Weekend Debate – First person shooters: love ’em or hate ’em?

I’m going to go out on a limb and hazard a guess that many of you will be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 this weekend. Please enjoy – I hear it’s a really strong entry in the series.

It’s amazing to witness a COD launch these days – it’s become a truly massive event in the entertainment calendar, and one that garners attention far outside the standard gaming media. No doubt we’ll hear extraordinary stats from Activision in the next week or so, revealing the staggering amount of players who’ve picked up the game this year.

Indeed, the first person shooter as a genre has becoming a dominant feature in the gaming landscape, in the same way that, say, platformers were in the ’80s and early ’90s. That said, there are plenty of gamers out there who just don’t get the appeal of the FPS. I wouldn’t quite put myself in that camp, but I certainly struggle to get into the majority of them.

So, your debate topic this week:

Do you love shooters? If so, why? Similarly, if you hate them, explain yourself!

I’ve got an apt prize on offer this week. The 10 most thoughtful posts get a download code for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on PS Vita. For more on the handheld entry in the franchise, see our recent interview with developer Nihilistic Software and check out the trailer below.

If your response is picked by our judges and you’re not a fan of the genre, I can offer a When Vikings Attack! code instead. Either way, good luck!

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I really love FPS games. I know that many people hate them today because of COD, but then why do people still play it? The campaign, the story and the multiplayer of FPS games have become more and more epic with each iteration. COD for example everytime blows my mind, campaign and singleplayer. BF3 has an amazing multiplayer mode and so does MOHW. I am still waiting for Far Cry 3 which looks “INSANE”. FPS has been with us for a long time and I think that it will stay with us forever and this is a good thing!


I like to image every single ‘helghast’ I meet is my boss so I can get rid of my days stress


Simply put shooters are a great genre as the tension you get from playing a game and relying almost purely on skill and deication to a game. This is even greater when you add in the team work aspect. Adding in the combination of splitscreen and online is the real fun aspect and I’ve enjoyed coop, team play and death match on many games. Uncharted 2 is still probably my fave this gen, although the CoD games have really revolutionalised the genre adding in great coop modes in spec ops and zombies. Shooters are generally the easiest to pick up and play for my friends to. Also i have to mention timesplitters because I want it to have a sequel or Hd collection.

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:19 pm    

    Right, time to announce some winners! First BLOPS Vita code here. Yep, I can fully get behind any game that prioritises skill and hard graft. Even if that leaves me out in the cold when it comes to online play – I stink at FPS!


I’m not a huge fan of First Person Shooters, apart from Call of Duty multiplayer because, as my friends are not huge gamers, this is the one game they will all play and it brings some of the best times playing with friends rather than just random players.

bidbaldwolf86 16 November, 2012 @ 5:10 pm   5

I like shooters but they aren’t my main gaming genre. That being said, shooters are good to have a blast on with multiplayer for a few hours. I never really get shooters for their story lines as the campaigns are usually very short but the online aspect is what has been worked on and is generally very good.

I may get flamed for this but the best online multiplayer experience I have had this gen has to be from CoD Black ops (I’ve yet to get the second). The modes and extras engaged me far more than any other shooter and were varied enough to keep me coming back. That’s a good sign that it has been done well

ryannumber3gamer 16 November, 2012 @ 5:14 pm   6

I wouldn’t say i would be a person who ‘loves’ FPS’ as i’m more of a platiformer fan but i do like and respect FPS’. I love Team Fortress 2 and the Cod games are very good and i have every one for PS3. I would be more of a Jak & Ratchet & Sly kind of fan but i do like Cod. It has a mix of different game modes and it has both multiplayer and World at War and Black Ops 1 & 2 has co-op and i love the new Tranzit mode in Black Ops 2 for Zombies. But it is also a lot of fun to play with friends. I love playing Zombies with friends because of how many funny moments you can have when they get scared by something or when you are all trapped in one room and are panicking about how you are going to get out. Multiplayer mode is loads of fun too, it’s always fun to get a load of kills and level up and unlock new stuff. Black Ops 2 has been loads of fun so far and i’m loving the new modes and story in it :D. So i would not say i love FPS’ but i really really like playing the games 🙂

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:21 pm    

    And another winner here. Agreed – zombies is a great play-with-friends mode, up there with FIFA.

jakster123x 16 November, 2012 @ 5:15 pm   7

Personally i do enjoy first person shooters but a lot of problems are arising nowadays that pretty much everyone’s aware of now – the modern day/ slightly-in-the-future military shooter.

As soon as Infinity Ward made CoD4 everyone stood up and took notice and it’s being emulated to this day, but no progress is being made. There’s a stealth section, you’ll snipe for a bit, have a go on the stationary MG, we’ll shout some military jargon at you for a second now. Come on.

Of course, games like Borderlands break the mould and are successful at doing so, but the majority don’t. Basically, First Person Shooters are enjoyable, but more TimeSplitters, Mirror’s Edge and Borderlands, and less CoD clones, please.


i didnt like FPS at first. i tried some, like half life, but never quite got the hang of it. i felt like my vision was very limited and i didnt really know what was going on around me. having grown up with the tomb raider series, i was sure i only liked third person games.

somewhat surprisingly, this changed with fallout 3. in fallout 3, you can switch between first- and third person view. of course, i put it on third person view and only sometimes, when needed, switched to first person. or so i thought! one day i played for hours and hours until i suddenly realized i had only been playing first person all the time! (and that if was 4 a.m.) i had gotten completely sucked in, i had felt like i was ‘in the game’ like never before. i didnt think about this being a game or what perspective i was playing with. i just walked around in the world fighting monsters, no questions asked.

i realized that when it comes to diving into the atmosphere of a game, first person can mean a great deal. so i got myself to trying more first person games, and came to love deus ex: human revolution. and now, thanks to ps+, i started playing crysis 2 and am having a wonderful time!

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:26 pm    

    The shooters I enjoy tend to be the ones with interesting or unusual gameplay systems, such as Mirror’s Edge or Crysis – which you pick out here. Great game. And I’ve got a special relationship with Fallout 3 as it lets me blow up my old Washington DC stomping grounds! Anyway, BLOPS code for you.

Coody-Baroody 16 November, 2012 @ 5:21 pm   9

I have to say that with shooters, FPS shooters anyway, i love AND hate them. Some of my greatest gaming memories have been on shooters. Like exploring Rapture for the first time on Bioshock, sailing up river in Vietnam to the Rolling Stones classic ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ (WOO WOO) in the first Black Ops. I have NEVER played a more atmospheric or entertaining level before or since, it was better than ANY scene in ANY Vietnam movie. So authentic.

Also, it was a shooter that really got me into gaming seriously. First playing DOOM nearly 20 years ago has always been a fond memory of mine.

But, at the same time, fps shooters can be the wrong type of experience for me, especially when going online in games like Call of Duty. There seem to alot more young kids playing these games online than other games and all you seem to get is abuse, foul language or forced to listen to their music theyve got playing.
Thats not the games fault as such I know but its still one of the main reasons i dont play online unless there are online trophies (of course)

So yeah, on the whole I have to say I love fps shooters, it is the most popular genre at the minute for a reason i think.


I love shooters. But then I love most genres of games. My issue with shooters at this moment in time though is how lazy developers have got. Take the new Call of Duty for example. It will sell by the millions – Activision know this. Treyarch know this. Very little thought has gone into making it an epic experience .. something an FPS needs to do.

Just look back at some of the real classics. Newer games don’t do that.

So yes, I love shooters. Love them. Just wish the developers would love them as much when making them.


I guess I love shooters for two main reasons.

They make me feel skilled. Executing a series of headshots in quick succession in any game is enough to make you feel like a badass. Online and off, it can take a lot of time to learn what your favourite weapon is and to reach your peak. But these games are often well balanced to make them accessible, so that any gamer can play and have fun.

The competitive nature of the genre when it comes to online, and the sometimes vast feature set these games have when it comes to splitscreen, co-op and many different multiplayer modes, is perhaps unrivaled when compared to other genres of games. Squad features, objective based modes and clans make it easy to play with friends or set up communities, which is where these games shine and means you get a lot of life out of them.

On the other hand, I hate shooters for ‘art’ reasons. The stories are often blockbuster type stuff, which is fine when you just want to chill out and play. However, many of the games are very similar in art style, music as well as story, so you can be left with a bit of ‘genre fatigue’, and such a large chunk of a games shop is taken up with games that are sometimes not very distinct from each other.

doomsday619 16 November, 2012 @ 5:25 pm   12

I like FPS but lately they are getting too samey. Each trying to copy each others ideas and not bringing anything original to the table.
I know World War 2 was over used last gen but i begging for it to make a comeback one of my favorite FPS games has to be Brothers In Arms Hells Highway.


Also to add to the above, I’m hopeful that as we move into the next gen we see more creativity in the genre (or even more FPS/RPG hybrids which I love!) and continuing support of features like splitcreen, co-op and MP so that the genre can stay interesting.


The FPS is one of the most important and memorable genres for me, i remember the day i first played wolfenstein 3d years ago, then the experience of playing the first doom online in 93/94 was mind blowing at the time and will always be remembered as one of my greatest gaming experiences ever, my top most influential shooters for me would have to be the likes of half life 2, goldeneye 007, perfect dark, quake 3, halo CE and doom

CometOnFire 16 November, 2012 @ 5:27 pm   15

I neither love or hate them. But then again I can really fall in love with fps if the stuff is right, and really hate the fps genre if the stuff is not there. For me to make an epic shooter game, there has to be some sort of meaning in it. Like a feeling of choice and consequence of your actions, so you don’t feel it’s just a mindless shooter. The story must a heart og be well thought out. I think too many shooter are just rushed throught, to give a quick fix. Mixing up the genres are always a plus in my book. For instance the rpg and shooter genre is a great mix. So I often demand a lot from a shooter game, for it to stick with me. And shallow loke-a–likes is being avoided

bennyrafal 16 November, 2012 @ 5:29 pm   16

i really liked only two titles Killzone 3 and Spec Ops The Line
great story, ZERO mindless killing.

Neither do I love them nor hate them. What I dislike is the game industry’s habit to focus on very few kind of games.

What is to like about all big budget titles relying on very few popular genres and game mechanics? Especially when all the money, time and manpower involved results in lacklustre copycat products? Innovation and creativity are scarce among shooters, they all rely on the same basics with very few characteristic differences.

But to be honest, all that isn’t a problem of the genre. Not even a specific problem of the games industry. Just watch Hollywood, TV or Music industry. Literature is pretty much the only exception in entertainment, where creative minds still rule over commerce.

So back to the shooters, they are as good, if not better, than any other genre out there. Their insane popularity, economic success and its results, there are the problems.

Chazzman476 16 November, 2012 @ 5:31 pm   18

I like shooters, I prefer 3rd to 1st person; and they are always better the more mobility and realistic the experience is. Like the COD games are for the most part incredibly realistic and easy to control, but a game like the first Resistance doesn’t fall into this category for obvious reasons.
At the same time, I always feel that they skimp on the story in shooters, obvious exceptions being things like Uncharted and Resistance; and with the market the way it is, it’s always a safe bet to make a shooter, as long as you can give it an entertaining story, relate-able characters and some type of gimmick that makes it stand out from the crowd; like special powers on the Bioshock series, dismemberment over head shots on Dead Space and even the ridiculously powerful weapons available throughout the Ratchet and Clank games.


I admit im not a HUGE fan of fps’s as most of the ones I have seen/played are just games that are dedicated for multiplayer (not my thing)as I’m a story man and love fps’s that make me keep that controller glued to my hands till I finish it 😀

Ones I do enjoy like far cry 2 are great (if not a little buggy) as what I liked about that game was the way you could wonder off into the wilderness and do whatever you wanted to do and it was fun. Same with the fallout series thats if they count as a FPS? im not sure but I like once again how they let you go off and do your thing in a open area.

Hopefully at some point when the price is right, is to catch up on some games like Borderlands 1 as I heard it was a great FPS and would fit my gaming interests greatly 🙂


I hate First person shooters because I really hate first person view in any game .. I like seeing my character and not just his hands & weapons

A_Nonny_Moose 16 November, 2012 @ 5:36 pm   21

I don’t like FPS games for the simple reason that I seem to be the only person in the world who’s rubbish at them. The only Call of Duty I’ve played is World at War, and parts of the campaign were close to fantastic, but I couldn’t even beat it on the easiest setting, honest to God. I got that part where you have to storm the Japanese castle and all the Japanese troops kept popping out of holes and kamikaze-ing me to death. Couldn’t get past it. What makes it worse is that my little sister really likes Call of Duty and is much better at it than me.

Similarly I recently got the chance to play Stranger’s Wrath, after a long break from the Oddworld series because I never had an Xbox. I got stuck at either the 2nd or 3rd boss and couldn’t get any further. Not a bad game but I was very bad at it.

So my totally unbiased reason for not liking first person shooters is that whenever I play them I just end up feeling emasculated. >_>

TalllPaul 16 November, 2012 @ 5:37 pm   22

I love shooters probably for the same reason I love action films, not necessarily the best storyline in the world but it is full of explosions, action, car chases etc which keeps me very entertained.

Out of FPS and third-person I prefer FPS games as they are more immersive when playing the game, especially through single player. Third Person are too hit and miss it seems and something which I can find annoying in third-person shooters is the camera angle and switching to shoulder to shoulder, don’t get me wrong there are good 3PS games like SOCOM but they are few and far between.

extermin8or_ 16 November, 2012 @ 5:38 pm   23

Well I like some FPS’s personally I’m more of a story guy my this generation in particular I’ve found that to an extent games now tell gripping narratives, self. fc FPS’s are clearly important and some often have great storylines. However multiplayer is where it’s at for FPS’s The view point of 3rd person games is cooler though I just love being able to see say Nathan drakes animations as he KO’s a character or climbs something.

Personally the more niche a fps the higher it’s quality probably due to restrictions developer’s working on existing IP’s have to follow old rules that they made up then if thy don’t want to you it’s their decision. Resistance 3 was worst selling of all resistance games yet the best by quite abit, but fps’s are suited to the multiplayer arena more so than third person games, the view point makes it easier/faster to react and get engrossed. However we do need more unique FPS’s that sell well because atm COD however good BO2 may be is starting to go abit stale and in time will need a total overhaul with everything new from scratch or a new game will have to take it’s place.

ExtremeGamer1995 16 November, 2012 @ 5:38 pm   24

I was going to get the new medal of honour but decided last minute that multiplayer fps games are boring. If I buy one I have to deal with people online (you know what I mean) and I always get tired of playing it quickly, even Battlefield 3. I then decided to stop buying fps’s they were just a waste of money, and then I remembered far cry 3. So yes I hate fps but only if they’re meant to be played online; single player ones are often better: half-life, deus ex, far cry. I can only think of 3 and they’re all great every fps game seems to be a multiplaer shooter and short single player.


‘TimeSplitters 2’ 😛 Was the best FPS for me. ‘KillZone 1/2/3’ i loved to but i find it boring playing COD online endlessly killing nobodies on the internet 😀 Nothing beats 4 player split-screen like the TS games did so well;)

element666 16 November, 2012 @ 5:40 pm   26

I used to love them,reliving stress after a hard day, but now struggle to enjoy them,I prefer a more rewarding experience with an RPG of somesort. I do play a few matches now and again though!

Rasmusjor1986 16 November, 2012 @ 5:41 pm   27

I love FPS, but i hate the fact that people can’t play a game without perks and special abillities – Im from the 90′ where CS was born, and it is all about skills, and only 1 chance. no respawn until everybody is dead. That is a real FPS! – that’s why im frustrated about CS:GO aint coming yet ;D

No skills, go home and practice! 😉


hey fred nice topic and one i feel i have shared my thoughts on quite a few times.

i personally cant get into fps games as a whole, i have tryed many times with modern fps games but they just never seem to take hold of me and i think this could be for many reasons.

first i suck at them online, yes thats right im happy to admit i have zero skill and my reflexes suck when it comes to online games and in singleplayer i stand in the open like im rambo and go into fits of rage when i keep dying lol.

i also feel they lack personality and its all generic war type settings which again just seems to do nothing for me 🙁

i used to enjoy playing games such as alien trilogy on ps1 (prob due to the fact i love alien)
i loved timesplitters 2 and i played the full thing co-op with my wife and we both loved it (this game had a great style and it was good fun)
i also enjoy borderlands but again this is not just a typical fps game.


    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:29 pm    

    Yep, agreed. More diverse backdrops are always welcome! Far Cry 3 looks like it might deliver in that regard…

    Anyway, congrats, code for you.


i say this alot on here i really want to like these games more as all my friends always play them and they look at me like i have the plague or something when i tell them i don’t like these type’s of games.

if im being totally honest i think the main reason for me not liking them is i suck and i don’t like to spend my hard earned cash on games i suck at so its a catch 22 situation really if i dont buy them and play them ill never get better and ill never start to like them.

V00D00CHARL1E 16 November, 2012 @ 5:47 pm   30

It depends how they are done. I’m a huge fan of ‘most’ FPS games, purely due to the feeling of actually being that person. But FPS as a genre can be divided up into many different catagories, again, each with varying degrees of success. Personally, I loved Mirrors Edge, not necessarily because of the execution, but what it was trying to achieve. Can this ‘style’ of FPS be put into the same catagory as games such as Borderlands, Doom, BF3, Duke Nukem, etc. All FPS games, all different styles, all with different appeal to different gamers.

Opt1mus76 16 November, 2012 @ 5:50 pm   31

I do enjoy FPS games now but that hasn’t always been the case. Prior to the PS3, Timesplitters was the only one that has really grabbed my attention.
When I got my PS3 I automatically bought Resistance hoping it would take FPS to a new level but whilst it was good, it wasn’t outstanding.
After seeing some reviews I decided to try CoD4:Modern Warfare. I was blown away but I was still wary of online so never ventured into it. I tried few other shooters whilst still staying within the comfort of solo campaigns. It was only when a few friends also bought Modern Warfare 2 that I finally gave in and joined them online. Wow! It changed my whole perspective of online games and FPS games. I’m still not very good but the competitive nature and the ranking system meant I was/am always trying to attain the next rank. The addition of human enemies makes it so much more challenging than the CPU.
Its not for everyone but its certainly a popular genre and shooters are dominating this generation. I don’t mind though because there’s some really good ones out there. Whether FPS games will maintain their dominance into the next gen remains to be seen but I won’t complain if the quality remains this high

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:31 pm    

    Man, another Weekend Debate littered with Timesplitter love. I approve 🙂

    Another code winner here!

supersmith2500 16 November, 2012 @ 5:57 pm   32

If I have to choose Call of Duty or Id Software’s shooters, I would have to go with Id Software’s FPS games because Doom is one of my most favourite shooters of all time and it still defines a classic. You just run to the exit shooting down hordes of hellspawn such as demons and zombies in your way before they get you. I have to say the class FPS were way better than the moderns we got now. Duke 3D, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D you name them. While I like the modern shooters as well, one thing that bugged me is the 2-weapon limit and many FPS had that formula such as CoD. Having 4 weapons is fine but 2 is just out of the question. To be honest, FPS games from the 90’s were WAY better than modern FPS.

Causton97 16 November, 2012 @ 5:58 pm   33

The thing that I love about FPS games is the variety that they offer. Some of them aren’t strictly fps games, they’re just games that can be played in a first person view!

One of the best examples of this is Fallout – offering a brilliant storyline, exploration of a massive game world and some quality missions, it has to be one of the best games to grace consoles this generation. Far Cry 3 will be launching soon and it looks much the same, exploration of a huge game world, quests, a great story! It seems very much a spiritual successor to Fallout!

Some of these games aren’t even focused on multiplayer or co-op at all. It just goes to show that you don’t need to be Call of Duty to offer a great FPS experience!

supersmith2500 16 November, 2012 @ 6:00 pm   34

Oh and if I win the debate, give me the When Vikings Attack code instead because I played on COD:BO Declassified and I hated it. Did you not know that the metacritic for it is 29%?

chrisboers 16 November, 2012 @ 6:03 pm   35

I don’t hate FPS as such, but I do hate the entire scene that comes with it. First of all, I don’t play competitive Multiplayer games at all, because, as a father, husband and employee, I simply don’t have the time to get good enough to compete with those fully dedicated to the genre.
Second, I have to admit, that I I’m really not that good at it at all, so even with a lot of practice, I would still finish last.
Third, the very concept of FPS makes me literally seasick. I can’t stand to play it on a big screen for longer than an hour or so.
Still, I DO like the Single Player part of the genre. I’ve played all CoD games, Farcry, Crysis, and Battlefield, but mostly the Single Player. I also have CoD: BO2, but I’ll take my time to finish the SP of that one.

So, I don’t ‘hate’ it, it’s just that I’m not dedicated enough for the online part of it.

That said, the smaller screen of the PSP/Vita happens to be quite good to not suffer from seasicknes (I played Battlefield on the PSP a lot), so I’m definitely open to getting a CoD Black Ops Declassifies key! It would be a nice breather for my forced BO2 downtime 🙂


I used to love FPS when I could play 4 player splitscreen (it seemed to require more skill and strategy than modern “twitch shooters”)but having a family means my game time is limited so i much prefer an original and exciting single player experience as even with all the levels and perks of modern multiplayer I need more of a solid feeling of progression. I would take issue with the apparent “cloning” of fps games but I only play the ones I’m interested in and there are plenty of other games if I want something different.

yorkypud1976 16 November, 2012 @ 6:13 pm   37

personally in 50/50 on FPS games, single player i enjoy the genre but online for me gets a big thumbs down. For me games such as COD have always had a extremely steep learning curve and the constant abuse and name calling down my headset ruin any fun i may be getting from the game. Sure getting a kill can be fun but it usually involves me suffering countless deaths and respawns before i get one and i’ll end up with the lowest score in the game 99.9% of the time. I kno most people relish in the challenge but its not for me so i’ll stick to my single player mode and my online passes for these games will stay untouched in the box


This is a very interesting debate, and I’m looking forward to reading the different comments.

For me, this question is too simlified. I can’t think of a single genre where I hate every game, or a genre where I love every game. Saying “I love FPS” is almost like saying “I love food”. If someone told me that, I would ask; “Okay.. Which FPS do you love?”.

Because FPS has indeed become such a broad genre due to its popularity. You will find atmospheric RPG FPS games like Fallout, addicting multiplayer games like Battlefield and Call of Duty, open world predator like action from Crysis, and everything in between. You even have completely different takes on the genre with incredible puzzle experiences such as the Portal series. You will also find a fair share of games that didn’t quite captivate everyone in the way the developers had hoped.

Considering you probably want an answer, I would say I’m leaning more to the love it side. FPS games have been a great innovator in recent years in terms of multiplayer, atmosphere and graphics.

I especially admire the games made by Valve, Crytek and DICE!

GarethUbuntu 16 November, 2012 @ 6:32 pm   39

I love First Person Shooters. Why? Because of the immmersion. First Person Viewpoints in general provide the most immersive gameplay experience. You no longer play as a character, you become the character. You become immersed in the world around you, seeing it from a limited perspective. In first person Gordon Freeman, Adam Jensen, Alex Mason, Soap McTavish, Corvo Atano and many others no longer exist because you have become them. Thier backstory is thrown away and you get to start anew. It’s this beauty of seeing, living and exploring a world from a human perspective that makes first person shooters and other games with a first person perspective appealing and wonderful.


I love Fps ! I buy most of them and i platinum all of them 🙂
Since i first got my pc and started to play quake 3 to today, just after getting off from work and starting up my ps3 with Black ops 2.
It’s something that envelopes you and entangles you in to the world that you dive in to.
It’s something that for me it differentiates itself from third person shooters. You can’t be the character. It’s not immersion unless it’s fpp .
People hate fps because it’s popular, but it’s popular because it’s the best way to show you the game.


I LOVE THEM! why? Because you can do what you cant do in real life, T-BAG COD kids 😀 (after shooting them in the brain of course)

dezzaranks 16 November, 2012 @ 6:45 pm   42

How can you not like FPS games.After a hard day at work/school,or what ever else you do during the day,and with everything life can throw at you,coming home,tapping your ps button on your controller and loading up your favourite FPS(mine is and will always be MAG) and killing some ‘red-dots’…Although this was not always the case as i came from a sports gaming background,but wont be returning any time soon.


Ever since Doom I have absolutely adored first person shooters. I find the viewpoint really immerses me in the game and this generation has spoiled me rotten with FPS after FPS… and that became the problem. They all felt the same after a while, I started to find them becoming stale and felt I’d been there, done that too often. I had completely over-dosed and needed a break.

The break has done me good. In the space of a few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed Doom 3 and Modern Warfare 3 (a bit late to the party). With both of those I felt the old feelings start to surface but I’m being careful, I don’t want to fall into the same trap.

vonhammer 16 November, 2012 @ 6:48 pm   44

I love the perspective,but bored with the modern military shooter.I really hope SOE can get planetside 2 on the next PS hardware with no compromise a launch.

How can you not want to play this day one on a systems launch.

Nazar_Ops 16 November, 2012 @ 6:50 pm   45

I gotta admit, i do love shooters. But for me, FPS games starting to get bad rumors and getting bashed, and i am one of them. Why? Because games like COD makes me so mad. Ever since MW2 came out, it was an huge success and it changed the gaming industry.

Sure, everybody wants to make an successful FPS game. But things dont go that way. Other developers (including First Party Devs for PS3) are infected by the COD cancer. They remove the good things out of their games and trying to make their games similar to COD.

Its ok if they made a tad similarity to COD. But no, they remove server browsers, custom servers and so on. And those are the good stuff about the FPS games, like Killzone 2 for example. I think Killzone 2 is very unique and it has it own style. The Multiplayer is customizable and you can set your own rules.

But then Killzone 3 came out. And it was a disapointing sequel. Every good thing about Killzone has taken out. Server list, Custom servers etc..


I’ve gone from love to hate, I loved the old days of quake and unreal tournament. I think they have largely been ruined for me this gen by people commentating while they play and the fact that I just don’t have the time anymore to be good at multiplayer. However i Can be drawn in by a good single player. I really enjoyed bulletstorm

I’m not crazy about 95% of FPS because they all do the same thing. However, I don’t hate them since I know a lot of people only play FPS and get a great deal of enjoyment out of them. My only problem with them (or maybe shooters in general) is that the breadth/range of games has decreased to make room for it. Now granted, this could be a faze like the anthropomorphic platformer craze of the 90’s, but I often feel like instead of using the gameplay type as a mode of delivery for a game. It is where developers start and build a game from that. I.E. we’re going to build an FPS versus we’re going to build this game and it would work best as an FPS. For me it’s all about storyline and how the gameplay keeps me enthralled with that storyline. This is why I enjoy the Killzone series, the BioShock series, and the Borderlands series. Though having humor is great like in Borderlands or Duke Nukem.

Stonesthrow 16 November, 2012 @ 6:59 pm   48

I love FPS because the controlls are (supposed to be) responsive and accurate. This initially made this my favorite and most played action genre, and I used to averse from third person games for the lack of that responsiveness (thankfully Uncharted came around.) The immersion is another thing, it really makes you feel like you’re the character on screen, experiencing it all for yourself. On the other hand, I do think the TPS genre does a better job at character development, and you have more of a feel with the character because you constantly see him/her/it.


I personally love a good shooter, from the moment I began with Splinter Cell! They have a certain addictive characteristic that not many other genre’s have in the way that the online gameplay is never repetitive and the variety of skill and techniques required for missions and the insanely fun online gameplay that is unique to the shooter category! For me shooter’s provide a quick way to get an intense, crazily addictive gaming fix, with usually (For Both the COD games and Uncharted as they are two personal favourites!) both creative, story lines and simply brilliant, intense gameplay! The online and coop modes are closed to unrivalled in terms of the variety of game modes.

With playing Uncharted on Vita I can see why the hardware is just perfect for all game modes! The dual analog sticks just make portable FPS’s specifically just unbelievable! And that’s not taking into account the super gorgeous graphical capabilities, i’ve wanted to get Black Ops De-Classified, but couldnt, hopefully this may help 🙂

speeking of shooters please sony could you tell your support staff that not every 1 playes cod my ps3 froze yesterday thought it might be faulty so phoned sony told them about fault the first thing he says is its my cod game i thought realy thats funny i dont own 1 never will he also asked me how i like mp on cod I DONT OWN COD SO could u plz tell your staff this plz

DoYouLikeMyID 16 November, 2012 @ 7:15 pm   51

I have nothing against the FPS genre, I actually like FPS games like Team Fortress 2, and likewise fastpaced FPS games. However, I think games like Call of Duty and Battlefield (And all those military-simulation type games) are;

unorignal, slow-paced, uncolourful, repetitve, boring, unimpressive, generic, mediocre & generally overrated.

Great job making a debate where you can win a code you just explained you didn’t want btw… If it wasn’t obvious, I don’t really want it.

i might add this has happened on a few ocations

iSabreman 16 November, 2012 @ 7:25 pm   53

I loathe FPS games

1, They bring out the worst in gamers.
2, Campaigns are often very short.
3, FPS characters swear every 5 seconds & are impossible to care about, infact you are tempted to shoot them !
4, 99% of them will be forgotten about in 12 months.
5, Total lack of decent storyline, highly predictable.
6, Full of stereotypes.
7, Have so many patches that they are almost as big as the game itself.

I could go on but I think I should stop now !

dark_angel69 16 November, 2012 @ 7:25 pm   54

I love them but sometimes i don’t like them. Playing shooters is like watching an action movie. Surely every now and then you might want to take a break from it and have a change so would watch a horror, comedy, etc. Same with games I like the action in it but sometimes get bored with them when there is too much of the same thing.

There is way too many of them. Need new things to try out. Having a break from the same kind of game can make you come back again later and enjoy it all over again.

And yes at the moment i’m playing CoD:BO2 a lot. Not so much of the multiplayer but mainly the zombies. Story is amazing too so going to replay it again.

R3dC3llTran3 16 November, 2012 @ 7:31 pm   55

I still remember when i was young playing Wolfenstein and Doom. When the first KILLZONE came out i was addicted to it also MOH and COD i love WW2 games ever since i got addicted to FPS games i got all KILLZONES and COD, Battlefields etc. Well why do i love FPS games?
All started in 1997 with Wolfenstein i played it for so many hours that i got addicted to it ever since i had to play all FPS games out there, i loved FPS games so much that i started to practice AIRSOFT and the games also gave me knowlage to do it. What i love in a FPS is the first person perspective that it gives of the gaming world and environment through the eyes of the protagonist, nowadays the protagonists are fully realized and conceptualized beings which will definitely hit a chord with players.
Also i have fun on multiplayer with my friends or alone, when i play with them its for fun we can pass hours laughing because what happens on the game, when i play alone things get more serious sometimes i think iam Rambo 😀 just kidding. Iam glad they bringing FPS games to the vita because FPSes are one genre that has evolved and gotten better with the passing of time and is a mainstay in the gaming industry for at least decades to come.

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:32 pm    

    Yes, happy memories of tracking down all those secret doorways in Wolfenstein at a mate’s house. BLOPS Vita winner here.

Shadow-Man_EU 16 November, 2012 @ 7:31 pm   56

Personally speaking, I don’t “hate” First Person Shooters. I just don’t like open warfare kamikaze-style shooters.

What I meant is, First Person Shooters are becoming very stale this generation. Gone are the days when FPS games were original, thoughtful and unique.

MAG is an amazing example to toss here. MAG puts you with a team of 127(!!) other players in a massive tactical and teamwork based battlefield where the objective isn’t just about killing sprees and destroying the enemy. It’s about teamwork, using mics and planning to ambush the enemy’s resources. THIS is why I love FPS games. The joy of playing a whole 30-minute match with your heart pounding every second of it trying your best to win the very close match; it’s those moments that define gaming.

Another great example of a great teamwork-based game is BATTLEFIELD: Bad Company. This game is my first attempt at online multiplayer(s) on PS3 and it definitely is one of my favorite games. I had so many great memories playing that game. Whether it’s destroying the enemies’ (gold) crates or defending your own, riding the tanks or flying helicopters, this game was an absolute blast to play.

Shadow-Man_EU 16 November, 2012 @ 7:31 pm   57

(CONTINUED) As I demonstrated above, I absolutely love teamwork-based FPS game-play. The lack of this genre (or rather sub-genre) this generation is why i don’t play FPS much often. It’s just rare to find such games nowadays and developers do not want to risk it; they’d much rather create CoD-based game-play where anyone can pick up and play, even my 12-year-old brother who have never played an FPS before. I respect that, and I’m not blaming them.. after all those games (MAG and such) haven’t got the recognition they really deserve.

i think shooters should be a bit more like bfbc1 (story) that has a nice bit of humour to it also u could relate to the characters most shooters now is mostly about some sort of revenge plot or some dude wanting to blow up the earth we could do with somthing a bit more entertaining i think game developers like dice and activion r just pulling strings now and laughing all the wat to the bank they need to do somthing new not cod mw4 or bf4 somthing copletly difrent but then ppl would still buy because of the logo i think ppl r scared to try somthing new the game developers no this to

PolyEvolver 16 November, 2012 @ 7:38 pm   59

I have been a big fan of fps over the years and yes of course COD. I think now after the amount of fps games out there which copy COD’s format it’s very hard to find a genuinely cool game that hasn’t been done to death. I played COD so much I just can’t look at it anymore and when I stopped playing it I actually found myself thinking I was done with fps foolishly, it can get to a stage with COD where it seems as if it’s the only shooter ever made. So after many a boring playthrough of other titles in the fps genre I became even more jaded. Then PlayStation plus graciously handed to me Borderlands which really invigorated my blood lust. Bravo I say, if I hadn’t got that for free my interest in fps would have wanned into obscurity and I would have stuck to my rpg games. I believe it’s a great genre the whole fps thing because it’s true competitive gaming and who doesn’t love to fire a gun at the avatars of some candy ass gamer somewhere who bows to your impressive skills. It has to be said without fps the gaming industry on the whole would be a much different maybe even less relevant part of our entertainment lives. Also when it comes down to the brass tax FPS SELLS CONSOLES !.

Bobopudge123 16 November, 2012 @ 7:45 pm   60

I started of as a fan of the multiplayer side of shooters (COD) and then after three of them, got a bit burnt out mainly because as they got more famous, they started becoming a bit more accessible and little kids (squeakers) started becoming more common. But this has really been a blessing in disguise. I have played some awesome games recently, Splinter Cell, Uncharted 3 to name just a couple. However with Black Ops 2, I’m really tempted to go back to multiplayer and more ZOMBIES. Basically, always been a fun of FPS just my taste in which part of FPS has evolved and is about to complete a cycle, the Circle of Life. Getting a free code for for Black Ops Declassified will really help too

Shifty_Geezer 16 November, 2012 @ 7:46 pm   61

“Love them or hate them.” Or, like them in moderation like every other genre? I don’t mind a bit of FPS like Borderlands along with my other varied games. The genre (and TPS) has been overdone this gen, but it seems each generation has its strongest genre – 3D platforming with PS1. Racing with PS2. Shooters with PS3. I’d like to see a return to the diversity of the 16 bit computers, with their invention of god games, amazing puzzlers, RTS, quirky and inventive takes on older ideas, etc.

I’ll add that I hate the implementation of competitive multiplayer in online shooters. There’s an entrenched philosophy that pits noobs and less capable players against veterans to be cannon fodder. There’s no balance, unlike every other sport or game where people are pitted against like abilities in fair contests. This has been the biggest turn-off for me regards any shooter, and after dabbling with MAG, Uncharted, Killzone 2, and a few others, being on both ends of base camping, spawn killing, and overpowered play (where I always give my opponents a fighting chance when on the overpowered winning side), I’ve learnt online utterly sucks except for cooperative gaming.


I’m currently playing Okami right now, with a comment on my friendslist which kindly states “Okami>PaintDry>BLOPS2.
Not because I hate CODs mind, just because most people tend to complain for lack of innovation yet gravitate towards the “popular” while disregard classics such as titles with an insane amount of innovation like Okami.
Which might I add to this day hasn’t been topped in how EPIC a story can actually get If you put the time in.

Oh and theres no guns or killing whats so ever…. funny that right?




To be quite honest, I love shooters! However, theres been an increasing decline in quality FPS games and somehow I think developers need to think outside the box for a change!

Think about it, we have the COD series, Battlefield series, Doom, Killzone, Resistance etc. Although some of these series have brought inovation to the table, none of them actually brings a real story that makes me as a gamer, really interessted. I think that the games multiplayer/multiplayer is to blame for this, as this is the only thing that keeps games alive these days. How about COOP? (Yeah i know that resistance: fall of man, and killzone 3 has coop) or a leaderboard function that ranks playthrough time etc? Or even a story that make gamers such as myself cry?

I would really like to see a fps that 1. Has a gripping story and memorable characters 2. Brings new features to the table 3. Is reasonably priced.

Innovation seems to have stagnated, although the crysis series has the nanosuit which is kind of cool, and Far cry 3 seems promising, cant really say yet!



I’m not a fan of fps’s. Most of them lack story. When I was young only adventures had stories and I loved them (Magnetic Scrolls games anyone?). The rest was mostly platforming. When the fps game it tried a bit of story but it almost never took off. The third person shooter is something different (uncharted).
I love everything with a story, I played Killzone and Resistance and some of them had great stories but the gameplay is a bit boring.
Thats how I feel about fps, boring.

ukcrazyguy 16 November, 2012 @ 8:11 pm   65

Best genre around and some of the best gaming experiences. Going into battle kitted out with guns il never shoot in real life, exploring mars with a shotgun blowing away demons, fighting zombies with an Uzi. The first time I played through half life is a memory that will be with me forever, I actually felt I was there and lets not forget rapture in bioshock, or fallout 3 wondering the waste lands. There are a lot of generic shooters appearing over the last few years which are getting tiring but then there are the golden few which easily make up for it


I play fps games quite often and I find that the ones that focus more on atmosphere and environment (especially destructable ones) and story are the best as they in gross you the most. I have to admit I’m not a big fan of the cod franchise though as I find that they are a bit short and non-destructable. As you can probably guess from that, that means I prefer shooters that allow more destruction like battlefield. I’m not particularly fond of RPG fps games either as I find that they endings to them are not very good (hello RAGE) and if an ending isn’t very good then it destroys the game for me. I also find that shooting games bring out some of the worst aspects of games though, as they sometimes have rubbish stories, fairly bad graphics and no replay value but others go past this and bring some of the best games made.

dogwalker4000 16 November, 2012 @ 8:23 pm   67

I’m more of an ex-boyfriend to FPS’. My love for them has dwindled but occasionally I’ll see one and have a play with it until I get bored again.

I 1st fell in love playing the original MoH on the PC, that game was wicked and I got addicted pretty badly. I played a lot of FPS on the PC, Wolfenstein, CoD, MoH, Doom, the list could go on and on. For me that was when FPS excited me, now with each new skinned CoD that comes along I’m losing more and more interested. I’m kinda sick of the modern day setting of the standard shooters now, bring back WWII I say.

S-o-h-a-i-l 16 November, 2012 @ 8:23 pm   68

Simple answer – yes.

I’ve been an early fan of the genre, with games such as Quake, Rainbow Six & Goldeneye putting me in the eyes of the protagonist I control. As the genre evolved and standard norms developed (i.e. cinematics) my opinion on it hasn’t changed. There is something so brutal and somewhat deep in watching the pain you inflict first hand, not being able to put a face on the character you control (even when there is one), that you can’t feel in a game such as say Uncharted. Compare the experience of hanging on a ledge with a fast thinking hero to stabbing the eyes of a Helghast soldier. Tell me you didn’t feel the pain and anger in the prison segment of Resistance 3, or feel the true effects of the ‘would you kindly’ sequence in Bioshock.

The FPS genre may be the most hated, but I appreciate it for what it is.

S-o-h-a-i-l 16 November, 2012 @ 8:26 pm   69

lol it’s so obvious bits have been cut out of my answer – blast you word limit ! 🙁

ESPGANESAIII 16 November, 2012 @ 8:28 pm   70

I love what they were, i’m not overly keen on what they’ve become.

It’s no longer about the single player, all i see FPS’ as now is multiplayer cash cows trying to copy COD instead of doing something different. Sit me down in front of Skulltag or ZDoom with a bunch of WADS and i’ll play for hours and hours but COD, Battlefield? Not a chance, they all do the same thing and one is trying to be the other. The single player on the first MW was cracking and it went downhill from there. I hope they can get out of this COD copying rut and get back to making great games like Painkiller, E.Y.E, Quake, UT and DOOM.

Also FPS’ are best played with mouse and keyboard, no compromise.

Alex-1124 16 November, 2012 @ 8:31 pm   71

You’ve got to love ’em, the gaming calendar is full of them! My love for FPS games started way back in the N64 days (as I’m sure it did for many others) playing the classic GoldenEye or Perfect Dark with 3 other mates on a tiny TV :).

I grew up playing those kind of games and have very fond memories so I’m bound to always love them, they’re games you can pick up and play as all you need to know is how to walk and shoot and you’re away, no long tutorials or baby steps, just straight to the point with lots of action!

Nelsonslb1991 16 November, 2012 @ 8:33 pm   72

love them, mainly multiplayer military games. unfortunately most companies are greedy and rush games and they milk the game like cod or ruin it like battlefield. cod keeps the formula intact but doesn´t innovate. battlefield tries to innovate(but fail), but destroy´s there formula and ignore the old franshice fans. i like killzone but it´s not at halo level. sony should improve killzone or make a new fps military franshice. battlefield have so much potencial but dice ruins it. sony should use this potencial and make a better, improved and innovative battlefield 2.

This is probably a weird answer, but I find FPS games a little disconcerting to play because of the perspective. Given that there are generally people striving to shuffle you off the mortal coil, I feel that I want to flick my eyes to the side, and perhaps catch a glimpse of an oncoming foe in my far peripheral vision.

But, short of having a curved screen or a three screen set-up, there isn’t really a way to replicate this action naturally and subtly in the game. You can of course rotate the camera, but this isn’t quite the same thing. In real life you don’t have to do anything to make use of peripheral vision. Somehow, this makes the games much more unnerving for me.

Third person shooters arguably give you too great a field of vision, but I can live with that!

Phala1234 16 November, 2012 @ 8:46 pm   74

I have always loved First Person Shooters.
Mostly because they are fast fun that you can have with friends.
And these kind of games are really improving my reflexes and focusing cabability. The reason FPS is domination is probably because how the 3d graphics and animations have developed since the 90s.
There’s almost nothing better than BEING the eyes of your characters.
Doom and and Counter Strike are some really good memories.
I wouldn’t mind a First Person Uncharted.
😀 Parkouring as Nathan Drake in First Person perspective would be AWESOME!

matirishhh 16 November, 2012 @ 9:16 pm   75

That may sound bizarre but good shooter is the one that
has a good story. Scenario is the key element that can keep me interested, not by the mechanics, but the motivation behind pulling the trigger.

Even Shakespeare said something about the shooters:
“Shoot or not to shoot that is the question” or was it something else? :]

Cannot abide the mass produced, annually farmed out shooters, but totally accept that the genre can produce fantastic experiences. If this were to strike a chord and win, please donate the value of the prize to charity.


FPS are great! I played my 1st one when I was 10 and that was Quake!
From here I was hooked! I moved onto Duke Nukem 3D and then onto COD! Memories of playing 18 games when 10 make me laugh thinking of how hard it is for 18 games to even be released!
I must admit about a year ago (MW3), I had enough of FPS! Played to many in that year and I think I boycotted them for a whole year and I think the 1st one I played was Resistance Burning Skys on Vita (Thanks to SONY for the freebie!) After playing this my love for them came back, then Blops 2 trailer came out with Borderlands 2 and BOY, the love for FPS came flooding back!
So do I love or hate them?
LOVE THEM! Even if a lot are the same structure – it is the story that counts!!

😀 😀


LuckierParadox 16 November, 2012 @ 10:02 pm   78

I……LOVE FPS!!! =D (edited version – please see full version here: )
Why? O.O Playing a FPS game(like say Bad Company 2)& using Real life weapons, & sounds, & camouflage, & stealth tactics is LOTS of FUN, & the thing about FP games(like GT5 as well)is, you are put IN the action – you are not ‘looking on’ like with other types of games, & therefore you get a more immersed feeling – ESPECIALLY when using 6.1 surround(not virtual)…
I have been startled by enemies, Felt the need to run & jump away from grenades, Felt the rush when falling(in Dust 514 & Battlefield 3)& like in GT5, Felt the speed when racing & the anxiety, when sliding off the track, crashing, etc(with Emphasis on FELT & not witnessed)…
First Person Shooters Put You In The Game, & Allow You To Better\Truly Experience, The Experience(LOL), as opposed to, looking on, as another experiences, which simple put, it the difference between Looking, at a Football game, & Playing said Football game…

There are both shooters I like a lot and shooters I don’t really care for.

For me to enjoy a shooter, it need to have a good story and preferably some unique setting. Games like Bioshock. Some mystery you help to uncover is a good thing too, quite fond of the first FEAR, but unfortunately think that FEAR2 and FEAR3 fell very flat.

While games like Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield and so on, are all rather bland and boring to me.

For me the best shooter of 2012 is Binary Domain, visiting the futuristic cyberpunk Tokyo and shooting those robots to tiny bits is simply very fun, and that the story is interesting doesn’t hurt either. I enjoyed Dishonored even more, but it’s not really a shooter unless you play it as one and I enjoyed playing that game as a sneaking pacifist more. These games that do offer gameplay choices though, are truly brilliant games and above the rest, and unfortunately there are only Dishonored and Deus Ex: Human Revolution that fit into these this console generation, and Deus Ex failed a bit with it too because of the poor boss battles in the game.

CoolRichy008UK 16 November, 2012 @ 10:31 pm   80

FARCRY3 is gonna be amazing because

1 big tropical island
2 do missions how you want
3 explode the islands
4 and loads more


Love ’em. Always have, Was playing Wolfenstein 3D when i was still in first school, soon graduated to Duke Nukem and Blood, went from there


I can’t say I love shooters, I can’t say I love any game. What I love is characters and story in a good mix with gameplay. I remember back in the days, in a galaxy far far away (My bedroom) where I started getting into the FPS-genre with Far Cry. I didn’t play it much because it was an FPS, but rather for, what I thought, the amazing environments and the sence of freedom. I do love the first person perspective in games such as Skyrim because it feels much more immersive than many other perspectives. I purchased a Vita on launch and and I haven’t got a first person shooter for it yet, so here’s my addition to the competition. My Vita needs to feed at long last. Please feed it Black Ops: Declassified 😀

Agamer2006 16 November, 2012 @ 10:50 pm   83

While I dont hate shooters, there are only a few that I would enjoy playing. Story is key for me, without it them im just playing level apon level just shooting bad guys. A shooter needs a well developed story plot with a good beginning, a good middle and an explosive end.

I hate story’s that play on stereotypes, give me an interesting well developed main character and even an enemy who has a strong part to play in the story and a personality unique to that one character. I want to be driven to play on to the next level, not abandon single player to jump on multiplayer.

HitmanSB07 16 November, 2012 @ 10:50 pm   84

I wouldn’t necessarily say that I love shooters. They certainly become a tired formula, due in no small part to Activision’s yearly iteration of their money cow of a franchise. Due to other developers seeing this, it seems to push them to make their games more like Call of Duty, leading to a lack of originality in the genre.

Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not that I don’t like them, nor is it that I don’t like Call of Duty. Despite their lack of originality i’m still a fan (if it ain’t broke and all that) at times. I’ve loved games such as Crysis 2 online and others which use the perspective such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Bioshock.

However, despite all of this I think it can only get worse as it goes on. Companies use the same old formula, consumers eat it up and it sells more than the other innovative titles, making the former seem more successful. If only the fps giants would change up their games even a little, the entire gaming industry would be better off I feel.

I love first person shooters especially these days because unlike the old days the graphics are much better and the guns and other stuff are cool and more advanced

born2destroy 17 November, 2012 @ 12:29 am   86

Myself personally i prefer 3rd person shooters due to my love for the Socom franchise on PS2 where my online gaming started, i feel that 3rd person shooters bring a more tactical sense of online gaming to the table as players don’t tend to run and gun as much and work together as a team using headsets to communicate.

However you can’t beat a bit of a fps. From call of duty fast paced action shooter to the mass demolition of MAG it helps to relieve stress and have a laugh with your mates.

Shooters have become a main selling point of games consoles which is no surprise considering myself and many others online gamers love a bit of competitive shooting to see who is the best slayer 😉

mellan_Konsten 17 November, 2012 @ 12:42 am   87

In my opinion it’s getting harder and harder to not like a whole genre.

Take for example the fps genre. If you don’t like battle field or Cod you can still play games like bioshock and dishonored and if you don’t like shooting People at all you can still play games in first person, like unfinished swan or portal.

I am happy to live in a time where there is a game for everyone and it breaks my heart to see how some gamers have started to act like religious fundamentalists or hooligans.

What is wrong with allowing people to have their own opinion on a game?

I don’t like every game i play, but i can’t imagine the day when I’m all out of games in my “pile of shame”

I like a good fp

mellan_Konsten 17 November, 2012 @ 12:53 am   88

I love a good fps, but i hate the idea of making entertainment a sport.


FPS are the worst game genre. the first one you play is moderately fun sure but anyone with even a minor sense of intellect can see that its just the same recycled garbage over and over with different graphics. not to mention the fact that every single one of them can be finished in under 5 hours (im looking at you cod) when in my opinion for a game to have any worth it needs to be around 30+ hours at least. the main reason they get so much praise is because of multiplayer but that isnt even remotely fun because everyone on it is an absolute nerd, ive seen kill cams in cod where 2 seconds after spawning someone will throw a knife over the entire map, over two buildings, and hit me in the head and i mean even if you are THAT good, wheres the fun in repeatedly shooting the same people over and over?

its an automatic assumption for me that anyone playing call of duty or battlefield is under the age of 14 so i delete them because anyone that is over that age and still loves them was either dropped on their head as a child and obtained an IQ in the lowest percent or doesnt own any other game and so has no other choice, either way i wouldnt want them on my friends list.


also please stop with all the fps games with playstation plus. ratchet and clank this month has been the most fun ive had from a plus game in a while, and i dont even like ratchet and clank.

DayDr3emrs 17 November, 2012 @ 1:42 am   91

I’m only new to the FPS genre, for years I would avoid them and wasn’t really interested at all. Then came battlefield 3. Out of boredom and wanting to play something new I picked this up and very glad I did.
It introduced me to a new way to play with others online, trying to work together and be part of a team.
Really glad I got it because it opened my eyes to alot of great games I would have missed out on like Borderlands 2 and yep, Call of duty.

O1d8oy_23 17 November, 2012 @ 1:45 am   92

I love FPS! Some maybe less but I play them since Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake so I’m pretty picky when it comes to FPS.
I love them because of the speed of the game and the adrenaline which is produced when playing multiplayer. No other type of game give such a kick. These are the games where immersion is most felt because of the first-person view.


i love but to many fps = not good

sony mistake = rong memorie usage in 2 pieces ( give 1 unite block where devlopers use howh them need , tem wil have lesser problems like freezes …. .( ps4 = 4gb ram min )

ps3 games compatibel + 450 – 499€ price

next gen 64 players full 180 i/p 60 fps standart

i hate quike scope lozers


edit 180 = 1080

LoftyMatt 17 November, 2012 @ 2:14 am   95

I was never really into shooting games until I played call of duty world at war at a friends. after playing that and being introduced to the online Warzone of fun and zombies I decided to buy it and start my craze for the call of duty franchise. I bought it for the Wii as we had just bought one and although it was good the online mode was pretty poor. because of this I shelled out for my ps3 and a copy of world at war. I loved it. I bought all the add ons and bought all the games upto now and before this game I was against shooting games. I think in the right hands shooting games can be good fun (and as they are meant to be played for fun!!)

I love first person shooters but i think they should do 3rd person modes like mw2 did… On the subject of COD, I don’t see the reason why people play it rather the Battlefield it is better in everywa, I even like zillzone better but i dont think many will agree at that lol

AshishSahoo 17 November, 2012 @ 2:40 am   97

For me, shooters are like a guilty pleasure. I made a rule for myself that I would not do anything in games unless the game gives me a good enough story to justify the actions I will be performing. But most shooters have a paper-thin story, still the guns and shooting never gets old. I hope I can someday find a rational response to my love of shooters.
But for now, all I can say is they are fun, and I play video games for fun 🙂

first person shooters are awesome. I have call of duty black ops callof duty world at war and call of duty mw3 and they are al really good games. Definatelly going to get black ops 2

PayaV87eng 17 November, 2012 @ 3:16 am   99

The first FPS I played was Shadow Warrior on PC, and I’m still playing them, so I guess I could be considered an FPS or a shooter fan. But I always thought that I’m more of a video game fan. I think choosing your next game by genre is not the best way, but shooters, especially the first person ones tend to have an appeal, no other game genres are able to replicate. You have the perspective of your character, so the visual immersion is at its best. And I always liked playing games with the feeling of being there, playing the heroic soldier or killing people on an airport, it didn’t really matter until the story was good.

And hell I’ve been some places! I kicked some alien butt on a football field, I’ve been a silent theoretical physicist riding a train to work (that was an insane day!), and although I was fighting Nazis a bit too much, I never forget one particular beach, where I was slaughtered countless times. Yeah, those were the days, you know, being on Mars when all hell broke loose, or going down with a chopper because a nuclear bomb went off. Once I was in an underwater city, populated by crazy people, and although that was really twisted, I still long to go back to those people, even if they are up in the air now.

PayaV87eng 17 November, 2012 @ 3:17 am   100

I think shooters are the best at one thing. Until the credits roll, you are in a different world. When I saw the Total Recall movie as a kid, I thought they would never be able to give anyone memories that easily, and here I am, 20 years later, and I have these cool memories of adventures I’ve played. I always thought I’m going to grow out of the FPS genre. But who am I kidding? I will be among the first ones, who go to that tropical island to find the definition of insanity, so see you there!

P.S.: My comment was too long, I had to split is, sorry about that.

homer_snake 17 November, 2012 @ 6:10 am   101

FPS is not my favourite.Also I hate it in some way. they are ruining other games. I just remember when playing on dos,the games were surprisingly creative.Just look at resident evil 6 and Operation Raccoon city.What proof better that When capcom manager comes and tells that we want to sell like Call of duty series therefor we should make RE an easy action game 😐 .
A great title like Red Dead Redemption sells about it’s budget and a game like Call Of Duty released annually with little changes and sells like hell. come on! that’s not fair 🙁

Wait, didn’t you ask us this last year? The question sounds familiar…
Well anyway, after yrs of gaming I STILL get claustrophobic stuck in the boxed fist person view. It’s like being stuck rightsideup inside a very small wooden camera obscura… Maybe that is why CoD players are the way they sound like they are. They are not using headsets, that echoey sound is their voices all reverberating trammelled within wooden cameræ obscuræ. Or maybe they are all entrammelled within a single box. But seriously now, I do put up with this view for the Zombies. Its the only time I buy CoD every two years, all for the zombies. Sure they can birch-slarp you dead in two slaps, but I like co-op and working together as a team against an infinitimal onslaught of ganutting zombags. Perhaps a wooden camera obscura might come in handy as extra defense from being plucked as a zombies hors d’œvrale finger feed. YA WAH.

SumbodySumOne 17 November, 2012 @ 7:33 am   103

I have a love hate relationship with first person shooters, I generally love games with great stories and gameplay, so I love playing big epic games that go for 10 to 20 hours or longer and keeps you entertained the whole way, most first person shooters concentrate on multiplayer too much and the single player is just a short practice for the multiplayer.
So I really enjoy a first person shooter with a long story mode with a smaller multiplayer section which I can have a bit of fun playing after finishing the story

coskunarslan 17 November, 2012 @ 7:43 am   104

I love FPS on computer,and hate on playstation. Aiming with controller is very hard. Compared to pc, playing with controller is like walking with crutches instead walking freely.

VitaFan123 17 November, 2012 @ 8:23 am   105

An FPS is terrific, end of story. So are third person shooters. I mean they take such unexpected twists that you never know who’s around the corner. But it’s not all hit and run though! You have to be stealthy and tactical too! It’s so exhilarating creeping up to an enemy with baited breaths, bringing up your knife and SWISH your knife comes down ending the story for him! Speaking of shooters, shooters on the Vita are jaw-dropping! Brilliant graphics combined with tactics and BIG, EXPLOSIVE guns! First time I played, Uncharted on my PS VIta I seriously thought I had bought a mini PS3! And when I played Unit 13, oh, what can I say! I was totally blown away (by the gameplay AND the sounds of the engines in Operation Open Flame!) I can’t say how much I’ve been looking forward to COD: BLOPS Declassified! I can’t wait till the results come out! Fingers crossed!

markl1972 17 November, 2012 @ 8:43 am   106

I’m playing Black Ops 2 and really enjoying it. When you’ve been away from it for a while you forget how refreshing it is to play a game that’s just FUN! I play lots of other types of games – loving Cubixx at the moment and thought LA Noire was incredible. But after a busy week at work and sorting the kids out you can collapse exhausted into a chair and not be in the mood to think much. And that’s where COD works for me. When I’m done with it I’ll probably play something a bit more intelligent up to Christmas but for now, gimme the guns!

yume_2501 17 November, 2012 @ 9:04 am   107

I think that a person should never hate/don’t like a kind of game but the game itself. Example: there are fps that i hate and there are other that i like. The first Bioshock for example was absolutely AWESOME (best fps ever?probably). Great atmosphere,storytelling,background and very immersive.And the First person choice on Bioshock for sure made the game even more immersive and if it was a third person shooter maybe it could feel a completely different game experience and less immersive that it was. Now try to imagine an Uncharted in FPS… i can’t see that. It’s the opposite of bioshock,probably if it was an fps it would seem the usual average fps. Fallout is another great example: How much of you played Fallout in Third person camera?… No one? sure,simply because it would feel completely different on that kind of game to play it in 3rd person, and in this case different means= worse experience.For the COD series itself, offline is very cinematic and scripted,the story is on an hollywood level and there are a lot of great moment in it, but on the gameplay side?your average FPS,nothing really new.

yume_2501 17 November, 2012 @ 9:10 am   108

and than there are games like crysis and bulletstorm (thank you PLAYSTATION PLUS :D) that tried to change a bit the formula, and it worked! with bulletstorm being very fun (rear entry or kebab anyone? XD) and crysis with is nanosuit that let you try amazing superpowers other than walk>see enemies>shoot them>repeat. By the way if you don’t like tha classic type of FPS, i suggest you to try the Playstation plus tnat at the moment give to you 2 great example of non standard FPS for a ridiculous price 😉

Terrordactyl 17 November, 2012 @ 9:23 am   109

I prefer strategy, rpgs, openworld etc. Games like Xcom, Mass Effect, Red Dead, GTA and Uncharted are more me. Adventures with strong stories and characters…plus I prefer 3rd person cover based shooting.

FPS games get a bit boring, although Far Cry 3 looks interesting.

PS+ needs to start offering a bigger variety of genres too.

locus2k1 17 November, 2012 @ 9:25 am   110

Yes, I really enjoy the FPS genre, and have been doing so since the shareware copy of Wolfenstien 3D (Episode 1) was give to me oh so very long ago, and have enjoyed watching it evolve over the years from Doom to Half Life and beyond. The sub-genres it has generated like RPG-FPS Loot Fest Borderlands, and Survival Horror FPS Amnesia. It has continued help me hold the genre so very highly along with incredible AAA experiences like Bioshock.

But sometimes I just get bored.

Sure, I bought BLOPSII, but it still sits in my room sealed today, but with it being the 9th installment in the series, with updates here and there it doesn’t hold the same hype it had when I first played CoD2 or MW. BF3 looked great and I enjoyed playing the MP… but it felt a bit of a step back from BFBC2 IMO. Ignoring graphics, the generic FPS just doesn’t seem to evolve as much as it used to

Perhaps I’m getting too old – FPSs today are the multi-billion franchises, they just don’t seem to excite me as much. Let’s have another leap in gameplay mechanics: that next “Gravity Gun” or “You only have two weapons” moments that make the genre feel fresh again.

And bring on Bioshock Infinite, I want to have that FPS hype once more.

Shadow_Dancer 17 November, 2012 @ 10:20 am   111

Hate em. While some do have some great atmosphere like COD and Killzone, I just find the first-person perspective distracting. I prefer to see my character. I find having a big gun on the screen pretty silly considering it’s trying to make you feel that you ARE the character on screen. Third-person shooters like SOCOM and third person games in general do a better job of it.

Dilemma__ 17 November, 2012 @ 10:27 am   112

I love first person shooters.

The first person perspective immerses me in the game world like no other. When I experienced Fallout 3, I saw it all through my own eyes. I left Vault 101. I explored and scoured the wasteland for supplies. I survived its harsh post-apocalyptic environment. ‘I’ was the vault dweller.

In contrast, the third person perspective offers no such illusion. As Nathan Drake goes on one of his fantastic adventures in Uncharted, it is he who is searching for that next piece of illusive treasure – not me. As Isaac Clarke finds himself trapped on board the Ishimura in Dead Space, it is he who is in danger of being dismembered by the horrors that have infested the ship – not me.

In sum, I love the first person perspective and the potential that it provides for immersion in shooters.

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:35 pm    

    Interesting perspect on player immersion. Good point, though not entirely sure I agree. Dead Space completely dragged me in, in a way that a COD game never has. Have you ever tried playing DS with headphones on and the lights off?

    BLOPS winner here.

HighflyerVII 17 November, 2012 @ 10:39 am   113

I guess I’ve just never really gotten on with first person shooters.

I consider myself as a person who will try out near enough any game from any genre, and as such I keep coming back to FPSs (XIII, Call of Duty: MW2, Far Cry 2, Crysis…even Duke Nukem Forever). I have a few issues with them:

Firstly, I feel the lack of true peripheral vision on them impedes the ability to play truely in the first person perspective. There never seems to enough to notify the player of what is going on. It’s more difficult than it should to look around and assess what is around you quickly enough. For this reason, I often feel almost claustrophobic playing them, that the field of vision is less than what I should have.


HighflyerVII 17 November, 2012 @ 10:40 am   114


Then there is generally a very high emphasis on online play over story modes. I prefer to play single player campaigns, although not exclusively, and I find that first person shooters often are lacking on that front (although in cases when they’re not, I still end up hitting a skill barrier). Heading onto the online arena, I often encounter either players who are well beyond my ability (due to the fact that I’m not very good at FPSs in general), are very cheap or in some cases abusive (none of which are particularly exclusive to the genre, I just come across them more).

I don’t *hate* first person shooters, I just don’t get on with them. What I do hate is the implication from some people (we’ll call them “friends”) that there’s something wrong with me for not enjoying them. I think that I’ll stick to the third person, thank you very much.

Oh…and Portal…I love Portal…

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:37 pm    

    Nice response. I think the level of conversation in online lobbies is a big part of why some people struggle to get on with the genre.

    Code for you. Let me know if you’d rather have BLOPS or When Vikings Attack.

I love FPS because me first game played was QUAKE 1 which I consider to be the father of all FPS

i was talking to a freind about this lastnite and i was telling him how i think shooters r dieing out due to there yearly games i think gow assencion will open ppls eyes to a new breed of multiplayer (fingers crossed) maby thats we need now allthough there r games like it on pc like warcraft ect but this tipe of genra hasent been done on ps3 realy looking forward till march 15 gow release hopfully we will see activion questioning wether to release a nother cod agian to many bugs for ps3 any way thank u for reading

also a problem with a certain shooter is u go inti quick match shoot the admin then u get kicked ?????????? ty battlefeild for making my gaming experince enjoyable

DrCharles09 17 November, 2012 @ 11:30 am   118

I used to be an adventurer like you and loved first person shooters… then I took and arrow to the knee and bought a copy of COD Black Ops Declassified.

Hi-Q47-NL 17 November, 2012 @ 12:20 pm   119

I can’t love them, they make me physically sick withing minutes, as does all first person.
Not very thoughtful post, is it. 😉

fenixoiro 17 November, 2012 @ 12:25 pm   120

como actualizar o browser playstation 3, 250gigas, e activar divx.vod? Tenho o codigo do divx.vod, e vou a pagina de registo e fiz download para sistema mac,do mozilla para uma pen usb normal, mas no menu da playstation abro a pen e nada.

Mattbrad 17 November, 2012 @ 1:15 pm   121

The thing is about FPS is that IF you do hate them then you can’t get into them and you’ll always have that opinion no matter how good and how different the games are. Personally I don’t think you can compare games by the genre. How can a game like bioshock compare to black ops? Black ops to resistance? Resistance to killzone? One thing most FPS games have in common (apart from the obvious) is that they all have a good story. How genius is the story of bioshock? Another point is online play. It is dominated by FPS. It has taken online gaming into another world. its what separates this generation from last. Whatevers people opinion is of this genre, you can’t deny its everlasting impact on our hobby and culture.

P.S im a big fan of the genre and plowing my way through black ops 2

Tangerineroach 17 November, 2012 @ 1:47 pm   122

I have no sympathy for the genre, but I have to admit there are many high quality games that fall into it. I’m tired with this overused “american military saving the world” theme, that’s for shure. On the other hand, I had a great time playing Killzone and Borderlands series. The only reason I’m wary of the genre is it’s tendency to rely on tried and simple mechanics and generic characters.

ChazzH69 17 November, 2012 @ 2:58 pm   123

I love shooters. I love almost every game genre. Why do I love shooters, because I grew up with them, they evolved from Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, even Timesplitters and Goldeneye. They’ve got better and more advanced now.

They have become a social activity which I enjoy when ever I want. Having those awesome matches with an amazing K/D ratio or just a laugh with friends & team mates.

angusinthearoara 17 November, 2012 @ 3:16 pm   124

I neither love or hate this type of game, i’d say i mildly enjoy it like a bit of gobby in the morning. The problem with alot of fps is they aren’t very engaging & thats perfect for a population of sheep wanting to feel like Rambo……
Very few developers get it bang on the money for me & they are usually the ones with a smaller advertising budget.
My personal opinion is COD is not a terrible excuse for a game its just mind numbing boring. Also it helps breed stupid people as does the armed forces xD


I am not really a big fan of shooters mainly because they don’t tend to appeal to me. Take a yearly release like Call of Duty as an example,why should I pay about 50 pounds for virtually a follow up to a previous game. Isn’t it basically the same thing but just with more stuff?

Joshy216 17 November, 2012 @ 3:34 pm   126

I personally like First person shooters because their fast paced and exciting and generally have a good online. Games like Call of duty, people complain about every year but they are missing the point why change something if their is nothing wrong. They provide a entertaining campaign and generally people through weeks into the multiplayer which is fantastic and they try to improve it every year.

CoolRichy008UK 17 November, 2012 @ 4:29 pm   127

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Splutterbug 17 November, 2012 @ 6:34 pm   128

I wrote this for Bitmob in 2010 (Hence the Uncharted 2 ref).

I’m bored with first person shooters, actually bored implies I was at one time a huge fan. Yes I liked Goldeneye on the 64 but I was more into the main game than multiplayer. I played and finished COD 4 I didn’t actually enjoy playing it. I liked the story and the cut scenes and the presentation but the running around with a gun shooting, whilst being hand held by my Sgt was just kind of okay. Compare this to Dead Space or No More Heroes, or Uncharted All 3rd person games which I absolutely loved.

What do I get from a third person game I don’t from a FPS, for a start there’s the field of vision, you can see more what’s going on around you in a 3PG, there’s also a separation from the character and which allows you to actually feel something for the character ,you can see them get hurt, run away etc. Not just slump to the floor with a mist of red on the screen and think “where the hell did that come from!” I guess with a 3PG it allows you to be someone else, with a personality of their own, it’s more escapist than Nathan whatever his name is in Resistance which you never see or hear.


I would go for love them if that’s the only 2 choices but its not fitting answer on its own.
As a rule for me its not fps that for me make me love them or hate them its the content within take for example bioshock ,borderlands and call of duty.These three end up in this line of comments on relies on.All these games should be commended for its use of the game world and perspective to give its full story but in doing so feels like it narrows its self be to rigid explaining that even most fps aren’t always fps (driving , sticking to walls etc)
P.s. don’t like the modern warfare series

hawkeyetrap 17 November, 2012 @ 7:35 pm   130

First person shooters are the reason I play games. Without them the world would be a cold, cruel and lonely place. That is all.

Jusi0961 17 November, 2012 @ 7:38 pm   131

I dont really like first person shooters however i do quite like the first person view point.

games like oblivion and skyrim work really well with this veiwpoint and do provide a very nice experience of the game world.
Another game that again worked very well with this view point was mirrors edge(i know there were a few gun fights in this game but it was not a fps by any means)

id like it it developers tried something new and interesting with this viewpoint, something like a platformer with a brightly lit cartoony style world couple this with 3d tv tech and you could be on to a winner.

on the subject of the first person viewpoint End of Watch jake gyllenhaals manages to use it in the best way i have ever seen in film format 🙂

tweelinkje 17 November, 2012 @ 9:43 pm   132

Well I played everything from Counterstrike to Call of Duty and it’s really depends of the game itself. Some shooter like Killzone or Half-life I love but Modern Warfare 3 was a bit disappointing. A lot of people aren’t fond of the Call of duty franchise but it doesn’t really matter if they aren’t the most beautiful or immersive games, there just fun. Killzone was great, especially the split-screen campaign with my brother. I just bought Medal of Honor Warfighter and it may be a bit glitchy I’m really enjoying it and the singleplayer was awesome. I would love the add Cod Declassified to my list, there are many bad reviews but it looks fun and that’s the only important thing to me. Some first person shooters are great and some aren’t but generally I love them.

declan__watson 17 November, 2012 @ 11:19 pm   133

Hello fellow bloggers
I am playing black ops 2 Fred it’s really good. But the best first person shotter I have ever played is killzone. The feeling I mean In killzone it’s like the zone of no return kill zone your about to die but yeah and the guns are so different it’s just the whole campaign experience being out there in the open also the hellgast has more advanced technology like those wing things that make the hellgast fly in the air but yeah for me it’s killzone and that’s why. Thanks LongLivePlay Sony Make.Believe

Default-Gamedude 18 November, 2012 @ 12:00 am   134

I really enjoy first person sbooters, mainly because I find it a good way to blow of some steam. COD is my favorite fps franchise,l because the multiplayer is competetif, fun and I can play it together with my brother in splitscreen. Also guns aren’t that common in belgium so it’s a more special experience because I don’t now how a real gun handels. I also enjoy others fps games like medal of honor, battefield, ressistance and counter strike. The differences in those games make the fps gerne diverse and I would love to have a fps game on my PS Vita. (I actually wrote this text on my vita).

Comrade_Core 18 November, 2012 @ 3:03 am   135

For me its mostly a love/hate relationship, I have never been a big fan of FPS games, especially right now when I feel like the market is filled with similar looking modern day realistic shooters that get a new release every year… it just doesn’t feel very inspiring for me, and as a result I get turned off by the genre in general (even though I’m sure that some of the games must be good). But then once in a while I get surprised and fall in love with a FPS, this happened with both Killzone 3 and Resistance 3 where I ended up enjoying the games so much, that I even joined in on the multiplayer (something I rarely do with shooters), I guess they just stood out somehow, interesting story and unique gameplay. And I also love shooters like Bioshock and Borderlands, where they mix the traditional shooter gameplay with great writing and RPG elements, which added a lot to the genre for me. So even though I’m “normally” turned off by the Battlefields, Medal of Honours and CODs, I still find myself coming back to the genre :-O

Yasir_Said 18 November, 2012 @ 6:09 am   136

When you decide to play a first-person-shooter you’re making a trade: your own worries for new, less consequential but substantially stressful ones.
While your body takes a seat, along with life’s troubles, your mind is having no break…

In command, you’re tasked with checking every corner and covering all angles as you anticipate enemy combatants at any moment and for possibly only a moment; a fire-fight that will challenge your ability to concentrate and react accordingly, under an intense surge of pressure that will determine whether you wait to try again in shame, or live on with pride for a little while longer.

Yes, an FPS will trouble you, it can frustrate and punish you but it will also provide regular opportunities to meet the challenge and get that satisfaction from successfully handling the situation and getting your reward, a numbing of that trigger-itch and a few moments to enjoy the adrenalin rush.

I haven’t played many FPS games recently due to personal life being a bit too stressful but with the Vita being so convenient for getting-in gaming time and now COD making its way to the platform I’m getting the flashbacks and cravings for some fps multiplayer again. Thank you for the competition!


I have to say im not big fan of cod because
I like to see full person that i am controling
All his movement and i think its harder to make
Games like that in cod just make pointing gun and
thats it


for me it all started with someone giving me 6 to 8 floppy disks for the pc when i was 9.on them was doom yea doom one was that many disks(good old days) and bang i was hooked for life running round on wolfenstein or quake level or life with my bro being a one man army saving the world.i think the fps series works so well because it taps in to are hunter instinct and tops it off with alot of compassion,being top dog on a multiplayer fps is a good feeling


Thats competition not compassion sorry spell checker has a mind of its own

TheMighty_MuMbY 18 November, 2012 @ 11:34 am   140

Personally I love FPS (it’s what thumb sticks were made for), but I think FPS now come in many varieties it’s impossible not to enjoy atleast one. The term ‘First Person Shooter’ might be a generlisation but most of the game vary hugely. For example when you say FPS the first thing many people think off is ‘Call of duty’ series or ‘Battlefield’, understandably the main heavy hitters. But the incredible borderlands, Bioshock and even Deus ex are all to some degree FPS even if they do class their self as RPG’s. This shows how privileged we are, to have this genre branch out in so many different ways, so that their is FPS for all of us.

Hell even ‘Oddworld World. Strangers wrath HD’ can be categorised as a FPS and that game involves shooting furry critters about.

Dante_Zero 18 November, 2012 @ 12:30 pm   141

Its a hot topic this week i see. I dunno i’m still unsure of whether i love or hate them. Seems there is a lot of people out there who love to hate them but they seem to be the most successful genre in the industry at the moment and anything that gets the public spot light focused on the industry’s has got to be good right?. Back in the days of Quake,Doom and Unreal tournament it got public attention for all the wrong things like being too violent etc and its great to see how public perception has changed and is now taking note of the industry with a more thoughtful approach. Personally i like FPS and i like how they have evolved, what worries me is i might like them for the wrong reasons. I like them because they give me fast paced action without the need for complicated tutorials and having played alot i can recognise them and get into them quicker.


Dante_Zero 18 November, 2012 @ 12:39 pm   142

what worries me though about FPS’s is why am i likeing theml. is it because they are good games or because of the reward systems that are implemented into them. Its a well know fact that receiving a reward releases serotonin into the brain and as a result players want more and more. This can make it addictive. This is why i’m not sure if i like FPS for the right reasons and worry that its way too easy for the reward system to become addictive. I know that it could be applied to any genre but FPS’s seem to be the ones that capture most peoples attentions. I generally like them though and there are some great FPS’s games out there compared to the old days and what they had to offer. But each year a COD game comes out i do admit i struggle with myself about taking the plunge and joining the masses because of the addictive nature of the games. There is one thing that turns me off about FPS’s though some times and that is the hostile nature of some players.

Dante_Zero 18 November, 2012 @ 12:46 pm   143

The hostility of some players online is really not a good thing and i know there are systems in place to rectify that but that becomes quite a distraction when you consider how many people are playing and how much of a pain it is to report every single player that readily throws abuse and goes beyond friendly banter. Which drives me off into the single player story for which the most part are pretty good even if there are a little short. I can live with 5/10 hours of action gaming with out grief from some of the under age players on mp. (not just talking about COD here)

I think from the thoughts i’ve typed in the comments above my opinion falls on me having a love hate relationship with FPS’s. They do good things and are a lot of fun but also there are a lot of bad things and consequences that go with it.

p.s keeping my finger crossed for COD on the go, due for a win on weekend debate. lol 😉

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:43 pm    

    A BLOPS Code for you sir. Good stuff – I think some developers do forget the single player market. Have you tried Dishonored? Refreshingly single player-focussed!


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szczudel 18 November, 2012 @ 2:46 pm   145

To tell the truth – i do not like FPP in general. In my opinion immersion goes in the oposite direction than in games TPP. Yes you play from perspective of your eyes but it is difficult to take a quick look on the side in this games. TPP has got wider spectrum of vision field so it kind of simulates ability to glimpse to the side.

JediKnight246 18 November, 2012 @ 6:32 pm   146

I’m not really a fan of FPS games at all, the last one I played was Modern Warfare 2 and I just lost interest in the genre after that.

The single-player campaigns tend to be quite short with too much focus on multiplayer these days. Great for those who like multiplayer but I just felt like I had had enough.

That’s what drew me to the RPG genre, 40+ hour single-player campaigns with great stories and great gameplay. I still play FPS games like Killzone & Resistance sometimes, but RPG is probably my favourite genre now.

spillenbergHD 18 November, 2012 @ 6:34 pm   147

I have a love hate relationship with the FPS genre. Call Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare for me stands as one the best game expirences i have had in this console generation. The game is a shining example of how to combine great storytelling with kick ass gameplay. Not to mention the game praktically defined and still defines FPS multiplayer to this day.

And here in lies the problem. The CoD formula has become so popular that the genre has almost come to a stand stil. There have never bin more shooters to choose from, but the vast majority are genneric and rather boring. And the storytelling has often bin reduced to one set peace explosion fest after another.

The player has no one and nothing to identify with, so the games become pointless exercises in boredom. Then again one in a while a game like Borderlands comes along and shows us that not every game needs to be call of duty. I hope that we will se more games that break the CoD mold.

yay4cheese 18 November, 2012 @ 6:39 pm   148

I’d say I love them, but unfortunately that feeling is quickly turning to hate. In simple terms, the lack of originality in the genre is destroying it: Call of Duty pretty much got the formula for success right with their multiplayer, but that doesn’t mean that every other FPS should be ignored. So many good games (especially Gotham City Impostors) have potential, but the lack of players makes matchmaking a long and incredibly tedious process. This new COD game could be (and hopefully is) the saving grace for the genre on portables, with previous games either feeling difficult to use, with the PSP only having one thumbstick, or failing in the graphics department like the DS which, lets face it, cannot produce good graphics for love nor money. Overall then, the genre is currently in my good books but unless something changes, it is going to get old very quickly.

yay4cheese 18 November, 2012 @ 6:42 pm   149

I’d say I love them, but unfortunately that feeling is quickly turning to hate. In simple terms, the lack of originality in the genre is destroying it: Call of Duty pretty much got the formula for success right with their multiplayer, but that doesn’t mean that every other FPS should be ignored. So many good games (especially Gotham City Impostors) have potential, but the lack of players makes matchmaking a long and incredibly tedious process.
This new COD game could be (and hopefully is) the saving grace for the genre on portables, with previous games either feeling difficult to use, with the PSP only having one thumbstick, or failing in the graphics department like the DS which, lets face it, cannot produce good graphics for love nor money. Overall then, the genre is currently in my good books but unless something changes, it is going to get old very quickly.

liamlangan 18 November, 2012 @ 7:37 pm   150

I both love and dislike shooters, it’s a mixture between the fact I hate 1st person shooters yet love 3rd person shooters. For starters I love how 3rd person shooters always offer something new in the gameplay, for example Dead Spaces space setting was a great new environment for a shooting game, I also enjoy uncharted as a 3rd person shooter.

As for 1st person shooters they always seem like each one tries to outdo the last and each year Activision and EA release one big 1st person shooter each, bigging each game up before E3 each year and then them both, or at least in my opinion, being disappointing, repetitive and similar as each others predecessor, this year for example Medal of Honour Warfighter was considered a failure by most reviewers this was down to the fact it tries to be Battlefield, and this is highly dissappointing.

To sum up my argument here, 3rd person shooters are great, always fun and always have something interesting to boast, but 1st person shooters always seem repetitive and samey, the last FPS I truly enjoyed was Killzone 3 which was released over a year and a half ago, however the last 3rd person shooter I enjoyed was Unit 13 for the vita which I still play a lot

D_melloul 18 November, 2012 @ 8:53 pm   151

I love the genre, but lately im not such a huge fan as i was before.
for example, once I used to pre-order most shooter a year before the original release date, now I can play the last year shooter without any regrets.
As for Japanese RPG its the other way around, just Persona 4 on Feb is getting me hyped.
I wont say that I bought the Vita for shooter games only.
Uncharted Golden Abyss was a great game to play, so Im hoping the COD is good just as it.
Thank you so much for making this contest, much appreciation!

MafiaCub 18 November, 2012 @ 9:09 pm   152

I love First person shooters, they’re generally the easiest game to get involved with for me… because not a single one is any bleeding different, and for that reason, I also kind of hate them.

I can jump in to any COD game, and know I can be pretty good at it. Because despite a new lick of a paint and the odd new weapon. The game is still the same. Still no vehicles, still a terrible cover system, and still easy as hell to rabbit jump and shoot at the same time.

Battlefield, I can be equally as good at because it’s the same with vehicles. When I finally get a good shooter, with a good cover system, I’ve spent so long playing average games without them, that I’m capable enough that the Cover System is barely of use. For all the changes COD supposedly makes every year to warrant high scores, the same tactics and same skills work in every game since they first started Modern Warfare, and I hate that, because it made lots of other FPS developers lazy too.


I remember my first fps. 3d Monster maze on the zx81. Although it was more of a fp than fps, it was the first time I’d ever played a game through the eyes of the character, and the first time I’d ever actually felt like I was ‘in’ the game – and I used to get scared by the large, low resolution, blocky T-rex that chased you in the maze!
Made me a fan of the genre ever since.
Things have obviously moved on since then (thank goodness) but it’s still the best way to actually get into the feel of the story, and to feel like you’re taking part in the situations thrown at you.
I do suck at the multiplayer, and I often feel like I’m probably walking around the game world with a large bullseye and a t-shirt that says ‘shoot me’.
Even if I play a racing game, I tend to use the first person camera for the imersive feel. After all I’ve never actually driven a car whilst sitting on its roof!
Haven’t actually had a chance to play a twin stick fps on my vita yet, but i’m looking forward to it…..I’m not allowed to buy any games this side of xmas.
I think there’s loophole for competition prizes 😉 (fingers crossed!)

RatchetBoy10 18 November, 2012 @ 9:47 pm   154

it all depends on what type of FPS you play. For some it is COD and for others its BF3 to me these games are great in there own way which makes the fps market so entertaining!

I love FPS!

johnm1984 18 November, 2012 @ 10:09 pm   155

I was first introduced into a FPS especially the multiplayer side of it through the famous N64 Goldeneye. The days when you all huddled around one TV punching whoever was winning etc. Its because of this thrill of winning and beating a friend or forming a team to overcome whatever situation your in that makes the genre so appealing. People love running around shooting guns and feeling like there getting rid of people who stand in there way. I also think with big influences on films and real life wars its that people like to envision being a part of that. especially with that feeling like your in the shoes of a hero. only a FPS could make someone feel that way.


I hate them, though not completely. FPS games seem to be the most generic games I’ve ever played and they havent changed since Wolfenstein 3D came out.. except of course the graphics.

Whats the difference between Halo, COD, MOH and whatever other FPS game is apparently “good” these days? Nothing at all. Mirror’s Edge took a different route and wasnt the typical run and gun.. infact guns were basically the last thing on your mind… and Left 4 Dead was pretty awesome.

The option to scroll into first person is good for a lot of games but I wouldn’t like a game stuck in that position.

MissDreamer 18 November, 2012 @ 10:37 pm   157

I hate them. Can’t stand Call of Duty games. Sorry guys. I have tried the demo and it was so boring and I kept on dying. I only like Borderlands which has rpg elements in it but I’m sure it’s classed as a first person shooter. My friend loves Call of Duty though. It’s the only game she plays, most of the time.

FullAutoNoob 18 November, 2012 @ 10:43 pm   158

Right let’s do this! I adore first person shooters back in the golden years of my youth! The variety of story lines and the new groundbreaking game mechanics were all the raise in the 90’s & early noughties for example the absolutely brilliant time splitters series which saw us in areas such a the wild west to a ghost house. I’m ashamed I’ve spent most of my childhood on games such as these. Furthermore the countless and amazing house four players spent crowding round a small 15″ screen created an intense atmosphere like no other. Today’s games are absolutely stunning and brilliant, games such as killzone 2 & 3 created a world that even in my wildest imagination couldnt think of and the story to back but with the new era of Cod franchise games are jumping on the band wagon and churning out games that are all the same…I’m not saying cod is bad as I am thoroughly enjoying black ops it’s just that why do all other companies follow the same mechanics create no originality?
So in short fps games will stay with me for the rest of my life and will never tire ng the world from some terrorist cell or alien army!
Over and out Jordan

tiago-kun 18 November, 2012 @ 11:49 pm   159

I don’t love or hate them, I like a lot of first person shooters (fps), but there are few of a certain genre I’m starting to dislike (hate is such a strong word).
I’m talking of military fps, I’m pretty tired of them. I didn’t get any of “this year’s shooters” nor do I plan to.
Being completely honest I would get something like Halo if that option was on the table (I don’t have a 360 nor do I want one). An adventure in space is a welcome change of pace of all that military stuff, something not grounded on reality, but it doesn’t have to be space, Bioshock is an excellent first person shooter, it has a great story and rpg elements but it’s still an fps, so naturally in the coming months I’m looking forward to Bioshock Infinite…
Sooner than that Far Cry 3 is looking pretty great, once again because it’s so different from all this mainstream modern war fps.
Oh, but I got Borderlands 2! And it’s a LOT of fun! 😀

That’s where I stand I like fps, just don’t ask me to play “call of battlefield modern honor” I’m tired of it!

So… Don’t count my comment for this week’s prize… For all the reasons above 😀

maverick2056 18 November, 2012 @ 11:52 pm   160

I love first person shooters for one main reason, moments,

Anyone that played call of Duty 4 when it came out will know what I am talking about when I say, do you remember the Plane moment (no spoilers here sorry)or the first time you encounter a tank on battlefield and think how do I get Rid of that.
Additionally the feeling you get when you pull everything off just right, I am a big fan of the Operation Flashpoint series, and anyone that says all FPS are all the same must of never played these as they are as hard as nails and you can get as involved as you want (completing levels without firing a weapon can also be achieved) I even have an op flashpoint Platinum.

maverick2056 19 November, 2012 @ 12:30 am   161

Sorry on a seperate note I renewed my ps plus subscription about a month ago, added another year while the discount was on, but my account says it only has 28 days left, what has happened to my money or will it update when the current one runs out, (Off topic I know sorry)


Personally, i love them as i love competition and i don’t think there’s any genre that is as competitive as shooters are. I also prefer FPS to TPS just because of the feel and (imo) increased realism.

GRIM__REAFER 19 November, 2012 @ 2:11 am   163

I like TPS a lil more, cause alot of the fps look and feel the same. You can look at a fps and it’ll really like like some other game cause the 1st persoon view is pretty much the same.

discordia 19 November, 2012 @ 3:30 am   164

personally I love them, you can just stick one in the console, pick up the controller and just play. no having to remember button combinations or quest/story info. I think for that very reason there is something pretty zen and relaxing about shooters, in an ironic or odd kind of way.

TheKillerSnowman 19 November, 2012 @ 6:50 am   165

i love FPS game. i live more in the games when it´s FPS. when u see the person u playing it´s not the same filling.


I love shooters when they’re done well.

Like Killzone 3, for instance.
Once developers realise that they shouldn’t just churn them out and work
Very carefully to come up with a good storyline as well as ensuring
Every online game is well balanced.

Some shooters seem to be pretty much knocked up in a few weeks, where as others
Have obviously had more care taken over the game, be it the single player
Or the multiplayer aspect.
Of all the shooters on the PS3, Killzone 3 does stand out
Though obviously COD does have its place, even though
Every time I try to play that online I get annihilated.
Really should practice more, I guess.
Seems I don’t get enough time these days.

HappyEyes 19 November, 2012 @ 8:15 am   167

Hate is a heavy word to use, but for sure I believe FPS is no less than a continous backstep for game industry. Of course and there are some minor exceptions, but as people say exceptions make the rules.

If you play 1 or 50 FPS games the gameplay will be always the same with no room for new ideas. Using almost the same, already made, core game engine, the creation of a new FPS looks cheap to me, and since it costs less for a software house it has less risk to be a disaster especially to a market that it is already taught to “love” FPS.

Not everyone can create Uncharted, or Journey, or Dark Souls, or Ico, or even GTA. At least not with some thousands of bugs. And not everyone has the ability to create art as some games are. But almost everyone with the tools that currently exist can create an FPS, and if it is under a heavy franchise it will be a mass success. It is understandable since this is the concept of companies. But what will happened if gamers finally got bored? Or sheep never get bored of grass?


FPS games are good but I would like to see more online co-op in FPS games

DoYouLikeMyID 19 November, 2012 @ 12:04 pm   169


Oh, I didn’t see you could get another code if you don’t like Call Of Duty-esque games. Good job on that Fred 😉

Dante_Zero 19 November, 2012 @ 1:01 pm   170

Congrats to all those that win in advance. Hopefully one of those is me. :p

Since the Call of Duty craze, most other FPS now lack any originality. COD created it’s own style of shooter, but now any other FPS that get’s released seems to try and mimic the game, ruining the genre. The best shooters these days are the one’s that try something new. COD can stick to what it does as it’s fans enjoy it, but I currently crave a new Timesplitters game, as it was fun, enjoyable, crazy, silly, original, etc. But if a fourth game was released, it probably wouldn’t do well due to the shape of the gaming landscape in terms of FPSs. But it happens every generation – Whether it was Doom, GoldenEye, Halo or COD. Unfortunately I’m still stuck in the GoldenEye era, so i’m still waiting for the next generation for me too start re-liking the genre. For now, I’m sticking in the Third Person camp thank you.

Leewom69 19 November, 2012 @ 1:41 pm   172

Dagnammit forgot about the weekend debate this week, but deffo want to throw my 2 cents in.

I have been a fan of the FPS genre since as long as I can remember. I would purchase every FPS game I could lay my hands on when I was younger. Why? I’m not entirely sure, was it that I wanted to make my way down a corridor shooting at anything that moves? Probably, but more than that, it was the genre that tended to be defining and growing faster than the others.

I come at this as primarily a PC GAMER, so Graphically they were always pushing the boundaries and I always wanted to see how far things had come with each new game, and just what the developer could achieve.

I guess the fundemental strong point of the FPS genre is that you step into the shoes of someone entirely, and it is when I think woah… hold on… instead of cackling manically and moving onto my next victim, that I really appreciate the perspective the devolper has given me.

I do however,long for a simple old school FPS multiplayer experience where everyone is on an even playing field at the start fighting it out for the on map weapons/power ups each and everytime. Quake/UT I miss you.

hfred123 19 November, 2012 @ 2:48 pm   173

I think there’s been a mistake, Fred! Post 38 was such an amazing response. It should have won!

Haha, nice debate!


Woo hoo 🙂 thanks Fred. No excuses for me not to get good at cod now many thanks

S-o-h-a-i-l 19 November, 2012 @ 2:53 pm   175

Ah shoot, I always lose out when the good prizes are involved 🙁 Probably because more people take part when the incentive is sweeter lol, next week hopefully !

P.S. Hey Fred, any plans on having a VS PS Blog Staff event akin to When Vikings Attack with Playstation All Stars once it launches ? I have my copy preordered, would love to test out my metal with you guys 🙂

    Fred Dutton 19 November, 2012 @ 2:56 pm    

    Good shout – I’d say there’s a very good chance of that happening! Be warned – there are some sharp players in the office! Myself not included!

Opt1mus76 19 November, 2012 @ 2:56 pm   176

Yay! Thank you Fred 🙂

S-o-h-a-i-l 19 November, 2012 @ 2:58 pm   177

Haha then maybe we should team up to take those smug gunners down a notch or two 😉

yume_2501 19 November, 2012 @ 3:33 pm   178

comment 107/108 – i talked about the immersione the fps camera give… yet someone after me got the code for pointing out the immersion given by the fps camera… not fair FRED 🙁

ryannumber3gamer 19 November, 2012 @ 3:53 pm   179

Thanks Fred 🙂 Today’s my birthday and i can’t wait to play Black Ops Declassifed 😀

Dante_Zero 19 November, 2012 @ 6:52 pm   180

YABBA DABBA DOO!!!! muchos gracias Fred. Can’t wait to have a bash on it. I also think a PSABR game night vs. blog staff would be awesome.

FullAutoNoob 19 November, 2012 @ 8:03 pm   181

Yipppppppppppieeeeeeeee thanks so much Fred!_ you sir are just the best. Cant wait to fall behind on my univereity work haha

Yasir_Said 19 November, 2012 @ 11:40 pm   182

Congrats guys, enjoy. Back to the drawing board everyone else 😉 Although number 136 took all I had so probably don’t have much hope


I am sick to death of war sims but I do enjoy many classic FPS games and some recent ones like Rage, DNF and Doom 3 BFG. I prefer it if they have a good single player campaign or even better, co-op.

FullAutoNoob 20 November, 2012 @ 3:33 pm   184

Hey Fred just a heads up that I have yet to receive my code is that normal? ^__^ sorry I’m just getting trigger happy 😀

    Fred Dutton 20 November, 2012 @ 3:40 pm    

    Sorry everyone – it’s taking a little time to generate the codes this week. It might be tomorrow morning at this rate. 🙁

FullAutoNoob 20 November, 2012 @ 4:10 pm   185

Oh no problem matey just getting worried you may of forgot little old me ^__^


thanks for the eta fred 😉

HighflyerVII 20 November, 2012 @ 8:53 pm   187

Hey Fred,

Thanks for the win, I’ll have to partake in the debate much more often ;). After much deliberation I’ve decided to take a code for When Vikings Attack! I’ve had a look at it, and been close to buying it before…something a little different.

Superbuu3 21 November, 2012 @ 11:07 pm   188

Hi Fred thanks for picking me, I have not received my code yet. I checked the forums, but still nothing. Has anyone else received one?

FullAutoNoob 21 November, 2012 @ 11:15 pm   189

Don’t worry matey were all still waiting just hold on tight :’)

ryannumber3gamer 22 November, 2012 @ 3:40 pm   190

Fred, will the codes be sent today?

    Fred Dutton 22 November, 2012 @ 3:45 pm    

    So sorry!! I’m still chasing the codes! They’re really taking their time this week 🙁

    Fred Dutton 22 November, 2012 @ 5:29 pm    

    Right! Just got the codes! Hopefully the community team can get these out this evening. If not you’ll have them first thing tomorrow. Again, sorry for the wait.

Opt1mus76 22 November, 2012 @ 4:14 pm   191

Hey Fred, will we get them by tomorrow? I’ve got to work a 12hr night shift Saturday and could use some entertainment (I will have PS All-Stars to play but be nice to be able to mix it up a bit so my night doesn’t drag too much).
Thanks again 🙂

ryannumber3gamer 22 November, 2012 @ 5:45 pm   192

It’s ok Fred, Thanks to PS Plus i’ve had Uncharted Golden abyss to keep me busy yesterday and today and tomorrow PS All Stars is finally out in the UK 😀

ryannumber3gamer 22 November, 2012 @ 5:51 pm   193

Also Fred how much space does Black Ops Declassifed need on the vita’s memory card?

VitaFan123 23 November, 2012 @ 6:38 pm   194

Oooooohhhhh! I didn’t win! 🙁 And I also had my fingers crossed!