It’s been a big year for FPS shooting games, and that’s reflected in the 2011 Gamesmaster Golden Joystick Award shortlist, with several of the nominees in the Best Shooter category also having a good chance of potentially claiming the Ultimate Game of the Year in the world’s longest-running videgame awards.
The shortlist for your votes in the Best Shooter category are:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Crysis 2
- Dead Space
- Goldeneye 007
- Halo Reach
- Killzone 3
- Medal of Honor
- Red Faction Armageddon
If we had to try and predict the winner, seeing as it’s entirely based on user votes, we’d probably go for Black Ops due to the record-breaking number of sales, and continued success of the series, but there are a few titles that could cause an upset (Crysis 2, Halo Reach, Killzone 3 for example, although platform exclusives are at a big disadvantage).
The Ultimate Game of the Year also includes several shooters:
- Call of Duty Black Ops
- Fallout New Vegas (Also in the RPG category)
- Killzone 3
- Portal 2 (Which is also in the Best Action/Adventure category)
In the Mobile Gaming category, N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is a possible FPS winner.
And finally, there’s the One to Watch category with:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Battlefield 3
- Bioshock Infinite
- Farcry 3
- Halo 4
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
That’s a lot of voting to get done, so you better start now! About the only big release not getting a mention is Duke Nukem Forever, which despite reasonable sales has had a very mixed reception.
Fry Cry was beautiful when first launched back in 2004. Anything that used the then newly developed CryEngine was bound to be very graphically stunning. Then Far Cry 2 came out looking and playing just as good.
Now however, the third instalment has been quoted as being ten times better. Excellent!
Speaking to Edge magazine, Far Cry’s narrative director Jason Vanden Berghe has been boosting about how vastly huge Far Cry 3′s features are going to be. When comparing the landscape and scale of Far Cry 1 and 2, Jason said “take that and multiply it by ten.” He then goes on to say the team want to take it further and “we’re focusing on taking the scale and making it dense.”
Knowing how visually impressive the first and second games were, it is safe to say that this title will be more picturesque when he said “if there wasn’t anything to shoot in the game, could it still be fun?”
Far Cry 3 sounds like it’s going to be big. Crysis 2 big. So are you looking forward to it? Leave your thoughts below, and we’ll have more news on the title as soon as we hear anything.