First Person Shooters have become perhaps the most popular genre in the past few years, if the staggering sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops are any indicator. The following upcoming games, including one particular game that was resurrected from the dead, should keep the FPS genre on top of the heap for the foreseeable future.
Portal 2 – April 2011
The first Portal was something of a surprise hit when it came out in 2007, with its unique first person shooter/puzzle hybrid gameplay. The sequel will improve on the original with a longer campaign and online multiplayer capability. GlaDOS will of course be returning as the villain, seeing as how she was such a huge part of why the first game was so popular.
Brink – May 2011
Brink will set itself apart from its competitors with a massive amount of customization for your character, from how he looks to what weapons he uses. It will also utilize a free-running system that will let you move up and around the obstacles in the environment easier.
Duke Nukem Forever – June 2011…..Maybe
After years and years of delays, game engine changes, and even being left for dead, Duke Nukem Forever will finally be released in June 2011…..maybe. Gearbox Software took over development in 2009 from 3D Realms and set a release date of May 2011 for the game. Hilariously, yet another delay was announced and the new date is now June of 2011. Many gamers, including yours truly, will not believe that the game will ever be released until it actually happens.
Resistance 3 – September 2011
Not much is known about this Playstation 3 exclusive yet, except that it takes place four years after Resistance 2 and that weapons will upgradeable, as well as become more powerful the more you use them.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – November 2011
The mega successful Call of Duty: Black Ops sold a boatload of copies last year, and the next installment in the Call of Duty series will almost assuredly do the same. As opposed to the Cold War and Vietnam War settings of Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be a prequel to the other Modern Warfare titles and take place in a modern day setting.
The biggest question that remains to be answered is whether or not the FPS genre will become oversaturated with so many titles being released every year, like what happened with the rhythm music game genre. Personally, I think that the FPS genre has a much broader appeal and will continue to be very popular.