BF4 and COD:Ghosts Comparison

Call of Duty Ghosts vs. Battlefield4

The Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises are so well established at this point that you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Fragging, “tactical” shooting, a ton of racist 12-year-olds on voice chat, fun stunts with vehicles and knives appearing on YouTube, people complaining about vehicles and knives on forums, and perhaps the best video game glitch in the history of code… you know you love every minute of it.

Even though you know what you’re getting with either franchise, you’re going to be sinking a bunch of time into whichever one you choose, so in order to help you make this pivotal decision in your life, we’ve compiled some things you perhaps didn’t know about the two series and their newest installments.

Gameplay

  • On the next-gen consoles, Battlefield 4 will run at 720p on the Xbox One, and 900p on the PlayStation 4. Both will be upscaled to 1080p. As a result, the Xbox One version will have noticeable aliasing, but will look a little more crisp. The PS4 version will have a slightly higher frame rate, and will be able to recover from dips in the frame rate a little more quickly.
  • On the next-gen consoles, Call of Duty: Ghosts will run at 720p on the Xbox One, and 1080p on the PlayStation. Both versions will run at 60fps.
  • BF4 will feature multiplayer matches up to 64 players in size, whereas Call of Duty: Ghosts has a max size of 18 (on next-gen consoles and PC). However, the multiplayer modes are different, so the player-size isn’t entirely accurate for the quality of the matches.
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts requires 50GB of hard drive space to install on the PC, while Battlefield 4 requires 30GB.

Factoids

  • Altogether, there have been 24 Battlefield iterations and expansions, and 21 Call of Duty iterations and expansions. Surprising that CoD has churned out less titles.
  • During E3 this year, Battlefield 4 heavily focused on boat combat, while Call of Duty: Ghosts focused heavily on a new dog character.
  • Battlefield 2 has an expansion called Modern Combat, which is similar enough to Call of Duty’s breakout sequel, Modern Warfare. We suppose warfare is on a larger scale than combat.
  • Fox is developing an hour-long Battlefield: Bad Company action comedy TV show, whereas Call of Duty had a collectable card game in development that never went to production.
  • Before Battlefield 4, the series has sold around 60 million units, while Call of Duty — pre-Ghosts — has sold twice that.
  • Both games are published by the two companies that are seen as the most evil in the gaming industry, Electronic Arts and Activision, so good job not supporting them, you guys.

In all, you likely know by now that Battlefield is the more tactical game of the pair, while Call of Duty is the more first-person-shootery. Battlefield multiplayer always has the most amusing stunts, but Call of Duty: Ghosts has that dog, and something will surely happen to it that’ll break your heart into so many pieces that you’ll end up venting your emotions by insulting some preteen’s mom over voice chat the second you load up multiplayer.

Battlefield 4 is currently out on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. It will release for PS4 on November 12, and on Xbox One on November 19 — both a few days before each console’s release. Call of Duty: Ghosts released on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 5, while the PS4 version will release on November 15, and the Xbox One version will release on November 22.

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