Best Non-AAA Shooter of 2011

2. Hard Reset

This old school shooter from Polish developer Flying Wild Hog pioneered a whole new way of releasing a game. Rather than spend a year building up hype, it was announced in July and released in September; an approach that I hope will catch on around the industry. Hard Reset didn’t encourage you to take cover or reload, didn’t feature regenerating health, and didn’t even include a crouch button. Instead, it threw large numbers of robotic enemies at you as you made your way through a cyberpunk-styled world. Hidden secrets, a cool weapon upgrade system, and LOTS and LOTS of shooting made this one of the surprise favorites of the year.

1. Bulletstorm

A relentless feast of gleeful carnage and gallows-humor, Bulletstorm defies the conventions of first person shooters in every way that counts and should rank as one of, if not the, best shooters of the current generation. Its combat system, aided by the best control scheme of any game released this year, brilliantly marries melee and shooting-based fighting. In-play, players are encouraged to try for insanely cool (and hilarious) kill-combos that make every game a unique experience. It’s wickedly funny, featuring some of the most incredibly hammy voice acting this side of William Shatner and, unless you regularly say things like “what the DICK?!?” or “”C*ck-f*ck*r-r*mj*b-piece-of-sh*t!”, it has the most amazing swears you’ll ever hear. That it also has beautiful environments and a wonderful soundtrack are simply added bonuses.

Frankly, if you haven’t yet played this criminally underrated instant classic, you’re a dick.

So, those are our picks. Now it’s time to see what the readers chose!

Readers were invited to vote in a Facebook poll for their favorites. They also had the option of adding a favorite game to the list if their choice wasn’t there. Here’s how that vote turned out:

2011 Reader’s Choice Non-AAA Shooter

5. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
4. Goldeneye 007: Reloaded
3. Section 8: Prejudice
2. Serious Sam 3: BFE
1. Bulletstorm

See the full poll results on our Facebook page!

So, how would you rate the best Non-AAA Shooters of 2011? Drop your lists in the comments below to let us know what you think!

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2 Comments on Best Non-AAA Shooter of 2011

Patrick Olson

On December 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Given that Bulletstorm not only sucked hard and is a tripple A title. I’ll gladly accept that metaphorical status then rather being one.
Clearly one doesn’t have the intellect to properly identify a tripple A title, I’ll let you decide.

Red Menace

On December 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Ugh, Bulletstorm. Section 8 doesn’t get enough credit.