One story that seems to be getting overlooked this holiday season to a certain extent is just how badly Battlefield 2042 has launched for many players. Halo Infinite sprung its multiplayer on us, the GTA remastered trilogy launched so poorly Rockstar had to bring the old versions back, but Battlefield 2042?
It’s having a rough time.
Some of this is technical issues, as the game is suffering both performance-wise and with server problems depending on when you’re playing. But a lot of it just what seems like DICE cutting corners and getting rid of past game features this time around. The Battlefield subreddit has compiled a massive master list of cut features and issues with the game, which is sprawling, and it remains one of the top posts in that community’s history, implying a whole lot of agreement among the fanbase.
All of this anger has produced some very measurably pushback. All versions of the game are getting sub 3.0 scores on Metacritic among fans (somewhat better than the GTA trilogy’s sub 1.0 scores), but on Steam?
Angry fans have landed Battlefield 2042 in the top 10 worst reviewed games list for the entire platform. It’s currently at number 8, and here’s how the list stands as a result:
- eFootball 2022 – 1.25 score
- Flatout 3: Chaos and Destruction – 1.55
- Uriel’s Chasm – 1. 73
- Kinetic Void – 1.83
- Spacebase DF-9 – 1.86
- Identity – 2.17
- GASP – 2.26
- Battlefield 2042 – 2.33
- RollerCoaster Tycoon World – 2.46
- Godus – 2.53
As you can see, you probably have barely even heard of most of those other games, known only for being so terrible (man, I forgot Godus ever existed). This is the worst reviewed major AAA release I can even see on this list until you get a bit further down to NBA 2K18 at #14.
Players were concerned that early tests of Battlefield 2042 ahead of launch showed a game that probably needed to be delayed further to be more polished, but EA went ahead with the launch. And now, in addition to the game being poorly received among the playerbase, has also had Halo Infinite’s multiplayer launch dropped on top of it. Wildly, Halo Infinite actually surpassed Battlefield 2042’s concurrent numbers on Steam this week. It’s free to play, sure, but that’s still something that would have almost been unthinkable a while ago, a combination of love for Halo and Battlefield struggling hard.
Is Battlefield 2042 actually the 8th worst game on the entirety of Steam? Probably not, but this is one of the only ways fans can make their displeasure known, and a vocal contingent is not happy with how EA chose to release the game. Most Battlefield games launch a little bit rough, but 2042 is opening worse than nearly any iteration we’ve seen before in many ways. And it’s not just bug fixes required to get it back on track, it’s dozens of missing or cut features fans want back as well. We’ll see if that’s even remotely possible to deliver.
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