Are you a first person shooter fanatic who just can't get enough of shooting people in the face? If so, this list is for you.
The Darkness II (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
You don't stand a chance
Imagine on your 21st birthday instead of that “Welcome to Adulthood” party you always dreamed of, you inherit a curse that grants you demonic powers. Most people would call that a bummer but Jackie Estacado uses it to become the head of a prominent crime family. Of course no one can truly control the powers of Darkness and Jackie is about to learnt that fact the hard way. This is the basic premise of The Darkness II, the sequel to 2007’s underrated shooter developed by Starbreeze studios. Like the first game, players can bring the pain by wielding both weapons as well as their Demonic arms.
BioShock Infinite (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Stay away from me fool
Where the first BioShock game dragged you down to the very depths of the ocean, Infinite will lift you skyward as the action now takes place literally in the sky. As a disgraced detective by the name of Booker DeWitt, players must infiltrate Columbia, a floating city to rescue a mysterious woman called Elizabeth who’s forcefully being held captive in this city. But unlike your usual damsels in distress, Elizabeth has a few powers of her own and when you combine those with yours (that by the way are no longer called plasmids), it’s a recipe for a highly explosive first person experience.
Syndicate (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
A first person re-imagining of an isometric RTS franchise, Syndicate will take place in the pretty distant future where “business is war” (but of course). You’ll step into the boots of Miles Kilo, a bio-engineered, augmented badass who embarks on a quest for revenge and redemption. From the trailer released so far, gameplay looks like a frantic mix between Crysis, Mass Effect and Deus Ex: Human Revolution all rolled into one which if you ask us, cannot be a bad thing. Besides a single player campaign, players will also be able to embark on a few stand alone co-operative missions with support of up to four players.
Counter Strike Global Offensive (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
You know you're going to play it
Even today, Counter-Strike remains one of the most popular games around the world, especially as far as professional tournaments are concerned. With Counter Strike Global Offensive, Valve are retaining the successful formula the fans love while adding in a bunch of new features like multiplayer modes, matchmaking services and leader boards. Older, popular maps like Dust, Aztec etc are expected to receive a massive visual update as well to keep up with the current times. You can test the game out for yourself when the public beta - that was supposed to come out in October - releases early 2012.
Borderlands 2 (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Who doesn't love big explosions?
Like its prequel, Borderlands 2 will be an RPG played out from a first person perspective, a Role Playing Shooter if you will (coined termed by developer Gearbox by the way). The base mechanics for the sequel remain the same which means Borderlands 2 will support four player co-op and just like the first game, each playable character will boast of different powers. Looting, a huge part of the first game will be back as well with Gearbox promising even more over-the-top weapons and loot to scavenge. Players can also expect more diverse environments, visual improvements, better AI and lots more for the sequel.
Far Cry 3 (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Far Cry 2 was solid in concept but deeply flawed in execution. What could have been one of the most engaging open world games soon became an exercise in monotony thanks to repetitive quests and respawning enemies. With Far Cry 3, Ubisoft are wiping the slate clean by heading back to the tropics, the same setting where the first game took place. You play as one Jason Brody, a tourist on an island full of unstable, trigger happy dudes in search for his estranged girlfriend. Using stealth or sheer force, players must escape the madness before they are brutally taught the meaning of insanity.
Prey 2 (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Do you feel lucky today? Do ya?
After being in development hell for over a decade, many expected Prey to crash and burn but surprisingly, it was a rather enjoyable first person shooter that assaulted players with grotesque enemies, innovative weapons and engaging gameplay. For its sequel, developer Human Head studios have thrown out the linear design in favour of an open world one where players will strap themselves into the boots of U.S. Marshal Killian Samuels, intergalactic bounty hunter extraordinaire. Think Blade Runner meets Mass Effect meets Deus Ex Human Revolution.
Metro: Last Light (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Who turned off the lights?
Metro 2033 was a claustrophobic and harrowing first person shooter set in a post apocalyptic metro system and even though it was a tad rough around the edges, it was an intense experience overall. With Last Light, the game is staying put in the dimly lit, horrific confines of the Metro but developer 4A Games plan on making your trip more memorable by refining most of Metro’s gameplay elements (and we really hope they work on stealth because that was broken as hell) as well as adding in a whole new multiplayer mode.
Dishonored (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Who brings a gun to a sword fight?
Dishonored is a new first person shooter from Arkane Studios (Dark Messiah of Might and Magic) that has an all star cast working on it such as Bethesda’s Todd Howard (The Elder Scroll series), Harvey Smith (Deus Ex, Thief: Deadly Shadows) as well as Viktor Antonov, the man who designed Half-Life 2's iconic City 17. The game will take place in a Steampunk inspired open-world with a firm emphasis on stealth, melee combat and magic. Even though this isn’t an RPG, it will apparently allow players to choose multiple paths while completing their objectives.
Halo 4 (Xbox360)
Guess who's back?
After a sabbatical of over two games, butt kicking intergalactic Spartan Master Chief is back for yet another Halo game. The reigns of development have passed on over from Bungie to 343 industries (Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary HD) and Halo 4 marks the beginning of a brand new trilogy featuring Master Chief. Not much is known about gameplay at this point in time but we’re guessing 343 will stick with the “Why fix it if isn’t broken” principle most Halo games tend to adopt.