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From family friendly racing games like Mario Kart to M rated shooters like Call of Duty, video games take many shapes and forms. The most popular genre is the shooter, with more than a quarter of all games sold last year falling into that category. Within the shooter genre, there exists a multitude of different settings, feelings, and game play options. Some shooters put you front and center in the body of your fighter (First-person shooters) while others put the camera behind your character, giving the gamer an out-of-body experience. Today, we'll be taking a look at what kind of shooters people are enjoying right now and determine which shooter is the most popular shooter, all based on math (don't worry - I'll be doing the math - you just have to do the reading).

5. Farpoint

'Farpoint' [Credit: Impulse Gear]
'Farpoint' [Credit: Impulse Gear]
  • Developer: Impulse Gear
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • System(s): Playstation 4 VR

Farpoint is currently (as of this writing) the best selling shooter game on the market and the best ever selling VR shooter. However, it comes in at number five due to the fact it has only been out for a little while and hasn't built a massive fanbase like many of the games on this list. Farpoint is a PS4 exclusive, is played through Sony's VR headset, and is by far the most immersive game on this list. With a headset and the "aim controller", gamers can really get into shooting aliens on an unknown world.

Farpoint doesn't offer much in the way of multiplayer (presumably because VR systems are still rare), but you can opt to play through the campaign with a partner.

4. Prey

'Prey' [Credit: Arkane Studios]
'Prey' [Credit: Arkane Studios]
  • Developers: Arkane Studios and Human Head Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • System(s): PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Another first person shooter dealing with aliens, Prey is a fan-favorite game of 2017. It has a unique take on augmentation mechanics that can radically change gameplay and make it one of the most unique shooters out there. Like Farpoint, Prey doesn't offer multiplayer, but the campaign is more than enough to satisfy your thirst for shooting.

2017's Prey is a first-person shooter following Morgan Yu who is seemingly the last man or woman (your choice) alive on a spaceship infested with aliens that can morph into any object. The storyline is exciting as you try to piece together what is going on and where these terrifying life forms came from. There's a lot of freedom as you customize your character to your preferred gaming style and the choices you make shape the ending of the game.

Fun Fact: The game can be beat in 7 minutes by pro speedrunners!

3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

  • Developer: Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • System(s): PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4

The latest entry in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise (which has been going strong since 2001), Wildlands is a tactical first person shooter that requires a lot of focus and determination to beat the game's missions. A unique feature of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is that it is set in an open world, a first for the franchise.

Another thing that sets Wildlands apart is that it is the only game on this list not to be set in the future or in space, instead taking place in present-day South America. Additionally, it is the only game on the list to be a third person shooter (although you can opt for first person aiming if you desire). The Tom Clancy franchise is often novelized as well, and in the case of Wildlands Ubisoft also made a 30 minute short film.

2. Overwatch

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • System(s): PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Overwatch is a first-person shooter with unique, creative, recognizable characters and a colorful and energetic aesthetic unlike any other shooter. Overwatch is also one of the most popular online games right now and unlike every other game on this list, it only has multiplayer. While Farpoint, Prey, and Ghost Recon Wildlands are all focused on campaign and story (and our number one features both), Overwatch is massive online multiplayer first person shooter. Instead, the storyline and world of Overwatch is all fleshed out in Pixar-worthy animated shorts, comics, ARGs, and in-universe news articles.

Overwatch allows players to choose from a variety of characters (all with unique abilities and classes) and fight to the death with other players. Oh and fun fact - Overwatch was 2016's Game of the Year at The Game Awards.

It has also inspired more fan art and projects than anything else on this list.

1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Publisher: Activision
  • System(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

The campaign is one of the best stories in Call of Duty history. Infinite Warfare is so much fun and is currently the most-played CoD game out there (although Black Ops will always hold a special place in CoD fans' hearts). Unfortunately, most reviews of the game agree that the campaign is wonderful, but multiplayer might as well not even be played. The fact the multiplayer is often panned, CoD will always have a place on this list as the single most played shooter franchise.

But it might be better to just play the campaign and zombies than play multiplayer with the other 7 million people that bought the game.

The trend clearly seems to be that people love playing shooting games in a futuristic/space setting, as four of the five most played shooters take place in that realm.

Another important thing to note is that Activision and Blizzard are the same company, meaning they have the two most played shooters on the market. Shooters games are the most played video games out there and with the plethora of options to choose from there's no way of running out of great games to waste spend hours on.


What is your favorite shooter game?

[Sources: Statista, VGChartz, Polygon, Now Loading]


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