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Too often in the world of video games we take a lot of modern concepts for granted. One of those comes in the form of taking cover behind objects which was actually modernized in a game called WinBack. Released originally for the Nintendo 64 and then seeing a more modern port on the PS2, WinBack is a gaming title that people seem to forget even existed. However, we here at Honey’s Anime never forget some of the more influential titles and thus today we’re honoring WinBack. How do we do that you may ask? Well, simple. We made a 6 Games Like WinBack list for your reading enjoyment.
Now we won’t lie folks, WinBack is incredibly old so we do understand why it might be considered so obscure. Though it’s very important to remember the classics and we knew that finding games similar to WinBack was the best way to go about this. These titles have the same ideals that made WinBack so great but with more modern finesse and obviously stronger technology behind them. From fights on alien worlds using chainsaw themed guns to surviving the zombie apocalypse, our list of games like WinBack will surely give you a better appreciation of how far games have come since its release. Now then let our list of games like WinBack begin.
Similar Games to WinBack
1. Gears of War
- System/Platform: Xbox 360, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Developer: Epic Games, The Coalition (Ultimate Edition)
- Release Date: Nov 7, 2006
Humanity has traveled to the far off world named Sera to search for a new home away from Earth. Discovering a substance called Imulsion, humanity began to fight for this new substance until a hidden threat emerged from the ground called the Locust. Having lost horribly as humanity tried to push them back, time has passed as humanity faces losing their new home. Following Marcus Fenix a prisoner for action taken place during the war, he is freed to discover he is needed to find some means of neutralizing the Locust once and for all. Marcus, his good friend Dom and several others are about to fight to hopefully rid themselves of the Locust once and for all.
WinBack’s cover system, while flawed in some ways, was perfected in games like Gears of War. This third person shooter has gamers fighting monstrous enemies with various weapon all while enjoying a dark and mature sci-fi story. Gears of War has been such a successful franchise as many consider it one of the best cover based shooters ever created. With several games released so far and a recent HD collection that has all the Gears of War titles from the older Xbox 360 console, it was a must that we mention Gears of War on our 6 Games Like WinBack list. If you own an Xbox One or Xbox 360, you need to play Gears of War.
2. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
- System/Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Developer: Gearbox Software
- Release Date: Sept 23, 2008
World War II continues for the soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division Parachute Infantry Regiment in Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. Once again we follow Staff Sergeant Matt Baker as he leads his team into the horrors that is World War II. Taking place during Operation Market Garden, Matt must lead his team through a deadly skirmish for an important territory that the Allies can’t afford to lose. Failure means not only Matt’s team dies but the war could spiral out of control. Enter his plight as you lead his troops in Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway.
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway continues the franchise with this latest installment once again tasking players with making wise choices as a leader. Every move must be calculated as a mistake in leadership will most likely end in an all too painful Game Over. Similar to WinBack, this third person shooter requires patience as overly quick decisions lead to unnecessary damage and sometimes even more trouble as you are then exposed to more enemy fire. We fully enjoyed Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway and know for those who love the third person genre and games like WinBack—obviously more updated and polished—then you’ll love this military shooter.
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway- Launch (Game Trailer) (Official Trailer)
3. SOCOM 4 U.S. Navy SEALs
- System/Platform: PS3
- Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Developer: Zipper Interactive
- Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Commander Cullen Grey is called to duty when a rebel unit appears near Malaysia. Cullen will have to lead his special U.S. Navy SEALs team to stop the rebels who recently stole privatized military grade weapons and technology which could lead them to gaining power. If Commander Cullen and his team fails this mission, the rebel army could rise and take over Malaysia and then eventually try to invade the United States. Get ready soldier, you’re about to take control of possibly one of the deadliest mission Cullen has ever been tasked with.
Third person shooters are a dime a dozen in the current age. However, we can easily recommend SOCOM 4 U.S. Navy Seals, especially if you wanted a tough third person shooter game like WinBack. Players will need to order their soldiers to be smart and attack using their skills for the best possible outcomes. There are times where shootouts are unavoidable and like WinBack, you’ll need to be fast to take down enemies before the fill you with bullets. SOCOM 4 U.S. Navy Seals is easily one of the best titles in the series and we know you’ll love it fully once you pick it up and try it out for the PlayStation 3.
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs- Official Campaign Trailer (Official Trailer)
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4. Resident Evil 4: HD
- System/Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom Production
- Release Date: Feb 27, 2014
Leon S. Kennedy has already seen too many horrors in his life, especially after the Raccoon City incident. Several years have passed since that nightmare and now Leon works as a Special Agent under the current US President. Leon is sent into an unknown area of Spain to look for the President’s daughter Ashley Graham who has been taken by some odd cult. However, Leon is about to learn that this mission will bring him back to the nightmares of Raccoon City when a new virus has been unleashed on the villagers. Leon survived the zombie outbreak of Raccoon city but can he survive this new more evolved outbreak?
WinBack main goal was to be an action heavy third person shooter first and foremost. Sure it had cover based mechanics but players needed to rely on quick reflexes and good aim. Resident Evil 4: HD mimics this idea but with everything being way more focused and stronger in terms of gameplay. Players will have to battle various zombie-like enemies as well as other horrible creatures all while trying to make it out of the village alive. Resident Evil 4: HD is one of our favorite games of all time here at Honey’s Anime and we can always recommend it for those who are looking for solid third person shooter games like WinBack.
5. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
- System/Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- Release Date: Dec 21, 2006
Earth has become devastated by global warming and other human missteps leading the planet towards becoming an inhospitable planet. Hoping to discover a new world that humanity could live on the mega corporation known as NEVEC finds a harshly cold planet naming it E.D.N. III and hopes to colonize it for human living. Though as they begin to heat up different areas they discover an alien race who has been hiding away and now are ready to fight for their land. 150 years have passed and humanity still fights to survive on E.D.N.III and continues to use the T-ENG from the fallen aliens now known as Akrid. Wayne Holden and his father, a group of snow pirates are about to have to fight against not only the Akrid but an enemy who was once considered an ally.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is like WinBack in the genre but with faster paced combat and obviously an alien enemy over the human ones found in WinBack. Players don’t have a typical health bar but instead have T-ENG which slowly drains as time goes by in the harsh cold environment. If you wish to survive, you’ll need to kill enemies and pick up the fallen energy to continue living. While Lost Planet has had several newer titles released, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is still one of our favorites of the series and we highly recommend it as its pretty affordable seeing as how it’s obviously an older title. If you want quick paced shooting like WinBack but with stronger gameplay mechanics and even some mech combat, you’ll find Lost Planet: Extreme Condition right up your alley.
6. Kill Switch
- System/Platform: PS2, Xbox, PC, GBA
- Publisher: Namco, Destination Software (GBA)
- Developer: Namco USA
- Release Date: Oct 28, 2003
Kill Switch follows super-soldier Nick Bishop. Despite Nick being so extremely powerful he is actually controlled from an unknown person only dubbed as “Controller”. Nick’s mission is to actually start a war between a Northern faction and Southern one so Profiteer Archer can sell the sides various technology and make a large fortune from the sales. However, during his mission Nick begins to have odd hallucinations about a woman and will soon learn that his memories hold the keys to what really happened to Nick long ago. Will Nick be able to survive being a puppet or can he find some means of escaping his controller? Only time will tell in Kill Switch.
We end our 6 Games Like WinBack on one of the best examples of cover shooting in the form of Kill Switch. This third person shooter will have you blasting tons of enemies and having to rely on using the environment to avoid taking too much damage. Kill Switch easily was influenced by WinBack as the two games share similar gameplay mechanics are both pretty tough titles to beat. Trust us folks even though Kill Switch released in 2003 we still have found ourselves booting our older systems and trying to play it despite some tough levels. If you’re looking for games like WinBack that harkens to all the great concepts of WinBack, then you’ll need to give Kill Switch a try.
WinBack might be almost 20 years old now but honestly we still find it a great game and a title that revolutionized the cover based gameplay found in a lot of titles we play in the current era. Now then folks we want to hear what your thoughts are about WinBack or any of these games like WinBack. As always folks we here at Honey’s Anime always appreciate a comment down below so we can hear what your thoughts are and since we just love hearing from fans of classic games. Make sure to keep coming back to Honey’s Anime for even more lists and other articles that we know you’ll find just as entertaining as this one.