There have been many militaristic shooters over the years and sussing out the best one’s can be a challenge. With that in mind, we thought we would look at the classic all-time great military-themed shooters that were able to separate themselves from the pack. Do keep in mind that we tried selecting the best/most iconic representative from a franchise as we did want to keep it balanced. You can be rest assured that all of the titles included below deserve gaming medals of honor.
What's your favorite military shooter? Let us know in the comments below.
We don’t mean the holes-cut-in-a-sheet, Charlie Brown–style Halloween-costume-gone-awry. That actually sounds pretty fun. We’re talking about the weird, ski-mask-wearing group of quote-unquote stealth operatives who personify Infinity Ward’s newest title in the Call of Duty franchise—you know, those guys wearing the spooky logo over their faces who look as if the developers read a bit too much Punisher during crunch time.
Note: This review was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
Those of you rocking Team CoD t-shirts rather than Team Battlefield gear, you'll be pleased to know that Activision is getting ready to release Call of Duty: Black Ops II. We know this not because of a rumor or whispers in the wind, but because an official pre-order page by Activision popped up in the U.K. advertising that the upcoming game will start shipping November 13, 2012.
Outside of death and taxes, both of which you can cheat, there are very few guarantees in life. One of them is that there will be another Call of Duty game. We can say this with absolute certainty because Activision Publishing would be foolish to kill its record breaking cash cow, especially after Modern Warfare 3 just became the only entertainment property to eclipse Avatar's 17-day $1 billion sales record.
Everyone seems to love The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and that's because there's very little not to like (unless you're just not into RPGs, in which case you should seek counseling immediately). Underscoring the widespread appeal of a game like Skyrim, the average gamer spent 23 hours hunting dragons and picking virtual pockets during Skyrim's first week of sales.
What happened to a delivery truck carrying a videogame shipment in France over the weekend was so brazen and wild that it could have qualified as a game level. In this case, the action was real as a truck traveling in Créteil, south Paris, was rammed by a car on Saturday as part of an organized accident that involved masked men, tear gas, and the theft of 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Logitech asks the question, "Are You Ready for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3?" If so, you're encouraged to check out themed versions of the peripheral maker's Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and Logitech Laser Mouse G9x. These logo'd accessories are the same as their regular counterparts, only pimped out with CoD: MW3 logos to let everyone know what your favorite FPS is.
Regardless of how you feel about Activision, or the Call of Duty franchise in general, it’s hard to deny these guys have found a winning formula that countless other publishers are struggling to emulate. And while Battlefield 3 team will probably be doing backflips all the way to the bank if they come even remotely close to matching Modern Warefare’s sales numbers, the companies new subscription based Elite service has created a moving target that EA would no doubt copy if they thought they could pull it off. During the Call of Duty XP keynote, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirsberg has finally detailed what subscribers would get, and what it would cost.
Call of Duty's a strange beast. It's all at once the gaming industry's calling card and whipping boy, with frequent angry words flying between sides like so many spammed grenades. If you keep your ear against the industry's pulse, though, Infinity Ward's infinitely sequelized cash cow that lays golden eggs is kind of a joke. It never changes. It's everything that's wrong with first-person shooters. Etc. Id Software mega-brain John Carmack, however, thinks it's high-time you come down from that high horse.
Wait just a minute. Take a deep breath. The sky isn't falling. You still don't have to spend a dime to hunt filthy mouthed 12-year-olds online in Call of Duty. Make no mistake: Activision wants your money, but it's not crazy. Call of Duty: Elite – as the newly announced service is known – will give you more bang for more bucks, but you certainly won't be left high-and-dry if you decide you're a miser, not a fighter.