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Five Reasons Battlefield 3 Will Be Better Than Modern Warfare 3, Five Reasons It Won’t

by Ernice Gilbert on August 11th, 2011, under Opinion Piece, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

The war’s in full throttle, then. The holiday season’s upon us and it brings along for the ride the year’s most anticipated titles. You know their names: Uncharted 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and much more. But perhaps the biggest games coming out within weeks of each other are two shooters: One’s the biggest game in the world, and the other vying to take its crown. So which game will be better? Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3? The answer’s an oxymoron.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be out on November 8th the world over, and already it’s pre-order numbers are higher than that of Call of Duty: Black Ops. What we’ve seen of the game is nothing short of stunning, showing “>scenes of destruction in New York, and a recently debuted revised Spec Ops mode that’s aiming to be a hit.

Battlefield 3 has wowed the gaming world with amazing visuals and stunning gameplay, slamming down a new standard with the Fault Line gameplay trailer, turning gamers into jubilant children. Indeed, DICE has up the ante with its latest shooter, one which uses the developers Frostbite 2 engine, and promises to raise the bar. Will the goalpost be set further back by DICE? We think so – but it won’t matter. Here’s five reasons Battlefield 3 will be better than Modern Warfare 3, and five reasons it won’t.

1: Frosbite 2 – The new engine from DICE boasts capabilities never before achievable and Battlefield 3 is the first game to take advantage of it. We’re already seeing the results from trailers released. Modern Warfare 3′s running on the same old Modern Warfare engine. A revised version of it.

2: Better Visuals – Say what you will, but never before has a shooter looked so good! Battlefield 3 looks so real that it’s almost disturbing. The blood, the gore – everything about the title brings a sense of realism never before realized in a shooter. Modern Warfare 3 looks good, just not as good as Battlefield 3.

3: 64 Players Online – This speaks for itself. Although we don’t know all the details of MW3′s multiplayer, we’re betting against 64-player multiplayer matches.

4: It’s Fresh! – The last Battlefield game was developed years ago, so Battlefield 3 will feel like a new experience. The last Call of Duty game was only developed last year. (Black Ops).

5: Dedicated Servers – Need I say more? Call of Duty gamers never have dedicated servers.

Five Reasons Battlefield 3 Won’t Be Better Than Modern Warfare 3

1: Online Pass – This one’s the biggest mistake EA could have ever made. One of the reasons Call of Duty games are so popular is because everyone has a chance to play online with their friends, doesn’t matter if they purchased the game new, used, or if they borrowed it from a friend. Battlefield 3 is different: you’ll only be able to play online if you buy the game new. Is either that or pay some kind of fee to get access. That’s a big blow.

Better On PC - Like it or not, Battlefield 3 is better on PC. The 64-player multiplayer matches I spoke of earlier, will only be on PC, as consoles will be scaled back to 12vs12 matches. The visuals I spoke of will also be only on PC, as consoles, according to DICE, cannot handle the rendering.

Too Hardcore – Battlefield 3 is a hardcore game, it’s always been that way. So gamers looking to have quick fun won’t necessarily find this one attractive. Modern Warfare 3 is a mass-appeal type of title. Literally anyone can join in on the fun.

Niche – Battlefield has always been a niche title, so don’t expect to see all your friends and their grandparents playing this one. Plus the whole online pass rubbish will keep people away. You’ll have to find new friends. Call of Duty games are played by everyone – even aliens, so it’s more than likely a good portion of your friends will be playing this, hence more fun because people you know are actually on and playing!

30FPS – 30 frames per second is what Battlefield will do on consoles, while it maxes 60FPS on PC. Obvious PC bias there. Apparently it does everything better on PC! DICE has claimed 60FPS isn’t possible on consoles, yet Modern Warfare 3 is doing it. RAGE is doing it – heck most of the shooters out there boast 60FPS on consoles, so why not one of the biggest shooters to come out this year? For shame.

So there you have it. Both games will be exceptional. Both games have their flaws. Both games I will get.


  1. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 9:39 am

    LOL!!! Some of the reasons that MW3 will be better than BF3 are just stupid. I am sick of people saying a game will be better than another because of the game’s frame rate. Total rubbish. And the fact that everybody and there grandmother plays call of Duty is not really a big plus. The BF3 online environment is much more mature and more fun to play with. I am sorry but MW3 will be a pile of crap compared to BF3. It may out sell BF3 and have a higher frame rate but that will not make the GAME any better.

  2. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 9:49 am

    tsk tsk tsk. You sound like a BF fanboy, bro :D

  3. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 9:54 am

    And I’m not sure the BF3 community is much more “mature and fun” to play with. All communities have their bad apples. I’ve played with some awesome guys in Black Ops, and have played with some rotten apples too. Like I said in the closing of this thread, both games have their pluses and minuses, and for that, I’ll get both.

  4. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 10:04 am

    WHO U CALLING A FAN BOY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 10:06 am

    Actually…Call of Duty was my favorite FPS for many years but I am losing faith in the series because of the way the franchise has been handled in recent years.

  7. Thu, 11th Aug 2011 at 1:51 pm

    You know, the only thing I think is wrong with Call of Duty is the 2yr cycle, basically never giving anyone a breather. Other than that, the games have been pretty decent. In fact they’ve been great!~

  8. Fri, 12th Aug 2011 at 4:44 am

    thats a joke right?
    might as well go call GTA niche!
    which other shooters are 60FPS?
    most ive checked are 30FPS.
    give me 30FPS IN ACTUAL HD! over 60FPS in sub HD any day of the week!
    though of course its going to be better on PC, hows that a bad thing?
    MW3 will also be better on PC simply because of the higher res, mod support, all the usual PC stuff.
    sorry dude, but this has gotta be the most ridiculous thing i have ever read!

  9. Fri, 12th Aug 2011 at 6:08 am

    Of course it’s Niche. Stop acting like BF is so popular. It’s played by a good many, but not as popular as COD and you know it… Remember this used to be PC only, it’s only now coming to consoles!

  10. Fri, 12th Aug 2011 at 11:31 am

    hows it niche?
    dude, i think you need to go look up the definition of niche.
    hell, ill pop on dices twitter page and will see what they have to say about calling the title niche.

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