On the subject of good shooting games, there’s some awesome new/upcoming releases to keep an eye on! All throwbacks to classic shooting action.
-Amid Evil. An old-school shooter with a fantasy theme, using magic to fight off cosmic evil. This game is in early access, technically, but even now it’s incredible. They just released the 6th episode out of the total of 7 in the final release, so it’s shaping up to be a long one! I’m going to say right now that this game night have the most satisfying weapons of any shooter I’ve ever played. No little pea shooters in here. There’s a staff that fires homing bolts, a lighting trident, a mace that launches giant spikes like a shotgun, and the amazing Celestial Claw which THROWS PLANETS AT YOUR ENEMIES. That’s just a small sample! Highly recommend checking it out!
-Ion Maiden. From the legendary folks at 3D-Realms, using a polished version of the classic Build Engine, comes a spiritual successor to Duke Nukem 3D! You play as Bombshell, a girl leading a crime fighting squad from Neo DC. In the grand tradition of build engine games, she’s a snarky badass throwing out one liners while she blows enemies to pieces. The level design is absolutely incredible and the weapons on offer are pretty neat (like the rotary cannon that can fire either shotgun shells or grenades, or the chargeable ion laser crossbow).
-Dusk. Dusk got a full packaged release at the end of last year and it’s definitely one of my new favorites. Movement like Quake and campaign progression like Doom, with plenty of elements from backwoods and eldritch horror! It’s decently challenging with a few levels that really test your skill/quicksave as well as killer level design and a huge variety of environments to explore! The guns are balanced well and each has their uses throughout every mission, and the enemy variety is amazing.
-Doom: Eternal Coming soon, the sequel to the latest Doom, from iD Software! They promise more guns, more demons, more features and mechanics, and new realms to explore! I have high hopes.
-Blood Remastered. Not so much new, but finally a way to play this on Modern Hardware properly without hastling with different source ports or DOS Box. A classic horror inspired shooter originally developed by Monolith (the F.E.A.R people), about an undead hero out for revenge against the evil that wronged him in life.