Over the last two weeks, shooter fans have witnessed the launch of two of the biggest titles in the genre – Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Both titles have appeared on the PC and current-gen consoles, like the PS3 and Xbox 360, and they're currently getting ready to debut for the next-gen platforms – the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – which launch later this month in North America and Europe.
Until then, however, we can make quite a few comparisons between the two military first-person shooters.
The differences between them, however, are a bit more complex, so let's try to cover some of the biggest ones.
First and foremost for many gamers are graphics and here, the clear winner is Battlefield 4, managing with its new Frostbite 3 engine to deliver an even prettier experience than Battlefield 3 and its Frostbite 2. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward promised better visuals thanks to an improved engine in Ghosts but failed to deliver, as the game still looks unimpressive.
What's more, Ghosts feels bland in terms of colors, abusing washed out hues, as opposed to Battlefield 4, which welcomes vibrant colors and variety through all sorts of filters.
Secondly, in terms of gameplay, both games are good at their own particular niches. Battlefield 4 delivers a solid shooting experience with accurate feedback for the player and realistic situations. Ghosts, on the other hand, takes a more arcade approach, as most weapons feel the same and there's very little feedback given to players during firefights.
Thirdly, in terms of story, both suffer from a highly linear and rather short plot. Battlefield 4, however, allows more freedom to the player concerning firefights and encounters, while Ghosts constantly makes players follow other characters into different situations.
Multiplayer-wise, both games once again cater to their niches, with Battlefield emphasizing vehicles and huge maps, while Ghosts delivers a more varied experience via its competitive and the special Extinction cooperative modes.
Between Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, what's your pick?