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Top 10 Shooters Worth Playing… Again

“I can’t believe it. I survived the onslaught. By far this was the heaviest firefight I’ve been in. I don’t know if it was my fast reflexes and instinct that got me through it or dumb luck. I don’t know that I even care. I got more kills than I had expected, and there’s plenty of loot to sift through.

Still, things aren’t all good. I don’t have to look at my health meter to know that I’m hurt. My vision is blurred but is slowly returning to normal. I find some decent cover and take inventory. An Ammo check and special weapons check is in order and I need to wait for my Specials to recharge. This s**t was intense, but I survived. I’m ready to keep going. I don’t know who or what’s coming next, but my adrenaline and senses are heightened, and I feel sorry for the SOB’s that are about to run into the business end of my weapon of choice.”

The above scenario is repeated thousands of times a day in online games or campaigns. It’s an addiction we can’t get over. We love it. We live for it. And when we die, it’s just to live another day.

Compiled are the Top 10 Shooters Worth Playing Again. The genre has evolved by leaps and bounds over the years. First person shooter games for Xbox 360 and PS3 today represent the pinnacle of innovation and fun. The list compiled are found on multiple platforms, and while these Xbox 360 shooter games may not be the so called “cream of the crop”. They’re not the Battlefield 3’s or the Call of Duty’s, they’re not individually the best shooter for Xbox 360 or PS3, but as a library and collection they represent loads of online, single player, and co-op fun. To some, these games hold a special place in our gaming library. And while the whole world may be playing other shooter games for Xbox 360 and PS3, we’re playing these, and some of our friends are. And that’s all we care about. So slip that game in, and let’s go soldier.

 

# 10 Left 4 Dead 2

Valve’s original Left 4 Dead was both a huge commercial and critical success. Valve had such a great time working on the game that they got straight to work on making a sequel. Left 4 Dead is all about cooperative play. You can try and run off by yourself but do not expect to get very far.

One of the biggest improvements that Left 4 Dead 2 has over its predecessor is that there is a better story that links the game’s five chapters together. Sure at the end of the day this is all about first person shooter action, but the story does do a good job of making you at least care a little about the characters.

Like the original game you are in a zombie apocalypse. You play as one of four characters who have survived  and want to continue to survive for  as long as possible. While there are not any really extended cut scenes for you to learn about the characters you still do get a fair bit of back story. During game play the characters will talk to each other casually, and you will get a good idea about the kind of people they are. Valve does a fantastic job of story-telling, and this is a very cool and unique way they have done it here.

As interesting as the back story of the game is, it is the game play that keeps people playing this game. Now you can play Left 4 Dead 2 in single player let me get that out there right away. And to be fair your AI partners are pretty smart they do a good job in taking down the zombies, and in healing you and each other when needed. I actually can say that I have had a fair bit of fun playing through this game on my own.

It is in multi player however, that this game really shines. Get online with three friends, and you are really in for a treat. You have to work together, you really do. You need to be a team. If one of you just runs away, and tries to get to the safe house by themselves then chances are they are going to be begging you for help.

Every single aspect of Left 4 Dead 2 lines up perfectly, and gives you one great gaming package. It really is a game that if you like first person shooters you should have in your collection.

# 9 Bioshock 2

Bioshock 2 is the sequel to the masterpiece Bioshock that was released back in 2007. Published by 2K games it is regarded as one of the best games of this console generation. It really was a story driven master piece that was an absolute joy to play. Bioshock 2 was eagerly anticipated, but it really did have a tough act to follow.

Story wise, Bioshock 2 picks up about eight years after the events of the first game. Rapture is even more falling apart, but it still looks amazing. Little girls have been going missing along the coastline near Rapture. You play as a Big Daddy the villains from the first game, and let me tell you that playing as one of these beasts is really cool. You go back to Rapture in order to find out what is going on and learn things about your past. It really is a cool story, but to be honest it may not have the impact that the first Bioshock had, but it’s still fun and interesting. There are multiple endings for you so the game in single player has some excellent replay value.

One huge addition to Bioshock 2 was the multi player. Bioshock 2 has a very interesting story driven multi player mode that is actually set before the events of the game. As well as this, there are other multi player modes for you to have some fun with. The cool weapons such as the various plasmids that you can get, make the multi player in Bioshock 2 feel different from the rest of the pack.

If you loved Bioshock then you will no doubt love this. It really is a great game, and whether or not you think it eclipses the first game is entirely personal preference. One thing is for sure, if you pick this game up you will not be disappointed. It boasts a great single player, and a decent multi player that is far better than many people give it credit for.

# 8 Singularity

Raven Software’s sci-fi first person shooter Singularity was met with somewhat mixed reviews when the game was first released back in 2010. To be fair, some of these criticisms are warranted, and it is true that as a game play experience, Singularity does not really take any huge risks, but just saying this is giving this game a huge disservice.

Story wise Singularity is a lot of fun. The big bad villain of this game is a Russian mercenary. He has reopened a secret research base that is located on a little island which is close to Siberia. This island has been off limits for years. This is because there were some weird secret Soviet experiments that were going on here. In the end it resulted in catastrophe, and loads and loads of people were killed. All the research was shut down, and the island was left to rot; until this mercenary decides to get things going again.

You play the role of a US Air Force pilot called Nate. You have been sent to this island to discover why the island is giving off crazy readings. You are shot down, and when you awake you realize that you are right in the middle of a Russian cover up that could very well threaten the whole world. It really is a fun story that as soon as you start to play it you want to know what happens at the end.

In game play terms Singularity is to be honest a pretty basic first person shooter. Yet it does what it does very well. The controls are tight and responsive, but there is nothing new here. To be honest a game does not always have to bring something new to the table. If you are looking for a game that is going to blow you away with innovative features then this certainly is not the game for you. However, if you are looking for a solid first person shooter with a fantastic story then Singularity will not disappoint you.

# 7 Vanquish

Platinum Games’ Vanquish is a sci-fi third person shooter. Being a third person shooter is a nice change of pace from the vast amount of first person shooters we have had the last few years. You will play the role of Sam Gideon. Sam Gideon is a government agent, but he has something many other agents do not: a futuristic battle suit that has a ton of cool little gadgets at its disposal. Sam is also highly trained in combat which he is going to need to use. Set in a future where nations are at war over the planets’ energy sources, you will need to use all of your own skills, and the abilities of your suit to make sure the right side wins this war.

Vanquish offers a very interesting game play style. While on the surface it may look just like any other third person shooter. It has some really crazy fast and frantic fire fight action. You will need to have lightning-like reflexes in order to dodge the millions of bullets that are coming at you. It’s a good thing that your battle suit has the ability to slow down time, and with the amount of action going on, you are going to need to master this.

Vanquish offers a great deal of fun. It is an absolute blast to play. Sam Gideon controls very well. He moves with grace yet can cause some real serious damage. While Vanquish is a great game it is not a very long one at all. If you run and gun through this game then you can get it finished in around five hours. There is some replay value to the game, but as it is a single player only game, once you have beaten it a couple of times you may not want to go back to it. With that being said there is no getting away from the fact that Vanquish is a fun game to play through.

# 6 Dead Space 2

Visceral Game’s Dead Space was a huge hit. It was called the best survival horror game to be released in years. So it was no surprise that they got straight to work on a sequel. Dead Space 2 is set just a few years after the events of the first game, and sees players again playing the role of Isaac Clarke. This time the Necromorph have taken over a space city, and Isaac needs to put a stop to these creatures before they can do any more damage. The story in Dead Space 2 really is great, and it follows on from the first game very well.

Game play in Dead Space 2 follows on from the first game, and just really tightens things up. Like before, it is full of some amazing set pieces that showcase the game’s wonderful setting. It manages to blend survival horror, and pure action very well. From the opening scene until the very last cinematic, Dead Space 2 will have you hooked.

One very interesting addition to Dead Space 2 is the multi player. While no doubt the single player mode is the main focus here, there still is some fun to be had in multi player. You play a four on four battle with one side playing as humans, and the other playing as the Necromorphs. It’s a nice little distraction to the single player campaign.

Dead Space is a great series. So far both games have completely knocked it out of the park. Dead Space 2 has many creepy moments that will stay with you for a while even after you have completed the game. With Visceral Game’s having Dead Space 3 in development there has never been a better time to give this series a shot.

# 5 Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm is a joint effort by People Can Fly Games, and Epic Games. Bulletstorm is a first person shooter, but it is unlike any other out there. What sets Bulletstorm apart from every other first person shooter out there is its fantastic humor, and over the top violence. It has a great story that is set in the future, and sees you playing the role of a black ops soldier called Grayson Hunt. You have been working for someone for years, and find out that he has been making you kill civilians. You and your team run away, and become space pirates. That pretty much sets up the story for its over the top craziness.

Bulletstorm gives the player a weapon called the Instinct Leash. This really makes Bulletstorm its own game, and sets it apart from other first person shooters. You get points for each enemy that you kill, however, the Instinct Leash will give you more points depending on how you kill enemies. So, the more over the top creative way that you take someone down, the more points you will score. The campaign in Bulletstorm came under attack from the media. This was due to the over the top violence, and vulgar language. These, however, are kind of done tongue in cheek, and are part of what makes this game so unique.

Despite being a first person shooter, Bulletstorm does not have a traditional multi player mode. While you can play online with your friends you will work together in order to get some crazy kills and some really high scores. It makes for a nice change of pace in the first person shooter genre.

Bulletstorm is a great addition to any first person shooter library. It offers a great game play experience in both single, and multi player.

# 4 Crysis 2

Crysis 2 is the sequel to the huge hit Crysis. In the first game developers Crytek were given a huge amount of credit for the beautiful jungle environment they created. Well with Crysis 2 they wanted to give gamers something different so the game was set in the urban jungle of New York City, and it simply looks fantastic. The alien threat from the first Crysis game has returned, but this time they look really different; much more futuristic, and they have a whole bunch of new technology to try and destroy mankind with. You and your high powered Nanosuit are all that stand in the aliens’ way of global domination. The story is like something ripped right out of a sci-fi movie, and it is very well scripted, and acted.

Crysis 2 features a very lengthy single player campaign that is full of action, and a very good and engaging story. It does a great job of making you really feel like that the fate of mankind is right in your hands. This is easily one of the best stories in a first person shooter campaign for quite a while. Game play is nice and tight, and you will put your Nanosuit and new weapons to the test as you go through the ruins of New York City.

Crysis 2 does feature a few on-line multi player game modes for you to have some fun with. In truth these are really nothing ground breaking or offer anything new to the genre. The multi player mode does, however, still provide a satisfying experience, and provide a good distraction to the single player campaign.

Crysis 2 may be seen as a somewhat linear first person shooter, but with a fantastic story, and tight game play, from a single player point of view you really are in for a treat if you sit back and enjoy this game.

# 3 Section 8: Prejudice

It’s fair to say that when Timegate Studios released Section 8, their focus was clearly on making it one of the best multi player shooters out there. It’s up to debate if they achieved this, but as a result of this development direction, the single player campaign was severely lacking. For the sequel, Section 8: Prejudice, Timegate Studios has gone the all digital route. Yes that’s right, this game is download only, but do not let that put you off. Section 8: Prejudice actually contains more content than its full retail release big brother.

Again just like before, multi player is the main focus of this game, but they have at least tried to give fans of single player first person shooters a reason to play it other than just for practice for the multi player. In single player you will be playing the role of Alex Corde, a man who is stuck in the conflict between the Arm of Orion and the 8th Armored Infantry. You will play through eight different missions with various objectives. To be honest, the game’s somewhat dated graphics, and poor voice acting really do not do what is a basic, and limited single player game mode any favors.

Game play is similar to its predecessor where the players have these cool power suits that can launch them at really crazy speeds as well as high up into the air. This adds a very interesting element to the multi player battles and does do a good job of setting the game apart from other first person shooters out there.

You have four different multi player modes to have fun with. Conquest will see you trying to score points, and destroy your opponents. This mode lets you play with up to 32 players, and whoever has the highest score at the end wins. Swarm sees you join forces with some buddies in order to protect your area from wave after wave of bots. Assault mode pits two teams against each other with the objective being that you need to capture the opposing teams control points within a set amount of time. Skirmish is like Assault mode except there are no control points to worry about. Here, it is all about the kill count. In all, the multi player modes are a lot of fun, and there is a decent selection of them.

Section 8: Prejudice may not be the most polished game out there, and as a single player game it really is quite a dud. With that being said there is a fair bit of fun to have if you buy the game specifically just for the multi player.

# 2 F.E.A.R 3

F.E.A.R 3 is the third installment of this first person horror shooter series. Story is a huge part of the F.E.A.R franchise, and Day 1 Studios certainly have not held back with this part of the F.E.A.R saga. The story is set 9 months after the other games, and features the return of the series’ evil incarnate Alma. F.E.A.R 3 will see gamers play as her two sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel who were introduced earlier in the series. Point Man is a genetically engineered super solider, and Paxton Fettel is a telepath who has control of a whole army. Paxton Fettel also just happens to be a cannibalistic psycho. The story is fantastic, and you will be wondering just what Point Man’s agenda really is in working with his psychopath brother.

F.E.A.R 3 gives gamers great value. Of course like the other two parts of the series, you have the really interesting and well written single player campaign. In addition to this, you can play through the campaign in local or online co-op. And of course it would not be a first person shooter if there was not some kind of online death match game play type. F.E.A.R 3 offers four different online battles for you to have fun with.

F.E.A.R 3 is a very solid first person shooter in both single, and multi player. Sure it may not be reinventing the genre, but if you pick this up you are in for a great ride. It features a fantastic story that will have you hooked from the beginning to the end. Once you get done with the story there are hours of fun to be had with the game’s multi player. F.E.A.R is a franchise that is here to stay for a while and with just how good this game is, more in the series is certainly not a bad thing.

#1 Rage

Id Software, the makers of Rage are like the godfathers of first person shooters. You can’t argue that point when they have Castle Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake on their resume; so when Rage was first announced gamers were very excited. Rage is set in a world that has been destroyed by an asteroid. The world is pretty much a wasteland. You enter this world in a time when people are trying to rebuild. There are also a bunch of crazy people who want you dead, not to mention the government has some very special interest in you also. Playing through the campaign of Rage is like playing through a blockbuster action movie.

Rage has a very interesting story that is complimented with Id’s great brand of first person shooter action. In addition to featuring Id’s trademark first person shooting brilliance, Rage also offers vehicle combat. This helps break up all the shooting, and it is a heck of a lot of fun to take people down in your vehicle. All this carnage is complimented by the amazing visuals. Rage’s graphics are powered by the amazing Id Tech 5, and never has shooting a crazed psycho in the head looked so good.

Once you get done with the campaign you can cause some carnage in Rage’s multi player in both local and online co-op. Multi player is split into two modes. Road Rage is just all out every man for himself mayhem. This mode is held in arenas that encourage the player to make use of the variety of vehicles that Rage has to offer. Rage’s second multi player mode called Legends of the Wasteland uses locations from the campaign, and has two human players teaming up to complete nine different missions.

In all, Rage is a fantastic return for the guys at Id software. If you are looking for all out mayhem in your first person shooter then look no further.

By Jason Bourne

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