In shooter land, there’s just no other confrontation as big as the rivalry between EA’s Battlefield franchise and Activision’s Call of Duty.
Having made that clear, this rivalry will simply explode this year as both have recently started shipping out the games and while fans of Battlefield 3 have had a damn good play so far, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has hit the market only yesterday.
Since these two games are the most anticipated releases of 2011, early hype and first impressions matter in an incredibly high amount and on this front, EA’s experience has shown.
Battlefield 3 wins on all of these fronts, something that became visible when it got more preorders than Call of Duty and when, upon launch it managed to sell like there was no tomorrow.
Past this point however, Activision claims to have no worry about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and they even expect to continue the tradition of setting a new sales record with the new release.
While most reviewers aren’t so sure, Call of Duty has a massive following to rely upon and since reviews pretty much even out the games the logic behind the Santa Monica publisher seems to be true.
Where the fight really heats up between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is within the games themselves.
Battlefield 3 aims to deliver a more realistic experience and it does so beautifully, at some points being frightening in the psychological sense whereas Call of Duty: MW3 aims at the arcade market.
Call of Duty is also focused on smaller environments, close quarter battles whereas Battlefield serves up huge sandboxes to roam around in with different vehicles and weapons to counter.
Undoubtedly, each of the games has its merits, each of them also receives criticism for not being the other, which, in a bizarre sort of way flames up fans even more.
Multi-player functionality is, for most fans, where the battle of Stalingrad between CoD:MW3 and BF3 takes place. So far the underdog in the race, CoD fights back.
Whereas Battlefield 3 clearly favors PC multiplayer with as many as 64 participants being ready to shoot each other and consoles are capped at just 24, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 improves its online experience with further refinement and new game custom modes.
Both games are being sold in the last quarter of 2011 and both are indeed brilliant but what makes one win against the other is the fan and his preference.
There’s no proper way of picking on side for a decisive win against the other but what is more important is that these two titans will be bringing in massive amounts of money to the gaming industry.
Finances aren’t in our best interest but if they keep on loosing money (the entire industry is down on a year to year basis) none of them will actually make followups to the great franchises like BF and CoD or whatever other genre you may love.