SWAT, MAG and SOCOM veteran Charles N Cox has sworn off first-person shooters, admitting that it may be a career-limiting movie but affirming his belief that the games industry “is ready to do better things”.
I hope game dev's see the comments you guys are making, because I am freaking sick of FPS games. Not saying they need to be annihilated, but we need to cut the fat, maybe a 75% reduction of FPS games.
I agree wholeheartedly. I don't even play FPS titles (save for the BioShock games which are single player), though I won't rain on anyone's parade. There are lots of wonderful games that aren't shooters out or coming out, but players may want to observe a handheld console to get the full scope. The 3DS is on fire and the Vita is picking up slack too (the Soul Sacrifice demo is pretty much crack). Sure there are megatons of shooters out, but if you look hard enough you'll find brilliant games from other genres. Everybody go buy Persona 4: Arena. Do it now. You know you want to.
Are you on Dope ????
Damn what's with all the disagrees? What's so wierd about what I said? The article is about a DEVELOPER who is sick of FPS games. So that's why I said I hope that more DEVELOPERS see your comments so that they will see how tired people are of the overabundance of FPS games. I'm just stating my opinion. Don't like it? Then state why. Even still, it doesn't take away from my ability to form my own opinions.
I agree and disagree. We need to end or limit the corridor simplistic fps generic bullshit games. But, we need to support games like bioshock, dishonored, half life and thief. Maybe not pure shooters but there r damn good games that r from fps perspective.
@Joab: Of course, I meant mostly stupid COD clones and games that are FPS games but never really add anything to the genre (aim, shoot: that's it--if i'm good at one (and I am very good at FPS games) then I pretty much master every new one because they are all very similar, with a few knacks to figure out between each "new" release). Of course Bioshock, Half-life, Thief (the new Thief is my most anticipated ps4 game), Metroid Prime series, etc are still great. I thought that went without saying. Maybe we can have more 3rd person games for MP, like Metal Gear Online or Uncharted Online. But I still like some tradition fps MP shooters like BF 3 (which has new idea's like destructable environments, flight, parachutes, tanks, enemy-spotting, etc) and am looking forward to Bungie's DESTINY, but I just don't care for the fact that so many devs are focused on FPS games in general. My beef is not with the FPS first person PERSPECTIVE/view-point/camera angle, it is with the lack of innovation in the genre. Edit: @ Joab: I didn't disagree with your comment btw, I agreed.
Just reading the title of this article makes me nauseous.
Well if this guy had anything to do with SOCOM4, then I hope he never works on another shooter again either, absolutely disgraceful.
Yet people keep praising the new Killzone...which is a closer to Cod than any other game.
wait hold on thief is going to be in fps...-_- i was hoping third person
@trenso1 Umm, the series has always been in first person. Have you actually played Thief before?
@irishguy95 You kidding me, I don't own a PS3 but I've played a lot of Killzone over the years with my best buddy who always had PS2 and PS3 so I was always playin it with him. Clearly you've never played Killzone before as it is as much of a copy of CoD as Smartcar is to a Ferrari. The two are totally unrelated save for the fact that they are both FPS and have a single player and multiplayer component.
The last SOCOM made me not want to play another shooter for the rest of my life.
@Donnieboi, I disagree I don't think devs need to stop making FPS games or any type of games as long as gamers buy them, as for the gamers who are "sick of FPS" games then they have the free will to avoid them and buy what they like, I mean even with all the tons of FPS, a few good but most I admittedly don't like there are still mountains of other types of great games. Whats more offensive to me is this sense of entitlement that some have that ALL games, every game should be made to cater to their likes, some like my little cousins, kids, older folks like games too, not to mention all sorts of other casual/hardcore gamers that from time to time just want some mindless pick up and play game or uncomplicated game, should they not be allowed to enjoy some random shooter like lets say Bulletstorm because in their eyes its just for FUN? Seems to me you are implying that the only games that are worthy are the ones YOU approve of.
Ya, I am sick of the FPS genre as well, and having been playing it since its conception, I've put more hours into it than most. Games in general are starting to bore the shit out of me. Minecraft is probably the only unique thing to really interest me in the 5 years.
good, now bring the older style difficult socom back. look the real socom fans are a different breed of gamer, feed us a real socom and we will eat it
There are way too much FPS games, we need something different :)
Don't disagree but some of the root issues are with the console controller. There needs to be proper support for mouse/trackball/touchpad & keyboard to allow for more strategy games like Command & Conquer series as well a opening up to a wider range of fps games such as the much faster "twitch" fps games.
First Person games are quite different from each other already: Battlefield and COD spawned a few military shooter clones (class based and non class based) but most don't get close to their high bar and we're not forced to play them. In the meantime, Halo offers a completely unique experience that is nothing like these military shooters (or Tribes, if once again you wish to opt-out for a class based game). Borderlands takes a completely different approach as a co-op fps/rpg hybrid and once again offers something different and fresh. Far Cry also takes you in a different path, that of a completely open-world shooter, and while its half-sibling Crysis is not really open world it also offers some unique traits thanks to the implementation of the suite abilities. And games like Dishonored and Portal stride ever more further away and while being first-person they can't even be called shooters. The variety is great.
Just be yourself and you might make an awesome game, look at SOCOM
Amen to this. Hopefully more devs will follow suit and we can put an end to this emphasis on shooters.
And thank goodness to that. FPS doesn't need to be the end all, be all for a game. Change and creativity are what is needed in the industry, not the basics of what's popular. I totally agree that the industry "is ready to do better things".
Good read, been tired of shooters for a long time, plus found the crack addiction that is League of Legends. In all honesty tho, its funny, we are in an age of multiplayer gaming, yet the competitiveness of games is less and less with each iteration. Bring back competition please, to any genre, shooter or otherwise.
Socom veteran? Socom 4 is hardly a "Socom" game yet a first person shooter either.
I prefer TPS shooters like Warhawk. Although I don't mind the occasional Halo, Killzone or Timesplitters. FPS games just feel too limited in vision.
He should stop making them because the ones he made were terrible. He should stick with something simple like a Farmville rip-off (instead of COD rip-offs)
Bring em like there is no Tomorrow. We need more games like GTA and Mafia.
Personally, I'm a fan of FPS games. I don't think FPS games are the problem here. The problem is that the genre is following in the footsteps of Call of Duty instead of differentiating themselves from the generic shooters.
Does everyone here realize there has only been one FPS released this month? Shootmania which is officially out this month, and later there will be Blood Dragon and one TPS GodMode, is that really too much? Do you really feel like we're drowning in to many FPS games?
FPS is just a genre... There are many different types of games within that genre. There are many great FPS's. There will be many great FPS's releasing in the future. I realize that the genre has become massively popular, but it's the result of developers not wanting to take a risk with a genre that doesn't sell as well. I think we'll see the genre slow down in the next generation.
I play a lot of GRAND THEFT AUTO. I recently 100% IV which requires the player to shoot 200 pigeons around LC. I also 100% the two 'Stories' games. Not FPS, 12 year olds play COD.
He will be back when his next games sell 2 copies.
Shooters are the most played genre on any console. No point in complaining about them cause their here to stay...
So does anyone else think it's f'ed up this Superdad guy had to take his 5 year old to work with him cause he had to pull so many hours? The real story here is an industry that pushes too few to do too much in the name of even more profit.
i can see how playing socom could turn you off from shooters
Thumbs up to the guy for speaking out. I could imagine this poor sap was once like every dev at the start of their careers, who wanted to shake things up and make innovative games. But now he, amongst others, had to work 925 on projects that have no innovation whatsoever. That's the CoD effect for you, quite a few FPS publishers now are focused on emulating CoD's financial success, rather than branching out and doing something different like new IPs. Suits would call that 'risk management' which works fine, but in the gaming industry it stinks.
Lol MAG was the worst fps I've ever played, Socom hasn't been good since the Ps2 days, and SWAT just blew. He's just mad all the games he put out sucked.
I played worst games then MAG. MAG had something special. They made it for a purpose and they achieved it. It was fun, challenging, huge numbers of players in console. It's a good game . You just needed to get used to it.
I do hope next gen has a more well rounded more balanced genre of games. this gen was heavily saturated with FPS. I don't have anything against them but there definitely needs to be an adjustment made next gen.
so he never made a good one then. There are awesome FPS games that offer great gaming experiences (Halo, BioShock, CS). And there are FPS games that don't (MAG, Homefront). The problem is not the genre, but what a dev can do with it.
Its about time some one takes a stand
There are A LOT of first-person shooters. A little more variety wouldn't hurt.
I think we need to establish what the criteria is for a "first person shooter".. When I hear that "FPS" term, I think CoD, Battlefield, Killzone, MoH, Halo, etc. Of course most of us like to razz these games as being generic FPS shoot fests. But what about games like Skyrim Fallout, Deus Ex:HR, Bioshock, and some other games that utilize a first person perspective, but are more games for people who are interested in story/narrative and different gamplay mechanics than just "run, shoot, reload, throw grenade" I think that we need to discern between FPP (First Person Perspective) and "FPS".. because as it stands "FPS" kinda covers 70% of games out there, simply because their experienced from the first person view
I want tons of rpgs.
Then how about you do some great FPS games like Borderlands or Fallout instead of making generic military shooters?
Awesome news! I hope more devs go this route.. But then MS would lose the console wars
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