 by O. E. Kwem
3.0 out of 5 stars The only review for 2008?
Most of the install issues are from old posts. To install BF2 SF, first make sure you have patch 1.41 full install handy (download it first if you do not). Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by M. MILLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I found out it best to install bf2 ,then special forces then patch.That way you don't have to reinstall bf2.It has some sweet rides to go with it. Read more
Published on December 6, 2007 by Amazon Buyer
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