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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.

Tags: shooters, first person shooters, fps, gaming industry

6/17/2014 10:29:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

daus26
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 11:02:03 PM
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To me it just seems like every year is the year of the shooter.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 12:15:39 AM

Didn't you? I mean... oh never mind.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 6:39:34 AM

To me it just seems like you didn't even read the beginning of the article.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 9:58:09 AM

hehehe

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 11:58:39 PM
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In re Battlefield: With the change in police mentality since 9/11 and the huge quantities of surplus military gear being supplied to local departments, it's not as though there's a huge difference between cop and soldier anymore.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 12:17:51 AM
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I don't think any will end up as legitimiate GotY material.

Hardline is surprising. I can't imagine there's a lot of people out there who are looking to play cops and robbers in their video games. Will many people buy it? Maybe I missed something and people want to be cops again.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 12:34:55 AM

I want to be a WW soldier again.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 1:40:13 AM
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To me it's more like the year of the fighters...Blazblue, Ultra SFIV, Guilty Gear, Skullgirls expansions. Isn't that Mortal Kombat X coming out this year as well?

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Banky A
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 10:37:08 AM

It's definitely year of the fighters for me too man, oh man :')

Every Saturday my FGC get it on in all the fighting games we can get.

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Japanese_Gamer
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 3:05:59 AM
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First of all Bloodborne is not a Shooter
Second of all many Japanese games like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 don't have release dates yet

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PSN French
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 6:36:27 AM

I like what you did there!! Because this is the year of Bloodborne, not shooters. Unfortunately, I doubt we'll see Bloodborne this year!!

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Japanese_Gamer
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 6:43:22 AM

Bloddborne is romured to be coming in March 2015

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Underdog15
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 9:59:27 AM

You guys make a cute couple.

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Bigimpactpooch
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 7:45:03 AM
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Arkham Knight confirmed GOTY

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Bigimpactpooch
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 7:46:02 AM
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nvm I forgot it got delayed to 2015...

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Bigimpactpooch
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 7:47:37 AM
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sooooooo....Assassins Creed Unity confirmed GOTY!

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___________
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 8:36:37 AM
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rubbish, EVERY year is year of the shooter!
every year since 08 has had multiple shooters up for GOTY!
08 had resistance 2 and gears 2, and every year since has been the same.
either between MoH and COD, or more recently BF and COD, oh and dont forget borderlands, oh and dont forget far cry, oh and dont forget crysis, oh and dont forget last year with the return of the biggest franchise in the industry GTA!
EVERY year is year of the shooter!
funny how everyones always shaking the finger at hollywood for being the one idea milker, well its about time we woke the f*ck up to ourselves and start pointing the finger where it belongs!

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 9:44:12 AM
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The only shooter that I am interested in this year is Far Cry 4. Any other titles will be ignored.

Gamers keep buying these annualized games and they will keep making them. Why would you stop making things that make you rich? I don't blame Activision. Heck, they should hire me I want to make six figures as well. I should apply to Activision after I complete my MBA.

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Crabba
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 9:02:08 PM
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Same could be said for any year the past 5-10 years... Really, CoD, BF, Far Cry?!?

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