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Battlefield players vs Call of Duty players

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A comparison between the average players of the two big shooter franchises.

The “Battlefield vs Call of Duty” war has been going on for a long time, and reached new heights with BF3 and MW3. Now Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts will be going head to head this Fall. Which means one game will focus on realistic warfare and teamwork, and another will try and convince mothers all over the world to buy it for their 11 year olds.

Battlefield 4 players

Battlefield 4 players

Call of Duty players

Call of Duty players

Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts will be going head to head this Fall. Both games launch just one week apart, and both games will launch on all 5 major platforms (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360).

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  1. Yawn
    July 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Well that was a mature and objective comparison.

    • alex
      July 7th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Yeah I was going to say..

      I usually enjoy this site and the info posted, but this post just made me cringe.

      • Indirulz123
        July 8th, 2013 at 12:18 am

        They posted a similar post back on the BF3 blog when Bf3 was about to be released…Its funny how they promote teamwork in BF3, however in my 800 hours of playtime i have NEVER SEEN a full squad work together as DICE would of promised… Even the top BF3 players dont even work together as a team (RivalXfactor, Matimio,Levelcap ETC…)

        • Meth
          July 8th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

          That’s because of poor communication due to the lack of VOIP, on PC at least. When I play over TS/Mumble with friends is no problem.

        • Kutark
          July 14th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

          Yeah, never my ass. You must not have been paying attention. I see and am in squads working together literally every night i play. Half the games i play the squad im in constantly revives, heals, supplies, each other, we spawn on each other all the time, capping points together, etc etc.

          • Chance
            November 4th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

            THANK YOU.

        • Evan
          July 16th, 2013 at 8:36 am

          You must play on some pretty terrible servers

        • VLORDSKA93
          July 18th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

          then the top groups have no idea what they’re doing
          I’ve been in a well organized clan on xbox live for over a year now, and almost every match we go in we take at least 8 people and play as a combined work force of two or three squads lending each other support and handling selected objectives and tasks within each and every battle, I even do this occasionally with random players when the rest of the clan is offline, sure I don’t get more than two or three people listening and replying, but at least I’ve managed to pull squads together and actually help make a bigger impact on the players on the other team

          it’s pretty simple really, get out there, use team chat and draw in players from other squads, make sure to use tactical choices wisely and more people will communicate as a team

        • john
          July 29th, 2013 at 12:38 am

          you’re an idiot, me and my friends get team work done m8, we get 5x more kills when in teamwork than solo, the reason you haven’t experienced it is because you can’t talk to the other guys or something like that, try play with you’re friends it will be awsome, specially when trying to blow up a tank. one thing we do a lot is riding the jeep haha

        • THEDarkMuffin
          August 22nd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

          I assume you never watched levelcap’s squad up series
          -_-

  2. N-Shifter
    July 7th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t know why people even compare these games, they are not even trying to do the same things.

    One is fast paced, small maps, infantry combat where you can go it alone like Rambo.

    The other is realistic paced, large maps, infantry, air, vehicle and sea combat focussing on working as a team.

    • dakan45
      July 8th, 2013 at 8:36 am

      well said.

      If i want cqc arcade gunfights and achievement factor through killstreaks ill play cod. If i want coop with big maps and vehicles i play bf.

      Seriously stop, its like comparing halo to unreal tournament.

      • Jeff
        July 8th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        I miss the Unreal franchise ๐Ÿ™ Facing Worlds in UT99 was one of the best multiplayer maps ever created.

      • Q
        July 13th, 2013 at 8:23 am

        No, it’s really not. CoD always claims to be this realistic, shiny near-sim and Battlefield is always overlooked. I’m always happy to see someone give the finger to the franchise that is destroying the FPS genre. (BF3 sucked, so refer to Bad Company 2. That game is better than every Call of Duty that has been made and will ever be made.)

    • Johnny Neat
      July 8th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      While I get and understand what the insulting argument is, I agree with your post as it was well said indeed.

    • Kyle
      July 10th, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Thank you! finally someone said it

    • john
      July 29th, 2013 at 12:43 am

      omg they are comparing a realistic military shooter and a boring fast paced shooter, they are trying to work out what the majority of people will enjoy more. I personally enjoy bf3 more than any other shooters. In cod all you do is run around, shoot, get kills, then kill streak then die. In bf3 you can experience what th real soldiers do (well not really close to real experience but gives an idea) you know ride e helicopter, oh and bf3 is so much more fun playing it with you’re friends you know, you feel like a real soleir working tactics of how to blow up that bloody tank or how to take the site with two squads on it. ussually make my friend make a diversion where he ussually dies.

      • 66
        January 2nd, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        If you really think that BF or CoD are realistic, please go get a reality check. No video game can realistically replicate combat. Unless you lose limbs, 1 bullet can kill you, and the sheer noise is replicated. If you ever compare combat to a video games like BF, please think about life.

    • Logan
      July 29th, 2013 at 7:32 am

      They are both pretty damn unrealistic.

  3. WOOT FTW
    July 7th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I play both. What am I?

    • N-Shifter
      July 7th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Open minded.

      • Lag-Switch
        July 7th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        +1

        • graham
          July 8th, 2013 at 10:23 am

          Yep I play both and Im 49 years old so not really a kid, although my wife may say otherwise.

          • Jim
            July 9th, 2013 at 1:02 am

            Thank goodness – I’m not the only 49 year old still playing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Deviro Verity
    July 7th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    What is this notion about little kids playing Call of Duty…

    ‘realistic warfare’ – not really. There is authentic stuff in Battlefield, but none of them are realistic.

    ArmA is realistic, not Battlefield.

    These articles are made for the sole purpose of making people say “yeah, Battlefield is so much awesome compared to Call of Duty!” – Stop it already, you are a parody of what you are mocking.

    • cdotcizzle
      July 7th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Battlefield is way better then call of duty in my opinion, the big reason being the MUCH larger diversity of things to do in battlefield that you will never be able to do in call of duty. I don’t like some of the stuff cod does like some of the kill streak but that doesn’t make it a bad game.

      I think they are both good titles and play both, each has its strengths and weaknesses.

      I have bashed cod recently but only because they continue to put out games with out putting in truly new stuff in it. Over the mW series there wasn’t much new other then kill streams while bf has been putting in new vehicles, camps that are MUCH more realistically to be used in the real world, etc. I mean, diamond camp, seriously?? But again both are good fun games.

      • Far Tech V
        July 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        Hi arma noob still out of BF4 Central Battlefielders only!!!

        • Deviro Verity
          July 7th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          I think you didn’t understand what I tried to say. I love Battlefield, in fact it’s my favorite franchise of all time. It has the games that gave me the most fun in my life. But the direction DICE went with Bf3 didn’t make me happy. And the war between Call of Duty and Battlefield has only been hurting the BF games, not benefiting in any aspect. So before you call me ArmA noob I want you to stop being a pay&defend customer.

          • IVanSpinal
            July 7th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

            Battlefield 4: is in the middle of Simulation and Arcade, thats what i like
            Arma III: simulation but is ugly right now
            COD: everybody knows is diarrhea (except MW2)

          • warghostmon
            July 24th, 2013 at 8:52 am

            IVan..i wouldn’t call ArmA ugly…sure it’s graphics aren’t as technically demanding as bf3,but it tries to bring to the table a more simulated experience compared to CoD and BF.have battlefield-level graphics would probably take away a lot of features, or push PCs with just a little wriggle room to run it too hard.

    • Noesome
      July 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Dude, you have to understand what the word “realistic” means. When you say “realistic”, it’s not supposed to be real, it’s just CLOSE to real.

    • Lag-Switch
      July 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      You are correct in that the word authentic should be used rather than realistic. But, I would say that Battlefield is pretty realistic for an FPS title. Of course it doesn’t come close to ArmA in realism… but it does a decent job for a shooter.

      Personally, I would put ArmA in the War-sim genre rather than the FPS genre.

      • Tyrane
        July 8th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        yup yup

    • dakan45
      July 8th, 2013 at 8:35 am

      clap clap clap clap

      • Some random guy
        July 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        All at war comment section fight

        • Far Tech V
          July 11th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

          Hi Deviro don’t care what you say ok

  5. Nicholas Argus
    July 7th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    i still play Medal Of Honor Warfighter over COD ^_^

    • Far Tech V
      July 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      I hate how people hate MoH

  6. mohammad
    July 7th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    HAHA ! i love this type of comparison oh wait they done it before on bf3blog XD

    • WOOT FTW
      July 7th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I like that one more.

      • mohammad
        July 8th, 2013 at 4:21 am

        will that one was showing teamwork & lonewolf ( jackass style ) unlike this , still it’s cool it’s cool .

  7. Brandon
    July 7th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I used to play COD and I heard all the talk of Battlefield and I tried it and I haven’t even looked at a COD game in 2 years. Battlefield is more realistic and I have noticed playing COD you come across a lot of kids and Battlefield not so much. COD doesn’t change anything really weapon wise or anything and there isn’t much variety compared to Battlefield. Rating wise I say for COD a 4 and for Battlefield a 9 cause there are some things they could do to make it better.

  8. Wide Ash Hole
    July 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    So is the comparison also suggesting that Xbox is for children?

    If so, LOL.

  9. Anon
    July 7th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Butthurt fanboys….
    BF is turning to sht here. Nothing could compare to BF2
    I’ve never played Arma so I can’t say much.
    BO2 was possibly the most playable cowadoody since cod waw.
    BF4 is nothing exciting, DICE make a Frostbite 1942, not the poor excuse 4 map 1943 we got.

    • WOOT FTW
      July 7th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      BF1943 is awesome! I still play it! It’s a good, low key shooter that is meant for fun and boy did it deliver!

      • Anon
        July 8th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        At least Infinity Ward/Treyarch finish their games…..

        • WOOT FTW
          July 9th, 2013 at 6:43 am

          It was finished! It’s meant to be low key. It’s a fantastic game to transition into the real Battlefield series. It was my first Battlefield game.

          • Mr. Anonymous
            July 9th, 2013 at 9:14 am

            I agree, BF1943 was a good game, and it was good at showcasing what the Frostbite engine was capable of.

  10. Devils
    July 8th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    The sad part about the picture is how old the kids are. These games are rated for Mature audiences, parents shouldn’t even be buying kids these games. my brother is a prime example of it. My little brother has played COD all through his childhood, and it disturbs me because he would rather do that than homework, and even more so that HE STILL CAN’T READ. Now I’m not saying that it has anything to do with the game rating, but it sure as hell would have kept him away from COD.

  11. furfis
    July 8th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Wtf with 11 years old kids im one and i hate cod im a bf fan i played bf2 when i had 6 on ps2 the bf2 expansion XD

    • Ethan Morris
      July 9th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Still, these games are rated for people 18 and up. You need to play a game more your age like Pokรƒยฉmon or 2K13 Baseball.

      • NOpe
        July 12th, 2013 at 8:20 am

        Im 12 years old. I only play BF, and im pretty good at math, history and science. Some kids dont need to play those games because of their behavior. But some kids keep being smart and healthy like me. When somebody says stop playing i stop. But i also have games for my age like GT5.

  12. Normal Human Being
    July 8th, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Putting both games in the same sentence puts bf4 at the same league as cod…thus degrading bf4.
    Also, mentioning COD in a bf4 site is the same as advertising for activision. This is called competitive marketing which is the same thing that apple and Samsung did.

    If you want to support bf4,don’t talk about cod.

  13. Dead
    July 8th, 2013 at 4:12 am

    That is a bias review on a game. How much money did EA pay you?

  14. Deviro Verity
    July 8th, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Is it just me or a game being realistic is a good thing now? How did that happen over a night? There are so many good and bad arcade and realistic games out there. You guys don’t know what you are ‘hating’…

  15. Hulk4D
    July 8th, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Kinda the feeling I get too.

  16. dakan45
    July 8th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Dear piece of crap site, you posted this on N4G to bash cod players.

    First of all NO bf games are not for “men” and cod game are for “children”

    No you are not a “Tactical operative” for playing bf and in the end of the day cod has the most varied fanbase ever. So you telling me you played with all of the 40 million people who play cod and they are all dumb kids but you morons see yourselfs as “soldiers”????

    What are you dumb trolls who think they are “commandos” for playing games? Or you are so sad that you play a game with such horrible freaking netcode since 2002 that you have to bash cod fans at every way you can?

    You are the worst fanboys ever, nuff said.

    • cicle
      July 8th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Don’t talk shit about battlefield, ive played battlefield and cod and i can say that cod is easy and battlefield needs skill. If you cod guys don’t wana try don’t try it, but plz don’t look at bf4 news than. (And yes i am a cod hater and battlefield fanboy)

      • ChessMania
        July 8th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Wow… You are truly pathetic.. I play both games and have unlimited fun.. But there is a reason Call Of Duty tops the chart every year.. Do you know that all of the Battlefield 3 players combined that play today still is smaller than the players in Black Ops 2 in one console.. Don’t believe me? Check it out..

      • ChessMania
        July 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        Also.. Battlefield doesn’t need that much skill… 60 and 8 is what I usually get in a conquest match…

        • cicle
          July 8th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          I don’t care what your scores are, i just don’t like cod i and the only reason that there are more cod players is because they have never played bf3 on PC with 64players and good fps and graphics, all those guys who liked the first cod didn’t even think of buying anything else than cod. I hope cod players stay on cod, I don’t want those guys in battlefield.

        • N-Shifter
          July 8th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          lol, you “usually go 60 and 8” – that’s not true at all, the internet has all your stats and the stats say you’re full of crap mate. Sorry.

          • cicle
            July 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

            hahaha

        • Anon
          July 8th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          Lol going by KDR instead of score in conquest – clearly ur not playin it right

          • Indirulz123
            July 9th, 2013 at 7:18 am

            whats so bad about KDR? I focus more on KD in this game then anything else.. id rather have a player who was a 3 KD/R because you can trust them in covering your back and flanks…

        • Why not halo
          August 21st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

          No, you don’t. 60 and 8 in conquest? What a load of crap

  17. danvan
    July 8th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Arms looks sick so slow pace that how I like it and bf4 looks sick cod ghost looks sick im more then freeman thank you for listening

  18. Anon
    July 8th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    This fanboy flame war is the true definition of comedy gold.

  19. Anon
    July 8th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    At least Infinity Ward/Treyarch finish their games……

    • cicle
      July 9th, 2013 at 3:11 am

      I love it when a plan comes togehter.

  20. MadaFaq
    July 9th, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Hey people! Peace. Both games are cool and different kinds of folks play them. Now take your controller and go and shoot someone. Peace and love.

  21. MadaFaq
    July 9th, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Maybe one day two games will merge into online tag war like cod vs bf where you can choose class from each game and see who’s better. Sounds good?
    Maps would be mixtures of both worlds and classes typical for each game. No mini maps or huds. Controlls, guns, vehicles and even killsteaks acording to what side you choose. Etc etc. Cross platform of course.

    • XgreyfoxrevoX
      July 10th, 2013 at 12:33 am

      I like lol

      • ryan
        July 13th, 2013 at 1:57 am

        *CoD guy runs in and starts spamming his Intervention at everyone*
        *BF chopper pilot swoops in and roadkills him*
        This is how every match of that game would go. xD
        (at least if I was flying haha)

  22. Ethan Morris
    July 9th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    The reason I strongly dislike the COD series is due to how scrambled it is. When was the last time the our military used throwing knives or tomahawks? When was the last time Russia had access to AC-130 gunships or B-2 bombers? That is what I mean right there. Nations get certain things that they never have used before. Players get the wrong idea of actual combat. COD would have a great series if it would give players the real feel of modern combat instead of cramming 24 people on a boat and giving them access to drones if they kill people. I play Battlefield because it gives you more of a picture of modern combat. Not once does Battlefield give you ballistic knives or axes to use.

    • mohammad
      July 10th, 2013 at 8:21 am

      ehh…. cod have 18 players for mp & maybe even for the new one .

  23. XgreyfoxrevoX
    July 10th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    BF has no hackers ever! Or Rage Quit! call of dutys fun but hackers have ruined them all just about !

    • Far Tech V
      July 11th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Yes everyguy guy I know mods hacks and boosts in CoD but bf4 nobody does that

  24. urbz7870
    July 10th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Seems Legit!

  25. HNSN
    July 12th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    SO TRUE!!!

  26. Eric dublie
    July 15th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I can’t really compare because I don’t know enough about engines and junk but I do know I get bored of cod BO2 after 3 rounds with my roomy. So I go upstairs and rip Three hours or more on my bf2142 =) it’s old but I love it

  27. Michaelt53
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Xbox one is a major platform?

    • OpenMindedplayer
      October 4th, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Don’t bring up the Xbox One; people will start a fight. We already have a war going here!

  28. cian
    July 31st, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve seen many good opinions in this post which were far better than what I received in this extremely bias post. I myself play both mw1 and BC2 So I have no preference. I admit that I am more excited for BF4 than I am for ghosts Im sure that ghosts Will be a fine game. However I came to this site to see which looked better when compared. Not just to see some fanatical bf player laugh about cod’s age group.

  29. Daniel
    August 10th, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I think BF3 is for old no life’s fat people eating food and spending all their time playing games instead of building a social life outside of this world. I met one guy into BF3 and he was a complete low life douche bag. Call of duty is a more relaxed casual game you can just chill and play without too much effort and dedication. Yeah we got those try hard kids that have nothing better to do and ppl that get really good. And the ocational clan. But BF3 to me is a bunch of losers getting together in their moms basement to play against other losers who also don’t have a life and battle it out.

  30. Roman
    August 11th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Let’s say they create a Battlefield vs CoD. Each player confined to the game mechanics of their favorite title. Who would rock who? It would be fun to see CoD fans build up kill streak, have to circle around every corner while Battlefield fans destroy everything around and have access to fighter jets, tanks, and other vehicles at the get go.

  31. Guy
    August 17th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I don’t understand why people are always arguing about which is better, both games have a different style of gameplay for different people.

  32. Bacon
    August 19th, 2013 at 6:27 am

    The two games are different…….I play both,but I don’t think I’m gonna buy another Battlefield for a long time.The multiplayer sucks on it and picking a class is so confusing.The campaign was very fun thought.COD’s multiplayer is very fun and never gets old….with the killstreaks and map packs and such.

    I don’t see any dogs in BF….which makes it very boring……the army today uses dogs,not as much tanks and helicopters.

    • Why not halo
      August 21st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Wait… You’re being sarcastic, right?

  33. Joel
    October 20th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think COD is awesome. Almost as great as battlefield. Reason? It gets us rid of all 11 year old I-don’t-know-what-teamwork-is boys.

  34. eyj
    October 26th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Back in my day cod was a fish and battlefield was a place people fought for their country

  35. Dustin
    November 9th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    This would make more sense if the first picture was for ARMA

  36. The clear
    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    There both good games THERE BOTH FPS games so just play cod on one day then play battle field on another day ITS EASY SO DONT FIGHT PLEASE, plus for battlefield i really like the maps my fave battlefield game is bf4 and battle field hardline and for cod i liked cod bo3 and cod bo2 and mw2 i would rate cod 9.5/10 and i would rate battle field 10/10 sorry for arma people never tryed it sorry but is it a good game i might try it and for battlefield even tho it doesnt have that much people [which i hate waiting for a long time to find a match] i dont care really about realstic and graphics all i care about is like a peace game with no tryhards and ragers because THERE SO LOUD IN matchs like omg i go on my mic and say SHUT UP! and for cod ever since i played my first ever cod i ever played [Black ops] it was ok the grapics were ok and then when i tryed mw2 amazing i loved maps and everything about it, then when i got black ops2 i loved the game again like mw2 and then black ops 3 ๐Ÿ™‚ loved it!

  37. The clear
    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    [Edit from last comment] for bo3 i really liked NUKETOWN 2065 and i liked zombies how it is like from texas i think and from 1990’s aka Shadows of evil, Also i really liked the giant map

  38. The clear
    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    edit again the giant map from zombies

  39. SsdamSs
    December 2nd, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    yes he is right

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