Battlefield Bad Company 2 Works on Intel Pentium 4
The destructable environment sounds awesome for someone who loves realism and who is a prior Battlefield 2 fan, such as myself. But I have refrained from even looking at this game due to my outdated gaming computer (Pentium 4 CPU and Sapphire Radeon HD3870 512MB DDR4 graphics card). With dual-core processors flooding the market, practically every game released last year requires it. Even the Battlefield Bad Company 2 specification shows that the minimum process needs to be a 2 GHz dual-core processor, while it recommends a quad-core processor. As much as I wanted to play this game, I chose forego gambling my hard-earned cash on it.
However, Steam had a sale last week, selling Battlefield Bad Company 2 for $7. I couldn't pass up such a deal. I figured I'd try it on my Pentium 4. Worst case was that I'd have to shelf the game until I upgrade my computer. So I bought it and downloaded it on FiOS. Download was much slower than usual. I bet everyone was cashing in on this deal that night.
After downloading the game, I ran it. I had a Dell 1504FP LCD monitor installed at the time. This monitor only supported up to 1024x768 resolution. The in-game graphics setting was set to medium. I don't know if the game defaulted to medium or it actually detected my computer's capability. I lowered it to the lowest setting just in case.
Next, I tried it in single player mode and, surprisingly, it worked. I was playing the game and it wasn't stuttering or anything. It was a little slow, but playable. I increased the mouse sensitivity and the playability got a lot better. I got past several missions before ending my gaming session. I was very pleased at how this outdated computer performed with Battlefield Bad Company 2.
A day later, I tried this game in multiplayer mode with a friend. Again, the game was playable. However, my kill/death ratio was horrible. I think it may have something to do with my computer's performance, but it could also be because I suck.
Later in the day, I installed a RCA LED24A45RQ 24" LED LCD monitor which supports 1920x1080. At 1080P, the game felt no different than the lower resolution. I was rather surprised. Perhaps the screen resolution depended more on the graphics card than the main CPU.
I had played this game like mad in the last few days. I had completed the entire single-player campaign. The experience at 1080P was quite awesome. And I started really getting into the multi-player mode. In the end, I found the computer is a too slow to go up against real players effectively; if I failed to get them in one shot, I won't get a seconnd chance. And my shots only works against stationary tangos. If they are moving, there is no chance.
But I am glad I got a chance to enjoy this awesome game. It is pushing me to seriously think about upgrading my gaming computer. Perhaps it is time for an Intel i7 processor.
I found that this set-up will only work well on 16 player games or less. On 32 player servers, the computer is too slow and has too much lag. I found out that the ping also makes a difference. Server with ping less than 20 works best. Anymore and you'll see unbearable lag.
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