The Generation Gap in First Person Shooters

My, how the genre is changing. The generation gap in first person shooters is rapidly becoming clearer, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. We can see it in games such as Battlefield 1 and also in Titanfall 2. Both published by Electronic Arts, both aimed at completely different audiences.

When Titanfall 2 first dropped, many though it was foolish of EA to drop two massive titles so close to one another—in the same genre, and also so close to Activision’s Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

If you look closely, there is a method to EA’s supposed madness. Some people, like the older generation of shooter fans, the ones who grew up playing the early Halo series and the earlier Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series are not very into the new trends lately in the first person shooter genre.

The young and the old shooter fans aren't big fans of the newest entry in the Call of Duty series.
Infinite Warfare hasn’t done overly well if you talk Call of Duty standards of sales, coupled with poor reviews all around.

The fast pace of the newest shooters turn a lot of the older shooter fans off. Not only that, but also the shooter genre’s tendency to be placed in the future. People are tired of the future warfare trend, as is evident in Infinite Warfare’s poor sales.

So to compensate, EA had Dice make them a nice, historically accurate alternate history Battlefield game. In my opinion, Battlefield 1 is the best shooter of this year, and has refreshed a rather stale genre. Dice learned from the disastrous launch that was Battlefield 4 and the stale gameplay that was Battlefield: Hardline and finally hit a home-run.

But most importantly, it’s EA’s way of waving over to the last generation of shooter fans and saying “Hey, we didn’t forget you guys, so we made this for you.” Of course, not everyone likes the Battlefield series for various reasons, but it’s a start. The generation gap closed when this dropped, shooter fans young and old enjoy it. For all their efforts, Dice were rewarded with the largest launch in their history.

Generation gap showing as the younger kids out perform the older gamers.
Battlefield 1 is a welcome blast to the past in a genre saturated in Sci-fi titles.

Make no mistake, Battlefield 1 definitely affected the sales of Titanfall 2 a week later, but not because the game is bad. It’s just that it’s the status quo in today’s shooter industry. Titanfall 2 is a great game, and a vast improvement over the first game. Battlefield 1 just happened to be a very refreshing take on the genre.

Hopefully, the shooter industry in general, not just first person but third person, over the shoulder, and so on all recognize the success of this title and the what made it successful. Which, to be fair, does normally happen. Copying the success of others is commonplace in the gaming industry, after all they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Make no mistake, Battlefield 1 isn’t just a fun game because it is set in the past. Dice did a lot right with this game. Now if the DLC for the game could be just as good, everyone would be pretty happy.

In all the generation gap will remain. Younger generations will prefer the break-neck pace of more modern shooters, while the former generation will look for games a bit slower paced and a bit more team-oriented.




Published by Edward Angell

Eddie is a fan of strategy games, but also loves his shooters. Battlefield is his current addiction and he may need an intervention from loved ones soon. When he's not working at his regular 9-5 he's trying to get the perfect headshot.

One thought on “The Generation Gap in First Person Shooters

  1. It’s honestly a true shame that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 launched so closely together. I do agree with you that Battlefield 1 offered a welcome return to the slower paced FPS that’s been lacking for several years but Titanfall 2 (much like Doom from earlier this year) did a superb job in delivering both a fantastically written single-player campaign and the fast but tight gameplay present in the earliest of the first-person shooter genre. I’m a little sad that so many people are letting Titanfall 2 pass them by to play the the more popular franchises of Battlefield and Call of Duty.

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