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Battlefield and Call of Duty both released installments of their ever popular first person shooter series' as release titles for Xbox One, but which one offers the superior experience?
Both series’ have been accused of committing the same sins. Both have been praised by gamers and critics. Both have consistently sold strong. Both offer great online multiplayer.
They’re so similar, yet fans are totally divided.
Yes there are fans of both franchises, but they’re as rare as somebody who owned a SNES and a Genesis – they’re few and far between. And even those who do play both undoubtedly have a favorite, but with both games having similar gameplay, graphics and themes, which one could possibly come out on top?
This is a tough one to call. Both games are available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and to the naked eye the difference between each generation is marginal (however with the Xbox One technology being so new, that is inevitable – just look at the graphics from King Kong on Xbox 360 compared to the likes of Tomb Raider toward the end of the consoles reign).
Whereas Call of Duty: Ghosts have introduced dogs, Battlefield 4 has kept things firmly focused on EVERYTHING. Environments, textures, weather effects and animations are all beautiful – to see a building come down in multiplayer is a wondrous sight to behold. The rain effects are ultra-realistic and it generally feels a lot more like next generation graphics than Call of Duty: Ghosts.
For me, Battlefield 4 comes out on top.
Battlefield 4 1 – Call of Duty: Ghosts 0
If you have played an entry in the Call of Duty series then you are already familiar with Call of Duty: Ghosts. There is little new here (except for, y’know, the doggy), but for a lot of people that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The old saying ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ holds strong and true as far as Call of Duty: Ghosts is concerned. They have been perfecting their style for many years now, and whilst the gameplay is nothing new it is tried and tested. It feels comfortable and familiar, like coming home to a new friend… with a dog.
Battlefield 4 is much the same, so this on is impossible to call. Both games do have fantastic gameplay. They're so immersive, so during the more particularly harrowing sequences, you genuinely do feel panicked and that you’re genuinely fighting for your life.
This one just has to be a tie. It can’t be anything else.
Battlefield 4 1 – Call of Duty: Ghosts 0
Single player campaign
Wow, these categories are tough. Both games have strong single player campaigns, so neither stand out as being an obvious winner. Battlefield 4 has some truly epic missions during its campaign, however Call of Duty: Ghosts tries to mix things up by setting a lot of the game in areas which have already been devastated by war. The campaign in Ghosts feels more like a story than its competitor, and it has some pretty badass characters this time around.
Battlefield 4 has little to offer on the story front, and thus feels a lot more like a series of one off set pieces rather than an overall story. Don’t get me wrong, those missions are epic, but don’t feel as solidly melded together as Call of Duty: Ghosts. Both campaigns leave much to be desired as far as length goes, clocking in at around 4-6 hours for each, which for a lot of gamers is a single sitting.
Taking this all into account, the score has to go to Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Battlefield 4 1 – Call of Duty: Ghosts 1
We may come to these games for the single player campaign, but we stay for…
For a lot of gamers multiplayer can be a deciding factor when it comes to pledging an allegiance to a particular franchise, and both games offer solid multiplayer experiences.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the 10th major title in the series, so Activision have had a lot of practice making their multiplayer experience suit what their audience wants. There is no denying that the multiplayer in Ghosts is head and shoulders above most of its competitors, but it is all so very similar to the games which came before it. If you put this title beside Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3 you would struggle to tell them all apart.
Battlefield 4 is also guilty of this, but the pure immense scale of the multiplayer maps and missions is something Ghosts must envy. 64 players in a single game, felling buildings and facing off is a thing of pure beauty. Battlefield 4’s multiplayer is like the video game worlds equivalent on a Michael Bay movie – over the top, loud, hectic and a hell of a lot of fun.
This one just has to go to Battlefield 4.
Battlefield 4 2 – Call of Duty: Ghosts 1
All this being said, there is something comforting about coming back to a Call of Duty game. I find myself being drawn back to Call of Duty: Ghosts more than I do Battlefield 4, and I’m not sure why. Yes Battlefield 4 is bigger and grander, but maybe that’s the reason why. Maybe I want to tone things down a little bit and have a dirty, gritty death match more than I do a building-collapsing, manic free-for-all death match which at times doesn’t let up.
And for that reason, Call of Duty: Ghosts has to take the point.
Battlefield 4 2 – Call of Duty: Ghosts 2
So after all that, it ends in a draw.
It may seem like I am sitting on the fence with this final score, but the games are so closely matched it really is difficult for me to say which is better. Both have their good points and both have their bad – it’s kind of like being made to choose between a favorite child.
I did say kind of.
What do you think? Which first person war shooter is your slaughter fest of choice? Let us know in the comments below and see if you can get me off that fence!
Article by - Mike Jeavons
Update Date: 12/23/2013