Modern Warfare 3 Vs Battlefield 3: Which graphics are better?

By Posted 24 May 2011, 05:50

Just moments ago, we showed you the very first gameplay teaser trailer for Modern Warfare 3 and with it, a chance to see how good the game looks compared to the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops and of course Modern Warfare 2. Now that you have seen it, we want to know your specific opinions on the graphics featured in the game.

Consider this the first mini analysis of what is set to become a full on slugfest, on which graphics look better between Modern Warfare 3, and EA’s excellent looking Battlefield 3 game, as for the first time – both titles will be released in the same month so it’s going to be a head-to-head battle between Activision and EA to grab your money.

After watching those epic Battlefield 3 gameplay videos demonstrating the new Frostbite 2.0 engine, yeah we all thought ‘ok, Battlefield 3 is going to be the clear winner here hands down’, but after watching the MW3 debut trailer, you may not be so sure any more.

The visuals are actually very impressive, and as we mentioned in our earlier article, the graphics are definitely a step up from those seen in Modern Warfare 3. We can’t really talk about Black Ops here, since that was developed by Treyarch, not Infinity Ward remember.

We’ve included the trailer below once again, just so you can get an idea of the graphics. We recommend watching some of it in slow motion too, the London and Paris scenes for example to get maximum effect. After you have checked it out properly, we want to know if you still think Battlefield 3 wins or not from a graphics perspective.

Has Modern Warfare 3 changed your mind, or is Battlefield 3 still the clear winner? We’re awaiting the results of our included poll with great anticipation. Don’t forget to select 720p HD from the YouTube drop down menu!

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  • noob

    battlefield 3 way better then mw3. 

  • guest

    The visuals definitely still don’t compare. But the thing is, we haven’t seen BF3 on consoles yet. So who knows…..and who knows what this MW3 footage is on. Battlefield 3 PC visuals win hands down. Console….well, we’ll see. But considering its a brand new engine, I’m betting they’ll still be better.

    This games looks good, at least in terms of entertainment value. Looks, flashy, etc. Looks like a COD game. Funny thing is that’s starting to be less and less of a compliment.

    I’ve liked the COD games story lines. From the ones i’ve played, they’ve been fun and entertaining and pretty dramatic. I just get really bored with the multiplayer. Doesn’t matter whether I’m doing good or bad, I just get tired of it after a few games. I think its the lack of options/variety in game.It just feels so stagnent to me.

  • Robstenhouse

    Bf3 beats mw3 by 100 miles plus those mw3 teaser trailers are cinematic, which means it wont be the really game

  • Robstenhouse

    Bf3 beats mw3 by 100 miles plus those mw3 teaser trailers are cinematic, which means it wont be the really game

  • Anthony

    come on really?? there is no comparison, battlefield 3 looks way better.

  • Anthony

    come on really?? there is no comparison, battlefield 3 looks way better.

  • Stevenh

    For a true comparison we need to see both running on the same console, for me, the graphics in call of duty have always looked crisp, whereas battlefields tend to look more gritty. Hard to explain !! i get a sense of detachment when watching COD’s gameplay whereas Battlefields tends to draw me in.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SKRT7S46KLYTTMDVQTBUCI5GLM Alex Seven

     yes battlefield does look better when it comes to graphics on solo , but we wont be able to see who’s the winner until both multiplayers have been played . These games are ALL ABOUT MULTIPLAYER ! 
    and that is where i got my money on call of duty . you dont sell a billion dollars worth of video games unless your the best ! Everyone thought the solo on medal of honor looked great but does anyone like the multiplayer ?? NO !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SKRT7S46KLYTTMDVQTBUCI5GLM Alex Seven

     yes battlefield does look better when it comes to graphics on solo , but we wont be able to see who’s the winner until both multiplayers have been played . These games are ALL ABOUT MULTIPLAYER ! 
    and that is where i got my money on call of duty . you dont sell a billion dollars worth of video games unless your the best ! Everyone thought the solo on medal of honor looked great but does anyone like the multiplayer ?? NO !

    • Anonymous

      If you like multiplayer, go get yourself a decent PC, and try battlefield 2.  You will never go back to COD.  I have bought the last 6 or 7 installments of COD including Bad Co. 2, hoping the game will be good, and I keep going back to the PC version of BF2. It is just a better game.   I will never give another cent to Activision for COD.   Diablo 3… that’s a different story.

      The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWNSMSB3CXBGXUICWUZ7PD36M paul

        You brought tears to my eyes because its totally true.

      • Anonymous

        You know bad company was a battlefield title right?

      • Anonymous

        You know bad company was a battlefield title right?

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, Battlefield Bad Company 2.  But it was designed for consoles just like all of the COD games,  so I lump it in there with COD.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWNSMSB3CXBGXUICWUZ7PD36M paul

      BF games are all based on MP. Thats what made them so popular. I ‘ve played BF2 for 528 hours. I’m playing BC2 now and i’m at 535. Battlefield MP kill any COD MP. One eventually gets tired of MP run and gun. Battlefield offers so many options that you cannot get sick of playing MP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001290280524 Michael Sanita

    are you kidding me? was this site paid off to boost MW3? the graphics are exactly the same as MW2. The first thing i thought when i saw this trailer was “why are they releasing a Modern Warfare 2 trailer so long after it has been released?” the last good cod game was cod 4 if you buy this one you are a moron, its like for the past three Christmas’s activision has been giving you pieces of the exact same fruit  cake that has been sitting on their counter all these years and this year its gonna be the same, a piece of the same expired shitty fruitcake and all the morons will just eat it up and thank them, this year battlefield is gonna make sure you dont have to eat any more of that fruitcake, this year you get a Italian sports car 

    • Juninho patrick

      Well said dude…Couldnt have said it better myself…Battlefield 3 all the way…

    • Juninho patrick

      Well said dude…Couldnt have said it better myself…Battlefield 3 all the way…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Halama/500954128 Peter Halama

    I say kids stay with COD please…… Only team people go to BF series.Battlefield is not about K/d.  Bf is all about getting objectives and amazing gameplay.. Best multi around, even gamespot said it… I personaly cant wait for Wake Island…..And in the heli I FU*KING PWN… It loooks like weather conditions and windspeed are gonna be in the game..:D PC all the way, even though i have an old 360 too. 
    |K!A| P.I.D.R

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Halama/500954128 Peter Halama

    I say kids stay with COD please…… Only team people go to BF series.Battlefield is not about K/d.  Bf is all about getting objectives and amazing gameplay.. Best multi around, even gamespot said it… I personaly cant wait for Wake Island…..And in the heli I FU*KING PWN… It loooks like weather conditions and windspeed are gonna be in the game..:D PC all the way, even though i have an old 360 too. 
    |K!A| P.I.D.R

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think COD’s static environments don’t hold a candle to Battlefield’s immense changing maps.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think COD’s static environments don’t hold a candle to Battlefield’s immense changing maps.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7ON5TKY6VQHBVJFGLAL43W7HHY meh

       of course k/d s an element in BF too. being a copter pilot I’m sure you rack up the kills ;) lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/The7even Elmedin Zelenkic

    BF3 wins hands down.. wtf kind of question is that.. 

  • Anonymous

    You have to remember though that although these games are competing for
    sales, these are still very different games. Each one will bring its own
    strengths and weaknesses. As for me I love both series so im still
    going to get both (Although I’m getting BF3 for pc for the 64 player
    games and private servers) and just play whatever game im in the mood
    for.

  • Anonymous

    You have to remember though that although these games are competing for sales, these are still very different games. Each one will bring its own strengths and weaknesses. As for me I love both series so im still going to get both (Although I’m getting BF3 for pc for the 64 player games and private servers) and just play whatever game im in the mood for.

  • http://twitter.com/burkelucas Lucas Burke

    seriously? Its not even close to being close to close.  BF3 makes mw3 look like dirt.

  • Nike_7688

    First, it’s Frostbite 2, not Frostbite 2.0. (repi posted that on twitter a while back to clarify all this 2.0 nonsense)

    Second, MW3 STILL has the same tired old engine.  it’s 6 years old.  Older if you actually look at its origins.  kill it with fire.

    Battlefield 3 wins

  • Nike_7688

    First, it’s Frostbite 2, not Frostbite 2.0. (repi posted that on twitter a while back to clarify all this 2.0 nonsense)

    Second, MW3 STILL has the same tired old engine.  it’s 6 years old.  Older if you actually look at its origins.  kill it with fire.

    Battlefield 3 wins

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.gianni Jordan Gianni

    It wont matter on the consoles which games look better its gonna come down to game play for those markets but for the PC… well thats where looks will differ. I am saying without doubt like so many before me, battlefield 3 has this battle hands down. When that rpg comes crashing through that wall that you would normally be oh so safe behind in modern warfare and particles of dust cloud your vision with realism you will too also no the might of the frostbite engine :]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Barnes/1315463639 Connor Barnes

    Looks exactly like MW2!!!! I can’t believe IW, lazy, cheap whores! BF3 is the clear winner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoff-Shannon/574590881 Geoff Shannon

    ill say mw3 will have a better single player because battlefield has never really had a intense sp. but bf3 will win the multiplayer because, well lets just say cod can never compete with map size, vehicles, bullet drops, and gamplay.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWNSMSB3CXBGXUICWUZ7PD36M paul

      MW3 SP is solid like any other COD SP. However, BF3 is a true sequel to BF2. True BF games never had SP. BF3 is the first one, so we can’t really compare BF3 SP to COD SP. Time will tell.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWNSMSB3CXBGXUICWUZ7PD36M paul

      MW3 SP is solid like any other COD SP. However, BF3 is a true sequel to BF2. True BF games never had SP. BF3 is the first one, so we can’t really compare BF3 SP to COD SP. Time will tell.

      • Anonymous

        The trailers showing single player have looked good to me so far. Better than either attempt with bad company.

      • Anonymous

        The trailers showing single player have looked good to me so far. Better than either attempt with bad company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500787542 Ryan O’Connell

    I’ve been playing COD since Modern Warfare and this year….ill be buying Battlefield 3. Over the years, I just find that COD, while a good all around game in its own right, just seems to get old fast. I feel like when I put in MW,WAW,MW2 or BO, I feel as if very little has really changed and I have 4 versions of the same game. When I saw the trailer for BF3..I was amazed and I just don’t get that same WOW factor from this MW3 trailer cuz it looks and feels so similar to MW2. It seems that Infinity Ward has gone with the “if its not broke, dont fix it”, mindset and I think that might get them into trouble if BF3 lives up to expectations.

  • soax28

    Yeah that was what I was thinking, people here can’t just compare battlefield 3 and mw3 just yet because the footage from battlefield 3 is from the pc and of course the pc is more superior to consoles now so the graphics will be better. If these people have done their research there was a post saying that battlefield 3 on the consoles won’t be as good looking as the pc version but it will be great. So who knows because we all know that consoles are outdated so there’s no point in saying that the devs are lazy its just that this is the best they can do for these consoles. Besides this is a MW3 post if people are just going to hate WHY even bother to look at it?

  • soax28

    Yeah that was what I was thinking, people here can’t just compare battlefield 3 and mw3 just yet because the footage from battlefield 3 is from the pc and of course the pc is more superior to consoles now so the graphics will be better. If these people have done their research there was a post saying that battlefield 3 on the consoles won’t be as good looking as the pc version but it will be great. So who knows because we all know that consoles are outdated so there’s no point in saying that the devs are lazy its just that this is the best they can do for these consoles. Besides this is a MW3 post if people are just going to hate WHY even bother to look at it?

    • Tenzing RED

      lets see the same old mw2 engine or a brand new engine called Frostbite: 2.0 hmmm….. besides if you played Bf:bc2 on consoles you would realize that that graphics already beats mw2 graphics.

    • Tenzing RED

      lets see the same old mw2 engine or a brand new engine called Frostbite: 2.0 hmmm….. besides if you played Bf:bc2 on consoles you would realize that that graphics already beats mw2 graphics.

      • Joshua Oliver

        In a tweet by Robert Bowling in response to a fan question, it was revealed that a new graphics engine is being used for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, leaving behind the outdated IW (Infinity Ward) Engine.

        “@fourzerotwo: @Sebianoti We haven’t gone into detail on the engine yet but we’ve moved beyond the MW2 engine and added a lot of cool stuff for #MW3.”

        • Nick Pooler

          MW3′s engine hasn’t really changed since COD2. They just keep “Adding cool new stuff”… like the destructible environs which the original bad company had… and it looks like MW3 pulled the France environment directly out of Splinter Cell DA. It is not a new engine at all, they keep attempting to tweak it, much like Half Life has done with the Source engine.

        • Nick Pooler

          MW3′s engine hasn’t really changed since COD2. They just keep “Adding cool new stuff”… like the destructible environs which the original bad company had… and it looks like MW3 pulled the France environment directly out of Splinter Cell DA. It is not a new engine at all, they keep attempting to tweak it, much like Half Life has done with the Source engine.

        • Nick Pooler

          MW3′s engine hasn’t really changed since COD2. They just keep “Adding cool new stuff”… like the destructible environs which the original bad company had… and it looks like MW3 pulled the France environment directly out of Splinter Cell DA. It is not a new engine at all, they keep attempting to tweak it, much like Half Life has done with the Source engine.

        • Nick Pooler

          MW3′s engine hasn’t really changed since COD2. They just keep “Adding cool new stuff”… like the destructible environs which the original bad company had… and it looks like MW3 pulled the France environment directly out of Splinter Cell DA. It is not a new engine at all, they keep attempting to tweak it, much like Half Life has done with the Source engine.

      • Adolfo Portillo

        I want to slap you so bad right now I swear to god. In mw2 every single gun had complete sexy detail in bfbc2 it was scrapped up garbage cartoonish graphics. gtfo.

        • Phillyblunz

          Well if you play COD a non-HD game on a SD tv it will prob look better then a true HD game being played on that same SD tv.

          Go get an HDTV and play BF, even part one is easily on par with any of the COD games.

    • maureen milton

      dev’s haven’t even been able to attain the true processing power of the ps3 yet and look how many years it has been i call that being lazy.

  • Dave Dood

    Sorry Alan COD fan boy.   Battlefield 3 has 20 times better graphics and gameplay.  If you can’t see that then you need thicker glasses.

    Pfff, dork.

  • Dave Dood

    Sorry Alan COD fan boy.   Battlefield 3 has 20 times better graphics and gameplay.  If you can’t see that then you need thicker glasses.

    Pfff, dork.

  • http://twitter.com/afal88 Andre Lima

    COD might have a better SP campaign but thats it.

    • Evan zermeno

      thats what i like about IW, they can make a single player enjoyable. i think the BF3 looks more action packed, something new, different. and im pissed IW is using the same engine from cod 2, and people think the multiplayer is amazing

    • Crap Campaign

      lol, no the campaign is a joke. I never finished MW2 and forced myself to beat black ops. The story is so dry and predictable with explosions and pretty colors to keep the kids amused. Black Ops was absolute crap.

  • http://twitter.com/afal88 Andre Lima

    COD might have a better SP campaign but thats it.

  • Anonymous

    I personally think that cod looks kinda dates compared to bf3. Besides mw3s’ engine is the same as mw2, if we wanted anouther map pack we wouldn’t spend $60 or whatever it will cost

  • Pieter Dekker

    Dx11 vs Dx9. Need to do the math?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000214588572 Marc Salvador

    Its been confirmed that consoles will have the same graphics as pc, just pc supporting 64 players and having bigger maps.

    • Real Talk

      EPIC FAIL. Not exactly, the graphics you see from the Battlefield 3 Videos is from the PC-Platform. Dice’s leading platform for battlefield 3 is the PC which is why the graphics look awsome which can only be experienced with a PC, sorry the Xbox will just have to make due with “600p”….

      • Martinez Angell11

        actually if you know your facts battlefield for consoles run at 704p and have an actual hi res pack install optional so your comment is a fail

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000214588572 Marc Salvador

    Its been confirmed that consoles will have the same graphics as pc, just pc supporting 64 players and having bigger maps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000214588572 Marc Salvador

    Its been confirmed that consoles will have the same graphics as pc, just pc supporting 64 players and having bigger maps.

  • Anonymous

    To even pause and ponder whether the graphics of Modern Warfare 3 might be superior to Battlefield is similar to watching an Eagle argue with Chickens.
     
    Battlefield 3 is clearly the aesthetic king.  Alan, please just have the confidence to actually write what you really know is true.

  • http://free-tech-247.blogspot.com/ Joe

    Battlefield 3 graphics will be a different league to MW3. MW3 is just again a recycled engine, it wont look any different to mw2 or even cod: 4. The Battlefield 3 destructive landscape is clearly the hands down winner.

  • http://twitter.com/FreeTech247 Your-free-gadgets

    Com’on, has COD even changed one bit since COD4, COD is old now. It’s time to move on. I’m just hoping all of the noobs from COD don’t come onto battlefield. Although it would be a lot of fun pwning them whilst they cry because they can’t camp whilst their dogs or chopper does the work.

  • benjamin kioa

    there making these call of duty games too fast am mean bo just came out last year there mw3 coming out this year activison made the mistake with guitar hero that y they stop making it 

  • Phillyblunz

    Wow that game looks like ass.

    Did anyone notice that there are almost no textures at all in that trailer??

    I saw some for a split second but besides that the walls and pretty much every single surface look to be lifted straight from a PS2 game.

    I guess they had to drop all textures to allow them to run their shitty little 600p game engine at 60FPS, LOL.

    I like how this article is about comparing MW3 to BF3 then the writer is too scared/biased to even post a gameplay video of BF3 beside it, LOL.

    I have to admit though, both games have made me say “Wow”, but for completely opposite reasons.

    I think the title of this article should be “Hey I’m a COD fanboy and hope to convince you your eyes are broken”, LOL.

    This reviewer/hack has no credibility, and obviously has something wrong in his head.

    • Slo_mo123

      Lol so true

    • Slo_mo123

      Lol so true

  • YoYaYoYa

    I have battlefield bad company 2, black ops, mw2 & played & liked them all (black ops not as much) but i bought BFBC2 when i started getting bored of mw2, i loved the game at first, the realism & destructible environment was awesome, but after unlocking all of the weapons by level 20, the re playability stopped for me, i hopped back on mw2 & have been on it since, there is a huge difference for me with 60fps & 30fps (I play on the highest sensitivity for both games) & as much as i loved BFBC2, i will be buying MW3 first, because i love the fluid, fast-paced, run & gun shooter much more then the destructible environments/large maps.  Graphics do not matter as long as a game is fun,  think about the DS vs the PSP, the PSP had alot better graphics but the DS had the funner games and sold alot more & were for a bigger audience.  So IMHO i believe: 60fps, fun, re-playability, fast-pace, addicting, great SP campaign > realism, better textures, destructible environments, & vehicles.  I dont see why ppl have to argue & start a flame war over these games though.  IF YOU LIKE THE GAME THEN BUY IT, IF YOU DONT LIKE A GAME DONT BUY IT, WHY DO WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT A GAME? WHO HONESTLY CARES? PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF WHAT THEY LIKE AND DONT LIKE IN A GAME.

  • Bsharpzorro

    BF3 over MW3. Graphics and interaction with enviroment.

  • Evanzermeno1

    BF3 over MW3. ive been playing cod my whole life, and i can tell IW isnt going anywhere with their CODs. besides, who else agrees with me that the reveal trailer for MW3 looks completely horrible? the graphics are worse than mw2 (which you think they would improve on not get worse). plus cant we all tell MW series is all the same? its all urban warfare in home countrys, all they have to do is change some guns, perks, and abilities and say they have a top knotch game. i dont know what most are getting, but i sure as hell am getting BF3…

  • Mrrileystone2

    MW3 over BF3. 
    I can’t believe anyone is actually going to buy BF3 after the beta came out. The maps are just huge open areas that you have to crawl through if you don’t want your head to be blown to bits. The maps in cod are much better – smaller, easier to maneuver. I agree Battlefield is more realistic, but since when is realism ever fun? Why would we even play video games if we wanted a real-life experience? We could just join the military..