Download Battlefield 1942 For Free On EA Origin

To help celebrate 10 years of EA and DICE’s Battlefield Franchise, the company has released the first game in the series as a free download. Basically, everyone can now download Battlefield 1942 for free on EA Origin.

I remember playing Battlefield 1942 back in 2002 and was blown away by it’s sandbox-type multiplayer action. Yeah it was a first-person shooter and you have to kill your opponents, but winning matches actually required players to cooperate and hold key capture points on each the game’s gigantic maps. Up to 64 players could play at the same time and it was one of the few games (at that time) that nailed multi-player vehicle use within in the competitive FPS market.

Learn more about Battlefield 1942 and find the download link for the free game after the break.

Players can choose to join the Allies or Axis in Battlefield’s Conquest Mode. In this mode, each team must capture and control key points in the map. Once players capture a control point, they can choose that point as a respawn location when they perish. Each team is given a certain amount of tickets per match and each player death/respawn results in decrease of tickets; the team who loses all their tickets lose the match.

All of the maps are based off of notable WW2 battles in both the European and Pacific campaigns. These include:

  • El Alamein – Egypt; the western desert campaign. The battle resulted in the sudden halt of Axis advancement into Egypt.
  • Wake Island – The Japanese attack on the American controlled Wake Island in the pacific. (Map also playable on Battlefield 1943)
  • Kharkov – Two Nazi armies surrounded and occupied the City of Kharkov in Russia. The final engagement resulted in the city being successfully retaken by the Soviets in 1943.
  • Guadalcanal – This tropical island became a bloody battleground between the combined Allied forces and the Japanese forces. (Map also playable on Battlefield 1943)
  • Iwo Jima – The once Japanese-controlled island of Iwo Jima was invaded by the US forces. This battle was especially violent as the Japanese refused to surrender resulting in high casualties on both sides.
  • Liberation of Caen – Caen was perhaps the largest Allied campaign in the European assault. German-occupied Caen was liberated thanks to British and Canadian troops shortly after the Normandy landings.
  • Battle of Britain – An aerial campaign that pitted Britain’s RAF against the Nazi Luftwaffe. Germany’s defeat in this battle could have been the turning point of WW2.
  • Coral Sea – Coral Sea was the location of the battle between the Empire of Japan against the combined forces of United States and Australian Navy.

Battlefield 1942 met with critical and financial success and spawned the expansion packs Battlefield 1942: Road to Rome and Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WW2. Two years after 1942’s release, DICE and EA launched Battlefield: Vietnam followed by Battlefield 2 in 2005. There have been other Battlefield releases after that including Battlefield 2142, Modern  Combat, Bad Company 1 & 2, 1943, and finally Battlefield 3.

DICE is currently hard at work developing the upcoming Battlefield 4.

Anyway, if you’re interested in going back in time and checking out the game that launched a franchise powerhouse, download Battlefield 1942 (full game) at EA’s Origin service.

The game is free until March 01, 2013. Get to downloading folks!


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

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