Does the Great Critical Reception for Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 Spell Trouble For Call of Duty?

If you’re in the market for a good First-Person Shooter this Holiday you have plenty of options to choose from. Just last week EA released Battlefield 1 which has received great critical reception from critics and players alike for it’s bold choice to take players back to World War 1. Then later this week EA is releasing Titanfall 2 which brings new titans to the multiplayer and a single player story campaign which the first one lacked. Then on November 4 Activision will release Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered. The latter of which has people more excited than the new futuristic version.


Looking at these four shooters one may have to ask themselves which one should I pick and which ones should I skip. Today reviews for Titanfall 2 got released and yet again EA has another great game on their hands it appears. Currently Titanfall 2 has an 87 average on Opencritic joining Battlefield 1 which also has an 87. With both of EA’s shooters getting great praise the question is does this spell trouble for Activision and Call of Duty?

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I personally think that it could draw some of the audience away from Call of Duty as both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 are on the market or soon to be and for those who are looking for a great new shooter they don’t have to wait on Call of Duty. EA now how two shooters that have turned out well and they fit both types of audiences: the ones who want to play the futuristic stuff in Titanfall 2 and those who want to play the old World War shooter. No one can forget the hate that Call of Duty has gotten all year for putting out yet another futuristic shooter even though that hate may not be warranted or as big as some think. Still with Battlefield 1 daring to go to the past and Titanfall 2 bringing new things to the franchise is there anything Call of Duty can do to set itself apart this year to stand out?

For all we know Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare may launch next week and be more well received than both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Also I’ve played the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered campaign thanks to the early access on PS4 and I must say that it’s certainly one of the best remasters that has been released to date. The story in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare also looks interesting and has a former Naughty Dog writer at the helm. Plus Call of Duty sales haven’t exactly slacked off lately as Black Ops 3 sold very well.


I do think there is room for all three of these shooters on the market this holiday. Sure if you can only pick one it can be hard and some players will choose to do just that. I personally see it as a good thing that there is a wide variety of choices to pick from whether you want the World War setting. futuristic, a modern war remaster or some huge titan action there will be something for you on the market this Holiday. I do think this will be the toughest competition that Call of Duty has seen to date. EA has been trying to take some of the Call of Duty market away for years now but they never have had a game that has gotten enough praise to launch at the same time. Star Wars: Battlefront last year was not received well due to the lack of content and Battlefield Hardline also couldn’t put a dent into Call of Duty due to it being delayed to the spring and being just an ok Battlefield game. Overall I think Call of Duty will be fine this year but I do think it could lose some of it’s customers to Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 at least in the early going.

What do you think of these different shooters on the market this holiday? What ones are you picking up? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I think it’s really bad for Call of Duty.

    Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 (and Overwatch + Doom from earlier this year) have set a really high bar. IW might be a decent game, but the comparisons are inevitable.

    The IW beta is basically $60 for the same game as last year, with some crazy (and silly) bombastic campaign that no one wants to play.

    With so much *successful* innovation in the shooter space, I can’t see how IW is going to do well while playing it safe.

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