Is it game over for modern combat shooters?

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For the first time in a very long time, Call of Duty’s star is waning; reviews of the latest game in the blockbuster franchise haven’t been especially good. Here’s the thing.; neither have reviews for its biggest competitor, Battlefield 4. Are people getting tired of modern combat?

Of course, reviews don’t exactly correlate to sales – but it seems that Battlefield’s 4 sales haven’t been quite as high as expected. The game was beaten in UK sales charts by Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. And somehow, I really don’t think Ghosts is going to match the sales of the last Call of Duty, Black Ops 2, which would effectively destroy the tradition of each successive Call of Duty making more money than the last one.

It could well be that people are waiting for next generation consoles, so aren’t buying the current versions, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think the masses, the general populace, is growing weary of the modern combat shooter.

If you’ve been playing games for a long time, you’ll know that shooters have been popular for ages – but that that popularity comes and goes in waves. While not the first examples of the genre, Wolfenstein 3D and Doom kicked off the genre’s popularity before to many Doom clones made people pretty tired of the genre.

Though there were a handful of exceptional FPs in the interim, the genre really only gained real prominence again a few years later with the releases of Duke Nukem 3D and Quake and after that (and games like Goldeneye 007 and Half Life!), the genre’s popularity never quite went away, but certainly diminished until Halo re-popularised them on consoles, shortly before World War 2 games became all the rage.

It wasn’t really until Battlefield 2 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that the modern combat sub-genre became popular within the mainstream, and now, years later, I think they’re on the way out, much like World War II shooters became passé.

What do you think? Is it time for something new? Are we all tired of this modern combat nonsense? do things like Titanfall and Destiny excite you more than the prospect of, say, Battlefield 5 or Modern Warfare 4?

Last Updated: November 6, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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