It’s been a big year for shooters with Call of Duty Black Ops III bringing fans a sense of relief after a few shaky titles in the series. We also had Star Wars: Battlefront release with fantastic visuals and easy pick-up-and-play mechanics, though it was found wanting by many a hardcore shooter fan because of this. Very few shooters brought in universal acclaim but a couple stood above the rest so here are our choices for runner up and shooter of the year.
Runner Up: Halo 5: Guardians
Ian – The story was a bit of a let-down to be sure, but Halo 5’s gameplay in both its single player and multiplayer is simply phenomenal. A focus on the tight gameplay mechanics and skilful shooting you’d expect from Halo is balanced against a wealth of new traversal and combat options like the thruster pack and ground pound. Much like Rainbow 6: Siege, Halo 5 Guardians will be offering free multiplayer content throughout the coming months including new maps, armour sets and more. If we had more Xbox gamers at the site, this could well have scooped it out from under the winner’s nose but que sera. With that said, our winner is a fantastic shooter from the most unexpected of publishers. Speaking of which…
Winner : Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Dom -Rainbow Six Siege from the Tom Clancy collection of FPS games has truly encompassed all that we asked for in a shooter. Fun and engaging gameplay, slower-paced tactical fire fights and an emphasis on coordination and teamwork are what makes Rainbow 6: Siege such a refreshing experience. Although the game has no single player campaign to its name, it doesn’t need one to shine against its competition. With free DLC planned for the future as well as the game approaching the world of eSports, we are happy to award this year’s Shooter of the Year to Ubisoft and the team behind Rainbow Six Siege. Congratulations.