Generally favorable reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  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. After a tour of duty in B-Company you might be ruined for all your previous war games, and if future games don’t allow you to blast apart the levels, brick by brick how can they hope to compare.
  3. Battlefield: Bad Company is one of the most entertaining shooters ever released.
  4. 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]
  5. Battlefield: Bad Company knows what it wants to do and does it. The gameplay is simple and easy to wrap your mind around, but opens up to a lot of different strategies. The explosions are visceral and fun, and the game looks great too.
  6. Overall Battlefield Bad Company is a great game and a step up from the previous Battlefield title on the 360.
  7. 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.
  8. Taking apart buildings bit-by-bit is a game in itself and the gigantic, varied and incredibly realistic landscape provides the perfect setting for some spot-on warfare that’s let down, only slightly, by a health system that wouldn’t make anyone fear the reaper. Watch Bad Company in action and you will be shell shocked.
  9. Huge, immersive and always intense, Battlefield: Bad Company proves that you may not need the prettiest graphics in the world or design the most original game in order to provide one of the most essential purchases on 360 this year so far.
  10. It may not surpass the game-of-the-year quality of Call of Duty 4, but certainly is a very good alternative, especially for those looking to fight the online battle with vehicular manslaughter as part of their killing repertoire.
  11. Bad Company represents a new direction for the Battlefield series, and it makes its debut as a console exclusive with a building-blasting bang.
  12. Battlefield Bad Company is one of very few shooters to come out this summer for the Xbox 360 out of a collection of so many overall, but Battlefield Bad Company surely isn't going to be the breaking point for this genre as its dark humour and explosive gameplay is keeping us thirsty for more.
  13. 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.
  14. The most important aspect to fans of the series is obliviously going to be how the game performs in multiplayer, which rest assured is fantastic.
  15. 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.
  16. Offers one of the best online experiences I have had for a long time and there is no let up in the action.
  17. 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. Throw in DICE's promises of future (free) content and this is one game that just might meet your wildest desires for both blowing things up and online competition.
  18. 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.
  19. The game’s biggest boon is the great destruction engine, which is not only technically impressive, but adds some great new elements to the gameplay. The missions are also very meaty and go on for a good long while, never letting up on the intensity level.
  20. Battlefield: Bad Company isn’t a revolution for the genre, for it offers typical Battlefield-Gameplay - and if you already loved its predecessors, you will love this one as well. Initially, what we get is a small evolutional step, and I hope that the competition will follow suit, because the destruction you can cause isn’t just looking great, it adds several new facets to the game.
  21. If you're looking for a shooter to carry you through the hot summer months, I highly recommend you enlist in Battlefield: Bad Company.
  22. Controls and presentation in Bad Company are phenomenal. It is incredibly easy to switch between weapons and items.
  23. No big evolution but it delivers a tempting alternative to mondern combat. [Aug 2008, p.71]
  24. Battlefield: Bad Company doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does right.
  25. 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.
  26. 87
    Quite simply, it's easily the best shooter of the year thus far.
  27. Impressive, that is all we got to say. Go grab this one before the AAA titles start raining on us this fall.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 237 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 98
  2. Negative: 20 out of 98
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    I've owned this game for a long, long time now, but never wrote a review. Anyway, I use this game as a measuring stick for all other online FPSs. I'll compare COD and Crysis 2 to this game. Obviously, both fall WAY short of the mark. It confounds me. I've been playing online FPSs since Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. When that game came out (like 11 years ago), I thought the multiplayer was really cool. It's not so great, however, when COD releases a contemporary multiplayer FPS that mirrors those from over a decade ago. Anyway, tl;dr - Bad Company (and its successor, Bad Company 2) are far superior to all other online FPSs. Full Review »
  2. Dec 26, 2013
  3. Sep 21, 2014
    The best Battlefield game for consoles, the best single player campaign in the series, alongside the addition of a new and entertaining game mode called Gold Rush, Bad Company is a must have. Full Review »