Predictions of the "death of the shooter" have once again proven to have been unfounded, with 2012 being an excellent year for fans of first-person shooters.
Two of the year's biggest commercial successes were FPS games: 343 Industries' triumphant debut in Halo 4, and the always record-breaking Call of Duty series, this year represented by the phenomenally popular Black Ops II.
One of my personal favourites, and a strong contender for my game of the year nomination, is Far Cry 3. Despite its flaws, it is an exemplary open-world shooter. Another favourite of mine was the incredibly long-awaited fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, titled Black Mesa
Of course, this wouldn't be Screen Play is we didn't talk about Bold Errands 2 - uh, I mean Borderlands 2. Gearbox not only recaptured the magic of their surprise hit, but also improved upon it in almost every way possible.
Apart from the first-person view, some great shooters were released in 2012 that used the over-the-shoulder third-person view. Two of the most popular of these were flawed and controversial, but beloved by their fans: Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line.
There were lots of other memorable shooters in addition to these, and I have included as many as I could think of in the poll below. If I've missed any, feel free to add your own nominations. Only one vote is allowed, but each person can select up to three games to vote for.
Results will be kept secret until next week, when I will do a ceremonial announcement of the winners. Until then, you are free to announce your votes and argue their merits in the comments below.
Note: The embedded poll has stopped working, but you can still vote by clicking this link.
- James "DexX" Dominguez
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