Top 10 Best Shooter Games of 2017 [Best Recommendations]

Putting aside the loot box controversy, 2017 was a pretty great year for gaming. Nintendo successfully launched their new console, Sony released a slew of memorable games, and Microsoft debuted the world's most powerful gaming device. As the industry continues to grow, more and more worthwhile games are being released each and every month. We are not just talking about AAA games, as indie titles like A Hate in Time and Cuphead proved that smaller studios can match whatever the big dogs are churning out.

January saw the release of the highly-acclaimed Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ, suggesting that the upcoming year could match the high standard set by its predecessor. Gaming can be an expensive hobby, especially with the sheer amount of new titles debuting each week; so, some might have completely overlooked a game or two.

Shooters are a dime-a-dozen, but the best tend to offer hours upon hours of entertainment. Here are 2017's top 10 shooter games.

10. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Release Dates: Sept 15, 2017

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider flew slightly under the radar. As a follow-up to the well-received second entry in the series, Death of the Outsider started off as a DLC package before making the jump to a standalone game. Priced at only $30, the story is shorter but offers more of what fans have come to expect from a Dishonored title.

The plot kicks things off just after the events of Dishonored 2, with Emily Kaldwin reinstated as empress. This time around, players control Billie Lurk, who is tasked with killing the Outsider. In terms of gameplay, Death of the Outsider falls slightly short of the high bar set by its predecessor, while remaining a fun experience. Lurk has three supernatural abilities, which are unlocked at the same moment, allowing players to approach a situation at their own pace.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a polished shooter by an experienced developer who knows exactly what type of game they wanted to create. While newcomers should try the previous entries, Death of the Outsider is a must buy for fans of the series.

9. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Iceberg Interactive, Tripwire Interactive
  • Developer: Antimatter Games, Tripwire Interactive
  • Release Dates: May 30, 2017

With the countless of free-to-play and premium shooters that flood the market, finding a multiplayer game that suits one's needs can be daunting. Every big studio dreams of churning out the next Overwatch, but finding a genuinely unique title can be challenging. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is a tactical first-person shooter and a great follow-up to the original 2013 release.

Set in the Vietnam War, Rising Storm 2 offers one of the most epic and large-scale combat experience in the business. Graphically, the developers put together a gorgeous package; still, the real highlight has to be the era-specific weapons and vehicles. For the first time in the franchise's history, players can control planes and reconnaissance helicopters, a decision that makes sense considering the team period.

The maps are massive and the gameplay is realistic. While multiplayer shooters generally require teamwork, Rising Storm 2 is only fun when playing alongside gamers who are willing to discuss tactics and work as a unit. When it clicks, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is mind-blowing.

8. Destiny 2

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Release Dates: Sept 6, 2017 (WW), Oct 24, 2017 (WW)

Destiny 2 is difficult to discuss. Bungie knows how to put together a first-person-shooter, that much should be beyond question. With the exception of Half-Life, Halo is probably the most influential franchise in the genre. Gameplay-wise, Destiny hit the right notes but the story was borderline non-existent. Destiny 2 fixed most of these issues, but a few strange post-launch decisions hurt the overall package.

Destiny 2 should have been the first entry in the franchise. With an actual storyline to compliment the enjoyable mechanics, Bungie's shooter is an easy game to pick up and play. While the plot is nothing particularly new, there is enough unique locations and interesting set-pieces to entice players to give this one a try.

Over the last couple of months, Bungie and Activision received criticism for releasing DLC that blocked content originally available in the base game and a misleading progression system. Combined with the less than robust post-game experience, Destiny 2 is an improvement but not a slam-dunk.

7. Get Even

  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Developer: The Farm 51
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Okay, this might sound like a cliche, but Get Even is more than the sum of its parts. Focusing squarely on its first-person-shooter mechanics, The Farm 51's budget title is far from remarkable. Players control Black, a trained killer who desperately wants a change in profession. Racked with guilt after every violent encounter, the gamer is pushed to take a stealth approach to missions. While both styles of gameplay function well-enough, Get Even accomplished very little to make it stand out from the competition.

Pushing aside the run-of-the-mill gameplay, Get Even excels as an overall experience. The developer deserves credit for crafting a genuinely unsettling atmosphere, mostly due to the way they play around with perception. At the drop of a hat, the environment suddenly changes into something that feels completely out-of-place. Get Even never allows the player to feel comfortable, making the short campaign difficult to put down.

6. Prey

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Release Dates: May 5, 2017

Describing any first-person-shooter as the new BioShock is a recipe for disaster. Those high expectations are near impossible to reach. Prey might fall short of being one of the great games of all time, but it deserved more recognition upon release. The claustrophobic setting and story are genuinely fantastic, with players controlling Morgan Yu.

The plot is set in an alternate timeline where John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt. The President put a heavier focus on the space program, leading to the creation of the space-station Talos I. In order to avoid ruining the story, let us just say it involves a rogue alien species.

Set in a relatively huge open-world, the gameplay blends role-playing and stealth. As the story progresses, Morgan unlocks quite a few cool abilities, offering the player many unique ways to approach a fire-fight. With multiple endings and a tense atmosphere, Prey is worthy of its hype.

5. Shadow Warrior 2

  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Developer: Flying Wild Hog
  • Release Dates: Oct 13, 2016 (WW), May 19, 2017 (WW)

The original Shadow Warrior delivered laughs and over-the-top gore. Honestly, what else could someone possibly want from a first-person-shooter? Well, how about 70 different weapons and randomly-generated levels? Flying Wild Hog's sequel aims to upgrade everything associated with its predecessor. For the most part, they accomplished their goal.

Shadow Warrior 2 brings Lo Wang back to consoles and PC, as he is ordered by the Yakuza to retrieve a strange trinket from a Temple. While the actual campaign is significantly shorter than the previous one, Shadow Warrior 2 offers a more open experience. Prior to the launch of a mission, players access a hub world filled with side-quests. When not playing through a story mission, the levels are randomly generated, allowing a bit of variety and unpredictability.

While Shadow Warrior only flirted with role-playing elements, the sequel greatly ramps up their importance. There are tons of weapons available that can be leveled up by killing enemies, who also provided elemental buffs for the firearms and swords. Just like the original, Shadow Warrior 2's gameplay is frantic and instantly engaging.

4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Release Dates: Oct 27, 2017 (WW)

Wolfenstein: The New Order was among the best shooters of the last decade. From the silly but endearing storyline to the lively gunplay, MachineGames' needed to bring their A-game for the follow-up. The New Colossus is deserving of the Wolfenstein name, allowing fans another enjoyable romp in Blazkowicz's blood-soaked boots.

The absurd setting and plot continue to be surprisingly effective. The heroes are well-written and lovable, while the villains might just be the most detestable and punchable of the year. Yes, it is insane and melodramatic, but MachineGames still managed to instill a sense of high-drama. The astonishing cinematics and cut-scenes are among the best of the year.

When it comes to the gunplay, innovation is not the word of the day. The New Order got it right and the sequel generally plays it safe. If it was not for the lack of boss fights, Wolfenstein II would rank higher.

3. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Dates: Jan 24, 2017 (WW), Jan 26, 2017 (JP)

Finally, a Resident Evil worth mentioning in a best-of list. It has been too long. After the action-heavy Resident Evil 5 & 6, Capcom took a step back with Biohazard. Shifting to a first-person perspective, the seventh entry revitalized the seemingly dying franchise. The horror elements are back in full-force, especially in the opening half of the story, but there is enough gunplay to satisfy fans of the later games.

The atmosphere is bloody creepy, especially if experienced in virtual reality. For those with heart-problems, we would recommend consulting your local doctor before trying the latter. Biohazard reduces the campier elements associated with the franchise and its Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style storyline hits the right balance between grotesque and suspenseful.

For a shooter, Resident Evil 7 successfully strips the player of their power. The campaign never feels unfair, but resources are in short supply and need to be well-managed. Whether you are a fan of the franchise or a newcomer, Biohazard is worth a shot.

2. Call of Duty: WWII

  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Release Dates: Nov 3, 2017

Once again, here we are with another entry in the Call of Duty franchise. By this point, it would take something genuinely unique to change the opinion of a fan or hater. Activision's series continues to rake in cash by the truckloads; and, due to the historical setting, Call of Duty: WWII promised a return to the good-old-days. Moving away from the futuristic combat of recent entries, Sledgehammer Games brought Call of Duty back to where it belongs.

Most do not play these games for the single-player experience, but WWII includes a solid six-hour campaign. Set on D-Day, the player controls a regular soldier who plows through a handful of landmark battles. The sequences are bombastic enough, especially when it comes to the larger scale battles, and the story would not be out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Multiplayer and Zombie mode continues to be the real reason to spend money on Call of Duty, with the latter having the best visuals and enemy design of the entire package. While the maps might not be the best of the franchise, multiplayer introduced a fantastic new mode called "War," which requires a more tactical approach to combat.

1. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
  • Publisher: PUBG Corporation, Microsoft Studios, Tencent
  • Developer: PUBG Corporation
  • Release Dates: Dec 20, 2017

Seriously, were you expecting anything else? Technically, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was officially released in the final ten days of the year, but the battle royale shooter blew up while in early access. The simplistic premise is insanely easy to get behind, as a hundred players are dropped into a large map and told to duke it out.

As the numbers start to dwindle and contest progresses, the map slowly shrinks in size, forcing the remaining players into a direct confrontation. While the third-person-shooter has more than a few bugs that need to be ironed out, the gameplay loop is addictive and satisfying. The shooting mechanics are far from the best of the year, but no other game captured and held the attention of so many gamers. When it comes to current players, since the beta was made available in March, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has nearly always topped Steam's charts.

With PUBG Corporation regularly releasing updates, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will only get better with age.

Final Thoughts

2017 added many great shooters to the already overstuffed genre, ensuring there is something for every type of gamer to enjoy. Whether looking for a single-player or multi-player experience, the industry had you covered. While some of the games mentioned in this list are likely to feature heavily in the current year; hopefully, a handful of new titles are released that push the genre even further.

Which shooter is your favorite of the year? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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Author: Mark Sammut

Born and raised on a small island in the Mediterranean, my life goal is to experience as many different ways of life as possible. Since time and money are in short supply, anime and film provide the best opportunity to experience far away cultures and worlds. When I'm not watching the latest episode of Gintama, or wondering what series to watch next, you can find me in the corner of the closest coffee shop; writing away on my aging laptop.

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