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A NEW Type Of Shooter?” |

First and third person shooters are one of the most popular genres in gaming. There are generally two types of shooters that most gamers play.

  • “twitch” like COD franchise
  • “tactical” or “non-twitch” shooter like Rainbow 6 franchise

Both game types draw in  general fans of shooters. You know the guy who just loves the thrill of being under gunfire and fighting their way out, but both game types also have a very loyal fanbase.When deciding what type of shooter one may want to play you have to know that one big deciding factor is patience.

The tactical shooter is a more patient game then you twitch shooters like COD. Running and gunning happens but generally to really experience the full effect that a tactical shooter can provide one needs patience. Moving from cover to cover or finding a snipe point and waiting for the enemy to come to you. The twitch shooter is a more frenzied, run and gun style where the gamer finds the enemy. Generally, there is cover in twitch shooters but not many gamers use it. Having differing types of games is why the first person genre is so amazing.

Games like Killzone 2 really add a level of both types of games into one. With the differing map sizes and classes you really have the best of both worlds. You have the engineer and assault classes custom built for run and gun play. Then you have your saboteurs and scouts that rely on the ability to find the best position or infiltrate the enemy camp. This plays into both twitch shooters with the fast run and gun style and more tactical shooters with there patient make every kill count style. Games like Killzone 2 are the future of first person shooters. A game that reaches out to both fan bases and brings them together for some good ‘ol fashion killin! As shooters evolve the different types of game play, twitch and tactical will gain more or maybe less fan base, but hopefully with games like a Killzone 2 more gamers will come together for the best of both worlds!  It really comes down to what type of shooter suits you?

Guys its my first post so please comment and tell me what you think. My PSN is TCCCCnME. See ya on the battlefield!

  • Hentaku

    I think time will tell if it really is the evolution of FPS’s. I, myself, am not that big of a FPS gamer. I’ve played them all, yes, but KZ2 is the first FPS game that i actually went out and purchased. I have much more experience with the ‘twitch’ shooter, via friends and family, which is probably why i die all too often. I find myself running at the enemy out of habit and facing off an enemy that has far superior aim than i have bullets. Slowly but surely, I am breaking this habit.

    I give your first post my approval.


    I hadn’t thought about it but KZ2 really is the best of both styles of shooters.

    Well said.

  • Kris

    paragraphs maybe?

  • James

    yeah bullet points and paragraphs are always a good thing 😉

  • teflon6678

    Some good points and ideas there.

    Im not as big a fan of twitch shooters as I am the more tactical kind, which is one of the reasons why I absolutely loved KZ2 and its brilliant cover system. It really helps to drop you in the action and immerse you in whats going on.

    Having said that, I still feel that its a twitch shooter slowed down a little. I mean youre still going up against the endless hordes of baddies “on your own” and running along a completely predetermined path. Id have really liked to see more options in your route. So that in some sections you can choose to fight tooth and nail for a square, or flank round through some alleys, or head into a building and take the high ground advantage.
    Of course, that would be way more difficult to figure out for the developers, seeing as they were ordering us about. Your CO doesnt usually give you a choice :p not to mention that itd be tricky for the common denominator of player.. the kind that could get lost in a hallway.

    So the next FPS Im really looking to is Operation Flashpoint 2. In terms of complete realism that is going to be the ultimate. Youd better hunker down, flank positions and take out enemy armour quickly and efficiently.

    Maybe when KZ3 comes along it can take the best of KZ2 and merge it with a more sprawling map layout which doesnt constantly funnel you down a set path. Id even quite like to see you trying to shepherd a group of tanks/soldiers, and depending on how well you do they either make it or get chewed up little by little.. Perhaps that could then play into the final battle and give you an advantage at a crucial point…

  • George

    I’m only now getting into Resistance 2. Got it for 40$ this weekend.

    I’ll probably pick up Killzone 2 after it gets a few price drops.

    My idea shooter would be something with the production values of Resistance / Killzone mixed with a fully interactive world (not just a linear path)

    That would effectively result in an RPG Shooter…like Fallout 3, except with multiplayer.

  • I really like the class featured on KZ2 that being said if I got a few “suggestions” for the game:

    1.) The decision by GG to put intended lag in the controls is just isn’t flying with me. Make it run in a smoother framerate like COD.

    2.) PS3 Controller – I guess I was spoiled by the xbox360 controller which just feels better when playing shooters.

    With KZ2 having a bunch of classes available I can see it being copied in future games. I’m just really glad I bought the game rather than renting it.

  • yodaddy

    what about a max payne III ?

  • mjm_007

    I like the balance of Killzone. Fast paced yet tactical shooter.