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  • Summary: Battlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players*, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massiveBattlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players*, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massive experiences, from updated multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Hazard Zone.. Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 74
  2. Negative: 11 out of 74
  1. Nov 11, 2021
    100
    Battlefield 2042 brings the sandbox back to the series in bold and controversial ways. The new Specialist system might seem like sacrilege at first, but it opens up gameplay opportunities that weren’t possible in previous titles. The massive, well-designed maps offer plenty of room for experimentation and emergent stories, and the modes are a blast. And that’s just All-Out Warfare. Between that, Hazard Zone, and the expansive Battlefield Portal, Battlefield 2042 has something for everyone, without feeling like it’s stretched too thin. It’s a true evolution of the series, one that pushes back against a stagnation that threatened the series’ future. It won’t be for everyone, but for players who crave imagination and fun from their Battlefields, it will give them everything that they crave and more.
  2. 85
    It’s not without its issues, but Battlefield 2042 is off to a fantastic start for DICE’s beloved series. All-Out Warfare modes are immersive, Hazard Zone is enjoyable while Battlefield Portal steals the show. There’s a lot to love here, and I’m excited to see where the game goes.
  3. Nov 11, 2021
    80
    The biggest and boldest Battlefield to date, 2042 combines trademark action with impressive innovations. Experimentation with loadout and attachment changes drive the enormous spectacle of 128 player warzones and dynamic weather events. Hazard Zone provides the grounds for extremely tactical gameplay but needs refinement to make it a lasting experience. The shining star without question is Portal, allowing series veterans to jump back into their favourite legacy maps and muck around with creative modes and features – it's basically four games in one package. If it wasn't for a few poorly designed 2042 maps, combat balancing issues, and performance concerns, Battlefield 2042 might be the best in the franchise.
  4. Nov 17, 2021
    70
    Battlefield 2042 has a lot of problems. From its optimization, questionable design, and various bugs, it is clear that this game was not completely ready to be released. Yet despite all of that, I have still found myself having a good time bathing in the chaotic fun that is Battlefield. It needs some patches for sure, but Battlefield 2042 is by no means a lost cause.
  5. Despite the promising Portal mode, Battlefield 2042, which uses players as a tester, still gives the impression of an incomplete game with its errors and important problems.
  6. Nov 19, 2021
    60
    Battlefield 2042 wants so many things that it succeeds at almost none of them. There's a good game buried beneath it all, but you'll wade through a lot of sludge to get there.
  7. Nov 16, 2021
    40
    It’s hard not to be disappointed with this 2042 offering. You know when the devs said this is a game to “celebrate Battlefield”? They’ve stripped away some of the most fundamental elements of the series and added tornados and Wingsuits to make up for it. It’s Marketing 101. Explosions, tornados, and swooping helicopters look great. One day, they probably will be great. DICE is one of the best when it comes to post-launch patches - for better and for worse. But if you’re on the fence about buying Battlefield 2042, I would just wait. It’s hard for me to condone purchasing what is essentially an unfinished product - an unfinished product with Battle Passes, too. Just wait. It will be a better game in a year’s time. Maybe even six months. If you’ve never played Battlefield and want to experience some of the sheer beauty of 64v64, I say go for it. Just don’t expect an experience that will keep you interested for more than a couple of weeks.

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  1. Nov 13, 2021
    10
    the game give me 10 fps with my 1050ti!!! exceeded expectations so halal mode!
  2. Nov 14, 2021
    5
    All we wanted was an updated battlefield 4 and they couldn't even give us that. No voip makes Hazard zone extremely frustrating.

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    All we wanted was an updated battlefield 4 and they couldn't even give us that. No voip makes Hazard zone extremely frustrating.

    I believe this game will be good within a few updates but is it good now? not so much
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  3. Nov 14, 2021
    2
    Зачем то брать идеи у другой серии игры и отказываться от своих проверенных идей
    Карты провал
    Режимы провал Отсутствие хардкора провал
    Зачем то брать идеи у другой серии игры и отказываться от своих проверенных идей
    Карты провал
    Режимы провал
    Отсутствие хардкора провал
    Убийство ножом провал
    Показуха в конце раунда провал
    Список убийств и смертей провал
    Убогие скины провал
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  4. Nov 19, 2021
    0
    Never played a game that runs this bad. So many bugs. Soooo porly optimized. Dont support Dice on this one. They should not be allowed toNever played a game that runs this bad. So many bugs. Soooo porly optimized. Dont support Dice on this one. They should not be allowed to release a game in this state. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2021
    0
    This game is pure chaos it’s unfinished hot mess that they destroyed everything we love about the series shame on you
  6. Nov 18, 2021
    0
    Unfinished game that feels like they rushed it out but still needed a year or two in the oven. The major bugs during the early accessUnfinished game that feels like they rushed it out but still needed a year or two in the oven. The major bugs during the early access literally made the game unplayable. For 3 days in a row i boot it up just to crtl+alt+f4 when i can't even hold my gun scoped in during fights, even when i hold right click it goes in and out repeatedly.
    But ultimately even so, IF performance was perfect, the maps are huge and 128 players is cool on paper but because of this design decision the maps are ALL completely empty, devoid of cover, there is practically NO destruction and there is no levelutions anymore.
    There are barely any guns, operators are happy go lucky but the lore is dark and gritty, barely any skins or unlockables. This makes me think they intend on charging us for it all in the near future since they want this to be a live service game.
    I don't expect DICE to fix these issues any time soon.
    I cannot recommend this to anyone in it's current state. Maybe in a year IF they actually fix the game's lack of content.
    And for good measure, here's a list of ALL missing features compared to previous Battlefield games. This is NOT a "Love letter to fans".

    No single-player story (I could forgive if the base game actually had good content and lore but i see NO story or lore in the game)
    No standard server browser
    Fewer standardized game modes (Can't even play TDM or smaller scale modes without relying on community servers. Really?)
    Fewer base game maps than any other title (even including portal the map count is only 13)
    No persistent lobbies
    Fewer in-game assignments (none outside of cosmetic unlocks)
    No class system
    Less character customization options (than BF5)
    No profile progress/stats page in the menu
    No battle log/stats tracker for other players
    No global leader boards
    No end of round assignment progress screen
    No dog tags (they still sort of exist I guess?)
    No custom emblems
    Fewer achievements
    No medals
    A LOT Less destruction
    No map altering levolution
    No permanent community servers (would be useful for clans and events)
    Fewer guns (even including all the portal guns, BF4 still had more at launch)
    Fewer infantry gadgets
    No manual leaning
    No diving while swimming
    No high wall vaulting
    No crouch sprinting
    No backwards prone
    No explosion knockback
    No rolling after falling from heights
    No ammo or health pickup off teammates
    No scope zeroing
    No thermal optics
    No indirect fire gadgets
    Less anti-tank launchers
    No lock-on launchers (The M5 works with the SOFLAM but that requires 2 people)
    No AP mines/claymores
    No static weapon emplacements
    No fortification building
    No resupply stations
    No suppression mechanic (This one I don't mind but I'm including everything)
    Fewer vehicle types (and separate vehicle progression per faction even though they are functionally identical... why???)
    No squad wipe scoring
    No player damage points
    No vehicle damage points
    No vehicle kill assist points No headshot bonus No long-range kill bonus No assist counts as kill bonus No squad objective play bonus Oversimplified teamplay scoring (i.e. healing a teammate always gives you +5xp rather than the amount of health you give)
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  7. Nov 14, 2021
    0
    You said this game was a love letter from you to us. This feels more like a spit in the face. This game doesn't have the same gritty feelingYou said this game was a love letter from you to us. This feels more like a spit in the face. This game doesn't have the same gritty feeling as all your other battlefield games have, hell I even installed Battlefield V yesterday just to see if I was being dramatic, and just playing the basic intro in Battlefield V got me 50 x more hyped for Battlefield V than 2042. Map doesn't become destroyed after a while of playing, it stays clean, you can choose between a couple of middle aged specialists instead of actual soldiers, which is dumb, half the players look the same and there's 128 of us.

    The maps have barely any hiding spots, they're massive and open, and those maps that do have houses that you can enter are literally a copy paste of the same house scattered, most of the times it's even just a container that you can enter. There's not any levelution which is what made the other Battlefield games feel epic. Playing this game feels more like I'm playing Call of Duty on the same engine used in Battlefield 2, with basic destruction added to only those walls that have a concrete material on it.

    There's a serious lack of weapons to choose from straight from launch, it's seriously disappointing and it kills any drive to play the game.

    Audio quality, it honestly feels like the whole game was designed by a team that has never worked or played Battlefield before. Usually the audio quality, music, explosions, gun sounds and ambient sound has been very epic, like in Battlefield V. But this game is a serious let down when it comes to audio quality.

    Menu feels very annoying to use, it's finnicky and looks like it was designed for an iPad. The audio when you hover over menu options is irritating as hell, for the first couple of hours I thought it was an audio bug but no the sound is just like that apparantly, ear raping.

    I've put 31 hours into the game cause I desperately want to believe there is a hot patch coming to fix all the endless amounts of inbalance and bugs in this game, but I don't feel like that's going to happen anytime soon and I honestly wish I could just get my money back at this point. What you'll end up experiencing when playing this game is spawning in, getting spotted within the first second, getting ran over by a hovercraft that is indestructible somehow yet everyone has one. You'll get to level 20 after 20 hours of gameplay and unlock that gun you've wanted and then realize it's utter **** and you might as well just use an SMG cause you can kill anyone from anywhere across the map with that.

    I don't know how to express my anger towards Dice for this let down of a game, I hope they actually put their whole team into fixing this mess and release a patch within the month. Cause this game is far from a love letter to us Battlefield fans.
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