Five months into 2011 and we’ve already been graced with first person shooter spectacles such as Killzone 3, Crysis 2, and Homefront. Now taking a look into the future, what can FPS fanatics get their hands on that will not only satisfy their need to kill virtual friends, but revolutionize the first person shooter genre as we know it.
We’ve compiled a list of upcoming FPS titles that range from Resistance 3 to next year’s Bioshock Infinite, highlighting what makes these games great and why you should keep a keen eye on them until release. The lists order isn’t of importance as we value and look forward to each of these titles individually, having reasons for for being excited for all.
Now if you think Brink looks good, wait until you get your hands on Rage, id Software’s newest IP using their latest Tech 5 Engine technology. The game is yet another post-apocalyptic title in which the player emerges from an underground cryogenic keep, finding the surface of the earth to be a desert wasteland littered with mutants and thugs.
While much of the game is a first-person shooter, a large part of the game also focuses on car combat and customization. It seems fitting in this road-warrior like world that players will need to not only combat bandits, but also watch themselves on the road as giant monsters and car thieves inhabit the open wildnress.
Rage is set to release September 13 in US, September 16 in Europe.
If there is one title that can dethrone the Call of Duty series, it will be Battlefield 3. Developed by DICE and published by EA, Battlefield 3 is said to be a next gen game developed for current gen platforms.
Featuring some of the most realistic damage modeling yet, DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine can depict an entire seven story building crumble due to an in-game earthquake, bringing it to nothing but dust and debris. Also, DICE is utilizing EA’s ANT animation system, used in such titles as FIFA, which will allow for more realistic transitions between animations.
According to the game’s official website, those who pre-order the title receive the first DLC pack “Back to Karkland” for free, including re-mastered Battlefield 2 favorites Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula. Not much else has been released about Battlefield 3, however a beta is expected to hit the PC in June, October for PS3 and Xbox 360 users.
As the third game in the Bioshock series, Bioshock Infinite is neither a prequel or sequel, although features many the series gameplay concepts and themes. Taking place on what was to be a flying utopia, a world’s fair that traveled the skies. Now lies in ruin, a floating battleground.
Bioshock Infinite will feature a wide array of weaponry, including vigors and nostrums (similar to Bioshock’s plasmids and tonics) granting the player special abilities from telekinesis and animal control to buffing the players strength and damage resistance.
The game won’t be out until 2012, so there is still plenty of time for new details and information to be released on the title. Be sure to keep an eye on this one as we delve further into the year.
Developed by ZeroPoint Software, Interstellar Marines is a AAA first person shooter utilizing a new type of funding and marketing scheme, which frees the developer of the constraints of using a large publisher. Known as AAA Indie, ZeroPoint Software receives funds from personal investors and the gaming community.
The game has been in development since 2005, and just a few months ago the developers released a new gameplay trailer giving fans a look at their visionary new FPS title. Entitled “Will you believe,” Interstellar Marines looks to shake things up a bit in the genre, giving players not only a realistic and detailed sci-fi FPS experience, but being one of the first developers to bring a AAA title to gamers without the need of a mega publisher like EA or Activision.
Announced shortly after the original’s release, Prey 2 takes the series in a whole new direction, featuring an open world built using a heavily modified version of id’s Tech 4 engine.
“Prey 2 will provide gamers the opportunity to explore a new facet of the Prey universe, one that offers fast-paced action in an open, alien world,” said Human Head Studios Chris Rhinehart.
Not much else is known about the title as it’s scheduled to release sometime in 2012. The original Prey featured some mind bending level design, so we expect Prey 2 to feature some unique aspects outside of being a regular FPS.
Duke Nukem Forever
After being in development hell for fourteen years, the Duke is finally returning. Why does this make our list? It’s fucking Duke Nukem. Strippers, vulgar humor, and the ability to shrink and stomp on mutant pigs dressed as cops are just a few of the reasons we love Duke Nukem. This game is rated Mature for almost every option the ESRB has available.
Duke Nukem Forever’s development is being finished up by Gearbox Software and is set to hit stores June 10 in Europe, June 14 in North America.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Half RPG and half FPS, Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes player customization to a whole new level, allowing players to not only choose weapon load-outs and ammunition types, but can choose from mechanical augmentations to their body including four types; Combat, Stealth, Technology and Social.
Utilizing certain augmentations such as stealth and social, players can make it through the entire game without having to end a single soul, other than bosses.
The game also features an amazing futuristic sci-fi storyline and world, drawing inspiration from movies like Blade Runner, Johnny Mnemonic, and Robocop. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to the series, releasing August 23 in the US, August 26 in Europe.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Activision has just recently revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as anticipated for another year of Call of Duty, however with a new team leading the title, Slegehammer along with help from Raven Software (Wolfenstein), fans are hoping the game may see some new exciting dynamics added to the series that was quickly becoming stale.
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