Should I Buy It?

Christmas Special / Shooters

It's that time of year again where we have an overwhelming choice of new releases to enjoy over the Winter Holiday's. But with so many great games from the top developers how could we possibly decide which ONE to get!?

In these short segments, i'll summarise the Top 5 games from specific genres and why they should be in your Christmas stockings this year. Starting off with the most popular genre right now, the shooters.

The Top 5 / Shooters

#1. Call of Duty WW2

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Best Price: £47.99
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The undisputed master of modern-day First Person Shooter games, Activision bring us their latest instalment of the Call of Duty franchise. This time we are going back to "boots on the ground", more specifically the battlegrounds of WW2.

You can expect a strong and immersive Single-player campaign, with fantastic storytelling accompanied by a gritty backdrop of war. Multiplayer is the real pull factor for any Call of Duty game, and in my opinion, it's back to it's free-flowing best this year. A new Division based system means you can choose which class you want to specialise in, then rally up with your friends to form a team of varying specialist to gain glory.

Customising your loadouts for multiplayer is just as fun as ever, while the maps have good variation that span all across Europe and for the most part seem well balanced for the multitude of game modes available.

A fan favourite Nazi Zombies mode makes a welcome return as well. Featuring a dedicated and unique cast, including the Ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant. The zombie's mode is so grand and complex now that it could quite easily stand alone as a game of its own, making this year's Call of Duty a must have for any fan of the First Person Shooter genre.

#2. Star Wars Battlefront 2

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Best Price: £44.49
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To tie in with the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode 8 "The Last Jedi", EA are releasing their 2nd iteration of the much loved Battlefront franchise. Created by the team behind "Battlefield", you can expect gorgeous backdrops and faithful attention to details. The sounds are absolutely spot on from the "Pew Pew" of a blaster to the screeching of an Imperial Tie Fighter.

The roster of heroes and villains has been expanded to include the newest additions to the franchise, Kylo Ren and Rey. But the biggest hype for a returning character is none other than the dual wielding, devil-horned Darth Maul.

Space Battles also make a highly anticipated return, they are truly epic. The scale of these battles is breathtaking, once again the sounds and environments that you find yourself in are totally immersive. This is the closest thing you can get to an authentic Star Wars game, and on top of that, there is a new Singleplayer story/campaign in which you play from the perspective of the Imperials. An interesting development for the franchise and well worth diving into for the extension of the original Star Wars saga.

#3. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds

Available: December 12th 2017

Best Price: £24
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Player Unknown Battlegrounds or "PUBG" for short, has taken the gaming community by storm. In a nutshell, consider it a shooter that combines influences from the "Hunger Games" and the original Japanese cult film "Battle Royale".

Players are spread out across a large map that gradually gets smaller and smaller as the timer runs out. The objective of the game is to be the last player standing, eliminate all other players with weapons or vehicles to emerge victorious.

Players are launched into the game by parachuting down into a huge map with various buildings and vehicles to loot. Since every player starts with nothing, it's up to you where you want to parachute down to first. Go for a big cluster of buildings where there may be more choice of armour and weapons? Or do you go to the hills and wait it out until you're forced to move? The choices you make can result in tense close-quarter moments and lengthy firefights spread across vast areas of the map. As well as some sheer hilarity when not everything goes to plan.

This game is not officially released yet, but due to its huge reaction on PC/Steam, the developers have continued to allow players to play the game before it's completion. For that reason, it's not the most stunning game you'll come across this year but the gameplay more than makes up for it. Its even better with friends, squad up and try and be the last team standing rather than going solo. There's currently a max player count of 100 on PC but it's not confirmed whether that will be the same for the Xbox One version. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic game to own that's miles away in terms of uniqueness from that of the blockbuster titles you see on this list.

#4. Destiny 2

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Best Price: £33.49
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The second instalment of the Sci-Fi Shooter franchise by Activision and Bungie, Destiny 2 is in a class of its own. You can read my "Before you Buy" article here for more detail Destiny-2-before-you-buy.

Destiny 2 has been out since the end of September and has a massive player base for you to engage, fight and explore with amongst an amazingly vivid solar system. For me, it's a fantastic online shooter that has a tonne of different weapons to earn and choose from. While it's loot based system is addictive and rewarding. Bragging to your mates about the new armour you received from a fallen enemy, racing your hoverbike through vast open landscapes and a big emphasis on team play are the main reasons why I would recommend this game.

#5. Overwatch

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Best Price: £36.90
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Overwatch has changed the E-sports genre for shooters. Made by the same developers who created League of Legends, Overwatch is the perfect example of the old saying "easy to learn, hard to master. It's a shooter that automatically becomes familiar to anyone who has played a shooter before, and when I say that I mean ANY shooter. The nest part about Overwatch is the diversity of characters you have to choose from which each has their unique weapons, abilities and movement. There is no "Create a Class/Loadout" that you would find on a conventional shooter such as COD or Battlefield. Instead, you choose from the character roster which is split into 4 categories. Offense, Defence, Tank and Support. An offensive character will have a stronger primary weapon than that of a defensive one. Whereas a tank will have significantly more health and armour, while a support character will have the ability to heal teammates. The game is completely online, so don't expect a singleplayer campaign at all, literally, there isn't one. This can be an immediate turn off for those who want a singleplayer experience to learn the ropes before stepping into the online world. Don't worry, there's a training mode where you play against AI. Once you're in though it will be hard to put this game down.

The balance of characters has been done so well in this game that you NEED teamwork to win a game. You cant pick the same character as one of your teammates and for good reason. The team needs a calculated approach towards picking the team if you all go offensive prepare to be decimated. This is why Overwatch has been taken on by E-Sports so well. It can be as simplistic and enjoyable to play as you like but if you want to succeed at the ultimate levels you'll need tactical knowhow and a pragmatic approach. A great game for any age bracket and a must have for any fan of shooters.

I hope you've enjoyed this article and that it has helped in your decision making this year!

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