Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
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  1. 95
    This PC war-tastic juggernaut comes to a console near you sporting a surprisingly meaty single-player experience, as well as its trademark clusterf..k multiplayer.
  2. A must have for fans of combat games, multiplayer games, and games in general.
  3. A brilliant game whether you buy it for the single-player, the multiplayer or both. [PSW]
  4. Simply put, the game blew me away in the first mission. It's not perfect, no game is, but for all of the minor problems the game's got, it's still a hell of a lot of fun.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    An excellent multiplayer FPS. The different soldier types and vehicles keep the game fresh for a long time. Too bad tanks cannot drive through small fences and over small rocks. [Jan 2006]
  6. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    An unashamedly entertaining surprisingly strategic shooter. [Nov 2005, p.112]
  7. Same killer and addictive online gameplay you’d expect from Battlefield.
  8. A solid translation of the Battlefield series to consoles. It doesn’t quite recreate the experience perfectly but it does it well enough to make it a compelling purchase.
  9. Whereas Battlefield’s previous entries have benefited from deep realistic multiplayer experiences that bordered on wartime simulations, Modern Combat’s strength instead lies in its solo arcade-style gameplay that, despite some questionable AI and homogenized weapon selection, still does the franchise proud.
  10. 85
    We really like the new singleplayer mode. Though the AI is a bit too ambitious (because it'll run forward to its death at all times), the emphasis on shooting down large waves of enemies within the confines of some taxing mission of high priority is pretty exciting, especially considering how diverse our arsenals are and how varied the enemy's attacks can be.
  11. It is fast, fluid, mostly stable, and offers more fun than any military shooter I've played since "Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear."
  12. PSM Magazine
    A jaw-dropping arcade shooter - think "SOCOM" with drivable tanks and vehicles. [Dec 2005, p.112]
  13. Play Magazine
    Its soldiers may be dumber than buttered toast, but Combat's missions cannot be impugned. [Dec 2005, p.60]
  14. 85
    Offers the same overall experience as the PC version which is good news for console gamers specifically those looking for a new shooting game.
  15. On top of making an online experience that rivals the PC version (though again, the two really exist in their own respective worlds and should stay that way), the single-player game can absolutely make you better when it comes time to take on someone online.
  16. A great game. However, if you were planning to buy this game for its campaign, you might as well forget it. The campaign mode becomes tedious and shallow quickly.
  17. The A.I. is occasionally suspect, but getting a fun solo game in addition to the legendary multiplayer just helps round out the experience.
  18. It suffers from several obvious shortcomings, but accomplishes what only a week ago seemed impossible by providing console gamers with the full Battlefield experience.
  19. The game controls smoothly enough offline as well as online and HotSwapping is a wonderful feature you’ll make use of quite often.
  20. It’s odd, but Modern Combat is a much better single-player game than it is multiplayer.
  21. 80
    The game has all the things that have made "Battlefield" a PC favorite. In particular, the vehicles work well, maybe even better with the controller. Flying a helicopter with two sticks feels natural and the ground vehicles, like tanks and humvees, are a snap.
  22. There's a lot more to war than just moving about shooting at the enemy. Fortunately Battlefield 2 ignores that fact and gives us action junkies just what we crave.
  23. Edge Magazine
    From its overpowered weapons and gormless AI to its pedestrian objecctives, the singleplayer game is as dumb as it is misguided – an embarrassment to the rather splendid mulitplayer game that, fortunately, represents all that's really important. [Dec 2005, p.101]
  24. I expected more from the single player than I got. Weapons upgrades and unlockables are cool, but a storyline that really doesn't go anywhere or suck you in, combined with lackluster computer AI bring the experience down. Almost like it's an afterthought.
  25. 80
    It's definitely a Trim Spa version of the absorbing, deeply time-devouring PC gem, but Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a solid, balanced action game that lets players fight the battle on their own slightly conceded terms.
  26. Modern Combat loses some points for its lack of realism (some guns don't have any recoil, for example) and forgettable story line (something about Kazakhstan), but it still serves as a decent war game for those of us too fragile to enlist.
  27. The Battlefield series makes a smooth transition to the console, offering new ideas to spice up gameplay. Pity the online play is surprisingly weak.
  28. The true value of Battlefield 2 is in how nicely it panders to a crowd that may never have cared for the military shooter genre before.
  29. AceGamez
    Despite the fact that online this game rivals even the most successful net play titles since its introduction some years ago, not everyone is as yet online enabled. Therefore, despite the single player campaigns being enjoyable, they would struggle to warrant the forty odd pounds needed to purchase this title.
  30. A fast-paced and accessible combat game, far superior when enjoyed online with players working together during epic, frenetic battles.
  31. Overall it's a very well-developed package with decent offline play and a great overall purchase, and is well worth a buy at the current cheap prices you can pick it up for.
  32. Worth picking up if your trigger finger is itching to blast away at something new, and even if you find yourself bored with the genre, the “Hot Swapping” feature is worth checking out at least once.
  33. Most of the game's controls worked smartly for me. Targeting is easy, whether you're shooting a bazooka-type weapon or a sniper rifle. Problems arose, though, with the vehicles, which are maneuvered with just one control stick.
  34. Game Informer
    The game's lack of polish is also another problem. The graphics and textures aren't impressive at all. [Dec 2005, p.158]

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#50 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 66
  2. Negative: 6 out of 66
  1. JoeT.
    Feb 27, 2006
    While the single player is not really anything to write home about. The online multiplayer is where the real fun is at. So if you don't While the single player is not really anything to write home about. The online multiplayer is where the real fun is at. So if you don't have online just rent it first but if online is your thing this is a must have. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2013
    Best online experience on the PS2, hands down. Single-player is eh, but you don't play this game for the campaign. Playing this game onlineBest online experience on the PS2, hands down. Single-player is eh, but you don't play this game for the campaign. Playing this game online regularly was my favorite period of gaming. Full Review »
  3. KlausFeerontak
    May 8, 2006
    The reoson why I gave this game a 5/10 and not 1 10/10 is beacause the campaigne mode sucked big. The gameplay 10/10, sounds 10/10 multiplayerThe reoson why I gave this game a 5/10 and not 1 10/10 is beacause the campaigne mode sucked big. The gameplay 10/10, sounds 10/10 multiplayer 10/10 but campaign mode -8/10. The campaign was so bloody short. I finished it in like 3 hours! It even took me longer to finish sly racoon! What also sucks is that it has no offline muliplayer what the ****?! And as usuall it has the typical story about a war going on with Asia and America zzzzzzzz. Even though you can use other military types like EU and MEC, you can only use it in multiplayer BOOOOOOO! The game needs a lot of work. Buy the Pc version instead (highly advised)! Full Review »