Back to Karkand has been out for about a month and we've had some time to spend playing the maps online. But what of those players who haven't had a chance to pick the maps up yet? We've put together a quick guide and video to give you an idea of what the Back to Karkand maps feel like when you're actually playing them.
The maps have a lot to offer and for players who haven't picked up the DLC yet, it really adds a new level to online multiplayer.
Wake Island was easily my favorite map in Battlefield 1942 and we discovered that my love for the layout and map dynamics hadn't changed when we picked up Back to Karkand. Everything we originally loved about Wake Island is still there; the iconic aircraft carriers stationed just off the coast of Wake Island; the boat rides in to land when you miss the last fighter jet off the carrier; the long sightlines and firefights on the island. It's all still there and better than ever.
Another favorite was Gulf of Oman, set off the coast of Oman in the Persian Gulf. The map features both helicopters and fighter jets to wreak havoc from above, while down below players can jump in a LAV-25, BTR-90 or Russian T-90 tank. As with most Battlefield maps, there are long sightlines for Recon units to spot enemies, lay down mortar and snipe targets from a distance. Close quarters combat will take place mainly around the Construction Site, objective point E.
Sharqi Peninsula has been a lot of fun, with an emphasis a bit more on infantry combat as there are many areas with tight corners and allies built for gun on gun combat. Many of your typical Conquest matches will end up focusing on some heavy firefights around the TV Station objective. Whoever captures the TV Station has a pretty powerful position on the map, as it sits very high up. We've really enjoyed the mix of infantry combat and vehicles, and we think you'll feel the same.
If there was one map to represent the Battlefield franchise as a whole, it just might be Strike at Karkand. Strike at Karkand features everything that makes Battlefield amazing; long sightlines, tight alleys and streets for infantry firefights, M-1 Abrams, LAV-25's and BTR-90's tearing through the streets. Strike at Karkand is the epitome of Battlefield and its just as good today as it was 7 years ago.
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