Are First Person Shooters On The Downfall?
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on February 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

First Person Shooter

First person shooters were the craze in the beginning of this current console generation. Through the years however, we have seen how this genre has culminated into a popular genre with games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and other classics like the Halo franchise. When you look at the amount of first person shooter titles available now it seems that every system has a flagship first person title. Sony had Resistance/Killzone, Xbox has Halo, and Nintendo whether you like it or not had The Conduit. These might be the most popular games excluding The Conduit, or the games that have been highly publicized by each respective publisher.

However, over the past couple of years we have seen the first person boom falter off. Although the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises still sell very well, the saturation of first person shooters is hurting their market. That is not the only reason for their decline however. Third person games similar but not limited to Sleeping Dogs, Assassins Creed, Uncharted, etc. should be the cause for concern. Their attention to detail and gameplay improvements in these said games are showing the fps genre that they have to improve on what has become a stale formula. A new game every year of a familiar franchise title shows only stagnant to limited growth. When there are third person titles which excel in crafting a unique experience and adventure people will tend to flock to that. Titles that try to keep the first person genre entertaining and fresh are games like Bioshock, Borderlands, and Fallout. These games are first person titles that incorporate new ways and emphasize greater gameplay experience alongside exploration.

When we look at first person shooters in terms of longevity, there are only a few titles that people hold close to their hearts and those are Battlefield, Halo, Killzone, and Call of Duty to an extent among other third party titles. These titles pretty much have a long life cycle after release the only exception being Call of Duty. These are the pretty much the top tier FPS titles of this generation. What does that really say about this generation of gaming? When we recap previous generations we recount a slew of AAA titles ranging from all different walks and genres. Whether it was JRPGS, Action, Racing, FPS, most of the titles we played were good. There were so many good games that when we faced titles that had some true potential people may have disregarded it as mediocre or average.

Even though the fps genre might be the most dominant one in our gaming society today, I feel that it has turned into more of a preference because of the way technology has increased so vastly in the past years. There are a great number of shooters out that are well deserving of the word great or exceptional. There are also games out there that should be considered trash. That’s just the way the game is played.

I asked a question at the beginning of the article on whether or not FPS titles were on the decline. My answer to that is no they are not. It might be people’s desires and preferences that might be declining but the quality of FPS’s are getting better as the generation pans out. Hopefully Bioshock Infinite will change all of that and keep them moving forward. I could be wrong however, post whether or not you agree with my assertion above. Hope you enjoyed!

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