Battlefield 2042’s Steam Rating Is Mostly Negative
It's a bloodbath on the battlefield.
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Battlefield 2042 hasn’t even been released on Steam for more than a few hours and its rating has already plummeted to a bleak “Mostly Negative”. This makes it the 6th worst rated game on Steam right now. Furthermore, Metacritic’s User Score for Battlefield 2042 is sitting at a pathetic 2.4/10 based on more than 2,500 ratings.
Ever since the announcement trailer dropped on June 9, 2021, much of the gaming community was in a flurry of hype due to the intense action shown and the return to a modern, more familiar setting. After some controversy in past Battlefield games, it appeared the game would be returning to its roots. Boy was that wrong.
There are also some audio bugs including hearing footsteps in the wrong direction or not hearing enemy footsteps at all. Bigger picture, it’s very concerning how many AAA releases are launching in terrible conditions as of late.
A common complaint is the abundance of removed features from previous Battlefield games. Reddit user Jellyswim_ compiled a massive list of everything either removed or downgraded. Take a look at some of the missing features and issues below.
Missing features and issues
No class system
No server browser
No team changing
No rank names/icons, just a number
No in-game VOIP (coming soon?)
Fewer destructible buildings
No vehicle damage points
No vehicle kill assist points
No headshot bonus
No long-range kill bonus
Various UI issues
No individual player scoreboard
No ability to zoom in on the spawn map
No way to differentiate between transport or attack helicopters
Removed interface to see which direction the gun on tanks and helicopters are pointed
Also new to the series is a new Specialist system that replaces the previously well-received class system.
Another common complaint about Battlefield 2042 is the juxtaposition between the apocalyptic, war torn atmosphere of the marketing and menus, and the cringey new post-match animations that show leaders from the match similar to Overwatch, Apex Legends, or Fortnite, which have a light-hearted, almost jokingly tone. Because nothing says grizzly death and destruction like “Well well, that was fun!”, or “That was something, right?!”.
The level design seems to echo this as there isn’t great flow between areas. There are islands of capture zones in between areas with zero cover on many levels which ends up creating a poor balance between infantry and vehicle gameplay.
One leading theory to explain all of this is that Battlefield 2042 was originally designed and developed as a Battle Royale game to compete against Call of Duty: Warzone, which frankly would explain a lot.
Battlefield 2042 was released today, November 19 on Steam, Origin, EA App, Xbox Game Pass, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. While it’s clear Battlefield 2042 is going to need a lot of patches to fix it’s most glaring issues, it remains unclear just how much the game can improve at this point through patches alone. We recommend waiting to pick Battlefield 2042 until many of these issues are addressed.
By Dom M.
Dom is the creator of FPS Cat. He has a passion for all things PC gaming, aviation, city builders, and god simulators.