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  1. Positive: 29 out of 74
  2. Negative: 11 out of 74
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  1. Nov 11, 2021
    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. Nov 15, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is an excellent effort and filled with a ton of competitive multiplayer content at launch with much more planned in the near future. There are some technical issues such as respawns and visual bugs to sort out, and some game modes and specialists might need some tweaks, but DICE is off to a great start and Battlefield 2042 should likely be relevant and popular for years to come.
  3. Nov 15, 2021
    What Battlefield 2042 lacks in a single-player campaign, it makes up for in the sheer amount of content that it delivers to fans from all generations of the series. It’s a walk down memory lane that provides hours of that Battlefield action that you’d expect. You may have to spend a few of those understanding the UI and gun customization features, but with the inclusion of Hazard Zone and Portal, the possibilities of enjoyment here are endless.
  4. Nov 12, 2021
    All in all, these are minor points to one of the best Battlefields we’ve had in a while. It’s rekindled my excitement for the series for sure. With new modes like Hazard Zone and the ability to play old games like Bad Company 2 remastered, the game is full of content, even without single-player. If you’ve been thinking of diving into BF, whether it is your return or a first in the series, Battlefield 2042 might be exactly what you were looking for.
  5. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 does everything expected of it and more. Not content with fully succeeding in its traditional multi-pan, this opus has the luxury of offering additional gigantic and highly qualitative content to players. Portal mode seems ready to keep all of its promises and allow the creation of various modes whether they are crazy or competitive. Hazard Zone, on the other hand, succeeds in unexpected situations and offers a particularly successful reading of the game in squads. Beautiful as a truck, generous, modular and damn fun to play, 2042 is neither more nor less than one of the best games of the license.
  6. Nov 11, 2021
    Being online-only, Battlefield 2042 had to make up for its lack of any single-player content whatsoever with a variety of worthwhile online content. The game’s developers have not only succeeded in that regard, but they have gone above and beyond. All-Out Warfare is a fantastic evolution on the classic Battlefield experience, modernizing the franchise with more scale, spectacle, and ways to play than ever before. Battlefield Portal and Hazard Zone likewise shine in their own regards, with the former proving that it can serve as the base for players to create their own unique experiences within 2042. If any future Battlefield title omits these two modes, I might consider them incomplete.
  7. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a brave new chapter in the history of the series, full of interesting elements and very well done in many respects. Between the evolution of total warfare, the addition of Hazard Zone and the innovative Portal editor, DICE has done things big, and big is the passion that lies behind this new, monumental shooter.
  8. Dec 2, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 surprised me more than it disappointed me. Some of the attempts are not successful and the bugs and balance are a bit unbearable, but the unpredictable battlefield, the mode full of memories, coupled with this hell of war and time and space, still make me fascinated.
  9. Nov 15, 2021
    While the lack of a single-player campaign is a hard pill to swallow, Battlefield 2042 really has others strong arguments. Be able to play with 128 players in the Conquest and Breakthrough modes is obviously very good news, the game becoming more "massively multiplayer" and more spectacular, helped in this by an always impressive Frostbite engine.
  10. 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.
  11. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 skips the campaign and sticks to what it does best: deep, fun multiplayer. The 128 player figure (on PC and next gen) ensures the most spectacular battles in the series, and we love Battlefield Portal's nods to previous installments. The analyzed version had some minor bugs.
  12. Nov 16, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a fun and bold experience that shows that DICE really knows how to please shooter games fans.
  13. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 makes gutsy changes to a series that needed them, and sets a new standard for built-in custom mode support.
  14. Nov 15, 2021
    Expectations for Battlefield 2042 were high, very high. Unfortunately, the game has not yet been able to fully satisfy them at the start. Problems range from balancing issues in Hazard Zone mode to the lack of standard features such as an in-game voice chat. Any yet: In hardly any other DICE shooter have we experienced such entertaining, exciting and completely crazy multiplayer matches. In order to survive within the contested multiplayer market, DICE now has to optimize the fundamentally strong pillars of Battlefield 2042 step by step.
  15. Nov 14, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 brings us a package full of excitement and thrill in the modern Warfare of the near future and a blast from the past with Portal mode despite some technical issues you may encounter along the way which is pretty easy to forget once you’re immersed in the gameplay.
  16. Nov 11, 2021
    Whether it's the number of weapons or maps, the quantities are more than enough for the release of Battlefield. It is rare to change weapons; once you find your "heart" weapon, you never let go of it, except for a few exceptions. Battlefield 2042 has a bright future ahead of it due to the developers' complete coverage of the game for a full year. If players feel that there is a lack of content, remember that seasons will bring new game modes, new maps, but also new specialists. Hazard Zone and Portal mode are a welcome boost to the license, and it's great to see that Battlefield is still able to deliver new and exciting content.
  17. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is clearly a good vintage. Let it be said, it's very pleasant to get your hands on such a generous opus. The developers of DICE and Ripple Effect Studios were keen to please neophytes but also unconditional fans. The recipe works despite a few small problems such as the insufficient number of maps or even some gameplay issues related to specialists, weapon balancing or the spacialization of footsteps. The title being keen to expand via its future Battlepass, it will be necessary to judge the content over the long term to see whether or not the content is up to par. But as it stands, we are facing a Battlefield worthy of the name.
  18. 80
    Battlefield 2042 feels like a game made specifically for Battlefield fans. Multiplayer is fast-paced and chaotic, and while new modes like Hazard Zone and Portal are a mixed bag, they provide an excellent foundation for the game to build on going forward.
  19. Nov 11, 2021
    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.
  20. Nov 11, 2021
    A great shooter, Battlefield 2042 offers an even bigger all-out war, staying true to the tenets that made the series popular.
  21. Nov 11, 2021
    The franchise is back, and this time with a slightly different approach. No single player, and the focus is on large scale battles and creating your own experiences in Battlefield Portal. This works out well, as the unprecedented scale and dynamic gameplay is very good. It is also more accessible than ever before, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Hazard Zone mode is also a valuable addition, and the possibilities with Portal are endless. All good news, but keep in mind that there will be bugs, unstable frame rates and lag. In other words, the basis is very good, but it can still use some polishing.
  22. Nov 11, 2021
    Heading in a multiplayer-only direction, 2042 offers a unique blend of experiences that combines classic Battlefield sensibilities with fresh new ideas, making for a game filled with exciting content to explore whether you’re a returning veteran or a series newbie.
  23. Nov 16, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a gorgeous FPS but it fails to provide a polished and deep experience that we expect from a premium AAA game.
  24. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is proof that the classics it incorporates through Portal offer a better image of the essence of the saga compared to the All-Out Warfare experience.
  25. Dec 6, 2021
    The gameplay continues to be chaotic and the team-playing vibes are almost non-existent if you’re not playing together with friends. Portal is pretty much the only solid selling point right now, and unless the new Battlefield urgently receives massive improvements, it could easily turn into one of the biggest disappointments of the year.
  26. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 immediately shows enormous potential, fueled by a playful structure that hosts very thick modes and truly promising innovations. Unfortunately, DICE's latest work is also one of the most disorganized chapters of the series, as spectacular as it is strewn with imbalances and lightness, which affect the choral rendering of an offer that still fails to give the best of itself.
  27. Nov 22, 2021
    Overall, there isn’t much content to even write about with Battlefield 2042. There’s 7 maps in the base game (this doesn’t include the 6 maps available in Portal, because those are just direct pulls from their respective original games), and 3 game modes to choose from. The game is enjoyable, but it doesn’t do much to stand out from the last few iterations of the series and without a campaign, feels like it’s lacking in content. Hopefully some updates and adjustments can help clear up some of the issues I experienced, especially with the balancing in the Breakthrough mode. As it stands, if you’re looking for just more Battlefield, but with a different setting, this is a good option. If you’ve not been a big fan of Battlefield in the past, or at least in the recent past entries, I don’t think they’ve changed enough here to change your mind.
  28. Nov 15, 2021
    If you’re a longtime Battlefield fan or just seeking a new FPS to get lost in, there’s a great deal of fun to be had here. But in its current state, 2042 falls just short of being one of the best multiplayer titles in recent years.
  29. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has not become the Battlefield to end all Battlefields that some hoped for. Hopefully most players can see the game for what it is: a decent modern multiplayer shooter and a fickle DIY kit.
  30. Nov 20, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 contains a great multiplayer shooter sandbox that is buried under half-baked game design, bugs and performance issues.
  31. Feb 15, 2022
    All in all, Battlefield 2042 has been a real labour of love for me. The initial launch was remarkably underbaked, but I can’t deny the enjoyment that comes from firing a rocket launcher into a tornado. This may not be the best FPS multiplayer game available, and there are still plenty of issues that need ironing out, but there are occasionally some thrilling moments that you won’t be able to experience in the likes of Call of Duty or Fortinte. It remains frustrating having to pay full price for a multiplayer game, but if you’re already a fan of the franchise and don’t mind missing out on the campaign, you’ll likely enjoy yourself here. The nostalgic aspect of Portal mode will also draw fans in, and of course, the 4K graphics make it very pretty game, even if it has its cracks.
  32. Nov 23, 2021
    What's really impressive in Battlefield 2042 is the variety that's on offer. It lets you play a bunch of different kinds of FPS experiences--in different game modes, in different Portal rule sets, and even in the same match as you switch between characters. Portal lets you relive the Battlefield games of the past, but on the 2042 side, DICE has cherry-picked from popular trends like hero shooters and battle royales. The best part is that, mostly, it has done a really effective job of curating those additions so that they bring more to what players already like about Battlefield, rather than change what already works.
  33. Nov 23, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is inconsistent. The maps and vehicular combat are top tier, while the specialists and redesigned scorecard diminish teamwork. Hazard Zone does its best to offset these issues, but playing without a dedicated squad can be tricky. Portal opens the window to what could be a brighter future for the franchise, and hopefully DICE adds meaningful updates to the service at a steady rate. Battlefield 2042 has a long and windy road ahead, and only time will define its lasting legacy. As of this moment, all but the most dedicated veterans should probably wait and see how things shake out.
  34. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has the potential to be a fantastic Battlefield game, but its server problems really put a damper on it. At this point, wait for a couple more patches before checking it out.
  35. Nov 22, 2021
    Lots of things in Battlefield 2042 does not work the way it's supposed to. There's a lot of issues, and that's to be expected, unfortunately. Still, the foundations are solid, and if everything worked well, the final grade would be higher. After a few months of fixes, the game will work better. However, even now, I'm having tons of fun.
  36. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042's highpoint is its powerful Portal mode, which lets you relive the series' past glories and tweak them to your liking. Its current batch of modes is overstuffed with players and utter chaos, though Hazard Zone scales things down in an interesting, high-stakes way.
  37. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is the result of an attempted offensive on multiple fronts. All-out War is the major victim of this strategy with several questionable design issues that detract from the experience. Hazard Zone is a solid mode that plays it safe, without risking the formula established by other games, while Portal shines by bringing back the best moments of the old Battlefield games. Made with longevity in mind, Dice has an uphill battle with Battlefield 2042.
  38. Nov 17, 2021
    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.
  39. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 should have been a massive, triumphant return for the series but, as much as it scratches that itch for both small and large scale combat, it brings some unnecessary changes to its core formula while missing the mark with some of its ambitious new features. With enough support, the great first-person shooter underneath might fully surface in a few months’ time, but properly enjoying it at launch requires jumping through several hoops.
  40. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a strong foundation for future expansion. DICE's multiplayer-only FPS has scale and spectacle, but there are elements in need of careful refinement and optimization.
  41. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 had the Matchball against Call of Duty in 2021. When Fans were disappointed about the first look on Vanguard, Battlefield came as the Savior. But they dropped the Ball. Battlefield 2042 is a good game with great moments, but behind every new design decision is a big, fat “BUT”. The new Specialists are a great way to diversify the Gameplay and gives freedom to the players, BUT they kill the Teamplay with this new freedom. Hazard Zone has some great moments in it, BUT the devs forgot motivational systems for gamers to play it long time. The Gameplay is a good mix of the best Battlefields, BUT there are bugs all over the place. That’s all things that can be managed with patches and content updates in the future, but that should not be the standard for a release version. If DICE and EA would have delayed Battlefield 2042 maybe for six months, they could have made a masterpiece. Now it’s another blow in the buggy reputation of the franchise.
  42. Nov 16, 2021
    This near-future sequel has all the components it needs to become a classic entry in the multiplayer series, but it feels like 2042 is many updates away from reaching its full potential.
  43. Nov 15, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a good foundation to build upon, but for now the game lacks content and feels rushed. You’ll probably enjoy if you’re a big fan of the series, but if you’re not, you would be better off elsewhere or, at least, waiting for more content to be added and bugs to be fixed.
  44. Nov 14, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has a strong core and has the potential to be one of the best games in the series. However, balancing quirks, performance issues, and some fundamental design decisions are holding it back from true greatness.
  45. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 should have been a triumphant return of the franchise and developer. In some respects, Battlefield 2042 delivers on its promises thanks to fantastic gameplay, a suite of new features and improvements, and a presentation that looks as good as it plays. Unfortunately, the game falls short just as much, if not more.
  46. Nov 29, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 changes the franchise formula considerably but brings no real improvements. While it has added flexibility with specialists and the Portal mode, the balance issues, poor maps, technical problems, and missing features keep it from reaching the heights of its predecessors.
  47. 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.
  48. Dec 3, 2021
    I can say that the decision to switch classes for specialists has met with a metric crapton of criticism on the interwebs, and in that I’m in agreement with the masses – thus far, about 20 hours in, all the specialists play the same to me, though I think most people will gravitate towards either the wingsuit or the grappling hook as being the most fun to play with. I suspect more content is coming – at least more maps, but hopefully more modes, and maybe some AI opponents for single player opportunities – in which case this game may grow into something good (but you’ll have to buy the year one pass to get it). But as it stands, at the price it stands at, I can’t recommend it.
  49. Nov 29, 2021
    When Battlefield 2042 works, it works well and can be fun but it sadly feels like this game really should have been delayed again with all of its issues.
  50. Dec 6, 2021
    Bugs, technical issues and lags simply hold this game back from being a solid FPS. The gunplay is good and some of the maps are really great, but the game lacks some of the things that made Battlefield, Battlefield.
  51. Dec 6, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is huge. In its best moments enormously fun, but just as often enormously frustrating, stressful and difficult to understand. All levers are at max in this game, which is a clear change from the previous games in the series. Whether you will like it or not is impossible to answer.
  52. Nov 29, 2021
    I am hopeful that 2042 will be a more interesting Battlefield game at some point next year, but having been through varying degrees of rough launches with this series - from BF 2142 through BF 5 - I can’t say I have the stamina to perform the dance of chastising DICE for technical problems and missing features, only to turn around and celebrate when the game is inevitably ‘good now, actually’ a year into it.
  53. Nov 28, 2021
    Up to 128 players, regardless of whether they play on PC, PS5 or Xbox Series, can take on each other online at the same time in epic battles. Getting that done without too much lag and hiccups is a technical feat and works wonderfully. Too bad the amount of bugs in our test version was too high to make the game really excel.
  54. Nov 23, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a fun enough time, but DICE needs to work hard if it wants to take the unrefined ideas found here and turn it into something that feels like a worthy successor to the Battlefield legacy.
  55. Nov 20, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is an ambitious shooter that features the excellent Portal mode-creation tool, as well as a few, cool game types. Unfortunately, technical issues and balance problems mean that you may want to hold off buying the game until EA Dice irons out the kinks.
  56. Nov 19, 2021
    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.
  57. Nov 16, 2021
    After spending time with each of the three modes in Battlefield 2042, none of them are worth purchasing the game for in its current state. All-Out Warfare loses focus of what makes Battlefield games fun and feels lethargic to play. Hazard Zone feels like an afterthought that’s merely included as a box-checking exercise. Portal shows the most promise, but mostly serves as a bittersweet reminder of how great the series once was.
  58. Nov 15, 2021
    There's a good game to be found within the Battlefield 2042 and fun to be had as the spectacle of Battlefield's signature gameplay is taken to new, more expansive heights, but it's marred by a handful of unsuccessful gameplay design changes, hurriedly implemented features and bugs at launch.
  59. Nov 15, 2021
    Battlefield 2042‘s biggest problem is it tries to deliver power to the players at the expense of everything else. However, when every player is exceptional all of the time, the end result is that everything just appears altogether ordinary. Beautiful graphics and some incredibly well-done remakes of earlier games can’t stop this Battlefield from being a disappointment.
  60. Nov 25, 2021
    When Battlefield 2042 hits, it sparkles in explosive mayhem. The three different pillars of the multiplayer shooter each have their own potential, but are each plagued by feelings of 'just not' — or rather: 'not yet'. Be it the many technical defects or the sometimes ill-considered game elements: Battlefield 2042 leaves a lot to the service component to further polish things up.
  61. 50
    Battlefield 2042 mixes muddy combat, poor performance, and bind-boggling design choices for one of the series' most underbaked offerings yet.
  62. Nov 29, 2021
    While I did enjoy quite a lot of my time in Battlefield 2042 (especially in the new Hazard Zone mode), there are a mix of gameplay, technical, and functionality issues of varying severity that really hamper the experience. This game is somewhat recommendable to Battlefield fans and those with a general interest in military-style shooters, but there is a strong chance that the game’s current flaws are going to really limit the potential for many. Because of this, if you’re considering this game, you may want to wait for a patch or two before you deploy to the battlefield.
  63. Nov 19, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has a serious identity crisis. It clearly wants to be like Call of Duty: Warzone, with its overreliance on fast-quip Specialists that will serve as mannequins for endless cosmetic microtransactions. It also wants to grab some of the audience who religiously play Hunt: Showdown or Escape from Tarkov with its undercooked Hazard Zone mode. Finally, it also wants to be Battlefield to what’s left of a dedicated fan base that’s been left to watch the franchise chase the tail of its competitors for years. We loved Battlefield because it wasn’t Call of Duty or Counter-Strike or Fortnite or Apex or any other popular shooter. This mismanaged project clearly needed more time in the oven and a cohesive design that works to Battlefield’s strengths rather than a game attempting to be multiple things to multiple audiences. In a year where so many releases have been marred by a lack of polish and bugs, Battlefield 2042 may be the biggest offender.
  64. Nov 29, 2021
    Despite trying to present itself as an advancement of the series, Battlefield 2042 instead feels like a severe dumbing-down. The Battlefield Portal offers some familiar fun, but it’s just not enough to warrant buying the game.
  65. Nov 11, 2021
    In a world where developers are getting used to working from home and games are being pushed back due to the global pandemic, EA decided that Battlefield 2042 was ready for this year. It’s not.
  66. Dec 23, 2021
    The weakest first-person shooter in the history of DICE. Even, by some miracle, the studio manages to fix the most glaring mistakes and reanimate the abysmal netcode, this game will not become Battlefield at its core.
  67. Dec 13, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is trying to be a distillation of what the first-person shooter genre has become in recent times, while also not committing to any single vision, let alone one that Battlefield can claim ownership of.
  68. Dec 3, 2021
    Evidently, Battlefield 2042 was not ahead of schedule. The game greatly suffers from an incapacity to fundamentally understand what makes Battlefield a Battlefield game. EA and DICE failed to understand the assignment: this game is not what long time Battlefield veterans want to play.
  69. Nov 30, 2021
    In my opinion, especially with all of the bugs, you should save your money on this one or wait until a heavily discounted sale. Maybe in a year or so they’ll iron out some of the issues that plagued its release and work on the “fun factor”, but it just isn’t there right now for this reviewer to feel comfortable recommending it to our readers or friends.
  70. Nov 25, 2021
    I genuinely believe that Battlefield 2042 will one day be the game it's trying to be. It has everything it should need to become a go-to game for me and a group of friends. Right now though, it's just not ready for that mantle. Fixes are desperately needed that can bring Battlefield 2042 to its full potential.
  71. Nov 24, 2021
    My hope is that we’ll look back at this launch and laugh, remembering that a great game began on such a shoogly peg. For now, the best fun is found in the sideshows. On the main stage of its chaotic 128-player showdowns, it stumbles.
  72. Nov 18, 2021
    The real lesson here is to stop releasing unfinished games, whether that’s server woes, optimisation issues, immersion-shattering bugs or, as is additionally the case with Battlefield 2042, an undercooked core gameplay offering that would have benefited from at least another year in the oven.
  73. Nov 18, 2021
    At its best it's action filled and grand in every way, but most of the time you'll struggle with game-breaking bugs or even getting into a match without the game crashing. Hopefully DICE will be able to save this beast with time, but it will demand a lot of work, and an expansion of its most exciting mode, Battlefield Portal.
  74. Nov 16, 2021
    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 23, 2021
    If it wasn't clear by now, Battlefield 2042 is a mess in more ways than should be reasonably expected, with the laundry list above barely scratching the surface of its wreckage (I didn't even mention lag, persistent server issues, no game search, or countless other concerns). But for all the failures, missing elements, and bizarre revisions, the most telling thing I can say about it is also one of the simplest: I rarely wanted to keep playing.
  2. Nov 19, 2021
    There are some neat new toys while Portal delivers the series at its best, but 2042 launches as the weakest Battlefield in some time.
  3. Nov 11, 2021
    Given the breadth of exciting content to play, including Portal’s six classic maps like Battlefield 3’s Caspian Border and 1942’s Battle of the Bulge, this entry is an easy recommendation for fans of the series. If you’re on the fence about purchasing Battlefield 2042 at launch, you can look forward to my full review in the coming days. [Review in Progress]
  4. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 will split opinion. Some will love the new stuff, others will hate it. Some will use it as a gateway to get the biggest nostalgia hit they can. The game EA and DICE have created here is more like a toolset to make your own fun than a great game in its own right. Does that make it a good game if it relies so much on community involvement? We’ll find out... [Review in Progress]
  5. Nov 11, 2021
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Dec 13, 2021
    The word “unfinished” gets thrown around a lot these days, often simply to refer to a game that is lacking in a bit of polish, or is missing a feature or two that fans wanted. But Battlefield 2042 truly feels unfinished, as though every menu screen and transition to a new map is a placeholder for something more final yet to come.
  7. Nov 11, 2021
    There’s still nothing quite like being in the middle of a massive firefight with dozens of players, while jets strafe the ground around you, and a tank rumbles over a hilltop only 50 feet away. DICE has been in search of that old Battlefield magic for more than a decade, and Battlefield 2042 comes extremely close. But 2042, at least so far, rarely manages to be much more than that. It doesn’t feel like a real step forward for the franchise, or a meaningful update on a 20-year old formula. As of now, I’m still waiting for that next big leap. [Early Impressions]
  8. I really wanted to like it, but right now I see Battlefield 2042's little logo and I simply don't trust it. This game needs time. Time to untangle those performance issues and perhaps tweak Hazard Zone’s economy. Portal needs time to save it from the maw of XP farming servers. Whether I’ve got the patience is another matter, entirely. Simply put: this is a game that doesn't seem ready yet.
  9. Nov 12, 2021
    It was wise of EA to end the press event with Portal and specifically with throwback games, because that's exactly how Portal seemed to function for me and the people I was playing with: it was an escape from the mediocrity of Battlefield 2042 into the greatest moments of the series' past. Next to that, Battlefield 2042’s may never have stood a chance, but without Portal, I'm not sure Battlefield could survive its latest entry. As it is, both have a long way to go before either leads to a good Battlefield experience, much less a classic one.
  10. Nov 11, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 feels like the most complete Battlefield game yet, mainly thanks to the incredible depth provided by Battlefield Portal and the brand new Hazard Mode, even though it is unclear whether it'll be enough to draw flocks of new players to the franchise. [Review in Progress]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4783 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 14, 2021
    This has nothing to do with Battlefield.

    No scoreboards. No classes. No destruction. No servers. No stats. No chat. The weapons omg. There
    This has nothing to do with Battlefield.

    No scoreboards.
    No classes.
    No destruction.
    No servers.
    No stats.
    No chat.
    The weapons omg. There are literally only 4 ARs. Wtf is this?
    It tries to be a mix of Warzone, Fortnite, R6 Siege, Apex and so on.

    The cringe after game lines.

    This is an unfinished, unpolished and broken game.
    Do not buy this until everything is fixed!
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  2. Nov 13, 2021
    Things we lost in BF2042

    Scoreboard CLASSES All chat A server browser for the main modes KD A stat page more than 100fps
    Things we lost in BF2042

    All chat
    A server browser for the main modes
    A stat page
    more than 100fps
    Squad switching that isnt random
    Persistent community servers
    UI info like damage done to infantry/vehicles
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  3. Nov 14, 2021
    Ok, i love Battlefield normaly but this is NOT Battlefield anymore

    this is some kind of mix between Apex,Warzone and maybe 15% Battlefield,
    Ok, i love Battlefield normaly but this is NOT Battlefield anymore

    this is some kind of mix between Apex,Warzone and maybe 15% Battlefield, in a bad way. I can see already the cashgrab that will happen in some weeks...
    the gunplay is one of the worst i have ever seen in a FPS game.
    the hardware requiered for it to run in a normal framrate is a joke. i got a 3080 and a 3900x with 32gb ram 3600mhz on a m.2 980pro and it runs so bad on 1440p that you could think my hardware is old, like 10 years old or more. Around 60-80fps, its a joke.

    bugs are everywhere, glitching thru the ground, airborne tanks, crabwalking soldiers, ground snifing soldiers running at super speed.
    the sound is terrible, you dont hear from where someone is coming. you only hear footsteps but cant say the direction. its pathetic, feels like 2006....

    this game needs months to get fixed, and if they "maybe" are able to pull a 180 with that game, i bet the game will be EOL already.

    the only "good" thing about Battlefield 2042 is Portal, and without that i would give the game 0 points. End of Blablabla

    2/10 Pathetic
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