Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
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  1. It looks great, has fun characters, a load of interesting weaponry, and works nicely whether you’re playing alone or with a squad. The campaign lasts long enough to feel fulfilling, and the multiplayer kept me coming back once that was complete.
  2. After a tour of duty in B-Company you might be ruined for all your previous war games, and if future games don’t allow you to blast apart the levels, brick by brick how can they hope to compare.
  3. Battlefield: Bad Company is one of the most entertaining shooters ever released.
  4. The extreme polish evident in the final product makes it all worthwhile. Both single- and multiplayer shine - at long last redeeming DICE for the crappy bot-fests offline players had to endure in previous games in the series. [July 2008, p.82]
  5. Battlefield: Bad Company knows what it wants to do and does it. The gameplay is simple and easy to wrap your mind around, but opens up to a lot of different strategies. The explosions are visceral and fun, and the game looks great too.
  6. Overall Battlefield Bad Company is a great game and a step up from the previous Battlefield title on the 360.
  7. It may lack the finesse in the single-player that some similar titles have, but it does a great job of making you feel the part as you roll into combat with guns blazing, your squad hooting and bellowing behind you. Add to this the multiplayer which is well rounded and realistic, yet big on the fun, and you have a great experience which could ultimately have you playing for months and months.
  8. 90
    One could easily say that Bad Company expands the genre itself with its combination of great story, destructible environment and surprisingly deep single-mode multiplayer. Throw in DICE's promises of future (free) content and this is one game that just might meet your wildest desires for both blowing things up and online competition.
  9. 90
    Dynamic action, tons of features, and highly-detailed visuals come together for the first significant step forward of console first-person shooters since "Halo: Combat Evolved." While there are a few minor quibbles, you're assured to become addicted to Bad Company's twitch gameplay.
  10. Seeing as how most military first-person shooters take themselves dead seriously, it's refreshing to see Battlefield: Bad Company's dark sense of humor.
  11. Huge, immersive and always intense, Battlefield: Bad Company proves that you may not need the prettiest graphics in the world or design the most original game in order to provide one of the most essential purchases on 360 this year so far.
  12. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    Taking apart buildings bit-by-bit is a game in itself and the gigantic, varied and incredibly realistic landscape provides the perfect setting for some spot-on warfare that’s let down, only slightly, by a health system that wouldn’t make anyone fear the reaper. Watch Bad Company in action and you will be shell shocked.
  13. Battlefield Bad Company is one of very few shooters to come out this summer for the Xbox 360 out of a collection of so many overall, but Battlefield Bad Company surely isn't going to be the breaking point for this genre as its dark humour and explosive gameplay is keeping us thirsty for more.
  14. It’s not as often as we’d like that a shooter comes along in which can you plough through the single player and then spend many more hours in the multiplayer without feeling like you’ve seen and done it all before. Battlefield: Bad Company is definitely one of those games, and the tongue-in-cheek tone and dialogue of the game is perfectly matched to the intense and chaotic action.
  15. The most important aspect to fans of the series is obliviously going to be how the game performs in multiplayer, which rest assured is fantastic.
  16. It may not surpass the game-of-the-year quality of Call of Duty 4, but certainly is a very good alternative, especially for those looking to fight the online battle with vehicular manslaughter as part of their killing repertoire.
  17. Bad Company represents a new direction for the Battlefield series, and it makes its debut as a console exclusive with a building-blasting bang.
  18. Offers one of the best online experiences I have had for a long time and there is no let up in the action.
  19. The game’s biggest boon is the great destruction engine, which is not only technically impressive, but adds some great new elements to the gameplay. The missions are also very meaty and go on for a good long while, never letting up on the intensity level.
  20. Battlefield: Bad Company isn’t a revolution for the genre, for it offers typical Battlefield-Gameplay - and if you already loved its predecessors, you will love this one as well. Initially, what we get is a small evolutional step, and I hope that the competition will follow suit, because the destruction you can cause isn’t just looking great, it adds several new facets to the game.
  21. Controls and presentation in Bad Company are phenomenal. It is incredibly easy to switch between weapons and items.
  22. Battlefield: Bad Company doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does right.
  23. Games Master UK
    No big evolution but it delivers a tempting alternative to mondern combat. [Aug 2008, p.71]
  24. If you're looking for a shooter to carry you through the hot summer months, I highly recommend you enlist in Battlefield: Bad Company.
  25. 87
    Quite simply, it's easily the best shooter of the year thus far.
  26. The BF series finally gets some decent single-player attention, and the fantastic results make us wonder why DICE didn't try it out before.
  27. Impressive, that is all we got to say. Go grab this one before the AAA titles start raining on us this fall.
  28. 86
    The added storyline gives newfound depth to the formerly shallow single-player mode, despite the fact that the dramatization pales in comparison to what we’ve seen from "Call of Duty 4." Where Bad Company truly shines is in its multiplayer and the technology that drives the game forward.
  29. The single player campaign is fantastic for someone who is new to FPS gaming. Stuff blows up nicely, you have an insta-heal device, and easy is incredibly easy. There is a story, it’s funny in parts and it’s not all Rah-rah!
  30. 85
    Bold and bright in tone, it’s blockbuster fare that combines DICE’s first-person expertise with a small sprinkling of innovation that’s enough to ensure it’s a perfect way to shoot the summer breeze.
  31. The most fun, addictive shooter released so far this year. While far from perfect, the intense sandbox warfare is something that you have to experience. Dice calls it tactical destruction. We call it explosive fun.
  32. The writing is good, the characters are great, and the destructible environment actually plays an integral role in the game, rather than just serving as a claim to place on a sticker to move copies at Wal-Mart.
  33. 85
    Battlefield: Bad Company's legacy will most definitely be its satisfying use of tactical destruction. The single player campaign is good but not great, but it's multiplayer provides some of the best action that money can buy.
  34. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    A new incursion of the Battlefield franchise on the console turf that manages to surprise us, mainly because of the consistent solo campaign. Even if it doesn’t offer the same intensity and cinematic flair as Call of Duty 4 (although it has an excellent destruction engine). And, of course, as far as online is concerned, Bad Company doesn’t disappoint. [July 2008]
  35. Bad Company boasts a competent and fairly entertaining single player mode but their multiplayer mode is most definitely their fundamental selling point. One of the best multiplayer modes and battle systems on the Xbox 360 as far as I’m concerned.
  36. Battlefield Bad Company is a great game and continues the excellent fun found in every game in the Battlefield series that I've played so far.
  37. The well designed campaign is undeniably a good thing and the online format is solid as ever.
  38. Bad Company set out to deliver a successful single-player campaign, and it succeeds. This isn’t a unique feat and it’s not a new high standard, but it’s definitely a first for the series.
  39. Overall the open sandbox style of gameplay and allowing you the non-linear gameplay to complete the mission in your own way works very well.
  40. The single player delivers, but is a fairly one-trick pony that provides roughly 7 hours of mindless fun punctuated with genuinely funny dialog.
  41. Battlefield: Bad Company may not be the award winner that COD 4 was, but it is damn near as entertaining and a lot easier to get into. This is a war game for the casual gamer who just wants to have fun blowing stuff up.
  42. Solid gameplay aside, strong characters coupled with occasional whiffs of Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now ultimately help Bad Company transcend its lineage.
  43. Battlefield: Bad Company provides some fantastic gameplay on and offline and features some of the best audio of any game in recent memory.
  44. The levels are massive - although there are only seven of them - and the sense of being in a conflict can only currently be matched by CoD4.
  45. The single player portion, while never less than hugely entertaining, stops short of true greatness thanks to a few fundamental design shortcuts which offer easy health restoring concepts seemingly at the expense of balanced AI. Some of this is irrelevant in the online mode, and the profound implications of a massively destructible environment make it a unique proposition in online gaming right now - albeit a riotous chaotic one.
  46. 80
    The real star of the game is the action, which becomes an explosion-filled thrill ride by the end that never gets old – thanks in part, no doubt, to its relatively short running time.
  47. It’s the perfect military shooter for Halo and Unreal Tournament players who find the Clancy titles too real to be fun.
  48. 80
    Battlefield: Bad Company is the most console-feeling Battlefield ever produced.
  49. Battlefield doesn’t put a scratch on Call of Duty 4 in either the multiplayer or single player departments, but it doesn’t really try to. Bad Company refuses to let you take it too seriously, and the constant humor and over-the-top gameplay blend together well to create a unique experience.
  50. On the technical side of things, there's really nothing bad we can say about this game.
  51. The single player campaign is beautifully mad, full of the insanity of modern warfare, huge explosions and action that always feels fresh and exciting.
  52. As a console exclusive, it delivers a great campaign with unique features that set it apart from the majority of first-person shooters on the platform.
  53. It’s the best multiplayer game to be released this year and is certainly up there with Call of Duty 4.
  54. games(TM)
    DICE offers a brief taste of a Battlefield game driven by story and characters, where the completion of objectives signifies more than reaching a dot on the radar without dying, but delivers a product that leaves you feeling much the same as any of its ancestors. [Aug 2008, p.94]
  55. Pelit (Finland)
    Battlefield Bad Company’s solo campaign has great characters and blowing stuff up is fun, even if it all does look quite fake. Still the action lacks the final kick for greatness, now it's merely good fun. Multiplayer is the true heart of the game and makes good use of the destructible environments. The weapons are a bit underpowered, otherwise multiplayer works great. [Aug 2008]
  56. 80
    Even though there are flaws in the game and there could be more variety in its offerings, I enjoyed the online play so much that I only grudgingly played through the singleplayer mode.
  57. Bad Company blasts the dust off of the Battlefield series with an excellent campaign. The game could be more extensive and the AI could be a little more sophisticated.
  58. Battlefield: Bad Company is the most enthralling online shooter for consoles to date, and a good role model for many of its PC brethren. While it’s hardly the best multiplayer offering in the Battlefield series, it will be remembered not for the weak single-player campaign or annoying details, but for destructive battles and great sense of humor.
  59. Fans of the first-person shooter genre will find that Battlefield: Bad Company is an all right game with a few interesting features that’ll keep their attention for a few days or so. But when you have played all of the eight maps and finish the lousy storyline, players will venture back to their favorite FPS – whatever it may be – after their short diversion through Bad Company.
  60. 75
    With a thumping sound and sudden cloud of dust, grenades erase whole sections of houses. Bullets, however, stop dead in the thinnest wood slat. But what Bad Company needs isn't a trip to a real-life firing range -- it's its inflexible A.I. that requires the lessons.
  61. In the end, Battlefield: Bad Company is by no means a bad first-person shooter, but it's also far from the best. Unfortunately, as it is, it's more likely to get lost in the sea of shooters that already line the shelves.
  62. 70
    While not a complete success, Battlefield: Bad Company has many plus points, and provides a limited but fun single-player campaign that, while not wholly original, does have some memorable moments.
  63. It's accessible, it's fun and its destruction is novel enough to keep players entertained. If this was about breaking up the Rainbow Six Vegas and G.R.A.W. stranglehold on the squad combat genre, it hasn't quite pulled it off. It's not bad company for the night; it's just not memorable company either.
  64. Nevertheless, a Battlefield-lite experience with the Frostbite engine will be an appealing prospect for many Xbox 360 and PS3 owners and likely to become a popular online title in the most played lists.
  65. Edge Magazine
    Bad Company’s multiplayer happily checks off the expectations the series has created. [Aug 2008, p.90]
  66. It has destruction, character and ambience by the truckload, but it should have learned to walk before it started running.
  67. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Fun enough, but not the facelift we were hoping for. Plus, online totally carries it. [Sept 2008, p.70]
  68. Ultimately, Battlefield: Bad Company is a game that promises a lot but struggles to deliver more than a slightly above average FPS experience.
  69. The things that the title does right, it does well. Explosions are crisp, the autosaving is merciful, and the multiplayer is stable. Yet, there is a lot wrong with Bad Company. That list includes the driving, schizophrenic but miraculously expert marksman AI, plot holes you can drive a truck through, and signing your soul away for additional weapons.
  70. It’s got some fresh, entertaining details, and though the game experience is shallow and a little frustrating, you can hop into a mortar cannon and knock down an enemy entrenchment to make you feel better.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 316 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 316
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    I've owned this game for a long, long time now, but never wrote a review. Anyway, I use this game as a measuring stick for all other onlineI've owned this game for a long, long time now, but never wrote a review. Anyway, I use this game as a measuring stick for all other online FPSs. I'll compare COD and Crysis 2 to this game. Obviously, both fall WAY short of the mark. It confounds me. I've been playing online FPSs since Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. When that game came out (like 11 years ago), I thought the multiplayer was really cool. It's not so great, however, when COD releases a contemporary multiplayer FPS that mirrors those from over a decade ago. Anyway, tl;dr - Bad Company (and its successor, Bad Company 2) are far superior to all other online FPSs. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    The best Battlefield game for consoles, the best single player campaign in the series, alongside the addition of a new and entertaining gameThe best Battlefield game for consoles, the best single player campaign in the series, alongside the addition of a new and entertaining game mode called Gold Rush, Bad Company is a must have. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2013