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First Person Shooter: What’s the Right Recipe?

CuriousGeorge | 833d ago
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With all the things to love about first person shooters, the multiplayer experience is almost always the defining factor. Ask any FPS gamer why they bought a game such as Battlefield 3, or Modern Warfare 3, and they will more often than not give you the same answer: “I bought it for the multiplayer.”
After playing first person shooters games, as well as watching them being played, I must confess in my humble opinion that the multiplayer aspect of first person shooters have gone downhill rapidly in recent years. We argue about which is better, Battlefield or Call of Duty, when the fact is that they are both another cookie cutter game cloned from the previous installment with just enough more fluff from the last one to lead gamers to believe it is “Bigger and Better.”
With all the potential to create the perfect online FPS multiplayer experience, why is there a growing lack of originality in the FPS gaming business? Why is there no class? Today I will provide you with what I believe to be the right formula for creating the paramount first person shooter in regards to multiplayer. The talent and potential is already in the industry, but it is in the application of it where the defining mixture of aspects has been lost.

The Recipe

Step 1: Back to Basics
Take a first person shooter such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Killzone, or HALO and strip it bare. Take out all killstreaks, perks, custom classes, etc. Do this to the point where the game is raw, and the only things you have are the basics: a guy, a gun, and a map to play in.

Step 2: A Playing Field
Some of the best first person shooters to play online have the biggest and best maps. Give a game a variety of large maps; even if the game doesn’t have vehicles, players need room to breathe. Absolutely massive maps are the best for any shooter, with lots of places to go or hide. If people complain, throw in some relatively small maps to make them happy. The last thing, and I emphasize this, a player should possess the ability to enter or break into any building within the borders of the map. Developers, spend the extra time to do this please, it will be well worth it!

Step 3: Clear the Clutter
Another thing to do is to get rid of the Heads up Display. I do not want my screen cluttered with so many silly contraptions; I say again, get rid of it. You do not need crosshairs, that’s what the sights on your gun are for. In addition, no one should know exactly how many rounds he has at any given time. There should be the bare minimum when it comes to HUD. The very most that should be given in any serious first person shooter is the small and flat type of compass at the top of the screen showing cardinal directions, and maybe a given knowledge of how many grenades or magazines the player possesses, but nothing more please.

Step 4: Kill ‘Em All
Perhaps the most stressful aspect of any FPS shooter today is the excessive amount of effort needed to kill your enemy. Especially in any modern-day themed FPS, only one to three shots should be needed to send your enemy to the ground with a firearm, depending on the caliber, or whether or not they are a zombie. In addition, once they are on the ground they should stay there. Medics should not magically bring players back to life with one shock of the paddles. If men rose from the grave with such ease in reality, war would be a whole lot less terrible.

Step 5: Bells and Whistles
I personally would be happy with a game at this point, but if one must insist that there be killstreak rewards, ranking, perks, custom classes, and things of the sort, I would only agree to custom classes and ranking. Killstreak rewards might be okay, but perks have no place in an honest first person shooter. This is what disappointed me the most about the Modern Warfare series. Giving a player supernatural abilities and arguing that it “makes the game fair” is absurd. Taking the perks out entirely gets rid of the complications that they arouse, and makes the game more genuine and simple, especially if realism is your thing. The thing to remember regarding killstreak rewards, ranking, custom classes, and such in a game, is that to have a lack of them in the game is more often than not a better option than doing them wrong. For instance, do not insult my intelligence by telling me I can create my own loadout, the way I want it, and then tell me I can only have one attachment on my weapon at a time. I would rather just choose my weapons from a given list as a match starts.

To sum this all up, the basic thing to remember is that it is better to have a raw and simple first person shooter, than to put forth the false image of creating an immense FPS multiplayer game, when in reality it is all fluff that would be better had in not been put in the game in the first place. If you ask me, the perfect recipe for any FPS is big maps, and I mean BIG, easy killin’, no HUD, and clean, raw, gameplay, without the fluff that only captivates the hearts and minds of noobs, while the true hardcore gamers are left in the street gnashing their teeth.

Hufandpuf  +   833d ago
You just described Counter Strike to the T...
Solid_Snake37  +   832d ago
oh yeah, I have really high hopes for CS global offense. Maybe, Valve can once again show those noobs at IW or Treyarch how to do a fps game. They might even revolutionize the industry again.
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tarbis  +   833d ago
Counterstrike baby. That's the real FPS recipe.
momthemeatloaf  +   832d ago
It just comes down to basics. Shooters are meant to be shooters, that is the most satisfying aspect. The more things you add the more unbalanced and confusing it gets, and the more it takes away from the most satisfying aspect, which is killing someone with your gun.

Every shooter is going way overboard in features and such, and it becomes overkill to the point it is not enjoyable.

I can still play Goldenye on N64 today and it's a blast. It's so simple from gun on gun play to map design.

Less is more, I'm a true believer in that. The less you have the more you enjoy what you have.

The more you have, the more you want. You're never satisfied.
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pwneddemocrat  +   832d ago
Noobs continue on buying FPS shooters with kid-friendly controls and perks, they'll keep on coming.

FPS are being dumber by the second. It's not the creators' faults, it's the consumers who keep making these noob-child-friendly games successful.

Everyone is a badass when he shoots you two times and win, back in Counter Strike days, you'd have to be a freaking aim-bot to get a headshot, even a headshot sometimes left them with red blood and not dead.
MacDonagh  +   832d ago
I really liked Killzone 2 because I was unusually good at blasting people but I couldn't handle the class types and the perks that came along with it. I hope that the new Counter-Strike will be back-to-basics to all this perk nonsense.
thorstein  +   832d ago
The Right Recipe is Dust 514.
CuriousGeorge  +   832d ago
My favorite FPS Multiplayer is the good ol' Call of Duty 2 (Not MW2), and the Killzones are close seconds. Both badly needed HC modes though. Thanks for all the comments guys!
One more thing: don't put so much effort into making the guns 'balanced.' That just makes them all the same. Screw balance. Go for realism. If a gun is overpowered in the game, then it's overpowered out here in the real world.

Let's throw in a bit more realism: if racing games can do full damage let's see it in the shooters. Broken bones, failed organs, missing limbs, eviscerations, and some great big gaping holes left by 7.62 hollow points. Let's see how good those 11 year olds are with one arm broken, the other arm off, and a massive exit wound in the right leg.

Third person shooters could use this stuff too.
irepbtown  +   831d ago
Couldn't say it better.

Your right arm gets shot, you have to move the gun to your left and use that, with minimal accuracy as it is one handed.

Or a shot to the leg, you are limping and if you dont get yourself to a medic, you bleed to death. A shot to the stomach would last you a certain amount of time before your important parts (stomach, intestines etc) fails.

I'd pay £40 for that any day.
-GametimeUK-  +   831d ago
The right recipe for FPS online is CoD.
Single player... Metroid Prime (adventure) and Bioshock. :-D

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