The Daily Five: Best Shooters of 2013

December 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

Now that we’ve had an entire four-day weekend to gorge on turkey and video games, it’s time to hop back on the horse and continue our series of Daily Fives looking back at some of the best games of 2013.

Today we’re looking at shooters, a category that dominated the PlayStation 3 generation. It wasn’t a loaded category this year despite that, but the few that did gave gunslingers plenty to rave about.

Crysis 3

Having released way back in February before a rush of Game of the Year contenders hit throughout the year, you’d be forgiven if you forgot that Crysis 3 even came out in 2013. When you look back at it, it’s clearly one of the best shooters to hit this year.

Its most obvious quality is that Crysis 3 is one of the best looking PS3 games to come out this year, which comes as no surprise with Crytek at the helm. The studio crammed tons of mayhem and wanton destruction into a highly entertaining close to their trilogy, and the multiplayer is great as well.

It’s a game that obviously shines brightest on a high-end PC (a really, really high-end PC), but Crysis 3 is a tremendous shooter experience that transcends console lines.

Payday 2

It flew well under the radar, but Payday 2 is one of the best co-op experiences of the year. It’s like a less polished Left 4 Dead, but instead of a zombie apocalypse you’re robbing shaking down banks and jewelry stores.

It’s an unforgiving game, forcing you to get together a solid group and nail down a strategy before heading in to hit your mark. While there’s plenty of room for failure, it offers a thrilling sense of accomplishment when you and your crew come out the other side with millions of dollars in tow.

It’s easy to dismiss as a budget release, but that just makes it all the easier to jump in with friends. If you’ve got the chance, take it.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Launch titles can be touch-and-go, but Killzone: Shadow Fall is both a technical showpiece for the PlayStation 4 and an all-around fine entry in an underappreciated franchise.

Taking place twenty years after the end of Killzone 3, Shadow Fall is about the repercussions of the bomb that obliterated the Helghan homeworld and ensured Vektan victory after a long war. It’s a story with interesting political twists and turns, touching on some of the real cost of any armed conflict.

If you’ve never been a fan of the weightier feel of the Killzone games, Shadow Fall won’t sway you in that regard. But with its political intrigue and stunning good looks, it’s definitely worth a spin for any PS4 owner.

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