Battlefield 1942 Expansion: The Road to Rome - PC

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  • Battle your way through over a dozen realistic maps depicting actual war zones
  • Real-life weapons and equipment are all realistically rendered in 3D
  • Go online and take part in 64-person multiplayer battle
  • Get behind the controls of 35 different WWII-era vehicles as you storm the beaches of Normandy, cross the sands of North Africa, or pilot a plane at the Battle Of Midway
  • Transport troops into battle in an armored APC, charge through the desert in a powerful tank, or pilot a bomber over a drop-zone

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Take command of Allied troops during the hellish battles of WWII as you struggle to wrest victory from the hands of the Fascists.

For fans of large-scale team-based first-person shooters, Battlefield 1942 scratches precisely where we itch. The game comes with sprawling maps, massive teams, and a huge assortment of player-controllable vehicles up to and including battleships, tanks, and fighter planes--all wrapped up in a World War II setting with authentic voices, phrases, and uniforms. To be honest, I didn't think that Battlefield 1942 could get much better. Being wrong has never felt so good.

The Road To Rome is virtually a Platonic example of what an expansion pack should be. The six new maps are set in Italy, and include the Battle of Anzio, Operation Husky (in Sicily), as well as conflicts at Monte Cassino and Monte Santa Croce. Most of the maps tend to be hilly, which makes for exciting play and presents great opportunities for surprise attacks. There are eight new vehicles, including a tank with two turrets, a large bomber, and a new APC with a heavy gun turret. The expansion pack includes a single-player mode with nonscripted AI, which is useful to practice against when you're learning the new maps and vehicles before heading online--but there's no question that multiplayer is where Road To Rome shines.

It's hard to identify any weak points in this expansion pack. If I had to nitpick though, the multiplayer network code, though improved, still remains a little flakier than it should be. And there are one or two maps that have capture points that one side or the other will be mysteriously unable to recapture once they've been lost. It would help if there was some word from EA on whether those points are set to remain uncapturable by design or are the result of a bug.

There's no excuse for any self-respecting Battlefield 1942 owner to not pick up The Road To Rome. It has more of the elements you enjoyed in the original, conveniently condensed into solid, CD-shaped form. RTR is a shining example of what an expansion pack should be. --Jon "Safety Monkey" Grover


  • Great new maps are both a hoot and a holler
  • Tons of cool new vehicles
  • Really, really fun


  • Net code could still use a little work
  • A few capture points on some maps inexplicably seem to be unable to be recaptured once one side has them

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Release date February 4, 2003
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By Philip Lochner on February 8, 2003
BF:1942 Road to Rome (RTR) is a satisfying, well-priced upgrade to an already top notch multiplayer first person shooter.
Don't be put off by the seemingly few additions to the game. The 5+ maps, additional weapons, and new vehicles add TONS of new strategies, tactics, and of course replay value. You're not just getting re-skinned variants of BF:1942 tanks, planes, and fortifications - you're getting a whole new battleground experience that significantly alters the way you approach each objective.
BF:1942 has never been a strong single player game, and this expansion is no exception. Like the original, if you don't enjoy online gaming, this is not something you should buy. There has been some single player "bot" improvement in this expansion, but the game's forte is multiplayer. Gamespy Arcade is included but I would recommend to ignore it and immediately download All Seeing Eye for your BF1942 game matching. DSL and Cable modem users should stick to games with less than 40 players, regardless of Ping, or risk choppy gameplay.
This expansion (especially the vehicles) focuses much more strongly on teamwork. Many of the new vehicles are only effective when you have multiple people inside, each manning a position. When on a public server, finally you have a chance of NOT being ignored when you "Request a Pickup". Friendly aircraft camping is still too common, and some vehicles, such as the stationary artillery cannon, look great but have very limited use in most battlefield situations.
The maps so far are a mixed bag. All are interesting and have multiple and creative ways to conquer flags. I have noticed that most game outcomes lean heavily on the team that somehow grabs the most flags in the first couple of minutes of gametime.
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By A Customer on February 13, 2003
I strongly recommend spending the [$$] to purchase Road to Rome. This is an unusually strong add-on for what is already a fantastic game. The maps on RTR are meticulously crafted and challenging; they are, on the whole, a more complete package than the set of maps in the original BF1942. Husky, in particular, is a blast--extremely balanced and conducive to intense play by both sides, making it very difficult for one team to quickly take over the map and dominate the other side. The 1.3 patch that comes with RTR (which can also be downloaded without buying the RTR expansion) is also a strong reason to buy--the tweaks to existing maps, weapons, graphics, and gameplay in general are very worthwhile.
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Since the only other review here is a "I haven't played this, but..." review, I figured I'd stick my two cents in here. First off, if you haven't realized it yet, this is an expansion pack and you'll need to have Battlefield: 1942 to play this expansion. If you already have that, you should have some idea of what you think of the game. This expansion is a little more of the same, plus a couple bonuses. There are six new maps included in the expansion, all enjoyable to play. There are a lot more maps like the original's Omaha Beach map; maps where one team has a very tough battle, but the pay off if they win is great. There are also quite a few maps which are completely balanced, in which neither team has an advantage when starting off. There are a couple new light tanks and some twin engine planes which are just way to powerful (they can drop more bombs/minute than the B-17 and fly much better/easier). If you enjoy BF:1942 and think you'll play more than 10 more hours of the game, this expansion is worth your cash in my opinion.
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The Road to Rome is an expansion pack for Battlefield: 1942 (BF1942). It covers the Italian campaign. It comes with 6 new maps and two new armies (French and Italians). These armies can only be used on certain maps. The expansion also has an assortment of new weapons and vehicles which again are only for use on certain maps. These includes for the Americans M3 Grant (medium tank) and M3 GMC (tank destroyer/mobile artillery), for the British the Mosquito (bomber) and the 25pdr (stationary AT gun), for the Italians the M11-39 Carro Armato (medium tank), and for the Germans the Sturmgeschutz (tank destroyer),PAK75 (stationary AT gun), and the BF 110 (fighter/bomber). Two infantry assault weapons include the British Sten SMG and the Italian Breda Modello 30. The maps are fun and fairly well balanced. I would also note that even though this is very old title there is still an active multiplayer community. I was able to jump right into a multiplayer game with no lag. However, there are very few servers that actually play the expansions.

The biggest question is really is it worth getting. If you already have BF1942, I wouldn't bother unless you are a diehard fan. But if you are looking at getting BF1942 then get Battlefield 1942: World War II Anthology which comes with this expansion and Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Expansion Pack or get Battlefield 1942: The Complete Collection which comes with both expansions and Battlefield: Vietnam.
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BF1942 is my favorite game for the pc right now. I was excited that there was going to be an expansion, but disappointed that not that much was 'expanded'. New vehicles, maps, French and Italian forces, and fixed bayonets for engineers are the only things new for this game. I was looking forward to the single play campaign, but the game doesn't even incorporate the new maps into it. I think that the designers could have added a little more to make it worth buying. If you like multiplayer gaming, maybe you should buy this game, but still, it seems like a lot for so little.
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