5 FPS Games Releasing This Fall: Picking the Right One

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As we all know the next few weeks are going to be huge in terms of First Person Shooters.

We have:

  • PayDay: The Heist (PSN, PC) on October 18th
  • Battlefield 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) on October 25th
  • 007: Goldeneye Reloaded (PS3, Xbox 360) on November 1st
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) on November 8th
  • Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary (Xbox 360) on November 15th

But what one is right for you?

Let’s take a look at the contenders.

PayDay: The Heist:

Good For:

  • Team Co-op multiplayer. I’ve seen this described as a Left 4 Dead type or co-op experience where the only way to be successful is to work together.
  • Your wallet. Its $19.99 price tag is very manageable, although it is admittedly high for a PSN title.
  • PS3 and PC Owners. Sorry Xboxers this baby is exclusive to these two only.

Bad For:

  • Communication. A teamwork based game on a system where nobody ever seems to have microphones could make for some frustrating rounds.
  • The community. Of all the titles here this one will have the hardest time building a solid online following. Let’s hope it takes off.
  • Variety – 6 missions at launch with the promise of more DLC to come, but the real question is, how much will this new DLC cost us?

Battlefield 3:

Good For:

  • Impatient Gamers – it comes out a full 2 weeks before Call of Duty.
  • Gamers Who want a change of pace: COD is COD is COD this, puts a different spin on tactical shooters.
  • Vehicles – Over 20 different types!

Bad For:

  • Gamers who buy pre-owned – EA’s online pass is required so you either buy it new or shell out an extra $10 to play online.
  • Lacks mode variety. I realize there’s always DLC and such but out of the box the pickings are slim.
  • Gamers Expecting COD. It’s similar but it’s not quite there yet.

007: Goldeneye Reloaded:

Good For:

  • Anyone tired of the military shooter genre. Shocking as it may seem, there was a time when shooters weren’t about world wars and jungle combat.
  • Crazy game modes. Escalation upgrades your weapon each kill, while Detonator Agent has a point multiplying bomb that must be passed off before it detonates, clearly these guys weren’t afraid to break the standard FPS model.
  • Reliving the glory days of the N64.

Bad For:

  • James Bond games have never been able to live up to the legend that was Goldeneye, there have been a few respectable titles over the years but nothing has come close to the Father of the console FPS. Keep your expectations in check.
  • Oddjob. The online universe won’t follow the same No Oddjob rules you and your friends had a decade ago, so get used fighting Oddjob. You’ll be doing a lot of it.
  • I know it looks like I’m gushing over this title, but I want to make it clear that the constant reuse of the Goldeneye license is a shameful money grabbing attempt, but hey, it could be worse. It could be Call of Duty James Bond: License to Kill.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3:

Good For:

  • Playing with friends. Black Ops sold 7 million copies worldwide in the first 24 hours. You will know a lot of people with this game and will always be able to find someone playing it.
  • Call of Duty fans – this seems redundant but If you’ve been playing Call of duty the past few years, you know what to expect. There’s nothing too Earth shattering about this.
  • People who didn’t like Modern Warfare 2 – Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have made a lot of changes to how perks and killstreaks are done to make gameplay more balanced.

Bad For:

  • Fans of Zombies – that’s a Treyarch thing. Don’t expect to see it in MW3.
  • Casual Gamers/Noobs – stay with me here – of all these games, which do you think is hardest for new players?
  • Grades. Relationships and sleep.

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary:

Good For:

  • Gamers who like balanced gameplay – no perks, no weapon unlocks. Everyone starts the same, aside from armor abilities.
  • Gamers on a budget – at $39.99 it’s the cheapest of the three.
  • Xbox 360 Owners.

Bad For:

  • Halo: Reach owners. It’s basically the same game with a couple new playlists and a few new maps.
  • People used to killing enemies instantly. It’ll take more than a shot or two to bring your foe down (in most cases).
  • PS3 Owners.

Be sure to check out:

Battlefield 3: A New Era for the Battlefield Franchise

A Detailed Analysis of the Battlefield and Call of Duty Franchises Part 1 and Part 2

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