Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. Nov 29, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a good game, capable of offering a fantastic war experience. Despite having great successes, it also has some flaws that tarnish the final result. However, with some adjustments, DICE's game could once again achieve the success of the classic games.
  2. Nov 29, 2021
    Apart from a few niggling bugs my overall experience of Battlefield 2042 was great. I had a blast sharpening my skills and learning the new mechanics of the game, like the addition of changing the capture points to sectors sometimes battling for 3 objectives in point A, bringing more tactics into your play. With a 10 hour trial thanks to Game Pass/EA Play subscriptions, I would highly recommend at the very least checking the game out this way – I think you’ll enjoy it!
  3. Nov 19, 2021
    While not all of the features Battlefield 2042 introduces are a hit, and the lack of a single-player component is a little disappointing, the game still manages to deliver the same spectacular skirmishes fans of the series crave with its explosive 128-player conflicts and satisfying selection of near-future weaponry and gadgets. Add to that the impressive Portal Mode, which has the potential to keep a steady stream of community-created content flowing, and Battlefield 2042 could very well keep your itchy trigger finger soothed for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the franchise looking to dominate the leaderboards or a greenhorn ready for your first tour of duty, Battlefield 2042 delivers something worth fighting for.
  4. Nov 25, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 had all the right cards to offer an incredible experience - huge maps, more players (bots included), destructive weather events and the promising Portal mode. It is, however, unfortunately incomplete due to technical glitches, missing features and senseless design choices. The potential to become one of the best episodes of the saga is there, but it will take time and many corrective updates.
  5. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has a great technical section and is really fun, but the lack of content makes it an empty title at launch.
  6. Nov 22, 2021
    Overall, a decent shooter that feels a little too overblown for its own good. It’s best elements lie in the past but there’s plenty here to get your teeth into and potentially dozens of hours of multiplayer fun for the winter months.
  7. Nov 19, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is far from perfect, but it isn’t bad. It’s fun to fight and it’s great to be able to drive vehicles across huge maps. Hell, it’s even enjoyable to crash a jet into some unsuspecting soldier on the ground. There are bugs, but patches are planned so hope should be held. In the meantime, Battlefield Portal is almost worth the price of admission itself.
  8. Nov 18, 2021
    What Battlefield 2042 does well, it does really well, but it sometimes can’t help but be held down under the weight of its own scale.
  9. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 has everything you want as a Battlefield fan: destruction, levolution, and carnage. But while it’s fun to play, it is clear that Battlefield 2042 is DICE’s most ambitious Battlefield yet - and it hasn’t quite come off in the way many were expecting.
  10. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a bit of a mixed bag as things stand right now with the excellent Portal mode overshadowing almost everything else on offer. The futuristic large-scale battles are spectacular stuff, for sure, but it's all a little disjointed so far with the all-new Specialists underlining a feeling that solo soldiering has somehow taken precedent over the series' signature teamwork. There's still plenty to enjoy in this meaty package for early adopters, and we've no doubt DICE will be busy improving things as the months roll on but, outside of a mode that celebrates the series' history more than it embraces what's new in this latest entry, what's here struggles to feel absolutely essential at launch.
  11. Nov 23, 2021
    Right now, Battlefield 2042 is offering plenty of new features and gameplay elements that will benefit the series’ veteran players, although I’m not sure if there is enough there to hold the attention of players that don’t already have a vested interest in it, at least while they wait for the various problems to be fixed. That really is a shame because even though the persistent issues are frustrating, unnecessary, and annoying, underneath it all is a game that is brimming with potential, and one that I’m enjoying much of my time with — combat is tense, challenging, and unpredictable, and it offers the very best Battlefield experience in recent years... when it hits right.
  12. Nov 17, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 isn't a bad shooter, but to release in this quarter of this year it really needed to bring its A-game, and it hasn't done that.
  13. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield has had some shaky launches in the past, and there’s no reason not to think that things will eventually be smoothed over in Battlefield 2042 over time. However, Battlefield 2042 is also weighed down by design issues and missing features. You’re going to want to wait on this one, and even then give some thought to skipping this iteration in the series.
  14. Dec 6, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a huge disappointment for gamers and the Battlefield franchise. Had this been the product of an indie developer, then this might be a different story as it would be understandable how a game like this could be the product of an independent studio that doesn’t have enormous corporate backing. Instead, EA pumped more resources into creating a CGI film that acts as the only real source of storyline context than ensuring the game was going to live up to the enormous amount of hype they were trying to create. I hate saying such negative things in my reviews, but when a game developer can’t be bothered to even try and live up to it’s own legacy, then I have to call it as I see it and for that very reason, I don’t recommend this game. Not even the nostalgia or temptation of ‘Battlefield Portal’ is enough to save this game from itself.
  15. Dec 3, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 absolutely should have been pushed back by EA and DICE to some point in 2022. Instead, the version of this game that is currently available has been virtually unplayable for me at times since first releasing. Even beyond this, though, some of the key design changes that DICE has made in Battlefield 2042 don't feel for the better. Rather than improving on the core Battlefield experience that fans loved with Battlefield 3, 4, or Bad Company 2, 2042 is a bloated husk of its former self that is trying to recapture some semblance of its previous glory. As a fan that has been playing this series for well over a decade, Battlefield 2042 is a massive disappointment that I struggle to think is even worth saving.
  16. Nov 22, 2021
    Battlefield 2042 is a pretty huge disappointment. And it's hard to think if there's was a way to make things even worse. It would be great if instead of this game EA would just make a full re-release of Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 - the consoles userbase would surely appreciate the the move.
  17. Nov 18, 2021
    It's not as unsalvageable as Battlefield 5, but it's still hard to imagine this evolving into the definitive Battlefield game that DICE wants it to be. There is fleeting fun to be had here, but it's often spoiled by the game's blatant shortcomings. The maps are a slog, gunplay is bogged down by puzzling design choices, and there's no shortage of bugs that actively require the player to restart the entire game. It's a far cry from the 10-year-old Battlefield 3 and as it continues to age, the series strays further away from those glory days with no road to redemption in sight.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 636 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 636
  1. Nov 14, 2021
    Who is this game for? Certainly not battlefield veterans, with an entire raft of features missing from this release, with such basic elementsWho is this game for? Certainly not battlefield veterans, with an entire raft of features missing from this release, with such basic elements like, you know, a scoreboard not making it off the chopping block. The only thing that serves as a reminder to this games superior forebears is the ample amount of bugs that inundate every match, a true staple of every battlefield launch.

    Is this game designed to appeal to CoD players? Than what is Hazard Zone, and why is it locked behind a paywall? Seriously, what is hazard zone, I've played five matches and it's not a battle royale but it's definitely not battlefield.Am I supposed to pay full price for this game, and a battle pass, and the microtransactions to make my shiny new specialists look good?
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  2. Nov 14, 2021
    It's just not Battlefield.. This games feels like a generic fps rip-off with no soul. Gunplay is Clunky and inconsistent, vehicle movement andIt's just not Battlefield.. This games feels like a generic fps rip-off with no soul. Gunplay is Clunky and inconsistent, vehicle movement and weapons have no weight to them. For $70 this game has nowhere near the content it should have. Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2021
    Want a player scoreboard to see how you did in a match? Sorry didn't finish that.

    Want to disable crossplay so you don't get sniped by
    Want a player scoreboard to see how you did in a match? Sorry didn't finish that.

    Want to disable crossplay so you don't get sniped by pcheaters who could buy hacks prior to the game even going into beta?

    Sorry they didn't finish that. You'll need to disable it for the entire system.. This game is half baked, changed mid development. Don't buy. Don't reward a company for releasing a game that is unfinished and barely playable.
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