Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37
  1. Apr 25, 2011
    48
    Red Faction: Battlegrounds is only recommendable to those who already got it for free as a pre-order bonus, and it's not even that good of a deal for them.
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    48
    Red Faction: Battlegrounds sports good graphics and interesting ideas: unfortunately, the absence of a true single player mode and the too chaotic multiplayer matches due to the overly small maps, rapidly blow out any interest in the game.
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    46
    An hour-long single-player mission and only a handful of multiplayer modes leaves this game severely lacking in replayability.
  4. Apr 8, 2011
    45
    Plays like a cross between those classic racing titles and a dual-stick shooter. On paper, the blend of these two designs should breed an enjoyable multiplayer experience. Unfortunately, due to a frustrating camera, bland colors, and touchy targeting, Battlegrounds ends up disappointing.
  5. 43
    Even though it contains vehicles that look like they belong in the world of Red Faction, nothing else about the game seems to have anything to do with that universe. It could have been called 'Monster Crash Super Derby' and have felt absolutely no different.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Apr 11, 2011
    40
    Red Factions: Battlegrounds is a waste of 800 Marketplace points and will disappoint every Red Faction fan right out of the gate.
  12. Apr 11, 2011
    40
    Micro Machines meets Geometry Wars, but so phenomenally less interesting than that sounds it's almost painful.
  13. Apr 11, 2011
    40
    A tepid pursuit of the bare minimum, resistant to the creative nudge that could have made it feel like something worthwhile. Everything works, it does what it says on the tin, but there's not a spark of personality in there.
  14. 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.
  15. Jul 3, 2011
    30
    Navigation and combat [are] incredibly infuriating. [Issue#110, p.126]
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 8, 2011
    7
    This game will keep you entertained for some time, and the multiplayer is fun and explosion-licious. There is a ranked progression for MP, which will keep you coming back. The overall fun factor decreases after a while - best to wait until this hits 400 pts on the eventual sale. Full Review »