FPS Games That Show Call Of Duty How It’s Really Made
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Call of Duty is perhaps the dominant first-person shooter franchise, but there are a number of recent FPS games that have beaten it when it comes to immersion and overall uniqueness. While Call of Duty dominated the market in its early days, dozens of other popular shooters emerged over this period, some of them focusing on more arcade-style mechanics, and others doubling down on realism and grit. With the Call of Duty the franchise started in 2003 and continues to go strong – although encountering a setback with Call of Duty: Vanguard and its World War II setting – there must have ultimately been other games to ride in the genre and improve on or deviate from its formula.
While Call of Duty may still be ahead in terms of profit, accessibility, and marketability, many other shooters have come out over the past few years that have slowly gained popularity and developed the hallmarks of the genre. additions like Surveillance definitely shook up the market and influenced games with its hero shooter format, but its reach didn’t last very long and its player count is at an all-time low, with hype for its sequel waning after poor reviews beta. After the disappointing launch of Battlefield 2042Ubisoft’s diminishing returns Tom Clancy games, and Infinite HaloMultiplayer is losing its appeal, there’s plenty of room for newcomers to gain momentum.
The first-person shooter genre has many avenues it could develop to engage players and keep them coming back for more. While Call of Duty may have pioneered this model nearly two decades ago, many recent shooters have gone in directions that Activision’s franchise never did, making them more appealing to gamers who want something something new and different. Even though each game is designed to target a specific audience, the innovations and gameplay paradigms of some of the newcomers make older series feel limited, especially with Cod losing almost 60 million players last year alone.
Ready Or Not takes realism to the next level
At the end of last year, a game called Ready or Not released in Early Access which incorporated hyper-realistic mechanics. The player takes control of a SWAT officer and is dropped into a level where they must break through and clear a building to complete a series of objectives, while dodging enemy gunfire and traps. Objectives are selected in the lobby and can range from defusing a series of bombs to rescuing hostages or confiscating narcotics. Ready or Not also gives players a diverse arsenal of weapons and utilities to choose from, including a mirror gun, breaching shotgun, and night vision goggles, all of which help make the game feel more grounded. Activision claims that CoD: Modern Warfare 2 is more advanced than any of its predecessors, but Ready or Not illustrates that sometimes all a game needs is a single premise to attract players.
In addition to the equipment available to the player in Ready or Not, there is also a very minimal visual interface, showing only the player’s armor level and the status of the rest of the team. In order to check ammo reserves, the player must physically remove the magazine or magazine from the gun and examine the bullet count, adding further immersion by rationing ammo. While Ready or Not can be targeted to a smaller audience looking for realistic shooters, it serves as an example of how the shooter genre can go beyond what Call of Duty offers and provides many new game paradigms that Call of Duty: Modern WarfareThe 2022 sequel may benefit from adoption.
Hell Let Loose excels at simulating historical WWII battles
Although it only properly released last year (having been in early access before), hell loose has already amassed a significant number of followers and continues to grow, with more content to come over the course of 2022. hell loose immerses the player in a massive WWII battlefield with 100 other players, similar in scale to DICE Battlefield games, only with a greater emphasis on historical accuracy and realism. What sets this game apart from others is how grounded its mechanics are, with one of the most distinguishing factors being that there are no hit markers, so players will have to award more Pay attention to their shots.
One of the strengths of hell loose is its t0 scale locations and maps. All are rendered with incredible attention to detail, with a greater emphasis on historical authenticity than its contemporaries. Similar to Battlefield 5 and its fortification system, hell loose allows engineers to build traps and covers to help defend areas. At the same time, officers must build outposts and garrisons to keep players closer to the action, which requires coordination with a team’s commander and other supporting roles. Similar to Ready or Not, hell loose also sets itself apart by providing a minimal visual interface, not showing ammo counts and only displaying the weapon type, player’s team, and objective to capture on screen. Through these mechanisms, hell looseThe multiplayer of offers a more terrifying and gritty shooter experience than Call of Dutyshowing the benefits of class-based gameplay and making no compromises in weaponry and period presentation.
Insurgency: Sandstorm takes FPS games back to basics
Last on the list is a game that was released many years ago but continues to grow in popularity over time due to its approach of maintaining both a classic and grounded shooter experience. Inspired by games like Counter-Strike and the oldest Battlefield securities, Insurgency: Sandstorm was released in late 2018 and is a sequel to the original Insurrection which was published four years ago. While the game retains the basics of the classic shooter in terms of pacing and map layout, it also branches out into a more immersive realm by providing a minimal visual interface, no hit markers, and detailed weapon customization.
While Insurgency: Sandstorm might sound impressive, it’s not quite as realistic as the previous two titles, instead striking a nice balance by catering to both audiences who crave a fast-paced arcade shooter and a deep gritty environment. While Call of Duty can be more accessible and more popular, Insurgency: Sandstorm serves as an alternative for players looking to return to a more classic environment and weapon set. This game has many advantages over Call of Duty in the sense that it focuses heavily on objectives and communication while placing most maps in larger areas so players have room to breathe and maneuver behind enemy lines.
Call of Duty may remain the king of first-person shooters, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare registering two million active players in 2021 alone, but newer games are better placed than before to challenge its crown. For those looking for fresh and innovative shooters that break the mold of Call of Duty and go in new directions, there are more options than ever before. Some of the examples above, like hell loose and Ready or Notcontrary to recent trends in that they emphasize realism over arcade-style mechanics, but the fact that they have developed a strong and passionate following shows that there is plenty of room for the FPS genre is diversifying in the coming years.
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