Halo vs. Battlefield vs. Call of Duty: This year’s FPS showdown was a 2010 reunion

If you were an FPS fan in the late 2000s and followed games closely enough to read a gaming website, the annual showdown of shooters was a pretty big deal. Consoles finally had online platforms that were good at connecting friends to each other, and as a result, more people than ever were discovering what PC gamers already knew: Competitive shooters rule.

The gaming world has gotten smaller at the top, but it’s a lot bigger in the middle now.

It was those years, 2007-2010, that online shooters’ popularity freaking exploded. Steam exclusives like Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Source were quietly popular, but to landlocked console folk, the more visible fight was happening between the three big FPS names: which shooter was gonna out-shooter each other between Halo, Call of Duty, and Battlefield? The last time all three tossed their hat in the ring simultaneously was 2010, a year that gave us Halo: Reach, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. I was a Battlefield guy that was extremely eager to remind my Black Ops friends that Bad Company 2 had more destruction, cool vehicles, better graphics, and a fun campaign. (They kept playing Black Ops.)

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