Ready? Aim. Fire!
Whether you were in the mood for large-scale historical battles or first-person sci-fi shooting and looting–or perhaps you simply needed to get your fix on the go with Nintendo Switch–2018 had a bit of something for every shooter fan out there. The big guns like Destiny 2, Battlefield V, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had no problems gathering the usual attention, but they aren’t the only shooting games that rose to the top in the past year.
We’ve rounded up every shooter that scored at least an 8 on GameSpot in 2018, and organized them by score below. Scroll down to see where your favorite of the year landed. You might find also find something new to consider playing before games start rolling out in 2019.
If you’re interested in other 2018 review roundups, or our bounty of features discussing and showcasing the year’s best games overall, jump over to GameSpot’s Best Games of 2018 hub. And while you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for our most anticipated games coming in 2019.
Far Cry 5 – 9/10
Despite some brief irritations and missed opportunities with its narrative, spending time in the world of Hope County remains absolutely delightful. Far Cry 5 boasts a wonderfully harmonious flow to its adventure, with its smart changes to exploration, discovery, and progression distinctly bolstering the enjoyment of creatively engaging and experimenting with its spectacular open world. — Edmond Tran [Full Review]
Battlefield V – 8/10
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 8/10
Black Ops 4 isn’t short on content, and its three main modes are substantial. Multiplayer introduces more tactical mechanics without forcing you into them, and it largely strikes a good balance. Zombies has multiple deep, secret-filled maps to explore, though its returning characters don’t hold up and prove distracting. Finally, Blackout pushes Call of Duty in an entirely new direction, making use of aspects from both multiplayer and Zombies for a take on the battle royale genre that stands on its own. Sure, there isn’t a traditional single-player campaign, but with the depth and breadth of what is there, Black Ops 4 doesn’t need it. — Kallie Plagge [Full Review]
Destiny 2: Forsaken – 8/10
There is a lot to do in Forsaken, so much so that it can be difficult to see it all. That also means that, for the average player, this expansion has a much longer tail than previous iterations of Destiny 2. The variety and flexibility of activities established in the base game still work to make grinding a good time, and Gambit adds a consistently entertaining mode to the roster. The endgame, while difficult to reach, is also where the most satisfaction can be found. — Kallie Plagge [Full Review]
Earth Defense Force 5 – 8/10
Despite the series’ long-running nature, Earth Defense Force 5 is a standout action game, revelling in its own absurdity while crafting a brilliantly fun and lively action game around it. Its huge battles are a joy to watch play out both from up close and afar, and the wide variety of weapons and play styles with each player type offers plenty of reason to come back for more after the final bullet has been fired. — James Swinbanks [Full Review]
Mothergunship – 8 1/0
With the game’s clever gun crafting system added into the mix, familiar tropes and techniques from classic shooting galleries feel super-charged in the game’s randomized bullet-hell dungeons. When Mothergunship is firing on all cylinders, it’s a satisfying and thrilling shooter where it really counts. With an incredibly fun and never uninteresting gun-crafting mechanic, it certainly goes a long way with its clever hook and an endless flow of enemies to gun down. — Alessandro Fillari [Full Review]
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (Switch Port) – 8/10
As long as you’re able to play the entire game in docked mode, The New Colossus is the same fantastic game it is on other platforms. It runs well and, despite some minor visual compromises, it still looks pretty good. Handheld mode is unfortunately far less optimized, and the Joy-Cons simply don’t feel as good to use as the Pro Controller. — Kallie Plagge [Full Review]