Battlefield 2042 PS5 Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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It’s been a few years since a new Battlefield graced our consoles and PCs, but while Battlefield 2042 got a lot of hype around him, maybe he should have come back to the drawing board. Or, at the very least, had a few more months of tweaking.

Similar to its predecessors, Battlefield 2042 is a first person shooter game developed by OF and published by Electronic arts. However, unlike some of the previous games, Battlefield 2042 does not come with a campaign, only a multiplayer experience. It also breaks the mold by being the first Battlefield game to support cross-play.

Battlefield 2042 is a mix of new and old from its game modes to its operators. The game has three main modes, the first of which is a real staple in the series: All-Out Warfare. This mode features both Conquest, which forces players to capture checkpoints, and Breakthrough, where a team tries to capture the defending team’s checkpoints. There is nothing wrong with the game mode itself; being a typical Battlefield fare, that’s really precisely what you suspect.

However, the second mode, Hazard Zone, is new and encourages players to cooperate. Players are divided into teams that compete against each other to recover data discs. The disks are defended by enemies controlled by the AI. It’s an interesting and relatively fun mode, but it does have a few flaws. Most importantly, the game may never end. When the players leave, they are replaced by the AI. And the AI ​​is smart enough to keep playing even when the majority of players give up. These games can go on for ages, and if you go you don’t get any Dark Market experience or credits that can be used to purchase upgrades usable only in this mode.

The final mode is Battlefield Portal which allows players to create fully customized multiplayer modes. Interestingly, this will allow players to use cards from past Battlefield games and tweak basic game mechanics like health and weapon loadouts.

For the most part, the game modes are pretty solid. There are a few flaws here and there, but they are nonetheless either fun and new or old but good. The real problem comes when you get into the gameplay itself. While Battlefield 2042 allows you to customize a lot, the amount of personalization feels bad. Players will be able to choose from ten specialists, much more than some previous versions. And each has two unique abilities. The variety of Specialists personally is a welcome sight, but that variety does not extend to weapons or attachments.

While Specialists aren’t locked into a specific loadout, so you’re free to mix and match your weapons and gear, but the weapon options are dismal. Not only do you start with just four unlocked, but it will also take you some time to unlock the rest. And even when you do, the final tally is pale compared to other first person shooter games. You can customize your weapons with lots of sights, ammo types, barrels, and under-barrel attachments, which seem to have a good variety. But some attachments don’t feel like changing anything at the gun. The flowering of many weapons is significant, and since many cards are huge with open spaces, hitting another player from a distance becomes almost impossible unless you have a sniper. You would think that the attachments would help or even that the optics would make a difference, but it really isn’t.

The only great mechanic is the ability to change attachments on the go. You can create your loadout ahead of time, but while you’re in the middle of a firefight, you can switch attachments as well. Each gun has multiple slots for each prop, and switching freely between them should allow you to better adapt to changing situations. Of course, that’s if the attachments are different enough to matter.

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The cards themselves are also a mixed bag. They are gorgeous, don’t get me wrong. And they are varied and exciting to explore and watch. There are also new environmental hazards such as tanks of what I assume to be liquid nitrogen which will freeze players and cause damage. On top of that, each map has changing weather conditions. Rain will certainly interfere with the view of players, but tornadoes provide unexpected fun. Although they damage you, there is nothing more joyful than using a tornado and a parachute to force your way through the map.

But that’s where the good sides of the cards end. Most of the cards are huge. And considering you could play with up to 128 people in All-Out Warfare, that sounds good. But even with so many people, the maps still seem sparsely populated. There is also a lot of empty space. You can run for 5 minutes straight and never see another person, then suddenly be stopped by a sniper because there is so much free space in some of these maps. If you are a sniper you will have fun. But if you’re into close quarters combat, you’ll need to choose your spawn points carefully. Switching from one point to another can easily make your loadout inefficient, made worse by the huge blossoming of weapons and ineffective attachments, it can quickly escalate.

And let me complain about the vehicles very quickly too. Of course, the tanks are going to be very difficult to destroy. But a hovercraft doesn’t have the right to be so strong. Hovercraft can easily take as much damage as a tank, and with the craft’s higher mobility, it creates lopsided gameplay. In addition, there are still plenty of bugs. I haven’t come across the exact same ones from the beta, but there are still some graphical quirks like clipping and blurring. The animations are jerky. And sometimes you have to revive someone five times to revive them. The upside here is that there are some incoming updates that will start to fix a lot of these issues. Yet for now Battlefield 2042 has a lot to improve.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say that Battlefield 2042 is the worst iteration of this series as it adds new gameplay and brings back things like full loadout customization from previous iterations. But right now, a lot of the gameplay is skewed, and the weapons, accessories, and vehicles don’t really feel like they work the way they should. As a triple A game, I expect better.

Battlefield 2042 is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X | S.

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6/10

TL; DR

I wouldn’t say that Battlefield 2042 is the worst iteration of this series as it adds new gameplay and brings back things like full loadout customization from previous iterations. But right now, a lot of the gameplay is skewed, and the weapons, attachments, and vehicles don’t really feel like they work the way they should. As a triple A game, I expect better.

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