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What Games Are Like Battlefield?
Adrenaline-fueled gunfights, over-the-top storylines of bravery and camaraderie, and flashbacks to the first and second world war, the Battlefield series has it all. Though the series has fumbled a little bit in the past, it has always found a way back to everyone's heart. Battlefield 5, for instance, faced some launch issues. Not only that, but the single-player also felt a little lackluster. Dice, the developer helming this series, however, turned things around with hotfixes and content updates.
From the graphics to the intriguing storylines, if you’ve whizzed through all the installments of this series, here’s a look at some games like Battlefield to keep you occupied for some time.
Games Like Battlefield
- Call of Duty (Series)
- Escape From Tarkov
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Series)
- Destiny 2
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Arma 3
- Post Scriptum
- Hell Let Loose
1. Call of Duty (Series)
The Call of Duty series often gets flak for staying the same over the course of the years. There’s no denying, however, that this series has become more popular over time, which means they’re keeping the fanbase engaged and content. With new competition popping up every day, it’s incredible how they’ve managed to stay the number one shooter for more than fifteen years in a row.
This series would not have been on this list if it wasn’t for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the swashbuckling shooter of 2019. It seems as if the series has finally returned to its roots, listening to the outcries of fans and giving them what they want. Modern Warfare feels authentic and realistic for the most part. While it might have turned a few fans away from the franchise, its ferocity has gained the series tons of new fans.
If you haven’t checked out the series yet, go ahead with it.
2. Escape From Tarkov
Developed by a small Russian studio, Escape From Tarkov is a gritty first-person shooter where your only goal is to survive one of the harshest places on Earth and eventually escape it. As soon as you spawn, you will find yourself in the middle of a budding civil war. With very little explanation of what to do or where to go, you’re left to fend for yourself in this huge world.
What sets this game apart from countless other shooters out there is the lack of spoon-feeding. It never holds your hands and tells you exactly what to do. For instance, it’s hard to even find a map in this game. Even if you end up finding and equipping all gear, it’s very likely that someone else would just shoot you in the face and take everything for themselves.
Moreover, once you die, everything you looted along with any progress you made in the game is gone forever. Death in this game is permanent, so it comes at a very great cost. As infuriating as it might be, the punishment of death also makes this game much more engaging than the rest of the lot. Every scenario, every gunfight is a do-or-die moment. Just a few hits and you’re dead. Tread carefully, and good luck getting out of the hellhole.
If you're looking for a game like Battlefield, you might enjoy Tarkov's fresh take on the FPS genre.
3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Series)
A single-player series all the way through, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. might be one of the most divisive entries on this list. The majority of Battlefield fans might love its gruel gunfights while others might loathe it with passion for its lack of a multiplayer mode. Fans of this long-running series have been clamoring for a multiplayer mode for a long time, but the developers have not delivered on that front so far.
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That’s not to say that the story mode is not good enough. As engaging as the single-player mode might be, there’s no denying the fame this franchise would have received if gamers had the option to play with, or against others. The silver lining is, you get some of the best single-player gameplay available right now. There's is no topping the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series when it comes to its atmospheric scares and fast-paced gameplay.
4. Destiny 2
Developed by Bungie and published by Activision, Destiny 2 is an online first-person shooter designed to keep players engaged for hours on end. Back in 2010, both signed a 10-year deal to bring the world of Destiny to gamers all over the world. Unfortunately, Bungie bailed out on Activision before the completion of 10 years.
Now that Bungie is more or less an independent studio with the right to publish and distribute Destiny series, the game seems to have a brighter future ahead. For starters, the updates for the game have been much more content-heavy. On top of that, the questionable monetization scheme doesn’t seem to be there anymore.
Building on the foundation blocks of the first game, Destiny 2 addresses a lot of issues that plagued the first game. While it is far from perfect, there’s still a lot to be excited about. If you’ve been looking for games like Battlefield, give Destiny 2 a shot. The gunplay and movement might feel a little weird at first, but you’ll eventually get used to it.
Developed by a Canadian Studio, Squad is one of the best tactical shooters you’ll ever come across. It somehow merges the sim and arcade genre and creates a fun experience that doesn’t feel too unreal or easy. You’ll still have to play it like a military simulator, but it never gets frustrating to the point where you just want to give up.
While I have had a great time playing this gem of a game, most of the people find it difficult to get into. If you decide to give this underrated shooter a shot, my advice would be to form a group of people who can join you at the same time. Everything here depends on the coordination among the team - something that takes time to get right. Once you perfect it, you’re going to have a hell of a time.
This game will be immensely satisfying to those looking to try something, which takes skill and effort. But if you’re looking for some mindless action, this game probably isn’t the right choice for you. Those looking for a game like Battlefield will certainly love every moment of its strategic gunfights.
DayZ used to be just a mod when I started playing it. What started as a hobby for Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, turned into a full-fledged project when the mod picked up steam. As new players continued to swarm in, Hall decided that it's time to make a standalone game on the building blocks of the mod.
As of the time of writing, DayZ is still a work-in-progress. This survival shooter still has some issues that need to be taken care of. As pesky as those bugs are, they shouldn't prevent you from enjoying DayZ. Unfortunately, Dean has moved on from the project, leaving it in an unfinished state. Te good news is, it's in pretty good shape, playable without any major bug encounters.
Fortnite has got the whole gaming world singing its praises, thanks to its groundbreaking gameplay mechanics. Though this game was already popular, the introduction of Battle Royale catapulted Fortnite’s fame to astronomical heights.
It's hard to believe that Fornite was introduced as a survival game where you had to fend off zombies. Things, however, changed when the now-popular Battle Royale mode was introduced back in 2017. Nobody could have predicted back then that this simple mod would make Epic Games so much money that they'd be in a position to compete with Steam, a giant software distribution platform.
Will a Battlefield fan enjoy Fornite?
It's a difficult question to answer. While I personally love every bit of this arcadey shooter, I know a handful who'll probably never even give it a shot. Unlike Battlefield, Fornite doesn't care much about realistic gunfights or flashy graphics. It sticks to the formula of letting players do whatever they want to by handing them the told to build and destroy all sorts of outlandish structures. Jump into the action. Let your imagination run wild with your builds.
8. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is an open-world, tactical shooter, where you, along with your three other buddies are tasked with wiping out all the bad guys from Bolivia, a South American country.
Consisting of over 20 provinces, Wildlands is one of the biggest open-world shooters out in the market right now. Most of the open expanse, however, feels hollow, particularly due to the cluttered map. Driving from one place to another can sometimes prove tedious. Thankfully, you only have to do that once. The fast-travel locations can get you from one place to another in no time.
The storyline, as repetitive as it may be, is fun all the way through when you play it with friends. You can go solo if you want to, but your AI teammates can be a bit of a pain to handle. Wildlands is at its best when everyone knows a little something about coordinating.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA, Titanfall often feels like the love child of Assassin's Creed and Doom.
Don't be surprised if there's also a hint of Call of Duty in Titanfall. Since Respawn Entertainment was founded by the creators of the COD franchise, there's bound to be some traces of their previous games. All the running and gunning is still there, but the gameplay here is more enthralling and authentic.
Since you're a Battlefield fan, it's a given that you love shooting, something Titanfall has in abundance. The good news is, despite the repetitiveness, it’s an addictive experience. You'll keep coming back for more.
10. Arma 3
Developed by Bohemia Interactive, Arma 3 plays like a military simulator, and can often be a little tedious for amateur players. Once you get into the gameplay, its vast map becomes a playground for your battle skills.
Arma 3 is one of those very few games that doesn’t hold your hand at all, except in the tutorial section. Once you’re dumped in the open world, the game never even hints at what requires to be done.
Put simply, it’s not Call of Duty. Arma 3 is one of the hardest first-person shooters you’ll ever play. Think Dark Souls with guns and you’ll have a rough idea of its sadistic difficulty. Play solo, or join the others in this glorious war simulator. Like almost all the games on this list, Arma 3 is most fun when you play with your friends.
Unfortunately, Verdun didn’t get as much recognition or praise as it deserved upon its launch. Critics wrote it off as repetitive and boring. However, this first-person shooter clawed back into the limelight, thanks to the constant stream of updates and fixes, something that has kept the game alive and kicking.
It’s not pretty, especially when you compare it with other first-person shooters. Graphics and sound effects are mediocre at best, but the unparalleled gameplay is where it wins maximum points.
World War 1 wasn’t as glorious or colorful as some of the movies, shows, or games based upon it would have you believe. Perched on the edge of chaos, this underrated gem would have you right on the edge of your seat with your eyes fixated on the screen. Give this intense shooter a short if you're looking for a game like Battlefield to satiate your cravings.
12. Post Scriptum
At first glance, it seems as if there is no difference between Post Scriptum and Hell Let Loose, two of the best World War 2 shooter available in the market right now. Both of them offer an immersive and innovative experience you won't find anywhere else.
While Hell Let Loose is a little arcadey at times in its approach, Post Scriptum leaves no stone unturned to immerse you in its world, even if it means sacrificing the fun factor in favor of authenticity. You'll have a good experience only if you're willing to go the extra mile and spend significant time in its world.
Post Scriptum undoubtedly has a bigger learning curve, which can often be a turn off for some players, but the reward for sticking around is well worth it. If you're into hardcore shooters, Post Scriptum should be pretty much it. Those looking for quick gaming sessions should skip this entry. There are games like Insurgency, Call of Duty, and CSGO, just to name a few, to satiate your craving for a quick session.
13. Hell Let Loose
Less subtle than its contemporaries like Arma 3 and Squad, but more authenticating that the likes of Call of Duty, Hell Let Loose is a perfect blend of casual and tactical gameplay. While there are some technicalities to learn before getting into this indie first-person shooter, it never gets to the point where you have to micro-manage everything, which to be candid, can be vexing.
I first played this game in its infancies, and it was surprisingly bug-free, for the most part. In my 40 hours of gameplay, I didn't encounter any, except experiencing crashes a few times. While it takes some time to get used to the interface and gameplay, especially if you like playing shooters on consoles, the rinse and repeat formula eventually gets you acquainted with everything, at least on the rudimentary level.
Again, it's essential that you learn to communicate and coordinate with your teammates instead of chasing kills. Even if you're new to tactical shooters, the community usually is patient with newbies. You don't need to utter any word if you don't want to. Just follow their instructions, and you should be fine.
Did I miss out on any other games like Battlefield? Let me know in the comments section.