EA Battlefield 2042’s online shooter didn’t get the reception it was hoping for, as Steam users criticize the game for its failures.
While gamers in general are prone to overreact, some communities have a special reputation. League Of Legends fans are known to be less than welcoming to new players, and Battlefield fans, especially PC Battlefield fans, are known to be. uncompromising in terms of their DICE developer requirements.
Battlefield 2042 currently has a very reasonable 73% score on metacritic and, with a few caveats, we certainly enjoyed it in our review, but on Steam it has one of the lowest review scores of all time.
It’s not as low as Konami’s eFootball 2022 (Steam reviews have broken records all year), but fans are upset by the perceived lack of features and poor performance.
A list of features that were in previous Battlefield games but not in 2042 has been go around for a few days now, although these are the same fans who have complained when DICE was spending their time on a story campaign with Battlefield 5. So suddenly complaining that there isn’t one in Battlefield 2042 (as there is none in Battlefield 2042). did not exist with many previous games) seems a bit disingenuous.
The list is also very naive about the entire game development process, because just because a feature was in a previous release, it still needs to be updated and redeveloped – which takes time and effort – for a new one.
That said, there are definitely some serious performance issues, especially on PC, with serious glitches, in-game stuttering and rubber bands, and crash bugs that can make the game essentially unplayable.
Many fans are also not convinced of the overall concept of 128 players, complaining that the current maps are too big and not very fun.
The lack of important features like leaderboard and persistent lobbies are also valid complaints, and perhaps a testament to the difficulties of developing a game during the pandemic. Although, it’s no excuse if the issues were known in advance and EA decided to release the game anyway.
It’s all very reminiscent of Battlefield 4 (which once again reinforces the idea that publishers never learn from the mistakes of the past) and EA and DICE have already made all the usual promises to fix everything with updates – including one has already been published.
Battlefield 2042 currently has a “Mostly Negative” rating on Steam, with only 30% of the roughly 36,000 reviews, at the time of writing, being positive.
These are peanuts compared to eFootball 2022, which only scored 8% positive, but that makes Battlefield 2042 the ninth lowest rated game on Steam.
It was number eight yesterday so things are already starting better, but this is all going to be a big worry for EA as they try to win back fans over the next few years.
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