10 awesome alternatives to Call of Duty
To paraphrase Samuel Johnson: when a man is tired of Call of Duty, he is tired of life.
Well, he shouldn’t be. There are loads of great alternatives to the best-selling FPS, including these little beauties…
After the mixed reaction to the cops-and-robbers themed Battlefield Hardline, DICE decided to go back in time and revisit possibly the most harrowing conflict of all time; World War One.
Unlike the brash Hardline, Battlefield 1 is a thought-provoking and challenging first person shooter. The main campaign takes the form of an anthology of enthralling and often heartbreaking tales from the Great War. It’s a welcome change from the mindless popcorn fodder of recent FPS single player experiences, and it sticks with you long after the final credits have rolled.
The multiplayer is a welcome change from the norm too, snubbing gimmicks and complex levelling systems in favour of thrilling mass conflicts and unique environments.
Battlefield 1 has breathed new life into a stale genre, and its little surprise that Call of Duty is following suit later this year with Call of Duty: WWII!
Overwatch is one of the most popular FPS games around, with its colourful characters and teamwork-focused gameplay winning over a huge amount of gamers.
Like Battlefield, Overwatch encourages teamwork over individualism. You choose from offense, defence, support and tank classes, and team up with other classes to achieve goals as a squad.
Call of Duty veterans may be put off by the lack of a traditional deathmatch mode, but the team-focused game modes like Escort, where a team has to escort a payload while the other team tries to stop them, and Assault, where a team has to capture two points on a map, should make up for it.
Halo 5: Guardians
Guardians is widely considered to be one of the weakest entries into the Halo series, but that’s not exactly a criticism when the bar is set so high.
Halo 5 is still a fast-paced, thrilling multiplayer experience, with new additions like the massive Warzone adding a new twist to the classic Halo experience. As ever, Halo is easy to pick up but difficult to master – its well worth putting the hours in though!
Doom is a thrilling update of one of gaming’s greatest shooters, pitting players against the forces of hell once again with a shotgun, chainsaw and BFG for company.
As you might expect, Doom is ultra violent and ultra creepy. It’s also pretty old school: instead of recharging health, you’ll need to find good old fashioned health and armour pick ups.
The multiplaye might not be for everyone, but Doom is a must-buy if you love fast and furious FPS action.
If you’re looking for an arty alternative to CoD, SUPERHOT is the game for you.
SUPERHOT is an FPS with a difference: time freezes when you stop moving, allowing you to plan your next move and dodge bullets. It’s like Bernard’s Watch with more guns.
This makes SUPERHOT more strategic than your average FPS, with forward planning essential – especially as enemies can kill you with one hit.
It looks amazing too, with enemies appearing in an alarming shade of red against minimalist black and white backgrounds.
You’ve probably heard of this one. Bungie’s MMOFPS is one of the most popular and controversial games of this generation, inspiring love and hate in equal measure.
The premise is simple: you explore space, gathering loot and shooting stuff. There is a loose narrative (although expansion The Taken King is more story-centred) but the focus is on exploring with friends and getting more stuff.
Those who love Destiny really, really love it. While you’re unlikely to clock the 6000+ hours some of the top players have, you can easily lose 100s of hours trying to get new armour and weaponry.
Borderlands 1 and 2
These brilliant FPS/RPG hybrids, which are a bit like Fallout with a better sense of humour, are well worth your time if you prefer your shooting with a plot and an in-depth levelling system.
Both are available pretty cheaply on Xbox 360 and PS3, although they were recently remastered as The Handsome Collection on the newer gen consoles.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Imagine Call of Duty but with more blasters, AT-AT Walkers and Jedi. While Battlefront lacks some of the depth of other first person shooters, it makes up for it in sheer fun. Plus, it’s Star Wars. What’s not to love?
The only shooting you’ll do in Rocket League is the shooting of a ball towards a goal, but don’t let that put you off: this is one of the best multiplayer games around.
Rocket League sees two teams of three cars zipping around an arena trying to hit a ball into the opposing team’s goal. It’s pretty much football with cars, except much more exciting and fast-paced. Even if you hate football, there’s a good chance you’ll love this.
Titanfall 2 was one of 2016’s most pleasant surprises, building on the good parts of the otherwise average Titanfall to produce an unexpectedly thrilling first person shooter.
In Titanfall 2, you essentially play as two characters; a normal human with guns and a ‘Titan’, a giant mech with superior strength and special powers. This makes for a unique multiplayer experience, although CoD vets will still pick it up pretty quickly.
The real jewel in the Titanfall 2 crown is the single player campaign. Commonly neglected in FPS games (the first Titanfall didn’t even have one), Titanfall 2’s campaign is a rich, emotional and surprisingly touching journey about one man, his robot and their adventures through massive shootouts.
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