While we all love a good bit of fantasy and sci-fi, old school war games are worth getting into from time to time. There have been some iconic franchises over the years, and nothing beats the likes of Battlefield, Wolfenstein and Call of Duty, at least when it comes to popularity. World War 1 and 2 games have a cult following, and if you are one of the many people who love old-school shooters with no futuristic weaponry and nothing but pure action, you have come to the right place. Here are some of the best games that you can pick up on Xbox and PlayStation if you are a fan of war games. Some of the titles on the list focus heavily on multiplayer gameplay while others are deeply invested into the single-player campaigns, so you’ll get a well-rounded experience. You can play these top war games on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Andriod or even online.
10. Battlefield V (2018)
If you want to try out the latest the Battlefield franchise has to offer, head straight into Battlefield V. The game did not receive the strongest launch due to a number of reasons, including EA’s decision to isolate its own playerbase with remarks, but the game as a whole is worth playing if you have never tried a Battlefield game before. The reworked multiplayer is a step up from most other multiplayer games that have released till date, and the gunplay is superb. It does, however, need some balancing changes and gameplay tweaks to make the experience better than what it is right now. The soundtrack and graphics are just superb, and it is receiving a new Firestorm game mode as well, which brings battle royale to the game for the first time. If you are a fan of games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and want a much more polished experience, Firestorm might be worth a shot. The triple-A quality combined with the amazing optimization of the Frostbite engine should definitely allow for some great gameplay.
9. XCOM 2: War of The Chosen (2017)
If you are into turn-based strategy games, XCOM 2 will definitely offer you the true-blue war experience. Unlike other strategy games, you do not have to rely on grinding for better equipment. Everyone gets access to a standard suite of equipment as they progress through the story and if you are looking for better gear, you can head on to the Black Market. When it comes to gameplay, very few titles even come close to War of The Chosen in terms of in-depth strategizing. Every single play needs to be backed by sound decision making. The concealment mechanic changes a lot for the players, and it requires a lot of planning.
You always want to start off strong when engaging the enemy and snowball from there. However, a frontal approach may backfire if you are not aware of how you can capitalize on your advantage. While the performance is fine on consoles, if you are planning on picking the game up for PC, it won’t run particularly well if you have a low-mid end PC. In order to have a really good experience, we strongly recommend sticking to PS4 or Xbox, if you don’t have a monster PC.
8. Battlefield 3 (2011)
Despite several spin-off games, DICE did not lose focus and returned to the roots of the original Battlefield. Battlefield 3 is definitely one of the best games we’ve got from DICE. The studio along with EA went neck to neck against Call of Duty, and it definitely held its ground as a top shooter. Call of Duty continues to be the number one shooter when it comes to consoles, but it was definitely not the case in 2011. Battlefield 3 is available for Xbox One only and not for PS4. While the campaign of the story did not hold up as well as something like Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3’s online gameplay is truly something else. The gameplay is smooth, and despite some of the cuts that the console versions had to face due to the technical limitations, when it comes to hardware, the game looks quite beautiful nonetheless. Battlefield 3 is the comeback title for the franchise, and it definitely lives up to player expectations, seeing millions of copies sold globally across all platforms.
7. Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019)
If you are looking for some true blue World War II action, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is turning out to be the perfect game. We have lived through the adventures of Terror Billy in the previous Wolfenstein games over the years, and now he seems to have moved to Paris. We get to play as BJ’s twin daughters in Youngblood who set off to find their father who has not contacted anyone in weeks. Unlike other Wolfenstein games, this is a pure co-op experience, and if you get the Deluxe version of the title, you can play through the entirety of the campaign even if your friend does not own the game.
With just months to go until Youngblood’s release, it is one of the most awaited shooters of this year. We will get to have a fresh perspective on the series, and we desperately want to see what the developers come up with to shake things up. We all know how BJ operates with his ruthless aggression, and his daughters seem to have the same set of skills. The game is not only coming to consoles, but also to the Nintendo Switch.
6. Call of Duty: World War II (2017)
World War 2 games never get old, and we have seen time and again that fans love exploring what the era of turmoil has to offer through video games. Despite Call of Duty opting for futuristic titles for years, Activision finally made a comeback to the World War II era with Call of Duty: World War II. The gameplay does not offer anything particularly new, but it is definitely in line with what fans were expecting. The game also has a zombie mode that allows you to take on Nazi zombies. Zombies mode has become part of the Call of Duty franchise, whether you like it or not, and we will see more of it in the future. If you are a Call of Duty veteran who left the franchise when Activision went all futuristic with its setting, this is a great game to pick up. The community is still quite active on console and matchmaking is a breeze.
5. Middle Earth: Shadow of War (2017)
Are you a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings franchise? Do you want to experience what it feels like battling orcs and the evil forces of Sauron? Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is definitely the right game to get into. The title at launch had microtransactions which led to a lot of controversies and Warner Brothers and Monolith defended it by saying it’s just a part of player choice. However, that changed with an update last year that removed pay-to-win elements. Ignoring the messy microtransaction debacle, Shadow of War is a fantastic game that any Lord of The Rings fan should pick up. You go to war against orc tribes, and you get to recruit your own army along the way too. The Nemesis system is really good at what it does, and you will constantly find yourself in battles against enemy forces. The campaign is brilliant, and you will see a number of familiar characters from the LOTR universe.
4. Battlefield 1 (2016)
We know the Battlefield games make no sense when it comes to their release titles. Battlefield is definitely not the first title in the franchise and the “1” is a symbolism for Battlefield, with EA turning back time into the World War 1 era. The war stories are definitely not worth most people’s time as they are forgettable and there is no real campaign. However, the multiplayer on the other hand is what defines Battlefield 1. While the gameplay is far from being balanced in multiplayer game modes, it is definitely an experience worth remembering. The game has aged well, and it looks quite stunning even by 2019 standards. 2016 was known for its amazing shooters like Overwatch and DOOM, and Battlefield 1 definitely deserves to be on that list of the year’s greatest games. With up to 64 players battling it out on the maps, the large-scale fights are what define the franchise and the polished experience in this title is worth checking out.
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3. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (2017)
The Wolfenstein franchise began with Wolf 3D in 1992, and it introduced millions of players to a world where Germany won World War II and took over. The Wolfenstein franchise has evolved well over the years, and things got crazier as the game took a lot of liberty into making the alternate future filled with Nazi-killing mayhem. The New Colossus is quite different from other titles in the franchise as it explores Terror Billy’s childhood and how he was abused as a child by his father.
We’d rather not spoil anything and let you experience it all yourself when it comes to the story at least. You get to meet Adolf Hitler himself in-game as you try to sneak into a Nazi stronghold and take him down. When it comes to gameplay, you have access to some really crazy dual-wielding weapons that wreak havoc on your enemies. The New Colossus is one of the best single-player shooters ever made. It has some brilliant characters, and the voice actors have done a tremendous job.
2. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (2018)
If you are looking for the perfect war game and are tired of generic World War games, feel free to take a huge step back in history and experience one of the best RTS games ever made. This is one of Microsoft’s finest titles, and despite it being years since its release, it still holds up quite well. It is one of the best when it comes to strategy games. Age of Empires is one of the biggest franchises when it comes to gaming, and the developers definitely did not disappoint with the third installment.
It takes us back to the dawn of ancient civilizations including British, Dutch, German, French, Indians, Japanese and more. If you found history classes boring and always wanted a more fun and interactive way of playing, Age of Empires III is one of the most solid games you can get your hands on. Each faction has its own unique units which can drastically change how you strategize combat. The Definitive Edition is exclusive for Xbox One, and you can also pick the games up individually on PC if you want to play using a mouse and keyboard. The bundle includes every single Age of Empires game and the DLCs, making it an attractive proposition. The downside? The game is not available for PS4 — it is a Windows and Xbox exclusive.
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1. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)
It is the ultimate Battlefield game in existence, and any fan of the franchise who has played the title can vouch for it without a shadow of a doubt. The personality of the game itself is just intense with a single-player campaign that is undoubtedly the best in the franchise. Even though the campaign has quite a few cliched elements and scenarios, it is still a lot of fun. The mission design is one of the best in video gaming history, and you will find yourself engaged throughout the whole thing.
When it comes to multiplayer content, there are a number of maps to play around with. The physics for its time is pretty impressive. No one can deny the impact BFBC2 has had on the franchise, and we hope to see a remaster someday or a Bad Company 3 to take Battlefield back to its glory days. Even though it has been 9 years since its release, there is a decent number of players in the multiplayer servers, so you can play a game or two if you want to check out the multiplayer game modes that BFBC2 has to offer.
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