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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Battlefield 2042 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 6 weeks ago.
Play is like other first-person shooting games, where you aim to shoot opponents in vulnerable parts of their body to kill them. This year, players can request a vehicle to be dropped to them in any location. There's a new weapon system that enables you to customize attachments while you play.
You play a specialist of one of the classes: Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon. Each can use all the weapons you have unlocked but have their own unique skills and gadgets: Wingsuit, Healing Pistols and the like. There are 10 characters (specialists) and 7 maps to start with, although more will be added over time.
Destructive environments and extreme weather add some variety to play, both in terms of the aesthetic and things like tornadoes and sandstorms which can lift players off the ground and kill them.
There is a player-driven customisation mode called Battlefield Portal where players create bespoke multiplayer modes they enjoy, mixing and matchings modes, maps and equipment from the previous games. This will also enable players to modify core gameplay elements such as health, weapon loadouts, and movement through a web-based scripting application. Although this is not a full-on game creator, this ability to create these customised experiences comes close.
Cross-Platform: For the first time in a Battlefield game you can play against people on other platforms, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are not cross-platform.
You can play this game in the following styles:
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need a good sense of direction, quick wits and fast reactions. Understanding how best to achieve the missions also helps, as does having the resilience to not mind when you lose and keep pushing ahead even if you are behind.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
|Xbox Series X|S||£69.99||–||Free |
Xbox Game Pass
|Xbox One||£69.99||–||Free |
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Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition
Battlefield 2042 PS4
Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition
Battlefield 2042 Xbox One
Battlefield 2042 PS5
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
- You need a subscription to play online:
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Release Date: 19/11/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Players: 1 (128 online)
Accessibility: 27 features
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
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