Perilously close, is how we'd best described COD: Modern Warfare's battle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection yesterday. Brains is better than beauty, apparently, as the older and wiser head of the titular Master Chief walked out the champion. He may not be the most charismatic sort but he definitely stomped all over Price, one of the most bizarrely beloved characters in shooter history.
The MC has booked a slot in the semi-finals and now the day dawns on a new battle. It's the showdown of the not-quite-Souls-likes as Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order goes head to head with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
How the community voting works
Each day at 17:00 GMT two titles will battle each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.
Each bout will last 23 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article.
Round 1: Fight 3 - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order v Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
It's time for two of the year's finest action-adventure games to duke it out in a battle to the death. One is probably the finest new Star Wars game in a decade, and typically quality stuff from Respawn, while the other is From Software dipping its toes into the waters of Tenchu once more, delivering a rock-hard samurai game set during Sengoku period Japan.
Accessibility vs focused design; science-fiction vs historical fantasy; power vs powerless - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are two very different sides of what is still the same coin, but which is your deserving winner?
Get voting below for your winner, and remember to check back tomorrow for Day Four of the 12 Games of Christmas, where two more titles will battle it out to earn a place in the next round. The winner of today's competition will face the winner of tomorrow's competition in the semi-final on 16th December!
- Round 1 - Death Stranding v Red Dead Redemption 2
- Round 2 - COD: Modern Warfare v Halo: Master Chief Collection
- Round 3 - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order v Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Round 4 - The Outer Worlds v Borderlands 3
- Round 5 - Resident Evil 2 v Devil May Cry 5
- Round 6 - Disco Elysium v Outer Wilds
- Semi-Final 1 - Red Dead Redemption 2 v Halo Master Chief Collection