Imagine a world without first person shooters. Two hands holding a gun, shooting poor virtual people in the face forever. A world without that? Unimaginable. In the next year too there will be a lot of new and probably fantastic shooters out to bedazzle us all.
We will be shooting men, women, dogs, cats, aliens, zombies and robots. And all the other things We will use guns, knives, rifles, rocket launchers and strange contraptions that launch kittens. It will be a lot of fun. Here’s the ten games we look forward to the most in the coming year:
10. Halo 5
Just as we know that there will be another Call of Duty next year, we all know there will be another Halo, probably this time exclusive on Xbox One. The developers of Halo 4 had announced that Halo 4 was supposed to be the first part of a new trilogy of Halo games, and the next part of said trilogy is overdue.
Chances are it will arrive next year. 343 Industries is a big studio, and Microsoft needs another hit for the Xbox One platform. So prepare to finish the fight a bit more once again.
Remember Heretic? Remember Hexen? It has been too long since there was a game like that. A first person caster that’s not just a part of a bigger roleplaying game. Lichdom will feature some deep crafting and experimentation with first person spellcasting.
Based on the fabulously fancy looking CryEngine 3, Lichdom has been in development for awhile and promises to bring a fresh take on first person spellcasting, a genre that has only existed in the shadows for way too long.
8. Sunset Overdrive
This Xbox One exclusive, created by Insomniac Games, aims to take next generation seriously. An online open world shooter with cooperative elements, the game pits the players against mutants in a comically drawn, wacky post apocalyptic city.
Not too much is known, except that the game will feature a hilariously overdrawn cell shading art style and won’t take itself too seriously.
7. Furious 4
Starbreeze are not the only game devs hating nazis. Gearbox brings back the Brothers in Arms series and takes some strong hints from Inglorious Basterds. Not much is known about this hilarious nazi killing fest other than that it will involve a lot of slaughtered nazis.
Given that there’s four different distinct characters present in the trailer, chances are Furious 4 will be a class based co-op game, a bit akin to the old Brothers in Arms titles and Borderlands.
6. Wolfenstein: The New Order
What’s better than crypto space nazis? Yes. Real space nazis! In this game created by former Starbreeze members (the people who brought us Riddick and the first, glorious The Darkness game), we slip back into the shoes of Blazkowicz, the nazi fighting US Marine at the center of all Wolfenstein games. This time, the nazis have invaded the future and created an unstoppable robot army and only one man can stop them.
Knowing Starbreeze, this game will be more than just your standard fare shooter. There will be more emphasis on the story bits. And the retro-future pulpy scifi setting looks very promising and certainly like a breath of, uh, fresh air.
5. Dying Light
Zombies and parkour in an open world ruined city. Created by the people that made Dead Island, Dying Light is something of an inofficial sequel to the zombie smasher. It’s all about dealing with large hordes of zombies, traversing the ruins of civilization as fast as possible while not getting eaten and building shelter and weapons.
We have seen a few zombie games too many this generation, and chances are, Dying Light will be one of the last. However it could also be one of the best. It looks phantastic, featuring a huge game world, some sick parkour moves and the hungry hordes of zombies that make Dead Rising’s hordes look meek.
4. Alien: Isolation
After the horrible debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines, that proved utterly ruinous for the relationship between SEGA and Gearbox, as well as ruinious for the Alien franchise, SEGA went and tasked Creative Assembly, the people who churn out the Total War games every few years, with the creation of an army worthy of LV426. That is, an Alien game worth it’s salt. As recently revealed this one will be a bit less shooty and a bit more sneaky, with only one xenomorph present most of the time.
But there will still be some shooting. Some guy who suppposedly works on the game told Kotaku that there will be soldiers and clones to “shoot through”. Which hopefully means “not get detected by.” A man can dream.
3. Call of Duty Something Something (Activision will sue us for unveiling this!!)
Full disclosure: Activision will probably sue us for telling you this. There will be a new Call of Duty next year. Our guess is another shot at the Black Ops universe, making this Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Chances are, lead development will be with Treyarch again this time, while all the rest of the bigger Activision studios pitch in to deliver the Call of Duty quality, especially in multiplayer, that we have all come to love, because it is that quality that shifts more units of the yearly Call of Duty iteration than there are people on the planet.
We are betting that there will be dogs, fish and extended parts of the game taking place in space. There will also be a part set in revolutionary America because the plot involves time travel, while the multiplayer will feature a secret dinosaur hunting mode that will reign in a dinosaur shooter craze that will last for another five or six years. We are all looking forward to that.
Just as Titanfall, Destiny will not include a proper offline single player mode (although it's playable solo). Created by the folks who brought us a decade of Halo, Destiny is a vast, Borderlands style, class based RPG infused shooter with a lot of backstory, some truly stunning artwork and all the other perks you can expect from a Bungie game.
Both Activision and Bungie said that Destiny will be a decade long project, so chances are Destiny is just the first of a number of games to be released later into the coming console cycle.
Mechs and jetpacks and a really fast pace are what set the first game by Respawn Entertainment, the studio that was born from the ashes of Infinity Ward, creators of Modern Warfare 1 and 2 (side note: Yes, Infinity Ward still exists in name, the core team has gone away to create Respawn though).
Taking hints from Modern Warfare, where nobody but a few backwards nerds cared for the story missions, Titanfall will not feature a single player campaign, and instead deliver only multiplayer modes. The future of video games is just around the corner.