Red Faction: Battlegrounds Xbox 360


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 13, 2011
    Even though it doesn't provide a bridge between the Guerilla and Armageddon storylines, Battlegrounds is still an enjoyable, chaotic romp. Gamers looking for gratuitous explosions or some items for the next Red Faction game (you get them at Rank 10 and 20) will have fun with this title.
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    Red Faction: Battlegrounds is enjoyable, but ended up being just like the rest of the titles in this genre. Fans will probably enjoy it and there is the nice perk of bonus content for the future Red Faction title. In the end Red Faction: Battlegrounds suffers from being an average game.
  3. Apr 14, 2011
    Battlegrounds works as a distraction and a fun party game for hardcore gamers. However, Red Faction: battlegrounds falls well short of being a fully featured XLA game that demands the attention of gamers.
  4. Apr 11, 2011
    The camera is unfocused and frustrating; the gameplay too chaotic for its own good; and the lack of a strong storyline make it feel like everything's barely holding together with cheap adhesive.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 25, 2011
    This one's already ground to a halt. [July 2011, p.103]
  6. Jun 6, 2011
    Granted, Battleground is intended to be played online, but more often than not the online lobbies are empty. This lack of popularity all-but signs the death warrant for an online-heavy game like Battlegrounds - as a significant portion of the game's longevity is thrown out the window when there is nobody to play it with. In closing, while Red Faction: Battlegrounds is certainly a serviceable spiritual successor to the classic Atari game Combat, it really has little to offer for veteran gamers looking for more than an arena-based blast fest.
  7. Apr 26, 2011
    Battlegrounds offers fast entertainment, but it could have been much better for solo play with some more levels.
  8. Apr 11, 2011
    Battlegrounds is a competent enough shooter, though it could use more depth and originality. The single-player portion can be completed within an hour, and the multiplayer games lack the depth to sustain long-term play.
  9. May 21, 2011
    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.
  10. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 20, 2011
    The main problem is the fact that there's just not much to it. A complete lack of depth means after just an hour or two of play, you'll be done with it. [Issue#72, p.101]
  11. May 5, 2011
    A title technically well made​​, but with obvious limitations, especially concerning multiplayer.
  12. May 3, 2011
    With only sixteen training missions that take only an hour to complete and an Xbox Live multiplayer mode that I can't find anyone online to play with, this game leaves a lot to be desired, even for a $10 game.
  13. Apr 27, 2011
    Every twin stick shooter game lover could try this new game by THQ. But be warned: single player is merely a tutorial and the multiplayer part is heavily faulted.
  14. Apr 21, 2011
    It's not a terribly-made game, there just not anything... exceptional to it. For the money you'd spend picking this title up you'd be better off picking up any of a number of other Arcade games which provide a unique and engaging experience.
  15. Apr 18, 2011
    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.
  16. Apr 14, 2011
    Repetitive gameplay and such limited-appeal makes of Red Faction: Battlegrounds an easy pass, especially at 800 Microsoft Points.
  17. Apr 11, 2011
    The vehicles aren't the only thing with a mind of their own. The camera is worse.
  18. Apr 8, 2011
    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!"
  19. Apr 8, 2011
    Some committed souls might eke a few hours of mild entertainment out of Red Faction: Battlegrounds, but only if they try really hard. It might not be irredeemably terrible, but there are so many better games in the download scene. Don't waste your time on this forgettable spin-off.
User Score

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
    This game will keep you entertained for some time, and the multiplayer is fun and explosion-licious. There is a ranked progression for MP,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 »