Despite the inevitable evolution of video games from simple time-passers to complex works of art, there will always remain one sure-fire way to blow off some steam while gaming: shooting things.
Whether you’re doming noobs on Call of Duty, or being submerged in a tidal wave of bullets and scrap metal in Shoot Many Robots, the ‘shooter’ genre provides an opportunity for gamers to just lay into some AI bad guys or human opponents, and take a break from all the puzzle solving and gear switching that’s about now-a-days.
If you’re an Xbox One owner, these titles are as good as any when it comes to pure, trigger-finger fun.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
It’s everyone’s favourite big bad guys, the Nazis. Yay! And they’re back with their ability to time travel. Yay!… Hang on, what?
Although leaning on the fantastical, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a direct descendant from the original first person shooter of the same name, and holds true to the traditional structure of the genre, with simplistic levels and a ton of bad guys.
If you’re looking for a romp through World War II-themed landscapes with a sci-fi twist, occupied by hordes of Nazi soldiers (and robot dogs) who are just about ready to take a bullet to the cranium, then this is the game for you.
Monday Night Combat
Because regular sports are just too dull, we’ve dedicated Monday nights to Monday Night Combat, where, instead of the usual healthy sporting competition you could get from Monday Night Football, we get to gun the living daylights out of things.
A nifty arcade title, Monday Night Combat reminds us of Team Fortress 2, bearing a striking resemblance with its art style, game modes, and wicked sense of humour.
You can’t go far wrong with a strategy-shooter mix can you?
Tower of Guns
Tower of Guns is all about… well, a tower of guns, which the player must climb and utilise to the best of their ability if they want to stay alive.
The game works like any other arena shooter, with waves of enemies, bosses and multitudes of firepower stored in consecutive levels.
One thing to note is that the arenas are randomly generated, so you’ll be able to avoid absolute boredom fairly easily.
This one is a little bit different to most shooters, in the sense that, as well as being a great shooting game, it’s also a side-scrolling platformer. Which, funnily enough, actually makes it more difficult to hit the enemies.
Created by the guys who gave you Gears of War, Epic Games, it reminds us of the old Metroid games when we play it, but the whole 2.5D side-scrolling thing plays out against a backdrop of a big political conspiracy plot-line.
Significantly more interesting than anything most other shooters can offer.
If wide open maps, awesome explosions, and skydiving are what you’re looking for in a shooter, then Battlefield 4 is all you’ll ever need.
It’s a little bit harder than Call of Duty, with the time-to-kill being higher, and the game incorporating many more ‘real life’ mechanics like bullet drop and not being able to glitch into every rock you come across (again, well done CoD), but once you get a hang of the physics, you’ll be shooting planes out of the sky, or even better, doing this.
Granted, the gimmick of this game is the whack-off katana you get to dice people up with – and honestly, we’re not complaining – but there’s no doubt at all that Shadow Warrior can be classed as a proper, gung-ho shooter.
An honest (but not too honest) remake of the 1997 release, the game functions roughly as a standard first-person shooter in terms of level structure, but with a load more demonic warriors. Which is always nice.
Shoot Many Robots
It’s not entirely uncommon for Shoot Many Robots to completely cover your screen with cel-shaded enemies, explosions and shells, but that’s just more for your money, isn’t it?
Through loadout dilemmas, robot armies, and robot army bosses, Shoot Many Robots is the ultimate experience for anyone who wants to turn some angry, vicious robots into scrap metal, making it a sort of cathartic stress relief for people who aren’t very good with technology.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Although other Tom Clancy games haven’t exactly been groundbreaking, Rainbow Six: Siege has finally taken the series in a different direction, introducing a brand new approach to the experience.
To briefly explain, Siege rests heavily on multiplayer gameplay, in which players will either have to hunt down and kill a group of terrorists within a building, or hide from and defend against the group of SWAT attackers themselves.
Unlike Call of Duty, you’ll have no choice but to play the objective. Sorry kids. But trust us: it’s actually great.
Halo 5: Guardians
We know, we know, a little part of everyone died when Bungie left their sci-fi lovechild Halo behind and 343 Studios picked it up. But all things considered, they’ve not done too bad a job with continuing the franchise.
After a fairly acceptable effort with Halo 4, Master Chief returns in the fifth instalment the game, which can’t go anywhere but up.. As a game, sure, you can bring Halo’s new direction into question if you want, but as a shooter, you’ll find no better experience than this.
Except Halo: Reach. Well, and Halo 3, and then of course we’d have to include Halo 2… but seriously, not that bad.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
And here it is, the prodigal son of first-person shooters, returning timidly with its head hung in shame. You should be ashamed of yourself, Call of Duty.
Oh, it’s one of Treyarch’s CoD games? So it’s got zombies in it? Don’t worry about the rest of the game then, just play that.
Seriously, just play the zombie mode. It’s infinitely more fun, and there’s no chance that you’ll go insane with gamer-rage and throw your controller out of the window… well, just a small chance.