Is 2014 The Year Of The Shooter?
Don't start with the "isn't every year the 'year of the shooter?' rebuttals.
The fact is that I can't remember the last time multiple shooters were in legitimate contention to win Game of the Year and in fact, a first-person shooter usually doesn't win the top honors from the biggest sources.
However, 2014 might be the first time in a while when a handful of excellent shooters could drag down super high review scores and in turn, land some prestigious awards. The well-received Titanfall is already out and according to some, it's worthy of a GotY nod. However, even if you don't agree with that, look what's coming: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield: Hardline, Far Cry 4 and Destiny. The latter is shaping up to be downright amazing (provided Bungie sees it through) and it's almost a guarantee that FC4 will be excellent.
As for CoD and the new BF, I can understand if you scoff. Before this year, I'd probably scoff, too. But we've got new development teams handling these projects, and fresh content and settings. Hardline isn't even a military shooter, as they've opted to focus on police activity, and Advanced Warfare is the first CoD we've seen that isn't from Infinity Ward or Treyarch. Everything we've seen and heard thus far tells us that Sledgehammer is on the right track (although we still have to see some gameplay). And don't dismiss Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel just because it isn't on next-gen platforms, 'cuz that would be a big mistake.
I'd say Assassin's Creed: Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and LittleBigPlanet 3 are the other games with the best shot at GotY nominations. But with games like Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and The Order: 1886 missing this year, it's starting to feel more and more like the year of the shooter.
6/17/2014 10:29:48 PM Ben Dutka