It was obvious Electronic Arts [EA] and Activision were in the midst of a battle and gamers were happily caught in the middle. The rivalry between Electronic Arts' Battlefield 3 and Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been perhaps the best thing to happen to video gaming this year – if not, it definitely the most exciting. EA and Activision are in a perpetual battle for the top spot and they put on quite a show with their incredible games. While it seemed Modern Warfare 3 was an early favorite, Battlefield 3 was the one that had fans excited. Nevertheless, Modern Warfare 3 kept the Call of Duty franchise in the top spot according to gameplay tracked by gamer social networking website, Raptr.
Raptr is home to over 10 million gamers who voluntarily add their profile to track their gameplay activity. Through the site gamers, like me, can see how many hours they play a particular title, which genre we seem to favor and even compare the stats against our friends and even find new titles to try. While Raptr does not track every gamer who may have played either Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3, it is a very good sampling and most likely more statistically correct than the polls we read in our monthly magazines. Here is some very interesting information recently released by Raptr:
Key findings from Raptr automated playtime tracking include:
· Xbox 360 players logged 40% more launch-day playtime in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, averaging 6.19 hours compared to 4.45 hours of Battlefield 3
· During each game’s first week of launch, Xbox 360 players logged 17% more per-user playtime in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, averaging 20.45 hours compared to 17.37 hours of Battlefield 3
· Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 accumulated more total hours played in one week post-launch than Battlefield 3 has in three weeks post-launch
· 53% of Battlefield 3 players on Xbox 360 are also playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, compared to just 31% of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players who also played Battlefield 3
· During the first week of launch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 stole more playtime from Battlefield 3 than any other game
· For the first time ever for any franchise, three Call of Duty games were in the top 10 playtime charts on Raptr
Raptr’s opinion data found that:
· 81% of respondents were more excited for the launch of Battlefield 3
· 92% of respondents consider DICE a more innovative developer than Infinity Ward
· 58% of respondents said the Battlefield franchise has had a bigger impact on the FPS genre
· 80% of respondents feel the Call of Duty franchise generates more hype through its marketing
Of course I have a personal opinion and naturally I am going to give it to you. I am not a Call of Duty fan. I have played several games in the franchise and they are good titles but it irks me beyond belief to play in a team based multiplayer match with varying degrees of “every man for himself,” run-and-gun gamers who seem to have a median age of 16. I did thoroughly enjoy the Spec Ops of the previous Modern Warfare iteration, however. On the flip side, I had never played a Battlefield title until Battlefield 3 and while the PC version was a bit tricky for this console gamer, I liked the strategy, team-based style of play – as is necessary when playing with 15 other people! But alas, it is definitely easier to jump in and shoot things wildly while leveling up hence making one believe they are a beast in Call of Duty, which is no doubt a direct correlation to the edge it has over Battlefield.
So there you have it – if you are a fan of the first-person shooter, you simply must try both titles. Which you choose to stick with is entirely up to your style of play. Either way, it is going to be a fun holiday season online.