Battlefield 2042 review-in-progress: Portal steals the show, Hazard Zone plays it safe

The existence of free-for-all deathmatch in a Battlefield game (see gif of excessive prone use above) surely defies some divine PC gaming laws, but it’s a lot of fun, so whoever’s been performing incantations in an RGB summoning circle ought to keep it up. Sure, the unholy novelty of Swedish Call of Duty will wear off eventually, but there are so many variables to fiddle with in Battlefield 2042’s Portal game mode editor that I’m nearly convinced I should tell all my friends to buy it. I just need to try BF2042 in the real world before I can say for sure that there are $60 worth of hijinks here.

Battlefield Portal is the best part of Battlefield 2042, as predicted.

I’ve spent the past three mornings playing each of Battlefield 2042’s branches—All-Out Warfare, Hazard Zone, and Portal—as part of a guided tour set up for reviewers by EA. I was assigned a squad and Discord voice channel for the event (BF2042 won’t have built-in voice chat at launch) and matched against other critics for an approximation of the live experience. I got a good overview of what BF2042 offers, but controlled events are never exactly like live multiplayer games, which EA acknowledged.