Why Call of Duty is Like Basketball and Battlefield is Like Soccer

Battlefield’s European origins and Call of Duty’s American roots shine through in how they play.

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Pandamobile1336d ago

I've been thinking a lot about this recently as I've been playing the new BF4 maps. It all comes down to pacing.

COD matches are frenetic 10 minute clashes followed by 2 minutes of sitting in a lobby. I usually play 1200 ticket BF4 matches which tend to last about an hour. That hour long battle becomes the reward for me when I'm playing. I don't care if I win or lose, or I top the scoreboard or fall somewhere in the middle. As long as the game was well-fought and balanced, I'm having a good time.

The trick to getting good at games like Battlefield isn't having amazing reflexes and aim (though that doesn't hurt). It's more about situational awareness. You and your squad have to be in control of the 100 meter radius around you. If you're not aware of what's going on, it's a safe bet a squad of enemies knows your location and is moving in to kill you.

It's that unique back-and-forth tug of war that keeps me playing Battlefield games 10 years later.