2016: The Year of the FPS

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If we look at the quality of games we’ve gotten in 2016 we have to start with the ‘shooters.’ 2016 was indeed the Year of the FPS games, first person shooters to be exact.

2016 brought us:

  • Overwatch
  • Infinite Warfare
  • Destiny Rise of Iron
  • The Division
  • Call of Duty MWR
  • Battlefield One
  • Titanfall 2
  • Gears of War 4

Several others came out but I’m here to talk about the top of the top not games like Battleborn (RIP).

Diversity is definitely the word I would use to describe this years crop of shooters and I think diversity is the reason the genre stood out to me. You had a class based hero shooter in Overwatch, old school boots on the ground in Cod MWR and Battlefield One, fast paced run and gun play in Titanfall 2 and Infinite Warfare (I guess :/),  and Third person cover based shooting in Gears 4 and the Division.

The diversity is what catches the eye of these games at first but what keeps us playing countless hours of each one of these games is how tight they are mechanically. Titanfall 2 for example is my FPS game of the year for how mechanically sound it is and how it balances ‘next gen’ wall running and boosts with tight and precise ADS and hit detection (READ MORE ON MY THOUGHTS ON TITANFALL 2).

Overwatch won the Game Awards category for Game of the Year and it shows, Blizzard’s FPS class based shooter is as sound as any FPS I’ve played and one of the most fun games I have played in a while.

Gears of War 4 had a gorgeous campaign that really gave off similar vibes that Star Wars Episode 7 did. Gears also included competitive multiplayer and it’s staple, horde mode. While a game like the Division pulled no punches with it’s plethora of quests, side missions and online activity.

The beauty nowadays with FPS games is the online play with friends. When you look at this list of games that is the one thing that stands out. Each and every game on this list is a competitive or cooperative experience that you can share with your friends. These are the games that you will keep coming back to when you finish say an Uncharted or a Dishonored.

FPS games are the combination of casual and competitive but at the end of the day they are shared with friends and typically played with a mic. When we look back at 2016 in gaming, we will be reminded of how blessed we were with our options of FPS games we had. I will always look back fondly on this year.

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