Bohemia Interactive’s Arma III bears a number of similarities to Battlefield. It features a massive, sprawling map and is also set in the near future. The game is stacked with a number of realistic-looking weapons and equipment, and it has a wide variety of vehicles, too. Another great thing about Arma III that keeps it fresh and interesting more than seven years after launch is its robust modding community that is seemingly always releasing new content.
For the purposes of this article, we’re considering a number of Battlefield-like qualities such as enormous maps, chaotic battles, huge player counts, and vehicular combat. Battlefield is not the only show in town, and there are plenty of good, fun games like it that you might enjoy.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter developed by Activision.
Call of Duty: Warzone.
If you like Battlefield’s trademark massive maps and huge player counts, 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare might also appeal to you. In a first for the series, Modern Warfare’s Ground War mode pushed the player cap to 32v32, which put it on par with Battlefield (until 2042, which upped the player count to 128 on new consoles and PC). Ground War is set on some of the biggest maps ever for Call of Duty and Call of Duty’s best-in-class gunplay carries over successfully. Ground War also lets you drive a number of different armored vehicles, just like Battlefield.
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 gigantic map, bigger than anything in Battlefield, featuring many different points of interest and locations to explore in a battle royale last-player-standing setting. There are plenty of vehicles and a great array of varied weapons, items, and equipment that contribute to creating the type of “watercooler” moments that Battlefield is known for. If the standard battle royale game type is not your thing, Warzone also has some modes featuring respawning, too.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Not every mode in Halo might appeal to Battlefield fans, but there is one that could: Big Team Battle. Halo’s largest game type drops players onto the franchise’s biggest maps for a chaotic multiplayer experience that is less white-knuckle than standard Slayer and more social and wacky, where you can almost never predict what will happen. Whether you’re playing a standard Slayer or objective-based mode like Capture the Flag, Halo’s Big Team Battle mode offers some of the zaniest, most frenetic multiplayer the series has to offer. And with a variety of vehicles like Wraiths and Banshees to pilot, combined with excellent shooting and a vast arsenal of weapons and equipment, The Master Chief Collection could be a Battlefield fan’s next fave.
Hell Let Loose. Developer Black Matter’s World War II shooter Hell Let Loose invites players to duke it out in battles set in the Western Front at places like Carentan, Omaha Beach, and Foy. The game pits two teams of 50 in a battle for control of capture sectors set on sprawling maps. There is a meta game element, too, as each zone that is captured gives the capturing team a new resource to help capture the next. Hell Let Loose has 14 classes, including recon and assault variations, so players can select the operator that’s best for them. The maps were created using aerial photography and satellite imagery, and the game runs on Unreal Engine 4. Unlike other modern shooters, kill/death ratio is not always the most important element in Hell Let Loose, as players are called on to work together to have the most success.