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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. 80
    As it stands now, Battlefield 2042 is a formidable and enjoyable shooter that once again delivers on the series promise of peerless open world combat theatre in a way that no other series or franchise has managed to match. It's just a shame that while Battlefield 2042 looks to the future for its setting, so too must players for the short-term as EA and DICE scramble to fix what could potentially be the best Battlefield in years.
  2. Nov 18, 2021
    80
    An odd, but admirably experimental AAA game, which offers plenty of epic scale action at launch but whose true worth will probably only be revealed in the months to come.
  3. Nov 20, 2021
    78
    Battlefield 2042 is a solid shooter that sadly suffers from a lot of technical problems, including bugs, glitches and a lot of visual inconsistencies. It's a game that has a lot of potential and offers a fun & team-oriented experience, but at the same time it lacks some key futures that, for no apparent reason, just don't exist. It's a hard game to recommend at the moment, but hopefully it will get better with time.
  4. Nov 22, 2021
    70
    Battlefield 2042 is a good game at its core. It’s fun, frantic, and as engrossing as Battlefield has ever been. While the launch has been filled with a myriad of technical issues that I failed to mention in this review, those are sure to be ironed out over the next few months. The main issues I have with 2042 are some of its inherent design decisions. The majority of maps are too large to be impactful, the Specialist system has taken away a core aspect of what makes Battlefield work as a franchise, and the tone of the game is often at odds with itself. But through it all, I’m still enjoying my time blowing sh*t up, screaming and laughing with friends, and making more of those Battlefield memories.
  5. Nov 18, 2021
    70
    When your squad is working together, Battlefield 2042 feels amazing. If you go at it alone or if your team ditches you along the way, the game feels too big to make you feel like you’re making an impact. As impressive as it looks, this shooter needs some love to polish off its rough edges and it needs a dedicated community of players to help its Portal mode achieve its true potential.
  6. Nov 20, 2021
    60
    I wouldn’t say that Battlefield 2042 is the worst iteration in this series because it does add some new gameplay and brings back elements like complete loadout customization from previous iterations. But as of right now, a lot of the gameplay is skewed, and the weapons, attachments, and vehicles don’t really feel like they work as they should. As a triple-A game, I expect better.
  7. Nov 18, 2021
    60
    Battlefield 2042 brings its share of greatness to the franchise, like the excellent Hazard Zone mode, but the usual bugs, the half-baked Conquest mode and some gameplay rollback are weighing on the general quality of this new iteration.
  8. Nov 18, 2021
    60
    Battlefield 2042 is disjointed and incomplete at launch, but it's impossible to deny it still has that magic spark that made past entries thrive. There aren't enough maps and one too many bugs and glitches get in the way of the fun. However, with the excellent Portal mode to bolster it, Battlefield 2042 does just enough to get us on board. While we wish so many things were better, nothing else does it quite like Battlefield.
  9. Nov 16, 2021
    60
    With all of the potential of an awesome futuristic FPS game at their fingertips, DICE and EA drop the ball on Battlefield 2042 with mediocre multiplayer, server issues and no solo campaign. Great ideas and great graphics can only go so far without a great execution.
  10. Nov 15, 2021
    60
    Battlefield 2042 feels like it could become a cool game, but it’s tantalizingly out of reach today. There’s enough promise with the satisfying-when-it-works gunplay, large-scale chaos (that’s starting to feel more controlled over time), and fantastic legacy Battlefield content in Portal that I’ll stick around for a bit. It didn’t have to be this way, though.
  11. Nov 14, 2021
    60
    Portal and Hazard Zone save 2042 from being a real low point in the series, which has swapped iconic, high octane moments for needless scale, without filling in any of that space.
  12. Nov 30, 2021
    50
    Disappointing is the best way to describe Battlefield 2042. It can be fun at times, but also frustrating and downright dull. Its maps are impressive in scale, with weather effects that are a sight to behold. But they’re just too big, filled with vast open spaces that don’t do the game any favours. Mix in a variety of bugs and unfortunate design decisions, and you have the weakest Battlefield game in years. Can it be turned around? Possibly. But whether you’re a fan of the series or not, you’re definitely better off waiting for it to receive some more updates before you jump in.
  13. Nov 29, 2021
    50
    Battlefield 2042 isn't just a lackluster Battlefield game, it's a bad FPS in general. It's an overcorrect after Battlefield 5's marketing was criticized for its "out-there" CGI trailers. It isn't clear what Battlefield 2042 is, or even what it wants to be, beyond a bland step back. One can hope for meaningful content updates later down the line, but the ship is sinking before even leaving port.
  14. The problem with Battlefield 2042 isn’t a short supply of [Battlefield] moments, it’s the flimsy and frustrating connective tissue between them.
  15. Nov 30, 2021
    40
    t’s broken, it’s stripped of content, it’s just plain boring. The worst Battlefield of the modern era.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 946 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 14, 2021
    10
    Portal alone is a dream. It needs a little more polish but it runs pretty smooth with almost no bugs on PS5 already, just a few glitches herePortal alone is a dream. It needs a little more polish but it runs pretty smooth with almost no bugs on PS5 already, just a few glitches here and there. Best launch I remember of a Battlefield. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2021
    3
    Good bye Battlefield, my old friend [*] Nothing what every BF fan like. Another generic shooter made only for $$$ DICE have new super allGood bye Battlefield, my old friend [*] Nothing what every BF fan like. Another generic shooter made only for $$$ DICE have new super all trends follower game like millions other... Bye. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2021
    0
    This is Battlefield V 2.0, with Call of Duty hero-shooter mechanics, an engine that is subpar and worse than Battlefield 1's Frostbite 3, tealThis is Battlefield V 2.0, with Call of Duty hero-shooter mechanics, an engine that is subpar and worse than Battlefield 1's Frostbite 3, teal tint everywhere, less destruction than Battlefield 1, scale issues where factory buildings feel like they are one-storey houses, awful character reskins for the sole purpose of making a marketplace to sell garbage, literally no weaponry, failed faction system where "no-pats" fight for USA or Russia when it goes against the plot they have come up with, you must magdump literally everything to get kills, a specialist system which will mean there is no official hardcore mode coming because everyone will look alike, and lastly no campaign.

    Portal is a great mode, however because of the limitations of this engine's installment it does not look visually appealing at all.

    Be very wary of EA/DICE's online only "games as service" model, as seen with Titanfall 2's hackerfest, Anthem, Battlefront 2's cancellation of online service development, and Battlefield V's cancellation of development. EA and DICE have a track record that is very concerning and have a lack of talent.

    I would recommend EA/DICE completely gut the entire development teams and start from scratch.
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