Now that E3 2021 is firmly in our rearview mirror and we’ve had plenty of time to digest some of this year’s biggest gaming announcements, it’s time to aim our sights on our most anticipated shooters.
If you’re a multiplayer FPS fan, this year’s event was far from disappointing. With dozens of bullet-slinging titles to choose from, the experts at AirDrop Gaming have mowed down the pack to reveal our top 6 picks for best shooter at E3 2021.
1. BACK 4 BLOOD
This year’s E3 saw a very crowded field of co-op shooters (three of which made our list, in fact), but it was Back 4 Blood that stood a headshot and shoulders above the rest. That’s because it comes from the development team behind the Left 4 Dead series, arguably the granddaddy of all co-op shooters.
This zombie-slaughtering bullet fest pits your wise-cracking, 4-player strike force against everything from never-ending undead hordes to giant, kaiju-sized monstrosities. Pick your team wisely though, because this game is sure to be equal parts stress, glee, and Olympic Swimming pools-worth of blood.
· Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC
· Release Date: October 12, 2021 (with an open beta beginning August 5)
2. BATTLEFIELD 2042
What does the future of first-person shooters hold? Tornados, apparently.
Nobody does it bigger than Battlefield, and DICE’s newest entry in the acclaimed series is certainly no exception. The maps this time around are bigger than ever, which is good because they’ll need to support 128 players(!)on PC and current-gen consoles!
Whether you’re fighting on foot or piloting a chopper around toppling skyscrapers, you’ll need to adjust your strategy on the fly to keep up with sandstorms, nuclear rocket launches, and other insanely dynamic game-changers. Truth be told, we may need to constantly remind ourselves to keep our eyes down our sights!
· Developer: DICE
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC
· Release Date: October 22, 2021
3. FAR CRY 6
As a series known for its charismatic and wildly unpredictable villains, letting Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have a turn in the bad-guy seat is a gloriously inspired choice.
Featuring a new war-torn island nation, a wildly diverse array of weaponry, retro vehicles, animal sidekicks, and a one-woman army of a protagonist, Far Cry 6 looks to deliver on everything fans of the series know and love.
The best part is, they’ve already released details on the game’s first DLC, which lets you play as three of the series’ most iconic villains: Vaas, Pagan, and Joseph from Far Cry 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Oh, how the tables will turn!
· Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia
· Release Date: October 7, 2021
4. HALO INFINITE
As a series that began with “evolved” combat, this newest entry from Microsoft and 343 Industries simultaneously pays homage to its predecessors and brings the frenetic gameplay into the modern console era.
While we’re excited more than ever to continue the saga of Master Chief, the focus at this year's E3 was entirely on the multiplayer. Free-to-play for the first time ever, you’ll have no excuse to not give it a download and drop Spartans from around the world in classic deathmatch, oddball, and capture the flag modes.
Oh, and the best part? They added a freaking grappling hook!So now you can zip up to sniper perches, snag powerful weapons from a distance, and hijack banshees right out of the sky. Nuff said.
· Developer: 343 Industries
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC
· Release Date: Holiday 2021
5. RAINBOW SIX EXTRACTION
We’ll be honest, we didn’t see this one coming. Parasitic aliens in a Tom Clancy game? Not to mention in Rainbow Six, one of the more historically grounded tactical shooters out there.
This cooperative shooter (the second on our list, by the way) is like a strange double date, in which Rainbow Six Siege and Left 4 Dead show up to find XCOM and Resident Evil sitting at the table. It’s an unusual pairing, sure, but what we wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.
Assemble your team, slaughter some Archaeans, extract your comrades, and enjoy every second of this fast-paced Siege spinoff on September 16th.
· Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Google Stadia
· Release Date: September 16, 2021
Poor Massachusetts. First witches in Salem, and now vampires in Redfall.
Arguably the coolest cinematic trailer of the year (so far), this game was a surprise hit at E3, and for good reason. Trapped on an island and with the sun blocked out, a group of snarky, superpowered survivors finds themselves facing off against a diabolical legion of vampires with plenty of surprises of their own.
This game is still pretty far off, so we don’t know too many details yet about this 4-player co-op shooter (last but not least on our list) from the team that brought us the Dishonored franchise. We do know one thing though: we can’t wait to snipe silver bullets into the hearts of our immortal enemies!
· Developer: Arkane Studios
· Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC
· Release Date: Summer 2022
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