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The manufactured Battlefield 3 vs. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 rivalry may have dominated headlines, but gamers had plenty of opportunities to get behind the ironsights in 2011. From the creative, under-appreciated entries like Bulletstorm and Crysis 2 to the big guns like Gears of War 3, we had no shortage of quality options for shooting virtual enemies in the head. But which games stood out the most? Read on to find out.
Best Story Campaign: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The Call of Duty campaigns typically have incomprehensive, continent jumping plots that prioritize jaw dropping set pieces moments over character development, and Modern Warfare 3 is no different. Though the campaign still leans heavily on the Call of Duty 4 mission template (like nearly every other modern shooter), the Russian plane crash, sandstorm mission, and Juggernaut suit powered finale were each quality water cooler moments that stood above the moment to moment action of typical shooter missions.
Best Cooperative Mode: Horde Mode – Gears of War 3
In Gears of War 3, Epic Games makes its influential Horde mode even better by taking a page out of the tower defense game playbook. With barriers, turrets, sentries, and decoys at their disposal, teams can fortify their position like never before in the quest to survive the increasingly menacing enemy waves. This is cooperative gameplay at its finest.
Best Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
How do you retake the multiplayer crown? By re-introducing 64-player battles on wide-open maps filled with jets, tanks, and squads of teammates coordinating to capture control points. The web-based interface remains a point of contention for many PC players, but you can't beat the thrill of Battlefield 3's large-scale warfare. Console players are stuck with smaller, 24-player versions of these maps, but the drastically improved progression system and team-based gameplay still offer plenty of reasons to re-enlist for one more match.
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Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm are awsome games
Shooter of the year goes to Gears of War 3...
the only ones i disagree with are story and overall. story should have went to gears. between resolving the trilogy's story arc, introducing and resolving marcus's dad's story, providing truly emotional scenes, and vastly improved minute-to-minute dialogue, gears should have taken top honors.
for overall, it should have been between gears and battlefield. call of duty may have the most content, but it's certainly not the best of the year, and definitely not the most innovative.
Thank god shooter of the year went to MW3. Amazing Game. One of my games of the year.(:
I respect your decision Game Informer. And to be honest It might actually BE the shooter of 2011 since I haven't actually played it yet. But I honestly think that this whole awards thing for shooter of the year is complete bull. Why should we have to choose between our favorite shooters every year? Especially when they are all just as good as the other? Most of the shooters this year probably deserve this award and I am just going to leave it at that!
Huh? I am no fanboy but the facts don't lie. I do not see the logic here...BF3 got more wins but CoD still won? Am I missing something?
Well at least you guys explained why you made the decision for shooter of the year instead of picking because everybody else wants it that way.
Battlefield 3 is my shooter of the year then Rage runner up...
I couldn't agree with this article more. I like the fast pace of mw3 multiplayer, and really enjoy the realistic expansive team feel of battlefield 3. While i enjoyed both campaigns, mw3 for me was just a better campaign overall. I own them both and like them in different ways.
Rage is still on the 2 buy list...but im looking forward to checking it out.
I agree with everything here...except for one thing. Logic dictates that since BF3 won so many categorizes that it would be the shooter of the year, not MW3. Not saying that MW3 does not deserve it, but you give BF3 all these accolades and then don't make it shooter of the year? It's like your contradicting yourself.
I don't know if I agree with any choices other than Bulletstorm and Rage. I loved Bulletstorm, because it was so different than the brown and gray realistic military shooters we get so often. To be honest, though, I don't really like shooters that much at all. I've always been single player over multi-player, and most shooters have a single player campaign that I could finish in one sitting.
MW3? Really?! The game has no memorable maps, spotty hit-detection, a horrid spawn system and zero innovation. BF3 is the superior product, and I've been a CoD fan for years.