2010 wasn’t really that hot for shooters. This one time popular genre has been put on the back burner in recent times, relegated to sequels rather than brave new IPs. But then again expecting a Half-Life or a F.E.A.R. every year is kind of unrealistic, so let’s move on from the reminiscing to take a look at some of the first person shooters that impressed us this year.

And the nominees are…

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox360/PS3/PC)

Inception what now?

Black Ops was a technical nightmare on nearly every platform, the worst being the PC version. Even then, there’s no denying the fact that this game brought a serious amount of content to the table in the form of an engaging single player campaign, addictive multiplayer modes and an intense co-operative mode that had players taking on undead Nazi soldiers.

Halo Reach (Xbox360)

Army of Four

Perceived by many as the best Halo game ever, Reach was everything you’d expect from the Halo universe sans Master Chief. Serving as a prequel to all Halo games, Reach put players in the boots of a new Spartan squad recruit tasked with protecting the planet Reach against the nefarious Covenant. It was a fairly linear affair that never deviated from the successful Halo formula – providing players with a solid campaign backed by some addictive multiplayer.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox360/PS3/PC)

Man VS. uhh Tank?

Like the Call of Duty series, the Battlefield series has always presented players with an enjoyable, over-the-top war experience with a focus on frantic action and an insane amount of destruction. While Bad Company 2’s campaign wasn’t really the best thing since sliced bread, its multiplayer presented players with some of the best squad-based action till date. Combine that with chaotic environmental destruction and you have a war game that delivers intensity like no other.

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