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Battlefield 1 vs Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Which is the best?

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Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have dominated the sales charts, and they've both managed to impress in equal measure. Infinite Warfare offers a stellar campaign while Battlefield 1 dominates with its truly chaotic suite of multiplayer options. But, now the dust is settled, which shooter is better?

Battlefield 1 vs Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are moving in very different directions this year, favouring different settings, visuals and gameplay styles in an effort to stand out amongst the slew of 2016 shooters.

The hardcore fans out there have probably already decided which game is for them, and rightly so, but to make things easier for the unfamiliar, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all the core differences between Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare, plus delivered our verdict on all the key areas of the game.

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare – Developer

The Call of Duty franchise rotates a select few developers with different iterations, and this time Infinity Ward has taken the reigns. Last responsible for the underwhelming Call of Duty: Ghosts, the Los Angeles-based studio hopes to win back the love of fans in style.

It should also be noted that Infinite Warfare special editions will include a remastered version of Modern Warfare, the game that propelled the Call of Duty series to the top of the first-person shooter genre.

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Battlefield 1 is once again developed by DICE, which has helmed all previous games in the franchise, with the exception of 2015’s Hardline. This means we can expect the large-scale battles and intense, vehicular warfare the series is known for to return.

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare Setting – Where does it take place?

Battlefield 1 is taking us back to World War 1, hence the slightly ridiculous name. We can expect brutal trench warfare and unpredictable aerial dogfights using the leading military technology of the era. We will likely be sprinting, driving, and flying across a variety of realistic locations, some of which DICE has already revealed in early trailers. Big budget shooters have seldom touched upon WW1 in such a capacity, and we can’t wait to see more.

Infinite Warfare is a completely different affair, thrusting us into the far-flung future to a world filled with intergalactic travel, sci-fi-inspired weapons and evil space terrorism. Call of Duty has dabbled in near-future warfare before, but this time, it’s really going all out to provide an out of this world experience.

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare – Graphics

Both Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 are absolute stunners this year. DICE has always delivered jaw-dropping visuals – particularly on PC – and Activision has been improvement the look of Call of Duty with each iteration, culminating in what is an absolutely stellar visual experience this year.

Infinite Warfare is helped by its new galactic setting, with the game able to offer stunning visuals from across the solar system. The strong colours on offer and sharp detail really adds something to the campaign. This contrasts with the bright and vivid colour choices in some of the multiplayer maps, too.

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When it comes to PC, there’s very few who can hold a torch to Battlefield, but on console the result is very close indeed, and in some aspects Infinite Warfare definitely has BF1’s number, that’s why I’d call this one a tie.

Winner: Draw (unless you’re on PC)

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare – Gameplay

Infinite Warfare aims to maintain the tried-and-true mixture of fast-paced movement and unpredictable twitch shooting we know and love, albeit with the introduction of some new mechanics. Space combat in both vehicles and on foot will play an integral role, influencing how you approach each new encounter.

The usual bouts of shooting have been enhanced by the addition of new tools such as a grappling hook that can be used to fly across open spaces, crashing directly into your enemies and through obstacles. This can also be used to zip about your surroundings, many of which will lack gravity. Hopefully this translates into more open battlefields ripe for player experimentation.

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'Zombies in Spaceland' is the all new installment of Call of Duty's popular undead multiplayer mode, and it's 80's as hell. The mode features a selection of four archetypal 80's heroes and even David Hasselhoff, playing a mysterious DJ who offers to assist you in fending off the undead hordes.

Taking place in what appears to be a neon-centric theme park, Zombies in Spaceland will include all the crazy power ups and multiplayer action the mode is renown for. You can also expect Zombies to be supported by further modes and updates after Infinite Warfare launches this November.

For Battlefield, journeying back to World War 1 brings with it a bundle of new environments, and on top of that, new gameplay opportunities. We’ve already seen tanks, warplanes and Zeppelins in its multiplayer. Melee combat will also play a larger part this time, forcing you to get up close and personal through trench warfare.

Players can choose from four different classes: Assault, Medic, Scout and Support. The Engineer class is no more, and you may also notice that Assault and Medic are now separate, unlike in previous games. A recent leak confirmed that Battlefield 1 will feature 10 multiplayer maps at launch as well as two new modes: Possession and Breakthrough. Fan favourites Rush and Conquest are also here to stay, so no worries there.

Battlefield 1’s campaign will take place across six individual episodes that will follow distinct locations and characters throughout the duration of World War 1. DICE seem keen to give us a controversial yet historic glimpse at the events of The Great War, which should to be interesting, to say the least.

Battlefield 1’s campaign is the best we’ve seen in a war shooter for almost a decade. It offers a real sense of gravitas and scale that truly sees the mode shine. The fact the whole thing is set in World War 1 and handled very well makes it even more impactful.

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Infinite Warfare’s Campaign is no slouch, either, delivering an excellent experience as you take the lead as Captain Reyes aboard the Retribution in the far flung future. While the general plot can feel weak at times, the character development of your crew is excellent with some genuinely touching moments throughout.

However, due to the sheer weight of the storytelling and impact of the setting, Battlefield 1 takes this round.

Winner: Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare – Multiplayer

Multiplayer is the most hotly-contested battleground of any first-person shooter, and there’s a clear winner in this category.

Battlefield 1 sees DICE bring its chaotic, enormous maps to World War 1 in amazing fashion. The weapons, locations and intense action is some of the best we’ve seen in the genre, let alone the series.

Weapons feel well-balanced and engaging in huge team warfare in these iconic locations is truly excellent. The new Operations mode sees players do battle across multiple maps and modes with a narrative tying it all together. It’s really well done.

Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare doesn’t stack up at all, offering some of the weakest multiplayer we’ve seen from the series since Ghosts.

A new upgrade system has seen multiple versions of the same guns, much like Advanced Warfare, except in Infinite Warfare some guns are objectively better than their counterparts, making for a very imbalanced system. It leads to frustrating encounters online.

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Movement also feels sluggish compared to its rivals, especially the sleek Titanfall 2. Infinite Warfare even struggles to compete with Modern Warfare Remastered, which comes bundled in the Legacy Edition of the game.

Winner: Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare – Which one is better?

Battlefield 1 is simply astonishing this year. Its incredible sense of scale and performance is something to be admired and sees this entry from DICE stand among the greatest we’ve seen in the genre.

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Infinite Warfare, on the other hand, unfortunately fails to live up to expectation. Despite a strong campaign and solid Zombies offering, the disappointing multiplayer offering – usually the crown jewel of the series – sees this entry take a big step back. There’ll be reason enough for fans to pick it up, with Modern Warfare Remastered included in the package, but it won’t be long before people move across and play the decade-old classic exclusively.

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If you don’t have any strong memories of Modern Warfare Remastered, then of course Battlefield 1 will be the game of choice, but for gamers like myself it’ll be hard to say no to grabbing the game that played such a strong role in our childhoods.

In a straight fight between Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1, DICE’s shooter is the clear winner.

Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare are out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Nagamitsu Sakonshougen

July 5, 2016, 7:48 pm

Cant wait for battlefield 1. battlefield never disappoints and cod is going too far

how ya doin?

July 6, 2016, 2:56 am

Well bf hard-line was disappointing. But cod was always disappointing since Advanced warfare started up...

JimmyTson

July 7, 2016, 10:32 pm

Can't wait for BF1, after Christmas I'll buy COD4 when they release it stand alone. No way I'm wasting money on infinite warfare, I already have halo and star wars battlefront. I own every COD made, but I won't own IW

Ucouldntbemorewrong

July 13, 2016, 7:18 pm

Waste of a fonts and electricity on this opinion since neither are out.

Val Ryan Nemo

July 15, 2016, 1:43 pm

Uh huh.
Loved most CODs made, especially MW, MW2, MW3, BO, BO2, AW, BO3 & I'm pretty sure there'll be a lot to like about IW.

Ghosts? Just ok. Storyline & gameplay didn't click but sure as hell loved the performance of main villian, Rourke.

Don't like the paywall for COD4 so I guess I'll skip the pre-order thing; unless its sold stand-alone. C'mon Activision.

BF1? Looking forward to it. BF3 & 4 rocked so I'm fully in. However I'm still grappling with the absurd Revisionist History I see playing out on BF1 but we'll see when it comes out.....

hollywooda

August 19, 2016, 10:32 am

Haha, good one....Ohh your serious?...

BR12345

October 27, 2016, 11:22 pm

Cod IW has to be one of the WORST games I have ever played!

Stulin

November 3, 2016, 11:45 am

Titanfall 2

Bho Joe

November 7, 2016, 5:41 am

IW sucks and i havent even played it! I bought AW and it was the worst game purchase i ever made! But you know what ive been playing a bunch of?.... backwards compatible black ops 1! its great! and its an super old game!

Bho Joe

November 7, 2016, 5:43 am

oh and activision should be ashamed of themselves for bundling remastered MW with IW.. such a freckin joke!

Alexssander

November 9, 2016, 4:46 am

Which proves you have no right to opinate here, if you didn`t played and haven`t brought it, your opinion is ignored.

Alexssander

November 9, 2016, 4:46 am

In my opinion, of all the cods i have played, this one is the best by far.

SilentRaven7

November 12, 2016, 7:44 pm

That is an embarrassing admission and one you shouldn't boast. This edition of CoD lacks direction, effective storytelling, and has a severely flawed multiplayer platform. Battlefield, and even Titanfall, all leave IW in the dust.

LurkingShadows234111

November 21, 2016, 3:06 pm

That's because you never played black ops 2, or any CoD game before ghosts

syph3r

November 22, 2016, 2:45 am

BATTLEFIELD 1 VS INFINITE WARFARE – GRAPHICS

Both Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 are absolute stunners this year. DICE has always delivered jaw-dropping visuals – particularly on PC – and Activision has been improvement the look of Call of Duty with each iteration, culminating in what is an absolutely stellar visual experience this year.

..lets see who can find the typo first..annnnnd go.

Demon Alchemist

November 23, 2016, 1:05 am

" and Activision has been improvement the look of Call of Duty " lol

Hgo S

November 29, 2016, 8:26 am

well COD4 is definitely NOT going to be sold separately during Christmas. Most likely will be though in June next year. And why won't you own IW? Its arguably a decent game.

zrex2metagor

December 7, 2016, 7:02 am

So umm you get to decide what another person appreciates? Bad or good, copy paste or new design, every person has a right to decide whether they can appreciate a game or not. If someone likes a copy of something else, then isnt it for them to decide? The person claiming this was the best CoD CLEARLY STATED "In my opinion". You really shouldnt boast the admission of failing to appreciate basic humanitarian concepts either.

zrex2metagor

December 7, 2016, 7:07 am

You sir have my respect. Instead of crying and complaining like most, you outright state a positive mentality towards both BattleField and CoD. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Cheers :) Personally I love both, so gonna grab both BF and CoD, as well as TitanFall 2

zrex2metagor

December 7, 2016, 7:07 am

His choice if he doesnt own it. I personally will own both

zrex2metagor

December 7, 2016, 7:11 am

hey, one offers realistic battlefields, and the other offers sci-fi future fields. I can appreciate that you like the roots of CoD and want to go back to realism, but really, I'd rather have variety. If you want realistic battlefields, theres always the army. Theres enough wars going on atm.

SilentRaven7

December 7, 2016, 7:28 am

That was entirely too passionate of a response to my rather mundane comment. My point being if this is the best COD game hes played, he hasnt played very many, as this current game doesnt hold a candle to many of the previous versions. Slow your roll with that heavy handed lecture.

Frag Wall

December 21, 2016, 10:49 am

So glad to see that they bought back AW's cutscene style. An improvement from Ghosts.

Magimeight

December 29, 2016, 3:05 pm

Call of duty Infinite Warfare is probably my new favourite game of all time.

4Tifier

January 8, 2017, 12:57 am

^ Obvious Activision/Blizzard Employee ^

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