With a new Battlefield game expected in late 2021, we’re taking a look at the best titles and what made the first-person shooter series great.
Battlefield games are known for their longevity, with many older titles staying active several years past their launch. Although Call of Duty is the biggest first-person shooter franchise in the world, older titles couldn’t hold fans’ attention as Battlefield could.
We’re ranking all of the Battlefield games released so far from worst to best.
#14 – Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
A console spin-off for Battlefield 2, Modern Combat fell flat on almost every front as the PS2 and Xbox weren’t powerful enough to capture what made Battlefield great. The Xbox 360 version was better but was largely forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
Bad Company, which came out two years later, captured console audiences in a way that Battlefield 2: Modern Combat could have only hoped for.
# 13 – Battlefield Heroes
Battlefield Heroes was Fortnite before the world was ready for it.
This free-to-play third-person version of Battlefield had the spirit that the early days of Fortnite so perfectly captured. It was casual with room to improve your skills, had cartoony graphics, and a more ‘happy’ feel considering the WW2 setting.
As it was free-to-play and easy to run, many enjoyed it at launch but it never stayed relevant for long. Before the servers were shut down in 2014, it had become a microtransaction filled nightmare that turned away both fans and newcomers.
Perhaps in gaming’s current climate, Battlefield Heroes would be better received. It’s now mostly forgotten about and remains nothing more than a quaint memory.
#12 – Battlefield 2142
Battlefield had established itself as a somewhat realistic military shooter, so a version set over a hundred years in the future wasn’t as well-received by fans as was hoped.
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The game itself was solid, well-built, and gained a positive critical reception. Unfortunately, Battlefield 2142 isn’t remembered as one of the greats as it just wasn’t what Battlefield players wanted at this time.
#11 – Battlefield Hardline
Rather than the large scale warfare Battlefield fans were accustomed to, Hardline went for a Cops and Robbers setting. Developed by Visceral Games, it had a very lukewarm response from the community. It wasn’t outright hated, but very few loved it.
Unfortunately, it was too far away from what fans were used to, and Battlefield 3 and 4 remained the most popular Battlefield games until Battlefield 1 released in 2016.
#10 – Battlefield Vietnam
Battlefield Vietnam was one of the first video games to deal with this conflict, while Call of Duty and even Bad Company 2 later dealt with the war.
The game was fun, but it didn’t do as well of a job of capturing the horrors of the conflict in as impactful of a way that Bad Company 2’s DLC later did. While being fun, it didn’t have the depth that Battlefield fans had come to expect, so it will forever be remembered as a ‘good’ entry to the franchise, while other games far exceed that review.
#9 – Battlefield V
With major changes made to the game to make it more hardcore, Battlefield V fell well short of expectations.
Although returning to the franchise’s roots as a WW2 game, Battlefield V chose to focus on the lesser-known battles of the Second World War. The problem with this is that it didn’t feel like a WW2 game, and much of Battlefield’s player base returned to previous titles or switched to Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
The Pacific DLC which came towards the end of the games lifecycle gave it a breath of life, however. Now, if you’re wanting to play a modern WW2 shooter, BFV’s Pacific maps are a great place to go.
A battle royale mode, Firestorm, was also released for the game. While being a solid BR, the $60 price tag and lack of dev support caused it to die out after only a couple of months.
#8 – Battlefield 1943
Another WW2 Battlefield game and the spiritual successor to 1942, this console-only Battlefield game was well-received by fans. It was undeniably a Battlefield game set in the Second World War and is remembered fondly by Battlefield fans from the Xbox 360 days.
The main problem it had was it launched between the two Bad Company games, so it doesn’t define that era of gaming like the other games have.
#7 – Battlefield Bad Company
The first game to really take advantage of the destruction Battlefield is now known for, Battlefield Bad Company brought the PC franchise to console gamers.
While not being as fleshed out or popular as its successor, the game brought Battlefield to a whole new player base, and for it leading the way to Bad Company 2, we’ll always be grateful.
The campaign was a particular highlight for this entry, with the titular Bad Company quickly becoming endeared to fans.
#6 – Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942 has to be high up in this list, as without it, this list wouldn’t exist.
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By comparison, it’s now extremely dated, but OG Battlefield players will always remember 1942 as the game that reinvented online shooters. Battlefield 1942 brought multiplayer FPS to a casual, mainstream audience and changed the way players enjoy shooters forever.
Wake Island remains a map in Battlefield titles to this day, showing that good map design is timeless.
#5 – Battlefield 4
Although having an extremely buggy launch, Battlefield 4 found its feet after a few months. Oddly, there was perhaps too much content for Battlefield 4, with the player base being heavily split up by DLC packs.
Now, however, Battlefield 4 is the game it was always intended to be. It isn’t difficult to find a lobby when using the server browser on PC, and the gunplay remains excellent to this day.
#4 – Battlefield 1
Battlefield had dealt with many of the wars over the 20th Century and beyond, but Battlefield 1 brought the shooter to the First World War for the first time.
Some fans were unhappy with the gunplay in Battlefield 1 as it leaned more towards a casual audience, but the atmosphere of Battlefield 1 can’t be denied. Fighting through the mud in the trenches with explosions around you, and behemoths above was a feeling like no other.
This wasn’t Battlefield as we’d seen it before, but boy, was it fun.
#3 – Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2 carried on where 1942 left off and began the evolution into what Battlefield is today. With a modern setting, you can see where Battlefield 3 and 4’s foundation. This game really captured
This is also where squad play first arrived in Battlefield, which is now one of the main things the franchise is known for. PC gamers from the time will always look back on Battlefield 2 with a smile, and many regard it as the franchise’s pinnacle.
#2 – Battlefield 3
There’s a reason Battlefield 3 is still popular today. Massive battles, brilliantly designed maps, and fully customizable weapons made this game one of the most popular to date.
With it being backward compatible on Xbox, and still active on PC, it’s still very easy to find a game on the server browser. If you fancy playing a large-scale modern military shooter, you can’t go wrong with Battlefield 3.
#1 – Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Arguably the best Battlefield game, Bad Company 2 took everything that made the series great and elevated it to new heights. The gunplay was fantastic, and no matter your class, you felt like you were making an impact in the huge battle around you.
This is also the first game to take real advantage of Frostbite Engine’s destruction capabilities. Almost every wall could be destroyed, and buildings could be leveled. This is now a staple in the Battlefield franchise but back in 2010, it was unbelievably next-gen.
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The Vietnam DLC was also fantastic. It did a better job of displaying the horrors of war than Battlefield Vietnam itself. Flying in transport helicopters to the sound of Credence Clearwater Revival and traversing the napalm-ravaged terrain felt like a completely different game to Bad Company 2, and that’s meant as a compliment. It was an entirely new experience and allowed BC2 multiplayer to offer true variety.
Battlefield games aren’t safe from featuring predictable, lackluster campaigns but Bad Company 2 gave us one of the best FPS campaigns to date.
It’s clear from this list that Dice and EA aren’t afraid to try out new ideas in their games, and unfortunately, not all of them landed. However, some absolute gems have come out of the franchise, and we’re excited to share any and all information about Battlefield 2021 with you.
What was your favorite Battlefield game?
Image Credits: EA / DICE
EA delay Need for Speed to focus on Battlefield 6
Battlefield 6 has taken priority at EA, forcing the publisher to delay the next Need for Speed while they move assets.
Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting more news of Battlefield 6, which is supposed to release in 2021. New reports have it that EA are delaying Need for Speed to ensure Battlefield hits its release date.
Gamers have become accustomed to exciting video games being delayed for several months or even years – especially in the post-COVID era, where developers need to deal with the additional challenge of working from home.
Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the next game in the franchise since its release in 2018. We were excited to learn that it should be coming in 2021, but many players feared that it would be hit by some of the all-too-common delays.
It looks like EA and Dice are working to prevent any delays of the next Battlefield game, so much so that they’re willing to delay a game in another of EA’s popular franchises: Need for Speed.
In an interview with Polygon, EA’s chief studios officer, Laura Miele, stated that Criterion – the developer behind Need to Speed – would be reassigned to help work on assets for the next, unnamed Battlefield game.
According to Miele, the decision is also related to EA’s acquisition of Codemasters – the developers behind games like F1, Dirt, and Grid. Codemasters will be releasing another racing game around the same time that Need for Speed was set to come out, so they decided not to compete with their own property.
As Miele explained, this won’t be Criterion’s first look at a first-person shooter. “They’ve worked on Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields, and they have a really tight, close collaborative partnership with DICE, ” she told Polygon in an interview. “I’m really confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them.”
What does all of this mean for the next Battlefield game? It means that EA is loading-up resources to help ensure that the game doesn’t face additional delays and launches in a finished state.
This is probably bad news for fans of the Need for Speed franchise, but Battlefield players should take it as a positive. EA are focusing all of their efforts on major titles rather than spreading themselves too thin, which is as much as you can ask for as a player.
Image Credits: EA, Dice
Dr Disrespect believes a Battlefield battle royale could emulate Warzone’s success
Streamer Dr Disrespect has explained how a Battlefield battle royale could be serious competition for Call of Duty: Warzone.
With the battle royale genre continuing to dominate the shooter market, streamer Dr Disrespect believes EA and Dice are working on a new Battlefield BR that could rival Call of Duty: Warzone.
Following the worldwide success of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, ‘battle royale’ was the next evolution of the shooter genre. All major studios including Activision with Black Ops 4’s Blackout were trying to take advantage of the BR mode’s success.
As part of 2018’s Battlefield V came Firestorm, EA and Dice’s attempt at the battle royale genre. Although boasting a huge map and a unique shrinking safe zone, it received a lukewarm reception from the battle royale community, and the lack of updates and a $60 price tag did nothing to keep it relevant.
“It’s a no-brainer at this point,” he explained in a YouTube livestream. “EA and Activision, they’ve always gone back and forth in competing directly with the FPS genre.”
Apex Legends, another wildly successful battle royale, is also published by EA. However, Apex and Warzone largely appeal to different audiences, and while Battlefield prepares to launch its 2021 title, much of the BF community, including content creators such as JackFrags, have moved to Warzone.
As Dr Disrespect explains, it’s very likely that EA will try to recapture its player base with a battle royale of its own. “I’m excited because their engine, and all the tools and tech they have in place… they could do something pretty incredible if they put everything into it.”
Battlefield has long been known for its massive battles, destruction, and synergy between infantry and vehicle combat. Dr Disrespect believes that with the Frostbite engine at its disposal, EA could build on what’s made Warzone so successful with plenty of unique mechanics to set it apart.
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Image Credit: Dr Disrespect / EA
Everything we know about Battlefield 6: Release date, leaks & rumors
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Battlefield game from DICE, codenamed ‘Battlefield 2021.
Battlefield 2021 is still a work in progress at DICE. Here’s all we know about the future title.
Since Battlefield 5’s release in 2018, DICE has been relatively quiet about the next Battlefield game. It’s no secret that Battlefield 5 couldn’t keep up with competitor, Call of Duty, after DICE announced that sales projections were a million short of their goal for the game.
In March 2019, Battlefield released their Battle Royale, Firestorm, which failed to compete anywhere close to the likes of Fortnite and PUBG. One year later, Call of Duty Warzone released, being the final nail in the coffin towards Battlefield’s BR mode.
Our first glimpse for Battlefield 2021 began at EA Play 2020, where we saw some demo footage of a technical test conducted at DICE. You can watch the footage in the video below, beginning at the 0:29 second mark.
Battlefield 6 features
In the tech demo, we saw the developers tease that they were improving their vision of creating large-scale battles. It’s unclear if this is Battlefield 6 footage or just a technical test utilizing Battlefield 5’s assets.
Just because the soldiers were in WW2 era gear does not mean the game will take place during the Second World War. It’s possible it was just using old assets or was created to throw fans off.
EA said in their newest earnings call, on February 2, 2021, that the new Battlefield game is set to take “full advantage” of next-generation consoles. The game will take every aspect of Battlefield “to the next level” with more players than ever before. In addition, EA CEO said they will reveal the game in Spring 2021.
In addition, the Battlefield Twitter account came back to life with a tweet mentioning BF6:
Battlefield 6 Release Date
With that being said, we now have good news regarding the release of Battlefield 2021. In an EA earnings call in September, CEO Andrew Wilson revealed that the next Battlefield game would release in Holiday 2021.
Apparently, internal playtests have been on-going and were reported as well received and successful. The game will be centered around the power of next-generation consoles and will bring us battles on a larger scale than ever before.
Hopefully, the next installment of Battlefield brings the franchise back to its glory days. In its absence, games like Call of Duty and Fortnite have dominated the shooter market with their battle royale modes.
It might be refreshing for Battlefield to make a comeback in the next year with a large scale multiplayer shooter.
Image credits: EA
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