IGN’s ‘VS’ Pits MW3 Against Battlefield 3


This year’s two biggest military shooters, both released within the last 30 days, are, of course, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. IGN has pitted the two in a head-to-head competition by putting the players (read: IGN’s readers) in charge of the outcome across three categories: graphics, multiplayer, and campaign. Given the sales numbers and the fanboyism behind one of the titles, the outcome is rather surprising. Just look at the total votes for each title at the end. I got a chuckle out of it.


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


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  1. #1 by Isli on November 22nd, 2011 [ 42435 Points ]

    Not particularly surprising, though I think it’s an extremely biased competition to begin with. After playing both, they don’t even feel like they are competing. MW3 feels like an enjoyable arcade shooter, and BF3 feels like a tactical shooter.

  2. #2 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on November 22nd, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    WOW, I will agree with everything in the polls, except for campaign. Even though MW3 lacked the graphics, I still say it was a good story. It was intense. Both games had a short campaign. Both had stupid endings. BF3 campaign lacked a lot. MW3 delivered a lot of character attachment, while BF3 did not. I would give it to MW3 for the campaign though. But everything else. BF3!

  3. #3 by Pedro on November 23rd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Even though I’m always up for some controversial statements, I’m honestly getting tired of all this fanboy nonsense… Xbox X PS3, MW3 X BF3, Dark Souls X Skyrim… don’t people ever get tired of it? Just go and enjoy yourself.

    ANY game can offer SOME entertainment to someone so people should just do whatever they want. Really, it’s annoying when every discussion turns into a “my d**k is longer than yours” kind of thing… and IGN users are a bunch of retarded animals that like to say “First” when there’s a new topic, that’s the most idiotic thing ever…

  4. #4 by Cheeto on November 23rd, 2011 [ 29099 Points ]

    ” IGN users are a bunch of retarded animals that like to say “First” when there’s a new topic, that’s the most idiotic thing ever…”

    Makes you glad we are not IGN ;) I agree mate. My philosophy on this is simple: Buy it, play it, enjoy it. Media feed on negativity … Sad.

  5. #5 by Jay on November 23rd, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    regardless as to whether or not there was a lot of bias when it comes to these games and these results, given that there were about 300,000 votes made, it’s still a decent sample (though spread across three categories), and the results are still surprising given the popularity of the Modern Warfare titles.

    With that said, everyone has some sort of bias towards something.

  6. #6 by Jason on November 23rd, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    They are both fun but it boils down to one thing in the end for me. BF3 has dedicated servers. The constant Host migration and disconnection and lag in MW3 destroy it for me all the way. I find BF3 fun for its slower paced gameplay and required skill. I find Mw3 fun for its brainless a.d.d. gameplay.

  7. #7 by Isli on November 23rd, 2011 [ 42435 Points ]

    @Pedro: Dang, I was going to start posting “First” too :/

    I suppose my issue with comparing the two is that I don’t view them as too similar. They don’t feel like they were meant to compete, despite how people have treated them.

  8. #8 by dragon290513 on November 23rd, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    i fear many cod players are too busy playing kill confirmed to bother to vote


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