Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. It looks great, has fun characters, a load of interesting weaponry, and works nicely whether you’re playing alone or with a squad. The campaign lasts long enough to feel fulfilling, and the multiplayer kept me coming back once that was complete.
  2. The extreme polish evident in the final product makes it all worthwhile. Both single- and multiplayer shine - at long last redeeming DICE for the crappy bot-fests offline players had to endure in previous games in the series. [July 2008, p.82]
  3. The game delivers a level of destruction that will make grown men giggle like a child and it is this level of interactivity that makes it special.
  4. This is really a game to check out if your a fan of the genre or series as it is by far the best Battlefield game to grace the consoles yet.
  5. Seeing as how most military first-person shooters take themselves dead seriously, it's refreshing to see Battlefield: Bad Company's dark sense of humor.
  6. Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to lure the Battlefield-audience to the consoles, and it's one fine attempt. The qualitative and humorous single player campaign is a fun experience that introduces the player to the gameplay in a great way. The real blockbuster feature here is the online mode which is jam packed with great features and modes, all of which are greatly enhanced by the destructible environments. All in all, this is one great experience.
  7. It's a really, really good shooter - although it's a shame there's only one multiplayer mode - and we have no hesitation in recommending it for anyone remotely interested in the genre. Great stuff.
  8. The PS3 version of Battlefield: Bad Company may not be the best looking game on the console but it is very good with a fantastic audio.
  9. 90
    The improvements made to the Battlefield formula have changed the way future Battlefield games will be judged. Right now, the only company to be with is Bad Company.
  10. It’s not as often as we’d like that a shooter comes along in which can you plough through the single player and then spend many more hours in the multiplayer without feeling like you’ve seen and done it all before. Battlefield: Bad Company is definitely one of those games, and the tongue-in-cheek tone and dialogue of the game is perfectly matched to the intense and chaotic action.
  11. It may lack the finesse in the single-player that some similar titles have, but it does a great job of making you feel the part as you roll into combat with guns blazing, your squad hooting and bellowing behind you. Add to this the multiplayer which is well rounded and realistic, yet big on the fun, and you have a great experience which could ultimately have you playing for months and months.
  12. If you’re looking for a semi-realistic FPS that offers superb online play and a light-hearted single-player experience, Battlefield: Bad Company should be your #1 choice.
  13. 90
    One could easily say that Bad Company expands the genre itself with its combination of great story, destructible environment and surprisingly deep single-mode multiplayer.
  14. It's not the best-looking game, it's clunky in its controls, but it delivers where it counts with a fun experience that will keep you entertained through to its conclusion. [Aug 2008, p.70]
  15. 90
    Dynamic action, tons of features, and highly-detailed visuals come together for the first significant step forward of console first-person shooters since "Halo: Combat Evolved." While there are a few minor quibbles, you're assured to become addicted to Bad Company's twitch gameplay.
  16. If you're looking for a shooter to carry you through the hot summer months, I highly recommend you enlist in Battlefield: Bad Company.
  17. Definitely one of my favorite games of the year. It's not entirely perfect, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. If you've found yourself stuck in a gaming rut, I'd suggest combating it with a little levity and a great story.
  18. In conclusion, Battlefield Bad Company is a breath of fresh for 2008 that takes the genre to the next stage and gives the gamer a truly entertaining first person shooter experience with that touch of squad based mechanics.
  19. An entertaining and well-designed game experience that keeps the action flowing. The Frostbite engine ramps up the strategic elements and the game’s story arc does a nice job of tying all game elements together.
  20. The BF series finally gets some decent single-player attention, and the fantastic results make us wonder why DICE didn't try it out before.
  21. Battlefield: Bad Company is, in my opinion, the best console shooter that has been released so far this year.
  22. A load of fun. The friendly nature of the single player campaign will keep you coming back for more and more on different difficulties. And the multiplayer game does not need any further introduction, it’s what this series overall have been all about.
  23. 86
    There are plenty of flaws that FPS gurus will be able to nitpick about, but Bad Company delivers a fun-filled single-player campaign with a multiplayer component that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in our industry.
  24. Battlefield Bad Company is the most fun, addictive shooter released so far this year.
  25. The writing is good, the characters are great, and the destructible environment actually plays an integral role in the game, rather than just serving as a claim to place on a sticker to move copies at Wal-Mart.
  26. A new incursion of the Battlefield franchise on the console turf that manages to surprise us, mainly because of the consistent solo campaign. Even if it doesn’t offer the same intensity and cinematic flair as Call of Duty 4 (although it has an excellent destruction engine). And, of course, as far as online is concerned, Bad Company doesn’t disappoint. [July 2008]
  27. The well designed campaign is undeniably a good thing and the online format is solid as ever.
  28. Certainly the ability to punch a hole through the wall of a building to get access to the Ruski vermin camping inside is a great step forward for the acclaimed series as it looks to motor its dominance from PCs onto consoles. The world destruction on show is suitably ‘next-geny’ and thoroughly enjoyable, there’s no doubt. But despite developer Digital Illusions spirited attempts, Bad Company doesn’t quite reach the rarely tapped heights of dual-radness, and is just a really good game.
  29. 85
    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."
  30. Overall the open sandbox style of gameplay and allowing you the non-linear gameplay to complete the mission in your own way works very well.
  31. Solid gameplay aside, strong characters coupled with occasional whiffs of Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now ultimately help Bad Company transcend its lineage.
  32. Battlefield: Bad Company may not be the award winner that COD 4 was, but it is damn near as entertaining and a lot easier to get into. This is a war game for the casual gamer who just wants to have fun blowing stuff up.
  33. Despite a few nags in the single player campaign, Battlefield:Bad Company represents one of the best multiplayer shooters on the market.
  34. DICE's newest take on the virtual battlefield does a lot of things right, despite firing a few blanks along the way, such as the lack of a co-op mode in the main campaign.
  35. Without much competition right now, Bad Company is a surprisingly fun and well designed effort.
  36. As a multiplayer, it's truly fantastic, despite having only one game type available at the moment.
  37. A solid singleplayer campaign souped up by a cracking multi-player experience. From a technical standpoint, Bad Company sets a new benchmark in the FPS genre.
  38. The levels are massive - although there are only seven of them - and the sense of being in a conflict can only currently be matched by CoD4.
  39. In the previous Battlefield games we had to do without the singleplayer mode. Fortunately Bad Company is changing that.
  40. Bad Company blasts the dust off of the Battlefield series with an excellent campaign. The game could be more extensive and the AI could be a little more sophisticated.
  41. Solid single player, and superb online - a decent "COD4" alternative. [Aug 2008, p.62]
  42. It might not feature a class based objective system like "Quake Wars," but it’s sure a damn better multiplayer experience than that port.
  43. Battlefield: Bad Company is the most enthralling online shooter for consoles to date, and a good role model for many of its PC brethren. While it’s hardly the best multiplayer offering in the Battlefield series, it will be remembered not for the weak single-player campaign or annoying details, but for destructive battles and great sense of humor.
  44. 80
    Battlefield: Bad Company is the most console-feeling Battlefield ever produced.
  45. 78
    Gold Rush truly is a brilliantly put-together game mode, but it really is the only bit worth buying Battlefield: Bad Company for. The single-player campaign tries hard to please, but ultimately still feels mostly pointless.
  46. It might not re-invent the wheel or “wow” you, but it’s consistently worthwhile.
  47. In the end, Battlefield: Bad Company is by no means a bad first-person shooter, but it's also far from the best. Unfortunately, as it is, it's more likely to get lost in the sea of shooters that already line the shelves.
  48. 75
    With a thumping sound and sudden cloud of dust, grenades erase whole sections of houses. Bullets, however, stop dead in the thinnest wood slat. But what Bad Company needs isn't a trip to a real-life firing range -- it's its inflexible A.I. that requires the lessons.
  49. Bad Company’s multiplayer happily checks off the expectations the series has created. [Aug 2008, p.90]
  50. Personality, guns and destruction are Bad Company's strongest cards and it plays them hard. [Aug 2008, p.98]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 59
  2. Negative: 6 out of 59
  1. LamLe
    Jul 19, 2008
    10
    Battlefied: Bad Company is an awesome game! Just as good, if not a little bit better than Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Both story mode and online gameplay is magnificent. Endless fooling around. Full Review »
  2. GustavH.
    Jul 4, 2008
    10
    The game have a solid singleplayer experience that ofcourse have some smaller defects as its dice first game but the multiplayer is the best there is and have been on consoles and makes the game worth playing for a long time. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2012
    6
    Played the Battlefield Bad Company 2 first and it was Good, so in comparison with this one, Bad Company 1 has good controls also but the fact that you don't get to use a secondary weapon wasn't cool! and every time you get your heath low you got to crack a huge syringe on your chest to recover your full health, to me that was unnecessary and annoying. Still don't like the characters very much but it has a good story. I like the maps on this Bad Company big enough a lot to explore but to me COD still a better choice for a FPS game. Full Review »