Battlefield has always been a staple in the online multiplayer shooting world. At times, it was like – what can they think of again to fight against Call of Duty? And to their credit, they were always the more creative ones. When our dear friends at Activision were trying out a “new shooting system,” Battlefield introduced a full-fledged high-octane war with ships, jets, and tanks.
Unfortunately, in recent years they managed to fight with their legacy and prowess, so nowadays the world war we were promised is mostly ashes from the old tales. But – let’s not hang our coats yet on this one! With so many previous games that have thousands upon thousands of gamers telling their war stories on forums, we just couldn’t pass the opportunity to once more go back to the Battlefield world and show you that this time – it’s personal! So, let’s find out which Battlefield game has the best multiplayer maps, greatest vehicle usage, and – the greatest shooting system of them all.
So here it is – Battlefield game ranked in subjective order. From recent games to the old and gold. Those in modern settings or historical ones. Two decades of amazing shooting games and multiplayer side to gaze upon – it just doesn’t get much better than this!
7. Battlefield 2042
- Release date: Nov 12, 2021
- Developer: EA DICE
- Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Playstation 4, Playstation 5
- Metascore: 68
So, let’s get to the elephant in the room straight away.
Unlike other games on this list, it is not even considered a good game. But, when it comes to graphics and details, it is ultimately the best, as the most advanced Battlefield game that was ever created. And, upon further inspection, it’s not even as bad of a game as people paint it out to be. Especially after some patches.
Let’s dive into why it may be a pleasurable experience after all.
It’s 2042, and the world is in a really bad place. Natural disasters are destroying it, and the fight for scarce resources is taking place everywhere you see.
European Union no longer exists, borders are everywhere you look, and about 1.2 billion people are without a country. The refugees are called Non-Patrieted or No-Pats. Adding worse to the injury, the Kessler effect destroys 70% of Earth’s satellites.
With so many tensions in the world, it’s only understandable that USA and Russia are almost at open war with each other.
No-Pats are being used as a proxy for both countries to fight with each other in their names. It’s the only way to avoid direct conflict. Will this nightmare ever end?
It’s still your good old Battlefield; you really cannot complain about it. Also – it has 128 spots for everyone to fight on the same map at the same time.
It’s really impressive considering how many details are there in this game with vehicles, a destructible world, and everything. After patches – this game is playable in a way the old Battlefields were upon release.
The classes are gone. It’s more similar to Rainbow Six kind of operator's gameplay style. The game looks stunning, really.
Futuristic Egypt or Korea are creatively done, both scary and inspiring at the same time. If you’re wondering – don’t be! It’s still a good Battlefield, even if it’s not in the best of forms.
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- Great graphics that will not destroy your computer.
- Futuristic story connected to the current ecological reality.
- Up to 128 players on the map.
- Improved playability after numerous patches.
6. Battlefield: Hardline
- Release date: March 17, 2015
- Developer: Visceral Games
- Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4
- Metascore: 73
Although it is not considered the best of the Battlefield games, it still has an edge to it. It is a series within a series, to be honest.
This time, there is no war or great things at stake. It’s just your everyday, nowadays normal shooting experience. This time – it’s a war on crime.
All the Single Players!
The game was created by the guys responsible for such classics as Dead Space, so you can imagine that it is on a different level than anything you’ve seen so far.
In this case, we follow the footsteps of Nick Mendoza, a young detective from Miami who goes on a personal vendetta against his former partners.
This style is similar to what we’ve seen in cop shows like Miami Vice. The new thing for the Battlefield series is the detective elements lacking in the previous installments.
You have to find evidence and identify the suspects. Also, there are many additional tasks for you to do, so you can get money and experience to upgrade your equipment.
Multiplayer In a Modern Way
So, this is completely different from what we’re used to. Maps are much smaller than those in Battlefield because most of the scenarios you see are city spaces, not some jungles or deserts.
The world is still destructible, with lots of vehicles to choose from, so you can still have your usual Battlefield experience in a new and more fun way. Like you can drive a police car instead of some army machinery.
The cool thing about this one is that there are new weapons that the army does not use, like stun guns or gadgets like ropes and stuff.
The best thing about the new multi, though, is the vast array of game modes like Heist, where players can try to rob a bank while the other team tries to stop them.
Battlefield: Hardline is available at RoyalCDkeys.
- New city setting in Battlefield.
- Modern weapons and police equipment.
- Great story with additional elements like detective work and identifying perpetrators.
- New multiplayer modes that add to experiences like Heist or Blood Money.
5. Battlefield 3
- Release date: October 2011
- Developer: DICE
- Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
- Meta score: 89
Battlefield 3 is another solid game that made the franchise stand out among all the rest. With this one, you could feel that they emphasized an all-out battle rather than sneaking into corridors, hoping to assassinate someone.
It’s probably as loved as Bad Company, if not more, for putting a solid Battlefield stance on the First Person Shooter genre.
Do Not Single Out Single Player!
The War of 2014 has just begun. Iraq, Iran USA, and the Rance are on the brink of starting a new World War. What’s the only thing stopping them? Well – you!
Staff Sergeant Henry Blackburn, a member of the US Marine Corps, Cpt. Jonathan Miller – a specialist for everything tank-related, Lt. Jennifer Colby Hawkins, and GRU operative, Dima Mayakovsky.
You have to collect your team to fight against Solomon, a CIA agent planning to destroy the world by detonating nuclear weapons in New York and Paris. Will you manage to do it?
…But It’s All About Multiplayer!
64 players. One map. Tanks, jets, boats, whatever you want, whenever you like. It’s more or less modern, so it’s pretty much modern technology. You can choose from many classes to fight your enemies and perfect each one to the maximum.
With destruction on your mind – go ahead and expect the worst in search of a better tomorrow. For your Battlelog game stats, of course.
What remains to be said is that this game made Battlefield multiplayer an immersive shooter set in the present day that people always wanted to have.
Of course, Call of Duty was fun, but were there tanks? Well, I don’t think so. It’s chaotic, it’s messy, but also – a quality title that has no match in today’s gaming world.
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- Vehicles and destructible surroundings in multiplayer mode.
- Up to 64 players on one map.
- Great single-player mode with co-op option.
- Still one of the best multiplayer shooters ever created.
4. Battlefield 4
- Release date: October 29, 2013
- Developer: DICE
- Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Meta score: 81
The first of the best Battlefield games on our list is – Battlefield 4. It’s a modern combat kind of game, full of exciting equipment.
The action is set in the year 2020, so rather the future than nowaday’s past. Little did they know that the future was much crazier than even they predicted.
Let’s Start Single!
For starters – a single-player campaign. Basically, it’s about this bad guy who wants to destroy the whole world, and you are the only one who can stop him!
Your name is Daniel “Reck” Recker, a member of a U.S. Marine Corps Squad called Tombstone. Your deal is to stop this crazy admiral from taking over USA Army! It’s kind of important, so be sure to do your best!
But what made this one stand out among other Battlefield games? The campaign is really an add-on to Battlefield titles. Well, the most important thing was multiplayer. With the introduction of modifiable classes, you could be a sniper with a shotgun, an assault fighter with a philosophical background, or just crazy, different, and great – you.
It has lots of passion, great visuals, and a fully destructible world that you can experience with your shooting. Think of it that way – what was destroyed stayed destroyed.
There really wasn’t anything even similar to that in any other games. In most cases, 90% of what you saw was just a bitmap you couldn’t interact with. So you can imagine what kind of revolutionary idea was to create an interactive world. No cover was safe in Battlefield 4. You can decimate entire skyscrapers.
The most fun thing was the new game modes, though. Up to 32 players on each side of the map make the difference in large-scale battles. There are basically two main ways to play Battlefield 4 – Conquest and Obliteration.
The first one was a Capture the Flag kind of game. The second – detonate a bomb or stop the other team that tries to accomplish the same task. With a developed Commander mode and a big emphasis on teamwork, you could not find anything better than this 2013 masterpiece.
Battlefield 4 Premium Edition is available at RoyalCDKeys.
- Very good campaign with a memorable storyline about the USA military.
- Commander mode, where you get to direct movements of the army.
- Big maps with destructible surroundings and 32 players on each side.
- Modifiable classes that you can personalize.
3. Battlefield V
- Release date: November 20, 2018
- Developer: EA DICE – Criterion Games
- Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam
- Metascore: 81
Big, vast, and beautiful. In this one, we’re going back to the roots! World War II was never as visceral and hardcore as this one. Multiple battles going on the, well, battlefield, were never so fresh and cool, and air vehicles fighting was the best among any of the previous titles. Well, it was indeed the last game of the modern era. In honesty, it was probably the last Battlefield everyone loved and cherished. A game that really changed the FPS genre. So, what made PC players from all around the world fall in love with this one?
Single Player Craziness!
Firstly – so many campaign modes! War stories were something to look out for. No game mode in any of the previous games made so much impact in the single-player department as this one.
You get to fight in some beautiful scenarios in Norway as Astrid tries to destroy the German’s heavy water production used to create atomic bombs in the Nordlys campaign.
There was also Tirailleur, where you play Deme Cisse, a soldier trying to fight against Nazis and help American soldiers after their landing at Normandy in Operation Dragoon.
Under No Flag was something completely different, though – a story of William Sidney “Billy” Bridger, a bank robber who joined the army as a volunteer.
And, if you have a little bit of edge, you could always try The Last Tiger campaign, where you get to be…a literal Nazi. It tells the story of a German Tiger I tank crew trying to defend Rhine-Ruhr from American forces.
Multiplayer Is Where It’s At!
When it comes to Battlefield, the fun starts with the game’s multiplayer option. Whether it’s a modern setting or something more classic like in this case, the game always delivers high-octane fighting with large-scale multiplayer options that no other game could even begin to understand.
Battlefield V gives you all of the previous games' experience but in a World War II setting. So you can imagine that those fighter jets are more classic looking. It was also the first Battlefield game that introduced a Battle Royale mode. So it had some modern warfare to it, as you can imagine.
Battlefield V: Definitive Edition is available at RoyalCDkeys.
- Battle Royale mode in Battlefield.
- War stories in a single-player mode where you get to play a literal Nazi.
- World War II scenery.
2. Battlefield 1
- Release date: October 18, 2016
- Developer: EA DICE
- Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE, Playstation 4
- Meta score: 89
Battlefield 1 was kind of a back-to-the-roots type of experience. It is one of the highest-rated Battlefield games up to this date and the first one in the new kind of franchise. It was a dream come true kind of thing. The one in the title refers to World War I, and the game is set to inhabit that feeling of uneasiness and is the first game to introduce the hardships of the uncertainty of the first World War.
Single Player Mode
All men are created equal. Well, not according to some German ideologues from the beginning of the 20th century. Historical events, every battle of World War I that you can imagine, and really the first title that takes on the horror of the First World War in such a fine way.
The single-player campaign consists of many war stories and not a campaign of a team you can follow. It was really a new thing for the Battlefield franchise, and most players would consider it a great addition.
So little time, so much to do! Fifteen million copies sold today are a solid statement that new ideas can exist in the modern gaming landscape. Battlefield 1 allows up to 64 players to fight on the same map and blast each other with incredible machinery.
It is really the best that the Battlefield series ever showed. Many fans praised how vast this game is. With so many classes to choose from and a fantastically animated world – this is one of the most visceral games in history for sure!
In popular opinion, Battlefield 1 brought the series back to its essence, making it one of the best Battlefield games of all time. People are still playing this one, so hop on and fight the good fight!
Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition is available at RoyalCDKeys.
- A great setting of World War I that needs more exploration.
- War stories are a nice way of showing different ways of playing.
- Multiplayer Battlefield set in World War I setting is really something else.
1. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Release date: March 2, 2010
- Developer: EA DICE
- Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
- Meta score: 87
So, here we are, the one, the only, the Bad Company 2. It is probably the best Battlefield ever created. It allowed players to do more and better stuff than ever before.
It took quite some time to be released, and everyone was waiting for the launch with anticipation. It is, after all, a sequel to an incredible Bad Company. The first release was a total hit. No matter what else was on at the time, everyone focused on mastering the great Bad Company 2 play. So, what was it, and why was it so popular?
Single Player Out Of This World!
You are a part of a titular bad company. Bad Russian extremists took control of some plans for creating incredible weapons. We just could not stay by and watch what happens! By us, I mean, of course, Bad Company boys. With so many missions in our arsenal, there really aren’t any “ifs” – only “whens”!
This amazing campaign lets you go around the world trying to save it. From the streets of Bolivia, through North Africa to the Andes mountains. The campaign is vast, beautiful, and full of content for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to the Frostbite engine, it looks incredible!
Multiplayer, Multiplayer, Multiplayer…
Well, it’s a good multiplayer, that’s for sure. Featuring three classes and those bastards from recon, this one delivers on the promise of creating a real and incredible experience. It’s enjoyable, it’s big, it has it all.
You unlock more and more specific objectives with every game, and that, on the other hand, allows you to upgrade your gear. The better gear you have, the more you can do with it.
Other developers struggled to combine the development system with balancing, but not in this one. The game is extremely well balanced, range characters are as useful as any ground soldier or help from the sky.
It’s intense, it has depth, and it’s just a really good Battlefield game, worth dealing with all the trouble of being, well, how to put it nicely, not the best when you first start playing.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is available at Royal Cd Keys.
- The “B” team is back with the best Battlefield campaign up to this date.
- Class-based warfare in multiplayer mode with balanced gameplay.
- A destructible world with vehicles that does absolute mayhem on the battlefield.
Not all the games could make it to our list, so here are some honorable mentions. There are slight to the side or just too similar to the ones on our list to put there, but it doesn’t mean they are worthless or anything.
It’s a great piece of gaming still!
It deserves a spot on this list because it is still probably the only good game that takes place during the Vietnam conflict. They finally land a game in that world, but it’s almost unplayable nowadays, so it’s a fun side story.
The one that started it all. It really shows you how far this franchise has come. When it came out, it was peak entertainment. It’s still cool, but it’s just too old really to be having the same fun as we used to.
Also – a bit too dated for modern gaming but a massive game back in the days. Consoles, pc gamers, and everyone was playing this amazing title. Oh, and everyone hated active snipers from that time as well so keep that in mind.
It’s a novelty game and a fun concept that could be something more interesting, but the crowd did not enjoy third-person Battlefield. Free-to-play, lighter Battlefield was just not something people wanted back in the day. It could be great now if given the chance.
Thank You For Your Time!
Thanks for checking out our list. Hope that you got inspired by it and chose something for yourself. With so many fantastic installments in the series and a really wide selection of surprisingly different titles, it’s just a matter of time to find something suiting your needs.
Whether you like some explosive moments on the map with 100 people playing at the same time or more city shooting kind of thing – Battlefield proved that there are no limitations. Every game added some improvement, and even though it may have bad press nowadays – it’s still a very strong rival among FPS games. If it’s your first time with it – give it a shot! Who knows, you may find your next best game in this one!