Category Archives: Shooter

Deus Ex Review

Genre | Immersive Sim / First Person Shooter, Role Playing Game
Developer | Ion Storm
Platforms | PC, OSX, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Website | None

Deus Ex is a first person shooter with role playing elements in which the player takes control of JC Denton, a nano-machine augmented agent working for the anti-terrorist agency UNATCO. JC is tasked with various missions which take place in various levels that allow the player to roam around, talk to people, and approach the objectives in a variety of ways with a variety of tools. The player can also shoot a basketball.

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Insurgency Review

Genre | Tactical First Person Shooter
Developer | New World Interactive
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://www.playinsurgency.com/

Insurgency is a team-based tactical first person shooter in which players fight against the enemy team in order to accomplish objectives. Players can aim down iron sights in Insurgency to fire bullets more accurately, and they die when shot with a few bullets. Players respawn in waves after a period of time, as long as their team has respawn waves remaining or is able to capture a control point. The game includes a coop mode against AI opponents.

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Strike Vector Review

Genre | Flight Sim Shooter
Developer | Ragequit Corporation
Platforms | PC
Website | http://www.strikevector.net/

Strike Vector is a multiplayer flight sim shooter in which the player pilots an eponymous strike vector, a flying vehicle that can fly through the air in Vector mode and hover in Harrier mode. Varied weapons and customizations allow players to employ different tactics, such as using a cloaking device to get close to enemies unnoticed in order to destroy them with a shotgun or using a speed boost and homing missiles to evade enemy fire while simultaneously engaging the enemy. When the player is killed, they can steer their destroyed strike vector in an effort to crash into an enemy.

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Receiver Review

Genre | First Person Shooter with Roguelike elements
Developer | Wolfire Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.wolfire.com/receiver

Receiver is a first person shooter in which the player controls a character with a floating gun who moves around an area attempting to absorb cassette tapes. The area is randomly populated by robotic turrets and drones, which attack the player when they spot the player. The various parts of the player’s gun, like the slide and the magazine, are each controlled individually by the player. Throughout the game, the player learns about the upcoming Mindkill and learns that this is a time that has been prepared for.

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RAGE Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | id Software
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://rage.com

RAGE is a game in which the player takes control of Nicholas Raine, a marine who emerges from an underground hibernation vault into a post-apocalyptic Earth. Nicholas then aids a rebellion against the ruling authority, which is known as “the Authority,” by shooting Authority soldiers and doing whatever else the leaders of the rebellion ask of him. Throughout this process the player engages in car races and can play a card game and pick flowers.

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Alpha Protocol Review

Genre | RPG, Third Person Shooter, Action, and Interactive Fiction
Developer | Obsidian Entertainment
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Website | None

Alpha Protocol is a third person RPG in which the player controls Mike Thorton, a secret agent recruited into the eponymous Alpha Protocol, an intelligence agency. Mike is tasked with assassinating a terrorist responsible for an attack on an aircraft. After reaching the end of that mission, the player is then given a series of missions that they can go on, some of which are optional and all of which involve conversations and choices. Between missions, the player can answer emails, purchase weapons, and grow a beard. With the correct skills, Mike can slow down time and fire multiple pistol shots, sense enemies through walls, and punch harder.

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Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter with optional RPG elements
Developer | BioWare
Platforms | PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U
Website | https://masseffect.bioware.com/downloads/

In Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, the player controls Commander Shepard, who attempts to discover the force behind a plot against Shepard’s life. The player also throws a party, talks with squad mates and other characters, and purchases furniture if they so desire. Eavesdropping on conversations is possible.

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Spec Ops: The Line Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter
Developer | Yager Development
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, OSX
Website | http://www.specopstheline.com

Spec Ops: The Line is a third person shooter in which the player takes control of Martin Walker, the leader of a three-person Delta Force team sent into a ruined Dubai in order to determine what occurred there. Walker and his squad become involved in the conflict that is taking place in the city, and the player must engage in combat with a series of individuals in order to progress to the end of the game.

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Mirror’s Edge Review

Genre | First Person Shooter, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | EA Digital Illusions CE
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://www.mirrorsedge.com/

Mirror’s Edge is a first person platformer game with shooting and puzzle elements. The player controls Faith, a “runner.” Runners traverse the rooftops and streets of a city to deliver packages. In the game, the player delivers one package in the prologue and then becomes embroiled in a plot that does not involve delivering packages. Faith must navigate through the city by jumping, climbing, running, riding in elevators, and engaging in other acrobatic maneuvers while also encountering enemies, helicopters, and enemy helicopters.

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Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy

Genre | Action, Shooter
Developer | Raven Software
Platforms | PC, OSX, XBOX

In Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy, the player controls Jaden Korr, a student at the eponymous Jedi Academy  training to become an eponymous Jedi Knight whose instructor is the eponymous Jedi outcast, Kyle Katarn. Jaden undertakes a variety of missions, learns a lesson about the value of friendship, and kills multiple enemies.

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