Our Score: 8/10
Battlefield 2042 is a first-person shooter that marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. In a near-future world transformed by disorder, adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal.
Adapt and overcome in a near-future world transformed by disorder. Squad up and bring a cutting-edge arsenal into dynamically-changing battlegrounds supporting 128 players, unprecedented scale, and epic destruction.
What is Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 feels like the next step in the series’ evolution, with its stunningly detailed environments, epic battles involving 128 players on massive maps, and Specialists. On PC, it’s one of the best-looking FPSs we’ve seen, and it runs quite smoothly if you know what options to tweak.
As compared to previous Battlefield titles, this one has one feature missing. And that’s a single-player campaign. This time around, the developers have chosen to forego a single-player mode completely in favor of a more robust and interesting multiplayer-focused game. How do they do that? Well, they’ve improved previous favorite modes and added in the Battlefield Portal.
The game mode most familiar to Battlefield fans returns. Conquest this time supports 128 players on PC. The maps have been specifically designed for this vast scale, with action divided into “clusters” of various kinds. Also, the action now centers around sectors consisting of several flags instead of individual control points.
Furthermore, we have Breakthrough returning as well. two teams – Attackers and Defenders – battle over larger-scale sectors as the Attackers push towards the final objective. Each sector is designed to house a larger number of players, enabling more strategic choice and more flanking opportunities. Approach the capture areas from multiple locations and take advantage of more types of tactical possibilities.
A new addition, Battlefield Hazard Zone is a tense, squad-focused survival experience. It combines edge-of-your-seat gameplay with the best of the Battlefield sandbox. Inserted as a four-member squad, you must locate and retrieve critical Data Drives scattered throughout the battlefield Subsequently, this must be done while competing against opposing squads with the same objective and local militias. Succeed by gathering the Data Drives and choosing when to extract before a storm overtakes the area in this high-stakes, one-life experience. Every bullet, every skirmish, and every decision counts.
Finally, we have one of the new newer additions to the game. Battlefield Portal. The possibilities are endless when you can customize weapons, gear, rules, and more in this creative sandbox mode. Replay classic experiences with select content from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, or leverage the modern content from the world of Battlefield 2042 to discover, create, and share something completely new.
That’s right, mix and match to play recreate your favorite moments or change things up in this really cool game mode. Given how active the Battlefield community always has been, this mode is bound to lead to some amazing modes. Not to mention, Battlefield games are known to improve over time. So this right here is just going to get better and better.
Look and Feel
What can one say about the visuals of a Battlefield title. Battlefield has always been known for its incredible visuals. They’ve always been had beautiful and realistic-looking graphics. And Battlefield 2042 continues to carry forward that legacy.
The maps in Battlefield 2042 feel alive and very dynamic. More so because of the lighting and weather effects. With a thunderstorm or a sandstorm, the feel completely changes. The textures and character models are also gorgeous looking.
Not to mention, the weapons and vehicles are top-notch as always. No matter what platform you’re playing on, you will have a good time.
Finally, sound design is exceptional. The weapons sound punchy and feel good to shoot. The explosions are bassy and booming. And the music used is also quite good.
Battlefield 2042 is an incredibly fun game, like all the Battlefield games before it. It feels fresh and as with all Battlefield games, it will only improve from here. The game has a few issues here and there but those will likely be patched quickly. It will be interesting to see how the game evolves from here, especially with Battlefield Portal. However, the game does need a slight price cut because of its lack of single-player content I feel. And that would aid to more people buying the game.