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E3 2011: ‘Modern Warfare 3’ VS. ‘Battlefield 3’ … Which Will YOU Play?
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For those of you who don’t know, Activision’s Call of Duty video game franchise has been the top dog when it comes to warfare and especially when it comes to online (non-MMO) multiplayer action for a long while now. But after they forced out many of the top talent they had working for them at Infinity Ward, most fans were angered by the harsh, overdramatic tactics used in basically just “firing” these gentlemen, and confidence in how good the next chapter in their ultra-popular series, Modern Warfare 3, would end up being.

As all of that drama was playing out, DICE was busy making a game titled Battlefield 3 for EA using the new Frostbite 2 engine. And when a demo of how the game looked showed up, many bitter Call of Duty fans seemed ready to jump ship without a second thought…especially with rumors of Activision starting to charge people to play online. We eventually found out that the new pay service was simply an added bonus for those who wanted to get it, and that everyone could continue playing online as they have been…but is it too late already?

Both titles are being shown off in-depth at this year’s E3 convention, so all we can do is watch and see which way we’re leaning. You can see video “arguments” for both games below””watch them and share who you plan on playing come this fall! Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3…who will it be?

Me personally, I’m not going to jump the gun, so to speak. I think both games look like a ton of fun””MW3 has that insane over-the-top action going for it, while B3 offers jaw-dropping realism to its locations, combat, and textures.

You get the feeling that Battlefield looks way too good to work well with a console and/or multiplayer action. Every demo we’ve seen so far is on a PC, and while that’s good for PC players the rest of us have no choice but to worry whether the consoles can handle all its glory. That said, as you can see in the video below, it is promised that the engine was built to look that good on all platforms (which, when you watch their PC Tank demo below, you’ll have a hard time believing). Xbox 360 and PS3 demonstrations are expected soon, so sit tight for those.

On the other hand, the Call of Duty guys have their system and recipe perfected. The graphics aren’t nearly as “alive” as Battlefield‘s, but they’re still very impressive looking and the developers know that their game and its multiplayer offerings will be top-notch come game time.

So does the crafty old vet find a way to survive all this negative criticism and still reign supreme, or will a new warrior step up and actually take over the throne as best new warfare shooter/online multiplayer title?

Check out the videos below and decide for yourself (the second Battlefield video is not from E3, but the best look at non-tank gameplay to go on so far).

Predictions and opinions welcomed as always!








  1. If Activision starts charging I’m out.  I have been playing COD for 4 years, but I will drop them in them in a second.

    Comment by Ffdaz — June 7, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  2. Nice post but im sorry to say that i really hate posts from someone that seems to have only experienced from one side of the fractions. You seem somewhat more informed on MW3 not even mentioning they are using the same engine, which is fine, its just that u made it seem like they made “perfected” graphics which are simply the same as MW2. I say you are on MW3’s side because it seems you havnt played the BF multiplayer style and gamplay and simply saying “realism gameplay” like everyone that just has that to say (I know it has that realism but its not the only thing it has for it, if you what i mean). You dont mention the style of BF’s multiplayer that has fans from all over the world. All im trying to say is that BF3 is not another shooter out there that looks realistic, it has an award wining developer team (DICE) that has been making this type of muiltiplayer for many years (more than IW not to mention). And its a SEQUEL from a very popular game that hundred and thousands of fans still play, AKA this is Huge to BF community. (same feeling when MW2 was announced to help you understand.)Again, great post, showing both games with videos!, but reading the part of BF kind of made me facepalm with the info was mostly just for MW3. By the way im not a fan boy and against CoD since i play Cod and BF and have purchased every CoD game to be released (since CoD2) and haave bought many BF titles(BF1942,43, BF2, BF2142) the last sentence was for the fanboy comments lol. 

    Comment by Joker21player — June 7, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  3. Personally, I think that COD is re-using too many of its mechanics. I mean we already did those mechanics in MW2, BO and now all this stuff is getting repetitive. Also, I don’t see anything special in BF3 other than it’s graphics. It has gunplay and vehicles that we have already played. Stuff is just getting repetitive. To be honest, I’ll just buy Duke Nukem Forever.

    Comment by Alexanderbean — June 7, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  4. No Brainer – BF3 all the way!!!!!!

    Comment by Ex COD Fan — June 7, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

  5. I’m guessing those two MW3 videos total 25% of the complete game.

    Comment by Guest — June 8, 2011 @ 1:06 am

  6. Jumping ship, i didn’t buy any modern warfare game after mw2…didn’t care for black ops or this mw2.5, battefield 3 where do i sign?

    Comment by Helloandroid — June 8, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  7. BF3, no contest. After Activision punked the guys at Infinity Ward I’m boycotting all CoW titles.

    Comment by Rodolfo Valdes-Castaneda — June 9, 2011 @ 2:39 am

  8. The reason why the engine is still the same is because of idiots like you who play games on xbox or on ps3. The xbox can’t even handle frostbite 2.0.  

    Comment by James Arrow — June 9, 2011 @ 10:54 am

  9. If I have enough cash to upgrade my PC then I will go with BF3 first, if not it will be MW3.

    Comment by T — June 11, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  10. I’ll probably be buy both games. I hate Activision, but the work Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have done can’t go unnoticed… this will probably be the last COD game I get for a long while.

    Comment by Ofetemo — June 15, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  11. sorry to say but you have no taste in video games

    Comment by Cgf — June 16, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  12. Battlefield 3 (commonly abbreviated to BF3) is a first-person shooter action video game, being developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and to be published by Electronic Arts. The game is set to be released on October 25, 2011 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[3] Despite its name, it is the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise, and the direct sequel to Battlefield 2, released in 2005

    Comment by msr ppix — June 29, 2011 @ 7:49 am

  13. Battlefield 3 (commonly abbreviated to BF3) is a first-person shooter action video game, being developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and to be published by Electronic Arts. The game is set to be released on October 25, 2011 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[3] Despite its name, it is the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise, and the direct sequel to Battlefield 2, released in 2005

    Comment by Gfrgr — June 29, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  14. Both these games look great but it all comes down to what you prefer, if you rather a smaller map with more action and close up gun fights where you are rewarded for your kills then you will want to play MW3. However if you would rather play a game where you work more as a team on a much bigger map with destructible buildings and the ability to use vehicles then you will want to play BF3. But thats just the online if your only interested in the campaign then you will most likely find that BF3 is better because of it’s new engine but you may also find MW3 to be funner and it may even have a better story line. I don’t really know because neither game has realised so you can’t tell yet but that is my best guess. If you are like me tho then you will buy both games because there are many things about CoD that I really like and there are also many things about BF that I really like, so for me it’s both.

    Comment by Connorloughnan — July 8, 2011 @ 9:02 am

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