Golden Joysticks 2012: The nominees for Best Shooter...
4th Sep 2012 | 12:51
The HMV sponsored GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards have arrived, and you're all invited to vote and win prizes here! Each week we'll be casting a beady eye over different categories, taking you through the prime contenders before leaving you savvy lot to duke it out in the comments section. This time around, we're talking shooters.
Boom! Arguably the most bombastic category of 'em all, Ultimate Game of the Year notwithstanding. EA and Acti's grudge match enters its final round as Battlefield 3 meets Modern Warfare 3. Will you opt to settle the fight for them, or lavish your vote on one of the other (many) oh-so-deserving candidates?
As per, our GJ editorial team has gotten together for a round-table chat about the various candidates, which you can kindly check out below. Then, it's onto the games themselves - analysed one-by-one...
Seriously underrated squad shooter that combines Western cover mechanics with Terminator-style enemies that keep on coming even when you've blown their faces and legs off! Vote here!
Okay, so it's a HD remake - but what a remake. That Master Chief's long awaited return to action could still kick epic arse in 2011 was testament to the majestic original. Vote here!
Hack enemy minds and force them to do your bidding or simply make them kill themselves in this twisted futuristic take on the FPS genre where companies, not governments, run the world. Vote here!
Warhawk's sequel dishes out more frantic land and air blasting - but adds a sweet base building flavour. Call in walls and turrets to protect your flag as Lightbox take their series to the next level. Vote here!
The classic twitch-shooter gets resurrected... beautifully, Tribes pits two teams of high-flying jetpacking soldiers - chosen from nine distinct classes - and asks them to muller one other. Vote here!
Spec Ops: The Line
Dubai's Heart of Darkness, Spec Ops: The Line sees your squad engaging foes in fierce shoot-outs and as you traverse an ever-changing landscape where savage sandstorms shape the battlefields. Vote here!
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
The Ghosts are on the trail of dirty bomb terrorists. This reboot sees you battling through Pakistan and Norway, focusing on silent squad takedowns rather than bombastic blasting. Vote here!
The Darkness 2
The tortured Jackie Estacado returns with the evil Darkness still fighting to corrupt his soul in this gorefest shooter. But Jackie keeps waking up in a psych ward... are his demons just a bad dream? Vote here!
Doom daddy John Carmack strikes back with this apocalyptic FPS. Roam the wastelands searching for survivors and battling bandits, ride vehicles and experiment with kerazy ammo combos. Vote here!
Humankind are once again pulling together to combat the Chimera in this ET invasion trilogy finale. Devs Insomniac dominate when it comes to explosive, inventive weaponry - Auger FTW! Vote here!
Max Payne 3
Boozy ex-NYPD 'tec Max Payne returns as Rockstar wrestles development reins from Remedy. Max slo-mo dives his way to justice in pursuit of the kidnapped wife of a Brazilian billionaire. Vote here!
Gears of War 3
The climactic instalment of the current Gears arc sees Marcus facing fresh baddies, the Lambent. It's up to the disbanded COGs to bulletstorm their way to victory and save humanity! Vote here!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The FPS heavyweight pulls out all the stops as World War III erupts. Epic set pieces beckon as Price and Soap look to finally silence the king of the international terrorists, Makarov. Vote here!
DICE reignite their Battlefield franchise with a bombastic campaign with shootouts stretching from Parisian sidewalks to the subway carriages of New York. Epic-mapped multiplayer, too. Vote here!
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