By now, you’ve probably seen the trailers for this year’s big shooters, Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. As I’m sure you are also aware, these 2 different franchises are going in 2 different directions, even down to the concept of combat itself. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air that we aren’t going to end up with 2 World War 2 shooters or anything like that. Unfortunately, with 1 of these games taking place in an alternate-history World War 1 while the other is a space-aged fight for life as we know it.
Here where things, at least to me, get a little weird. I really think that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is going to end up being to go-to shooter for this holiday season and end up beating out Battlefield 1 for supremacy. Before you jump down to the comment section to angrily lob some insults at me, I want to be very clear. The idea of a World War 1 shooter is really cool, the concept of real trench warfare and traditional melee weapons sounds awesome. Finally, biplane-based combat with dirigibles could be amazing. Unfortunately, Battlefield 1 just isn’t go to succeed in a way Infinite Warfare will.
Let’s start with brand recognition here, Call of Duty is still the go-to game when it comes to competitive FPS titles. Overwatch may take a chuck out of the pie this year, but after Hardline’s limited success and all the complaints about Battlefront, Battlefield is appearing to be the odd man out. Unfortunately, Battlefield’s latest entries were lukewarm at best and while the latest Call of Duty wasn’t received super well, it’s primary opposition is still trying to overcome a 3 game slump. There’s simply no momentum for EA and Battlefield, that isn’t good. It also doesn’t end there.
When it comes to multiplayer, if Battlefield follows its current trends, Call of Duty gets a gimmie when the topic of multiplayer comes up too. EA has already confirmed that the web-based matchmaking will return on PC, which was absolutely garbage. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you have to actually open up the matchmaking launcher on your browser to play a game from Battlefield. Also, if squad-based combat, which is a Battlefield staple, returns it will concede the pick-up and play market to Infinite Warfare. There are just too many people that want to jump into a game, play a round and call it a day.
Next, we have the settings of each game. Battlefield 1 is touting trench warfare and biplane dogfights, which there is nothing wrong with. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is putting combat on earth, in space and in spaceships as well. If there ends up being a game mode where you can fly ships around and fight each other, Infinite Warfare will do what even Star Wars Battlefront could not. Call of Duty simply will be offering my variety for your setup in both single player and multiplayer. It also fills a void that was left with the general disappointment from Halo. This is a huge departure from their norm, though.
Finally, with the topic of single player, I don’t think that there is anyone out there that would argue that Call of Duty has, as a whole, consistently offered the better single player experience between the 2 franchises. Battlefield has offered a silly, cliched, story that usually follows one or two primary protagonists through a storyline that shows off a few multiplayer locales. Call of Duty usually tells a better story that is filled with drama, action and enough twists that you will get caught off guard by at least one of them. Match point, Call of Duty.
I really do want to reiterate here that I don’t expect Battlefield 1 to fail, as a matter of fact I really do hope this is EA’s best release to date. When there is competition, the games are better for it. What I am saying here is that at the end of the day, Battlefield 1 will be a safer game that is just giving up far too much ground to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare out of the gate. It’s still early, so there may still be a few surprises out there, but as of right now it is looking like Holiday ’16 is Call of Duty season.
Yeah, I explained all this without mentioning that you can get Call of Duity: Infinite Warfare with a remastered version of potentially one of the greatest FPS games of all time, Modern Warfare.