Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. PLAY
    Feb 23, 2022
    Despite a traditionally rocky launch, the latest Battlefield proves itself one of the best in the series. Tell Edwin Starr we found out what war is good for. [Issue#9, p.72]
  2. 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.
  3. Nov 18, 2021
    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.
  4. Nov 20, 2021
    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.
  5. Feb 24, 2022
    While the repetition and lack of content cooled my enthusiasm a bit, I am excited to see where DICE can take Battlefield 2042 from here — if current industry trends hold, I’m confident this will be a strong addition to my already-full shooter rotation after a few months of additions and updates.
  6. Nov 22, 2021
    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.
  7. Nov 18, 2021
    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.
  8. Edge Magazine
    Dec 30, 2021
    As nostalgic joys go, though, it's a damning one. [Issue#367, p.106]
  9. Nov 20, 2021
    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.
  10. Nov 18, 2021
    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.
  11. Nov 18, 2021
    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.
  12. Nov 16, 2021
    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.
  13. Nov 15, 2021
    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.
  14. Nov 14, 2021
    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.
  15. Dec 7, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is technically an unfinished game that just has dozens of problems on both visual and technical levels. It poses some questionable gameplay changes, some good, some bad, but it still presents itself as a dash of fresh air with great modes like Portal and Hazard Zone. Sadly, it has so many problems on mentioned levels, with really disappointing “bloom” during shooting, that it poses itself as a pretty bad experience overall and it is really hard to recommend to anyone until it gets patched or gets additional content in the future.
  16. Dec 6, 2021
    Plagued with many problems and a lot of questionable design choices, Battlefield 2042 is not what fans of the franchise are used to get by DICE. We look forward to many changes and optimizations so that the game will truly deliver what was initially promised.
  17. Nov 30, 2021
    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.
  18. Nov 29, 2021
    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.
  19. The problem with Battlefield 2042 isn’t a short supply of [Battlefield] moments, it’s the flimsy and frustrating connective tissue between them.
  20. Dec 10, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is nothing short of a rip-off, and screams of EA trying to see what they can get away with this generation. Overpriced, yet devoid of the content to justify its next-gen premium, it will leave franchise fans feeling insulted. Make no mistake, anyone looking to get into Battlefield should look elsewhere, or risk letting a lacklustre first impression sour their perception of what is otherwise one of the most premiere first-person shooters in the genre - which frankly just makes 2042's lack of content, lack of a campaign, and lack of polish all the more frustrating. Battlefield's legacy deserves better than EA squandering DICE's potential by launching a major title in a clearly unfinished state. Battlefield 2042 is a beta masquerading as a AAA release.
  21. Nov 30, 2021
    t’s broken, it’s stripped of content, it’s just plain boring. The worst Battlefield of the modern era.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1255 Ratings

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  1. Nov 14, 2021
    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
    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. Dec 4, 2021
    Battlefeild 1, a game that is 5 years old, has better graphics, better design, better class system, better maps, better sound. BattlefeildBattlefeild 1, a game that is 5 years old, has better graphics, better design, better class system, better maps, better sound. Battlefeild 2042 is a culmination of years of dice throwing excrement at the wall and see what sticks. Full Review »