A first-person shooter, commonly referred to as an FPS, places the player in the eyes of the playable character. As the title suggests, the action is viewed through a first-person perspective and is usually centered around gun or weapon based action. Often the only attributes of the player’s character visible are the weapon and the avatar’s hands or arms. First-person shooters are usually mature, violent titles and have grown to be the most successful and popular genre in the current generation of gaming.
In the 2000s, competitive online multiplayer has driven the first-person shooter scene to the top of the totem pole in video game genres. Titles such as Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Halo are among the best selling of all time, thanks in large part to their online “deathmatch” offerings. Players can team-up with friends to compete with other gamers from around the world, earning rewards and rankings to increase their attributes and status in the gaming community. Halo has given life to deeper, more immersive FPS experiences such as Borderlands and Destiny, while the Call of Duty franchise has churned out a new entry annually since 2007’s Modern Warfare, each surpassing the last in new features and sales figures.
Posted by Terry Pierson, Programming Technician