Life’s full of epic head-to-head battles. Microsoft vs. Sony, Red Bull vs. Monster and Wile E Coyote vs. Roadrunner. Perhaps none are as fierce as the competition between Call of Duty and Battlefield. On the retail box for Battlefield 4, publishers EA actually printed quotes from IGN saying “Frostbite 3 engine and Battlefield 4 put Call of Duty: Ghosts to shame”. Boom, headshot…
Armies of Battlefield fans accuse CoD players of needing an oversimplified, easily digestible game that represents both their IQ and their gaming skills. Meanwhile, the CoD contingency accuse Battlefield players of being masochistic gaming snobs, whose favorites franchise isn’t entertaining enough for them so they seek competition elsewhere by starting pointless arguments.
Who’s right? Well, it’s a tough call, but we do have reliable intel that the Carebear’s arch nemesis, Professor Coldheart is a diehard Battlefield fan… Rather than wade into this ugly debate, let’s look at some facts and early reports.
Which has the Best Graphics?
Well, this is The Ultimate Gamer blog, so graphics seems a good place to start. Scandinavian developer, DICE is certainly proud of its achievement of visual gloriousness in Battlefield 4, boasting that it’s made “the REAL next gen title” on its Facebook page. The guys at IGN have showed their hand, and we’re inclined to agree. This war sim is almost as sexy as your average Swedish blonde.
When looking at Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s difficult to avoid the feeling that the game is kind of dated. It’s not just us to think so, with several sources reporting similar criticisms. There’re also some worrying screenshots posted where the light sourcing looks pretty shoddy, though they were released as promotional material and may not be indicative of a problem with the graphics engine.
Destructible Levels (Or “Levolotion”)
Using a phrase coined by the Battlefield team, so-called ‘levolution’ sees triggerable events that cause serious map destruction that causes big impacts on gameplay. Entire skyscrapers fall into their footprints and huge industrial chimneys topple down sideways with some impressively realistic physics and graphics.
Call of Duty also has destructible levels though they’re kind of cliché. We’ve seen piles of logs falling down to block roads on many a cheesy Japanese shooter Arcade over the past 10 years or more. A lot of the “destructible levels” aspects in the new CoD seem more like marketing leverage than something created to have a major impact on gameplay.
Which is more Accessible?
Some gamers may disagree, but it’s important to cover this one. Not everyone is as hard-core as everyone else and many people don’t have the time or the inclination to spend endless hours learning campaigns that turn into torturous clustermuck if people don’t know what they’re doing.
Battlefield does have a steeper learning curve and if your team doesn’t work together effectively, you won’t get the fun, stress release you were looking for after a long day in the office. You’re also much less likely to have a quick bit of fun before having to do real life inconveniences like eating dinner.
Call of Duty on the other hand is much more accessible. The controls are easier to get your head around is and you don’t have to factor in things like recoil suppression when you’re learning how to wtfpwn your buddies.
Which one should you buy?
This one’s relatively easy to answer. If you’ve played CoD and you’re happy with it, there’s no reason to now switch over to Battlefield. By all accounts, Call of Duty: Ghosts is more of the same (albeit with improvements and refinements. Exactly, the same applies for Battlefield 4.
Is Battlefield a little too hard core? Don’t sweat it and check out CoD. But, if you play CoD and feel it becoming formulaic or less challenging, it may be time to shift. It’s worth a mention that BF4 currently has some exploits and bugs as it may have been rushed out of the door to launch on time with next gen consoles in. But it’s likely these will be fixed with downloadable updates in the coming weeks.
There are also one or two things missing like an all-vehicle multiplayer, but more modes have been added besides. As for the latest Call of Duty, we’ll have to see what the final version looks like.