Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Even with the barest bones of a Battlefield game it's utterly complete. [Sept 2009, p.102]
  2. 100
    What makes this game interesting is the speed of play and the sheer, as mentioned before, chaos of it all.
  3. GamePro
    With satisfaction always within reach, Battlefield 1943 makes for an addictive online experience. [Aug 2009, p.79]
  4. A perfectly sized, expertly-crafted romp, Pacific gives other download games their marching orders. [Aug 2009, p.97]
  5. 90
    A great game and, in my mind, a fantastic value. It may not have a single-player campaign or a host of levels, but the content that it does provide is carefully made and really showcases the talent of DICE as a studio that knows how to create addictive multiplayer shooters.
  6. Battlefield 1943 should be on everyone’s list once the server issues are sorted out, and the game’s back end infrastructure expands enough to incorporate more players.
  7. Battlefield 1943 not only delivers an excellent game but impresses on just about every level. If you have ever wondered what World War II was really like, this is about as close to the experience as you’re going to get.
  8. Take one fantastic engine, add pick up and play gameplay, top it off with a fantastic price and you have a hit - to the point of which EA struggle to handle the demand for. That’s a good sign that you should jump on in.
  9. Battlefield 1943 may not be the most extensive multiplayer shooter available but none the less at its price it reflects tremendous value as it provides one of the best multiplayer experiences around, without doubt a must play title for any shooter fan.
  10. This is the best thing EA has done since they acquired Bioware. Instead of pumping out games that bring everything to the table, and only really offer a few things, they put out a title that offers one thing, and plenty of it.
  11. Games Master UK
    A finely-tuned online shooter that delivers an excellent multiplayer experience at a good price. [Sept 2009, p.78]
  12. Battlefield 1943 is truly a blast. Its stripped-down nature (though definitely not a no-frills release) means its easy to get into, and the high potential player count should have the servers filled with players for quite some time.
  13. Battlefield 1943 is a welcome back to the saga's roots. A fast, fun and effective online game, well above the average product you can buy over Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Hours of gameplay await the ones willing to spend the 15€ needed to buy this game.
  14. 88
    Battlefield 1943 is a prime example of why online gaming is so addictive. The concept is simple, the content is limited, but the fun is nearly endless.
  15. Pelit (Finland)
    A first-class multiplayer-FPS. It doesn't do anything new, but what it does, it does very well. It’s fun and entertaining. [July 2009]
  16. Some full price title can’t keep up with the multiplayer fun and the good looking graphic. Battlefield veterans don’t come around anyway therefore. Battlefield 1943 is a completely clear purchase recommendation for each action fan.
  17. Let’s cross our fingers that EA and Digital Illusions are already hard at work with new maps, vehicles and classes for downloadable content. We can’t tell you a reason not to pick up Battlefield 1943 via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the ultra-low value of 1200 Microsoft Points; it’s available now.
  18. Despite a lack of depth found in other full-fledged FPS offerings (even from what's found in the Battlefield franchise itself) and a number of initial coding missteps, Battlefield 1943 is an arcade offering you really shouldn't miss. The $15 price tag and the overall quality make this a great purchase for anyone interested in shooters.
  19. What BF:1943 lacks in depth compared to earlier Battlefield games, it makes up for in a simplistic and challenging multiplayer game. Twenty-four person matches feel fantastic and except for the odd laggy match, it’s a seamless and fun experience. If you can get together a squad, there isn’t a more fun FPS online experience for your money.
  20. Battlefield 1943 is online only title which is well worth the cost and the hard drive space.
  21. 85
    Battlefield 1943 is an impressive package that sets a new standard for digital titles. You won't find anything new in terms of gameplay, but the seven-year old Battlefield formula remains a lot of fun today.
  22. While the game lacks the feature depth of other Battlefield titles, 1943 is a fairly priced, solid core to build around with more downloadable content. If EA introduces weapon packs and additional maps from the franchise’s storied past, I’ll be playing right up to the release of Bad Company 2.
  23. 85
    Whether you bleed for all things Battlefield or are just a gamer after a moderately priced casual shooter that is fun to pick up and play, you can't go past the entertaining gameplay of Battlefield 1943.
  24. All in all, Battlefield 1943 is one of the highest quality multiplayer games you’ll find on Xbox Live Arcade, and for the asking price, it’s one of the best deals, as well.
  25. 85
    With Battlefield 1943, DICE has created an incredible environment in which a simple set of rules allows for infinite experimentation and destruction and can be just as inspiring when watching from afar as it is being smack in the middle of the gunfire an explosions.
  26. It’s a miniature version, a smaller, quicker Battlefield, and one that is better suited for a downloadable title. Even with its faults, 1943 is absolutely worthy of a purchase. You’d be hard pressed to find a better downloadable game thus far in 2009.
  27. The game gives you a lot of action for a downloadable shooter, but it's not full-featured. There's no way to play or practice offline, so you'll have to learn the maps and how to use the vehicles in the heat of battle.
  28. Battlefield 1943 definitely has something for all shooter fans. Old school BF1943 will appreciate the map choices and the new ability to destroy what was once cover. New players will come to appreciate some of the best map designs ever all while immediately finding themselves able to compete against veterans.
  29. Overall, Battlefield 1943 successfully condenses down to the essentials what makes the franchise fun.
  30. 85
    For only 13 euros this is a really cool experience. If you want a great multiplayer shooter, then you should definitely buy this game!
  31. Battlefield 1943 is proof that the increasing complexity found in some shooters gets in the way of the fun instead of enhancing it.
  32. Battlefield 1943 is an all out multiplayer experience and one that fans will surely be hooked to for quite some time. Although only three maps are available at this time, EA is constantly holding contests to unlock new maps for each system and the inclusion of ranks and awards will only encourage players to continue fighting.
  33. 84
    Battlefield 1943 focuses on multiplayer, and achieves a great level of quality. Classic, well-made and fun as soon as some friends join in, it is a sure bet provided we are going to have war partners.
  34. 1943 is a great effort from DICE to change the format of the series. Maybe there is nothing especially new in its concept, but it´s as amazing as its previously released Battlefield counterparts.
  35. 83
    New for some and familiar for others, 1943 will once again keep players up well into the night for just one more round. Before long, the greenhorns will be wily vets, experts on the ins and outs of all three maps, and eager for more.
  36. DICE did a great job of refining the Battlefield formula into a cohesive package that should tide fans over until Bad Company 2, or may create a whole new fanbase in itself under 1943's small-but-strong design philosophy.
  37. Battlefield 1943 is an impressive feat - it's a fun and gorgeous-looking downloadable game. If its rigid online structure can somehow be made more user-friendly in future patches, it'll be even more of a sure-bet that many of us will be playing for a long, long time, especially if this type of co-operative unlocking of features becomes a standard in future content.
  38. 83
    It’s an interesting, stripped down version that still has a lot of fun packed in. This comes with the proviso of playing alongside decent players, of course.
  39. Battlefield 1943 is a great game if you’ve got a half hour or an hour in between something else and you want to play something but not get too deep into it. It, unfortunately, doesn’t go deeper than that, which is a shame because there are plenty of things here that could be done to open the game up even further.
  40. For an online multiplayer experience, 1943 is up there with the best of them. With some more add-ons and expansions, which we’d gladly pay for, it can become amazing. But even as it stands, it’s pretty much an essential purchase if you’re a fan of multiplayer combat.
  41. Battlefield action polished until sparkling.
  42. Battlefield 1943 is a blast to play, and does a fine job of taking the basic mechanics of the Battlefield franchise and capitalizing on them. Sadly, the game is awfully low on content, with only one online mode, 3 maps, and 3 classes.
  43. A triumphant back-to-basics return to WWII, for the original vehicle-based multiplayer shooter.
  44. Battlefield 1943 is a great multiplayer experience. It lacks game modes, weapons, maps and other features, but it's well-balanced and what it offers is great overall. Ideal for lovers of online multiplayer games, a fun and unforgettable experience that has become one of the best downloadable games nowadays.
  45. The long wait since Battlefield 1942 was well worth it: Battlefield 1943 is real value for money. It is a quality shooter, finely made and highly enjoyable thanks to its gameplay solutions and the flawless on-line experience. It’s available via digital delivery, and it’s cheap!
  46. In the first flushes of infatuation it's an easy game to love, and one that will easily provide hours of ferocious enjoyment. In a few months' time the spell may well have worn off, but for this price that's really not something to worry about right now.
  47. Battlefield 1943 is one of the best Xbox Live Arcade ever, with a gorgeus graphic and an excellent and well crafted online mode.
  48. This multiplayer-only slice of the Battlefield series packs plenty of thrills into a downloadable package.
  49. An intense, replayable multiplayer shooter that's fully worthy of both the Battlefield name and the price of entry.
  50. It provides a solid and refreshing online shooter for the hardcore and casual alike.
  51. Despite the lack of game modes and a bare bones class system, Battlefield 1943 differs enough from the competition to make it a worthwhile alternative to the likes of CoD, Halo, Gears of War, Killzone 2, Resistance and the rest.
  52. Dice took everything we loved from Battlefield and added more action packed gameplay. Battlefield 1943 offers a great multiplayer experience and total destruction, but tends to get repetitive because of a lack of modes.
  53. Battlefield 1943 is exactly the kind of game we like during these hot months -- not deep enough to play for an entire year (and at $15 a pop, would you expect to?) but definitely entertaining enough to tide you and your friends over until the fall's A-list releases.
  54. The main gripe of Battlefield 1943, however, is its staying power, considering just how shelled-out it is in comparison to previous entries in the series. It's quite superb in small doses, but with only two game modes, one of which has only one map, and both of which are only minutely customisable, there's no chance of losing a day to it.
  55. Even with its minor defects, Battlefield 1943 is an example to follow by downloadable games: it has a small size, a fair price, offers a lot of fun and technically it has nothing to envy from bigger games.
  56. games(TM)
    A superb Battlefield game, then, and an unmistakable sign that downloadable games are ready to give retail a run for its money. [Sept 2009, p.121]
  57. Battlefield 1943 sets a high standard for the quality of downloadable games, and at only a tenner is an almost essential purchase for any online FPS fan.
  58. A decent remake of a great game, the only thing missing is more content.
  59. Players looking for variety won't find it here, but for $15, it does a great job of keeping you hooked for hours on end.
  60. What you get, really, is Battlefield at its most pure. [Aug 2009, p.71]
  61. Whether you are a Battlefield fanatic or a series scrub like me, you’ll get your money’s worth from Battlefield 1943, as well as an unrivaled experience in the realm of download-only games.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 142
  1. Nov 8, 2012
    This game was great and definitely worth the cheap price tag. I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game. The only complaints wereThis game was great and definitely worth the cheap price tag. I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game. The only complaints were that the game was EXTREMELY laggy online when I first played. It since seems to have been fixed however, so that's not an issue anymore. Another complaint is that there are not enough maps to choose from. Overall though, a most enjoyable game available for a low price. Worth a purchase. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2010
    This game is a remake of the old game, battlefield 1942. There is a level progression but only 3 classes. This game is good but gets boringThis game is a remake of the old game, battlefield 1942. There is a level progression but only 3 classes. This game is good but gets boring fast. whicg is why if you are reading this at this point you should get battlefield bad company 2. Much better game. Full Review »
  3. DustinG
    Nov 11, 2009
    Best game on 360. Hands Down. Blows away Call of Duty games.