This year, and more specifically this fall, we are seeing more and more first person shooters (FPS) games creep up that actually look somewhat good. These are anything from shake ups of old IP’s such as Rainbow Six: Siege, to new game changing expansions like The Taken King for Destiny, to the next iteration in the series of much loved games like Halo. But this year, we’re getting them all at once. All within the space of 3 months. So there are a couple of things to consider for these developers when they release these games. Will their game hold up to the other games this year? And ultimately, if the consumer can only afford 1 or 2 games from this list, will it be their game. Great competition makes for great games, let’s talk about which games are going to be best, in no particular order.
1. Halo 5: Guardians
So we’ll start the list with a game that will most likely not make it to number one spot with it being an Xbox exclusive, but will have a pretty strong showing nonetheless. 343 Industries are really looking to build on what Bungie started on with Halo in a big way. This year, they have decided to take some big risks, which I like to see from game developers. They are adding a plethora of new ways to play Halo including their new gametype WarZone, to compliment the already strong campaign and multiplayers in the game. We are also seeing the spartan suit get some new abilities and augmentations, which will surely excite and disappoint some players. Halo 5: Guardians is going to put up a fight to be top dog, even though it is only available on Xbox.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Every Call of Duty fan knows that Treyarch can make a good game, we saw the slower paced style gameplay in the original Black Ops, the more run and gun style in Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3 looks like it will be a lot of fun for people who enjoy the wall running and double jumping of a game like Titanfall or Destiny. David Vonderhaar, the community manager at Treyarch, has been very vocal about how although there are double jump mechanics in the game, it will not be as extreme as we saw in the previous Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare. Once again, there have been a number of innovations shown to us in Black Ops 3, with the additions of things like the wall running and a Destiny styled super system called “specialists”. These are a big cause of controversy in the community as a lot of hardcore Call of Duty players absolutely despised the idea of the Destiny supers and hate that they have been brought into Call of Duty. Black Ops 3 is looking set to outsell it’s predecessor pretty nicely and perhaps be the most played CoD of this console generation.
3. Rainbow Six: Siege
We all know and love the strategy and teamwork that is required in a Rainbow Six game and it sure doesn’t look like that will be changing for the most recent entry in the series. While I’m sure this game will have it’s answer to the run and gun team deathmatch style gametype, the main gamemodes for this game are going to revolve around rescuing (or capturing) hostages and working as a team to achieve your goals. It’s going to require a lot of coordination and will probably feel more like a co op experience than a multiplayer game. We are also going to see a fan favourite gamemode return in Terrorist Hunt, and I can’t wait to see the ways in which this game changes what we know about everyone’s favourite co op mode. Rainbow Six: Siege might not be “the” game to buy, but it’ll be up there!
4. Star Wars: Battlefront
While I’m not a huge fan of the Star Wars series I can see why this game is going to be a big game and a lot of peoples favourite FPS for the year, especially those who don’t feel like Call of Duty is worth their money anymore. What we essentially are going to see from this game is a first person shooter akin to a Battlefield game with hero characters and vehicles from a much loved TV and film saga, in Star Wars. I have to say, I look forward to roaming the Battlefield wielding lightsabers and using the force as Darth Vader. This one is going to be a huge game, but possibly not quite as well received if you’re not a big fan of Star Wars.
5. Destiny’s Comet Expansion: The Taken King
So as a lot of you may have figured out by how much I talk about the game and compare it to other games, I come from Destiny and support the game in most of it’s endeavours. This will continue with the next huge expansion for Destiny which is aptly named, The Taken King. While Destiny is primarily a co op style raiding game, I still feel like it’s worth a mention in the top FPS’ of the year list, as it was the top FPS, and possibly the top game on consoles for last year. Coming with the new expansion will be new multiplayer maps, balancing changes and new weapons and armour that will all change the way the PvP side of the game feels too. I feel like there is something to be said for the way that Destiny is handling their PvP in that it is an ever changing cycle, rather than Call of Duty that just adds new maps and maybe a new weapon. I should also probably mention as well as the PvP changes comes a whole boatload of other content including “loads” of new strikes, a new raid, a new (bigger and harder) patrol location and much more fine tuning and quality of life changes. If you’re enjoying Destiny and have both expansions, The Taken King is going to be the cheapest option here, with quite a bit of content to keep you going on with.
I feel like all of these games are going to deserve a play whether you just borrow them from a friend or go out and buy them all. Call of Duty will probably be solid as it’s being made by Treyarch, 343 have a lot of cool stuff planned for Halo as well as Bungie completely shaking the pillars of Destiny. Overall though, I think the best shooter of the year to go with and the one that will be top of the lists will be Destiny: The Taken King just because it already has a solid foundation and playerbase and the new additions to the game look to be really solid changes to the Destiny universe. If you haven’t played Destiny, I urge you to grab it and all of the expansions now and get practising for The Taken King!
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