Battlefield Heroes is a free third-person shooter for the PC, from games giant EA. And it's not half bad.

EA's Battlefield Heroes, a free third-person shooter for the PC. Since it's gratis, there must be something wrong with it, right? Wrong! While certainly not perfect, BH proves that there are still some things out there that are worthy of your time, even if you don't have to pay for them.

Initially gamers will look at Battlefield Heroes and see a World War II version of Team Fortress 2, but don't let their similarly cartoony appearance fool you. BH has much more in common with its recently released XBLA/PSN cousin, Battlefield 1943.

Both are multiplayer only games, feature fun modified capture the flag action, and offer three classes of soldiers and four maps. These games are so similar you could easily call Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield 1942 1/2 , but luckily this free PC model has many features that make it unique.

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Battlefield Heroes: Lock n' Load, Soldier!

Before you can jump online gamers must create their own customisable avatar. As your soldier slowly levels up you'll constantly be tinkering with your creation, mostly because that's where Battlefield Heroes's sense of humour, uncommon for a war title, comes into play.

Put on your "I'm With Stupid" shirt or Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal suit and start shooting. Gamers can also add different emotes (my personal favourite is squawking like a chicken), weapons, and power-ups. The customisation options change frequently, so there's always some new way for you to have fun.

As most gamers probably already know, Battlefield Heroes offers the dreaded micro transaction, but EA has integrated them perfectly. Players won't be able to pay to max out their soldier and dominate matches; instead the purchased Battlefunds are mostly used for you to goof around with your avatar. Unlike Chelski (and their admirers at Man City), there's no buying of championships here.

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Battlefield Heroes: Worth Every Penny (and then some)

While Battlefield Heroes has a ton to offer, it's not without flaws. The camera can get caught behind trees or buildings, briefly leaving you blind. The vehicles aren't much fun to drive either.

If you're in a tank or a jeep in an open area, you'll be fine, but due to their chunkiness you're sometimes easier to kill in a vehicle than on foot. And forget about flying the plane, not even Charles Lindbergh could maneuvre that thing. But most annoying is the music in BH. Imagine listening to the Hogan's Heroes theme song on a continuous loop. Ugh!

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Battlefield Heroes: Specs

  • Microsoft Windows PC
  • internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows PC
  • internet connection

OUR VERDICT

Even with its faults Battlefield Heroes is a great value. Other arcade titles with fun, solid gameplay, simple controls, and this many customisable features will run you between £10 and £20, but lucky you, you get Battlefield Heroes for free.

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