The big news in video games right now is, of course, the current console war between the Xbox One (for which Microsoft just announced a November 22nd release date) and the PlayStation 4, but moving on from the realms of hardware to the world of software there are plenty of smaller battles going on between dueling games that share a genre. After all, gamers love a bit of competition.

Perhaps the most prominent of these is the face-off between Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, the two next entries in a series that has been dominating the modern military FPS genre for years. Battlefield 4 will showcase the new Frostbite 3 engine¬†and the real-time environment-changing game feature called ‘Levolution’, while Call of Duty: Ghosts is adding playable military dogs and female soldiers into the mix.

If you’re an XBox 360 owner and are stuck for something to do while waiting for the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts then now is a good time to plan a marathon session of all the previous games in the series. Every single Call of Duty game so far is currently available for 25-50% off the normal price on XBox Live – starting with Call of Duty Classic and going all the way on up to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb posted the full list of discounts over on his blog, along with a full run down of upcoming XBox Live releases and further discounts for games including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is currently beating Battlefield 4 in pre-orders, but our recent poll of Game Rant readers found that 49% of you were planning to buy Battlefield 4 only, compared to just 13% who are planning to buy only Call of Duty: Ghosts, so right now it’s difficult to guess which game might outsell the other. Activision is certainly pushing the pre-order bonuses for Ghosts, and recently released a preview for a bonus downloadable multiplayer map called “Free Fall” that will be made available on day one to gamers who pre-order from participating retailers.

Call of Duty Ghosts Multiplayer - Cranked Mode

“Free Fall” is designed to show off Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ own version of Levolution – dynamic maps, which Infinity Ward has said are designed to make the multiplayer experience feel as cinematic as a singleplayer experience. The map is a skyscraper building that has been partially toppled and is wedged up against another building, so that players must progress along the glass windows that make up the outer walls of the building. It’s based on a singleplayer campaign mission called “Federation Day”, and, since work on the multiplayer map is still in progress, some of the cinematics in this preview appear to be from the singleplayer mission.

Putting aside the Call of Duty vs. Battlefield competition for the moment, what kind of bonuses are most likely to convince you to pre-order a game? Will you put in your order for the sake of a few extra weapon skins, or does it take something really special?


Call of Duty: Ghosts releases November 5, 2013 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. PS4 and Xbox One release dates have not been announced.

Source: Larry Hryb