Forgotten Hope 2

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Forgotten Hope 2
Forgotten Hope 2 logo.png
Developer(s) Forgotten Hope 2 Developer Team
Publisher(s) Forgotten Hope 2 Developer Team
Series Battlefield
Engine Refractor 2
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release 14th December 2007
Genre(s) World War II first-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Forgotten Hope 2 is an award-winning[1] total modification for the videogame Battlefield 2 that has the goal of bringing the setting from the present day to WWII,[2] with an emphasis on realism and historical accuracy. FH2 is the sequel of Forgotten Hope, one of the most popular mods for Battlefield 1942.

The first version, version 2.0, was published on December 14, 2007 and contained the North African campaign. Version 2.2 added Normandy maps. It contained maps: Ramelle-Neuville, St. Lo Breakthrough and Battle of Brest, as well as new features. Version 2.4 was released in July 2011. It added maps from the Battle of the Bulge. Version 2.45, which was released on July 13, 2012, added a few new maps including the Battle of Keren, Sidi Bou Zid and St.Vith, new weapons and vehicles, as well as significantly improved textures. In 2016, version 2.5 was released, it added the Soviet and Finnish armies.[3]

Description[edit]

Forgotten Hope 2 is a modification of historical accuracy and realism. For example, every battle is environmentally and militarily as accurate as possible. Most maps are based off real life locations and terrains, to keep accuracy at its finest.

Forgotten Hope 2 (since version 2.25) includes Germany, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Italy and the US armies. The Red Army came in update 2.5.

Forgotten Hope 2 features rank, medals, ribbons and badges since 2.4 Update. Forgotten Hope 2, however features censorship in war symbols like German swastika and the old cross of Finland.

Changes to the gameplay[edit]

In Forgotten Hope 2 soldiers die and vehicles are destroyed more easily. Similarly, medics cannot resuscitate dead soldiers back to life, unlike in Battlefield 2. Each soldier carries more equipment and in addition everyone carries one medical kit, which improves the survivability. If a player gets non-fatally shot, he is left to bleed and will die very quickly if he does not get medical treatment.

The update 2.25, added accurate ballistics to the majority of small calibre weapons. However, the standard deviation is maintained in other guns and when the player is shooting from the hip. This is different from the main game or from other modifications, if the shooter does not aim the scatter can be very large.

Game's tanks and weapons are also differentiated in their damage capabilities with different cannons and armor. For example, 9mm-caliber weapons do less damage than .45 -cal one, also an US Sherman tank has a distinct disadvantage against the German Panther. Maps have different numbers of tickets and vehicles in order to balance the gameplay.

Forgotten Hope 2's armored vehicles feature realistic optics and armor penetration. Poor main cannon performance or bad projectile angle may fail to penetrate or may even ricochet off the target.

The game also, unlike many Second World War games, has emphasis on realistic weapon distribution among the troops. This means that machine guns, submachine guns and anti-tank equipment is available to only a few players, while other players use standard infantry rifles. Special weapons such as flamethrowers, sniper rifles or tripod mounted machineguns have to be picked up on the battlefield. They have been hidden throughout the maps tactically in useful places. For example, sniper rifles can be found in tall buildings, such as church towers or even at main base along with heavy weapons.

Forgotten Hope 2 differs from Battlefield 2 graphically as well. The environments are more detailed and 3D models have better quality. The modification’s content is nearly all custom made, only a few objects from BF2 are found. Forgotten Hope 2 is one of Battlefield 2's visually most demanding modifications, and requires appropriate hardware to run smoothly.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is multiplayer-based with servers that can host up to 100 players simultaneously. There is also a singleplayer mode where players can play the multiplayer maps against computer players that take control of the soldiers who would otherwise be controlled by players. The maps have different layers depending on the players on the server 16, 32 and 64.

Gamemodes[edit]

  • Conquest

Follows the conquest mode of Battlefield 2 with several modifications, now the flags must be captured in a predetermined order to ensure the formation of a front that moves as one of the two factions prevails. Flags that can be captured are marked by a green circle while those that can't are marked with a red X.

  • Objectives

A gamemode with objectives, a faction assaults while the other defends the strategic objectives that can range from parked aircraft to ammo depots. The attacking faction's respawns are limited while the defending are not. When all the objectives of the defending faction are destroyed or the reinforcements of the attacking faction are over the game ends.

Playable Factions[edit]

Allies

  • United States United States
  • United Kingdom Great Britain
  • Canada Canada
  • Australia Australia
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Soviet Union USSR

Axis

  • Nazi Germany Germany
  • Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy
  • Finland Finland

Infantry Classes[edit]

Forgotten Hope 2 has seven infantry classes. Each class has historically accurate weapons and kits that reflects the equipment of soldiers of the different nations at war; Each faction has its own specific weapons, diversified depending on the maps on which you are playing to reflect the historicity of armament. For example, in the maps until 1943 the German army will be equipped with Mauser 98K while on the maps set in 44 or 45 will be available with new Gewehr 43 rifles on a few selected spawn kits. The available classes are: Pichu, el comepepas

Class Gear Info
Recon
  • Knife/Bayonet
  • Rifle
  • AP mine
  • Smoke grenades
  • Field dressing
Scout trooper armed with a rifle and binoculars he's tasked to spot and identify the enemy, using binoculars can also designate the area of attack for players who are using mortars and artillery. He is also equipped with an anti-personnel mine.
Assault
  • Knife
  • Submachine gun
  • Grenades
  • Field dressing
The assault leads the offensive to the front and is armed with a submachine gun and grenades.
Rifleman
  • Knife/Bayonet
  • Rifle
  • Grenades
  • Rifle grenade launcher
  • Field dressing
The classic infantryman, backbone of any army, he carries with him a rifle and some grenades. Depending on the faction and the map it can also be equipped with a rifle grenade launcher.
Machinegunner
  • Knife
  • Machine gun
  • Pistol
  • Field dressing
Soldier armed with a machine gun tasked with supporting his teammates during an advance or providing suppressive fire.
Engineer
  • Knife/Bayonet
  • Mine detector (available in early maps)
  • Rifle
  • Repairing tool
  • Anti-tank mines
  • Field dressing
Soldier belonging to the military engineering, his main task is to repair or destroy vehicles and military infrastructures, he is armed with a rifle or a carbine depending on the faction. He carries, depending on the case, a minesweeper/mine detector and flags to indicate enemy devices.
Anti-Tank
  • Knife
  • Anti-tank weapon
  • Pistol
  • Anti-tank explosive
  • Field dressing
Soldier specialized in dealing with tanks. This class is commonly armed with a pistol and an anti-tank weapon that can range from an anti-tank rifle, a rocket launcher or anti-tank grenade/mines, its armament is defined by the faction and the period of war.
NCO
  • Knife/Bayonet
  • Rifle/submachine gun
  • Pistol
  • Smoke grenades
  • Field dressings
  • Binoculars
This class can only be chosen by the squad leader. He can be armed with a submachine gun or a typical rifle, he also carries with him extra field dressings, binoculars and smoke grenades.

Vehicles[edit]

Forgotten Hope 2 counts many vehicles constantly expanding that can be organized by type.[4]

  • Armored vehicles - This category includes tanks and self-propelled guns; They are virtually immune to normal ammunition and infantry grenades, but can be destroyed by an air raid, from rocket launchers, anti-tank rifles (the lightest), anti-tank grenades, artillery and anti-tank guns. The tank has a variable gun calibre depending on the model and various machine guns. The self-propelled gun is supporting infantry vehicle but during the war was also used with anti-tank role. SPG in general possesses a greater caliber cannon, its drawback is due to the fact that the gun is installed in the chassis and therefore the SPG is not provided with a turret.
  • Aircraft - In this context we distinguish between fighters and bombers; both are equipped with machine guns and heavy machine gun, bombs in some cases even for the fighters. In particular, the fighters is a single-seat very fast vehicle, but provided with small arms; while the bomber is slower, but can carry a co-pilot in command of a machine gun on the rear and possesses a greater number of bombs.
  • Land and sea transports - Set of vehicles that range from the smaller jeeps to half-tracks; They are the main vehicles used by the infantry to cover large distances. They are usually armed with machine guns, but they have a very low resistance to small-arms fire. In the category there are special vehicles such as trucks ammunition, very useful for resupplying each soldier / vehicle / cannon. There are also and various boats such as American LCVP landing craft.
  • Air defense - This category includes anti-aircraft guns such as Bofors or Flak38 or the mobile AA (Anti-Aircraft Vehicle) ideals to eliminate threats posed by air.
  • Land defense - This category includes all the various types of anti-tank guns, various types of artillery, mortars and heavy machine guns such as Vickers or Browning M2.

Maps[edit]

The game features many maps that are taken from the satellite images[5] of real places of the conflict. They can be grouped into three main areas.[6]

North Africa[edit]

Map[7] Date Factions
Bardia January 3, 1941 Kingdom of ItalyItaly vs AustraliaAustralia
Battle of Keren February 5, 1941 Kingdom of ItalyItaly vs United KingdomBritain
Siege of Giarabub March 21, 1941 Kingdom of ItalyItaly vs AustraliaAustralia
Siege of Tobruk April 11, 1941 Nazi GermanyGermany vs AustraliaAustralia
Invasion of Crete May 20, 1941 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Battle for Sfakia May 28, 1941 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Sidi Rezegh November 22, 1941 Kingdom of ItalyNazi GermanyItalo-Germans vs United KingdomBritain
Gazala May 26, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Fall of Tobruk June 20, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Mersa Matruh June 28, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Alam Halfa September 1, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Operation Hyacinth September 13, 1942 Kingdom of ItalyItaly vs New ZealandNew Zealand
El Alamein October 23, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Operation Supercharge November 2, 1942 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Sidi Bou Zid February 14, 1943 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Mareth Line March 16, 1943 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Tunis May 7, 1943 Kingdom of ItalyNazi GermanyItalo-Germans vs United KingdomBritain

Western Front[edit]

Map[8] Date Factions
Mount Olympus April 13, 1941 Nazi GermanyGermany vs New ZealandNew Zealand
Pointe du Hoc June 6, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Gold Beach June 6, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Pegasus June 6, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Port en Bessin June 7, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Purple Heart Lane June 10, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Anctoville June 12, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Villers-Bocage June 13, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Ramelle-Neuville June 13, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Lebisey July 8, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
St. Lô Breakthrough July 11, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Operation Goodwood July 18, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United KingdomBritain
Operation Cobra July 25, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Operation Lüttich August 7, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Operation Totalize August 8, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs CanadaCanada
Falaise Pocket August 18, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs CanadaCanada
Battle for Brest September 17, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Hürtgen Forest October 6, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Vossenack November 2, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Eppeldorf December 16, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
St. Vith December 16, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Bastogne December 20, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA
Meuse River December 22, 1944 Nazi GermanyGermany vs United StatesUSA

Eastern Front[edit]

Map[9] Date Factions
Sammatus July 25, 1944 Soviet UnionUSSR vs FinlandFinland
Arad September 14, 1944 Soviet UnionUSSR vs Nazi GermanyGermany
Dukla Pass October 25, 1944 Soviet UnionUSSR vs Nazi GermanyGermany
Seelow Heights April 16, 1945 Soviet UnionUSSR vs Nazi GermanyGermany

Awards[edit]

The game won the Mod of the Year award on ModDb in 2010.[10] The game earned a total user rating of 9.4 on the videogame website IGN.[11] GameSpy.com rated the game 3.5 stars out of 5.[12]

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