Battlefield 3 Vs Modern Warfare 3: How important is framerate for you?

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If you are planning on picking up Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3 this year, some interesting developments occured over the weekend, as EA DICE confirmed that Battlefield 3 will only run at 30 fps on console, half the framerate of MW3.

We imagine that this admission by EA DICE will be cause for concern for a lot of console owners looking to buy Battlefield 3, but should the framerate in a game really affect your overall purchase decision?

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If you watched the recent PS3 demo of Battlefield 3, you’ll know that the game was looking very good indeed, and now that we know it was running at 30 fps compared to the PC version at 60 fps, has this altered the way you feel about the game?

It would be wrong to assume that Modern Warfare 3 will now be the better game since it will run at 60 fps on console, as Battlefield 3 will obviously feature a lot more graphical detail and map content, including vehicles, compared to MW3 which will just be more of the same as MW2, with the advantage of having ‘smoother’ gameplay at 60 fps compared to BF3.

Hardcore Battlefield fans probably won’t mind the loss of framerate on console if it doesn’t affect gameplay in a major way, as don’t forget the one dividing factor that always separates BF and Call of Duty players is the fact that Battlefield generally offers a better gameplay experience, as oppposed to Call of Duty, which is great for an arcade type of experience.

If you are lucky enough to own a solid PC gaming rig, then you’ll have no issues at all, since EA DICE make no secret at the fact that Battlefield 3 on PC will be the superior platform, with graphics on the Frostbite 2.0 engine locked down at 60 fps. Whether this will defect console owners to now pick up the PC version in light of the 30 fps cap on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, remains to be seen though.

Don’t be surprised if Activision now use this in future advertising campaigns to boast that Modern Warfare 3 now offers an ‘advantage’ over Battlefield 3 with double the framerate on console, as they’ll know that framerate for FPS games remains a very sensitive factor for a lot of hardcore gamers, and they may see this as a key opportunity to steal a few sales.

Having said that, the average gamer in today’s world knows that framerate doesn’t always necessarily determine the quality of a game. Battlefield 3 locked at 30 fps on console may be a disadvantage ‘as such’ compared to Modern Warfare 3 at 60 fps, but gamers will have the final say on this when both titles release towards the end of the year.

Having learned that Battlefield 3 will run at half the fps of MW3 on console, we want to know your thoughts on this. How important is framerate for you in a game?

  • Raskilinov

    Absolutely fair trade off.

    Personally I want the wealth of features that BF3 is
    offering, so as a gamer I’m willing to undergo fair trades in frame rates. Of
    course the trade off (personally speaking) is derived from not having budgets
    for gaming rigs to realise the full potential of BF3 on PC.

    So as a console gamer, trade offs in frame rates sounds like
    a fair deal. 

  • Raskilinov

    Absolutely fair trade off.

    Personally I want the wealth of features that BF3 is
    offering, so as a gamer I’m willing to undergo fair trades in frame rates. Of
    course the trade off (personally speaking) is derived from not having budgets
    for gaming rigs to realise the full potential of BF3 on PC.

    So as a console gamer, trade offs in frame rates sounds like
    a fair deal. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IP63JDHIIQAKAEJBGPQOX5STDI Eric

    little biased eh?

    guess we know what game you will be buying.

  • http://twitter.com/SnDin9 Not Sure

    Damn right frame-rate matters. I remember times in BF:BC2 I couldn’t snipe because it was so choppy looking across the map. BlOp’s fps is terrible most of the time, I really hope MW3 isn’t the same.

    The problem with marketing is they say it’s locked in at 60fps, but that’s probably only on the Xbox 360 and only during small cutscenes. What they don’t mention is the rest of the times it’s 15-30 fps haha. 

    I’m excited for both, but more excited for Spec Ops honestly.

  • Gregor Ebert

    BF:BC2 was at only 30Hz, too. And it was great to play online. (I played it on PS3)
    Usually I prefer games with 60Hz, too, but here it doesn’t really hurt the gameplay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/b2theenneh Ben Simmonds

    To me it doesn’t make a difference, the more important thing is that it stays at a constant 30fps. 

    Call of Duty may boast about 60fps but I’ve seen drops in Multi-player gaming when I reckon it has dropped below 30fps in hot action. 

    So as long as Battlefield 3 is stable at 30fps, it won’t hinder me from thinking about getting it for Console.

    I’ll no doubt get it for PC as well though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Clouse/616392876 Jason Clouse

    As long as it’s a steady 30 FPS, I won’t care.  Black Ops has massive framerate drops whenever anything unusual happens (B52, napalm, etc.).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/AbberJam-Tarkin/100000535599317 AbberJam Tarkin

    Plenty of games look great at 30fps (Crysis 2 an obvious example) and from the feed I saw from the Jimmy Fallon show, the console version of BF3 looks very solid indeed IMO. While it’s obvious from MW that 60fps offers a far “cleaner” look, the sound effects are very poor indeed and the physics engine is not very comprehensive. Not sure if this is impacted by the power needed for 60fps. I would rather take the compromise in frame rate to allow BF3 to squeeze every drop of available power out of the system to deliver the quality of destruction, ballistics and sound effects it offers. A crisp 60fps would be a great bonus, but really doesn’t spoil the experience for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002275712375 Connor Wakefield

      The sounds on Call of Duty are normally way better than battlefield especially with explosions

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625121473 Ryan Tweek Guest

        dude the sounds on call of duty have never been better than battlefield and they still wont be able to beat battlefield 3′s sound which has true realistic sounds from every explosion being recorded first hand

      • http://www.facebook.com/leonking1990 Stevie Littleton

        What are you talking about Battlefield’s sounds is so much better, obviously you haven’t played Battlefield Bad Company 2. Go buy our rent it  then get back to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002275712375 Connor Wakefield

    I am really looking forward to survival mode on MW3 as it looks really fun and cant wait to see what round i can get too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696708711 Peter Agopian

    I absolutely don’t mind that BF3 will run at 30FPS. While this doesnt bother me in the least and I really wanna get my hands on BF3, my game of choice for the Holiday season is by far MW3. There are also so many other games this Holiday that warrant consideration besides MW3 and BF3 lol.