Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. 91
    Though it occasionally stumbles, there's one thing that Bad Company 2 clearly demonstrates: DICE has graduated from the, "can only do a multiplayer FPS" class, and is perfectly capable of making a great all-around game.
  2. Both single player and multiplayer experiences excel in Bad Company 2, and the sequel is a great step up from its first iteration. This is one of the best and most addictive on-line experiences in a shooter in years.
  3. Competition has a natural tendency to breed innovation and excellence, and in this case the comparisons between Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2 are very welcome as they only server to emphasize how excellent both games are, and how, after all their efforts and exploits, DICE and B-Company are now comfortably relaxing in the V.I.P section of the FPS genre.
  4. This really is one of the best looking console shooters I've ever played.
  5. The combat is fun, the characters are great, and there is a ton of gaming value shoehorned into this disk. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a worthy sequel to the original.
  6. Overall Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a sequel worthy of taking your attention away from other shooter out there.
  7. The humor of Battlefield Bad Company 2 makes you laugh and the thrilling action makes you shiver – Great game.
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is definitely an improvement over the original. With solid graphics, great sound, and gameplay that engages you in either single player or multiplayer flavour.
  9. The visuals are top notch, the gameplay is solid from beginning to end, and the experience is exactly what you would want from a Battlefield game.
  10. 100
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is as complete a package as you could ever ask for. Multiplayer-heavy titles can be a fickle beast, but we’re pretty sure we’ll be playing this one for quite some time to come.
  11. The campaign is very solid, well established, and full of surprises and delicious moments. Bad Company 2 is one of the great surprises of the year, and promises to take many hours of sleep to all players and clans looking for online tournaments.
  12. 'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' comes armed with a heavy arsenal and some bad attitudes, and delivers another solid shooting experience that will please fans of the original, and dare I say it, the “COD” clan as well.
  13. Not content to settle for second place, DICE throws down the gauntlet with Bad Company 2, delivering its best multiplayer package since Battlefield 2 and a remarkably improved single-player campaign that openly mocks its rival while cribbing from them at the same time. [Issue#203, p.84]
  14. From the new modes and vehicles to the expanded level of destruction and rewarding progression system, it all lends to an open warfare experience that will have you returning to the battlefield for months to come.
  15. An immensely entertaining shooter that demands your attention. Single player doesn't measure up to multiplayer (a potential deal breaker for the loners of the world), but taken as a whole, this is a gun firing, tank crushing good time.
  16. Not only has the technology behind the Frostbite engine been improved but the multiplayer shows major signs of improvement and a willingness by DICE to push the boundaries further. The single player campaign, despite feeling like an added component to a 100% multiplayer focused experience, is much more streamlined and interesting this time around. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a great game but it also does what many games with a ’2’ next to their name fail to do; improve.
  17. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a high-octane thrill ride that delivers everything you could possibly want from a first-person shooter.
  18. When the bullets pass by your ears, mortars fall on your hiding spot and tanks open fire on you, you know enough: you’re in a Battlefield-game. Bad Company 2 delivers with a superb multiplayer, perhaps making it the best online shooter currently available. The singleplayer isn’t as polished, but we can forgive the developer.
  19. Bad Company 2 is a great improvement over the original, and also one of the best FPS of this console generation. The single-player campaign is quite good despite a few minor issues, and the multiplayer will keep FPS fans playing for months on end.
  20. Great graphics and sound, a solid single-player campaign and a overwhelmingly good multiplayer experience (dedicated servers!) make this a must-have for every shooter-fan.
  21. There’s little doubt that DICE has secured its game a spot as the best shooter of the first half 2010, hurdling the impressive MAG by a few dozen yards.
  22. All in all, don’t let the rather generic and short single player campaign deter you from picking up Bad Company 2. The multiplayer is a fantastic gaming experience and without a doubt it gives Modern Warfare 2 a run for its money.
  23. The action is top-notch in both campaign and multiplayer alike. Whether or not you're looking for a new shooter in your life, you owe it to yourself to play Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
  24. 90
    It's kind of like DICE has trained for a game development biathlon, resulting in its first game where the single-player mode is just as good as the multiplayer -- and that says DICE has what it takes to be among the best in the business.
  25. You'll come for the solid FPS experience, but you'll stay for the delicious helping of online goodness. We just wish that the single-player mode could've been as fun and thrilling as the original. One thing is certain - DICE is providing one of the best online FPS experiences you'll play on a console.
  26. The campaign could use some creative spark, but it’s the staying power of the multiplayer that wins the day. If you look to get the most out of your money with video game purchases, you can’t go wrong with Battlefield Bad Company 2.
  27. Even though the single-player campaign still isn’t where it needs to be, Bad Company 2 is definitely a great sequel that builds on its predecessor in every way, making for one that no shooter fan will want to miss, especially if you go online for your gaming.
  28. A highly addicting and energetic title that is satisfying in single and multiplayer.
  29. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 improves on its predecessor in every way imaginable, just like any good sequel ought to.
  30. 89
    Bad Company 2 as an online shooter is flexible and engaging, offering several features that the competition can only dream of. If you're looking for a more strategic and team-based change of pace, look no further. This is the game for you.
  31. 90
    In spite of its sluggish opening, Battlefield: Bad Company goes on to produce one of the most entertaining first-person shooters since last year’s Call of Duty 4. Bold and bright in tone, it’s blockbuster fare that combines DICE’s first-person expertise with a small sprinkling of innovation that’s enough to ensure it’s a perfect way to shoot the summer breeze.
  32. 88
    If you're a fan of military shooters like Modern Warfare, and/or are looking for an extremely solid multiplayer game, look no further.
  33. 93
    Alone it's alright, online it's bordering on genius. Bad Company 2 is quite possibly the best online shooter on PS3 today. [Issue#190, p.66]
  34. The modern military FPS genre is as crowded as a mess hall at chow at chow time, but BC2 has managed to inject plenty of freshness into its firefights with an engaging single-player yarn and a host of defining online features. [Apr 2010, p.74]
  35. Although the singleplayer campaign is entertaining enough, it is in the multiplayer that this game really shines. Almost perfectly balanced, the vehicles, destructible buildings and team-play make this game a joy to play and a must for any fans of the genre.
  36. 89
    This new part is just like the first one in the singleplayer a lot of fun. The squad where you’re in is the most idiotic squad of the US Army and that means that you can expect a lot of humor. The singleplayer is pretty cool, but the real power is in the multiplayer. We found it better and more fun online than Modern Warfare 2.
  37. A mediocre campaign, elevated to greatness by superb online play. [Apr 2010, p.88]
  38. Employing some of the best game mechanics in the genre, terrific balance, terrific multiplayer fun, and a technical package you can appreciate, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is an FPS you need to play.
  39. Despite many improvements Battlefield: Bad Company 2 single player campaign still doesn’t serve up a truly great playing experience, its perfectly playable, solid and even quite enjoyable but just lacks something special. However, the games weaknesses in this department like so many other great shooters can be overlooked by an absolutely brilliant multiplayer experience that is simply unmissable, if you like intense online action you could be in worse company, than Bad Company.
  40. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 meets its expectations, providing another High profile game for this exciting 2010. Though short, the campaign is spectacular and one of the best multiplayer experiences makes the title essential for all the fans of the genre. On the other hand, EA's shooter doesn't achieve perfection for the lack of any co-op mode, some small technical issues, but especially for the partial loss of the first Bad Company's originality.
  41. The last installment in the Battlefield series offers more action and fun than ever.
  42. Do you like first-person shooters? If the answer is yes, buy Battlefield: Bad Company 2. If there's a weakness it lies in the slightly brief single-player campaign, but the brilliant, potentially Modern Warfare 2 beating multiplayer more than picks up the slack.
  43. If you're just fan of shooters in general, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 isn't a game to be missed. I think it's a big improvement over the groundwork that was laid out by the first title and manages to improve just about every aspect, from single-player right down to the multiplayer component.
  44. 90
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a great shooter and ranks among the top of this time. The multiplayer is reason enough to buy this great game.
  45. 96
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 is by all intents and purposes a fantastic follow-up to the original game. All of the great ideas that fell short have now come to light, and the return of classic Battlefield online make this the game to own for online shooter fans.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 507 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 96
  2. Negative: 10 out of 96
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    An incredible game to say the least. The Single Player Campaign is the best in its class and the Multiplayer has some of those epicAn incredible game to say the least. The Single Player Campaign is the best in its class and the Multiplayer has some of those epic 'Battlefield' moments. And, the way that you can customize your 'classes' in a multiplayer game is much better than those of Call of Duty. It is definitely a better game than the first Bad Company and is worth the purchase. I could not disagree more with JohnD, as if one side has something such as a helicopter it can get frustrating getting killed over and over but it puts you into a hard situation that YOU have to deal with. Also, if you level up or unlock something in-game you get to change and use it, in-game. For a basic summary, best in it's class and I have played EVERY Battlefield game to date. This is incredible. Full Review »
  2. razor.1898hufflepuff
    Apr 15, 2010
    10
    I'd like to start off by saying that this game is spectacular in graphics and sound effects.Ok the sound effects really immerse you into I'd like to start off by saying that this game is spectacular in graphics and sound effects.Ok the sound effects really immerse you into the game, from the crunching of leaves under your boots to the sound of an explosion of an rpg when it hits right beside you. vedict for sound: outclasses mw 2 in that department by miles. Now the graphics ... are u kidding ... BFBC2>>>>>>>>>MW 2 again. ok now the gameplay, mw 2 is full of kids with squeaky voices and campers and feels more like its trying to win u over with novelty addons such as tac knife and perks such as lightweight , sleight of hand pro (quickscoping is a thing of the past in bfbc2 because the sniping is a whole lot more realistic.) and steady aim (encourages spraying). Where as bf bc 2 encourages teamwork and its only gives you the basic addons that u actually need for a gun such as red dot sight , sliencer and grenade laucher. My final verdict , dont waste your $80 on a piece of junk with poor gameplay and poor graphics buy bf bc 2 insteadu won't regret it. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    9
    What a hell of a ride,DICE managed to put one awesome game and a original multiplayer. The story is very good innovative perhaps awesomeWhat a hell of a ride,DICE managed to put one awesome game and a original multiplayer. The story is very good innovative perhaps awesome ,well designed levels, many places where it develops like Russia< Bolivia etc ,. The multiplayer is very awesome many options, big maps, just what the tittle said Battlefield and is always Epic much better than a lot of other multiplayer if you want a war zone multiplayer, this is the pick . Full Review »