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Hero Shooters

Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alters the experience.

While some games add novel or fast-flowing movement to augment the shooting experience, Hero Shooter games expand the experience by offering different characters to play, each with specific abilities and shortcomings.

In the same way that fighting games encourage players to move an intricate move-set of a fighter (to become their "main" on-screen avatar), character-focused shooting games offer a wide range of styles of play across a diverse cast of people.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games, but changes how they are played more generally. While you may go head-on at enemies in a tank-style character, a medic, ranged attack or specialist character will need to be played in different ways.

This list includes 28 games from the last 13 years, with 310 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn a battlefield role.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 310
 

 

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Riot Games (@RiotGames)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...

Overwatch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

Rogue Company

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 30/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Hi Rez Studios (@HiRezStudios)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Rogue Company is an online shooting game where players compete in teams to win rounds. You play as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes.

Apex Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Callof Duty (@CallofDuty)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...

Star Wars Battlefront II (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13-16 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Star Wars Battlefront II is a shooting game based on the Star Wars films. There have been four games in the series and is similar to the main Battlefield series. The latest version is Star Wars Battlefront II that features...

Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Pop Cap (@PopCap)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...

Hyper Scape

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Enlisted

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Enlisted Game (@EnlistedGame)

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Evil Mojo Games (@EvilMojoGames)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Otterman Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Tri Heart Int (@TriHeartInt)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.

Deep Rock Galactic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Ghost Ship Games (@GhostShip_Games)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Realm Royale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Realm Royale (@RealmRoyale)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Realm Royale is battle royale shooting game, like Fortnite. The game features multiple character classes each with unique abilities. It's a spin off of the the hero-based shooting game Paladins by the same...

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1000 players online

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/12/2015

Price: 71% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rainbow 6 Game (@Rainbow6Game)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Rainbow Six Siege is a 5-v-5 multiplayer tactical shooting game where you either play a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. Your job is either to defend an objective such as a bomb site, biohazard container, or hostages or to stop the terrorist by...

Battlefield 2042 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: EA Dice (@EA_Dice)

Players: You can play this with 128 players online

Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@RatloopCanada)

Players: This is a single player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

Outriders

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: PCF People Can Fly (@PCFPeopleCanFly)

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Outriders is shooting game with a focus on collecting loot and upgrades with a role-playing edge. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire,...

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/10/2009, updated in 2019

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Borderlands 3 is a shooting game played with friends or solo to defeat enemies and loot ancient vaults in outer space. This unique setting and story, which it shares with the other Borderlands games, in addition to its unique art style and integration...

Halo Infinite

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 45 features

Developer: Halo (@Halo)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 24 players online

Halo Infinite is the latest release in the longstanding Halo series of first-person shooting games. This latest entry continues the story, while adding new abilities, such as the grapple and weapons, differentiating it from the other...

Vampire: The Masquerade - Blood Hunt (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 07/09/2021

Platforms: PC and PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Shark Mob Games (@SharkMobGames)

Players: You can play this with 45 players online

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the streets and on the rooftops of Prague as war breaks out between the vampire sects. In teams or solo, you take the role of vampires battling opponents and other enemies...

Rocket Arena

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: FSG Multiplayer (@FSGMultiplayer)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Rocket Arena is online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your characters unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2021

Price: 43% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Cold Iron Studios (@ColdIronStudios)

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative shooting game set 23 years after the original films. Unlike the stealthy Alien: Isolation, Fireteam Elite draws on Aliens: Colonial Marines' breathless shooting and racing pulse.

Art's Dream (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

Players: This is a single player game

Art's Dream is an adventure game featuring different game styles, including running and jumping, combat and puzzle solving. It's particularly unusual as it has music threading through it like a musical. You play as Art, a depressed double bass player,...

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: This is a single player game

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...

Crucible

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/05/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: AMZN Game Studios (@AMZNGameStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played on a varied and dangerous alien world. Humans, aliens, and robots converge to hunt the mysterious and powerful substance known as Essence. Fight together, unlock new abilities, adapt to ever-changing...

Enter The Gungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dodge Roll Games (@DodgeRollGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Redfall

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Redfall is an open-world team shooting game set in a Massachusetts town under siege by a legion of vampires. You work with a handful of survivors to purge the town. It's a cooperative experience with diverse characters and wide-ranging ways to approach...

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