‘Battlefield 3′ Can’t Top ‘Call of Duty’ on Xbox Live Activity Charts

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Battlefield 3 Can't Beat Call of Duty on Xbox Live

By now it should be no surprise to gamers that Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest title of this Fall season, far outselling its biggest competitor Battlefield 3. Taking in huge numbers both before release, and during its first 24 hours, the latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise continued the series’ dominance.

But what gamers might not know is just how much gamers stuck with Call of Duty, even with a worthy competitor in Battlefield 3 to sway their gameplay time. According to Major Nelson’s Xbox Live activity numbers, Battlefield 3 has been beat out each week it’s been available by first Black Ops and even Modern Warfare 2, and then Modern Warfare 3.

Black Ops, a now one-year-old game, was still generating a stronger player population than Battlefield 3, which was brand spanking new — but only on the Xbox 360. Here’s a look at the Xbox Live activity numbers for Battlefield 3’s launch week, and then this past week:


LIVE Activity for week of October 24th

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops
Modern Warfare 2
Battlefield 3
Gears of War 3
FIFA 12
Halo: Reach
Batman: Arkham City
Madden NFL 12
Forza Motorsport 4
GTA IV
Call of Duty 4
NBA 2K12
FIFA Soccer 11
NHL12
Halo 3
Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
Call of Duty: WaW
NCAA Football 12
Dead Island
Red Dead Redemption

LIVE Activity for week of November 7th

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Battlefield 3
Modern Warfare 2
Gears of War 3
FIFA 12
Skyrim
Halo: Reach
Madden NFL 12
GTA IV
Batman: Arkham City
Forza Motorsport 4
NBA 2K12
Call of Duty 4
FIFA Soccer 11
Halo 3
NHL12
NCAA Football 12
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Call of Duty: WaW

It’s obviously worth mentioning that Battlefield 3, and previous entries in the franchise, have largely been considered more PC-focused affairs, but there’s still something pretty surprising about these numbers. Clearly the amount of enthusiasm for Call of Dutycombined with the experience of the familiar, kept gamers coming back to Black Ops and then enticed them into Modern Warfare 3 without much consideration for using Battlefield 3 as a change of pace.

Add on top of that the newly introduced Prestige Shop, which rewarded players who had previously prestiged in any Call of Duty game to earn one point to be spent on a wide variety of bonuses from an extra custom class to double XP, and you’ve got a recipe to keep gamers in the Call of Duty online space rather than in Battlefield 3.

That isn’t to say Battlefield 3’s multiplayer is sub-par, it’s actually the best part of the whole game, but fans will stick to what they like, and Call of Duty, based on its sales numbers, definitely has more fans.

Are there any gamers out there who were still plugging away at Black Ops multiplayer instead of giving Battlefield 3’s a go? Do you think the Xbox Live games space isn’t the best place for an accurate picture of Battlefield 3’s user base?

Battlefield 3 is out now for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Major Nelson

TAGS: Activision, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty, DICE, Electronic Arts, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

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  1. Don’t get me wrong, I am a CoD person, but I did not get BF3 because I did not want to have to pay an extra 20 dollars just to play multi-player. Yes i magine that when purchased that there was/is a code to type in possibly but after getting home from renting BF3 I was upset when it required about 800 microsoft points for online play. :/

    • ok one bf3 brand new comes with a online code and 2 its not 20 its 10

    • Don’t rent Battlefield. It comes with the online pass if you buy it. MW3 is the “rentable” game. BF3 is worthy of becoming part of any game library.

  2. First of all, WHY use the xbox as a basis? It’s and Obvious immature, juvenile community, that sadly, knows No other game than crap of duty.

    Second of all, it takes a while for people to warm up and see the light on the SUPERIOR GAME THAT IS Battlefield 3.

    Being in the TOP 5 is still an awesome achievement. When you look at the content and realism of Battlefield compared to the Recycled MW2, rehashed MW3, it boggles the mind how so many xboxer’s can be SO brainwashed.

    • so your saying that everyone who plays call of duty is brain washed? well i play on the PS3 and i love MW3 spec ops and multiplayer but i also love BF3 alot more BF3 is not better than MW3 and MW3 is not better than BF3 they are two completely different playing styles so dont compare please mw3 is run and gun face paced single man team game and bf3 is slow paced more realistic team work

      • Don’t they compare games of all different genres when they decide game of the year?

        • yes but they are comparing the games like which one better quality and story wise not which FPS is better bc it has more people or its fast that doesnt even work together

    • I can’t believe BF3 is in the top 5, it’s a piece of s*** not even worthy of robbery

      • I no →

      • DO YOU HATE VEHICLES?!?! DO YOU?!?!??!?!!
        – KB

  3. @BFTE – I agree with everything you say, what I disagree with is your astonishing disregard for all things punctuation.

    • so now your a grammer teacher? thought so go teach kids then bc this is called freedom of expression because I love butterflies

      • LOL no its not, thats just called sucking at spelling/grammar…

      • More like, freedom of ignorance. Proper punctuation helps you deliver your “expression” clearly. For example, your comment could’ve been:
        Ok, one: BF3, brand-new, comes with an online code; and two: it’s not 20, it’s 10.
        There, it’s a really clear sentence. If you’re gonna say, “Punctuations are not necessary,” and all that crap, try to decipher this:
        James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.

        I agree with everything else you said, though.

        • Im sorry if I offended you, I didn’t mean to. My point was simply that you have a valid argument, one that I agree with wholeheartedly. However, you could have the greatest idea on the planet and nobody would care unless you could communicate this idea coherently, using the appropriate syntax, including good grammar and punctuation.

          I 100% respect your right to freedom of expression, but your opinion will be much more highly valued within the community if you can express it well.

          • “Let’s eat Grandma.” Vs. “Let’s eat, Grandma.”

        • well no that doesnt matter mostly at all. am i a writer? no. do i like writing? hell no! so why would i want to type correctly as if im writing a term paper or an SAT paper?

          • Because it shows what kind of a person you are. Every little letter you type shows us: you. Try to portray yourself in a kinder light.

          • Are you a writer? No. Does that mean you shouldn’t give a damn about the structure and characteristics of your own language? NO. Hell, English isn’t even my first language, and punctuation and grammar are the most crucial elements of English as a written language.

        • That’s a lot harder to read with a comma every 3rd word.

          • I probably should’ve re-worded it to minimize the number of commas needed, but oh well…

          • You guys are like the people who go to new videos and post, “First comment”, just thought you should know.

  4. I get sick of pointless posts like this.

    GameRant what was the purpose? To bash Battlefield 3?

    Obviously Call of Duty has more fans on the consoles. Call of Duty is a console based title.

    Look up the PC online numbers I bet BF3 is at the top.

    besides BF3 is still in the top 5 game played on Xbox. So who cares really?

    • Don’t see how you’re surprised by this. Have you read this site’s other articles regarding MW3 and BF3?? Lol

      • @Ken J

        Hahahaha! They could get so many more page views by dogging MW3. But then again none of them like the tactically inclined BF3.

    • actually there is only 500k copies sold the first week of the game coming out and sold some 2.5 mil on xbox and 1.5 mil on ps3 so your point is in valid

      • 500k hard copies, that number doesn’t include digital downloads. I could have sworn I’ve been through this with you before BFTE…

        Every one of my friends except one got BF3 for PC through digital download. So I reckon there’s quite a good number of those sold. But the issue here isn’t how it compares with itself on other platforms, it’s how BF3′s PC numbers compare with MW3′s PC numbers. There’s a good change MW3 sold pretty poorly on PC… It does kind of seem more tailored for the run and gun console crowd. I can’t imagine trying to aim for a long distance headshot with the joystick, and you have to do that quite often in BF3…

    • Because it’s interesting that the older Call of Duty games, despite what on the surface seems to be a growing hatred against the franchise, are getting more hours played online than the new hotness. These are just the Xbox 360 numbers, but we didn’t ever expect MW2 or Black Ops to be more popular online than BF3.

      I expect a few years down the line BF4 to be a lot closer to whatever CoD is out then and heck, even in a few weeks the older CoD titles should dissipate while BF3 grows, especially with the holidays coming up and the Karkand maps.

      • I agree with Rob here.

  5. Everyone is brainwashed to play Cod. It sucks. I can’t talk to anyone about video games now without them talking about COD. I bought Battlefield 3 and it’s amazing, I also do not plan on buying MW3. It looks exactly like the last two games. COD is just feeding us crap and people take it and love it. For some odd reason -____-

  6. Good thing I’m not one to care what is the most popular thing when deciding what I like… If that were the case I’ll be watching garbage like Jersey Shore or the Kardashians instead of good quality entertainment…

  7. Biases are funny.

  8. anyone notice skyrim on the list 4 days before the release??

    • woops its week, nvm -__-

  9. Hmm, I was more concerned with the fact that CoD 4 and Halo 3 were still on this list. I mean i hopped on some Halo 3 a few weeks ago and there were 46 people apparently maybe the game was a playing tricks on me; however im not surprised with this by much no matter what CONSOLE and I specify console as a PC gamer as well CoD has been a staple with the more casual gamers its a fact. I mean I see it in my school I hear a kid say yea I played search went 3-0 … I mean he thought in all seriousness that that was good and maybe to him but you can see where it comes from.

    • You’re right about the Call of Duty franchise having a staple with more casual gamers, something Battlefield 3 doesn’t have. Battlefield 3 is more, dare I say, hardcore.

  10. What really did it for me is when you watch the trailers of the two, as they are both made of in game film. You immediately a huge difference in quailty, to which I physically cringed as I watched mw3. It descusts me that in almost 4 years no one has even tried on that game. Dice may have its problems, but they are at least trying to give you a better game than ever before, and they care what the fans have to say. Treyarch and infinity ward, clearly aren’t and don’t.

    • Ohh so much truth. I wish the flamers away.

  11. COD is preferred by consoles. BF3 is preferred by PCs. As someone that does not play games on my PC, I’m curious if BF3 has real competition on that platform? Especially in the FPS shooter genre.

  12. I’m happy NHL there – I wish it was higher.

    Surprised to see World at War and Red Dead though

  13. because people are more loyal to call of duty or just suck at war games

  14. Lets compare the two.

    Call of duty MW3. A one button controller.

    Battlefield 3. A Keyboard.

  15. Why do people have to bash the fans? Seriously. BF has a smaller, more mature fanbase. And I’m glad. Less idiots and trash talkers (still run into a few). And of course what platform you play on makes a difference.

    It seems that BF players are upset COD is selling more, who cares??? Let’s just play! Stop trying to justify why one sells more/less, just enjoy your game with others that enjoy it. Only a fool would believe sales dictate quality. Sure BF has much more quality than COD, but its so much more than that, that factors into the games popularity.

    • I noticed something when MW3 came out most of the campers went back to MW3 thats why BF3 doesnt have as much people as MW3 oh and Black Ops wasnt even a good game and people still play that load of crap.

    • @ATG

      I don’t really see it as BF fans are upset at anything. I know I’m not. It’s just that websites like this pretty much keep reminding everyone how much better COD is doing than BF3. Like someone else said here, there really isn’t a point in this article, other than MW3 fanboys trying to “rub it in” or whatever, like I give a rat’s ass what other people like… Like I said, I’m kind of glad I’m not part of “the masses” since so often time the majority of people like such STUPID things like reality shows, I’m glad I’m not part of that group…

      It’s not like this article was written by some BF fanboy complaining about why COD sold more, so technically, it isn’t the BF3 fans who started anything here, so I don’t see it as the BF3 fans being the ones with a chip on their shoulder or something to prove…

      • Video games breaking records is news, comparing two games that provided the biggest competition all year long is as well.

        Just like we covered all the banter and news between Activision and EA/DICE over the titles, it doesn’t end when the games release. Forecasting sales and online popularity was news, the actual sales and online play numbers are news now.

        It’s not a reminder. It’s news people are interested in – that’s why people are reading this post and similar across the web.

        • Would have been a perfectly fine article if it was just giving us the data of who was in the top spots in what week and left the interpretations to the readers… Well, just my opinion…

          I guess that doesn’t make for good reading. I tried to give just data without opinions in another post and apparently that’s too boring and nobody cared to analyze it for themselves. Using brain cells must be out of style now… So I guess you’re right in this… I know nothing about running a publication, I just have my own ideas of what is a good way to deliver information. So while I would have prefered an article that simply laid out the data in front of me so I can make up my own mind, I guess you guys do make it more interesting by including your own opinions. But like I’ve said, I don’t really care what is liked by other people, so I guess that’s why for me while you guys interpret this as a good thing for COD and bad for BF3, I’m kind of indifferent about this result and see it as kind of pointless to point out, and in a way also kind of glad…

      • @Ken J, my point is no one should be complaining so much about a game selling so well. I hate the Wii and it outsells everything (excluding DS). I think Wii is stupid for many reasons, but I never visit its articles and bash it.

        Not saying all, but I see many BF fans just straight going to town with verbal assualts on COD. And then people diss the fans which is kind of pathetic.

        • @ATG

          And my point is that I don’t see it as much as people complaining about a game selling well since the point is always brought up by COD fans. So it’s more like MW3 fans going “Ohhh, look how much we’re selling compared to you.” And BF fans responding to it. You’re making it seem like anti-MW3 are starting these discussions. If that were true, then this article, and the many others like this, would be from the point of view that MW3 doesn’t deserve to sell this much. But that’s not the case. See what I’m trying to say yet? Because you’re really just missing my point…

        • @ATG

          I think if it was the other way around and it was BF3 fans initiating discussions about how MW3 is inferior and what-not, there’ll be just as many MW3 fans coming here “dissing” BF3 fans. I’m sorry, but you can’t expect fans of something to never get defensive when people are constantly trying to put what they like down. In this case, the actual editors of this site and articles like this. The tone and bias in the articles are not well hidden or subtle, and I think it’s picked up by the readers, and the end result is that some people feel a little like they are put on the defensive, and this is the result. Not saying that’s their intention, or that it gives people the excuse to be verbally abusive, the writers of this site, like any other human being, have their preferences and they have their right to express it, just putting a little bit of human psychology out there because it really does play a role…

      • @Ken J

        This can all be interpreted in so many ways. There is no clear “right” or “wrong” answer. Someone could your point and someone else could see mine. Agree to disagree?

        • @ATG

          Except if you really understood my point, you’ll see I’m not actually disagreeing with what you’re saying, just pointing out that the root cause is something you’ve failed to consider… So there’s no “your point versus my point” and that’s the freakin’ point I’ve been trying to make… Nevermind ATG…

  16. Call of Duty is the true definition of “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT”…

    • Yeah, if that logic was true, iPods wouldn’t exist and all of us would be still using LP’s.
      Seriously though, if it ain’t broke, there is still a room for improvements or even some sort of a radical change. Heck, Ratchet & Clank has been going on for nearly 10 years and it didn’t get stale thanks to the imaginative weapons and environments. I loved CoD4, and I enjoyed MW2 although its campaign was a bit short and multiplayer was filled with hacks; but a series gets stale rapidly when it repeats the same formula 3 times w/ resembling weapons (I mean, you can’t get imaginative with the guns when your games are based on real life) and an aging engine.

      • If iPods don’t exist, we’ll still have all of the other, BETTER, mp3 players that are out in the market since iPod was not the first, or even in the first 5, portable mp3 player to hit the market… Just saying, not really disagreeing with your point, lol. Just a little annoyed at how people attribute so many things to Apple. Apple didn’t have the first touch screen mobile phone on the market, Apple didn’t have the first front-facing camera, Apple didn’t make the first tablet, Apple didn’t make the first portable mp3 player, etc. etc. They are just better at marketing things that they got from other people…

        • I was using iPods as an example that even “morons” could comprehend (and I dislike Apple due to numerous reasons). Heck, if I was gonna be tehnologically correct, I would’ve mentioned the first implementation of MP3 player concept (which comes from ROK, btw) but I’m too lazy to properly do that :P
          Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to practicing my Schumann quintet ;)

  17. Like both games. BF3, ok singleplayer and great multiplayer. MW3, great single player and great multiplayer. COD better off on consoles and BF better off on PC.

  18. Anybody who is surprised by this should not be writing in gaming sites. My guess is that COD will be the dominant series for 3-5 more games/years. I think that MW3 will be the bestselling COD game of the series because its the third game, and the third game always sells best because it makes it a trilogy. However, I doubt this is the last game in the MW series. Activision will milk this franchise dry, and then toss it away with guitar hero. Historically, IW games have always been better receipted than Treyarch games. So i think that the next trey arch game will sell like hotcakes, but ultimately people will not be nearly as pleased with it as the past COD’s. MW4 will be released. It will outsell Treyarchs last game, but not MW3. It will get rave reviews and sell like hotcakes but people will start to become angry with the lack of innovation and begin seeking alternatives. Treyarch will release one more game. It will sell great, but not come close to past COD’s. IW will release the last call of duty game. It will not sell very good. People have moved on.

    So goes the Activision Cycle. Bobby Kotick takes a great franchise, makes it s*****, and profits. Rinse and repeat.

    As for the comparing BF3 and MW3: Both have crappy campaigns, but MW3 scores ever so slightly better, because BF3 has a crapload of unnecessary quicktime events. Its like DDR has become an FPS. BF3 has a multiplayer coded by Jesus Christ himself. Its seriously incredible. MW3 has a multiplayer coded in 2007. Its seriously meh and has barely evolved since COD4.

  19. It just shows how many people that don’t have real video game skill. The only game there good is call of duty. I love it when cod players come on battlefeild. Tell the other players “watch and learn noobs” and crash a jet or tries to knife someone who has a shotgun. I also like watching them get mad when they get the most kills and there behind someone who helped out his squad alot on the score board.

  20. Truly no matter if someone doesn’t understand afterward its up to
    other people that they will assist, so here it happens.

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