Halo Infinite vs Vanguard vs Battlefield 2042

2021's big shootout involves three games that evoke memories of the late 2000s and early 2010s.


The late 2000s and early 2010s were great years for multiplayer shooters. Nearly every holiday season, you could guarantee at least a three-way deadlock between the top shooters at the time: Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo. Although both Call of Duty and Battlefield would continue to battle it out for several years after, 343 Industries' shooter bowed out of the race early, only to re-emerge just in time to say hello to its former foes.

Halo Infinite Vs Vanguard Vs Battlefield
Halo Infinite is the safe bet if you only have time to play one AAA shooter this holiday season.

Now, anyone who's old enough to be an FPS fan at least a decade ago finds themselves in a familiar situation.

Join us below as we discuss the merits of the three biggest shooters right now.

Which shooter won the battle of fall 2021?

Halo Infinite Vs Vanguard Vs Battlefield
At this point, Vanguard is just a glorified advertising platform for Warzone that's packaged as a AAA shooter.

Strictly speaking, between Call of Duty: Vanguard, Halo Infinite, and Battlefield 2042, it's 343's latest entry that is the clear winner here.

Even if it hasn't avoided its fair share of controversies, all its issues are relatively minor and easy to fix compared to the problems currently plaguing Vanguard and Battlefield 2042. Case in point, the latter has a serious content and pricing problem stemming from the lack of a single-player campaign, among other things. Meanwhile, the former might have a bit too much going for it, with many citing franchise fatigue as a potential reason for why its sales are falling everywhere outside of the United States.

On the other hand, Halo Infinite has received stellar reviews from critics and players alike; many are loving its gameplay and shooting mechanics. Microsoft recently celebrated Halo Infinite's success at TGA 2021, an event where Vanguard was notably absent and Battlefield 2042 made very little noise.

With a surprise free-to-play multiplayer mode, a mostly controversial-free studio behind it, and a single-player campaign, as well as more content to come, Halo Infinite is the clear winner as far as the aforementioned trio of shooters is concerned.

Conclusion

Halo Infinite Vs Vanguard Vs Battlefield
At just $14.99 a month, EA Play Pro is worth checking out to play Battlefield 2042 as well as several other EA offerings.

As far as checking boxes go, Halo Infinite has everything down pat. However, today's market is large enough to support all three games and then some. Because of how large the gaming industry has grown and the support of cross-play, there are enough players to go around to sustainably support all three games.

Besides, at the end of the day, these three shooters can't compete with the real kings of the shooter genre.

Between Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, VALORANT, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Vanguard, Halo Infinite, and Battlefield 2042 are all effectively fighting for what we'd like to call the "middle ground"". It's a place where shooters like Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch, along with Vanguard, Halo Infinite, and Battlefield 2042, all try to outdo each other, knowing full well that they can't compete with the top shooters that have been around for years.

If nothing else, we can take solace in the fact that you don't necessarily have to spend $60 to enjoy AAA shooters anymore.

Halo Infinite is effectively an advertising platform for Microsoft to sell Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. The same goes for Vanguard, albeit it's more of a marketing tool for Warzone at this point. Battlefield 2042's place is a bit weird, but we're guessing that it's probably going to become the first Battlefield game to go free-to-play. Plus, Battlefield 2042 is free if you have an active EA Play Pro membership subscription.

If you've got $60 to spend, the worst that you can do is to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass and EA Play Pro to check out Halo Infinite and Battlefield 2042, respectively. Vanguard is the only one of the three that's not available in a video game subscription service. However, Warzone is free-to-play. Unless you're a huge fan of Vanguard's single-player campaign, we suggest giving Warzone a shot first to see if you like the gameplay since both share game engines.

TLDR; the former "kings" of the shooter genre are no longer vying for the same spot that they used to years ago, but they're all equally worth trying.


Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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