Beta Stats Show Battlefield 1 Is Set To Replace COD This Year As The No 1 Online FPS

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Sep 4, 2016 1:00 PM
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Back at E3 Activision said it wasn’t too bothered by the millions of dislikes on its Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer. They were the vocal minority, they decried, and not a huge indicator that gamers were tiring of near-future warfare. One game which took the opposite tack was Battlefield 1. Shying away from the series’ long-standing modern warfare theme, Battlefield 1 returns the series to where it all began - historical warfare. And the early results have been impressive with beta numbers indicating Battlefield 1 is DICE’s most popular beta ever by a long shot.

Current stats put peak concurrent player count across all three platforms (PC, Xbox One and PC) at just shy of 900,000. Both Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield Hardline peaked at 400,000 concurrent. The former went on to sell 15 million+ copies, over double that achieved by Battlefield 4 at last count.

In a nutshell, Battlefield 1 is the most popular game ever from DICE. Will this translate into sales come October 21st? In all probability, yes, the thirst is clearly there from an audience crying out for the return of historically themed military shooters.

As for the platform breakdowns, here’s how it currently stands -

PC: 70,793 (24h peak: 143,105)
XBOXONE: 67,437 (24h peak: 224,732)
PS4: 145,084 (24h peak: 279,927)
Total: 283,314

I’m writing this at 10AM in the UK while most of North America is sleeping, so that explains the current lower count. From the peak figures we can see that PS4 accounts for 43%, Xbox One is 34%, and finally PC is 23%. For a franchise which has roots on PC it’s perhaps a little surprising to see PC sit in last place but there could be all sorts of reasons for this, not least of which is waiting for the full version to arrive. Despite the 23% share though, Battlefield 1 would still be the third most popular game on Steam if it was on Valve’s platform, losing out only to DOTA 2 and CSGO.

Evidently Battlefield 1 is a giant in the making, is it deserved? Are you glad to see a AAA game return to the World War theme? Let us know!

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15:51 Sep-07-2016

Its every time the same about this, best release still BF3 in my opinion. BF4 most terrible launch ever. And BF Hardline was a disturbing turn away from BF3/BF4 but Hardline is a nice game ass well, but that thought came later when i play it for a few hours. First before the beta of BF1 i say, i do not buy this game. But change my mind and gonna buy it, but not on release day.

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18:50 Sep-07-2016

Yeah, i have moved away from the "I will preorder ever game i am excited about" to "let's see the reviews and how the launch go!"

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21:29 Sep-07-2016

To this day, I have never pre-ordered a game, or anything. I simply do NOT trust humans.

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08:47 Sep-05-2016

No. 1 shooter? That's a joke. CoD is just so casual that it can pick up any crowd. Uninspired garbage.

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08:50 Sep-05-2016

On PC CoD players are the biggest, hardest, hardcore tryhards ever... And at least CoD requires some skill to play, unlike CS:GO, which is super easy.

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08:55 Sep-05-2016

What? On that subject that CSGO is super easy I don't agree with you. There is a huge difference between average and great CSGO player. And getting really good at CSGO isn't easy. It is simple game really, but getting to some respectable rank is far from easy and demands hundreds of hours of playing.

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09:00 Sep-05-2016

I have no opinion of CS:GO as I've never played it but CoD is far from skill based. As it was said before, most players are simply try hards, nothing more. I tried a Bo3 free weekend a while back (with no previous CoD experience) and it only took about 6 rounds before I started to get top of the leaderboard.

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09:23 Sep-05-2016

There is a difference between a good CoD player and an average CoD player, but since CoD does NOT have the ****ty ELO rank system, people think that everybody is the same in CoD, when CoD or just about any shooter is much harder than CS:GO.
And I would say that in the brief time I played CS:GO competitivly seriously(less than a month, maybe 3 weeks or something of every day all day CS:GO) I managed to get to The Second Eagle rank.


Also if you thin CoD is so much easier than CS:GO, most of my friends, including brother or cousin are high ranks in CS:GO, they are in the AKs, Eagles and even a friend from Denmark is in Supreme, but they suck at CoD, all of them have below 1.5 K/D and most

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09:24 Sep-05-2016

and most of them have below 1.0 K/D.
While in all but two CoD games I have above 3.0 K/D and I do NOT camp, I do NOT use overpowered weapons, gadgets or specialists(as of BO3).

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09:26 Sep-05-2016

getting the top of the leaderboard does NOT make you good...

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18:37 Sep-06-2016

I disagree CoD and CS:go have different mechanism and should not be compared in CoD u have regenerateable hp u can hid behind walls u can easily kill people through thin walls with a machine gun u can grab a thrown grenade and throw it back

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12:15 Sep-05-2016

You're really making a fool of yourself now. CoD sure requires some skill but saying CSGO is super easy and considering yourself skilled after only 3 weeks of playing is ridiculous. Too closed minded not gonna argue even more.

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16:05 Sep-05-2016

I've played CS since 1.4, I said that I played CS:GO seriously for less than a month.

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19:51 Sep-06-2016

you can wall bang in CS:GO as well and I do agree, CoD and CS:GO should NOT be compared directly, but it is true that CS:GO is super simple and there is NOTHING wrong with that, but I'm tired of hearing how CS:GO is the most complicated shooter compared to the rest and how CoD is the easiest and simplest shooter, just because 90% of the Console player base are casuals, when CoD has the most complicated mechanics of any shooter that I've seen, but it does NOT have a lot of compared to sim shooters mechanics.


And do NOT argue, unless you argue with game code.

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08:57 Sep-05-2016

Yes it can, that's probably the biggest reason it is quoted as a "No 1 shooter". Not about how good or deep game it is, but how popular it is.

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09:10 Sep-05-2016

It just doesn't feel like it deserves its reputation. It's literally the same game every "new" release with upscaled textures and 1 or 2 new mechanics.

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16:08 Sep-05-2016

that's a multiplayer sequel, what do you want more?

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17:15 Sep-05-2016

I want less, they are a waste of time and resources.

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23:28 Sep-06-2016

I like how I stated that CoD was a bad franchise then it turned into a CS:GO CoD war. Not even about battlefield anymore tbh.

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00:16 Sep-07-2016

lol because it is obvious BF1 will be the best first person shooter game out this year (unless they sneak in another halo). So they squabble over other things :D Such is life.

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00:18 Sep-07-2016

lol this wasn't too fan boyey was it? I really have enjoyed the Beta, meaning i will most likely buy the game. I had eye surgery so this entire time i have been playing with 1 eye and it is DRIVING ME INSANE. i get the disc out of my eye tomorrow so i will be able to game with both eyes for the first time in a long time.

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00:49 Sep-07-2016

its really fan boyey lol. It is a fun beta but I wish more maps would have been implemented instead of their most boring option. Where are the zeppelins?

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05:59 Sep-05-2016

I don't wanna be that guy and pls don't misunderstand me but DAAAAMN the difference shows how many casual kids (real kids) play on console CoD and BF and how much PC players don't take these games that seriously in a long term

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07:41 Sep-05-2016

Considering that most "hardcore" BF community is definitely on PC, I wouldn't quite say so.

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18:42 Sep-04-2016

PS4 is opening a can of whoop ass... :D PS4>PC>Xbox One, let's go PS4! We're beating PC by 2 times here and of course the old VCR. :)

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18:59 Sep-04-2016

Whoa :O Didn't even notice that the game is that much more popular on PS4. I have been playing mostly the PS4 version, but also some on PC :)

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19:03 Sep-04-2016

I know, I played on PC only because of better Graphics but this, this is just showing how PS4 is ****ting on both PC and Xbox combined and truly is on Another level. XD XD

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19:49 Sep-04-2016

Little PS4 fanboy?Or a little bit more?

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19:54 Sep-04-2016

Mate, read the article, the facts are in your face. :)

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20:03 Sep-04-2016

Facts say 75% of players in BF1 Open Beta can't have the true first person shooter experience thanks to aim assist.

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20:08 Sep-04-2016

Mate,you make it sound like it's better than PC in every way,not just one or two games.I own a ps4 too,but let's be honest the PC it's by far the most flexible&popular platform.

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21:14 Sep-04-2016

Yes, the PC is by far the better and most popular platform to date, but lets be real, PS4 Neo is looking to take that spot for itself. People will be playing on PS4 Neo rather than PC because PC is full of bugs and doesn't work as efficent as a gaming console (easier to play on console). When PS4 Neo comes out with true 4K, 60fps, HDR support then nobody will be playing on PC in the future.

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21:17 Sep-04-2016

Played beta on both PC and PS4, noticed that PS4 on controller feels much more comfortable and fun to play. According to some, I'm a filthy peasant, and not playing the game like it's supposed to play, but couldn't care less about it.


BTW, this is an easily accessible arcade shooter, if someone is feeling superiority for playing this on some platform over another, congrats to him :)

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21:20 Sep-04-2016

@Deadlyplayer, well your comment about PS4 Neo went a bit overboard, i don't really see it luring many PC gamers to switch to consoles, and it sure as hell isn't going to run AAA games at 4k 60fps, it will be under 500€ device. With that kind of money they just cant make it incredibly powerful. But I'm also excited for Neo :)

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21:31 Sep-04-2016

Yeah, but It's still easier to play on a console, It's just put in a disc (or download) and play, you don't have to worry about any other issues. It's true 4K and 60 fps and maybe HDR support, but PS4 Neo is the first generation to do that, later consoles will offer even more improved quality to make it look really good. That's when the switch will happen. (also mouse/keyboard support?)

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21:35 Sep-04-2016

(AAA games will look better too with improved Graphics in later console generations)

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21:45 Sep-04-2016

I'm fairly familiar with pros of gaming on console, I have been mainly console gamer all my life. And yes, both consoles and PC are evolving, getting closer to each other. And I don't really see why there should be a war between gaming platforms, gaming is a hobby, about having fun. I don't understand why would anyone feel the need to bash other platform he doesn't like, that's just useless IMO :)

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23:01 Sep-04-2016

its just upscaled 4k with a sharpening filter not native 4k.

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00:12 Sep-05-2016

That's not true, the Neo version will run games at native 4K not just upscaled, otherwise they wouldn't need all that power just to upscale from 1080p to 4K.

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22:59 Sep-04-2016

what kind of logic is this. How is it that if the ps4 has more players that somehow makes it the supperior platform to play on.

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23:27 Sep-04-2016

@deadlyplayer, the PS4 NEO won't even be the strongest console when it is released. It is only capable of 4.14 TFLOPS, the Xbox Scorpio is capable of 6 TFLOPS. so almost 30 % stronger and you say it will beat PC somehow when it won't even beat Xbox?? lol.... ok....

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23:29 Sep-04-2016

Oh and 4.14 is around what a GTX 970 can pull and i can guarantee you that my GPU can't support 4k with anything close to 60fps... head in the clouds :D

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23:36 Sep-04-2016

Here is a fantastic analysis about the NEO and how it will presumably be running on 4k.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTn1BVOLLxA

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00:18 Sep-05-2016

And how optimized do you think the Xbox Scorpio will be? Microsoft did that just so that they can sell their console and be somewhere in the competition but they didn't think about anything else.


Strange, I can do 4K@60, works fine.

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01:56 Sep-05-2016

what? optimization in a console? You are seriously grasping for straws. Its ok man, i have been there. Sometime the stuff (PS4)we love just isn't as good as the competition (Scporpio which will be as strong as a 1070) and we fight for everything we have to disprove it but they are just better(Scorpio and PC).


You should watch the video, it shows some good information on how they might be able to get upscaled 4k out of it. It won't be true 4k but anyone that thinks a rx 480 will be able to run brand new AAA titles in 4k 60 fps is kidding themselves, or have no technical knowledge what so ever.

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01:59 Sep-05-2016

@Deadlyplayer How dense can you be? Xbox Scorpios 6.0Teraflops is only as near as an RX 480 with 5.5Teraflops, which even the RX 480 can't handle "most" games in constant 60fps on 1440p resolution, so how do you expect PS4 Neo to deliver standard 4K? I doubt even Scorpio can handle 4k gaming, maybe on less demanding games, but most AAA games? I don't think so.


"Strange, I can do 4K@60, works fine."
come back when you tell me what game you were playing, what your benchmarks were, and also an image IRL of you games settings, and proof that its your image.

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02:02 Sep-05-2016

@Celthric... the 4.14 is actually closest to the rx 480... the 6 tflops is closer to a 1070.. either way no way NEO can run at true 4k 60 fps... check the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTn1BVOLLxA

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02:13 Sep-05-2016

well than thanks for the correction, well anyway, It still stands that no way can PS4 Neo run games on 4k natively.

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02:38 Sep-05-2016

100% agreed! hear! hear! take my thumbs up!

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08:57 Sep-05-2016

Deadlyplayer dude,get your facts straight.The PS4 Neo will never be a PC killer in any way.Even the best GPUs out there struggle at 4k and you think a $400 machine(which is $400 less than a gtx 1080 in my country alone) will do 4k then you are a fanboy mate.There is simply not enough power in that thing to do native 4k.

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09:03 Sep-05-2016

Also not bashing on ps4 or anything(i own one too),but it's just for casual gaming for me.Got it mainly for a few exclusives and gathering friends at my house for some gaming.But damn dude you have no tech knowledge whatsoever and you're fanboying playstation too hard.

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10:47 Sep-05-2016

sony is ruining the gaming industry with its exclusives and yet your are cheering them up you dumb blind fanboy

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17:05 Sep-04-2016

CoD puts out a "new" game every year (same game, different name) boring....
BF1 is something new and fresh and it looks and plays quite beautifully if you connect to a stable game... the UI is quite nice also, even after dying, the way it brings you back to the deploy screen is very fluid and smooth, though, this beta does suck and needed some refinement before we got our hands on it. I'm sure we all hope these issues are dealt with before launch or it will be BF4 again...

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17:25 Sep-04-2016

Three games, BF3, BF4, BF:Hardline, between these games there were less improvements, just changes and tweaks than between last 3-4 CoD games.
Also CoD games are developed for 3 years each game, by 3 different studios and they work in Cycles with each cycle they try to go for the same theme, so they are bound to be similar and the biggest improvements come from cycle to cycle or every 3 years after the first game of the cycle. The current Cycle is CoD:AW, CoD:BO3 and now CoD:IW, the next cycle will begin after CoD:IW.

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17:30 Sep-04-2016

We need Bad Company THAT was damn good

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17:36 Sep-04-2016

Yes!

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18:48 Sep-04-2016

I do NOT want Bad Company 3 for one reason - Dice. They are different now than they were pre-BF3, staff has changed, the leading designer for Bad Company is now gone, it will never be the same.


I want another Battlefield 2 though. 8 classes, with more weapons and content overall though and the same style of semi-linear map design(similar to infinity Ward CoD map design), but add destruction and NO more than 2 story buildings and I will be in heaven.

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19:00 Sep-04-2016

I would gladly buy a remaster of BFBC2, not that it would really needs one, still fairly good looking game. But just so that it would be available on PS4 :)

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19:21 Sep-04-2016

You are right about BF4 and Hardline but BF3 and BF4 are as different as Ghosts and AW are.

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16:42 Sep-04-2016

It's a free beta. Of course there will be players.

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16:09 Sep-04-2016

Not sure. Everyone said no one will buy Overwatch after it had a lot of players in the beta but it had about 11m players at launch. Could be that the same happens with BF1 but at the same time, a lot of people seem to be put off with the beta.

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15:26 Sep-04-2016

this is NOT accurate at all as it is an OPEN beta, which means FREE and I've seen many people in-game saying that they will NOT be buying the game.

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13:51 Sep-04-2016

I know this is not related but can you tell me how many years will my pc last at least on medium settings on 40+fps? I can run witcher 3 on tweaked medium-high and some on ultra settings on 38+fps.

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14:03 Sep-04-2016

on 1080p it wont last a year , just look at the last aricle about dues ex MD with a gtx 950. change your gpu to a gtx970 or a r9 380x since there prices went really down (at lease in my country) and you will get a 2-3 years on high-medium

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14:06 Sep-04-2016

But he is on 768p, i think he is fine for 2 more years then he will need to buy a new pc. Otherwise he would get ultra cinematic slideshow fps.

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14:11 Sep-04-2016

I agree, at 768p Battlerealm should be fine. If you can find a cheap 470 maybe. But i wouldn't get a 950 with the imminent release of the 1050 which will show very strong.

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15:27 Sep-04-2016

Get an RX 470 and at your resolution it will last on medium 40FPS+ for 6-8 years, unless there are game changing GPUs ahead, which seems to NOT be the case.

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15:28 Sep-04-2016

Currently, you have 1-2 years for the most demanding games.

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23:25 Sep-04-2016

thanks for your replies. Im thinking of getting the RX470 but since you said my gpu can last for atleast a year or 2 maybe I can get the Rx480 or just wait for the vega gpu.

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13:49 Sep-04-2016

Great! This if anything will also force Activision to focus more on what players want when making new CoDs :)

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13:57 Sep-04-2016

My biggest fear is casualizing of Battlefield, it has already started a few years ago but hasn't make considerable progress yet. Now with the playerbase(WAAAGH!!!) of COD and greed of EA combined we might lose DICE and BF.

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14:00 Sep-04-2016

I have personally considered last few BF games being just as casual as CoD.

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14:04 Sep-04-2016

IMO in BFBC2 and BF3 are still hardcore, in those games i owned so many people who are faster than me by utilizing superior tactics. BF4 is still somewhat hardcore but there many ways to get cheap kills. For BF Hardline and SWBF you are right, i might even say older CODs were more hardcore than these two. For BF1, i think it is somewhere in between BF4 and BF3 in terms of skill ceiling.

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16:04 Sep-04-2016

If you don't know on PC CoD players are the biggest, hardest, most annoying tryhards in the newest CoD titles, they are no way shape or form casual...

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16:34 Sep-04-2016

For me personally tryharding is the point of CoD, getting MOABs or Nuclears has always been the thing for me in CoDs. Naturally not always, but tryharding is for me the most common style to enjoy CoD :)

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17:27 Sep-04-2016

For me in CoD I am playing normally, NOT tryharding, NOR being super stupid run and gun mindless sheep, NOT using OP weapons, OP streaks, OP specialists and NOT camping. I've found the perfect balance between fun and having 3+ K/D. :D

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17:45 Sep-04-2016

3+ KD with no intentional tryharding? Well that's quite impressive. I have always been a fan of shotgun rushing, one of the reasons I prefer Infinite Ward's games is because they always seem to have better shotguns than Treyarch :)

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18:32 Sep-04-2016

I ahve never managed to reach K/D ratio of 3 in any COD game, best i have ever reached was 2.5 something in COD4. Recently i am having a hard time staying over 1. But i am proud of my BF3 K/D ratio, 5.43 no choppers, no jets, no metro, no baserape. Though i used tanks, very much. Half of my kills are with my beloved Scar H, like 40% are from MBTs and rest are from every other way to kill someone.
Edit: Long story short, i congratulate you, 3 is a very good K/D ratio. You would probably make me ragequit :D

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13:31 Sep-04-2016

EA's dreams came true.

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13:24 Sep-04-2016

Not surprised

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