Here is our list of first person shooters currently released or announced this year so far. Maybe after E3 we will revise this list! There’s a poll at the bottom where you can choose your top 3 games of 2011!
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Battlefield 3 is a first-person shooter action video game, being developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and to be published by Electronic Arts.
Battlefield 3 leaps ahead of its time with the power of Frostbite™ 2, the next instalment of DICE’s cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering enhanced visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and incredibly lifelike character animations. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York.
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Brink is a first-person shooter video game developed by Splash Damage, published by Bethesda Softworks for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
There are four character classes: Soldier, Medic, Engineer, and Operative. The Soldier resupplies teammates and uses explosives to destroy important targets. The Engineer buffs his teammates’ weapons and builds stationary turrets. The Medic heals fallen teammates and buffs their teammates’ health. The Operative interrogates fallen opponents to get intel on enemy locations, performs acts of sabotage, and disguises himself as the enemy.
Brink was released in North America on May 10, 2011, in Australia on May 12, and in Europe on May 13.
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Bulletstorm is a 2011 first-person shooter video game developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, and is published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Set in a futuristic utopia, an elite peacekeeping force thwarts the rumblings of civil war. But deception within the ranks has caused two members of the most feared unit to strike out on their own. Now stranded on an abandoned paradise, Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato find themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants and flesh eating gangs. They survive on two objectives: get off the planet alive and extract revenge on the man who sent them there.
As Grayson Hunt, players wield an arsenal of over-the-top combat moves and outrageously large guns that feed into Bulletstorm’s distinct ‘skillshot’ system producing unprecedented levels of frantic gameplay and yell-inducing satisfaction.
Bulletstorm was released on February 22, 2011 in the US, and on February 25, 2011 in the UK.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (abbreviated as Call of Duty: MW3) is an upcoming first-person shooter video game currently in development by Infinity Ward and with assistance from co-developers Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software assisting multiplayer development. It will be the third installment in the Modern Warfare series, and the eighth Call of Duty installment in total.
As of now the game has been confirmed to take place in America, England, France and Germany. The characters are currently unknown, but it is assumed that the same previous characters who survived will return for the third game.
Following the events of Modern Warfare 2, the world has been plunged into a total war. Previous speculation thought that the game would be a prequel, depicting Ghost’s backstory, while other rumours say that the COD:MW3 game may very well be set in space!
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is coming November 8th 2011.
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Conduit™ 2 is the epic sequel to last year’s award-winning Wii-exclusive, The Conduit. Picking up on the heels of its predecessor, Conduit 2 puts you on the embattled front lines of the war to save humanity from the alien onslaught.
Players have the ability to flip over objects such as tables, bookshelves and soda machines to use as cover, and shoot off enemy armor and helmets to expose weak spots. A sprint button has been added to allow players to charge or flee from opponents. Players can ride on vehicles in certain levels and fire weapons from them.
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Crysis 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek, published by Electronic Arts and was released in North America, Australia, and Europe in March 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
The world has been ravaged by a series of climatic disasters and society is on the verge of total breakdown. Now the aliens have returned, with a full invasion force bent on nothing less than the total annihilation of mankind, starting by trying to rip the heart out of Earth’s most iconic city.
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Dead Island is an upcoming open world horror action adventure video game in development by Techland, published by Deep Silver for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It is centered on the challenge of survival on a zombie-infested island with a major emphasis on melee combat.
The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious epidemic that suddenly, and without warning, breaks out on the fictional island of Banoi. As a guest of the Royal Palms Resort, the player’s stay was supposed to be a dream holiday; a luxurious getaway to the beautiful beaches of a tropical paradise. But faced with the reality of a zombie apocalypse, there is only one thing left to do: Survive.
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is being developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 3.
The game takes place during the year 2027, 25 years before Deus Ex. Nanotechnological augmentations have yet to be developed and biomechanical augmentations are the current state of the art. The main protagonist, Adam Jensen, is a private security officer with Sarif Industries, a leading company that specializes in human augmentations. After he witnesses a chilling attack on his company which leaves him horrifically injured and forced to undergo augmentation to survive, “the conspiracy begins.”
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Doom 4 is the upcoming multi-platform installment of the Doom series by id Software. The game will use the company’s new id Tech 5 engine and is slated for simultaneous release on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Doom 3, released in April 2005, was set in the year 2145. According to the game’s backstory, the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) has grown to become the largest corporate entity in existence, and has set up a research facility on Mars. At this base, the UAC are able to conduct research into several scientific areas, including advanced weapons development, biological research, space exploration and teleportation. Due to the facility’s position on Mars, the UAC can perform its operations outside of legal and moral boundaries. As the player progresses through the game, they learn that the employees on the base are unsettled due to a large number of incidents involving hearing voices, unexplained sightings and increasing cases of paranoia and insanity, often leading to fatal accidents with the facility’s machinery. Rumors regarding the nature of experiments in the UAC’s Delta Labs division are especially prevalent among the base’s employees.
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This is the one everyone has been waiting for! After 12 years, it’s almost here. Duke Nukem Forever will be released in June 2011, on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Intended to be groundbreaking, Duke Nukem Forever has become infamous in the video games industry and become synonymous with vaporware due to its severely-protracted development schedule; the game has been in development since 1997. Originally in development under 3D Realms, director George Broussard, one of the creators of the original Duke Nukem game, first announced the title’s development in April 1997, and promotional information for the game was released in one form or another from 1997 to 2008.
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F.E.A.R. 3 is an upcoming first person-shooter developed by Day 1 Studios and published by Warner Brothers for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. It is scheduled for release in June 2011.
According to the announcement, the gameplay will feature a “Generative Scare System” to change the placement and timing of enemies “on each playthrough”. The story will follow Alma Wade and her baby’s birth. The “Point Man” will make a return from the first game (this time without his balaclava as seen on the trailer), as well as Paxton Fettel, even giving hints of a co-op mode involving the two, each with their own unique powers. The game will also feature a script co-written by Steve Niles and in-game cinematics directed by filmmaker John Carpenter.
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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier by Ubisoft was originally scheduled for release on October 30, 2011 but has been delayed to Q1 2012.
The game is a third-person shooter for most of the game, but when the player stops or enters a key location, the game switches to a first-person camera in order to utilize more precise aiming. Also, the cover can be partially destroyed, forcing the players to constantly seek other hiding spots. A new feature in the series is the “optical camouflage”, which allows the Ghosts to become instantly invisible. According to the game designer Rafael Morado, the optical camo technology, however, is still a prototype and there are as many disadvantages as there are advantages and its use will initially be extremely limited. According to writer Gabrielle Shrager, it is also possible to control drones.
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Homefront is developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ. It was released worldwide in March and April 2011.
Homefront is speculative fiction, set in a near-future, post peak oil world that features a significantly declined United States, and a united Korea that has built a massive alliance in East Asia. The Gate Corporation (a major private military company) also plays a minor role. The game focuses on the collapse of the United States, subsequent occupation by the Greater Korean Republic – a united Korea under the rule of the North – and the American Resistance that fights said occupation. The player is invited to join the American resistance, “using guerrilla tactics, commandeering military vehicles, and utilizing advanced drone technology.”
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Killzone 3 is a 2011 first-person shooter for the PlayStation 3, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the fourth installment in the Killzone series, the first game in the series to be presented in 3D and the first to include motion controls using the PlayStation Move. It was released worldwide in February 2011.
Killzone 3 takes place in various harsh environments such as Arctic landscapes, a lethal alien jungle, nuclear wastelands as well as space battles rather than only the city-scape environments which were present in Killzone 2. Another notable new feature is the ability to use jet packs in the game, which were also used in Killzone: Liberation, however, these new jet packs will be used in a different manner than that of those in Killzone: Liberation.
The game also features a revamped close combat melee system (called Brutal Melee) which includes new brutal melee attacks as well as the ability to string together multiple attacks in a combo. A new weapon called the WASP has also been added, which acts as a multi-firing rocket launcher.
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Medal Of Honor 2 is already in development at EA LA sub-studio Danger Close, following successful sales of the first game. Writing on the official EA Medal Of Honor blog, MoH executive producer Greg Goodrich wrote “Yes, Danger Close is currently working on the next Medal of Honor.”
The Medal of Honor series puts the player in the boots of an Allied combatant during World War II, with the exception of the recent game which lets players take part in the modern Afghanistan conflict (at times as a “Tier 1” operator), with weaponry appropriate to each time period. The player fights for the United States (although groups such as the French Resistance have been represented), and the identity of the main character varies between games.
The title is likely to be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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Operation Flashpoint: Red River is a video game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, developed and published by Codemasters. It is a sequel to Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising.
In Operation Flashpoint: Red River, players assume control of Outlaw-2-Bravo, A United States Marine Corps fireteam during a fictional conflict in Tajikistan in 2013. A terrorist group known as the ETIM launches mortar attacks on a US FOB in Afghanistan, prompting the United States to launch operation Enduring Shield, having the United States Marine Corps invade west Tajikistan and wipe out the Insurgent threat.
The player is able to choose between four classes of Marines to play as – rifleman, grenadier, scout and automatic rifleman, each with their own weapons and abilities. The player can gain experience during gameplay, which can be used to unlock guns, attachments and perks.
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Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game Portal and was released in April 2011 on PC, Xbox and PS3.
The player can use portals to reroute directed Thermal Discouragement laser beams, Excursion Funnel tractor beams, and Hard Light Bridges as necessary to activate switches or reach difficult areas. The game also introduces special paint-like gels that can be used to impart certain physical effects to a surface, such as Propulsion Gel that boosts Chell’s speed as she crosses a surface, Repulsion Gel that allows her to bounce from a surface, and Conversion Gel which allows any surface coated with it to accept portals.
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Prey 2 is the upcoming sequel to the hit FPS game. Check out this intense live action trailer of Human Head Studio’s thrilling and scary game. Due for release on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2012.
Prey 2 is played from the perspective of Killian Samuels, a U.S. Air Marshall who’s been caught up in an alien attack and now finds himself on an alien world called Exodus.
Human Head readily admits the Blade Runner influence on the game’s environments, and one can easily see the stylistic cues from the 1982 cult classic in several of the screenshots. Bright neon lights, massive skyscrapers, flying cars, dark skies, and a layer of grime all contribute to pulling off a distinctly cyberpunk setting.
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RAGE is an upcoming first-person shooter game by id Software, using the company’s new id Tech 5 engine.
The user plays as a member from an Ark (a world-wide movement which took scientists and other significant people, and froze them underground in cryo-pods so they could rebuild Earth) but then the player comes to realize that his Ark has malfunctioned and that he is the only survivor. Apparently this environment is perfectly suited to the rough-and-tumble dune buggy racing seen in games like MotorStorm, as that sort of gameplay will be an important feature of Rage. Players will have the ability to augment their cars with various items and upgrades they can gain by completing races, but the game is not specifically a racing title, as available trailers of the game have shown some first-person shooter content as well.
Rage is being developed for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, due out in September 2011, plus a handheld spin-off was released for iOS in November 2010.
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Resistance 3 is an upcoming 2011 science fiction first person shooter video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, due out in September 2011.
Four years after Resistance 2, dishonorably discharged sentinel Joseph Capelli has given up fighting the Chimeran menace; he has been reduced to hiding with other survivors, including his wife and young son. When Dr Fyodor Malikov arrives with the opportunity to deliver a blow to the occupying Chimeran force, Capelli leaves his family to journey the harrowing road from Oklahoma to New York City. Along the way, he encounters the remnants of humanity left in the aftermath of the brutal Chimeran invasion.
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The first in-game image of FPS sequel Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has been released – as publisher City Interactive confirms that the title is being built with Crytek’s CryEngine 3.
The shooter is the follow-up to last year’s mega-selling Sniper: Ghost Warrior, which shifted over a million copies across the globe on PC and Xbox 360. The PS3 version was released in May 2011. Although it suffers a few bugs and gameplay flaws, Ghost Warrior remains very popular with the core FPS crowd. As well as a number of mechanics to consider when taking the all-important shot, it features ‘Bullet Time’ which allows you to watch as your perfect bullet travels into your enemies head/face, with a satisfying squelch and a shower of blood!
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XCOM is the re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity’s struggle against an unknown enemy that puts players directly into the shoes of an FBI agent tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat. True to the roots of the franchise, players will be placed in charge of overcoming high-stake odds through risky strategic gambits coupled with heart-stopping combat experiences that pit human ingenuity – and frailty – against a foe beyond comprehension. By setting the game in a first-person perspective, players will be able to feel the tension and fear that comes with combating a faceless enemy that is violently probing and plotting its way into our world.
As of June 2010, XCOM is expected to be exclusive to Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 with a projected release date of 2011.
So which one is your favourite or most anticipated FPS from the list? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the poll and in the comments!