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The manufactured Battlefield 3 vs. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 rivalry may have dominated headlines, but gamers had plenty of opportunities to get behind the ironsights in 2011. From the creative, under-appreciated entries like Bulletstorm and Crysis 2 to the big guns like Gears of War 3, we had no shortage of quality options for shooting virtual enemies in the head. But which games stood out the most? Read on to find out.
Best Story Campaign: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The Call of Duty campaigns typically have incomprehensive, continent jumping plots that prioritize jaw dropping set pieces moments over character development, and Modern Warfare 3 is no different. Though the campaign still leans heavily on the Call of Duty 4 mission template (like nearly every other modern shooter), the Russian plane crash, sandstorm mission, and Juggernaut suit powered finale were each quality water cooler moments that stood above the moment to moment action of typical shooter missions.
Best Cooperative Mode: Horde Mode – Gears of War 3
In Gears of War 3, Epic Games makes its influential Horde mode even better by taking a page out of the tower defense game playbook. With barriers, turrets, sentries, and decoys at their disposal, teams can fortify their position like never before in the quest to survive the increasingly menacing enemy waves. This is cooperative gameplay at its finest.
Best Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
How do you retake the multiplayer crown? By re-introducing 64-player battles on wide-open maps filled with jets, tanks, and squads of teammates coordinating to capture control points. The web-based interface remains a point of contention for many PC players, but you can't beat the thrill of Battlefield 3's large-scale warfare. Console players are stuck with smaller, 24-player versions of these maps, but the drastically improved progression system and team-based gameplay still offer plenty of reasons to re-enlist for one more match.
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battlefield won most of those catagorize but COD still wins... whatever i believe battlefield is alot better game in my heart thats all that matters. Still MW3 did have a bad ass campaign.
hahah.. i cant argue that modern warfare:3 and battlefield:3 are MY winners.. im not a HUGE fan of them both but i agree on the terms of platforming it has with structure build among those games ;) -if that made sense at all- ;P
And let the trolling begin.
BTW: BF3 supporters, I love the multiplayer for BF3 and haven't even finished the campaign. That being said it is time for you all to STFU. Seriously, the flame war is over, MW3 wins it all for co-op and campaign elements. BF3 wins the multiplayer war because it is f_______ing epic. DEAL WITH IT!!!!
I still need to play most of these, and I'm glad Bulletstorm got some props!That game was a blast.
ughhh now i guess i have to buy battlefield 3 out of sheer peer pressuere thanks alot
I swear, Battlefield 3 on the PC makes me angry. It's the SOLE reason for the PC Elitists' pompous campaign against everything console, and I blame DICE.
Look, I'm sure it's impossible to cram everything on BF3 onto a console, but so was Crysis, and now look! We have both. It's shoddy programming if you ask me, and just because the PC that people spent $1.5k+ on can hold a few more people online doesn't justify a better system.
Rant over, I still play Gears of War 3! I was on a vendetta against Call of Duty, but since I got it for Christmas, it's actually quite the blast with friends. A justified choice.
Gears of War 3 should have won this. It was the only one that didn't disappoint me (fun SP, best MP in the series, beautiful graphics, awesome Co-op modes, etc.). BF3 had a disappointing SP, a great MP that is slowly being ruined by the fans, almost non-existent co-op, no private matches, etc. MW3 is actually really good all-around (I was surprised honestly), but it's still the same game released every year (minus Zombies). Oh well.
I think we all knew it would come between MW3 and BF3
Gears 3 had a better campaign than MW3 in my opinion. MW3 was boring like *** for ages.
GI are *** noobs.
wait a minute... how can Battlefield 3 score better in more categories but still not be the best FPS this year? MW3 is the same game as MW2... the story wasn't even that great... come on guys... how much did Activision give you to post this?
Where is Crysis 2 on the list? It had a great single player that lasted more than 3 hours.
sooo mw3 clutches the win for its single player and coop? it didnt really do so well with the other subcategories in my opinion :/
that is EXACTLY how i would have given out the awards accordingly! no complaint here whatsoever and every time i explain how i score the BF3 vs. CoD debate i put it exactly the same way.
Skyrim ain't a shooter it's an RPG, you're in the wrong section!