The following is an in-depth comparison for Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4.
Call Of Duty Ghosts Story
Call Of Duty Ghosts story focuses on a South American attack on mainland USA by the evil “Federation“. The game starts off with a brief introduction to the main characters, Elias and two sons (Logan and Hesh), and an explanation regarding how the Ghosts first appeared. Meanwhile, in space of all places, the Federation is in the process of hijacking a space station to take control of the Orbital Defense Initiative (aka ODIN), an orbiting super-weapon, that wouldn’t be out-of-place in a mid-80’s James bond movie.
Ten years pass, Logan and Hesh upon proving themselves worthy are made honorary members of the Ghosts squadron, however this action inevitable puts the two of them in further danger due to former Ghosts member, and crazy mad man “Rorke” wanting the Ghosts squad dead.
Battlefield 4’s story
The story of Battlefield 4 takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor and has players taking on the role of Sgt. Daniel “Reck” aka Recker, a member of a U.S. special operations squad call-signed “Tombstone” The story is much more grounded in reality in comparison to COD:Ghosts and offers a more “believable” if not just a little silly plot, regarding an impending Chinese military coup d’état that could see all of China joining up with the Russians.
Obviously such an event would significantly turn the tables in the enemies favor, so off you’re sent to Shanghai to rescue three VIPs named: Kovic, Hannah, and Hannah’s husband, a man with bandages wrapped around his face. Hannah eventually joins your Squad, then you’re all you sent off on an explosive, action packed adventure, fighting back against the Russians as well as the Chinese in an attempt to prove the USA’s innocence.
Battlefield 4’s story may be more “believable” but often times I found it to be very convoluted, the reasons for all the traveling from one location to the next began to feel as if the writers were just pulling new plot scenarios out of thin air. Call Of Duty Ghosts Story on the other hand is incredible silly, but ultimately is a lot more fun and entertaining. The pacing felt better and the reasons for where you are and your actions are always understandable and serve to further the plot.So, COD: Ghosts takes this one.
Call Of Duty Ghosts Gameplay
Call Of Duty Ghosts takes approaches its gameplay as a more arcade-like experience, especially in comparison to Battlefield. However, the gameplay is fast-paced and action-packed, offering a very enjoyable experience. However, most of the weapons in their respective classes are fairly standard offering little variety.
The lack of advanced gameplay mechanics such as the ability to change your rate of fire, scope placement or even a more advanced cover-based system, stood out due to having played already Battlefield 4. It’s a shame the developers could not have incorporated these mechanics into the game as they would have offered for greater tactical options.
I hardly noticed any bugs or glitches during my play through, however the enemy AI is awful at times, especially on the normal setting. Friendly AI’s will often walk directly in front of your line of fire blocking your target. When the game allowed for you to take control of the Dog “Riley”, those were some of the most enjoyable sections in the game.
Battlefield 4’s Gameplay
Battlefield 4’s gameplay is certainly closer to what you’d expect from the next generation of FPS. The game offers a wide array of weapons to choose from and many of them allow for you to alter their rate of fire or change the position of the scope.
Certain weapons in Battlefield 4 seem to be intentionally weakened, especially those you use to early on. Weapon caches are spread about in various locations on the map and allow for you to freely choose which weapons layout you desire to take into battle.
The enemy AI however leaves much to be desired and their difficulty comes mainly from the sheer amount of bullets it takes to take them down. the game also unfortunately suffers from a variety of bugs, some minor such as poor collision detection, and some game breaking, like the game locking up or the sound cutting out.
Even though Battlefield 4 has it’s fair share of bugs and glitches, it offers far more advanced gameplay mechanics than Call of Duty: Ghosts. So, Battlefield 4 takes this round.
Call Of Duty Ghosts Online Multiplayer
For better or worse, the pick up and play formula the franchise is renowned for is safely preserved in the latest iteration. Lag, is still problematic at the time of writing, but no doubt the servers will become more stable in the months to come.
Battlefield 4’s Online Multiplayer
Battlefield 4’s online multiplayer is as fun and entertaining as the we have come to expect. The biggest changes are mostly in regards to the graphics and the new maps, leaving the games core mechanics relatively unchanged. Lag, glitches and other such bugs are still problematic online and it can often be a choir simply getting a single match.
Neither game offers a drastic change to the Online FPS formula, but Call Of Duty Ghosts seems to be the game that’s dead set on sticking to the tried and true. Therefore, Battlefield 4 takes it in the online department.
So there you have it, it was pretty close, but ultimately Battlefield 4 earns the title for best online multiplayer focused FPS, for offering advanced gameplay mechanics, something that COD: Ghosts severely lacks, and also for not overly relying on the tried-and-true tropes of the genre.
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