DICE’s Battlefield series returns in November with Battlefield 2042, which takes players into the near future with a proxy war in the United States and Russia raging and natural disasters everywhere. We got our hands on the beta and came away overall impressed. But if Battlefield isn’t specifically your cup of tea, or if you want to try something else in the same vein, we’ve rounded up 10 Battlefield-like games you might enjoy.
For the purposes of this article, we are considering a number of Battlefield-like qualities such as huge maps, chaotic battles, huge number of players, and vehicle battles. Battlefield isn’t the only show in town, and there are a lot of good, fun games like this that you might enjoy.
Bohemia Interactive’s Arma III has a number of similarities to Battlefield. It features a massive and sprawling map and is set in the near future as well. The game is stacked with a number of realistic looking weapons and equipment, and it also features a wide variety of vehicles. Another great thing about Arma III that keeps it fresh and interesting over seven years after its launch is its strong modding community which is apparently always releasing new content.
Read our Arma III review.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
If you like massive maps and massive player count in Battlefield, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 might be for you as well. In a first for the series, Modern Warfare’s Ground War mode pushed the maximum number of players to 32v32, which put it on par with Battlefield (until 2042, which brought the number of players to 128 on the new consoles and PC). Ground War is set on some of the greatest maps ever created for Call of Duty, and Call of Duty’s best shooter continues to be successful. Ground War also allows you to drive a number of different armored vehicles just like Battlefield.
Read our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review.
Call of Duty: War Zone
One of Battlefield’s biggest competitors in the FPS space is Activision’s Call of Duty series, and the battle royale game Warzone may appeal to Battlefield fans. Warzone has a massive map, bigger than anything in Battlefield, with plenty of points of interest and locations to explore in a last-player-standing setting of the battle royale. There are many vehicles and a wide variety of different weapons, items and equipment that help create the kind of “water cooler” moments Battlefield is known for. If the standard Battle Royale game type isn’t your thing, Warzone also offers respawn modes.
Read our Call of Duty: Warzone review.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Not all modes of Halo may appeal to Battlefield fans, but there is one that might: Big Team Battle. Halo’s bigger game type lands players on the franchise’s biggest maps for a chaotic multiplayer experience that’s less white than standard Slayer and more social and wacky, where you almost never can predict what will happen. Whether you’re playing a standard Slayer or an objective-based mode like Capture the Flag, Halo’s Big Team Battle mode delivers some of the wackiest and most frenzied multiplayer in the series. And with a variety of vehicles like the Wraiths and Banshees to pilot, combined with excellent shooting and a vast arsenal of weapons and gear, The Master Chief Collection could be the next Battlefield fan favorite.
Read our review of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Hell let loose
Hell Let Loose, the WWII shooter from developer Black Matter, invites players to face off in battles set on the Western Front at locations like Carentan, Omaha Beach, and Foy. The game pits two teams of 50 people in a battle for control of capture sectors located on sprawling maps. There’s a metagame element too, as each area captured gives the Capture Team a new resource to help capture the next. Hell Let Loose has 14 classes, including Recon and Assault variants, so players can select the operator that best suits them. The maps were created using aerial photographs and satellite imagery, and the game runs on Unreal Engine 4. Unlike other modern shooters, the kill / death ratio isn’t always the most important element. important in Hell Let Loose because players are called upon to work together to be most successful.
If you like Battlefield’s large-scale combat, its massive arsenal of weapons, gear, and vehicles, and massive player count, then PUBG is probably another game to try. A battle royale game, PUBG lands players on a giant map, and they try to become the last person or team standing. Like Battlefield, the game requires skill, persistence, and strategy to be successful.
Read our review of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
If you’re a fan of full-scale Battlefield multiplayer, you might like Squad, the military shooter from developer Offworld Industries. The first-person shooter was released in 2020 and emphasizes team play and communication, with teams working together and coordinating often having the most success. The 50v50 game features 20 multiplayer maps, vehicles, and a variety of vehicles to help you get around. There are a number of military factions to join including the US Army, Russian Ground Forces, Canadian Armed Forces, Middle East Alliance, and British Army, among others.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Also developed by DICE, Star Wars: Battlefront II is a phenomenal sci-fi shooter with a huge roster of giant cards that successfully captures the feeling of being part of a giant battlefield-like war. There are many character classes to choose from, like Battlefield, which allow you to play the game however you want and according to your style. DICE has very clearly taken the lessons and feedback from Battlefield for Battlefront, and it has turned out very well.
Read our Star Wars: Battlefront II review.
Team Fortress 2
Valve’s Team Fortress 2 may have been released in 2007, but the game is still thriving today and it’s, quite simply, a well-designed team-based shooter that’s a lot of fun. The light and colorful shooter game pits two teams against each other in objective-based game modes on a variety of maps. There are many character classes to choose from, including a sniper and an engineer, and successful teams usually work together and strategize to win.
Verdun from 2015 is a WWI shooter, much like DICE’s own Battlefield 1. The game supports 32v32 multiplayer matches on maps based on actual WWI battlefields in places like France and Belgium. The game aims for realism with its arsenal of authentic WWI weapons, clothing, and gear, and there are a variety of modes to try out. If you like Verdun, there’s a standalone expansion called Tannenberg, and a sequel, Isonzo, in the works.
Read our Verdun review.