Save Story In the fall of , a twentysomething college dropout and former juvenile offender named John Carmack was hard at work in Mesquite, Texas, on a new concept for a video game. It would merge the first-person perspective of a game like Myst with the direct combat of the shooter game Wolfenstein 3-D and the multi-player capacity of Spectre, and it would do so in a more realistic three-dimensional environment than any game before it. The following year, Carmack and his five colleagues at id Software released the product of that vision: Doom. They knew that they were on to something big. First-person shooters are now responsible for billions of dollars in sales a year, and dominate the best-seller lists of current-generation gaming consoles.
They have the fast responses, the pinpoint hand-eye coordination, the Rainman-like ability to memorise maps and power-up locations. Meanwhile, the rest of us bumble around in the darkness hoping to achieve a kills-to-deaths ratio that doesn't utterly shame our entire ancestral line. Now Play2Improve , a fresh-faced development studio based in Scotland's games industry capital Dundee, thinks it can help players in the latter camp. Launched recently as a free-to-play browser game, FPS Trainer is essentially a coaching aid for would-be virtual assassins. With simplified visuals that separate maps into different strategic zones, the idea is to help players develop the tactical base necessary to start dishing out effective slaughter. There are many levels of strategy in competitive FPS titles that can take years to even become aware of, FPS Trainer will introduce these at an early stage to take you up the ladder more easily.
Why Gamers Can’t Stop Playing First-Person Shooters
Luckily, when the dust settled, we managed to land on our top First off, we favoured new stuff over older games. While you will find a few retro shooters in this list, we prioritised newer releases simply because they hold up better today. GoldenEye might be a classic — and it still made our list — but it controls like a shopping trolley with a broken wheel. Likewise, we thought about how to classify an FPS and decided on the simplest measure: a video game that plays from the first-person perspective and contains guns.
Jul 29, Image via WikiCommons First-person shooter games have proven themselves to be one of the most popular genres in video game history. Though the FPS genre is not without its myriad controversies—accusations of brain-deadening violence and insensitivity abound—their mass appeal makes it unlikely that we can ever expect the form to wither beneath these critiques. Indeed, as a result, first-person shooters have persisted as some of the top-selling titles in the gaming, year after year.