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MW3 gets rinsed by The Finals as PS5 and Xbox free to play FPS surges

Despite promising content in MW3 Season 1, the new Call of Duty is falling down the charts amid the release of The Finals on PS5 and Xbox.

We’ve all got our favorite shooters on PS5 and Xbox, but the Call of Duty franchise is often perceived as the true king of console FPS games. However, that crown is now snatched away from the latest entry, MW3, as Embark Studios welcomes players into The Finals. It is already dominating the charts, and it could be a contender for quite some time.

Get ready to add The Finals to your best FPS games list, because the Embark Studios shooter is already a major PS5 and Xbox hit. Even though some players thought an alleged movement nerf was present in-game, that hasn’t stopped The Finals from absolutely tearing it up on digital storefronts. Going off the game’s presence on Steam, it already beat Modern Warfare 3‘s 30-day player peak since releasing on Friday, December 8, 2023, according to Steam Charts.

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Furthermore, with over 3 million hours already played, The Finals is gaining some serious momentum. Of course, we can attribute some of this to recency bias, as the game is one of many new PS5 games and new Xbox games dropping toward the end of the year. However, the game’s reputation is only increasing, following a beta period that showed off the game’s potential. We’ll get to see specifically how the game fairs on the PlayStation Store, when Sony publishes the next PSN download charts blog in January.

We’ve been getting in plenty of hours with The Finals already, and we can attest to the game’s versatility when it comes to The Finals classes. There isn’t any need to navigate Gunsmith like the best MW3 loadouts, as The Finals keeps it simple when it comes to equipping the best The Finals weapons. We’ve already taken note of a handy way to purchase The Finals battle pass, and it’ll get you some extra Multibucks to use, too.

Fans of Overwatch 2 will probably get a kick out of The Finals, given how the game’s focus on Light, Medium, and Heavy builds can often feel akin to the hero aspect of the Blizzard Entertainment FPS. If you’re a fan of Overwatch 2 heroes, like Genji in particular, you should check out what the Light build can offer you (hint: it is throwing knives).

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The Finals’ current season is young, but if you are still attuned to the way of Call of Duty, then you should check out what MW3 Season 1 has to offer. The latest seasonal update for MW3 brings 4 new multiplayer maps, the launch of Urzikstan in Warzone, and a plentiful heap of content for MW3 Zombies.