Last time we looked at Battlefield 2042damn online shooter has just released its second major update and is finally starting to feel like something of a finished video game.. With the release of the 3rd season this week, he has become even closer.
Please note that I am not making this statement as a criticism. Battlefield 2042 was released in the midst of a pandemic, which affected almost two full years of its development, and as a long time fan of the series, but also a video game journalist familiar with how it works“I’ve come to terms with the fact that the game was clearly launched by management to achieve a short-term financial goal, despite the damage it did to the brand’s reputation in the long run.
So I just don’t quite get it when i say how anyone who played the game at launch knows it just wasn’t ready for release in November. 2021. Those of us who still found something to love in the game and kept playing for several months, in fact, played and publicly tested unfinished video gameone that will only ever feel “complete” (at least not compared to its predecessors) after several months of updates.
Well, now we are at the point of “months of updates”, which in the previous battlefields there would be a scene where the game was significantly addedbut in 2042 case just where it is at a distance of touching the face value.
Season 3 came out this week, adding a huge new map (set in Sweden around two robot weapon factories), a new anti-tank vehicle, a railgun, and a new specialist whose unique the weapon is a miniature air-blasting explosive rifle.
Everything is fine! The Spearhead map is big, and like stranded before clearly distinguished by the presence of two large indoor close combat playgrounds surrounded by wide open spaces for snipers and vehicles. I had a great time with it as its long design and rocky terrain between two buildings means that games often turn into meat grinders over the central checkpoints leading to massive, explosive battles.
new specialist, Rashid Zane is also needed by the game; his airburst rifle is capable of engaging enemy forces hidden in cover or around corners, giving infantry the ability to clear space, which was previously available only to vehicles or a few who can actually use grenades properly.
I’m not entirely happy with the other two major additions, the railgun and anti-tank tank. The last one, EMKV90-TOR, plays like StarCraft. Siege tank; you can ride it for a bit with limited firepower, but when you really want to mess things up, you can lower its suspension and fire enemy tanks from all over the map.
The railgun, meanwhile, is all about time; it’s useful as a medium to long range weapon, but only if you can master the way it charges and then automatically unloads when ready. Nearly all of the game’s current list of weapons and vehicles seems somewhat modern, with slight concessions to the fact that this game is set 20 years in the future; these two additions look, sound and feel more like Halo weapon.
When you look back at all the work and updates the game has received since then launch – not only new things, but overhauls of old maps and tweaks to things like the appearance of specialists and their sound bytes giving the game a more cohesive tone – it’s clearly a vastly improved experience!
I think when an unpopular specialist system redesigned next month to return to traditional Battleground classes, this year-long effort to make this game what it should have been will be completed. Which, given how disastrous the game’s launch was, would be a hell of an achievement.
And yet, it also can’t help but make us wonder: what could this game be like if the last 12 months could be added to the game for free, and not just emergency repairs? I really like the environment 2042one of the few blockbusters to ever take the threat of climate change seriously, and its near-future arsenal was a lot more fun to use than the historical gear available in the last few games.
We will never know! The pandemic and the investor class have conspired to curse this game, and so if all we can look forward to is the final update of Season 4 before it all gets thrown in the trash and everyone moves on to the next one. Battlegroundthen this is what I’ll be looking forward to. Me and other people who have been enjoying the game since launch. There are dozens of us! Dozens!