Shooter games are a very unique sub-genre of online action games in which the emphasis is almost exclusively on the destruction of the enemy’s characters with the various firearms given to the player as a prerequisite part of their basic fighting inventory. These games have a very distinct and memorable characteristic in that they present a very high level of difficulty, often requiring that the player is both smart and strategic at the same time. The typical shooter game will involve some type of storyline, which is driven by a central plotline that’s been developed throughout the course of the game. In many cases the storyline is driven by a personal stake, such that the storyline represents a theme that is either important to the hero or the antagonist of the story.
Modern shooters were not always part of the first-person shooter genre. Early versions were first-person shooters (commonly called first-person shooters) that used a map editor and/or the game’s architecture to create the environment and the interactions with the environment. This was a huge step forward in terms of making a multiplayer game more interesting, as it allowed players to get into a “hero” role and become part of something larger than themselves. However, the problem with this type of shooter is that there often comes a time when one player feels like they’ve ‘gotten away’ from the action; there’s little to take your mind off of other players; you’re basically just sitting back and watching the fireworks go off in another part of the map. A lot of these early versions of multiplayer shooters were fairly basic, consisting of a small map and a few select weapons and characters.
As the technology of games grew and changed overtime, first-person shooters were becoming more sophisticated with the inclusion of more complex gameplay mechanisms. It was during this time that multiplayer shooters also began to experience a rise in popularity. These types of shooters relied more heavily on power-ups and the addition of various ‘requisites’, although they still typically focused on first-person shooter mechanics.
After the introduction of these types of mechanics, more genres started to take advantage of them, allowing for a greater degree of interaction within the game itself. The next major innovation to the shooter video game genre was the concept of the gun shooter. The gun shooter is perhaps the most famous form of this type of game, as it allowed for an unlimited amount of movement within the gameplay itself. Although gun shooters can be first-person shooters, the majority of them still require the player to look around and to utilize all of their senses. It’s often difficult to tell exactly where one player should be looking to avoid being shot from behind or from a position that offers them a clear shot at their target.
After the initial success of first-person shooter video game, the next big innovation to the genre occurred with the release of RTS (Rocket-Science Games) titles. As the name suggests, these titles were designed around a single objective, which was to reach a specific level goal. Due to the nature of the genre, however, many different variations of these games also emerged. Some of these games involved various paths, while others featured multiple lanes for players to pursue. There were also a title such as Space Invaders: The Alien Invasion, which introduced a completely new perspective to the genre. Following this, first-person shooter games moved from arcade to first-person shooters, until the birth of first-person shooters such as Counter-Strike, Day Of War, and Crysis.
Finally, with the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, a completely new genre was born. Unlike the first-person shooter, a third-person shooter featured an element of action that had not been seen since the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. This included a much larger emphasis on verticality, which made for an entirely new set of gameplay mechanics that Halo players have enjoyed for years. In short, this genre has always thrived and will most likely continue to do so as the gaming industry continues to mature. The future is looking bright for all PC games, so what are you waiting for?