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Top 5 First-Person Shooters of 2017

Top 5 First-Person Shooters of 2017


First-person shooters, or FPS games, have been a staple of the video game industry for many years. This genre’s fanbase has grown to unimaginable numbers, making first-person shooters one of the most popular genres in video games. Even if you don’t play too many video games, odds are you must have at least heard of the genre. This genre has many of the greatest games, and this year is no exception. Here is our list of the top 5 First-person shooters of 2017.

5. Prey

Way back in 2006, the first Prey game was released, and was a major success, bringing a great science-fiction twist to the more modern first-person shooter setting. After many years, a new reboot was released, also called Prey. In the new Prey, you play as Morgan Yu, a new employee on board the space station Talos I. Morgan goes through a series of routine tests to make sure that he/she (you choose the character’s gender) is fit to be on board Talos I, until suddenly, one of the scientists is attacked by a black blob known as a Typhon. Morgan gets knocked out, and when Morgan wakes up, they find themselves stuck in the destroyed space station. As you explore, trying to find a way out, you will find many different types of weapons, from a standard shotgun to a G.L.O.O. (Gelifoam Lattice Organism Obstructor) cannon, a weapon that allows you to immobilize enemies, opening them up to further damage. This game also brings unique enemies, the most notable of which is the mimic, an enemy that looks like a spider and can morph into everyday objects, such as chairs and boxes, ready to spring out and attack you when you least expect it. The game also brings multiple choices that affect the final ending of the game in many unique and different ways, promising multiple different stories. Prey has been received pretty well by audiences, though there were a few bugs with the initial release of the game.

4. Quake Champions

Quake is a massively popular first-person shooter series, with 6 over 20 years, and even more on its way. Quake is famous for its intense, fast-paced, and unforgiving gameplay. The newest installation, Quake Champions, promises the same style of gameplay with tighter controls, improved graphics, and the same rush of adrenaline the game brings. In Quake Champions, every player takes control of one out of 9 characters, each with their own unique skills and strengths. Then, every player is released at once with only one goal; get the most kills out of everyone else. Players run around, utilizing the high octane movement, such as wall-running and double jumping, to try and confuse other players as they drop down to get the kill. Each map is littered with many weapons, from assault rifles to rocket launchers, and the game allows every player to carry as many weapons as they want, allowing for even more variety in their gameplay. The game has gained a sort of cult following, with many people putting hundreds of hours into the game, so be warned. This game is not forgiving by giving new players much of a tutorial or any sort of crutch. Quake Champions requires quick reflexes and even quicker thinking. Quake Champions is set to release sometime this year, although the specific date has not been revealed yet.


3. Destiny 2

The first Destiny brought the one thing that many first-person shooter players crave; more cooperative experiences. Bungie Studios, the creator of Destiny, plan to carry that over to their new installment for the science-fiction based first-person shooter. Destiny 2 lets players choose between one of three classes; the Titan class, the Warlock class, and the Hunter class. Each class comes with its own unique abilities and each suit a different play style, whether you like being the one who protects your team from enemy fire, or if you like to sneak up behind the enemy and bring your own justice. Each class can also earn multiple Super attacks, allowing you to deal devastating amounts of damage to your enemies. From these classes, the game promises dozens of weapons, each with their own weaknesses and strengths, allowing each class to step out of their comfort zone and adapt different strategies. The game brings an intense multiplayer mode with many different game modes. Most importantly, the game has numerous amounts of raids, adventures that allow a team to complete a certain objective. These raids allow you to join up with your friends, or random players online, to work together and complete the raids, giving everybody on the team large bounties from new weapons to different amounts of in-game currency. These raids promise a great sense of teamwork and strategy that most games do not offer. On top of that, Destiny 2 is going to have a single player campaign, allowing anyone follow their own adventure into the game’s large universe. The game is set to release on September 6, 2017.

2. Star Wars Battlefront 2

Everybody knows about Star Wars, the great science-fiction series following the fight between the Empire and the Rebels. Star Wars Battlefront 2 brings the same action that the movies bring, with the massive battles on different alien planets in the sky and on the ground. The game allows the players to control any part of these battles, from flying an X wing to fighting on the ground as a droid. And of course, it wouldn’t be Star Wars without allowing people to play as iconic characters such as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Luke Skywalker. The game has many different game modes, from battles in space to escorting or defending a payload on many different planets. Star Wars Battlefront 2 allows players to fight through many different areas that are famous in the series, such as the Death Star and the planet Hoth. This game also brings characters and locations from all parts of the series, from the original trilogy all the way to The Force Awakens, and is also going to expand on the Star Wars story. The game also boasts a single player campaign, following a new character named Iden Versio, a high ranking officer in the Imperial Army, and her journey. She will fight in many iconic Star Wars areas and will start to question the cause that she has supported for so long. The game is set to release on November 17, 2017.

1. Call of Duty: World War II

Call of Duty continues to assert its dominance over the first-person shooter industry with its newest upcoming installment, World War II. The game takes place in, you guessed it, World War II.  This game promises a lot of the same gameplay that the older Call of Duty games such as Modern Warfare and World at War brought, along with many different changes to the series. After a few games that met very mixed reception when the developers decided to set the game in the future, World War II promises a fun and older feel to the games that had brought Call of Duty its popularity many years ago. The game promises tons of game modes, from the classics like team deathmatch and hardpoint, to an all new War mode. War is an objective based mode that puts two teams against each other, one attacking and one defending. The attacking team is trying to push through multiple different phases of the mode, advancing through the defending team’s defense. This game is a new and exciting opportunity for Call of Duty fans, allowing them to play a game mode that requires much more coordination, teamwork, and strategy than the other game modes do. This game also promises many gorgeous maps that are located in several iconic battlegrounds that were fought on in the actual World War II. The game also brings many old and new weapons, all based on weapons that were actually used in World War II to give the game a more realistic sense. Even though the game might be focused on realism, it is still bringing back the older style zombies mode, pitting players against endless waves of the undead. To many people’s pleasure, the zombies will be Nazi zombies to fit into the World War II theme. Call of Duty World War II is set to release on November 3, 2017.

Anish Gupta