Shooter games are probably the most common and appreciated video game genre. This trend is fueled by both consumers, that keep demanding more multiplayer experiences, and publishers, that for years have been creating IPs based on the simplest gameplay mechanics possible: shooting and running away from enemies. With the evolution of the medium, developers have been required to produce deeper games, that could include a compelling storyline in a fascinating setting while not excluding any chance to bring them online via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Just a few franchises could keep living with this kind of premises: series such as Duke Nukem and Doom have been trying to evolve responding to this changes but they had to be reinvented more times in order to have satisfying results, in many case not managing to do that. With that said, 2015 will be a great year for shooter games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the following list – that doesn’t include games already out – explains why fans of the genre should be looking forward to it.
HALO 5: GUARDIANS
Halo 5: Guardians will be out in October and fans all over the world have already marked the date on their calendar: Master Chief is back with a completely new storyline that sees him under a new light, face to face with Agent Locke and a great change in his reputation after Halo 4. 343 Industries has confirmed the game will have a huge impact on the series, while maintaining its core features like epic sci-fi locations and a focus on multiplayer. Halo 5: Guardians is a Xbox One exclusive Microsoft supporters won’t want to miss.
CALL OF DUTY 2015
Treyarch is rumored to be hard at work on the next chapter of Call of Duty saga. The studio will follow Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games this year, after Call of Duty Ghosts and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare released in 2013 and 2014. While we don’t expect great changes over the classic franchise’s formula (vertical gameplay will be back from Advanced Warfare), the next episode has still no official name and many think it will be Call of Duty Black Ops III, granting both a good solo campaign and a great multiplayer with zombies, too. We’re going to wait and see what comes out in May, the month that is usually reserved to the unveiling of the annual iteration.
TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
Rainbow Six Siege was first unveiled at E3 2014 and it was kind of a surprise, because everyone was expecting to see something more about Patriots. That project was cancelled pretty fast and left open space to Siege, a first-person shooter that will be based exclusively on multiplayer and in particular on cooperation. A Beta is about to begin for those who pre-order or asked a key to Ubisoft, so it won’t take that long until we really understand if this game can get the Rainbow Six brand where it deserves. Just remember to save the hostages.
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT
Electronic Arts took the license of Star Wars right from the hands of its new owner Disney, and it is using it more than it can: Visceral Games is working on a property based on that universe it will be a third-person shooter, while DICE is about to reveal the reason why it won’t release any Battlefield game this year: Star Wars Battlefront. The game will be a first-person shooter and Star Wars fans are already looking at the possibilities it could offer, talking about multiplayer and huge environments to explore… We will know if Battlefront is truly out this year at E3 2015, I guess.
WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a bit like the underdog in this top 5, because it wasn’t born as a AAA game that has to absolutely be successful in terms of copies sold. But I had to add it because it’s about to ship on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and it comes from the same hands that took care of the recent and successful Wolfenstein reboot. The Old Blood is a prequel to The New Order and, while retaining the same first-person action-adventure mechanics, doesn’t seem to be changing anything particular in this new release. Check it out once the game arrives on the store shelves.