Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Bad Company 2 Onslaught DLC Hands On - Battlefield's Upcoming Co-Op DLC
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Our Editor-in-Chief, Dan, has tucked himself away in a little building and left me out in the open capturing the point. Tick. I see ten, fifteen, twenty enemies marching in our direction, but more than half of them are felled by Dan before they get close enough for me to pick off with my AK47SU. Tick tick. I don’t mind that he’s getting all the kills, as I proved my worth a few minutes ago when I blew up a battleship. Tick tick tick.

The enemies are relentless. The satisfying ding that accompanies each kill in Bad Company 2 is continually echoing as scores of the dead begin to pile up. A tank rolls down the hill and I’m torn between my desire to run away and my need to stay on the capture point. Tick tick tick tick. The blast from my RPG-7 connects and the thing explodes. We cheer. The point is captured. Engineer was a fine choice. 

This is Onslaught, and at the beginning it doesn’t feel quite right. These are familiar sights – Valparaiso, Atacama Desert, Isla Inocentes and Nelson Bay – but they’re dotted with an altogether different enemy and the change to the beat is eerie, as if you’ve stepped into a different dimension where Valpariso is occupied by gangs of harmless puppets with a duff shot instead of Medics who like to hide in the low ground at the fishing port.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s multiplayer component is so outstanding it makes the single-player seem like an unnecessary distraction, so I’m not immediately convinced that we need some premium DLC where human players get to fight computer-controlled allies. Still, it can’t be any worse than flogging some palette swaps for 400 points.

It’s death-dealing on a massive scale, with a maximum squad of 4 attempting to capture points across a map in the quickest time possible. It feels like Horde or Nazi Zombies in reverse: the enemies drop like flies and you’re on the offensive.

Onslaught provides enough nameless henchmen death to make it an authentic 80s action movie simulator. Traditional co-op values of teamwork, co-operation and calling someone something very derogatory when they steal one of your kills are all firmly in place, but instead of prancing around as a quad of dusty fairy boys in something like The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure you’re all playing as Arnold Schwarzenegger circa Commando. Things are going to die.

The rewards, however, are similar to the main game. Enemies can be spotted with a quick tap of the back button – if you don’t do this when playing multiplayer Bad Company 2 then I actually hate you – and dole out +50 experience when killed, although this is tied to a different meter than your regular multiplayer rank. Double kills, triple kills, assault rifle badges of excellence, etc – they’re all in there.

There’s a thin amount of resistance as you move from point to point, with the bulk of baddies flooding in after you start the slow, drawn-out process of capturing a point. This is when you get pounced en masse, with rogues of all sorts parachuting in from above and magically spawning from the sides and behind. Instead of attacking with brains, they’re coming at you with bulk.

In the midst of the carnage you might also stop and think “hang on, Valparaiso wasn’t set at night” before capping another CPU drone in the face. Some things have been tweaked to make the four stalwart maps more conducive of solid co-op play, and others have been fiddled with to add a touch of visual flourish. You’ll still be powering through the maps in the same way as you’ve done hundreds of times before in Rush mode. 

Down in the bottom of the screen sits a clock, which happily ticks away and provides a constant visual reminder of how your real enemy is time. Your team’s performance is judged entirely on how long it takes to capture the points, and while there’s the option to play the game as a casual shooting gallery, the long-term appeal indubitably comes from setting a high-score so brilliant it’ll have everyone else on your friends list seething with jealous rage.

A couple of factors stop me from recommending it to everyone. Firstly there’s the matter of price, and while EA haven’t announced anything official, I’d say anything above 800 points is probably pushing it a bit.

The second is whether or not you’ve actually got mates playing the game. Onslaught is a blast for a group of players still in the throes of excitement for Bad Company 2, but it’s unlikely to trigger a glorious renaissance in anyone who’s already hung up their defibrillator paddles and moved on.

Still, anything that lets you swagger around feeling like Schwarzenegger can’t be bad.


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Comment #1 by DugDigger
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:06:23 AM
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This is going to be sick! Love Battlefield!

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Comment #2 by L33TSAUCE J0SH
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:07:06 AM
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Comment #3 by Daiphyer.
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:08:05 AM
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Will have to see how many maps does it come packed with before thinking about purchasing it.

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Comment #4 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:08:58 AM
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@#3 - It says in the article ;)

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Comment #5 by Daiphyer.
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:17:22 AM
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@4, Oh yea. The article was written in a weird way that "Sleepy me" didn't feel like reading it all. :D

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Comment #6 by todgill12
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:19:53 AM
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Yea, I am buying this no matter what the costs and its about time they add a co-op side to this game.

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Comment #7 by BuckfastNI
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:26:27 AM
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Sounds pretty good. I've still got BC2 but haven't played it in a while. My friend still has it and another is buying a copy soon. If they are going to get the DLC then I will too. Hope the achievements bring it up to 1250G, it looks shit having a game at 1060G...

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Comment #8 by McEmrah
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:32:54 AM
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So this means even if you have that VIP code you will still have to pay? Am I right? if, yes... where are all the little girls whining over MW2 mappack!!??

A co-op mode of the game should come with the game!! EA milks people worse than Activison and the worst part of it is people don't notice it:)

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Comment #9 by Mister Buds
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:33:47 AM
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Fix SPECACT ffs.

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Comment #10 by I Deal In Pain
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:35:33 AM
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I have my 1060 :) , cant wait for this more achievements woohoo

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Comment #11 by Barad
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:52:39 AM
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Comment #12 by blkalleykat
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:52:42 AM
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I'll get it on day one of release. I have some great squad mates to team up with

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Comment #13 by MFCH 37
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:55:53 AM
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I love BFBC2, but its hard to get excited when there's always so many hiccups with new content for it.

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Comment #14 by squidmania
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:56:24 AM
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@8 - Yeah, this is premium DLC that requires a purchase alongside the VIP code. EA hasn't revealed the price just yet, though.

@12 - That's definitely where the fun is at.

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Comment #15 by Astrex
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 08:59:04 AM
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Yey go battlefield! much better than MW2 need to trade that crap away soon

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Comment #16 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:07:38 AM
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@#8 - Okay, stop trolling now. Comparing a map pack to a new co-op mode is ridiculous. Don't make me get the hammer out! This isn't about MW2. Read the title!

*rubs shiny ban hammer with a sick sadistic grin on his face*

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Comment #17 by ztron500
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:08:53 AM
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I'm so looking forward to this DLC!

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Comment #18 by radfolio
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:12:23 AM
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@16 - Go Dan!

this is gonna be awesome, ill definately be buying it!

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Comment #19 by Mikey1610
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:13:42 AM
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400 points is good news, I was expecting it to be 800 at least.

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Comment #20 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:15:17 AM
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@#19 - You might want to read it again =P

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Comment #21 by Mikey1610
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:17:55 AM
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Sorry, I read the end of the 4th paragraph!!
Are you able to search for games in this mode and join randoms?

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Comment #22 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:25:00 AM
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hmmmmmmm 800 or above..... dare i say worth it ? i mean is people are going to pay 1200 msp for maps(MW2) would 1200 or 800 be a good price for a new game mode ? i say yes !

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Comment #23 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 09:25:21 AM
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Comment #24 by BlueWolf
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:07:05 AM
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Does this have split screen? I doubt it, but the mrs loves playing this too

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Comment #25 by green117
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:34:40 AM
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@#8 - As far as i and likely most others were aware of, the VIP entitled us to free maps. Dice insisted that having that code would enable us to have all future maps for free. So just like the new skins, and this new game mode, they haven't gone against their word. Looking forward to Onslaught a hell of a lot.

And Webby with his Hammer should be a new character in the next Soul Calibur :p

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Comment #26 by MrBenzC280
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PM
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I Actually Might Get This!


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Comment #27 by asilent boom
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 01:14:05 PM
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Really looking forward to this, hopefully I can pull myself off of Red Dead Redemption to play this when it releases.

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Comment #28 by L3DDERS
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 01:19:07 PM
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anyone know if you can team up with random people like gears on horde, or if its like firefight in halo:odst ?


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Comment #29 by EscapedTheFate
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 01:20:43 PM
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@9 -- SPEC achievements have been fixed . . . your'e dumb, pop the game in

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Comment #30 by WickedD365
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 01:22:17 PM
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This is going to be sweet

@10. How do you have the 1060? I can't get my New achievement to unlock. I have finished off my Specat kits for assault and medic and still nothing.

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Comment #31 by beaner897
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 02:48:56 PM
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i cant believed i got the limtied eddition and i still have to pay for guns and dlc

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Comment #32 by Dopesphinx
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 01:20:06 AM
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Off topic,
Have they fix all bronze stars yet ?

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Comment #33 by xI MiK392 Ix
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 12:20:23 PM
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@ 8- first of all if the VIP code was for free maps only not new game modes!! This game mode with achievements will prolly be 800 points vs. mw2 map pack which has no achivements 3 shitty maps, and two old ones that people have already seen and are charging 1200 points for it. soo i dont know what ur talking about when you say EA milks people more than activition.

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Comment #34 by xI MiK392 Ix
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 12:22:11 PM
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first of all the VIP code was meant for free modes not new game modes***

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Comment #35 by FOOT TOO ASHES
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 01:54:17 PM
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dont pay make them stand by their word too give free dlc too new buyers

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Comment #36 by halofan1989
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 04:10:44 PM
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This looks awesome. And only 400 points? You gotta be kidding me.

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Comment #37 by dcrYpter
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 11:48:15 PM
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Wondering if i should just keep hold of my money till medal of Honor.

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Comment #38 by calegarrison
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 10:23:31 PM
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must have

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Comment #39 by Assasin6367
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 10:46:13 PM
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Comment #40 by sniper Elite
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 12:03:45 PM
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people that payed 1200msp for the store will be pissed that they have to shell out more cash to be fair the store should of been free anyway thou that will learn them to buy good game on launch day and be cheap and get it pre pwnd

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Comment #41 by Numskull
Thursday, June 03, 2010 @ 01:28:11 PM
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getting on day one. 1200 points or not. Im hooked on BFBC2.

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Comment #42 by milsorgen
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 01:31:08 PM
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Comment #43 by Darren Ford
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 05:22:21 AM
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It's always nice to see a Battlefield or Modern Warfare related post with little or no fanboys ruining it although i can guarantee that will change soon enough :(.

OT: Sounds like a fun new gamemode although in my opinion should have been released with the game in the first place. My only problem is that like said in the post alot of my buddies inc myself have already moved on from BFBC2 so i hope it won't be like ODST's Firefight and actually find some players online otherwise it will be a no buy for me :(.

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Comment #44 by Xero Link
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 06:28:16 AM
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@ #45 I agree, it had better have match making or it will be a no buy for me either. As much as I love BFBC2 I couldn't see playing a territories version of Nazi Zombies with guns.

I suppose that if all else failed I have nothing else to play besides MW2, and that's just not fun with all the Knife classes, Noob Tubing, and messages about 10th prestige boosting for 1600 Microsoft points. ( Why does everyone take their online rank in a game where everyone cheats so seriously ? )

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Comment #45 by newbsicle
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 04:05:48 PM
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That's cool. Another reason why I should get battlefield bc on the 360.

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Comment #46 by Klammeraffe
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 01:36:37 AM
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Its not about the achievements. The DLC itself is buggy.. Recon class is never saved and you have to readjust it every damn round, as well as different items (pistols e.g.) in other classes from time to time.

Thats not the way DLC should be presented and handled afterwards.. They just ignored the bugs till now.

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Comment #47 by kapster
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 03:20:33 PM
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ooooo, my neighbors always come over to play and i always want to play bc2 now i might be able to! (splitscreen) also i see that map pack 3 is upcoming DLC

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Comment #48 by Viper8828
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:56:05 PM
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im definitely looking forward to it - hopefully its not too bad price wise...

side note tho, lately the lag in bc2 has made it really frustrating and almost unplayable. i played a few matches today without dl'ing the mp update and everything was great - no lag and great game play. then i download update which took a heck of alot longer than i thought and then the lag was terrible again and idek what to say...thinking maybe uninstalling update and hopefully i can just play games that way... :

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Comment #49 by S-K
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 04:27:58 AM
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Comment #50 by Sonixboom
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 07:26:27 PM
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@50 the lag was due to server stress from the new MP update... it was fun for the 6 hours i played the game today :)

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Comment #51 by vetteindreams
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 01:44:46 AM
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so this isn't the way to get to L50 then

is that comment about a separate rank accurate? and if so why bother with giving xp?

depending on price, i'll probably have to pick it up

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Comment #52 by TNT LotLP
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 05:35:24 AM
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800 points max, else, no buy. Just 4 maps? I am not paying 1200 for that.

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Comment #53 by Hand of Blood52
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 02:09:33 AM
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Man! i LOVE my VIP code it's so great it gives me stuff like.... stuff i already have...

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Comment #54 by Batman1080
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 05:16:24 AM
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Sounds like a great mode! It should be 800 points. I hope we get more information on Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam soon!

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Comment #55 by g00se 2
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 08:23:35 AM
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does anyone know when its coming out?

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Comment #56 by Ninja Noodle
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 04:22:53 PM
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Most likey going to get this dlc, just got back on battlefield, though i cant remember why i stopped playing it (Red Dead redemption most likey) :p

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Comment #57 by blackbriar83
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 07:54:35 AM
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Stuck this on last night for the first time in ages!!! Why did I stop playing this game, it is fucking awesome. Can't wait for onslaught. Does anyone know when it's coming out???

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