It’s been a titanic week for first-person shooter fans. Or should I say Titanic for one in particular, with YouTube being the particularly chunky looking iceberg. Both Infinity Ward and DICE took the wraps off their respective shooters, giving us plenty to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season. The pair took very different tacks though, as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looked forwards with its sci-fi battles in the depths of space, while Battlefield 1 looked to the past, the furthest back the franchise has ever tackled - World War One.
The two giants have presented two very different takes on FPS and multiplayer. Battlefield 1 has been garnering a huge amount of attention for being the first AAA title to tackle WW1. A brutal, uncompromising war which has traditionally been difficult to base a game around. It’s going to mean drastic changes to the usual Battlefield systems. Players can fight on horseback, hop into biplanes, or hunker down in trenches and use deadly mustard gas to flush out enemy troops.
Fans are undoubtedly loving it. The Battlefield 1 official reveal trailer is bearing down on 20 million views, with 1 million thumbs up and just 18,000 thumbs down.
Things don’t look so rosy for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which has just bumped into eight position for the most thumbed-down YouTube video of all time, garnering 1.1 million thumbs down and just 250K thumbs up. That’s based off of 14 million trailer views.
For its own part I think Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks pretty neat, especially once they blast off into space. I don’t think anyone can discount the impact bundling Modern Warfare Remastered with it is going to have either.
Traditionally Call of Duty has outsold the Battlefield series with ease, could 2016 be the year we see the roles reverse? Both have daft names, but which FPS are you looking forward to this year? Let us know why!