Be immersed in an exciting combat environment which blends realism and fast-paced, highly intense gameplay.
Feel the impact of every bullet around you as enemies lay down suppressive fire on your position.
Hear the death crescendo around you with the overhauled gunfire and explosion audio.
Featuring 7 factions, each with their own selection of high quality, beautifully animated weapons.
The downloads are split into multiple files, so you can pick and choose which ones will best suit your needs.
Heat of Battle - this is the core mod.
Vanilla Map Pack - this map pack contains all the maps in vanilla BF2, tweaked and optimized for Heat of Battle. Do NOT use with BF2 HD Remastered.
HD Remastered Map Pack - this map pack should be used with BF2 HD Remastered.
SF Map Pack - this map pack will only work if you have Special Forces (xpack) content installed. If you have BF2 Revive or HD Remastered, this should work fine.
Custom Map Pack - contains custom maps created by the BF2 community, tweaked and optimized for Heat of Battle. Recommended for all installations.
Heat of Battle Reshade - this is the Reshade I use in my screenshots and videos. This is NOT compatible with any other Reshades. DO NOT use with BF2 HD Remastered.
Heat of Battle Reshade for HD Remastered - USE THIS WITH BF2 HD Remastered.
HD Terrain Pack - HD terrain textures by TheObscure. Recommended for all installations.
Shader cache - an optional shader cache to use in case your weapons don’t look the same as in my screenshots.
First, make sure you have the correct Reshade. If you’re using HD Remastered, you MUST use the Reshade for HD Remastered. Otherwise, you can use either Reshade in the downloads. I recommend the non-HD Remastered version because it has a few more effects, but they should look similar.
Drag and drop the entire Common_client_hd_terrain.zip into the Heat_of_Battle folder.
The shader cache is what causes the “Please wait, optimizing shaders” message. It can affect the shininess and reflectivity of the weapon models. This is particularly important for Heat of Battle, since the realistic weapon lighting is highly dependent on environment map shininess. If your weapons don’t look the way they do in my screenshots, try installing this custom shader cache.
You can launch the mod by starting BF2.exe and going into the community tab of the launcher, then clicking “Custom Games” and “Heat of Battle”. However, I recommend creating a Windows shortcut to launch the mod quicker.
Once you’re in-game, I recommend playing using a Local Coop server (not Singleplayer). To do this, click Multiplayer, then Create Local. This gives you more options, so you can choose the spawn and revive time, number of bots, and bot difficulty. I recommend a 3 second spawn time, 5 second revive time, 32 bots, and bot difficulty at 70 or higher. If you want more bots, lower the max players slider.
Before selecting your maps, make sure you set the game mode to Co-op! Then click start server, and you’ll be on your way to feeling the Heat of Battle!
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This map pack will only work if you have Special Forces (xpack) content installed. If you have BF2 Revive or HD Remastered, this should work fine.
This map pack should only be used when installing with BF2 HD Remastered. Do NOT use on a vanilla installation, it won't work!
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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10
Let me start off, by saying I have NEVER been a fan of vanilla Battlefield 2 weapon handling, recoil, turn speed or ballistics. It always felt super sloppy to me, like somebody tied the barrel of the weapons into knots and also hit them with a hammer. Well, this mod basically fixes the biggest problem I had with the base game. It looks amazing, and also sounds and feels great too. The suppression effects, tracers, bullet whiz sounds, and ambient gunfight sounds in the background give the mod a really…
Dec 6 2017 by Anthony817