Battlefield vs. Call of Duty
Activision, Electronic Arts, FPS game, Battlelog, Elite, etc.! If you haven’t guessed it right by now, you must be a "noob" in the gaming community. If you have guessed right, then give yourself a nice pat on your back and continue reading. Activision and EA have together produced an interesting world war among two popular and large fan bases! We all know that Battlefield and Call of Duty are the best first person shooter franchises that have ever been created. Now with their new installments to launch this fall, the world of gaming has turned into a gigantic mosh pit that pits the Call of Duty fans against those of Battlefields! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released on the 8th of November whereas Battlefield 3 releases on the 25th of October. Witness the biggest gaming collision of the century this October-November!
The previous installment to the Battlefield series, Bad Company 2, sold about 6.5 million copies worldwide while Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops sold over 20 million copies. This time around, it is expected that the sales of Battlefield 3 will drastically increase while Activation’s share will drastically reduce! These are not the words of an ordinary gamer, but the words of Michael Pachter, a man known in the gaming industry for his analysis and for his predictions.
When it comes to graphics and visuals, Battlefield is definitely ahead of the two. When the demos were broadcasted at the E3 convention, EA managed to steal the crowd’s hearts with its breathtaking and realistic visuals. A lot of CoD fans are upset due to certain features of the game. For instance, instead of working on a new game engine, Activision worked on their existing Modern Warfare 2 engine and upgraded/tweaked it a little with “cool” new additions. This is indeed a real glory for sadness in this situation for Activision.
Electronic Arts on the other hand partnered with DICE and created the Frostbite 2.0 engine which is making even Call of Duty fans switch question their loyalty as Frostbite 2.0 features a whole new world of animation with key features that include – advanced path finding, real-time lighting, almost life like animations, new mechanics on weapons and machines, advanced teammate skills and options, state of the art physics based destruction and *whew* a lot more. Call of Duty is supposedly the king of FPS games, if EA could create a new game machine for BF3, then why couldn’t Activision do it for CoD: MW3? Ultimately, this will cause Activision to suffer some major loss in sales and consecutively lose their fans to BF3.
Activision has come up with a new few feature they call Call of Duty: Elite! With this new feature, you can connect (play with players you want to, connect with online friends, and meet new CoD players online), compete (Compete for virtual and real world prizes, test your skills in tournaments and events) and improve (you get exclusive strategy videos, personal stats, detailed Intel on maps, weapons and lots more)! Great, but there is a downside - you are expected to pay for Call of Duty Elite. Because of the introduction to this premium service, it is expected many loyal Call of Duty players have now become members of the growing Battlefield 3 community. Who by the way have their own FREE version of "Call of Duty: Elite", called Battlelog. Needless to say, it is very obvious EA/DICE prepared for a battle like no other.
Call of Duty had always been known for its pure run, camp, grenade and shoot kind of action, which a large percentage of gamers enjoy. They do their part well in providing such an action packed game; but where is the innovation in this? Where is the originality? This is yet another area where Activision's game lacks and EA’s game masters – Gameplay! The Battlefield series has bigger maps, realistic visuals, insane audio, vehicles, etc. On top of everything else, BF3 requires teamwork. Teamwork is one of the strongest selling point to the Battlefield Franchise. Players have never found themselves more in a team based environment when it is crucial to communicate with your team mates in order to win. Call of Duty lacks this, and it was not until the release of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in 2010 when players started to take this element into account.
Partick Bach, the executive producer of Battlefield 3 said “Everyone wants there to be a fight between us– and I understand that – but the problem is if you say it’s a ‘fight,’ you’re assuming you’re competing at the same sport. We have so many things in our game that aren’t a part of Modern Warfare 3, so it really comes down to personal preference. You choose based on the depth you want, the maturity level, your own personal taste… it’s all about how you get your fix. We’re building the game we want to play, and there are a lot of Battlefield fans who agree with us.” The battle between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 vs Battlefield 3 could not be concluded any better then the words of Partick Bach!