As we are closing into 2020, a decade full of gaming pleasures is ending. In the 2010s, we have seen a lot of great Battlefield games. While some were not providing the players with the best experience, they all had the same all-out war feeling. Today, before 2019 ends, we will list the best games of the series.
Best Battlefield games of the decade
8. Battlefield Online (2010)
We placed Battlefield Online as the worst game of the series for this decade. The game did not only lose focus of the all-out war experience but also was not suitable for all players. The game got released for the East Asian market, as a free-to-play version of Battlefield 2.
It had the worst sound design until that day, worst visuals and worst gunplay. The free-to-play mechanic left the game to die and the serves got shut down in 2013. The game was not developed by DICE, instead, it was remade by Neowiz Games. Therefore, the game did not manage to achieve success.
You were able to play in 100 player servers, but when they were not down. This was the only upside of the game, leaving it to be placed at the bottom of our list. Consider yourself lucky that you did not get to play the game.
7. Battlefield Play4Free (2011)
Another free-to-play Battlefield game, another story of failure. The only thing that needs to be added is the game had its fan base. Just like the previously mentioned, the game was a remake of Battlefield 2, this time for all markets. It was free-to-play, so it could reach a wide range of audiences. Even with all of these, it was not pleasant to play.
The game could not handle the difference between a AAA shooter and a free-to-play one. It had a lot of Battlefield in it, but it was not a part of the series. When EA shut down the game's servers, a petition of saving the game collected more than 50,000 signatures. We can say that some people really like the game, but it was not enough.
Bad graphics, sometimes unplayable game mechanics and cheats rendered the game unplayable after some time. It's not the worst to be placed at the bottom, but sadly, it is not one of the good ones.
6. Battlefield Hardline (2015)
The game brought a new vision to military-focused series by introducing the police into it. Cops and robbers took the place of the military and new game modes were introduced. Even with all of the efforts, it did not do as well as other AAA entries. One of the reasons for this was the lacking of military action with big vehicles.
Battlefield Hardline was developed by Visceral Games, instead of EA DICE. This made it hard for developers to adapt to the community's needs. Gunplay was the same, but it lacked powerful weapons and vehicles. Battlefield's feeling was the same, but the whole theme was different.
Although the game tried so hard to develop its new game modes into legends, it failed to address the core player base of the series. The crime theme failed to overtake the success of the military and all-out war.
The best five games of the decade
5. Battlefield 5 (2018)
The latest entry to the series has a lot of newly introduced features. It handles multiplayer games well, despite a lacking of features at the release. The gunplay is one of the things to love about the entry, and the other is the Battlefield feeling. Specifically, in the new maps of the newest chapter, players are able to feel World War 2 in their screens.
On the other hand, the game fails to address all of the players it has. Time to kill is so low for the beginners that they may feel quitting the game and so high for the experienced players to do the same. Therefore, it can be said that the game does not have a well-balanced experience overall. It has one of the best multiplayer modes, but it could not balance it.
If you start playing the game, you may like and keep playing until you get tired. On the other hand, you may quit the game after the first few minutes. The game certainly is not for everyone, but it has all the things a Battlefield game needs to have.
4. Battlefield 4 (2013)
The entry had one of the best campaigns in the series, even though it was not to remember. Full-scale multiplayer maps introduced "levolution" to the players, actions that trigger big events and change the map completely. It had a lot of weapon customization and a variety of vehicles to play. In short, the multiplayer experience was one of the best.
Although the game handled the Battlefield 3's legacy very well, it was not complete at its release. Technical issues, server problems, false promises and a lot more. Its success came after a year past its release, after some of the players already lost faith. It certainly is a successful entry, but release problems shadowed the success.
3. Battlefield 1 (2016)
Battlefield 1 introduced a lot of new features to the series and replaced the levoultion completely. Even though its story mode is not something to talk about, the multiplayer experience was developed to impress. Maps portraying the brutality of World War 1, guns and vehicles supporting the fast-paced action and great gunplay.
The game introduced behemoths to the series, big and game-changing vehicles assisting the losing team. This feature created a controversy among the players, each asking whether it is balanced or not. Even though there were some questions about competitive balance, the game handled its main expectations well.
2. Battlefield 3 (2011)
Battlefield 3 provided the players with relief after free-to-play entries and failure stories. The game had one of the best multiplayer experiences to that day, rooting its success back to Battlefield: Bad Company 2's successful multiplayer mode. Even though it did not have a great campaign, it can be said that it tried.
The game was told to be better than any Call of Duty game, and it became one of the best AAA shooters of its time. Combined with the 64-player multiplayer Battlefield experience, the game brought modern military action to the stage. Therefore, solidifying its place at the top.
The best entry to the series
1. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)
By far, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the best entry to the series until this day. It has the perfect combination of wild gunplay, diverse and fast-paced multiplayer and a well-written campaign. The game's story mode is completely unchallengeable by the other entries to the series. Its unique story has memorable characters, a developed plot and some humor in it.
The multiplayer mode of the game is a whole different topic. It introduced destruction physics which players can use to gain an advantage, map designs that support the immersive experience of the game and breathtaking visuals for a multiplayer shooter. Frostbite engine's true power was first visible in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Bringing all the things together, the game made its way through being the best entry of the series for this decade and for all time until now.