Battlefield remembers the past while Call of Duty ruins the future

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When Call of Duty came out with the Modern Warfare off-shoot of the series, it was a welcome relief that brought contemporary, hi-tech weaponry to the first-person shooter. However, the success of the Modern Warfare games came at a cost.

CoD games quickly began to move ever further into the future. Where first we had slightly better guns, which were great, we now have robots fighting in the zero gravity of space to look forward to in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare later this year.

Without question the trailer is visually amazing, but that’s not the point. We have plenty of sci-fi games out there that cover robots, aliens and all other space-based tomfoolery brilliantly. But is this the right direction for the popular shooter series? They’ve completely abandoned their WW2 roots and it’s to the detriment of the game. It feel like once the series had blown up the Eiffel Tower and laid the White House to waste Activision didn’t know where to take it next, so has just gone the Michael Bay route of bigger effects and larger explosions. The problem with this is that it doesn’t make the game any better if all you are doing is adding more cowbell as anyone that’s had the misfortune to sit through a Michael Bay movie would know.

Fortunately, for anyone missing the days of virtual fighting in the trenches, Battlefield is here to help. Their announcement trailer of Battlefield 1, shows that not only are they going back to a World War setting, they’re taking it all the way back to WW1. That’s right, we’re talking Zeppelins, tri-planes and muddy melee battles and it looks vicious, gritty and amazing.

Worth noting that Battlefield is going to be on the Xbox One first, so those with a PS4 will be left waiting. At least for a while.

The two videos couldn’t be in greater contrast. The CoD trailer reeks of desperation to shove as many new gimmicks into the series as possible to retain its popularity. The Battlefield trailer, conversely, feels more like EA have had a sit down and a cup of tea to look at where things were starting to go wrong.

The cops and robbers setting of their last game, Battlefield Hardline, was a nice idea that didn’t work as well as it should have. Taking the series back to its origins, or rather before its origin and reimagining it to be a more visceral and brutal experience may well give it the advantage it needs. Battlefield could finally win in the fiercely fought battle for sales, which is always more bloodily contested than any in-game conflict.

The one thing that could save Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the fact a remastered edition of the first Modern Warfare, originally out in 2007, is going to be bundled with the game which could be worth the price of admission alone.