In the Game Tangents Podcast 53, each individual talked a little about his/her favorite third-person shooter. Although not everyone agreed about the definition of a third-person shooter, the group was able to commit to a solid list of games that, at the very least, have characteristics of the genre. The following is the fruit of our hard-fought and arduous labor. Enjoy!
Nick's Favorite Third-Person Shooter
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
In a long line of Tom Clancy strategy shooters comes GRAW 2, which not only improved on its predecessor (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter), but at the time proved why the next-generation of consoles was a force to be heard. Many friends and I bonded over this strategic shooter that had so much to offer in all sections of the game. Besides the intense single-player and multiplayer game modes, you had co-op that offered up to 16 friends to play a single mission. If you wanted a third-person shooter that offered up as much strategy as it did intense action, GRAW 2 was the way to go.
Anthony's Favorite Third-Person Shooter
Dead Space 2
In a year where Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception got all of the attention, Dead Space 2 was all but forgotten by the time the critical 2011 holiday season commenced by coming out in January of that year. This is unfortunate since I believe this is the best third-person shooter of the generation. The Dead Space franchise is one of the true high-points of the fading current-generation of video games. Having innovated with its combination of creepy atmosphere, tense gameplay mechanics, and Resident Evil 4 style over-the-shoulder perspective, the Dead Space games helped modernize the survival-horror genre, and Dead Space 2 is the best of the bunch. With its excellent graphical presentation and lighting engine, phenomenal sound design, precise and responsive controls, and exciting sci-fi horror narrative, Dead Space 2 is a space adventure I won't soon forget.
Taylor's Favorite Third-Person Shooter
Mass Effect Series
About the Mass Effect series (mainly the 2nd and 3rd games as far as gameplay), I feel like I don't need to explain this for anyone who listens to our podcast. They would know what I adore about Mass Effect: its story-telling, the relationships you build, the RPG elements, but also the shooting gameplay, which is one of my favorites. Mass Effect 1 wasn't my favorite but they changed it enough in Mass Effect 2 that it became bearable. Going back to Mass Effect 1 is probably the hardest thing because the shooter part of it is a lot different. This is probably why I haven't started a new play-through on PC. But anyway, Mass Effect 2 and 3 are so good as far as gameplay, I never had any serious issues with the way it controlled (though I can't use a sniper to save my life, but that's in all games except Borderlands 2).
Mike's Favorite Third-Person Shooter
The Last of Us
My favorite third person shooter has to be Naughty Dog’s masterpiece, The Last of Us. Admittedly, you could go through most of the game not shooting anything, but this is part of the game's magic. Instead of going in guns blazing, Naughty Dog does a great job introducing stealth mechanics and sound design that make sneaking around and killing very tense. Pair this with the amount of detail added to the environments with the superb performance capture, and you have easily one of the best games of this generation. Naughty Dog continues to raise the bar with each game they release.
Eissa's Favorite Third-Person Shooter
Saints Row 3
Given the hecticness of my schedule this past year or so, I find less and less time to dedicate to games. Given that fact, Saints Row 3 is one of those games where you don't need to constantly play to have fun and keep up with the storyline. Instead, I am able to jump in the game with the option to play a mission or just run around freely, both of which are blasts of a time filled with adult humor and the ability to wreak havoc throughout the city. In all seriousness, Saints Row 3 is a fun game that has been a great escape from the stresses of work, and thus has made my list as my favorite 3rd person shooter.