The closed beta offers a look at one of the new play modes, Rush Mode, which pits two teams in a battle over a series of crates. One team needs to destroy the crates, while the other needs to protect it. Fans of the original should be familiar with the mode, though the mode also tosses in limited spawns, offering a slight twist. The attacking team can only respawn so many times, placing a greater importance on team tactics. Single-player Commando runs are out of the question, otherwise the defenders are in for an easy victory.
Each time a set of crates is destroyed, a new part of the map opens, allowing access to the next set of crates and a completely new set of tactics. For instance, the first part of a map may include more wide-opens spaces for gunfire, while the next is ripe for sniping spots. It reduces the amount of ground area in each map, but offers loads of new options for tactics. Some classes are better in certain parts of the map than others, forcing you to learn and use every class available. Playing through sections also unlocks experience-based rewards, ensuring the landscape of battle is constantly shifting.
There's still a lot of time between now and Bad Company 2's March release, and spending time with the beta is only making the wait seem longer. DICE has something special on their hands with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and fans have a lot to look forward to in March.