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  • Summary: Battlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players*, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massiveBattlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players*, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massive experiences, from updated multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Hazard Zone. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Nov 19, 2021
    80
    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.
  2. Nov 29, 2021
    80
    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.
  3. Nov 17, 2021
    70
    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.
  4. Nov 22, 2021
    70
    Battlefield 2042 has a great technical section and is really fun, but the lack of content makes it an empty title at launch.
  5. Nov 23, 2021
    60
    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.
  6. Nov 22, 2021
    58
    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.
  7. Nov 18, 2021
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 287
  1. Nov 13, 2021
    10
    amazing game but still has some technical issues (as usual for every battlefield game) i hope it will be fixed by the official release in 19 November
  2. Dec 6, 2021
    7
    I give a 7 as I remain hopeful that they fix the issues with this game. The lack of basic things are surprising but with the announcement ofI give a 7 as I remain hopeful that they fix the issues with this game. The lack of basic things are surprising but with the announcement of Vince zampella from respawn(titanfall/ infinity ward OG) I remain a positive outlook on the future of the game. They also managed to include all maps and the fact that the browser for games hosted is fantastic. I love that we have variety available to us and they’re supported going forward. I can always jump into a game played on a bad company map or battlefield 4. It’s all here. The shooting mechanics so far I have found no issues with. And overall, it’s fun. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2021
    3
    Я хотел battlefield, а не call of duty, господи а эти кринжовые фразочки после матча, меня чуть не вырвалоЯ хотел battlefield, а не call of duty, господи а эти кринжовые фразочки после матча, меня чуть не вырвало
  4. Nov 27, 2021
    1
    Absolute trash. Worst BF game I’ve ever played. Highly recommend not to buy. If you did, ask for your money back. The fact that publishers andAbsolute trash. Worst BF game I’ve ever played. Highly recommend not to buy. If you did, ask for your money back. The fact that publishers and developers can get away with releasing an unfinished game is pathetic. They’re following in the footsteps of Medal Of Honor. I’d be surprised if this doesn’t kill the franchise. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2021
    0
    This is honestly one of the worst games I have had the displeasure of playing. Good thing the trial is free.
    Most of the things either don’t
    This is honestly one of the worst games I have had the displeasure of playing. Good thing the trial is free.
    Most of the things either don’t work at all or are seriously glitched out.
    Getting stuck in the environment, fps issues. Flickering screens left and right. Packet bursts and lag galore. I thought Cod Vanguard was bad, but BF2042 takes the cake.
    Specialists? What is this this, overwatch?
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  6. Feb 24, 2022
    0
    What do i even say here? This game is a catastrophic implosion of poor decisions across the board. To hear EA saying they actually believed itWhat do i even say here? This game is a catastrophic implosion of poor decisions across the board. To hear EA saying they actually believed it was in a playable state come launch, when we all told them during the beta it was nigh unplayable is laughable. To this day the game is a broken mess. You'll be lucky if hit registration is the worst of it, the game struggles to even exist at most times. Weapon balancing is also laughable. The maps are massive swathes of empty nothingness with the odd structure here and there. The worst design choice in this entire game has to be the Specialists. DICE's attempt to make a cash printer a la CoD and R6:S's Operators. The Specialists completely and utterly destroy everything that is battlefield. Teamwork is out the window thanks to their introduction, map control based on class/vehicle makeup is also completely out the window.
    This game is a stain upon Battlefields legacy and marks the death throe of the declining franchise.
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  7. Nov 14, 2021
    0
    Menu:
    First off, BF 2042’s menu setup is a rip-off of CoD Warzone’s. Its menu designs, its main menu, its side menus, its player card system,
    Menu:
    First off, BF 2042’s menu setup is a rip-off of CoD Warzone’s. Its menu designs, its main menu, its side menus, its player card system, its customization, and its background. EA went lower than anyone could have expected and actually ripped off Activision of all companies thinking that either no one would notice or no one would care. The customization menu is completely bugged, I can change my loadout names and my Attachment Loadouts but nothing else; even at level 10 everything is greyed out and unavailable including Specialist customization. The options have a 50/50 chance of working, I have had moments where I cannot change any options mid-match and got stuck with uncomfortable settings until I relaunched the game. There is no quality/framerate mode in the menu, which doesn’t exactly matter given that the graphics look like they’re in 1080p and the framerate is between 24FPS and 50FPS depending on how much you are planning on participating in the game; yes, I triple-checked, I do have the Series X version installed. There is no means to disable Crossplay which is disgraceful considering how much of an advantage it is to have a set-up that can actually run the game semi-functionally and how out of control the hacker situation has already become.

    All-Out War:
    There are 2 modes. 2. Conquest and Conquest-Rush There is no option for private matches unless it is Vs. AI. The core issue with both modes is the 128-player limit: the sectioning of control zones into separate points does not matter when 64 players are going to storm a single point whether or not it makes tactical sense. With a 128-player limit the maps feel smaller than ever because there is not enough environment outside of the control zones, so while the maps themselves are enormous there is only enough of what I will call a “playable area” for maybe an 80-player limit. I was going to go on a long tirade about this concept, but simply put BF 2042 does not have the map design quality necessary to make a thrilling and memorable experience for 128 players. The new initial spawning is confusing to say the least, it allows you to select vehicles in the load menu but from what I’ve seen it just ignores your choice and deploys all players as infantry regardless and spawns in 8 default transport vehicles for 64 players, which means roughly 20 players per team will play the first several minutes of a match while others are forced to either run or redeploy to play a part in any of the action. I was only able to changes specialists and loadouts once per match in the 5 matches I played which makes it impossible to experiment with different styles of play against different opponents. The specialists make the implementation of hardcore modes a pipe dream as the indistinguishability of 10 characters in a game of 128 makes target ID impossible. Rao, the hacker, is one of the many crimes against balance EA and DICE have committed as he can completely disable vehicle weapons and countermeasures for about 6 seconds and scrambles player HUDs to an indescribable severity with no cooldown in between the hacking tool’s uses except for a 4-second cooldown on something or someone that was recently hacked and his passive, which maps and tags the teammates of nearby enemies he kills, means that if a Rao kills one of your teammates while you are sneaking near them, you lose. This kind of imbalance exists in all specialists, Rao is just the only one I personally main.

    Hazard Zone:
    There’s nothing really much to say since the 1-minute queue time, 4-minute load time, unskippable 2-minute cutscene, 1-minute pre-game screen, and 30-second deployment cutscene bored me by match 2. Match 1 was cut abruptly short when the AI 1-shot my teammates and I from 300m away, so I guess it literally is just Escape from Tarkov.

    Portal:
    They have completely disgraced the memory of 3 of Battlefield’s most famous titles by giving the character classes we all love and remember passive abilities that make them utterly broken. I uninstalled it after looking at the Portal character screen. I do not remember much of it, likely due to my brain already trying to repress it, but I remember seeing that snipers from all three titles instantly ping anyone that shoots them and Anti-Tanks and Demolitions regenerate explosives the same way tanks do.

    All and all, do not buy this game because there was not enough thought or effort put into it to justify the outrageous price. It is disgusting that EA expects us to just shut up and buy and I just cannot do that any longer. Battlefield’s future is bleak and I expect we will be seeing heavy layoffs at DICE in the months to come.
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