Why are gamers more excited for Battlefield 1 over Call Of Duty : Infinite Warfare?

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EA games and Activision….two companies at the top of the videogaming industry…primarily in the field of fps games…

These 2 giants are soon to clash head on with their latest entries: EA games is releasing Battlefield 1, a game set in World War 1, an aspect never before explored in previous fps games, and Activision is coming up with Call Of Duty : Infinite Warfare , which will be jumping far, far into the future!

Battlefield 1 will take place in trenches and on horseback, while Infinite Warfare is going into space with rocket ships. The two franchises have never been so different and in contrast with each other!

But the main question is….Which one will come out on top?

So far, the only material of comparison anyone has are the trailers….and according to them, Battlefield 1 has blown COD:IW out of the water!

The trailer of Battlefield 1 has received great response, and some have even gone on to call it the “best videogame trailer of all time”! Sadly, the same cannot be said about Infinite warfare, as it’s trailer is the second most disliked video in youtube history!

Every passing year has seen more gamers split between the two already, as loyal fans plump for ‘their game’ over and over, yet this year might finally see Call of Duty fans jump ship to Battlefield for good, simply off the back of how negatively Infinite Warfare has been received.

I can tell you as a Call of Duty fan, this is the year for me. Battlefield has simply won me over on too many individual aspects. Early on in the race, EA’s shooter has taken a commanding lead, and here’s why….

GRAPHICS

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We may only be working off of two teaser trailers, but honestly the difference between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is pretty obvious.

While I must admit, in recent years CoD has been upping its game on the graphics front – and Black Ops III is quite the stunner – CoD’s engine is still nothing out of the ordinary. Infinite Warfare looks to be like the same game we’ve been getting the past couple years graphically, with still much room for improvement.

On the other hand, Battlefield 1 looks truly amazing. For the most part Battlefield has gotten by with occasionally breathtaking set-pieces and plenty of lens flare, but 2016’s instalment looks like DICE are making the push to improve in every respect.

Of course, everything released so far from both games has been “in engine” footage and not actual gameplay, but from that alone, Battlefield’s engine looks far superior to CoD’s seemingly recycled style.

BATTLEFIELD’S NEW MELEE SYSTEM

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Why would a melee system in one of the biggest FPS franchises even be of any importance?

Well, World War I had a lot more close quarters combat encounters, either in the trenches or with someone meeting the business end of a bayonet. DICE has confirmed the addition of melee weapons in Battlefield including shovels, sabres, bayonets and trench clubs, all of which should add to the aspect of you fighting for your life in this bleak environment of World War I.

Black Ops III did add melee weapons to its multiplayer, but it all just worked like a re-skinned knife. Plus, it never felt like a viable option in the fast-paced environment. A bayonet back in World War I was still a thing to be feared -chances are you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of one more than a couple times as you rush around a corner in the multiplayer.

It’s just another differentiating gameplay mechanic that will make the game feel gritty – one that needed to be done. It’ll be interesting to see how it gets worked into the campaign as well.

An intense, mud-caked stealth section in enemy trenches? We can all dream, can’t we?

REALITY VS. FANTASY

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As a COD fan, I’ve loved the earlier futuristic games, but I’ve been praying for the next World At War, or atleast something a bit more….believable…..no more jetpacks, no more seeing through walls, no more sending out a flying drone to scout an area, no more fancy guns with extreme attachments. Battlefield 1 will be going back to what started it all: Heavy guns and brutal warfare.

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Of course the game isn’t going to be entirely realistic, as truthfully no one wants precisely that. You’ll still be a one man army able to mow down opposing armies.

It’s the fact that Battlefield 1 will take place in a war that actually happened. Being able to go back and study the war, which DICE has certainly done, will make the game feel like an accurate retelling, and not a fantasy. Granted some of the imagery shown so far is very escapist and plays into the fact it’s still a multiplayer shooter, but World War I was brutal, the trenches were a nightmare and mustard gas was absolutely terrifying.

Seeing the effects of these things in the game will be unsettling, it will, but it’s a tribute to what the men and women who fought this war went through. It’ll be nice to have boots on the ground and not running along a wall for a change.

THE RISK

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It must be said, the decision to go back to World War I was a bold move from EA and DICE. It may have been a move fans have been asking for, but the current market is saturated with futuristic and fast-paced FPS games. Forgoing Ghosts, Call of Duty has been living in the future for the past four years, what with Black Ops II, III and Advanced Warfare.

All these releases tend to blend into one: Fast paced movement, booster packs, exo-skeletons, robots – it gets further and further away from what established the franchise in the first place.

Battlefield, on the other hand, is going back nearly 100 years and giving us a war that has barely been covered in videogames. Unlike COD, it doesn’t remain in it’s comfort zone.

It’s just nice to finally see a big AAA title take a risk with a more untapped time period, because other than Far Cry Primal, no one has done so in quite some time.

STORY

So, going off what little has been released so far, here’s Infinite Warfare’s story… I think.

In the future, Earth’s natural materials have run dry because of over population, so other planets and asteroids need to be mined for their materials. A rogue faction declares war and you must prevent this faction from taking over the entire solar system. Throw in a lot of new organizations and a lot of acronyms and boom, that’s Infinite Warfare. I mean, look at the video above and tell me you aren’t already bored of the villain after 30 seconds!

Working during the time of World War I and sticking to an actual event that actually happened on Earth, the ability to pull from the emotion of one of the biggest events in human history alone will add immensely. Developers have also stated the campaign will have “more options and choices in terms of paths to completing levels and approaching combat.”

On top of that, the story is going to be told from the point of view of many playable characters, presumably from different nations. The ability to see the war from so many different sides will do nothing but add to Battlefield’s overall engagement – a page lifted right out of the book of old Call of Duty 101.

AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

As a gamer, I’ve enjoyed all of the games released nowadays and all the recent FPS games have been nothing but futuristic fast-paced shooters. Doom, Titanfall, Halo 5, and all the recent Call of Duty games all fit this mould. On seeing the trailer for Infinite Warfare, I wasn’t dissapointed, but I wasn’t much excited for it either. But when the trailer for Battlefield 1 came out, I was OVERWHELMED! The World Wars are a timeline that I’ve always been interested in, and seeing a game without all that futuristic mumbo-jumbo was just a breath of fresh air!

That being said, EA shall always remain EA, and how could they stay idle when everyone thinks the game is perfect? As amazing as Battlefield 1 is expected to be, EA has recently confirmed that Battlefield 1 will have microtransactions and map packs…I knew the game was too good to be true….

Anyhow, the game will still be on the top of my list this year, and I’m really excited to see how immersive the game’s going to be. Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare shall release on the 4th of November this year, while Battlefield 1 shall release on 21st October.

We’d love to hear about your opinion in this matter, so please feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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  • Trientiule

    For the first time in modern gaming history, Battlefield 1 will be the game to get most of the mainstream media attention. As you said, Infinite Warfare is more of the same. BF1 is going to reach all kinds of people and gamers that that are attracted to the history and realistic setting since its been so long since we’ve had something like it (COD WAW). Keep in mind EA will probably release Titanfall 2 in late August to steal some of the “futuristic” thunder away from COD in media attention as well. The media is not going to go out of their way to saturate coverage with Infinite Warfare as its too comparable to every other current FPS game being released. Beyond all that, there is a stigma developing around Infinite Warfare. Many of the younger people in school don’t want to seem uncool and BF1 is going to be the hot game this fall. Be prepared to be shocked when BF1 outsells Infinite Warfare. This year is different.

    • Would Battlefield 1 be able to handle the pressure of being in the spotlight rather being the challenger for a change?

  • Eagles83

    I can’t speak for everyone but I’m tired of the future crap. Black Ops three had the worst fps campaign that I’ve played in my life. It reminds me of Madden games where they add new things in every iteration to the point it is getting ridiculous and the controls get complicated. I missed just having a gun and shooting people which is what made Doom so refreshing. I don’t need a Michael Bay over the top shooter with constant explosions that doesn’t have a thing called pacing. CoD 4 was the last good one and they are only releasing the remaster as a bundle because they are terrified to see sales numbers for an old game destroy the new one if they were sold individually.

    So far Battlefield campaigns have not been anything special but going to World War 1 is new and is a nice change.

    • I agree, I think the main USP of DOOM has been the return of the gun, and the melee. COD became too complicated for me, when 100s of gadgets invaded your basic skill.