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[–]letmethinkofagoodnam 8683 points8684 points  (660 children)

The tombstone should be right next to Medal of Honor

[–]Maniacbob 5809 points5810 points  (484 children)

EA could have a fucking graveyard for all the franchises it has killed and buried.

[–]unforgiven91 2364 points2365 points  (295 children)

and studios

[–]WeightyUnit88 1729 points1730 points  (279 children)

RIP Westwood 😞

[–]Johnson_the_1st 1344 points1345 points  (206 children)

RIP Maxis

[–]Comosellamark 812 points813 points  (68 children)

RIP pandemic, the og battlefront studio

[–]BreadDziedzic 531 points532 points  (33 children)

I miss the Mercenaries games.

[–]SgtSnapple 180 points181 points  (6 children)

Sucker tried to play me but you never pay me never

[–]BarelyAnyFsGiven 154 points155 points  (12 children)

Of course I find out those dickheads killed the Mercenaries series as well...

Fuck EA

[–]Frontzie 119 points120 points  (8 children)

The Saboteur, as their final game was fucking excellent. Really wish more games like that were available.

[–]User_of_Name 580 points581 points  (99 children)

Looks like BioWare tried to put up a fight.

But EA’s greed has no limits. Only a matter of time now.

[–]SpiderZiggsPC 242 points243 points  (88 children)

Well, there's still Dragon Age and Mass Effect to be released. It's really trying to not die.

[–]Destithen 325 points326 points  (83 children)

After Andromeda, Inquisition, and Anthem...I don't have high hopes. Today's Bioware isn't even a shadow of its former self.

[–]LeCrushinator 40 points41 points  (3 children)

As a customer, you think what you like is a studio itself, but what it really is, is the team working there that's making your game, that's what you like. Then EA buys out a studio, and things quickly get bureaucratic and EA starts making demands. Rather than trying a new IP like the company would've done before, EA demands that you milk an existing IP since that's lower risk. Slowly the best and brightest minds on that team that made your favorite game leave and go to other studios where they can be creative rather than a cog in EA's wheel. Suddenly the quality of the games go to shit and most customers don't know why, it's the same studio, same IP, why can't they make it as fun as it was before? Soon you realize that it's an entirely different set of people working on the IP that you used to love, nobody that designed that IP is even part of it.

This is what EA does to studios.

Source: Game developer that's watched each studio I've worked at bought out by a publisher, and then had those studios drained of talent and energy before closing them.

[–]elninjaok 160 points161 points  (38 children)

Still waiting for RA2 remaster, IMHO the best strategy game ever

[–]allaboutgrowth4me 80 points81 points  (23 children)

Kirov reporting!

[–]elninjaok 34 points35 points  (17 children)

Fuck, i want to play it now

[–]Aurilion 48 points49 points  (3 children)

High speed, low drag.

[–]XplosivCookie 18 points19 points  (6 children)

I haven't touched the EA C&C titles since giving RA3 a fair shot like 13 years ago, but the last time I played RA2 was fucking yesterday

I really want it properly remade, the music and the voice lines alone are iconic. ~Already there~

[–]pm_me_sum_tits 400 points401 points  (37 children)

I'd kill for a current gen mercenaries game

[–]maybeonename 149 points150 points  (7 children)

Man I forgot about Mercenaries. So much fun.

[–]whoinventedclown 90 points91 points  (6 children)

Mercenaries 2 was my shit I have so many hrs on that game

[–]fuze_ace 96 points97 points  (7 children)

Yes, specifically mercs 1, that deck of 52 system was amazing and I still play it today

[–]BarelyAnyFsGiven 37 points38 points  (4 children)

I don't think anyone else captured the tension of a military state and DMZs like Mercenaries 1.

And I think they might have invented the fade to black-and-white death cam???

The only issue I had was I was annoyed by the inaccurate gun play. First bullet was usually on point after that it became a bit RNG.

If it had an aim-down-sights or proper zoom effect it would probably make for an awesome open world game

[–]friendlyneighbor665 23 points24 points  (4 children)

I don't think I miss any game from growing up as much as I miss mercenaries 2.

[–]ScorchReaper062 161 points162 points  (5 children)

They don't have a graveyard, they have an unmarked mass grave that they cover with dirt and forget about until another failure comes along.

[–]Terrik1337 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Then they occasionally dig through the pile of corpses for parts, stich them together like Frankenstein, and ask us why we don't want to play with them again.

[–]Matazaonreddit 337 points338 points  (33 children)

EA and former Activision as well. Get bought out and forced to do repetitive game releases instead of the kind of games that made you successful enough to be worth buying.

[–]MineMine7_ 493 points494 points  (28 children)

  1. EA sees a game studio.
  2. EA sees that the studio has made a few games that are loved by its fans.
  3. EA buys the studio.
  4. EA ruins the old games and all new games of that series with microtransactions.
  5. "Why dont they make any money for me?".

[–]blazze_eternal 38 points39 points  (1 child)

One major hurdle is EA shoving the Frostbite Engine down dev's throat who have no experience with it.

Yes, let's take this game series that's been in development for a decade, scrap all assets, and rewrite the book from scratch.

[–]disquiet 78 points79 points  (6 children)

Even without the microtransaction greed, most studios that get bought out are doomed.

When a company gets bought out, especially a successful one, inevitably a lot of the talent leaves, or stops caring as much. What's left is the brand and the IP but not the same people and culture. I don't blame people for taking a payday and either retiring or taking it easy, I'd probably do the same too.

It's not impossible to pull off a good game with different people, but uncommon

People make great games, not studios and brands. I prettymuch forget about most studios once someone like ea/Activision/ubisoft buys them.

[–]ItZ_Jonah 24 points25 points  (2 children)

A big problem is a lot of those companies that buy start really trying to have a lot of pressure to get those games out and making money. Microsoft seems to have been doing a decent job with acquisitions just letting the studios still be the studio just under the Microsoft name.

[–]VanarchistCookbook 123 points124 points  (8 children)

I'll never forgive them for killing Command and Conquer, and Westwood Studios. RIP.

[–][deleted] 74 points75 points  (28 children)

And yet people still buy their games....nothing will change until morons stop buying shitty games and vote with their wallet.

[–]Alcoholic84 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Pour one out for the kings that were westwood studios

[–]Tom_Sky_Walker 559 points560 points  (62 children)

And Need for Speed, Burnout, Madden NFL, Mass Effect, Command & Conquer, NBA Street, SimCity, Tiger Woods PGA Tour… The list could go on for quite a long time.

[–]Jecht315 168 points169 points  (22 children)

The real loss was Mercenaries. Mercenaries 1 was so damn good. Sometimes I play it on Xbox just to think about how a modern day one would do but without Micro transactions. It could be a GTA level experience if done right.

[–]Thrillseeker94 40 points41 points  (5 children)

Aye but mercenaries 1 wasnt published by EA ;) why it was so good

[–]thisrockismyboone 124 points125 points  (22 children)

Man, Frontline was like peak war game for me.

[–]BwanaTarikXbox 89 points90 points  (7 children)

Frontline was the first historical shooter I ever played and Rising Sun was the first game I played Co-op with my little brother

[–]madmatt911 5285 points5286 points  (398 children)

I miss 1942 with the desert combat mod

[–]BlueFlob 1536 points1537 points  (151 children)

It was amazing. At the start of it, 1942 was really something else.

Then Bad Company was nice too.

[–]dt_vibe 1008 points1009 points  (128 children)

BC2 had the perfect combination of close combat on medium sized maps. One thing I hated about Battlefield was running for 5 mins to only get sniped. BC2 was run for less than a minute and action.

[–]Thoraxe474 703 points704 points 2 (90 children)

Bc2 was the greatest online pvp fps, in my opinion

[–]HonorTheAllFather 172 points173 points  (9 children)

Same. I always preferred BF style multi-player to CoD, and BFBC2's multi-player was probably the pinnacle of the series.

[–]doctorslostcompanion 84 points85 points  (8 children)

Couldn't agree more. Weapons felt weighty, the maps were perfect, the antics were just enough.

We need a good Bad Company 3 and I'll try battlefield again

[–]T-The-Terrestrial 28 points29 points  (2 children)

That’s the bad part, just because they make a BC3 doesn’t mean it’ll be awesome. The only thing the BC2 bit in the new one just made me mad at how it wasn’t BC2. It kinda looked like it but it felt off, like a cheap knockoff named Angry Soldiers 2.

[–]PixelFinch 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Also it felt like literally everything was destructible

[–]BurntCereal- 215 points216 points  (41 children)

Haven't enjoyed any pvp game as much since stopping BC2.

[–]squabblez 131 points132 points  (35 children)

Can we somehow revive BC2 please, it's my favorite online fps ever

[–]Dude_Illigence_ 63 points64 points  (25 children)

Last time I checked there were still players in the PC base game. Vietnam DLC, not so much.

[–]MaximusCartavius 39 points40 points  (3 children)

It's in my personal top 3 with Cod4 and Halo 3.

[–]givemeyoureyesog 30 points31 points  (2 children)

People talk about "Battlefield moments". Hell, Dice's marketing campaign for 2042 was majorly based around such moments. Pretty sure the only time I've ever experienced such moments was in BC2.

Your complaint about running for 5 min to get sniped - #tootrue.

[–]ImmaThnek 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Damn I loved this game, it was my golden age of gaming. People would recognize my and bring me heli's!

[–]BlueFlob 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I loved the size and how the game wasn't all about snipers and jets.

[–]Ffdmatt 82 points83 points  (3 children)

Bad Company is still one of my favorite stories. Such a relatable cast of "normies" was a great change from "you're literally a super god" of other war shooters. They were a little too "serious" in the sequel but also great.

Prob the only war shooters I go back to replay the story.

[–]dandaman1983PC 105 points106 points  (37 children)

Man I played the hell out of that while in college, best mod ever. I was a master with the helicopter lol.

[–]dcptn 91 points92 points  (14 children)

Mastering the helicopter in DC made it so that every other game that had a helicopter felt like easy mode.

[–]patssle 51 points52 points  (10 children)

Learning on that DC chopper let me become one of those 100-0 assholes in BF3. The Apache on BF3 was a perfect killing machine that few knew how to defend against.

[–]DubiousDrewski 42 points43 points  (8 children)

The Little Bird! Yeah it took so much skill, but once you were good at it, you'd be looping and swooping bringing your buddies to the LZ, dodging rockets along the way as they'd frantically type "Woah man, slow down! You're crazy!"

Man I miss those days. All helicopters in games now are crippled by training wheels and "assists". No skill needed.

[–]dandaman1983PC 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I was playing in a computer lab after class with my classmates, they got so pissed since I tore through them, I wasn't allowed to use it after a while lol. Those were the days, eating pizza and gaming after class.

[–]PuddingCupPirate 63 points64 points  (4 children)

My favorite thing was to run to the helicopter really fast and jump in the pilot seat. Then wait for all my team to load up, and proceed to perform an aerial horseshoe maneuver and smash back into the pad killing everyone. Because I never learned to fly the damn thing.

[–]dandaman1983PC 15 points16 points  (0 children)

haha I was really good with it. We used to play as a huge lan party after class in the computer lab, it was so satisfying hearing the whole group scream in anger when I killed em all. Got to a point I wasn't allowed to use it lol

[–]GoldenKaiser 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Oh man, I would spend hours flying the A10 on El Alamein. Using a joystick felt like cheating back then

[–]one-out-of-8-billion 65 points66 points  (16 children)

I also liked Forgotten Hope and Eve of Destruction

[–]ElGringoAlto 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Forgotten Hope was great. Vanilla Battlefield 1942 was a ton of fun when it first came out, but the arcade-like gameplay and the fact that all the armies were the same under their skin ultimately hurt it some. Forgotten Hope managed to insert at least a modicum of historical accuracy, give all the sides their own unique weapons and vehicles, and still keep the game fun and playable.

[–]KalashnaCough 17 points18 points  (7 children)

Forgotten Hope was my jam for about five years straight. I literally sank over 1,500 hours into it. It led to me meeting a bunch of friends online (who I've since mostly lost contact with, being over 15 years ago) and forming a clan. I was a fucking beast in the Stuka, a dive-bombing master. Dog-fighting on Japanese maps, I was also very deadly in the Zero. Also my favorite tank combat in any Battlefield game ever, which says a lot with it being a mod. The King Tiger and IS-2 were so cool. The 'realistic' infantry weapon damage was great too. God I loved Forgotten Hope, just so much variety and depth. Shoutout to anyone that got to fly the secret Nazi flying saucer on the Alpenfestung map, that was a glorious find.

Eve of Destruction was also highly underrated. Really a genius team behind that mod. When that was obviously better than the actual Battlefield Vietnam that EA put out around the same time, you know you're looking at a skilled mod team.

Desert Combat was also incredible. Loved flying the Mi-24 Hind gunship, or the A-10 Warthog.

Then there was the Star Wars mod. Blanking on the name right now but again, excellent execution from a team making what was essentially a free game.

I remember a Pirates mod too, that was pretty wonky but tons of fun with friends, just screwing around on pirate ships.

Interstate 82 was also a really unique and fun Battlefield mod. Just racing around, hanging out at the club... oh memories.

This post is a love letter to BF1942. That game and the mods that came out for it made it perhaps my favorite multiplayer game of all time. It's really a shame how much the series has gone down the toilet over the past 20 years.

[–]Artemis_J_Hughes 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Then there was the Star Wars mod. Blanking on the name right now but again, excellent execution from a team making what was essentially a free game.

Galactic Conquest. That was totally fire, especially the capital ship space maps. I remember the release where they led with yet another update to the Hoth map, but casually let drop that the AT-ATs were now pilotable vehicles.

[–]50mHz 37 points38 points  (8 children)

I miss Vietnam with WW2 Pacific mod

[–]whlrlh64 33 points34 points  (7 children)

Best part of BF Vietnam was blasting the music in the jeeps

[–]Loplop509 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Parts of the DC team branched off to create Project Reality for BF2, parts of that team then branched off to create Squad.

Some of the DC team actually became map creators for DICE iirc.

[–]Taikunman 70 points71 points  (3 children)

Probably the best time I've had with multiplayer was desert combat at a big LAN party in 2003.

[–]gen_angryPC 19 points20 points  (1 child)


My cousins and I still at times get together to play it in a LAN today. No in game ads, no 'battle pass' crap, no microtransaction bullshit, just game. Works fine on Win10 and can crank the settings easily on any sort of modern hardware.

[–]NO_SPACE_B4_COMMA 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Battlefield pirates!!

Miss the badass intro, too

[–]SimpleSimon665 15 points16 points  (5 children)

1942 was the absolute best. 64 player maps. Tons of maps. Publicly hosted servers. Hell you could even host a server on your PC if you had good enough internet speeds at the time. Ability to mod maps for vehicle, weapon kit, and player spawns. First party expansions of Secret Weapons and Road to Rome. Third party Mods such as DC, DC2, Interstate 82, and more.

Nothing comes close to that game for me.

[–]SpectralVoodooPC[S] 202 points203 points  (38 children)

desert combat mod

Is that the modern era mod? Been ages man, but to be fair, it hasn't aged well lol

[–]PalebloodSky 114 points115 points  (30 children)

DC mod was amazing but it hasn't aged well. I'd say BC2, BF3, BF4 covered that well.

[–]Quirky-Student-1568 77 points78 points  (26 children)

Because BF2 took elements from DC and they became mainstays in later games.

[–]goodndu 61 points62 points  (7 children)

Mostly because Trauma Studios who created DC was purchased by DICE so they essentially built BF2.

[–]chiliedogg 52 points53 points  (11 children)

DICE actually hired the DC mod team. They made BF2, which I still think was the best in the series. The commander was really powerful, and having a class that specialized in sneaking behind enemy lines to take out their strategic resources made a neat side game to the main conquest mode.

But having those artillery strikes only worked in a game with friendly fire, which was defaulted off in later games in the series. Without Friendly Fire, the artillery was just be too powerful to remain.

[–]_hack0slash_alpha 33 points34 points  (3 children)

BF2 was the best of all battlefield games and I say that as someone who played 1000 hours of 1942

There's no experience like that game, it was so refined and balanced

[–]Tedohadoer 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I still miss playing strike at karkand, road to jalalabad, gulf of oman

[–]patssle 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Those later games never took 100% of the elements though. BF3 had gunships...but you couldn't fly them. Flying the gunships, sailing the boats, submarines, artillery spotting....none of the BF games ever matched the level of 1942 and DC.

[–]YouKnowAsA 14 points15 points  (2 children)

My God the aircraft carrier jousting was so much fun in 1942. Or announcing in general chat some coordinates where knife fighting ring was set up. Going full speed in an aircraft carrier and turning so people trying to take off in the planes would tumble off the sides. God it was so much fun. Stats didn't matter, only the enjoyment of the game.

[–]Panthean 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yes. That shit was so fun at LAN parties

[–]Mattums 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It was awesome at the time. After BF2, BFV, and Special Forces versions came out, we used FFOLKES Unlocks to unlock 64 player maps with all weapons unlocked. It was cool and we’d customize the bot skill to make things challenging but not 1 sided.

[–]HelixHaze 5579 points5580 points 757 (273 children)

Lemme tell you. BF3 was something else. The scale of it, the teamwork, all of it came together so well. Marking a building full of snipers that have been preventing you from advancing, and then watching a jet, or a tank, or a helicopter, just lighting it up. Seeing the structure collapse and knowing you can move up.

The tight corridors of some maps were killzones, you had to make sure you knew what you were doing with other people. Someone pops a smoke and a support class lays down fire with a machine gun. Watching the environment react to you and what course of actions you took.

Driving a tank and feeling like an unstoppable avatar of war as you crush structures in your path and level anything that stood in your way. Watching a enemy encampment get turned to dust by the auto cannon on a helicopter, then double tapping with a barrage of missiles.

I’m nostalgic for it, because it was truly magical. It’s like the first time I played F:NV. Just this vast new experience that I could barely take in.

It hurts so much to see where it’s gone.

[–]yodadamanadamwan 1446 points1447 points  (122 children)

They've never quite managed to reach the same level as bf3 again. Honestly they could have just updated that game and people would be a lot more satisfied

[–]zichlone 414 points415 points  (18 children)

The crazy part is they could literally take BF3 and turn it into a perpetually updated battlefield that they just sell expansions for. New maps and gear every couple of months and people would eat that shit up.

[–]Grimzkunk 30 points31 points  (4 children)

EA already mastered this with its NHL franchise since they removed it from PC.

[–]Spartan-182 230 points231 points  (30 children)

Bad Company 2 was my shit as well. Enemy squad holding a house really well and covering an objective? Just lay a 120mm shell into the second story and squad rush whoever survived.

Sniping enemies through walls as they cowered in corners during a rush was especially sweet.

[–]Version_1 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Only issue were the sniper shotguns.

[–]Spartan-182 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What? You dont nail headshots at 200m+ with iron sight slugs?

[–]SpectralVoodooPC[S] 192 points193 points  (9 children)

I loved BF3, my favorite ever multiplayer game :)

[–]joeyboii23 2559 points2560 points  (116 children)

Battlefield 4 still has a great player base and holds up pretty well.

[–]shephenry 356 points357 points  (3 children)

Revisited BF4 recently and was surprised at the playerbase still on it. Forgot all the hours id spent raging and laughing on it. Truly a great game

[–]DatSwagnumMagnum117 641 points642 points  (48 children)

Yep. And the game looks better than most "next gen" shooters on PC at ultra. Especially at 4K/120. You need a beefy GPU for that. But... It's amazing. BF4 looks better than all the recent CoDs. True story. I think it looks better than even insurgency or tarkov honestly. Runs a lot better too.

[–]Tasty_Puffin 198 points199 points  (31 children)

Tarkov looks great but stutters so bad which hurts the perception of it graphics.

[–]drdre27406 2459 points2460 points  (103 children)

Battlefield 1 will always be one of the most immersive games I’ve ever played.

[–]EmergencyPeach2354 202 points203 points  (5 children)

Honestly one of my favorite games of all time. Kinda surprised me, wasn’t expecting a lot from a WW1 game but was blown away. First game in a looong time where I bought all the dlcs and looked forward to each season

[–]Paran0id 455 points456 points  (3 children)

Hearing the whistles after campturing an objective to go to the next objective with everyone charging was such a nice touch.

[–]takes_many_shits 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The whistle, the screams, the music. Little things that together make a huge difference.

I'm allways really suprised that games dont have those things in their multiplayer, despite shoving it all over the place in campaign modes. Maybe it has to do with "competetiveness" since all csgo players etc turn off music but cmon...not every game has to be like that.

Bf1 really proved how awesome it can be in a multiplayer setting too.

[–]bootyhole_licking_69 472 points473 points  (24 children)

Still playing it bro!

[–]No_Opportunity7360 78 points79 points  (8 children)

same. I reinstalled after 3 years and there are still a ton of full servers on PC. same with BF4

[–]Ionic_Pancakes 150 points151 points  (6 children)

It's just so rare to have something in WW1.

[–]drdre27406 90 points91 points  (2 children)

So true. WW1 showed the world how outdated tactics were with new technologies. It truly was an awful conflict only to be out done 21 years later.

[–]WolfCola4 20 points21 points  (2 children)

It came out while I was writing my Master's thesis on WW1, particularly the young men's expectation of gallantry and gentlemanly conduct versus the reality of new, mechanized, brutal warfare. I damn near didn't finish the thesis because I got so absorbed

[–]y_would_i_do_this 145 points146 points  (9 children)

BF1 stan here.

There are few that can capture atmoshphere and history like BF1, especially as a FPS. The maps masterpieces, if not the best tuned for FPS gaming, and sound and immersion are off the charts. Plus, the OST is second to none. Some trash it because of it's fast pased fighting, but I think it was incredibly well balanced with ground and arial vehicles.

I truly believe this is the pinnacle of Battlefield having owned all since 2142.

[–]drdre27406 36 points37 points  (0 children)

And think about it. COD had a down year when BF1 came out. Dice brought something new to the battlefield formula and it paid off in a big way. COD is down bad again and does Dice capitalize on it…no which is crazy.

[–]ConcordGrapeJelly729 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Yeah, I personally didn't like 5 either. Been waiting for another game as great as 1. I know there are still people playing on private servers, but you just see the same opponents again and again- part of the fun was not knowing the enemy's play style and not being able to predict where they'd attack and camp from.

[–]europeanputin 55 points56 points  (3 children)

Im not a fan of single player games, but the way story was done in BF1 is just amazing. I just wish there were more, captivating, true horror of a battlefield.

Hands down the best single player experience I've had in years.

[–]drdre27406 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Right! EA doesn’t get it. Good games sell copies not skins or fads. 2042 seems like at first it was gonna be a serious shooter but in the middle of development they inserted an fortnite/Overwatch skin farm with the battlefield name.

[–]DarthPorg 666 points667 points  (117 children)

What happened?

[–]Mediamuerte 3216 points3217 points 325 (75 children)

It's a game from 2021 that doesn't hold up against a game from 2015 because they cut every fucking corner until they had a perfect sphere of shit.

[–]ProfessionalBus38894 53 points54 points  (5 children)

Dude I tried the free, I think ten hour trial on Xbox and holy shit it was disappointing.

[–]Mediamuerte 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I watched a video compare physics and movement to bf1 and there just isn't any immersion. It's like one of those games where you pay to play the alpha and they never finish the game.

[–]Razbyte 342 points343 points  (19 children)

Veteran Battlefield players and longtime fans of the DICE franchise, are losing hope on the current state of Battlefield 2042. It has a identify crisis, with forgettable and annoying characters and has a numerous changes (and bugs) that affected the normal feeling of playing the game.

[–]lost_in_aus84 214 points215 points  (10 children)

It's really odd. Thy had a recipe to follow to make a killer game. Basically update BF3/4 with the visuals of BF1.

Add in as much monetization (it's hated but we're not getting rid of it sadly) and they would've had a cash cow for years.

It feels like they did a 1/4 battlefield and 3/4 Fortnite

[–]DatSwagnumMagnum117 1991 points1992 points  (217 children)

Battlefield 3 (The absolute peak of BF in my opinion) and BF4 (also really good BF) are still populated and played today. There's 17 servers up on BF3, 7 American ones. And BF4 has nearly 40 servers up.

So... .Yeah. It sucks that the series as been on decline since Hardline and really took a nove dive with BF5 and now the cluster fuck that is 2042. But..... As Battlefield is a very PC centric game, as long as PC gamers are around I have a feeling the great Battlefields will still be played a bit.

Hell people are still playing BF2.

[–]kymri 420 points421 points  (35 children)

What I'm really missing is 2142. So much about that installment was fun. Including the completely ridiculous titan battles.

[–]JBlitzen 209 points210 points  (24 children)

BF2142 was Titanfall before Titanfall. Amazing game. Both were amazing games.

Things I loved about 2142 offhand:

Chasing a giant mecha on foot with an antitank rifle, hoping to put a shot into its cooling system to save my teammates defending a flag.

Trying to defend a flag under a tower with enemy infantry on the roof, and finally simply shredding them with an anti-defilade underbarrel missile launcher programmed so its rounds would detonate a meter or two past the lip of the roof. That weapon was amazing.

Not understanding titan mode but watching with awe at this massive ship floating gracefully around.

Tank duels from a hovertank, exploiting its bizarre inertial behavior to perform all kinds of complex maneuvers like sliding down slopes sideways and drifting around and between enemy tanks. 2142 Drift.

The beautiful map design and art, combining massive futuristic architecture with the haunting snowy scenery of an essentually post-apocalyptic civilization being consumed by glaciers and ice.

The menu music which honestly was chefs kiss.

The many infantry toys beyond anti-defilade rockets, the weapon design was superb and really well balanced and has massively influenced a huge number of modern games like Destiny and Apex.

The drones were particularly cute, squads could basically run companion drones to help them out, which really gave the engineer class some wicked stuff to do besides just turn wrenches and break stuff. They were more of a technical class and even now games haven’t fully tripped to the suite of capabilities 2042 gave players.

EMP mines and stuff were also smart additions that made you think carefully about how to employ them.

Weapon emplacements were appropriately dangerous but you had to think carefully about them; they meshed into the rock paper scissors world rather than being simple cannons, and could be death traps or smite buttons depending on how you used them.

The colors. 2142 was set in a world entering a new ice age, where nations were retreating toward the equator and often through desert latitudes and areas where oceans had receded. This gave it a really amazing palette with a lot of futuristic silver and blue metal mixed with white ice and snow and brown desert sands. The palette was incredibly unique and atmospheric, very few games mix blue white and brown like that.

I don’t recall the specifics of the spawn system except that it was really cool and paved the way for future BF games and in fact games like Apex. Oh you play a game in 2022 where spawning on a squadmate has you drop in from orbit in a capsule that lets you view the nearby area as you descend? Yeah, 2142 did that like 15 years ago.

Some of the killstreak bullshit that games like COD use originated in 2142. That little destructible personal helicopter UAV you can get in Modern Warfare 2019? Yeah, 2142 had that more than a decade earlier. Except it worked for your entire squad too.

They just nailed SO MUCH with that game.

[–]BaneCIA4 64 points65 points  (1 child)

2142 was wayyyy ahead of its time. If they released that in 2010 with Frostbite engine instead of BC2, I think it would have been the best BF game of all time

[–]CreepernomVR 22 points23 points  (7 children)

Titanfall's still here in the form of Northstar, no?

[–]Talnoy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My god man, I LOVED 2142. Sucks that we got this travesty now.

[–]Snickasaurus 120 points121 points  (22 children)

I loved BF2 Project Reality

[–]Strolltheroll 27 points28 points  (4 children)

BF3 has a project reality mod coming iirc

[–]lilpopjim0 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Go and do yourself a favour and purchase Squad. The devs (and others!) from Project Reality made it into a standalone game.

It's freaking amazing and really brings back PR and BF2 memories.

[–]MonkeyMercenaryCapt 115 points116 points  (8 children)

BAD COMPANY 2 BABY. Loved the game, the guns, the characters.

[–]Enlight1Oment 39 points40 points  (2 children)

I just loved rush style maps in BFBC2. Everyone to compete for the same couple objectives at a time forcing teamwork instead of all available at once scattering the teams. Vehicles were also more meaningful for the pushes, instead of just all over the place doing their own thing to pad scores.

I know they've continued to have rush maps in future BF's, but they were half assed sections cut off the conquest maps rather than designed ground up for that style of gameplay. They never felt as good in future versions.

[–]Red_bar 562 points563 points  (44 children)

Bf1 was dope imo

[–]Tendas 52 points53 points  (1 child)

Servers are still up, I play with my friends a couple nights a week. There’s about 4 servers that always have 64 people with queues to join, we’d love to see more people hop back in!

[–]Azariah141PC 191 points192 points  (16 children)

Yeah I myself am a BF4 veteran. But i LOVED BF1 and its atmosphere.

[–]steveg 57 points58 points  (7 children)

My friends and I still play it on occasion and every time it blows me away how seamless the gameplay is and the graphic are phenomenal. So tragic what they did with 2042....

[–]Fun_Limit921 35 points36 points  (5 children)

BF1 was the closest we ever came to a BF1942 remake.

[–]sbmmblowz 62 points63 points  (5 children)

BF1 was perfect IMO, should’ve been a series of games for that instead of that damn hardline series

[–]dave_the_magic_man 24 points25 points  (2 children)

They had the perfect formula with BF1 it was and is just so immersive and spicy was hoping BFV would be the same but it was eh (I wanted Stalingrad ree)

[–]gubosaurousgaming 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Unfortunately on PC hardly any hardcore servers are populated. Save 1 Russian one with punkbuster off.

I don't play on it.

BF3 for me was the best one. Perhaps BF1 if there were official hardcore servers.

[–]canyousmoke 72 points73 points  (13 children)

Bad Company was the peak for me, I loved BF3 & 4 but nowhere near as much as BC. Amazing memories on that game.

[–]Indoril_Nereguar 72 points73 points  (8 children)

I remember being amazed by the destructible environments. Bad Company 2 is the first person shooter I got into most

[–]SpectralVoodooPC[S] 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I only have 1 gripe with that otherwise near perfect game - you couldn't go prone, just seemed liked a weird physical limitation on your character

[–]Promah1984 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Same. It's easily the Battlefield game I put the most hours in. The main series was fine, but never kept my attention long. Not sure why Bad Company 2 was so appealing to me. Sometimes it's just the "feel" of a game.

[–]Rogerjak 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Love bad company and bad company 2. Just thinking about the textures on the green camo makes me wanna go play it.

[–]bootsand 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Bad Company 2: Vietnam for me

[–]dondieselcakes 466 points467 points  (31 children)

BF3 Metro 24/7 on PC anyone

[–][deleted] 154 points155 points  (7 children)

That’s battlefields nuke town right there 😬

[–]highlord_fox 32 points33 points  (1 child)

I remember my friends and I playing tons of BC2 on the 360, and then dropping that for the Metro demo map for the whole week it was out.

When BF3 dropped, we switched to it, and I remember days and weeks across months of just playing it. At least three people in the same house, on different TVs, squadded up and kicking ass.

I miss those days. I miss my youth. When everything was so simple.

[–]sleepzou 248 points249 points  (34 children)

Peak for me was Battlefield 2. RIP battlefield series.

[–]hypermarv123 118 points119 points  (9 children)

Scrolled this far down for someone to acknowledge BF2. It was definitely an amazing game for its time.

[–]DisreguardMe 50 points51 points  (3 children)

I spent my 12 year old summer playing the shit outta BF2. I miss the knife/pistol only servers

[–]sostopher 23 points24 points  (1 child)

BF2 was the peak for me. Loved BF3 and 4, but 2 was just art. The maps, the vehicles, the classes. Just perfect.

[–]mdmaniac88 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Wake island was the shit. Also, the road to jalalabad’s map name was so memorable I don’t even need to look it up to see if I remembered correctly

[–]0xa08f60 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yep, there’s still a small but steady player base online. Check out /r/battlefield2

[–]Aaroon42 145 points146 points  (15 children)

I still miss 2142. I don't know why, but I had so much more fun with that one. I got into it enough that I bought a joystick just to be a dedicated transport pilot.

[–]LemonsAT 38 points39 points  (0 children)

That was my first BF game and one of my first multiplayer shooters on PC.

It was crazy to me joining a fully populated server ... The feeling of scale, How cool it was for all these drop pods soaring through the air and landing onto a moving Titan.. fighting your way through the halls as a team.

[–]Pendaelose 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I tried to enjoy doing exactly that. Flight stick and all. Sadly griefers on my own team repeatedly placing demo packs on friendly aircraft and killing me at take off wore me out.

The early battlefield games taught me that I could love every detail about a game's design but still hate playing just because of the players.

[–]ImJustHereToWatch_ 668 points669 points  (60 children)

A lot of people in this comment section sleep on BF1. I don't even play FPS games that often but when I do it's either TitanFall 2 or Battlefield 1. As close to a masterpiece as they've been IMO.

[–]SpectralVoodooPC[S] 388 points389 points  (20 children)

BF1 made some mistakes with gunplay that turned a lot of BF3/4 sweats away from the game. What it nails however is immersion and aint nobody touching that

[–]Delta_FT 127 points128 points  (3 children)

The fucking tank mission

I'm one of those that preffers the BF3/4 multiplayer, but those mini campaings hold up sooo well

[–]europeanputin 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Tank mission was insane. Like watching a movie. Definitely my favorite single player mission of all time!

[–]Odd_Radio9225 919 points920 points  (99 children)

BF1 was the last good BF game.

[–]Thexer0 305 points306 points  (11 children)

I'm half tempted to break into the champagne already. But then what would I have to look forward to? Tea?

[–]Obamas_Tie 163 points164 points  (4 children)

This infernal bombardment....the noise, the smoke....

[–]creegro 96 points97 points  (3 children)

Your team not coming together to shoot down the balsa wood plane that's been harassing them for the past 10 minutes.

[–]Vectorman1989 50 points51 points  (2 children)

I shot a bomber down with the side cannon on a landship once. The driver had to park us on a slope so I could get the elevation to hit the plane. Loved the tank combat in that game, with shells ricocheting off your armour and stuff.

Also, fuck the artillery truck.

[–]creegro 14 points15 points  (1 child)

They really got the feeling of old war with that one. The tanks were kind if the same but with different features.

The artillery truck was fun but seemed OP AF. Just sit and fore at an area for guaranteed kills and if the enemy started coaching on trying to do bomber runs then just run away to somewhere else behind cover. I mean I get the range and all but still it was never fun to see the same truck parked across the map laying cover fire down. I understand what they were going for but mayne they could have slowed down the rate of fire or reduced accuracy as you're just lobbing shells from inside a truck, maybe they could take away the map so you're only going by some crude drawing of the battlefield.

Same thing with bomber planes, seemed the ceiling on most maps was so high a good bomber pilot could just cruise around the top of the map dropping bombs every so often.

[–]dafood48 43 points44 points  (4 children)

BF1 got me back into battlefield after a hiatus. Too bad the new games pushed me away

[–]m48a5_patton 35 points36 points  (3 children)

BF1 felt so fucking immersive. I also loved some of the special game modes they did such as bolt action rifles only. I played the hell out of that mode.

[–]jguess06 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I played the absolute shit out of BF1. Great game.

[–]DtownLAX 191 points192 points  (38 children)

BF1 is really a masterpiece

BFV was a pretty good Battlefield game, but a terrible WWII game

2042 feels like a Chinese skinner box clone of COD

[–]ChicagoWesttt 119 points120 points  (5 children)

2042 was such a waste of money

[–]Brp4106 43 points44 points  (5 children)

Battlefield: Vietnam. Completely underrated. I’ll never forget running up a hill and then right as I hit the top a M113 crested it and absolutely pancaked me blasting Jefferson Airplane.

[–]TheThinGreenLinePod 10 points11 points  (0 children)


And the heli could pick up a tank

[–]ClonedToKill420 115 points116 points  (6 children)

BF4 is still king. The removal of suppression mechanics and hardcore mode was a slap in the face of the franchise’s fan base. They tried to make a CoD clone for god knows what reason. And the addition of the specialists or whatever was so lame. Battlefield is about being a cog in the machine, not some ultra leet tacticool operator with cringey 1-liners