We’ve gathered some games like Battlefield that should offer the kind of experience DICE’s war-based FPS franchise has you obsessing over. These titles are filled to the brim with the single-player and multiplayer gameplay elements that have been immortalized by developer EA Digital Illusions CE with their immense series, the most recent addition to which was BF3. The franchise came into being with the first game which came way back in 2002, and it already has twelve titles in its kitty, with a thirteenth one gearing up for release on next-gen consoles. All these games are centered on the effects of war, and lay a large emphasis on vehicular combat. Now, the latter aspect is an exclusive trait which hasn’t been explored so beautifully by any other game. But we’ve being seeing some spectacular gunplay and FPS action in a number of awesome titles lately. The eight that we’ve listed below have constantly pushed the limits of such offerings. Let’s have a look at them.
1 – Medal of Honor (2010)
EA’s mammoth Medal of Honor series received a reboot in 2010 with this title of the same name. Its single-player campaign transpires in Afghanistan, and it stands out among these games similar to Battlefield, as it has players assuming the roles of different soldiers throughout its entire story.
And what’s all the more interesting is the fact that it’s much lauded multiplayer section has been developed by none other than DICE, and that too, by using a completely different engine. A whole new world is to be explored in its class-based competitive matches that take place across a number of different modes.
2 – Killzone 3
Released in February last year, Killzone 3 is a first-person shooter that shines as much with its graphics as with its gameplay. It revolves around a conflict between Interplanetary Strategic Alliance and the opposing Helghast. Along with an outstanding collection of weaponry, this PS3-exclsuive also offers you the ability to use jetpacks during combat in its single-player as well as multiplayer aspects.
It renders itself in full stereoscopic 3D on compatible TV screens, and for those inclined towards motion-based gaming, it even supports the use of the PS Move accessory.
3 – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The most recent among the lot is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which released only last week, and has been keeping us busy ever since. Developed by industry veteran Valve, it takes the iconic CS model and revamps it completely to deliver a gem of a first-person shooter.
It comprises classic content, such as old maps, while brand new features and game modes also make their way into it. CS: GO is available to purchase at around $15 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and the PS3, with the latter version even offering the option to play with the DualShock controller, the PS Move controller or the standard keyboard and mouse setup.
4 – Homefront
This fourth addition to our compilation of Battlefield alternatives lets you play as members of a resistance movement who’re fighting against a North Korean military occupation of the US. Its overall atmosphere and the story of its campaign are as engrossing as its multiplayer which lays emphasis on vehicular combat.
A sequel titled Homefront 2 is currently under development, and is expected to come out sometime in 2014.
5 – Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
With war-torn Somalia as its background, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down engrosses you with its stunning portrayal of the horrors faced by the country. First released in 2003, the game lets you assume the roles of different soldiers throughout its story. From straight-out gunfights, to stealth-based tactical missions, all form part of the immense game which also features a commendable multiplayer mode. It has been developed by NovaLogic, the original maker of all the Delta Force games that we’ve been seeing since the 1990s.
6 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Nothing spells games similar to Battlefield, the way Call of Duty does. It is a rivalry that often has fans at loggerheads whenever the debate of which one’s better pops up. Nevertheless, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a phenomenal game which is elucidated by the fact that it managed to trade off 6.5 million copies in the U.S. and UK within just 24 hours of going on sale.
Although it has quite a comprehensive single-player campaign, what keeps gamers busy is its extraordinary multiplayer content which is absolutely addictive, to say the least. The game is available to purchase now for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC and even the Wii.
7 – Far Cry 2
Ubisoft’s exceptional open world first-person shooter takes no prisoners while delivering some really exhilarating experiences. It is set in a modern-day Central African nation which is being torn apart by anarchy and civil war. You play the good guy who must embark upon a quest find and kill ‘The Jackal,’ an infamous gun runner.
Sixteen-player online matches are supported by the title’s stunning multiplayer which offers class-based gameplay and comprises an array of different weapons. Available now for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, Far Cry 2 also has a sequel gearing up to release later this year.
8 – Borderlands
A mixture of role-playing and first-person shooter action is what Borderlands has to offer. Its focus on co-op play is something that sets it apart from all the titles we’ve listed here. Its entire campaign can either be played alone or in cooperative mode, with support for two-players on split-screen and up to four players online or over LAN.
Borderlands delivers beautiful visuals that are accompanied by a truly eye-catching art style. And now might be a good time to jump into this perfect blend of RPG and FPS elements, as it has a sequel ready to come out next month. It can be picked up for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.
With this we end our list of games like Battlefield. Although there are a number of other first-person shooters out there, the ones we’ve stated above are the closest when it comes to delivering the experience that DICE’s classic series does. Make sure to play each one of them and get back to us with your feedback.