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Poll: GotG Round 2: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare vs. Journey (644 votes)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 58%
Journey 44%

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Two polar opposite games go head-to-head but will CoD4 gun down its opponent or can Journey reach its apotheosis first.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Journey (2012)

Voting closes at 12pm GMT / 4am PST Sunday.

#1 Edited by CaLe (3911 posts) -

Did Journey let anyone curve an arm-dismembering-bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle? Didn't think so.

#2 Edited by weegieanawrench (1935 posts) -

Damn this match up.

Edit: Journey, I love you, but I think I have to look at this match objectively.

#3 Edited by csl316 (8111 posts) -

CoD 4 was a hell of a game. And I still think Unfinished Swan was better than Journey.

#4 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Dude...Modern Warfare was awesome even for my sorry ass. Hell, the single player was good even back then.

#5 Edited by Deranged (1837 posts) -

Yeah, this is unfair. Modern Warfare had an incredible campaign and arguably one of the most revolutionary multiplayer components of our time.

#6 Posted by Lyisa (328 posts) -

I have a feeling this one is going to be close. CoD4 is why shooters are how they are right now. But on the other hand a lot of people hold strong feelings towards Journey.

I voted for CoD because it was the last purely fps experience I remember enjoying and I still feel somewhat good about about that experience.

#7 Posted by MildMolasses (3213 posts) -

56% to 51%. I think that those numbers may be off a bit

#8 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -

I will be so disappointed if Journey wins this one.

#9 Posted by RazielCuts (2930 posts) -

@cale said:

Did Journey let anyone curve an arm-dismembering-bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle? Didn't think so.

You didn't play that part in Journey? It was pretty fucked up, sand EVERYWHERE!

#10 Posted by buft (3301 posts) -

While im out of the COD mentality now it wasnt lways the case, MW was amazing from the single player campaign to the year of daily multiplayer.

#11 Posted by Atlas (2430 posts) -

It's interesting to me that even though there has been a lot of talk about shooter fatigue and CoD knock-offs over the previous years, a lot of y'all still obviously have real good memories of CoD4. CoD4 is in some ways a more significant game, and certainly a more broadly popular one, but I think we're already starting to see Journey-likes appearing (you could definitely see some design parallels in Brothers), and that trend may well continue. So I'm not convinced that it's a conclusive argument which game is the more impactful and influential in the industry.

That said, for most of these votes I've gone for the game that I like the most, over some kind of objective impact on the industry or wider popularity stuff, so for me this is an easy one, as I never really played CoD4 and I fucking adore Journey.

#12 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2718 posts) -

I like Journey an awful lot, but Call of Duty 4 has to take this.

#13 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1233 posts) -

Call of Duty by far. I did not like Journey and COD4 was so great at the time.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36012 posts) -

The indie crowd's gonna be fucking pissed at these poll results.

#15 Posted by churrific (475 posts) -

COD 4's still really great, but playing so so so much of CS/Battlefield in college, I was already sort of on that military FPS fatigue and was kind of biased against MW for taking elements from both and making them fun on a console. Lol because of that petty bias, I voted for Journey, where I had the good feels throughout.

#16 Edited by mikeeegeee (1552 posts) -

Journey is the best game I've ever played. MW4 is rightly revered, but in truth, I'm a little disgusted at how it began the serialization of the franchise.

#17 Posted by face15 (1274 posts) -

56% + 49% is more than 100%.

#18 Posted by Guesty_01 (339 posts) -

This is a tough one, but Call of Duty 4 was just so special at the time and continues to be, even to this day years later it's impact is still felt and still being build upon.

Props to Journey though. Great experience, wonderful audio and visuals. Shame it has to go.

#19 Posted by TheHT (10886 posts) -

Journey was gorgeous, and the communication aspect was very interesting.

COD4 was both an amazing game and hugely impactful on the industry.

#20 Posted by audioBusting (1477 posts) -

Journey made me feel something for once.

#21 Posted by triviaman09 (785 posts) -

Journey, all day.

#22 Posted by GunstarRed (5027 posts) -

I love you Journey. Please don't be mad at me...

#23 Posted by FilipHolm (667 posts) -

Journey for me

#24 Edited by Hailinel (23902 posts) -

@face15 said:

56% + 49% is more than 100%.

I think these GOTG polls are really testing the limits on the poll system.

#25 Edited by HatKing (5820 posts) -

This is about what game I liked better and not which one I think was more important to the medium, right? Because, Journey.

#26 Edited by HH (599 posts) -

COD does not need anymore attention, it already made all that money,

Journey deserves all the praise it gets, it's kind of important that more people get turned on to it actually, i only played it recently, because of the first Gotg poll, and i'm so glad I did.

COD, nobody really needs that to keep spreading, do they?

#27 Edited by HH (599 posts) -
@hatking said:

This is about what game I liked better and not which one I think was more important to the medium, right? Because, Journey.

isn't Journey the answer to both?

COD is a refined formula. Journey is a breakthrough.

#28 Edited by HatKing (5820 posts) -

@hh said:
@hatking said:

This is about what game I liked better and not which one I think was more important to the medium, right? Because, Journey.

isn't Journey the answer to both?

COD is a refined formula. Journey is a breakthrough.

I don't think Call of Duty 4 was as formulaic as people make it out to be. Keep in mind this was before the campaign in a Call of Duty game was an afterthought. There were some pretty powerful moments in there, and the multiplayer had the most profound impact on competitive multiplayer games since Halo CE. Now, if we're talking about the sequels, formulaic is a more fair statement.

Journey did some really profoundly amazing things. That's why I love it. That's why I chose it. But I'm not going to delude myself by saying that it had a (direct) significant impact on the industry. That's fine though, I love it even more for being something unique.

#29 Posted by Nasar7 (2606 posts) -

Call of Duty 4 is undoubtedly one of the greatest games of all time, both in terms of gameplay and impact on the industry.

#30 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

That is a bummer. I get that COD4 was a big deal, but it is Journey. I can live with it going to COD4, I suppose.

#31 Edited by mems1224 (177 posts) -

@hh said:
@hatking said:

This is about what game I liked better and not which one I think was more important to the medium, right? Because, Journey.

isn't Journey the answer to both?

COD is a refined formula. Journey is a breakthrough.

lol journey is pretentious gibberish. its not a breakthrough

#32 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1839 posts) -

I played neither of these, but honestly as much as I dislike the series I think that CoD4 practically defined what this entire generation was and it has my vote based on that.

I'm not happy that it did in the slightest, but I won't actively deny its impact and influence just because I'm a petty jerk.

#33 Posted by planetary (341 posts) -

The top position game seems to be winning everything in round 2. WTF?

#34 Posted by Demoskinos (14562 posts) -

Fuck Journey.

#35 Posted by Hailinel (23902 posts) -

The top position game seems to be winning everything in round 2. WTF?

More concerning is that the percentages are routinely out of whack and are adding up to values well above 100%.

#36 Posted by slyspider (1153 posts) -

I think Journey is one of the best games of the generation and for me it's just too hard to look at CoD in a vacuum, dispite how much i played and enjoyed that game. Journey is an easy choice but I don't expect it to win

#37 Posted by Vanick (318 posts) -

I liked Journey but the amount of fun I had and the impact it had on gaming made me go with CoD 4.

#38 Edited by TooWalrus (13137 posts) -

@cale said:

Did Journey let anyone curve an arm-dismembering-bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle? Didn't think so.

You didn't play that part in Journey? It was pretty fucked up, sand EVERYWHERE!

Was there Blood on the Sand?

#39 Edited by HH (599 posts) -

@hatking said:


Journey did some really profoundly amazing things. That's why I love it. That's why I chose it. But I'm not going to delude myself by saying that it had a (direct) significant impact on the industry. That's fine though, I love it even more for being something unique.

i don't know why you'd think you'd be deluding yourself, it was an inexpensive game, it had a big impact, probably connected a lot of people online, it's accessible to children, and to people who are put off by all the sci-fi / army nonsense in most games, it's not burdened by writing, and it relates an aspect of life that's far more relevant to people than anything else on offer. I wouldn't be surprised if ten or twenty years from now a lot of developers cited it as a major influence.

#40 Posted by LackingSaint (1771 posts) -

I'm not as totally in love with either of these games as a lot of people, but man Journey is pretty great.

#41 Posted by Clonedzero (4091 posts) -

I gotta go with CoD4. Not only was it a great game. It was when the modern CoD formula was made and proven to be super successful. Not to mention the massive effect it's had on the industry in positive and arguably negative ways.

Journey is a nice little emotional experience and thats great. Just not game of the generation great.

#42 Posted by noizy (654 posts) -

As an old school players of FPS (as early as the original Wolfenstein and Doom) I was super impressed by COD4 at the time, just as much as I was super impressed by HL1 at the time. These days, the COD model is the template and we're all a bit sick of it, but damn was it impressive. Sadly PS3 left my life before Journey appeared; still a bit sad about never having played it (same with Last of Us).

#43 Posted by HatKing (5820 posts) -

@hh said:

@hatking said:


Journey did some really profoundly amazing things. That's why I love it. That's why I chose it. But I'm not going to delude myself by saying that it had a (direct) significant impact on the industry. That's fine though, I love it even more for being something unique.

i don't know why you'd think you'd be deluding yourself, it was an inexpensive game, it had a big impact, probably connected a lot of people online, it's accessible to children, and to people who are put off by all the sci-fi / army nonsense in most games, it's not burdened by writing, and it relates an aspect of life that's far more relevant to people than anything else on offer. I wouldn't be surprised if ten or twenty years from now a lot of developers cited it as a major influence.

Maybe I'm a cynic, but this industry feels way too reactionary for that. It's all about what's selling at precisely that moment, and trying to mock your way to the top of the best sellers list. I guess that's what's nice about the independent scene, those guys are aren't beholden to any specific entity. Maybe that's where we'll see the influence?

Regardless, I think Journey is the better game. And I think that's what these polls are about, not which we predict will be more influential or important.

#44 Edited by beepmachine (618 posts) -

Glad to see this is as close as it is. I voted Journey, but I really think cod4 might be the most generation defining game this time out. I don't really like those games but the single player was phenomenal.

#45 Posted by Tearhead (2155 posts) -

@cale said:

Did Journey let anyone curve an arm-dismembering-bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle? Didn't think so.

How do you think the main character in Journey lost BOTH their arms??

#46 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

COD 4 was an amazing game. Both Campaign and Multiplayer. Without a doubt the most influential game of the generation.

#47 Posted by Verendus (348 posts) -

Call Of Duty 4.

Last great Call Of Duty game. Definitely in my personal Top 5 when it comes to games of this generation.

#48 Posted by Hunter5024 (5543 posts) -

It's the battle of the games that "Hunter5024 kind of liked, but way less than everyone else." Call of Duty 4 was the only one I found playable cause it had that perk that boosted your health. Journey gave me a desert buddy. Call of Duty is the more influential choice, which is why I'm voting for Journey, because Call of Duty had a poisonous impact on FPS throughout the generation.

#49 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Why are people voting for a game with jumping as a powerup, against the most influential title of the generation?

#50 Posted by leebmx (2216 posts) -

I played neither of these, but honestly as much as I dislike the series I think that CoD4 practically defined what this entire generation was and it has my vote based on that.

I'm not happy that it did in the slightest, but I won't actively deny its impact and influence just because I'm a petty jerk.

How can you vote if you have played neither?