The last time we looked at Battlefield 2042Trapped Online shooter It had just released its second major update, and it was finally starting to feel like something approaching a finished video game. With Season 3 coming out this week, it’s now even closer.
Note that I am not offering this statement as a criticism. Battlefield 2042 It was launched in the middle of a pandemic, with nearly two full years of its development affected. aA longtime fan of the series — but also a video game journalist familiar with how these things work — I’ve come to terms with the fact that the game has clearly been rushed by executives to achieve a short-term financial goal, no matter what damage it does to the brand’s online prestige. the long term.
So I’m not exactly right when I say – as anyone who played the game at launch knows – it wasn’t ready for release in November 2021. Those of us who still find something to love about a game and keep playing have been playing and publicly experiencing an unfinished video game.one that would only feel “complete” (at least compared to its predecessors) after months of updates.
Well, now we’re at the “months of updates” point, which it used to be Battlefields It would have been the stage the game was added to in a big way, but at 2042 Status is where you are within walking distance of equality.
This week saw the release of Season 3 which adds a huge new map (set in Sweden, around two boxy robot weapon factories), a new anti-tank vehicle, an electromagnetic cannon, A new specialist whose unique weapon is a miniature explosive gun that explodes in the air.
Everything is good! map, spearhead, large, f Like stranded before that It is completely differentiated by the presence of two large indoor close-quarters combat fields, surrounded by wide open spaces for snipers and vehicles. I had a great time with it, as its tall layout and rocky terrain between two buildings means that games often turn into mills over central control points, leading to massive, explosive battles.
The new specialist, Rachid Zane, is also something the game needs; His air blaster rifle is capable of killing enemy troops entrenched in cover or around corners, giving infantry a kind of space-clearing ability previously only available to vehicles or the few who could properly use grenades.
I’m not completely sold on the other two major additions, the railgun and the anti-tank. The last, the EMKV90-TOR, plays like StarCraft’s Siege Tank; You can drive it a bit with limited firepower, But when you really want to spoil things, you can lower your hold and snipe enemy tanks from all over the map.
Meanwhile, the railgun is all about timing; It’s useful as a medium and long range weapon, but only if you can master the way it charges itself, it will automatically discharge when ready. Almost all of the game’s current list of weapons and vehicles feels fairly contemporary, with nice concessions to the fact that this game is set 20 years in the future; These two additions look, sound and feel more Hello arms.
When you look back at all the work and updates the game has received since launch – not just new stuff but revisions to old maps and tweaks to things like specialized looks and their soundtracks, giving the game a more coherent tone and – clearly – an improved experience!
I think when next month the unpopular specialized system is reworked back to the traditional system battlefield Classrooms, this year-long effort to make this game the game it should have been done. Which, given how disastrous the game’s launch was, would be one hell of a feat.
However, it also can’t help us wonder: What could this game be like if the past 12 months were free to add to the game, rather than just emergency fixes? I really like the setup 2042one of the few blockbusters that has taken the threat of climate change seriously, and its near-future arsenal is far more fun to use than the historical gear available in the past few games.
We will never know! A pandemic and investor class have conspired to curse this game, and so if all we can look forward to is one more Season 4 update before everything gets trashed and everyone moves on to the next battlefieldWell, that’s what I’m looking forward to. Me and other people who have enjoyed the game since its release. There are dozens of us! scores!