Shooting genre, without a question, is one of the most popular gaming genres. Each month, people tend to spend millions of gameplay hours across the online services like PSN, Xbox Live, Origin, and Steam.
2013 received some really good shooters which overturned the whole shooting experience. And then there were some really bad ones; especially from the game which held high expectations. The nominees for ‘Best Shooter of 2013’ are:
- Call of Duty Ghosts
- Battlefield 4
- Bioshock Infinite
- Killzone Shadow Fall
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
The winner is Bioshock Infinite.
When we talk about FPS or shooters in general; the few games that hit out minds are Call of Duty and Battlefield; primarily because of multiplayer aspect of these games. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any shooter veteran that Activision tend to release a new Call of Duty game every year; well, not entirely new.
As for Battlefield, Electronic Arts surely takes its time but the resulting game is near to perfection. However, in 2013, things didn’t go down as they were supposed to. Despite being built on a new engine, a strong singleplayer campaign, and having tons of new features; Call of Duty: Ghosts came out as an epic failure.
Since most people play this game solely for multiplayer experience, they couldn’t bear it for long. The maps are designed in such a way that a player is vulnerable from every single side of the map.
Despite promising dedicated servers on every platform like with the previous iterations, we didn’t receive them. Due to this, the lag is unbearable and the hit detection is terrible. The game is so unbalanced that it looks like you take 4-5 bullets to kill and 1-2 bullets to die.
If someone sees you and start shooting, there is no reaction time at all!
As for Battlefield 4, the multiplayer experience is, no doubt, a good one but then the bugs and frequent crashes make it almost unplayable. In addition to this, one of the biggest titles of this year was swarming with server issues at launch. Furthermore, the singleplayer campaign is too short and not much engaging.
Bioshock Infinite is a FPS developed by Irrational Games and has successfully catered to the needs of depressed fans from COD and Battlefield. Although Bioshock Infinite only offered singleplayer experience, it surely was a memorable one.
The game is set in 1912 floating city of Columbia in a parallel reality. Playing as Booker DeWitt, you set out on rescuing a teenage girl named Elizabeth, who later becomes your companion as you confront militant factions of Columbia. Along with a wide arsenal of firearms, DeWitt can also use a number of mysterious powers as well as Elizabeth’s powers.
Runner-Up: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Among these giants, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger came out strong. This first-person shooter is developed by Techland and was digitally available on Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam. The game has inherited many elements from its predecessors like Gunslinger Duels and Bullet Time.
As the story progresses, the players gain skill points, which can be spent on your choice of a weapon. Being an Arcade game, it has managed to satisfy the needs of FPS fans. A must play in such cheap price!