Free Game: Battlefield 1942 (2002)

Battlefield 1942 Box Art

Battlefield 1942 Box Art

Release Date: September 10, 2002
Publisher: Electronic Arts (aka EA)
Platform: Windows
Cost: Free
Download: Here

Battlefield 1942 is game that started EA’s most popular franchise, and it’s now available for free on the PC in celebration of the franchises 10th anniversary.

Battlefield 1942 is an on-line multiplayer FPS that takes place during WWII.  Singler player is available, but lacks a story line, decent AI and lacks anything resembling fun.  You can’t knock BF1942 for this because it was designed as a solely multiplayer game, at which it excels.

Battlefield 1942 allows players to battle up to 64 players per server as either an Axis or Allies soldier.  You can play as one of the following classes: Scout, Assault, Anti-Tank, Medic and Engineer.  You are able to control Jeeps, tanks, fighter planes, bombers, battleships, aircraft carriers and submarines.  The variety of weapons, classes and vehicles at your disposal allows for the highly dynamic multiplayer gameplay the Battlefield franchise is know for.

Your objective is to capture and hold “Control Points.”  Control Points act as a base for your team to spawn reinforcements and vehicles.  Hold as many points as possible until the timer runs out or the opposing forces run out of reinforcements.  Accomplishing this task requires teamwork, which was a often a  foreign concept in first person shooters at the time.

The graphics in Battlefield 1942 are dated, but the game play is as strong as ever.  Head over to the Origin website and download the original Battlefield now.