Those of you that frequent this site know something of my sordid disdain for the FPS overflow of the current generation. It seems that nearly every blockbuster title for the last couple of years has been some kind of shooter, be it Resistance, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Halo, Left 4 Dead or Killzone. Shooters are bombarding us from every corner, and after some time, I grew rather sick of them.
So for the last few months, I’ve been on something of an FPS diet. I’ve been on a real diet, too, coincidentally enough. The funny thing about losing weight is that people always want to know what your secret is. You say that you’ve lost x amount of pounds, and people always ask, “How have you been doing it?” When the answer is “getting off my ass to exercise and not eating like a wildebeest”, they tend to get a tad upset. As if I’m holding out on them. Oh right, there was also a secret pill that made it really easy. Forgot to mention that part.
A gaming diet works like any other diet, I suppose: trim the fat. Watch what you eat, consume less calories and better ones, and start working out. My FPS diet consisted of a complete cold turkey cutting off of shooters in almost any form. Left 4 Dead moved to the wayside, as did Resident Evil 5. I haven’t touched Halo in almost forever. Sure, I may have cheated once or twice, but I just had enough.
What did I fill the void with? Strategy games like Civilization Revolution and Halo Wars. Ghostbusters and Star Ocean: The Last Hope. 1 Versus 100 and Secret of Monkey Island. Fight Night Round 4, Wolverine, Sacred 2, Mass Effect… All of these games helped cleanse my palette, so to speak, and really got some variety. They say when you eat better, your body starts to crave what’s good for you. Well let me tell you, gaming variety has made me crave even more, and really helped prepare me to find a better shooter.
Enter Battlefield 1943. I think this was just the game I needed after the FPS diet. It has everything that I really love in an FPS. Little-to-no auto aim, team objectives, vehicles, and just general mayhem. It’s really hit the sweet spot for the last couple of weeks, and reminded me exactly why I love shooters after months of growing tired of them. It makes me think of all the great things in FPS games I love like Counter-Strike: Source and yes, even Halo and Goldeneye before it.
As much as I’ve gotten sick of FPS games, it really hasn’t hurt my love for the genre. I think my problem was that there were so many mediocre ones in a great big sea of games that it was hard to sift through. So what about you guys? What are your favorite FPS games, and why? Feel free to be as detailed as possible, and tell us what you love about shooters.