Posted Tue, Dec 18, 2012 by Sardu
Back in the day, shooter fans had much slimmer pickings when it came to worthwhile titles to choose from. With fewer releases in any given year, those that were truly worthy of a massive, loyal fan base quickly rose to prominence. The dividing lines were even more clearly defined once you factored in that online multiplayer modes were still a very hit-or-miss proposition in most cases (if they existed at all, depending on the title).
Man, how times have changed. These days, online shooters are a dime a dozen. It seems like a new one is released every few weeks, each clamoring for attention in an increasingly saturated market. For an online shooter to be worthy of notice, it needs to not only provide a truly original experience, but one that gives gamers ample reasons to invest their time in on an ongoing basis.
This is exactly what we were looking for when we sat down to decide on our winner for Best Online Shooter of 2012. While there were a few worthy contenders, at the end of the day it became readily apparent that only one title this year had that special something to take the genre boldly into the future rather than simply rehashing the same, tired old mechanics as has become all too common with online shooters these days.