As we close out the month of November, many people have now had the opportunity to play or at least watch the newest installments of the Call of Duty and Battlefield series. These are going to be two of the biggest games of the year, no matter what. People are going to debate over which is the best for the next 6 months, until we hear about the next installments and have something new to talk about, however, I believe the people are starting to lean to one side over the other.
Call of Duty has been taking a direction that pushes gamers farther and farther from the real world style of war, into heavy use of robotics and most recently space. On the other hand, Battlefield has gone the complete opposite direction, and taken players back to the origins of war, with a game based on World War 1. The name Call of Duty is sure to attract millions of players every year no matter what, or at least that is the way it has been for the last 10 years. Activision has created an empire and for a long time, they were earning every game that they sold. However, CoD games have been almost identical going back to Black Ops 2. Granted, BO2 was one of the best Call of Duty games ever released, but since then, we’ve had the same game with minor changes over and over. The push forward into space, for myself and many others, was just the last straw. The re-master of Modern Warfare was certainly a step in the right direction, but making that game only available with Infinite Warfare only pushed us away even more.
What players wanted most this year, as far as I am concerned, is exactly what the new Battlefield title gave us: an old school shooter with normal, real world weapons and tools, but with the most modern visuals and gameplay that current generation consoles can give us. This game looks incredible, and from what I have seen and heard, it really offers up a great interpretation of what the Great War was actually like. Honestly, that is the best part of these games, experiencing and relating to the game and the situation without actually, ya know, going to war. Battlefield 1 takes us back to the days when a war game was relatable and you could really dive into the game. I hate to say it, but all Call of Duty did this year was put forward a knock off version of Halo. Sorry CoD, you’re about 15 years late on that one.
I am absolutely positive that there are millions of people out there who feel differently than me, and I hope you truly enjoy the newest Call of Duty game. However, I bought BO3 and CoD Ghosts and don’t feel like spending $60 on that same game with a different title again. Battlefield designers really listened to the people this year, and put together a masterpiece of a game, and I am guessing that they will be rewarded going forward. On the other hand, watch out Activision. You might not be quite so invincible after all.