Battlefield 2042 is out tomorrow for PlayStation 5 and PS4 if you've picked up either the Gold or Ultimate Edition, but it looks like select outlets have gotten their hands on the online FPS early via PC code. Today they've been allowed to post reviews based on those few days of playtime. This opportunity wasn't handed to us since we'll be playing the game on PS5 for review, meaning we'll gain access alongside everyone else tomorrow. However, since you can hand over money for the title within the next 24 hours, we thought it right to share those impressions with you.
Since we'll begin our PS5 review process tomorrow, the Push Square verdict won't hit the site for some time. We plan on investing many hours into all three modes before coming to a conclusion and also judging how the game's general launch is handled. As such, don't expect our review to be published until roughly 19th November 2021, which is the release date of the standard version.
Listed below are Battlefield 2042 reviews based on the PC version. For more information on how you can start playing tomorrow, check out our Battlefield 2042 Release Dates: How to Play Early guide.
EGM - 10/10
Battlefield 2042 brings the sandbox back to the series in bold and controversial ways. The new Specialist system might seem like sacrilege at first, but it opens up gameplay opportunities that weren’t possible in previous titles. The massive, well-designed maps offer plenty of room for experimentation and emergent stories, and the modes are a blast. And that’s just All-Out Warfare. Between that, Hazard Zone, and the expansive Battlefield Portal, Battlefield 2042 has something for everyone, without feeling like it’s stretched too thin. It’s a true evolution of the series, one that pushes back against a stagnation that threatened the series’ future. It won’t be for everyone, but for players who crave imagination and fun from their Battlefields, it will give them everything that they crave and more.
Press Start Australia - 8.5/10
It’s not without its issues, but Battlefield 2042 is off to a fantastic start for DICE’s beloved series. All-Out Warfare modes are immersive, Hazard Zone is enjoyable while Battlefield Portal steals the show. There’s a lot to love here, and I’m excited to see where the game goes.
Attack of the Fanboy - 8/10
All in all, Battlefield 2042 feels a little spread too thin. It’s clear that a ton of time went into multiplayer, Hazard Zone, and Portal, but that time may have been better spent really honing one or two of those pillars instead of all three. Of course, Battlefield 2042 is a live service and its content can only grow in the months to come, but as it stands right now, Hazard Zone and Portal feel a tad underwhelming. Still, Battlefield 2042 feels like a game made specifically for Battlefield fans. Multiplayer is fast-paced and chaotic, and while new modes like Hazard Zone and Portal are a mixed bag, they provide an excellent foundation for the game to build on going forward.
Hardcore Gamer - 7/10
Battlefield and DICE have been put through the ringer time-after-time last-generation. Leaping into the next-generation, Battlefield 2042 should have been a triumphant return of the franchise and developer. In some respects, Battlefield 2042 delivers on its promises thanks to fantastic gameplay, a suite of new features and improvements, and a presentation that looks as good as it plays. Unfortunately, the game falls short just as much, if not more. The amount of DICE-developed content is anemic, Hazard Zone feels poorly balanced, and All-Out Warfare’s lack of modes, maps and weaponry is astonishing considering the franchise’s history. Ripple Effect Studios and Battlefield Portal turn much of that on its head, providing a robust creator, additional content from previous Battlefield titles and a wealth of ways to experience Battlefield. Portal’s immense replayability, reverence for the past and creativity help alleviate 2042’s content drought. Battlefield 2042 is a fun game to play, but its base game content will leave you wanting. Thankfully, Battlefield Portal is there to pick up the slack and does so splendidly. There’s still some gas left in Battlefield’s tank.
Stevivor - 4.5/10
In a world where developers are getting used to working from home and games are being pushed back due to the global pandemic, EA decided that Battlefield 2042 was ready for this year. It’s not. More time is needed to fix a lot of the problems, but even then that might not be enough to save it from being one of the most lacklustre Battlefield titles yet.
GameSpot - Review-in-Progress
What's really impressive in Battlefield 2042 is the variety that's on offer. It lets you play a bunch of different kinds of FPS experiences--in different game modes, in different Portal rule sets, and even in the same match as you switch between characters. Portal lets you relive the Battlefield games of the past, but on the 2042 side, DICE has cherry-picked from popular trends like hero shooters and battle royales. The best part is that, mostly, it has done a really effective job of curating those additions so that they bring more to what players already like about Battlefield, rather than change what already works.
Polygon - Review-in-Progress
There’s still nothing quite like being in the middle of a massive firefight with dozens of players, while jets strafe the ground around you, and a tank rumbles over a hilltop only 50 feet away. DICE has been in search of that old Battlefield magic for more than a decade, and Battlefield 2042 comes extremely close. But 2042, at least so far, rarely manages to be much more than that. It doesn’t feel like a real step forward for the franchise, or a meaningful update on a 20-year old formula. As of now, I’m still waiting for that next big leap.
What do you make of these early Battlefield 2042 reviews? Will you be buying one of the pricier versions tomorrow to gain early access or are you waiting to see how everything unfolds? Share your decision in the comments below.
Note that you can play TODAY if you have EA Play (or GamePass) with the 10 hour trial. No need to buy the premium versions.
Gonna buy the game but once it gets patched a few times, I'm a die hard fan of BF games but launch window is always a pain to play.
Good to know that the game is solid enough.
Never heard of Stevivor but they seem like the only outlet featured in this list to have the guts to call the game out. Hardcore Gamer and Attack of The Fanboy have pretty scathing critiques but still commit to a 7 and an 8 respectively. The latter especially reads like they had a gun pointed at their heads.
'... an excellent foundation for the game to build on going forward.'
Meanwhile the rest of the review has gems like 'a little spread too thin' and 'a mixed bag' - yet the game is still an 8/10, seemingly because it promises potentially good support going forward. Bizarre.
EDIT; this, so far, has been the best review I've seen for the game despite being in-progress. You'll need about an hour to get through it though - https://www.ausgamers.com/features/read/3638363
Yeah waiting for the console reviews and probably a cheaper price.
That 10/10 guy has to be massively drunk lol what???
Tracking well at Metacritic so far with 15 reviews in.
No single player campaign, so not for me. Bright Memory: Infinite drops in 8hrs and Vanguard rental is in the mail... so I have the 3rd person shooter slot covered.
Everyone got something.
@Golem25 Or they want the clicks more likely...doubt it's worthy of such a low low score
Thank you for posting that.
I have gamepass on my series X and wasn’t aware I could download and play the trial today.
Will absolutely do that to see what my thoughts are and the beta put me off.
Got the Gold Edition downloaded and ready to play in the morning ! Looks stellar....if its as good as 3 & 4 I'll be a happy man
The game prefromace issues on high end PC's, the new COD I mean Specialists work well for the new game mode but useless for conquest where everyone going solo because there is no need for team work. But if you're a hardcore Battlefield fan Portal is probably where you'll likely be spending your time, maps remade from different Battlefield games with the original class system or play maps other people have made it does look impressive. Skill-up on YouTube put out an impression video, I am definitely wanting until it's been out a bit. Don't like that new class system, there is COD, Overwatch etc why do these games all want to be clones of eachother? The class system team work & it's settings is why Battlefield became popular, crazy.
I wouldn't at all buy this until you it is reviewed on consoles. That beta ran terribly.
Hated the beta so much so will be avoiding this for years to come
I loved the beta on Xbox series X. Already pre-ordered. F the haters.
No console reviews is kinda sus. No way around this. I wasn't getting it day one anyways. The beta ran like a ***** show. I'm waiting for a few months.
That 10/10 from IGN lol. No game is a 10.
Ok so a brief public service announcement for anyone on the fence about this game and looking at these reviews for guidance. They are complete BS, period.
So aside from these reviews being only based on PC playthroughs, these reviewers got only a handful of hours to play this game during closed sessions. These handful of hours allowed only a short time between the game modes. So basically they played each map once or twice for each game mode.
Ok so set that aside, and those being honest who have played in this same review session are having massive performance issues on top of the line PC setups with 3090's etc. So you can see here why they didn't allow console reviews codes at all.
So any corrupt mainstream review outlet giving this game in its current state a review conclusion alone is suspect, but to be giving 10/10 or even 8/10 based on all of those factors is just outright paid for lies.
Now I get most FPS junkies don't care and will shell out money to support these corporate money bleeders no matter what, but those that were hoping for a next gen FPS experience on console, i would strongly caution getting this at launch or any time in the next several months. As I guarantee you this is how this will all play out for most review outlets. They will review based on PC, stick with that review, and not even mention or downplay the problems to keep that EA money flowing.
@KundaliniRising333 You don't seriously believe reviews are paid for, do you?
@LiamCroft not all of course, but really Liam?
I think the bigger question is, do you really think that the gaming review industry is immune to the exact same corruption that has already been proven across almost all retail related review systems, social media influencers, and news outlets? I'm baffled that you would even choose to allow yourself to ignore reality to that extent.
If a corporation is willing to buy politicians, covertly disguise themselves as reviewers on online retail outlets, engage in target smear campaigns, doctor scientific study results, covert up harmful aspects of products to humans, and so much more..... YOU REALLY THINK they wouldn't engage in a review incentive program to garner positive promotion of their products in the game industry sector?! seriously Liam?
Reviews don't necessarily have to be paid for; publications like IGN and Gamespot (as well as smaller firms) are at least partially reliant on ad money, early access codes, previews, and other perks from publishers. Those are invaluable, more so than a one-time lump sum for a review - imagine if you were the only one in your field not to be able to run stories about a closed beta or some such event, for instance.
The whole Gerstmann / Kane & Lynch debacle is perhaps the best example of the insidious and frankly unhealthy financial relationship that many gaming publications and publishers share - the former want ad money, the latter good press/reviews, with both these desires naturally steering both parties into a mutually beneficial relationship. As long as this dynamic continues to exist, there will be a degree of doubt - no matter how unfounded it may be - and thus I think it's very fair for @KundaliniRising333 and others to be distrustful of reviews from critics. I myself have long stopped putting faith in them, and really only pay attention to Famitsu (thanks to its excellent 4-man review system) and user reviews.
@Golem25 Yah this is actually good clarification. When I suggest paid for reviews I don't mean some James Bond movie nonsense with briefcases and secret meetings. Its through these incentives, NDAs with specific talking points required to get review codes, and much needed ad revenue (the primary source of almost all of these site's and video platforms income) etc. Its the same level of corruption all over You Tube. This is the new form of marketing, through influence masked as objective examination of a product..
Ya know I really want this. But I’m very nervous considering the train wreck the open beta was (I participated). I love Battlefield but I felt burned by V by buying it on launch day.
I’m considering just getting Vanguard for now and giving Dice a few months to get 2042 where It needs to be. I need a new multiplayer shooter and I’m pretty burned out on Cold War.
Plenty of Xbox streams have been going all day (nearly) and it seems to run well, maybe surprisingly well. Very tempting.
Tried on series X...I always felt battlefield tried to balance between realistic and arcade but this feels like they have gone full arcade...the movement etc feels more like cod....and oddly the only way I can describe it is..it feels cheap..which suprised and dissapointed me
Il give it another go tommorow but don't think il be buying
The beta was buggy, but I love me some modern Battlefield. I've needed this since I skipped BF5. I am waiting until the 19th as I pre-ordered the standard version, but I know I'll get my money's worth. Hell I still play BF4 now and then.
Considering it hasn't properly launched and the series history of troubled launches i don't think its right giving out a 10/10 or any score right now.
I'm excited for the game but i'm waiting until next month before i bite to see how it holds up.
@LiamCroft For the most part i don't but EGM were the people giving Alien Colonial Marines a 9/10 and doubling down on it, it wasn't even a review what's like i know the game is trash but i love it review. Its like a film critic giving Cats a 9/10 review unironically, like how can you trust or take that seriously?
The negativity on every story here now is unreal
I’d love to read a Soapbox article on the reviewing process, and the (perceived) pressures to review favourably or lose access to a publisher’s titles. I’m sure the reviewers on this site have many behind-the-scenes stories collected over the years before they joined PS, and then an insight as how it is now
@Agramonte Same here no single player no buy.
I've been battlefield guy since Bad Company. BF5 was so bad (TTK and all other things/updates changing things worse e ery update) I turned my attention back to CoD.. and luckily MW was really enjoyable. Cold War was ok. BF 2042 beta was so bad in everyway. Bad graphics, even worse TTK. I almost threwup and got seizures and I don't even have epilepsy! Bought CoD vanguard and I'm happy with it. It ain't masterpiece but with tactical and hardcore mode it's entertaining and fun. Loved BF Bad Company 1 & 2, 1943, BF3, 4, 1.. played 5 from sale but something had changed. I guess EA.. It's in the game.
@rockNrolf_ EA its in the game (if you pay extra for it)...
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