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And while ground combat is particularly stirring, vehicles still play a role, though not as vital or varied as in the previous visit to this setting: Battlefield Vietnam.
On the Phu Bai map, Huey gunships are a formidable presence.
That isn't to say, however, that BC2 Vietnam encourages you to rush forward without thought or consequence.
Even with the greater sense of urgency such charges deliver, you have to consider your actions with care and stick with your squad when possible.
As a result, you are far less likely to get sniped by a medic or assault soldier using a conventional--but scoped--weapon.
A lucky player can still land an annoying headshot across the map with an AK-47, but by and large, BC2 Vietnam is a more up-close-and-personal experience, and consequently, it's a more explosive one.
Hurrying ahead might bring you face-to-face with someone wielding a flamethrower, one of many new weapons featured in the add-on.
(Incidentally, if you're looking for a good close-quarters substitute for the shotgun, this is a good one in the hands of a skilled player.
Some of the differences between vanilla Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and the Vietnam add-on are striking.
Meanwhile, you and a squadmate might jump into a patrol boat, laying suppressing fire while giving you quick transport down the shoreline.
Just be careful: a good shot can make quick mincemeat of the pilot.
On the downside, you have access to every Vietnam weapon from the get-go, aside from the M1A1, so there's less sense of forward progress in the metagame than in the core game.
Of course, if you've already reached maximum rank, you're here not for the unlockables but for the enjoyment.
The way the sunlight gleams through foliage softens the deadly destruction on Phu Bai, and splinters of wood fly about when a shell destroys the hut sheltering you.