First Person Shooters 2013: A Year in Review
2013 has been a huge year for the world of First Person Shooters. Besides the usual rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield, this year saw franchises such as Metro surprise us all with its outstanding graphics and nail-biting atmosphere. We also witnessed titles such as Aliens: Colonial Marines deliver one of the most disappointing and underwhelming games of the past year. From executing demonic hoards in Shadow Warrior, to experiencing the unbelievable power of next-gen consoles in Killzone: Shadow Fall, It has been a truly unforgettable year for the FPS genre. So get your trigger figure ready, because this is the JumpToGamer First Person Shooters 2013: A Year in Review:
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Early 2013 saw Gearbox Software release Aliens: Colonial Marines, a title showcased at E3 2012. The preview was filled with terrifying jump scares, immersing graphics and it seemed as though fans were about to receive the Alien video game they always dreamed about. But the finished product was an entirely different story. It was plagued with game-breaking glitches and some of the most broken AI you will ever see in a video game. If you are a huge fan of the franchise then you may appreciate discovering a number of weapons in the game used by characters in the movie Aliens 2. But for the most part, Aliens: Colonial Marines is not one to be recommended.
Although arguably not as thrilling as its predecessor, Crysis 3 is one of the most beautiful games to come out of 2013. The visuals are outstanding and if PC gamers have a good enough rig to max out its graphics, players can witness one of the most immersive environments in a video game this year. Assassinating enemies with your futuristic bow and remaining unseen is unbelievably satisfying so fans of both the FPS and stealth genre will feel right at home with this unforgettable title.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Not to be confused with Telltale’s Game of The Year Title last year, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a prime example of an extremely rushed and sloppy product that was created to cash in on the current success of the TV show, The Walking Dead. Both combat and graphics are equally poor and if fans are wishing to experience the same tension and heartbreaking moments as seen in the show, Survival Instinct is a title best to be avoided.
Seen to be Game of the Year in the minds of countless gamers and critics, BioShock Infinite may be one of the greatest story-driven first person shooters you will ever play. The action is exciting and varied from beginning to end and the chemistry between Booker and Elizabeth is what truly makes this game so special. With some of the very best voice acting from any title over the best few years, BioShock Infinite is a game we recommend you get as soon as possible.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
A Classic 80’s blockbuster movie in the form of a modern first person shooter, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is, in short, a hell of lot of fun. Featuring countless hilarious one-liners and an arsenal of neon-decorated weaponry to destroy your enemies, Blood Dragon is one of the best DLC released in 2013. What makes this DLC even better is that comes as a standalone from the main Fair Cry 3 game at a quarter of the price.
Metro: Last Light
One of the most surprising FPSs to come out of 2013, Metro: Last Light featured some of the most terrifying and immersive underground environments we have ever seen in a video game. The areas may at times be a lot more linear then we would have liked, but the lighting effects are truly breathtaking. When playing on harder difficulties, bullets are in extremely limited supply which helps to create the feeling of a survival horror game with all the excitement of a first person shooter.
The game that can make or break friendships, Payday 2 is a cooperative first person shooter that puts you and three other players in the shoes of a group of criminals as they perform action-packed heists while being forced to act as an effective team. While combat could be improved, if you have a couple of friends that have previously survived the zombie-infested Left 4 Dead, Payday 2 may be the perfect game for you. Cooperation is a must in order to complete each mission successfully and may leave you with a new level of respect for your friend Peter who was able to break into that safe at the last second. However, it may also leave you wondering why you haven’t heard from your friends in a while after forgetting to take out the security cameras on that last mission, your only job.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
After the unbelievable success of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, fans were left wondering how the next title in the franchise could build on such a fantastic game. Unfortunately, XCOM Declassified lacks the exciting and tactical gameplay of its predecessor. Your NPC allies love nothing more than to run into open fire and instead of researching new alien technology and upgrading your base, you’re left with boring, repetitive dialogue when you return to HQ. It’s unfortunate considering that graphically, XCOM Declassified looks surprisingly good. But it’s graphics can’t save it from being one of the disappointing releases of 2013.
A modern take on a 90’s classic PC game, Shadow Warrior is without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable FPS games released in 2013. You don’t play it for the story (there barely is one), you play it for the endless waves of enemies and the chance to destroy them in a variety of goring and imaginative ways. While the gun play in Shadow Warrior works surprising well, it is the katana that is the stand out weapon from the game. Limbs will scatter across the screen as enemies try to reach you, only to be cut down with your soon-to-be new favourite weapon. With some brilliant humour reminiscent of classic Duke Nukem titles, Shadow Warrior is one of the very best FPSs of 2013.
2013 was the year of levolution for Battlefield 4. Just when we thought FPS multiplayer couldn’t reach anymore new heights, sky scrapers started falling down. While its campaign remains underwhelming, Battlefield 4’s multiplayer is absolutely incredible. There is nothing more satisfying then witnessing the entire map being reduced to rubble right before your eyes. However, while PC gamers enjoy their optimized graphics and minimal lag times, console players are not so lucky. Battlefield 4 reviews are sufficiently lower on consoles due to its severe frame-rate drops and frustrating server issues. This is an issue on next-gen consoles as well. It is recommended to wait until the game has been reasonably patched on consoles before purchasing it. However, if you have the PC to run it and want to experience one of the best multiplayer games of 2013, Battlefield 4 is the game for you.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
No review of the year would be complete without a Call of Duty game, and 2013 is no exception. Call of Duty: Ghosts is impossible to call a bad game. The graphics have been improved from previous titles, the action is as exciting and breathtaking as ever and the story is over-the-top and imaginative. But you can’t help but feel like you’ve experienced it all before. It can be argued that the multiplayer in Call of Duty: Ghosts is far less daunting and more inviting then that of Battlefield 4. But Battlefield 4 brings new innovation and ideas to the multiplayer genre that was redefined by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Therefore, while Call of Duty: Ghosts is an extremely enjoyable game, lets hope that 2014 will bring new life to a series that is in desperate need of it.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Finishing off the year is Killzone: Shadow Fall, the flagship first person shooter of the next-gen PS4. Visually, the game is truly breathtaking. Killzone showcases just how powerful next-gen consoles are with it’s beautiful and jaw-dropping environments. It is unfortunate that while the story of the campaign starts off extremely strong and immersive, it soon becomes confusing and difficult to follow. In terms of gameplay, some levels are absolutely spectacular, filled to the brim with exciting set pieces. Others however suffer from terrible level design and will leave you begging to complete a stage just so you never have to repeat it again. That being said, Killzone: Shadow Fall is an excellent first attempt at a next-gen FPS and leaves us wondering just what’s in store next for the genre in the future.