It’s no secret that first-person shooters dominate the landscape in the gaming world, as gamers can spend hours upon hours playing them. They are not like most games though, where you have an interest in the story.
There is a story for these type of games, but most people purchase shooters for the multi-player component. This is the real value and the main selling point of the game towards consumers.
There is a good chance that future first-person shooters will have only an on-line component. This is a good thing, because developers can now spend the majority of their time working on just the multi-player alone. There are some first-person shooters that have a decent story and the on-line portion just feels tacked on.
If they had more time to make it better, that could make the games even more compelling to consumers.
The benchmark for shooters with a spectacular multi-player aspect is the Call of Duty series and the Battlefield series. These two game series always sell millions of units and are up for numerous gaming awards each and every year.
There is a new entrant to the shooter world that could be a threat to these kings. This would be the Borderlands series, a first-person shooter game developed by Gearbox Software. The unique thing about this game is that it combines a shooting aspect with role-playing game elements.
The first game in the series caught people by surprise, and was not expected to sell well. The thinking was that it was almost impossible to have a robust shooter that also had role-playing features like in Oblivion or Dragon Age. The first game proved people wrong and the second one is a favorite among gamers alike.
The best thing about the second iteration is support of the company behind it. They are constantly releasing downloadable content for the game and looking at ways to improve the game by listening to feedback from gamers.
The future of first-person shooters looks promising and sooner rather than later, there will be just an on-line component to these games.