We don't see enough 6 Degrees of Freedom FPS games these daze. And that's a shame. Thankfully, Cadenza Interactive, makers of the 2010 PC and XBLIG game Sol Survivor, have high hopes of changing all that with Retrovirus.
If you're not familar with the 6 DoF FPS genre, think of Descent. It's likely the most popular / well known example. Second in that list would be Forsaken. Players shoot enemies and can move in all directions like a helicopter that can also go upside-down. This adds to the challenge and also gives users a unique perspective and twist to the standard FPS experience.
The story of Retrovirus reminds me a lot of an Atari Jaguar game called I-War. Essentially, you're inside a computer, battling a torrent of viruses which are infecting your system.
If you'd like to give an early alpha of the game a go, you'll find the download on their Kickstarter.
One last thing: if Retrovirus looks like your cup of tea, join me in throwing $15 their way on Kickstarter. They've got just under 7 days left to meet their goal and they are quite a ways off. We've seen Kickstarter campaigns have a huge turnaround and I'm really wishing that is what happens here.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: 2007
Genre: First Person Shooter
It's true that most first person shooters have a pretty short shelf life. Only the best are played for years (and sometimes decades) after their initial release. Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Counter Strike (including Counter Strike: Source), Quake 3 Arena... I believe Team Fortress 2 is one we can add to that distinguished list.
Originally released as part of The Orange Box in 2007, the game has seen numerous upgrades including an achievement system, new weapons, hats!, new game modes, and plenty of new maps. Besides the content upgrades, the biggest change came a few years ago when the game went free-to-play. This means anyone with a Steam account can hop right in and play today with 0 dollars traded in exchange. That's a huge plus, especially considering most new AAA FPS games will set you back $50 to $60.
So what makes Team Fortress 2 so great that it deserves a spot on the Game of The Day list? Well, it's a lot of fun. That's a great place to start. It also runs pretty well on older hardware, so it's got a low barrier to entry. It's got fantastic graphics and animations, plus a really neat faux-50s art style that I just adore. Finally, the classes are all really well balanced and there's something for every type of game player including my favourite class: the turret farmer.
I've sunk a huge number of hours into the game since it came out in 2007. I know a lot of my readers will feel the same when I say that Team Fortress 2 is one of the best first person shooters available on the market today. It's servers are consistently full even a full 5 years after release, and that's saying quite a bit for a genre with such short life spans.
If you've never played it, give it a go. Even if you're not an FPS fan. It's that good and I'm sure you'll love it.
What do you think of Team Fortress 2? Let me know in the comments below!
The team behind StarForge is CodeHatch, who released a game called Silas in 2011 under the Exalt Studio brand.
So just what is StarForge? It's like Minecraft meets Warcraft meets HD graphics meets Space. Here's the official description:
StarForge is a game about gathering resources, building bases, crafting anything you want, and surviving on an alien planet. Earth's star is dying and humanity transferred as much technology and resources as possible and left on a one way mission to populate another planet.
StarForge was inspired by Halo, Warcraft 3, Borderlands, Terraria, and Minecraft. It borrows elements from the RTS, FPS, RPG, Voxel Builder, Tower Defense, and Physics Sandbox genres. We are building a dark and serious universe and want the player to live out their own unique story on the procedural planet.
Sounds awesome. I'm downloading now! Thanks goes out to Sergeace for the heads-up!
Guncraft is a first person shooter game utilizing the voxel style made popular by the highly acclaimed game, Minecraft. This game will take traditional FPS elements and combine them with construction to create a fast paced, diverse, and extremely unique level of gameplay. Combine that with a multiplayer editor and tons of modding capabilities, and you have yourself a very versatile game.
I have to admit, I'm really excited about this game. You, too?