If you listen closely, you can hear the sounds of gunfire, exo-suits, titan drops and supercharged abilities as our shooter game of the year award is on the horizon and quickly headed this way. As with every year, we had plenty of quality of titles to choose from since this genre is still probably the biggest among AAA games, but per usual, a few of them really stood out.
Coming in third place is the Xbox and PC exclusive, Titanfall. Hailed as a true next-gen experience long before people even had a chance to play it, Respawn’s first attempt at a new IP hit a positive note pretty much across the board. The pilot abilities and how quickly they moved really inserted a shot of adrenaline into the genre, and the titans added an entirely new layer to the fast-paced multiplayer combat style so many already loved. Pair that with Respawn’s fantastic support of the game with free content patches and new game modes, and Titanfall did indeed help set the pace for shooters on new hardware.
Arriving in second place was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which came with a finely crafted multiplayer experience that the franchise really needed after Ghosts disappointed many fans. The exo-suit somehow managed to make the gameplay even quicker, and additional aesthetic and load-out options sent the customization factor to new heights within the franchise. Oh, and did we mention Kevin Spacey? Yeah, he’s in the single player campaign and did a phenomenal job adding a lot of character to what Call of Duty has always done well, exciting set-piece moments.
Coming out on top this year was Destiny, Bungie’s first game since they left the Halo franchise and one that is still being played by many of us here at TSA. While even some of Destiny’s biggest fans admit that the game had its shortcomings, there’s something that just feels right about the mechanics, the loot and leveling system, the competitive multiplayer, and the feeling you get when you finally get past that level 28 raid with five of your buddies. It’s a feeling that has kept us coming back every week since launch and will likely keep us playing well into next year after all other shooters are firmly in the rearview mirror.
Destiny is TheSixthAxis’ Shooter Game of the Year.