As the year 2013 goes by it left the gamers titillated for the holiday season with the world’s most anticipated First Person Shooter games released in November 2013. Yes we are talking about the two giants of the gaming industry Infinity Ward and DICE. Gamers around the world hit the stores to get their hands onto the most anticipated games of 2013. Though both Battlefield and Call of Duty have different ways of portraying FPS gaming but one just cannot stop himself from comparing the two and here we are trying to look through every meticulous detail we can find about how the games fared and which one appealed more to the gaming community.
Single Player Campaign
After Infinity ward’s previous Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2 gave the gamers an immersive experience in the single player campaign with a great story and some breath taking moments, a lot was expected from Ghosts. The story is straight forward but fresh, there are some amazing visual effects in the form of explosions in the environment and specially the space combat scenario which are bound to take you by surprise. Infinity Ward was indeed successful in winning the hearts of the gamers in the campaign section.
On the other hand Battlefield 4 has a more weapon based action, it seems like DICE is still trying to capture the Call of Duty magic in its campaign but somehow fails, what is worth watching is the action packed open map combats which one can anyway experience in the multiplayer. So, for this section Call of Duty Ghosts is a winner.
The multiplayer gameplay is quite different for both the games. Battlefield has always had the huge maps long range gun and vehicle combats where as call of duty relied on gun or hand close range high action combats. Both the games are equally appealing to the audience but battlefield 4 has taken the combat to a whole new level of realism. With the Frostbite 3 engine the building destruction, reflections and overall gameplay immerses you in a whole new way and you just can help but play for long hours.Not only this, Battlefield 4 has its battlelog app for the smartphones and tablets, you can set up your loadout or you can be a part of a game and send combat orders to your squad directly on the go without keeping you engrossed in the action even when you are away from your console or pc. This surely makes things better for the players who want to stay in touch with the game even on the move.
Battlelog for Tablets and Smartphones
Call of Duty has always been a leader in multiplayer FPS gaming with its action packed gameplay and killstreak system. This year also Infinity Ward did not let its supporters down with Ghosts. There are some new and fresh game modes like blitz and cranked which improve the overall experience and keep you engrossed till the very end of the game. But somehow Infinity Ward failed to bring about any significant changes to the gameplay which totally feel like Call of Duty. The same old gun combat which gets a bit monotonous sometimes. Though Ghosts puts up a fair fight to Battlefield 4 but we have to give this one to Battlefield 4.
We all know how amazing Battlefield 3 was, the special effects and the reflections on the map and objects felt so real. With the Frostbite 3 engine the graphics have escalated to a whole new level. The explosions, bullet damage effect, map reflections, environment response all feel pretty real. Just when you think it cant get any better we got to see the most amazing part of it all , you can demolish entire buildings and skyscrapers during the game making the opponent rush for cover. This takes the immersion to an insanely new level and yes it gives you goosebumps. The level of detail in the open field maps also feels amazing to play in and does provide a level of realism to the whole gaming experience.
Infinity ward tried to pose a comeback with Call of Duty Ghosts by announcing that it would be released for the next-gen consoles. With added environment interactions and special effects, the game does manage to sweep you off your feet. The forest detailing and reflections bring about a level of realism but fail to go past that Call of Duty cliche graphics. It seems like Infinity ward could not exploit the next generation console hardware completely as the graphics show no major difference. We have to give this one to Battlefield 4.
So the bout is fair and even. Both franchises tried their level best to lure the gaming community to their end but it really would be unfair to crown a sole winner. Battlefield 4 does seem to be a winner here but it is just a personal opinion based on my review. I would leave it up to you guys to decide who deserves to win the crown of THE BEST FPS GAME OF 2013.