10 First Person Shooters Worth Buying This Holiday Season
It’s beginning to look a lot like…Black Friday. What, you thought I was going to say Christmas? Don’t be silly, consumer goods rushes must be at least once every month!
Jokes aside, the holiday seaosn is fast approaching, and the cheap deals for consumer goods will be upon us. If you’re looking to finally take the plunge into the current gen of game consoles, or buy yourself that shiny new PC rig, then let the resident (self-proclaimed) FPS expert inform you of what’s worth getting this holiday season.
A lot of these choices may seem incredibly obvious, and this article will probably read like a personal recommendation list. Well, that’s because it is. Try not to read in too deep to the order of the list, reader.
10. Killzone Shadowfall (PS4)
One of the launch titles for PS4, and still a decently enjoyable shooter to this date. You might not be blown away by its story or overall depth, but it’s still a gorgeous game to behold. A game which already utilizes some of PS4’s power.
9. Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The most recently released shooter on the market, and a game which has severely divided opinions of it. Despite which side of the fence you’re on, it’s hard to deny the level of detail and spectacle that went into this remake. It’s worth buying for Star Wars fans, if only to get you excited for Episode VII coming later this year.
8. Titanfall (Xbox One, PC)
It’s not got the hype it once had, but this ambitious sci-fi shooter still has some punch in it. And it’s usually delivered by its colossal mech ‘Titans’. The game is a lot more robust and complete now, some time after launch, so it’s definitely approved for a good time.
7. Shadow Warrior (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Assuming you’ll never get tired of Wang jokes, as well as non-stop classic shooter style carnage, then this title is right for you. It’s big guns, big fights and big open areas to explore and find upgrades. Who said the classic shooter is dead? It just got more Wang.
Ok I’m sorry.
6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Last year’s COD title still stands as one of the most impressive new shooters to date. It’s a fully featured experience, with an active multiplayer scene going on to this day. COD’s full tilt into the near-future sci-fi genre was a bold move, and this game shows that it’s working.
5. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Another classic shooter style game, this time set in an alternate history with robot Nazis and laser weapons. Amongst the incredibly bombastic gameplay and set pieces resides some excellent graphical detail of guns and environments. You’ll also find a surprisingly well thought-out story, featuring a diverse cast of humane characters and gripping villains. Didn’t expect that in your shooter, did you?
4. Halo 5 (Xbox One)
Some say it’s not quite the ‘must-own’ for Xbox One owners, but it’s a must-own for Halo fans. The next chapter in the Halo saga makes a lot of changes, but it remembers where it’s from and takes us to all-new places. This includes the fun new stuff in multiplayer, and the surprisingly enjoyable 4 player co-op campaign. No need to hunt the truth here, just expect some great shooting fun.
3. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
It’s time to wander out of the vault again in search of adventure. And more ridiculous PC mods while you’re at it. Arguably the most anticipated title this year, this game has one of the most extensive character creation tools we’ve seen in gaming yet. Including the very creepy Kappa face character. Seriously, look it up.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Mind-bending campaign story, zany multiplayer action, and/or immersive zombies gameplay. There’s something for everyone, yet again, in this year’s COD title. Seemingly assimilating aspects of all sci-fi shooters, Black Ops 3 creates a delicate balancing act of core COD gameplay with new movement features, and ‘Specialist’ characters. Just watch out for Reapers, cause there’s a lot of them.
1. Destiny (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
There’s never been a better time to jump into Destiny, especially because of The Taken King expansion. It fixes most of what was perceived to be the game’s shortcomings, and delivers an epic connected world sci-fi experience that’s worth revisiting. A ridiculous amount of ever changing quests, and a challenging Raid to keep you grinding constantly. The Taken King is here, and it requires your full attention.
Honorable Mention: Splatoon
Didn’t think I’d leave out my Nintendo brethren, did you? If you own a Wii U, you have to pick up this wacky paint-themed shooter, where you use cool transforming squid characters across vibrant stages. It’s simple enough for anyone to jump into, but with enough depth to keep you hooked. And probably raging about the paint roller too.
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