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 belowâ€”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 funâ€”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!
MODERN WARFARE 3
HUNTER KILLER MISSION GAMEPLAY
BLACK TUESDAY GAMEPLAY
TANK BATTLE PC GAMEPLAY