Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. May 17, 2011
    78
    A short but intense flash of arcade brilliance. [Issue#205, p.94]
  2. Apr 10, 2011
    78
    All in all Red Faction: Battleground is a funny action game for some hours of distraction, and nice to play with friends at home, too.
  3. May 3, 2011
    60
    This small warming up for Red Faction: Armageddon is a nice try. You can play with a vehicle and you have to kill all the other players. It's like the traditional modes within multiplayer games, deathmatch, team deathmatch and more and it's vehicle based. Fun and it works nice, but there aren't many maps, the game can be a bit boring and the price is pretty high.
  4. All in all, this isn't a good month for life on Mars. [July 2011, p.103]
  5. May 21, 2011
    50
    If you can snag a copy as a free pre-order bonus for Red Faction: Armageddon, then go ahead and give it a spin, but if you're thinking of spending money on it, give this one a pass. At 800 MSP ($10) for the download, Red Faction: Battlegrounds simply isn't worth the cash.
  6. May 5, 2011
    50
    A title technically well made​​, but with obvious limitations, especially concerning multiplayer.
  7. Apr 18, 2011
    50
    Ultimately, this game will only please series' hardcore fans who are eager to play the next Red Faction game and want some freshness within the series universe. Battlegrounds seems to have been quickly conceived and executed and that is noticeable from the first minutes of play.
  8. Apr 14, 2011
    50
    The singleplayer training missions are promising but are over in less than an hour, and the multiplayer is neither varied nor fun. A zoomed out and annoying camera together with the boring and random weapons bland this down and makes Red Faction: Battlegrounds positively average.
  9. Apr 13, 2011
    50
    Battlegrounds is a forgettable entry in the Red Faction franchise that neither builds upon previous games nor forges an interesting path of its own.
  10. Apr 8, 2011
    50
    I was left wondering what the point of playing Red Faction: Battlegrounds was. Honestly, the game struck me as a vehicular combat game that was halfway done when someone walked in and said, "Hey, we should make this a Red Faction game!"
  11. Apr 15, 2011
    46
    An hour-long single-player mission and only a handful of multiplayer modes leaves this game severely lacking in replayability.
  12. Apr 11, 2011
    46
    It's accessible and sort of amusing for a little while, but the instant you realize the single-player element is extremely short and ultimately disappointing, you might regret the purchase.
  13. Apr 26, 2011
    40
    As a starter in the running towards Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction: Battlegrounds doesn't exactly work enticingly. And when viewing the game as a separate project, not much remains. What holds the game down the most is the meagre singleplayer campaign, which has little variation and too small maps. The items you'll unlock for Armageddon just don't suffice.
  14. Apr 19, 2011
    40
    Battlegrounds has become a simple arcade game. The racing and shooting are very basic and the total package is just too repetitive, causing you to delete the game after a few hours. The game isn't all bad, but it's not worth 800 Microsoft Points or 7,99 euro.
  15. Apr 19, 2011
    40
    Although the possibility of unlocking exclusive contents for RF: Armageddon might interest the most passionate fans of the franchise, Battlegrounds proves to be a mediocre product that will hardly appeal to any kind of gamer.
  16. Apr 18, 2011
    40
    Red Faction: Battlegrounds isn't terrible, but it's hard to understand why this is a Red Faction game at all. What you're left with is a mediocre dual-stick shooter that is severely lacking in content and becomes repetitive quickly.
  17. Apr 18, 2011
    40
    Red Faction: Battlegrounds is so bad that it actually will make you less hyped for the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon. That is, in every way, a big failure.
  18. Apr 16, 2011
    40
    The never-ending explosions shake the screen and before long chaos and confusion take over. Battlegrounds is hectic given the small maps and spawning becomes silly as you come back from death straight into another death. It's annoying, yet not as annoying as waiting for an online match to start thanks to a nonexistent community.
  19. Jun 4, 2011
    38
    A total dud. [July 2011, p.89]
  20. Apr 12, 2011
    33
    It's disappointing that Battlegrounds has more in common with a 30-year old Atari 2600 title in a number of ways than it does with the generally likable Red Faction franchise. Really, it doesn't have anything to do with it other than as a source for the vehicles and a couple of logos.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 14, 2014
    7
    First off, this is NOTHING like the other Red Faction games, they are third-person shooters and open-world games. This is an arcade driving shooter. However, this game does have some fun challenges like checkpoint races and survival. It's worth its price of £1.49/$2.99 and it has some good shooting and driving levels. I will mention that the game gets difficult after the first few levels, and if you fail, Winters will insult you, making you want to hurl your controller at the screen. The overall game is definitely worth buying at its current price, but is certainly not as good as the other Red Faction games. Full Review »