Best shooters of 2012 so far
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#2 – Tribes: Ascend:
Tribes: Ascend, a free-to-play shooter, looked to set a precedent in the shooter market with its fast-paced futuristic gameplay. The game’s beta certainly left a good taste for players who had a chance to try it.
Then came the shooter’s full launch, which was met with an extremely positive critical reception; it truly deserved it, too. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, Tribes: Ascend makes players learn how to achieve kills – many will be turned off by the initial difficulty spikes. Either way, the enjoyment of carrying out a headshot with a sniper rifle while on a jetpack is a feeling that is unprecedented.
#1 – Max Payne 3:
Max Payne 3 is one of the most overdue titles in gaming history. With over eight years of development, Max Payne 3's rights were transferred to Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar Games. The studio couldn’t have been a better fit for the game. Judging by the developer’s past shooter-based titles, the quality for the next Max Payne installment aimed to top expectations.
And indeed it achieved exactly that. Featuring series’ trademarks such as a refined bullet-time feature, the series’ first for a multiplayer component, paired with an engrossing narrative and story, Rockstar showcased once again why they’re one of the top developers in history.