Up For Debate - Which is the Best Battlefield Game?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Mar 3, 2018 5:24 PM
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Give me a second, I’m just trying to jimmy open this big ol’ can o’ worms. OK, all done, where were we? Yes, Battlefield. It’s coming up to sixteen years since I wasted countless hours on Battlefield 1942’s Tobruk demo, laying down sniper fire on hordes of AI soldiers. Since then, the Battlefield series has come a long way, and arguably not always for the better.

Over the years there have been plenty of consolations to appease a mainstream audience, resulting in a series that is, for better or worse, almost unrecognisable from its origins. Sure, the basic conceit of capture points and large (ish) maps remains, but the difference in pace from Battlefield 1942 through to the hyper-kinetic Battlefield 1 really is something.

It’s been 16 years then, and about a dozen or so entries in an illustrious series. From the cramped tunnels and lush jungles of BF: Vietnam through to the modern warfare of Battlefield 4, via a showstopping detour to a sci-fi extravaganza with Battlefield 2142.

For me, Battlefield was always a series that wasn’t afraid to try something new. Each game had its faults, but they all managed to stand out from the crowd. We then hit something of a slump after Battlefield 2, where the success of modern warfare gave way to umpteen games that were largely prettier versions of each other before DICE attempted to roll back the clock with BF1.

For me, and I understand there’s a lot of nostalgia at play here, but I think the Battlefield series peaked in the early years. The amount of time I plowed into Battlefield Vietnam was probably off the charts, but there really was nothing like blaring tunes out of a fully loaded chopper and capping village after village. BFV and BF1942 were both pretty special to me, with Battlefield 2 narrowly nipping in behind. There’s a lot to be said about their stripped back nature, reduced focus on unlocks, and heavy emphasis on vehicular warfare which has gradually ebbed away.

Over to you then - out of all the Battlefield games, which one do you think stands head and shoulders over all the rest? Are you a Battlefield 2 fan, or do you prefer the historical outings? Perhaps you’d like to see DICE go back to a sci-fi shooter? Let us know!

Which is the Best Battlefield Game?

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07:39 Mar-10-2018

the best battlefield ever made was ;
Battlefield 1942
Expansions :
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII

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03:45 Mar-10-2018

The BF 1942 remake one Xbox 360 was pretty awesome, won't lie. BC2 was by far the best one in the series though. Really hoping to see a BC3 next year... A man can hope!

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01:50 Mar-10-2018

wheres battlefield heroes lol

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09:02 Mar-09-2018

didnt knew there were this many games in the series
i only play BFBC2 and BF3 online and both are great

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10:06 Mar-08-2018

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the best in my opinion.

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02:35 Mar-08-2018

BC2 is the peak of Battlefield franchise for me. Level design of that game is fantastic because every map is (beautiful!) hugely different from the other and they all made sense. You can attack every point of interest from multiple paths and you are never cramped in some tiny spaces, dying over and over again.

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08:34 Mar-08-2018

Your last sentence details the exact issue I had with Battlefield 1.

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12:07 Mar-07-2018

At the time BF1942 was the hottest thing in town I only played offline (with bots). BFVietnam was the first I played online, and was the best time I had. I only went back to BF online on PS3 with Bad Company 2 and after that BF3 on Xbox360, and BF4 in Ps3 again. My favorite is BF3, or BF4 with the BF3 maps.

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09:31 Mar-05-2018

I loved BF Vietnam. Simply because by the time I got a PC, BF3 was already in market and my ancient Pentium 4 cudnt run anything else. That game was my sole source of entertainment on my PC for a couple of years.

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08:25 Mar-05-2018

Bad Company 2 was one of those things that made me a gamer

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07:50 Mar-05-2018

I went with Battlefield 3.
And damn, just look at the votes for BFBC2! I'm surprised EA/DICE haven't contemplated making a threequel. Seeing the response here and elsewhere, it'd be huge for sure. Maybe next year..? Seeing as how World War is the flavor right now, it might be a while.

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16:02 Mar-05-2018

The response here is from a minority, the internet is a minority when it comes to games, most people that play games, do NOT go and watch videos or blogs about the games the play. Also, everybody that worked on BF: BC2 no longer works at DICE, literally nobody.

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09:08 Mar-06-2018

I understand where you're coming from but still, talk of a BC3 is slowly creeping into the mainstream as well. I'm also sure it wont happen anytime soon. Maybe after everyone gets sick of the WW setting... As for the BC team leaving DICE, when did that happen? I'm surprised because I would've surely read about it if it did.

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09:16 Mar-06-2018

I don't get the love for BF:BC, they never felt like proper Battlefield games to me, same with Battlefield 1 (although I still like it a fair bit)

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13:43 Mar-06-2018

Well Bad Company games had a bigger focus on infantry combat, they had excellent maps.


The destructibility was done almost perfectly, you could destroy everything dynamically, while BF3, BF4 and BF1 you can't destroy everything and it's NOT as dynamic as in BC2.


Gun balance was good in terms of TTK and ranges, plus the focus was on recoil -> skill and NOT bullet spread -> randomness, which BF3 to some extent and especially BF4 and BF1 are all about.

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13:44 Mar-06-2018

There were NOT tons of vehicles on each map, the reason I stopped playing conquest in BF4 and BF1 was due to the high vehicle count, almost no infantry play and when you are with randoms in a vehicle, against premades it's just hell, especially with the vehicle balance in BF1....


Also BF BC had great campaigns, the only ones in the series.


Like the only thing NOT to like about them is that at this point they have aged and their movement system, recoil system and somewhat graphics are showing their age...

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21:00 Mar-04-2018

Bad Company 2 is the best Battlefield game but we know that this year's edition is not Bad Company 3 because EA doesn't want us to have nce things.

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21:30 Mar-04-2018

Thankfully it's NOT BC3, don't want them to ruin a perfect duology.

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18:34 Mar-04-2018

I enjoyed Battlefield 2 a lot, a lot of content and with the help of the modding community I could play with bots when nobody was on. Although, Bad Company 2 ate of a lot of my time.

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12:38 Mar-04-2018

It's clearly BF2 ...the amount of content you get from the mods, the maps, the offline skirmish mode and many more things is keeping this game alive even today...bc 2 is fun but that's when the restrictions started and they never stopped.

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17:56 Mar-04-2018

I'm thinking the same thing, but in BF 1942 you could drive and sink the ships... in no other BF game can you do the same.

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12:25 Mar-04-2018

Battlefield 3.

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09:49 Mar-04-2018

i have played since BF2, loved that game, still one of my fav.


but my vote goes to BF3, when i first played that, i was really amazed by the graphics and destruction that game could deliver. and i put many hours in to both single and multiplayer.


BF4 was really good aswell, but i was less amazed than i was with BF3.
hardline was obviously the worst..


BF1 is also good, but its not really my taste. and had to many problems for me to really put lots of hours in.

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05:17 Mar-04-2018

Battlefield modern combat on ps2 my first my fav
and Bf4

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04:23 Mar-04-2018

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the last good BF game.

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02:59 Mar-04-2018

everyone knows BF BC2 is the best in the series

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02:17 Mar-04-2018

For me the order has to be,


1 BF2
2 BF Vietnam
3 BF4
4 BF BC2
5 BF 3 (I didn't really like the story)


To be honest I don't really like online play :(
I prefer exploring and rummaging through vast open worlds than gunning down a hundred online or offline in a fps but BF2 really made me have fun. I really liked playing the single player maps. I would always be a commander.

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01:39 Mar-04-2018

Even though, BF4 started really bad with many bugs etc, the dev team believed in it and fixed it. It was an amazing game in all aspects. Gameplay, destruction, maps, easter eggs. Till now it's the only fps game i have spent more than 600 hours.


I also love, BF2, BF 1942 and BC3.


BF1 was a big letdown IMO. Instead of using what they achieved with BF4 Dice decided to start from scratch.

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01:47 Mar-04-2018

thats bec many pips wanted it to go from scratch, not to space like cod dide then, when they saw that its was sucess they started to

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02:18 Mar-04-2018

The vanilla maps(most of them) in BF4 are trash though, even the developers admitted that they were designed by artists and NOT level designers, to look as authentic and realistic as possible and then fixed up by the level designers to be playable... -_-


The DLC maps in BF4 are fantastic though.

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