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PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

PC Games In 2015 And Beyond

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Shooters

Take aim and fire. There’s a thin line between action games and shooters – most of the former could pass as the latter – but these are the games that are defined by a single type of action. That is, the firing of guns: top-down, 2D, first-person, in a spaceship or on foot, if it’s got bullets and you spit ’em then it’s listed below. Scroll down far enough and you’ll reach Half-Life 3.

Nuclear Throne

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Already available in early access, Nuclear Throne, like all Vlambeer’s games, feels exquisite to play. You start by picking one of a set of available mutants with different skills and then must shoot your way through apocalyptic wastes, defeating increasingly difficult monsters across stages of procedural levels. Looks great, sounds great, plays great, hopefully will be more great when finished in 2015.

Nuclear Throne interview.
Nuclear Throne feature.
All Nuclear Throne posts.

Assault Android Cactus

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Twin-Stick Shooter
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The fantastically named bullet hell that brought Cara to song, describing it as “a dancefloor laser massacre, and you’re Lady Gaga.” Since then it’s entered early access, adding more characters, modes and online integration.

All Assault Android Cactus posts.

NEON STRUCT

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Stealth
Release date
Q1
What is it?
From the team behind first-person spooky roguelike Eldritch comes this “political thriller stealth game” about infiltrating a surveillance state. Encouraging as little violence as possible, it’s all about planning routes and stealing items rather than assassinations and gun battles.

Neon Struct review.
All NEON STRUCT posts.

Get Even

Official site

Genre
First-Person, VR
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Unconvincingly billed as a deviation from the norm when it comes to FPSs, Get Even still contains all the shooty-bangs you’d expect and the same military stylings we’ve grown accustomed to. What it does differently is allowing other humans to take over control of enemies in the singleplayer game, without informing the player.

All Get Even posts.

Triad Wars

Official site

Genre
Online, Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Set in the same universe as Sleeping Dogs, this is the online equivalent. Building up your own gang in the persistant world, making decisions about how to make money, who to raid and what territory to lay claim to. Currently in an invite only closed beta.

All Triad Wars posts.

The Flock

Official site

Genre
Online, First-Person, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An asymmetric multiplayer horror game where all players start as the Flock, but race to collect an item that makes them into a slower, vulnerable and more human creature. For some reason. Whoever is holding the item aims to keep it for as long as possible while the others hunt them. It sounds a bit like an inverted The Hidden, but perhaps the item mechanic will make matches more exciting for the masses not currently the ‘special one’.

The Flock preview.
All The Flock posts.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Official site

Genre
Shooter
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The neon violence-simulator sequel. With a long development period and a massive legacy to live up to, everything from the soundtrack to the presumably highly surreal plot needs to be perfect. With early controversies cleared up, it’s certainly heading that way.

Hotline Miami review.
Hotline Miami verdict.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number preview.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number interview.
All Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number posts.

Myriad

Official site

Genre
Shooter
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A psychedelic combination of painting and high-octane shooter. A blob will move lazily towards you, creating a sphere of colour when destroyed and splitting into two more. Anything round can be grabbed and moved around, giving you total control of the space. If anything touches you, it’s death.

All Myriad posts.

Negspace

Official site

Genre
Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Top-down dogfighting going the minimalist route on graphics and controls while ramping up the difficulty by simulating inertia. Looks fast, fun and very quickly learnable. No word yet if there’ll be a singleplayer element to go alongside its split-screen mayhem.

All Negspace posts.

Galak-Z: The Dimensional

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Action, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A top-down sh’mup about exploring and battling through procedural spaceships, with level progression inspired by Saturday morning cartoons and consequently split into TV show seasons. You use materials accrued during missions to unlock new abilities and ships, and it does interesting things with its ecosystem of enemies, who can be snuck past, tricked or made to fight one another.

Galak-Z preview.
All Galak-Z posts.

TerraTech

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Driving/Racing, Creative, Early Access
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Centered on three rival mining corporations exploiting a new planet, TerraTech is about Minecrafting out your own tank then destroying NPC vehicles to bolt their parts on. Eventually it’s possible to construct factories, creating an army with simple AI to invade other parts of the planet. Ambitious but hugely fun, it’s already in Early Access.

All TerraTech posts.

Xenoraptor

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Just gonna quote the official description verbatim on this one: “Take control of a cyberdragon and annihilate swarms of rocket propelled chainsaws.” Yeah, alright. Extremely fast paced top-down blasting with up to eight player co-op, you can try this in Early Access now. Also: you can push asteroids into enemies with a drill cannon.

All Xenoraptor posts.

Fractured Space

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Capital ship deathmatch between teams of five with the twitch reactions and mechanics of a shooter but the tactical teamplay of a strategy game. That’s many of the elements that have made MOBAs such a dominant online force. Oddly, Strike Suit Zero devs Edge Case Games are charging for Early Access with a plan to go F2P upon release.

All Fractured Space posts.

Spy Party

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Stealth
Release date
TBA
What is it?
One player takes the role of the eponymous spy at a party, attempting to steal documents and information. The other is trying to spot them from a sniper position elsewhere, instantly failing if they accidentally shoot an innocent guest rather than their target.

Spy Party preview.
Spy Party interview.
All Spy Party posts.

Clandestine

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Stealth, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A co-op stealth game in Splinter Cell style, where one player is a lady Sam Fisher taking cover and firing a silenced pistol and another is an external hacker, calling out enemy positions and supplying intel by viewing the action through nearby security cameras. A neat idea that could be really great if executed well.

All Clandestine posts.

BattleCry

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Reminiscent of Team Fortress 2 in art style and over the top decapitation, Zenimax’s effort at a third-person shooter/MOBA hybrid has an ace up its sleeve in the form of art director Viktor Antonov, who previously helped craft the worlds of Half-Life 2 and Dishonored.

All BattleCry posts.

Robocraft

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Third Person, Creative
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Despite the pipe-dream pitch of World of Tanks only with totally customisable and buildable vehicles, Robocraft is in an impressively playable state on Early Access. Focus was put on developing a fun framework to which regular possibility-increasing updates could be applied and its work marvellously.

Robocraft review (early access).
All Robocraft posts.

Battlefield Hardline

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A spin-off from the main Battlefield series, developed by Visceral – they of Dead Space fame. Hardline had an early beta released around E3 in 2014, but its full release was delayed till 2015 following criticism of both its lack of inspiration and its troubling subject matter, which trades military for militarised police in urban environments.

Battlefield Hardline review.
Battlefield Hardline feature.
Battlefield Hardline preview.
All Battlefield Hardline posts.

Dead Island 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Because somebody out there must have enjoyed the first game, we’re getting a Dead Island sequel despite Techland’s lack of involvement. The most interesting factor is what Spec Ops’ Yager will do with the formula. Sadly, so far that looks like very little outside the norm.

Dead Island 2 preview.
All Dead Island 2 posts.

Desync

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Most easily described as a full game made out of Bulletstorm’s trick shot system. Bouncing enemies into the air, building combos and killing with flair and originality increases a point total and affects the environment itself.

All Desync posts.

DOOM

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A moment of silence for the Quakecon footage that id really were serious about keeping under wraps. 2015 might not see the release of the reboot, but it should see something, anything. DOOM. DOOOOOM.

All DOOM posts.

Homefront: The Revolution

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
We’re pretty sure this still exists, despite Crytek’s many woes. Chronicling the attempts of insurgents to overthrow the North Korean regime that’s improbably taken over America in Homefront’s weird future, it’s an FPS in the style of its predecessors.

Homefront: The Revolution feature.
All Homefront: The Revolution posts.

Killing Floor 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Team-based defense against waves of genetic experiments gone wrong, upgraded in almost every way from the original game. Particular attention is being paid to AI, making enemies move as a unit.

Killing Floor 2 preview.
All Killing Floor 2 posts.

Space Hulk: Deathwing

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Having absolutely nothing to do with Full Control’s port of the board game Space Hulk, other than using the same license, Deathwing is a first-person shooter. You wouldn’t know it to look at any piece of the marketing though, given it all shows squads of Terminators from a tactical or cinematic perspective. Games!

All Space Hulk: Deathwing posts.

Superhot

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Full version of the, uh, hottest game to come out of the 7 Day FPS jam in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter. An FPS where time only moves when you do, making it as much a screenshot engine as game.

All Superhot posts.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Asymmetrical multiplayer attack/defense in realistic counter-terrorist and hostage scenarios, Siege was this year’s big Ubisoft reveal. The aim is to have all the tactical chops of the series’ past slowly breakdown over the course of a mission into hectic, action-packed firefights.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege preview.
All Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege posts.

Grand Theft Auto V

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Action-Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The PC release of Rockstar’s male crime simulator, which includes the first-person mode added for the next-gen console release but then goes one step further by also featuring a replay editor similar to that present in the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV.

Grand Theft Auto V review.
Grand Theft Auto V verdict.
All Grand Theft Auto V posts.

Avenging Angel

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Adventure, Early Access
Release date
Q4 2016
What is it?
At first glance a steampunk FPS, Avenging Angel wants to do more than provide entertaining blasting. Developers Dark Amber Softworks want to make an “interactive story” about discovering lost elements of our era of history, tens of thousands of years in the future.

Beyond: Flesh And Blood

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Exploiting the great weakness of all humans to want anything that involves stompy robots with guns, Beyond is a third-person shooter set primarily in Manchester in 2281. Adam being long dead/encased in protective titanium until he is truly needed, it’s up to you to save humanity by shooting a bunch of aliens.

All Beyond: Flesh And Blood posts.

Interstellar Marines

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A long in-development first-person shooter, and one of the first indie games to aim for AAA-rivalling graphics. Interstellar Marines has recently started to garner plaudits for its multiplayer modes, and there’s more on the way in 2015.

Interstellar Marines review (early access).
All Interstellar Marines posts.

Intruder

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Like Due Process, an attempt to blend the brevity of Counter-Strike with some of the mechanics of the SWAT series. Intruder puts teams at opposite ends of a map, challenges one to steal something and escape, and the other to defend that object. What follows is a tense game of sneaking through vents, attempting to boobytrap likely angles of approach, and whispering over microphones because voice comms emit into the world and can be overheard by enemies.

Intruder preview.
All Intruder posts.

Reflex

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The first of the Arena FPS surprise revival to make it to a playable state. Taking a Quake 3 inspiration in its movement system and weapons, it’s already counting frags on Early Access. They’re a long way from release, with loads of game modes and art yet to be added.

All Reflex posts.

Toxikk

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
One of a number of games trying to revive the arena shooter, taking the lessons learned by Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 and applying them to something designed to better support esports, replays, streaming and other modern conveniences.

All Toxikk posts.

Unreal Tournament

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Perhaps most interesting for its community involvement. Volunteers are designing weapons, models, game modes and maps already and Epic plan to allow all these cosmetic elements to be sold on a market, keeping the game completely free. There’s playable builds already, though the jump hasn’t been made to proper distribution yet.

Unreal Tournament interview.
All Unreal Tournament posts.

Verdun

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
As Red Orchestra is to World War 2, so Verdun is to World War 1. That is, a tense, realistic but approachable multiplayer first-person shooter, albeit with trench warfare and crappier rifles.

All Verdun posts.

H-Hour: World’s Elite

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A team-based shooter that’s going after the hardcore crowd where leaving your friends will earn only quick deaths and guns are simulated to a very precise level. Oddly, it also has switching between third and first person, adding a dynamic usually reserved for games not striving for realism.

CDF Ghostship

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access, Horror
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Straight-up horror FPS both planetside and shipbound against hordes of aliens and infected humans. A two character story is played out in the campaign, each discovering the disaster at different times from different angles. Additional modes provide co-op play and wave defense. Out on Early Access now.

CDF Ghostship feature.

Death In Candlewood

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Perhaps as close as we’ll get to Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth 2, Death In Candlewood is a psychological horror FPS that takes place over a single night. Lost in the mountains, you’re hunting for your missing son amidst mid 20th century mad men.

Evolve

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Online
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Possibly the most interesting multiplayer game in development, Turtle Rock’s follow up to Left 4 Dead has big shoes to fill. There’s a massive degree – MOBA-esque, even – of complexity to its variety of classes and game modes that hopefully won’t get in the way of making it great.

Evolve review.
Evolve preview.
All Evolve posts.

Overwatch

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Online
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Just similar enough to TF2 to make the comparison immediate, Overwatch is a cartoony, objective-based FPS with a MOBA-like cast and suite of abilities. Multiplayer only and telling its story through a host of out-of-game multimedia platforms, it’s very different from what Blizzard have done before.

All Overwatch posts.

Irkalla

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Metroidvania
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Platforming as a gun-toting mech going up against even larger battle suits in a grey, dead world. The pilot and her long, red hair provide a lovely contrast to the gunmetal discoloration in the rest of the game. Still early in development and with a two man team, it’s already raising some RPS eyebrows.

All Irkalla posts.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Official site

Genre
Shooter, MMO, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
One that will definitely require playing to understand fully, we’re still not even exactly sure what The Division is. A third person shooter, definitely, with RPG elements and an online focus. But will we see a Destiny-style end-game environment or just drop-in co-op in the standard Ubi style?

All Tom Clancy’s The Division posts.

Battleborn

Official site

Genre
Shooter, MOBA, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Proving once and for all that nobody really knows what this MOBA stuff is but by god they want to be in it, Battleborn is termed a “hero-shooter” by Gearbox. The set-up’s good though: you’re defending the last star in the universe from forces that would snuff it out.

All Battleborn posts.

Star Wars: Battlefront

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, First-Person
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Well, it’s a Battlefront game, DICE’s Battlefield-inspired Star Wars spin off with AT-ATs and blasters instead of tanks and MP5s. You might even get to play as Darth Vader, so get practicing your heavy breathing now.

All Star Wars: Battlefront posts.

Sub Rosa

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A three way battle over money, guns and ammo in a gangster-ruled city, Sub Rosa has been floating about the internet for many years in one semi-playable state or another. It’s about making deals and screwing people over then jumping into cars and speeding away, guns blazing.

All Sub Rosa posts.

Block N Load

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, First-Person, Early Access, Creative
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Jagex tried to mix guns and blocks before when they published Ace of Spades, the lovely, free indie game which turned into a lousy commercial release. Will Block ‘n’ Load fare better? It’s about five vs. five battles in which you build bases, place defenses and attempt to destroy your opponents.

Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another possible victim of Crytek’s financial woes, Hunt’s website and application for beta access are still online. It’s a wild west take on Left 4 Dead, venturing into the great unknown of 1800s America to fight zombies and other nasties and keep civilization safe. It even promises a Director-style all-controlling AI that will vary maps and objectives on the fly.

All Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age posts.

Hive Jump

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Platformer, Action
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Co-op side-scrolling shooter with procedurally generated levels and pseudo-permadeath based on whether your team-mates can keep your backpack intact against the Starship Troopers-style enemies long enough to respawn. Varies itself by adding defensive set-pieces into the general platforming.

All Hive Jump posts.

Mirror’s Edge 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Platformer, First-Person
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Leading the “for the love of god, don’t have guns” race is Mirror’s Edge 2 with its rare blend of first-person platforming and punching. Trailers brought worried frowns to true-believers with their focus on lead-based ranged assault. It did, at least, look stunningly pretty.

All Mirror’s Edge 2 posts.

A.N.N.E.

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Platformer, Space, Metroidvania
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Wall-E: The 2D Shooter, in that it’s about two robots who fall in love. When A.N.N.E. is disassembled because love is forbidden among robots, you explore a planet for the scattered parts to rebuild your girlfriend, seemingly alternating between 2D platforming and side-scrolling space shooting a la R-Type.

All A.N.N.E. posts.

Due Process

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Real-Time Strategy, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Tactical first-person shooters like Rainbow Six and SWAT are hard to make work in public multiplayer, where impatience tends to dissolve planning in favour of haphazard improvisation. Due Process finds a suitable balance, with a minute-long planning phase, small buildings to infiltrate or defend, and a finite pool of weapons and tools that are persistent across multiple rounds. Tremendous fun in its early, art-less preview build.

Due Process preview.
All Due Process posts.

Universum: War Front

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Real-Time Strategy, MOBA, Early Access, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another incredibly polished, genius project from a solo developer. Universum is an RTS taking place across five different spheres: surface, underground, air, space and underwater. Just to add a little development time, you can also control individual units from an over-the-shoulder perspective, with all the additional graphical fidelity that requires to be playable.

All Universum: War Front posts.

Hollowpoint

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Side-Scrolling
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Hollowpoint is part mercenary management sim, part side-scrolling blaster. Rather than limiting you to a 2D area of destruction, you can aim into the background of levels to shoot oncoming enemies.

Dreadnought

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Simulation, Flight
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Taking a different tack on the revival of spaceship combat, Dreadnought is about massive capital ships engaging in-atmosphere. So far all that’s been shown off is a 5v5 deathmatch mode with ships making short warp jumps to engage one-another in devastating broadsides. It’s very, very cool.

All Dreadnought posts.

Battle Cry Of Freedom

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Simulation, Online, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
From the makers of the Napoleonic Wars DLC for Mount & Blade, BCOF aims to recreate battles from the American Civil War in first- and third-person, and to let players play as either the Union or the Confederates. It’s being crowdfunded – or trying to be – but deserves special mention for its incorporation of “musician units”, who play drums, fifes, fiddles and trumpets while everyone else shoots and get shot.

All Battle Cry Of Freedom posts.

Dying Light

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
As “what Dead Island’s Techland did next” Dying Light is predictably zombie-filled but trades the comedy in for free-running and a hefty injection of survival. Day time’s for scavenging, while the night will cause the walking dead to become more athletic and deadlier. Hopefully the first-person exploratory platforming won’t just be background to the undead blasting we’ve seen before.

Dying Light review.
All Dying Light posts.

Fortnite

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Fortnite will be reminiscent to those of you who played Half-Life 2 mod SourceForts with its central mechanic of building defensible structures to fend off enemy players or hordes of AI. It’s free-to-play and has a limited Alpha currently running.

Fortnite preview.
Fortnite interview.
All Fortnite posts.

Fortified

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A third person tower defense, Fortified expands on the genre adding squads to command and absolutely huge waves of enemies, at least based on the brief trailer. The 50s sci-fi aesthetic looks lovely too.

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Third Person, Horror
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The 22nd full entry in the Resident Evil franchise is releasing as five TV-esque weekly episodes, something that’s been theorised as a good idea since Telltale failed to do it. Each episode has two stories, from the perspectives of series regulars Claire Redfield and Barry Burton respectively.

All Resident Evil Revelations 2 posts.

Survarium

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Deliberately reminiscent of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and made by a team formed from the ashes of GSC, Survarium is currently a hardcore competitive multiplayer FPS with plans to expand into a first-person survival MMO as development progresses. Then, finally, it will have assembled all five pieces of the genre puzzle and obliterate us all. It’s been slowly coalescing in one form of Early Access or another for several years, but only recently went into an English open beta.

Survarium review (early access).
Survarium preview.
Survarium interview.
All Survarium posts.

Squad

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Realistic
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
From the Project Reality devs (realism mod for BF2 and ARMA 2) comes a standalone, UE4 military shooter aimed at the hardest of hardcore. 50vs50 combat and a required high level of communication are the order of the day.

All Squad posts.

Combat Arms: Line of Sight

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Superhero
Release date
TBA
What is it?
As opposed to Combat Legs: Line of Credit, which is a very different game mostly about lawyers and the perils of the British taxation system. Where were we? Oh yes, not much is known about this Counter-Strike-alike except that it combines the attack defense multiplayer shooty bangs with superpowers. Obviously.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Of course there’s a CoD this year and it’s Treyarch’s Black Ops series that’s up on the rotation. For some, Black Ops 2 topped anything the Modern Warfare series did, multiplayer wise, while the plot spinned off into the near future. Differences to Advanced Warfare may be hard to spot.

All Call of Duty: Black Ops III posts.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Well, there will probably be zombies in it, that much we know. It’ll have co-op. It will probably be better than that last Walking Dead FPS, because it would be really hard not to be. Hopefully more soon from the devs, who also worked on PAYDAY 2.

All Overkill’s The Walking Dead posts.

Black Mesa

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The standalone version of the DNF-long development time mod of source to bring the original Half-Life into the modern era. It was listed in a 2005 copy of RPS novelisation PC Gamer as being 80%+ finished. Not quite. Everything but the totally redesigned Xen is in there now.

Black Mesa review (early access).
All Black Mesa posts.

Garbage Day

Official site

Genre
Sandbox, First Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Inspired by Groundhog Day, you are stuck in a time loop from which there is seemingly no escape. You have a world to explore, in which you can cause as much havoc as you wish that will be reset. Information from previous loops will be usable in conversation and action to influence outcomes.

All Garbage Day posts.

Space Beast Terror Fright

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Roguelike, Early Access
Release date
Q4
What is it?
A perma-death arcade blast’em’up set aboard infested spacecraft. There’s a heavy amount of UI on-screen, representing the marine you’re controlling’s helmet. Can also be played split-screen co-op with up to three budding bug food.

All Space Beast Terror Fright posts.

Bunker Punks

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, RPG, Management
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Manage an XCOM-like team of punks after The Man’s resources, loot and weaponry. During missions you play from the first person perspective of one of these budding revolutionaries.

All Bunker Punks posts.

Eden Star

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Strategy, Survival, Tower Defense, Early Access, Everything
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Based on an alien planet proves hostile to human explorers who must harvest resources and play a first person Sanctum-style tower defense minigame to survive. Unlucky, but better than being on the planet of pipe-connecting hacking games.

Eden Star review (early access).
All Eden Star posts.

Heroes of Issachar

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Strategy, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Yet to enter its Early Access stage, Heroes of Issachar is very ambitious. Describing itself as a city-builder/FPS hybrid, it challenges you to build a functioning, healthy fantasy city and then defend it yourself while raising armies to fight with you.

Ballistic Overkill

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Multiplayer, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Modern military TF2 without support classes. Combines assault rifles, straight team deathmatch and class-based role selection into its own blend. Will likely launch fully some time next year.

Arizona Sunshine

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Survival, VR
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A VR and motion control centered zombie shooter, designed around using full room setups to immerse you totally. It does this by being split up into lots of small chunks that can be played independently of one-another to form a complete narrative.

Illuminascii

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Roguelike
Release date
August 11th 2015
What is it?
Originally part of the 7DFPS gamejam in 2013, this roguelike uses ascii art to depict everything – your weapons, UI, enemies and terrain. Development has continued since then and the semblance of a plot added.

UNLOVED

Official site

Genre
First Person, Early Access, Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Spinning off from a high popular Doom 2 mod, Unloved is demon blasting spooky goodness with the best possible pedigree. The standalone version promises more, bigger, better, prettier and nastier.

Shot In The Dark

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Stealth, Early Access
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
A multiplayer-focused game based around invisible characters in lightless areas. Sound, brief glimpses and deduction are the only way to find your enemies and prevent them stealing the data you were sent for.

Nosgoth

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Multiplayer vampire-on-humans team based shooter currently soft-launched into free to play Early Access. There’s a pack to be bought that unlocks all current and any future characters, though leaves cosmetic items temptingly available to purchase.

Nosgoth review (early access).
All Nosgoth posts.

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