The Lazygamer Awards 2016 – Best Shooter

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And I’m not talking Jaegermeister! The first-person shooter genre has dominated gaming for years upon years now, and 2016 was no exception to that rule as getting up close and personal with demons both imagined and horrifically real was a highlight of the year. In fact, this might have been our hardest award to find a single winner for, with the office regularly coming to blows and chainsaws over which game was most deserving of a win.

But as the old adage goes, there can be only one winner. And that game was:

DOOM

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id Software’s revival of the first-person shooter that paved the way for the genre was just alive and well. It was kicking, eviscerating and brutally ripping the limbs off of its competition with a style of action that had been left to the sands of time. But under the guidance of id, this was the DOOM that you had grown to love as a child, but polished and tweaked for a new age.

DOOM simply nailed this award on not just a sublime technical level, but also because it’s some of the best fun you’ll have this year when you introduce an eye cavity to the business end of a shotgun. It’s superb in its execution, never dropping a beat and maintaining a flow of combat that has to be played to be believed.

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DOOM has also gotten even better over the months, with recent content drops adding more to its multiplayer and sublime single-player campaign along the way. Basically, DOOM is just a bloody good game that proves that bridges the divide between old and new school in the most brutal manner possible.

Runner-up

Titanfall 2

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Respawn’s magnificent sequel came this close to unseating DOOM and becoming the top dog, as the combination of man and machine was better than ever. And also surprising, as the single-player campaign of Titanfall 2 may have been one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Honourable mentions

Like I said, this category saw the office divided. But while DOOM may have walked out with the top honours, the other nominees here still deserve plenty of your love:

Battlefield 1

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Sure, it’s Battlefield 4 with an old-timey skin, but that skin looks glorious. Factor in a campaign that spanned continents and nations, and Battlefield 1 was back and ready to rock. Also, did I mention yet just how pretty it looked?

Overwatch

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HEROES NEVER DIE! Blizzard’s newest universe wasn’t just a hit with audiences, but also a cultural phenomenon. Spawning a culture based on its adorable and cool characters, Overwatch was a force to be reckoned with as the multiplayer shooter made for some amazing fun with friends and foes alike in that digital space.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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It’s Call of Duty…BUT IN SPACE! Say what you like about Activision’s premier franchise, but every year Call of Duty delivers on several fronts: A single-player campaign that makes for a rad weekend and multiplayer action that’ll gets tweaked and tuned further each and every single year. And this year was no different, as Call of Duty achieved orbit with a style of warfare that was a touch more modern than usual.

Last Updated: December 13, 2016

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  • Kikmi

    Told you so I told you so

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    PEWPEWPEW. Will probably pick up Doom during the xmas sale.

  • Viper_ZA

    Will DOOM ever get proper local multiplayer support? Probably not :/ Reminds me so much of QA.

  • Sageville

    I think COD is learning that there is a threshold to how many times you can reskin and resell the same product…..

    • Meanwhile, FIFA continues as per usual haha!

      • Sageville

        The world is soccer crazy, I’ve tried to talk sense to the world, but they still love soccer for some reason!!

      • not true. I hated FIFA this year.. and I”m a FIFA fangirl

        • Shadowblade Tokashi

          You hate Fifa 17? I find Fifa 17 is much better. It is way better than 16 and other version I had was 14 and it is even better than that.

          I am enjoying FIFA 17 a lot.

    • Viper_ZA

      Let’s hope they do a reboot of some kind soon with a new game engine. I won’t hold my breath though…

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Mine is Overwatch… because I haven’t played the others.

    Also the end is nigh! Lagz awards means they’re going on leave soon.

    • Viper_ZA

      So am I, less than 3 days to go! xD

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I don’t like you anymore 😛

        I’m on leave from the 28th to the 6th 😐

        • Viper_ZA

          Haha, problem is, the salary needs to be stretched to end January :/

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I dunno when I’m getting paid. Could be this week, but will probably be the 30th 😐

          • Viper_ZA

            😐 ouch, that’s so wrong 🙁

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, you get used to it after 4 years.

    • DOOM was absolutely amazing but I also have to give it to Overwatch.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        So I’ve heard, I just haven’t played most of the new releases of this year, so haven’t played DOOM though I really frikken want to.

  • Sageville

    Me:

    1. Overwatch
    2. Titanfall 2

    • Viper_ZA

      Have you played TF2 multiplayer at all?

      • Kikmi

        shots fired

        • Viper_ZA

          I bought it myself recently, but only installed it last night, hence the reason for asking 😛

          • Sageville

            Yes, I have Gen’d my pilot and the Tone mech and a number of guns.

            I love it, it’s so viceral, but I do struggle to find the time, so many good MP’s out there…

          • Viper_ZA

            So I take it is playable with the latency and all that? Will probably give it a crack by the weekend. My Dark Elf on Skyrim is getting all the love at the moment lol

          • Sageville

            I’m on fibre, so it’s about 180 – 220ms ping, but I don’t really notice any issues (Maybe I’m not at the pro level types that notice this stuff easily)

            CC @Guild

          • Viper_ZA

            Bah, us peasants can only dream about fibre at the moment. Playing on a WISP with decent latency on other titles so here is hoping xD

          • Guild

            I’m on fiber as well and don’t feel any lag. TitanFall 2 MP is a lot of fun. I find that I am switching between it and OverWatch. Don’t feel the need to get any other FPS MP game with these 2 titles.

          • Sageville

            We need some more TF2 playtime Craig…

          • Guild

            Ya. Plus I want to start our co-op Divinity game. Start leave tomorrow, so plenty of gaming should hopefully be happening.

          • Sageville

            Win!

          • Melasco

            I’m on about 220ms and I dont really notice it. I get into top 3 regularly. Amazing game, loads of fun and rate of progression is perfect.

  • Original Heretic

    Jaigermeister, shooter? Aw hell no, I hate drinking the medicine!

  • Just to be clear, I fought tooth and nail for Overwatch… in the end it lost due to not having a single player campaign and not being a pure shooter..

    However I still rate it as the best due to it’s varied shooting style

    • Nick de Bruyne

      Who cares if it didn’t have single player, it came with amazing short films and about 10,000 DANK MEMES. Thats more story than most shooters

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        And porn parodies! A friend told me.

      • the second part is where I stopped fighting as hard.. it is more than just a shooter… I mean Winston’s mechanic isn’t really shooting now is it?

        • Nick de Bruyne

          Its true, it doesn’t deserve best shooter because of that.

          It’s clearly just overall GOTY

    • Johann

      Most FPS “singleplayer campaigns” are just glorified tutorials.

    • Sageville

      Based on which game I keep coming back to, Overwatch is the winner….

    • Guild

      How? I haven’t even bothered loading up Doom. I call for a recount.
      OverWatch should be the clear winner. Just because it doesn’t have SP shouldn’t be the deterring factor. People will spend more hours playing OverWatch than Doom.

    • iusedtobe(a)regular

      Well the general consensus across the internet regardless of what TGA said is that Overwatch is not a full game where as Doom for instance gives a proper SP and a beefy MP hence making it a better candidate.

  • Captain JJ

    DOOOOM – this Christmas, will be mine

    • Viper_ZA

      The price has really come down significantly, it will not disappoint xD

      • Captain JJ

        Yea!

  • Pariah ???

    Not even a little mention of Shadow Warrior 2? The first game I’ve finished in ages. Easily my top shooter of the year.

    Also dick jokes. I’m sure we could wang-le something up.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      So you went for the wang after all!

      • Pariah ???

        mmmmm so good, you should try it. You’ll never look back…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          You try the wang, you like the wang, you buy the wang.

          Tell me, does it still have Titsubishi bakkies? I giggled completely maturely at that in the first one.

          • Bruce Bielie

            Wang Bang Thank you man/Ma’am.

    • Viper_ZA

      Cowabunga

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        *Cow-wang-bunga!

  • kieker

    Will also probably be picking up some Doom soon, until then I will be playing Overwatch, as I recently got back into it; so much fun 🙂 As for the rest, I get lost in big maps easily, so battlefield is off the table and COD is very meh…

  • Bruce Bielie

    DOOOOOOOMMMM!!!! I still have to finish it. It’s also the game by which I know I have beaten my anxiety spells. The meds I am on now allows me to play Skyrim no problem. I can even fight Draughrs without having a weepy meltdown.
    But when I face the hordes of hell during a spell? Then I shall know I have triumphed!

  • Hammersteyn

    Really glad the granddaddy of all shooters won, it shows that reboot doesn’t need to be a dirty word. But it seems that it’s not so much about which game won. Looks more like it was a contest between SP and MP with people rooting for MP

    • Ir0nseraph

      Yes Doom won, that’s all that matters, Overwatch is good but as you know if your team sucks or your friends go awol and force you into random grouping it can send some players over the edge :P, while Doom the campaign is just pure awesomeness.

      • Sageville

        I wanna argue, but it’s kinda true… bugger.

        • Ir0nseraph

          LoL

  • DeathadderZA

    How did Overwatch not beat Doom ???
    Even without a single player campaign Overwatch will be around for alot longer than doom will.
    Credibility gone…. 😛

    • Sageville

      Soo much lulz in this comment….

      • DeathadderZA

        GG 😉

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM! I still need to play this game.

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