Predator: Hunting Grounds is an asymmetrical multiplayer shooter developed by IllFonic for PlayStation 4 and the PC. The game pits an elite Fire Team of human soldiers against a single Predator armed with deadly alien tech. Both the Predator and the soldiers have classes with unique abilities and weapon loadouts. The hunts take place in various remote locations around the world.
Fans of the Predator franchise will be interested in the pre-order bonuses, which comprise in-game items inspired by the original movie.
Half-Life: Alyx is a VR-exclusive shooter and the first entry in the series since 2007. It is not the long-awaited continuation to Half-Life 2: Episode 2, but rather a tie-in that takes place between the events of the first and second games. Players take control of Alyx Vance, and together with her father Eli, mount a resistance against the Combine’s invasion of Earth.
The game is built from ground-up for VR, and supports every SteamVR-compatible headset including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and Valve’s own Index. Input-wise, it works with both button-based and modern finger tracking systems.
DOOM Eternal is a direct sequel to id Software’s 2016 shooter DOOM. Upon returning to Earth, the Slayer finds it invaded by demons and proceeds to do what he does best: rip and tear through their hordes. There are new weapons, such as the distance-closing Meat Hook, new abilities, and new classes of enemies with unique attacks.
Another new feature in DOOM Eternal is a Dark Souls-like invasion mechanic where the player assumes the role of a demon and invades the other players’ campaigns. While it won’t be available at launch, it will be added as a free update shortly after. There is also an online 2-vs-1 Battlemode that involves the Doom Slayer facing off against two player-controlled demons.
Metro Redux is a two-game collection comprising the definitive editions of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. These first-person shooter games are based on an acclaimed sci-fi novel from a Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, and transport the player into a post-apocalyptic world, where pockets of humanity survive in Moscow’s subway system – the titular metro.
The Metro Redux collection is already released on other core platforms and is to launch on Nintendo Switch at the end of the month. As usual, our interest is in the pre-order bonuses available with the upcoming Switch version of Metro Redux – see those in detail after the jump.
Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown is a competitive multiplayer shooter that mixes PvP and PvE elements. The game is match-based, with each match taking approximately 20 to 40 minutes. In the main Bounty Hunt mode, up to 12 players take on the role of bounty hunters and set out to eliminate their monstrous targets solo or in teams of two or three. Once their target is defeated, the players have to carry their bounty off the map without being killed by their competitors.
Hunt: Showdown has been available digitally for PC (Windows) and Xbox One since 2019. This article is concerned with the upcoming physical launch on Xbox One, and for the first time, PlayStation 4.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a third-person shooter from Rebellion Developments. It is a sequel to Zombie Army Trilogy, which itself is a spin-off of the company’s Sniper Elite franchise. Set in 1940s Europe, the upcoming game again pits one to four players against hordes of Nazi undead.
The game’s most touted features include deep character progression, weapon customization, brutal melee, and even more brutal dismemberment with the return of fan-favorite X-ray kill cam. In addition to a single-player campaign that picks up where Zombie Army Trilogy left off, there’s the improved Horde Mode with maps that grow larger the longer you survive.
Journey to the Savage Planet is a colorful and upbeat first-person exploration game developed by Typhoon Studios. Players take on the role of an interstellar explorer who gets dropped into an uncharted world AR-Y 26 to catalog the alien flora and fauna that inhabit it. Gameplay involves exploring the planet, analyzing and facing off against its wacky creatures, and upgrading gear to open up new areas.
Journey to the Savage Planet can be tackled solo or in an online co-op with a friend.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a soft reboot of the original Modern Warfare sub-series dating back to 2007. It is developed by Infinity Ward (with the PC version co-developed in partnership with Beenox) and published by Activision.
The single-player campaign features a new storyline with some returning characters, and is played from different perspectives including that of a Tier 1 operator on one side, and Middle Eastern rebel fighter on the other. The game also offers squad-based co-op and competitive multiplayer – for the first time, with cross-play between all three core platforms.
Zombieland Double Tap: Road Trip is a twin-stick co-op shooter that serves as a tie-in between the films Zombieland (2009) and the upcoming Zombieland: Double Tap (2019). Players take control of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, or Little Rock – as well as unlockable characters from the new movie – and battle hordes of zombies alone or in a co-op of up to four. The game offers Epic Horde and Boss Battle modes, 16 types of zombies, and Zombie Kill of the Week challenges.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is an open-world shooter with survival elements from Ubisoft. Taking place in near future, it puts the player into the shoes of an elite Spec Ops soldier, who after crash-landing on a private island belonging to the Skell Tech corporation, finds himself outnumbered and outgunned by rogue Ghosts.
New features include semi-permanent injuries which can slow down the protagonist or affect his aim, a fatigue system tied to traversing the island’s diverse and often harsh terrain, and enhanced stealth mechanics including mud camouflage. There is also tiered loot, crafting, and a class-based progression system. Breakpoint supports co-op with up to four players, as well as competitive multiplayer PvP. Unlike its predecessor Wildlands, the game requires an active internet connection to play.
Shadowkeep is an upcoming expansion to Bungie’s Destiny 2 that marks the game’s transition to a free-to-play action MMO. As new nightmares emerge from the shadows of the moon, the players have to slay them before they can cast humanity back into an age of darkness.
Shadowkeep brings deeper character customization with expanded RPG elements, adding back stats and overhauling the armor system. Guardians also get a new type of ability called finishing moves.
With Steam and Google Stadia versions on the way, Destiny 2 will offer cross-saves, allowing the player to transfer their Guardian to any supported platform. This should ease the game’s transition from Battle.net to Steam.
Contra: Rogue Corps is a top-down run-and-gun game from Konami that picks up after the events of the classic Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992). Players assume the roles of the titular Rogue Corps – Kaiser, Ms. Harakiri, The Gentleman, and Hungry Beast – who are supported by the newcomer Aero Captain. Their mission? Enter the Damned City that arose on the grounds of the final battles, and shoot every alien in sight.
The game can be played solo or in a co-op of up to four. There is also a PvP mode with two different rulesets.
Daemon X Machina is a mech action game developed by Japanese studio Marvelous exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Produced by Kenichiro Tsukuda of Armored Core fame, Daemon X Machina can be considered its spiritual successor.
After the moon tore apart, Earth was besieged by self-evolving AI weapons. To combat them, humanity calls on Outers – pilots with special abilities that allow them to control powerful Arsenal mechs. The mechs can be customized and equipped with a variety of weapons and armor, including ones salvaged from the enemy.
Daemon X Machina supports online co-op with up to four players tackling the missions and participating in mech battles together.
Borderlands 3 is a first-person shooter with RPG elements, which like its predecessors is developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. It stars four new Vault Hunters – Moze the gunner, Amara the siren, FL4K the beastmaster, and Zane the operative – who seek to stop the fanatical Calypso Twins from claiming the galaxy’s ultimate power.
For the first time, the game features new worlds beyond the planet of Pandora, each with their own unique environments and enemies. As usual, there are endless guns to loot – including ones which grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling insults – and with alternate firing modes at that. Borderlands 3 supports both online and offline (split-screen) co-op.
Gears 5 is an upcoming installment in the Gears of War shooter franchise developed by The Coalition. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, the same digital copy can be played on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. The game will be included in the Xbox Game Pass library at launch. There is no season pass, and all new maps added post-launch will be available for free.
The protagonist of Gears 5 is Kait Diaz, an Outsider turned Gear who is tormented by visions of the Swarm and goes AWOL in search for answers. The game is said to have “the deepest campaign yet” as well as five multiplayer modes including Escape: a new class-based co-op mode where three players work against the clock (and a bunch of Swarm) to blow up a Hive and get out alive.
Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival co-op shooter developed by Gunfire Games (best known for Darksiders III). The game is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth ravaged by an ancient interdimensional evil known as the Root. Humanity’s only hope is the technology to open portals to other worlds, allowing them to scavenge for resources and carve out new footholds as they seek to defeat the Root.
These alternate worlds feature unique biomes and are generated dynamically, resulting in new maps, encounters, quests, and world events each time. The game offers gear and weapon crafting, character progression, and epic boss fights. There are three classes, or archetypes, that only affect the starter loadout; accordingly, up to three players can join forces in online co-op.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op shooter developed by MachineGames in conjunction with Arkane Studios, and published by Bethesda. It can be played solo or by two players each taking control of one of the protagonists.
Timeline-wise, the game is set between Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and the future third and final installment of the trilogy, taking place nineteen years after the events of the former. It serves as a side-story featuring the Blazkowicz sisters, who set out to Nazi-controlled Paris in search of their missing-in-action father.
Hell Let Loose is a WW2 multiplayer shooter developed by independent studio Black Matter that aims to deliver realistic, platoon-based combat with giant 50-vs-50 battles over a dynamically shifting front line.
The game boasts player-controlled vehicles, huge maps divided into sectors that generate resources when captured, a dozen playable roles divided into infantry, recon, and armor unit types, as well as authentic gear and equipment.
RAGE 2 is an open-world shooter set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland brought on by an asteroid collision which annihilated 80% of Earth’s population. Co-developed by id Software and Avalanche Studios, the game utilizes the latter’s proprietary Avalanche engine to bring its dystopian world to life.
According to the publisher Bethesda, RAGE 2 features brutal vehicular combat (allowing the player to pilot anything from monster trucks to gyrocopters), extensive range of upgradeable weapons, devastating Nanotrite powers, and Overdrive mechanic which rewards aggressive gameplay. There is a plethora of environments to explore, including treacherous swamps and overgrown jungles, as well as numerous factions which wage war for control of the wasteland.
World War Z is a third-person co-op shooter for four players developed by Saber Interactive and published by Mad Dog Games. Based on the movie of the same name, the fast-paced game pits players against swarms of zombies in New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem.
World War Z features six classes with unique abilities and play styles, and supports both local and online co-op. For improved replayability, it uses procedural enemy and item spawning that is based on the players’ performance. In addition to cooperative PvE, the game also offers competitive PvP – or rather PvPvZ, as the players still have to deal with zombie hordes while completing objectives and battling one another.