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.
EA has announced that it will retire a total of 17 game servers in August and October 2011, meaning that you’ll only be able to enjoy those games offline in the future. Amonst the list of games being closed are some first person shooters, which are:
- Battlefield 2142 Demo for PC
- Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox 360
- Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo for Xbox 360
- Medal of Honor Airborne for Playstation Portable
- Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for Playstation Portable and Wii
All of the above games will have their game server retired on August 11th, 2011. While we can totally understand that it doesn’t make business sense for EA to support servers indefinitely for older games which may have lost their popularity over time, it’s always sad to see the end of online gaming for any title – and while there are campaigns to save certain popular games from closure and always suggestions of converting games to open source licences and free-to-play servers, we’re not sure Modern Combat for the 360 or Heroes 2 on the Wii quite have that level of support…
So are we wrong? Are you still avidly playing any of the above games, and will you be sad to see them go?