The Battlefield franchise is one of the commercially and critically successful first-person shooters of all time. While some entries in the series were not that good in terms of the gameplay mechanics or the visuals, they were overshadowed by other critically acclaimed titles such as Battlefield 4. The fact that the Battlefield series started back in 2002, makes you wonder about the number of games released till now. And if you are totally new to this franchise, it’s a good time to dive into it whenever you can.
Battlefield puts you in the shoes of a soldier as you experience what it feels like to be the man in the battleground. The game is renowned for its large maps, multiplayer, and the ability to use war machines such as military Jets. Every Battlefield multiplayer is introduced through Conquest game mode which lets you fight to control areas around the map.
The victory is achieved by conquering the majority of the areas which as result will decrease the respawn times of the opposite team until they lose. The point here is to not lose your conquered areas, and fight to conquer the rest simultaneously. A new multiplayer mode called Gold Rush was later added to the game in 2008 through Battlefield: Bad Company.
Below, you will lay your eyes on every Battlefield game ever released throughout the years, including mobile titles as well.
Battlefield 1942 was the first Battlefield game released. The Conquest multiplayer game mode was first introduced through this game. This game mode has changed the whole meaning of playing first-person shooter games as it overshadowed many other first-person shooter game modes. It combined the mechanics of Death-Match and Capture the flag multiplayer modes for the first time.
The well-known class system of Battlefield games was also introduced through Battlefield 1942 for the first time. This system lets you choose from different classes (roles) to participate in the battle. Each class has different features and is meant to help each other in different ways. These classes are Engineer, Assault, Medic, Anti-Tank, and Scout.
The graphics and visuals of this game are very outdated compared to what we have now, but back then in 2002, it was considered awesome. Two expansions were released for this game, The Road to Rome and The Secret Weapons of WWII.
The Road to Rome introduced 8 war machines and around 6 maps, in addition to 4 new weapons. While the Secret Weapons of WWII added more than 17 war machines, 8 large maps, and several weapons to the game.
Battlefield Vietnam doesn’t have changes in its gameplay when compared to Battlefield 1942. The game was released 30 years after the actual Vietnam war and introduces some new mechanics to the game. The new mechanism consists of allowing the players to transport vehicles via an aircraft into the warfare and being able to shoot from the sides of the vehicle.
Many real-war machines and weapons from the Vietnam war have actually inspired the ones in-game. The multiplayer mode was the same, but with the addition of the new weapons, maps, and war machines.
The graphics, in general, are kinda improved compared to Battlefield 1942, but still, outdated compared to what we have now. No expansions were added to this game, but overall the experience of the real Vietnam war made the game much more appealing to the players.
Battlefield 2 was the first game to bring a much more modern concept to the franchise. It introduced new mechanics that gave a whole new meaning to the multiplayer gameplay. For example, the Medic role was given a reviving defibrillator to reviving his teammates. The game has refined the main concept of the franchise and made all the following games use the same mechanics overall.
The story of the game is based on a fictional war occurring in the 21st century. The game has around 15 different large maps, and each map is designed for a limited number of players. In-game voice communication was introduced as one of the new and core addition in Battlefield. Each team has a Leader and a Commander, both of them can directly communicate with each other to request military support. The Commander can access different features such as sending airstrikes or supplies to a specific area. The Leader is the one who gives orders.
The game actually had many technical problems such as glitches, but the majority of these problems were solved on the upcoming patches. Although this patch fixed many issues, some glitches still exist until this day.
Three expansions were added to Battlefield 2 featuring new maps, weapons, and war machines. Special Forces was the first expansion ever and actually the only major expansion as the other 2 were kind of a “boost” to the game. Euro Forces were the second expansion and it was not much more than adding new weapons, etc. Armored Fury was the last expansion that added the reconnaissance helicopters to the game.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat seemed like a poor version of Battlefield 2 for consoles. The only good thing was that the player was able to swap between different soldiers in the campaign mode around the map like GTA V swapping feature. But overall the game felt boring and nothing like the quality of Battlefield 2.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat was the first game of the series to be released on consoles and it’s based on a fictional war. The same Multiplayer modes of the previous versions were included but the game featured new 24-players battles.
New online features were added to the game by the Xbox 360 release in 2006, such as Clan support. The graphics were similar to Battlefield 2 but much improved compared to Vietnam or 1942 versions. The game was never released on PC, and Xbox online service was taken down later but the Xbox 360 remained unaffected.
Battlefield 2142 was a really good game that is similar to Battlefield 2 in quality. It was all about the modern concept of Battlefield 2 as a base to build a Sci-Fi shooter game with fast combat and fictional weapons. The game takes place in the 22nd-century during some kind of ice age while having a war between the EU Union and the Pan Asian Coalition.
The game featured a new multiplayer mode called “Titan” which is about destroying the opponent’s Titan and protecting your team’s Titan. These Titans cannot be destroyed by regular weapons and the only way to destroy them is by using Anti-Titan missiles. These missiles are found in silos across the map and the main goal during combat is to fight the other team to control these silos.
The only expansion that was released is called Northern Strike and it offers a few new weapons and maps. But the major feature is the new Assault Lines game mode which is similar to the Conquest mode.
Battlefield: Bad Company is one of the best games of the franchise. It was the first game with a good storyline and unique characters. The best thing about this game was simply the single-player campaign. The Gold Rush multiplayer mode was introduced ever in this game and it was the only multiplayer mode in the game until the later addition of the Conquest mode. The game also featured the great Frostbite engine for the first time which is now being used for the modern series of Battlefield. This Engine has improved the physical and visual effects, such as the destruction of buildings.
The Gold Rush mode goal is to defend or attack a valuable object, the Gold Crates. The attacking team will attack these crates which are located around the map, and the defenders will simply defend these crates. The attackers have a specific number of respawns which will reset if they manage to destroy the two crates. But still, the best thing about this game is again the single-player campaign.
Release Date: June 25, 2009
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Battlefield Heroes is a free-to-play online game that has no single-player mode. It was the first game in the series to be played in a third-person shooter view. The game also had very unique graphics compared to the previous games, which is very similar to Fortnite.
It wasn’t totally free-to-play as some content required paying real money to be accessed. Most of that content is cosmetic clothing, however, there were pay-to-win items such as EXP boosters. The game consists of 4 maps and many weapons and vehicles.
Battlefield Heroes was actually interesting, but sadly it was ruined by the unbalanced pay-to-win system which resulted in shutting down the game in 2015 (RIP?).
Battlefield 1943 is a newer version of Battlefield 1942 and it’s all about multiplayer gameplay without any single-player story or whatsoever. The game includes three original maps which are Wake Island, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal. Each of them has been updated to suit the latest version of the game.
There’s also a 4th map, the Coral Sea, which can be only used in the Air Superiority mode. It was locked at the beginning of the game as a challenge to see which player base of the two platforms will reach 43 million kills first.
The multiplayer gameplay consists of 24-players Conquest mode, but some of the mechanics were modified to bring a unique taste to the game. For example, the ammo was unlimited and the health would regain over time. Overall the lack of single-player mode didn’t really matter that much, as the game was one of the best multiplayer FPS games ever.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the second part of the amazing original Bad Company version. Its single-player gameplay is much more intensive and still has that unique experience of the original version. It begins during the great World War II and it is probably the best single-player campaign so far. Also, a free DLC can be unlocked by using a VIP pass which comes with all the copies of the game.
The multiplayer mode this time has improved compared to the original Bad Company. It includes 4 modes which are Conquest, Squad Rush, Rush, and Squad Deathmatch. The difference between Rush and Gold Rush is that the Gold crates are replaced with M-COM stations. Conquest is just like the regular Conquest mode, and Squad Rush is a small-scale game mode of Rush. Squad Deathmatch consists of 4 squads fighting each other, each squad has 4 players and the first squad to reach 50 kills is the winner. The multiplayer mode was even more impressive because of the quality sound effects and amazing physics of destruction.
Bad Company 2 Vietnam is the only expansion that was added to the game, it has the same original characters, but takes you to the Vietnam war. All the weapons and war machines are changed to suit the Vietnam war.
Release Date: March 25, 2010
Developer: EA DICE, Neowiz Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Neowiz Games
Battlefield Online was just a remake of Battlefield 2 with very bad visuals and a pretty much dead player base. It was free-to-play and directed towards the Eastern Market by the development of Neowiz Games. There is really nothing to say about this game other than being completely useless and full of technical issues. They finally decided to shut down the game for the good in 2013.
Release Date: April 4, 2011
Developer: EA DICE, Easy Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Battlefield Play4Free was similar to Battlefield Heroes in terms of being free-to-play and pay-to-win at the same time. The game simply uses the in-game currency that is used to buy permanent powerful weapons and armor. This currency is called Battlefunds and can be purchased with real money. There’s also the Conquest points which allow you to buy powerful weapons and armor but just for a limited time.
The game has no single-player mode and totally revolves around the multiplayer gameplay which consists of the Conquest mode. The weapons are taken from Bad Company 2 and the maps and taken from Battlefield 2, things that actually make it a game with no personality. This game was also taken down in 2015 just like Battlefield Online and Battlefield Heroes.
Battlefield 3 started a whole new era for the franchise. It is indeed one of the best games in the franchise with great multiplayer gameplay. However, the single-player gameplay wasn’t the best overall. The game also featured the Frostbite 2.0 engine which is the upgraded version of the old Frostbite engine. That means the visual effects were, obviously, much better compared to the previous versions of the game.
Battlefield 3 featured a large variety of weapons, vehicles, and jets, in addition to large maps capable of containing 64 players. The game also introduced the Premium membership which contains all the available expansions. Each of these expansions brought new weapons, vehicles, maps, and game modes to the game.
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Developer: Digital Legends Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Battlefield 3: Aftershock is an exclusive entry in the franchise released exclusively for iOS via the App Store. The aforementioned was set to release alongside Battlefield 3 but was later delayed.
The game was released for free back then. Unfortunately, it was later pulled to the negative reception it had received. The Battlefield community complained about the irritating controls, lack of maps, game modes, and weapons. Sadly, there’s no way to try this one as it was multiplayer-focused when it came out.
Battlefield 4 is just as good as Battlefield 3 and even better. The multiplayer gameplay has improved and the console users can now experience the 64-players game modes. Also, there was an obvious improvement in single-player gameplay, compared to Battlefield 3. The game actually had many technical issues at the beginning such as bugs or connection failures, but later everything was fixed.
Battlefield 4 features the old multiplayer Commander mode in addition to using the new Frostbite 3 engine which improved visual effects of destruction. The game also had the premium membership, as Battlefield 3 had. It contains all the available expansions for the game which introduce new weapons, maps, and much more to the game. Overall Battlefield 4 is more like an improved version of Battlefield 3, but that doesn’t take off the value of Battlefield 3.
Battlefield Hardline is the first game in the franchise to be developed by Visceral Games. The game is introducing police and robbers gameplay which takes out the original military taste of the franchise. Overall it’s just a spin-off and not as good as Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4.
The single-player gameplay didn’t introduce many changes but only one major feature was added which is being able to arrest the robbers. However, new multiplayer modes were added to the game including Heist, Blood Money, and Hotwire modes. These modes revolve around the “hit and miss” gameplay of cops versus robbers, which lacks the authentic and usual concept of the franchise.
Battlefield 1 is one of the best games in the franchise. It takes us all the way back to WWI for the first time! The game is covering many WWI stories and war fronts almost everywhere in the war. Many new weapons and war machines were introduced to the game, such as poison gas and flamethrowers. Not to mention the amazing and unique graphics which were never seen in any of the previous games. The horses were also introduced in this game for the first time alongside a wide variety of melee weapons.
This Premium membership feature which was introduced in Battlefield 3 is included in this game as well, but for the last time. The multiplayer gameplay introduces new modes and features such as using a bayonet to charge directly into the chest of your enemy. One of the new mechanics is choosing between waiting for something to revive you or just skip it. The single-player campaign is called War Stories and allows you to experience the story of different characters across the various war fronts. Overall the game is really a masterpiece and it’s worth your time.
Battlefield V is the latest game in the franchise, and it takes place in WWII for the second time after Battlefield 1943. The game included many mechanics and features from Battlefield 1, such as the War Stories single-player gameplay. Even the Operations mode is included but has a different name; Grand Operations. The game received much criticism even before the release date because it’s much similar to Battlefield 1 and people believe it was rushed out.
The game allows you to modify your weapons and vehicles such as changing the fire rate and accuracy. The Premium membership is not included in Battlefield V, which made people complain about the lack of maps and weapons. In addition, the single-player campaigns are very short and boring. Even the multiplayer gameplay has a lot of bugs and there are tons of underdeveloped features. It’s actually obvious that the game was rushed out into action and needs more improvement, but maybe everything will be solved soon.
Battlefield 2042 is yet another entry in the series. This particular title borrows a couple of elements from the previous Battlefield 2142 which makes it act as a throwback to the latter.
Unfortunately, it won’t feature a single-player story campaign. Instead, the story will be told through multiplayer gameplay. It may come as a shock, but this isn’t the first time EA does something like that.
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