Battlefield 1942

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Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942 box cover
Developer(s) Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s) EA Games (Windows), Aspyr Media, Inc. (Mac)
Series Battlefield
Engine Refractor 2
Version Windows:

1.61b (2004-12-02)

Platform(s) Windows, Apple Macintosh, (Xbox - Cancelled)
Release date Windows
NA 2002-09-10
EU 2002-09-20
Mac OS
NA 2004-06-28
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (T), PEGI: 16+
Media CD (2)
Input methods Keyboard, mouse, joystick

Battlefield 1942 is a 3D World War II first-person shooter (FPS) computer game developed by Swedish company Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows (2002) and Apple Macintosh (2004). The game can be played in singleplayer mode against computer game bots or in multiplayer mode against players on the Internet or in a Local Area Network. It is also a popular platform for mod developers, with a large number of released modifications that alter the gameplay and theme.

In-game, players assume the role of one of five classes of infantry: Scout, Assault, Anti-Tank, Medic, and Engineer. Players also have the ability to fly various World War II fighter aircraft and bombers, navigate capital ships, submarines and aircraft carriers, man coastal artillery defenses, drive tanks, APCs and jeeps, and take control of anti-aircraft guns and mounted machine guns.

Each battle takes place on one of several maps located in a variety of places and famous battlefields in all of the major theaters of World War II: the Pacific, European, North African, Eastern , and Italian Fronts. Combat is always fought between the Axis Powers and the Allies. The location determines which nation-specific armies are used (for example, on the Wake Island map, it is Japan versus the United States, while on the Battle of Britain map, it is Germany versus the United Kingdom). The maps in Battlefield 1942 are based on real battles and are somewhat realistically portrayed.


System requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
  • Processor: 500 MHz
  • RAM: 128 MiB
  • Hard drive: 1.2 GiB
  • Video memory: 32 MiB
  • Sound card: DirectX 8.1 compatible
  • DirectX: 8.1
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • CD/DVD ROM drive

Cheat codes

Press ~ during game play in single player mode. Enter one of the following case-sensitive codes to activate the corresponding cheat function.

Code Effect
aiCheats.code Tobias.Karlsson Invincibility
aiCheats.code Jonathan.Gustavsson Kill enemy bots
aiCheats.code Thomas.Skoldenborg Kill bots
aiCheats.code BotsCanCheatToo Bots cheat (2)
aiCheats.code TheAllSeeingEyeOfTheAIProgammer Toggle AI statistics
aiCheats.code WalkingIsWayTooTiresome New spawn location (1)
aiCheats.code moonwall Super jumps
aiCheats.code Hitler.Rules Automatic loss

(1)Spawn at the the location of the camera (this command may crash the game). (2)Bots will cheat. I've seen tanks go faster than usual, troops disappear under the ground, tanks strafe.

Example: aiCheats.code Jonathan.Gustavsson

NOTE: The codes are tested in 1.1 retail. They do not, will not, cannot work in multi-player (not even coop with bots)! Beware that some of these commands are unstable as I mentioned above. It is important that you spell the codes exactly as written, they are case sensitive and getting it wrong brings your team to 1 ticket ;-). Also note that the developers were bastards -- using the cheats causes a "penalty" to be paid. For example, using godmode results in 60-70% of your tickets "disappearing". But this is better than nothing, right?

Good combo

If you are playing coop with 2 people have 1 be anti-tank and the other medic this way you have a good chance surviving most attacks.

Capture the flag (tip)

When your ally has captured the flag fly very close to the carrier if he press "E" at the right time he can get into the plane and then just fly him back.

Easy plane fly

When you fly a plane you have to use the mouse to aim your flight if you change the controls from using the mouse to using the directional-arrows instead you fly alot easier.


This one takes some teamwork and coordination, but you'll be cooler than Maverick and Goose if you can pull it off. Have one player snag a two-seater aircraft and take off flying solo. Now position a friend high upon a hilltop or in a wide clearing, and get ready to have him jump into your aircraft for a quick evacuation! Here's how you do it: the pilot needs to fly slow, steady, and directly at the player on the ground -- be as close to his elevation as possible without actually turning him into ground chuck as you pass overhead. At the key moment that the aircraft meets the player, the grounded solider can quickly hit the "E" key to hop into the cockpit and be whisked away into the clouds. Use this one to rescue a wounded teammate in a hot zone, or deploy a comrade as a paratrooper deep behind enemy lines. Just be sure to practice this one before you try it out in a live match -- a plane-to-player collision is quite an ugly sight and really hurts the team score.

The Healing Dead

If you're out in the field and hurting for ammo or health with no hope of reaching one of those handy dandy bunkers, just take a look around you. If there was a firefight recently, chances are some people recently died. And as you should know, players leave their equipment behind on the ground when they fade away. You should also be aware that you can pick up any of these packs for yourself. So if you notice a medic pack on the ground, switch out really quick and use the health packs. After that it's up to you whether you want to change back into your former gear. The same goes for running low on ammo. There's nothing worse than getting stuck with a pistol in the middle of a machine gun fight. So if you're out, find a dead guy and steal his stuff. If you're lucky, he'll have some ammo left on him and you'll be back in business.

Explosive Jeeps

The Engineer's most powerful weapons are the Explosive Packs, but it's tough getting them close enough to the target to do any damage. Here's a useful trick: use a jeep to deliver the payload. Grab a jeep (the Axis jeeps work best, since they have a deep back seat and tall sides) and throw a couple of expacks in the back or passenger seat. If they're placed well, they'll stay in as you drive towards the target. When you see a target, "ghost-drive" the jeep close to it -- i.e., point it in the right direction, floor it, and then hop out with the E button, so the jeep coasts close to the target. If you time this right, you'll be out of range of the explosives and the jeep will be right next to the target. Then, hit the button and watch the fireworks. This is a great way to take out tanks, APCs, and closely-packed groups of enemies. Try coasting exploding jeeps into the middle of enemy spawn bases to do serious damage.

Grand Theft Naval

This one is pretty hard to pull off, but pretty damn funny if you get the chance. There's a couple of ways to get it done, but both are pretty hard to pull off. The first involves you grabbing a plane and flying out to the enemy destroyer or preferably the aircraft carrier. Jump out of the plane, open your parachute and land on the deck of either ship. If you manage this, you'll be able to run on board and take control of the thing. Then just take the sucker out for a joy ride turning it to evil purposes. You could even turn it out to sea and move it so far away from the objectives that it becomes totally useless to anyone. The other way I've seen the theft go down is someone parking the battleship to close to shore leaving it vulnerable to incursion. That's probably not going to happen all that often, so you may only be able to consider the first option as really viable unless you can get hold of a landing vessel and pull off a pirate type boarding.

Grenade Launch

Sure, it may sound a little suicidal (okay, a lot suicidal) but if you're lucky or playing on a friendly fire off server, you could be in for quite a ride. Just drop a grenade on the ground, scream "Grenade!" at the top of your lungs, and step right on top of the thing. If you don't die a horrifying death, you'll go launching high into the sky. Why in the hell is this useful? Well, I suppose it's not that useful, but it sure is fun and provides a couple of interesting opportunities. First off, if you do it right, you can fly up into the air, hit your parachute button, and float down on top of a building for a nice vantage point. Second off, wouldn't you be a little frightened if an enemy came flying down from the sky to land on your head? Third off, it's fun!

Leave No One Behind!

If you grab a jeep, landing boat, or multi-person plane, don't leave on your own unless you're fairly certain that no one else will be there anytime soon. It's always better to have more than one person fighting along side you when you reach your destination. And it's certainly better to have someone man the guns that are attached to many of these vehicles to provide some extra support against ground forces. So take a moment to check around your area to make sure there aren't more friendlies to join you before you take off. If you can't see anyone on screen, just look at your map for the friendly arrows.