Battlefield Series

 The Battlefield series of video games is one of the most popular and successful game franchises for the PC. Like many top video game franchises, Battlefield got its start on the PC platform with the release of the World War II first person shooter Battlefield: 1942 in 2002. It has remained faithful to the PC platform since then with every major release coming to the PC in addition to console systems. The series has also adapted its game play and mechanics over the years adding new multiplayer features, single player campaign as well as veering into different themes including World War II, the Vietnam War, fictitious modern military conflicts, futuristic sci-fi based settings and even police/street conflicts.

The series boasts thirteen main releases 11 of which have been released on the PC, the most of any platform. In total there are more than 30 titles in the Battlefield series when expansion packs and DLC packs are included. The list that follows is a detailed review of all of the main titles and their expansions that have been released for the PC platform.

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Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 Screenshot
Battlefield 1 Screenshot. © Electronic Arts

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Release Date: Oct 21, 2016
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: World War I
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Battlefield 1 is a future Battlefield series game set to be released in October 2016. In Battlefield 1, DICE is taking the series back in time having the game set in the backdrop of The Great War or World War I. Battlefield 1 will be the fourteenth title in the series and the first ever set during World War I. Battlefield 1, like other games in the series is a first person shooter with similar game play features found in other Battlefield games. Players will be equipped with realistic looking World War I era weapons such as bolt-action rifles, artillery, flamethrowers and chemical weapon mustard gas. Battlefield 1 will also feature a revamped melee combat element with melee taking a larger role with weapons like sabers, shovels, trench clubs and more. Vehicles to be drivable in Battlefield 1 will be tanks, trucks, biplanes and battleships. The game will also have mounts that players can ride into battle.

There will be both a single player story campaign as well as a multiplayer component with support for up to 64 players.

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Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Police, Crime
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield: Hardline is the eleventh Battlefield title to be released for the PC platform. It is somewhat of a departure from the theme and game play of the more recent Battlefield games of the past few years. In the single player campaign of Battlefield: Hardline players take on the role detective Nick Mendoza, a young police officer working for Miami Vice who fights corruption and organized crime. In the multiplayer component player take on the role of a police SWAT team member or as a member of organized crime/gang. The multiplayer component contains four game modes, Blood Money, Heist, Hotwire and Rescue. The game features a wide array of weaponry such as the latest advanced military grade weapons as well as more street weapons such as handguns, shotguns and more. It also includes drivable vehicles and miscellaneous gadgets and equipment such as tasers, police scanner, riot shields and more.

Battlefield Hardline Expansions/DLC

New maps, multiplayer modes and other content are included in the Battlefield Hardline DLC Expansions

  • Criminal Activity - Released: June 2015
  • Robbery - ReleasedL September 2015
  • Getaway (TBD)
  • Betrayal (TBD)
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Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 Screenshot
Battlefield 4 Screenshot. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Oct 29, 2013
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield 4 is the tenth major release in the Battlefield series. Set in the year 2020, it continues the events/story of Battlefield 3 six years later where global tensions between the United States, Russia and China are at a tipping point. The single player portion of Battlefield 4 has a sandbox style game play where players are given freedom to complete story objectives and other quests. The multiplayer component contains three playable factions, China, Russia and the United States and has the capability to support up to 64 players per match. It also contains a Commander Mode which gives one player the ability to view the battlefield from a top down strategic view, giving orders and information to teammates.

Battlefield 4 Expansions/DLC

  • China Rising
  • Second Assault
  • Naval Strike
  • Dragon's Teeth
  • Final Stand
  • Weapons Crate
  • Night Operations
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Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 Screenshot
Battlefield 3 Screenshot. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Oct 25, 2011
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield 3 is the ninth game in the Battlefield series and it was the first title from the main Battlefield series to include both a single player story campaign as well as competitive multiplayer game modes. The single player portion follows US Marines as they battle against a fictitious force know as the People's Liberation and Resistance. The multiplayer portion includes both co-operative and traditional competitive with Conquest, Rush, Squad Deathmatch, Squad Rush and Team Deathmatch.

Battlefield 3 Expansions/DLC

  • Back to Karkand
  • Close Quarters
  • Armored Kill
  • Aftermath
  • End Game
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Battlefield Play4Free

Battlefield Play4Free
Battlefield Play4Free. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Apr 4, 2011
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Multiplayer

Battlefield Play4Free follows the model introduced in Battlefield Heroes, that is the free to play model that may have micro-transactions. This is similar to what Electronic Arts did with Battlefield Heroes, but Battlefield Play4Free has more updated graphics and game engine that includes better character models and resolution. The game supports online battles with up to 32 players and recreates two classic maps from Battlefield 2 called Strike at Karkand and Gulf of Oman.

Battlefield Play4Free was shutdown on July 14, 2015 along with other Electronic Arts free to play titles Battlefield: Heroes, Need for Speed: World and FIFA World.

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Battlefield Online

Battlefield Online
Battlefield Onlin. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Mar 25, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Multiplayer

Battlefield Online is a free to play online multiplayer shooter that is only available in the Korean market. It is similar in format to Battlefield Heroes, but uses the game engine from Battlefield 2142 rather than Battlefield 2.

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Battlefield Bad Company 2

Battlefield Bad Company 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Mar 2, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the second title in the Bad Company sub-series that includes a full story based single player campaign. It follows a misfit unit of soliders called, Company 'B' as they work to help defeat Russia in a fictional war. In addition to the single player campaign, Bad Company 2 also includes a multiplayer component that is similar to other Battlefield games.

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Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes
Battlefield Heroes. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Jun 25, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: World War II
Game Modes: Multiplayer

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Battlefield Heroes is cartoon style shooter that has many of the similar elements found in other Battlefield games. It contains one game mode, Conquest, and is part of EA's Play 4 Free line up; meaning it's completely free to download and play.

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Battlefield 2142

Battledfield 2142
Battledfield 2142. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Oct 17, 2006
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield 2142 takes the series into the 22nd century, the Earth has plunged into a new ice age and from it two new military factions. Players will fight for either the European Union forces or the Pan Asian Coalition. Battlefield 2142 includes two multiplayer game modes, four character classes, and 20 maps that are available with the v1.51 patch/update. A demo for Battlefield 2142 is also available for free download.

Battlefield 2142 Expansions/DLC

  • Northern Strike
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Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield 2 is the third full release in the Battlefield series of games and has received very favorable reviews, with the gaming standing up well today, nearly 7 years later. In Battlefield 2 players will fight for one of three factions, the United States, China or a coalition of nations from the Middle East. In includes more than two dozen vehicles that can be used in combat and support for battles up with up to 64 players. Battlefield 2 also introduces some new player classes that have since become standard in multiplayer modes of other shooters.

Battlefield 2 Expansions/DLC

  • Special Forces
  • Euro Force
  • Armored Fury
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Battlefield: Vietnam

Battlefield: Vietnam
Battlefield: Vietnam. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Mar 14, 2004
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Vietnam War
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield Vietnam as the title suggests is set in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. As with Battlefield: 1942 players will fight on one of two teams for various control points located on historically based maps. Battlefield Vietnam also includes different kits based on the army you play for (US or North Vietnam), Vietnamese have more guerrilla warfare style tactics while the US more traditional weaponry and vehicles. The game was updated in a redux version released in March 2005 that included all game patches up to that point, new maps, vehicles and a World War II mod based on Battlefield: 1942.

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Battlefield: 1942

Battlefield: 1942
Battlefield: 1942. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Sep 10, 2002
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: World War II
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Battlefield: 1942 was the first "official" Battlefield game released by Digital Illusions CE and Electronic Arts. It was one of the first competitive multiplayer games to feature game modes other than deathmatch by featuring control points to focus players attention towards better teamwork and co-operative play. Battlefield 1942 also includes a single player mode, but lacks an in depth storyline.

Battlefield: 1942 Expansions/DLC