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Squad Based Shooter

Some shooting games focus on quick reflexes and super-fast reactions. Others aim to recreate a realistic feel of the battle. One way they do this is to encourage players to communicate with each other to win.

Squad based shooting games pit large groups of players against each other, and then split each side into smaller squads or platoons of players. Each squad needs to communicate with each other to stay alive. But also, each group must communicate with each other to coordinate their attacks -- often via a leader selected in each squad.

There are also some offline games that focus on the squad as the gameplay mechanic. Games like Spec Ops: The Line develop a connection between the player and their comrades for narrative effect.

This list includes 31 games from the last 27 years, with 217 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to co-ordinate troops for objectives.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: PG to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 217
 

 

Enlisted

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

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

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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...

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...

Squad

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Squad is an online-only shooting game where you fight in a team of 50 players against an opposing team. It is unusual because of a deep emphasis on teamwork, co-ordination and strategy, as well as being as realistic to real modern day warfare as...

BattleBit Remastered

Release Date: 20/02/2022

Platforms: PC

BattleBit Remastered is a multiplayer shooting game where teams of over 100 players compete in environments where almost everything is destructible. The simple visuals and fragility of architecture result in opportunities to launch surprise attacks, and...

Ready or Not

Release Date: 17/12/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige (Series)

Release Date: 01/12/2015

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

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...

Hypercharge: Unboxed

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...

Crossfire X

Release Date: 31/08/2011

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Crossfire X is a free-to-play shooting game similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where two opposing teams compete to complete conflicting objectives. It's a tactical team-based game, that may seem like many other games. However, it has a huge...

Deep Rock Galactic

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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).

Arma 3 (Series)

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: 12/10/2021

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

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Nerf Legends

Release Date: 19/10/2021

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Nerf Legends is a shooting game where you use Nerf guns to defeat enemies and bosses. It offers a gameplay experience similar to games such as Call of Duty, but without the realism of those games, making it...

Planetside 2

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Series)

Release Date: 30/06/1995, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the latest flying and shooting game in the Ace Combat series of games. It features lots of real-life aircraft to master and weather conditions that impact gameplay and controls, while still retaining a fast-paced...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Release Date: 24/08/2021

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

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

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.

Hunt: Showdown

Release Date: 20/09/2019

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

Hunt: Showdown is a high stakes shooting game set in the 1895 swamps of Louisiana, where you are hunting savage, nightmarish monsters. Either alone or in teams you search for clues to find and defeat the target before other players. You are then...

Spec Ops: The Line

Release Date: 29/06/2012

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360

Spec Ops: The Line is shooting game played in third-person where you with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, and calling in support technology and firepower. Unusually, the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game that...

World of Tanks

Release Date: 12/08/2010, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

World of Tanks is a multiplayer tank simulation shooting game. You control a tank in a war zone and try and destroy enemy tanks in online matches in a race for supremacy and points. The scale and strategy of the battles recreates a realistic theatre of...

Fallout 76 (Series)

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Fallout 76 is an open world adventure. You are a survivor of a nuclear war from Vault 76, which was designed to contain the best and brightest people, trained to restart society once the radiation levels were safe to do so. Unlike other [link...

Redfall

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S

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...

The Cycle: Frontier

Release Date: 08/06/2022

Platforms: PC

The Cycle: Frontier is a shooting game where your team takes on other players and computer controlled enemies. You mine for resources on a mineral-rich alien world inhabited by monsters and ravaged by storms.

Hell Let Loose

Release Date: 27/07/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Hell Let Loose is a tactical shooting game set during the battles of the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War 2. It focuses on the structure of warfare with large numbers of troops through chain of command communication. You must work with other...

Naraka: Bladepoint

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Nakara: Bladepoint is an online fighting game where 60 players take on martial arts weapons and moves to be the last person standing. It takes the battle royale game in a sword battling direction where heroes can pull off gravity defying mobility, use...

Hyenas

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Hyenas is a shooting game with a gravitational twist, where you explore a vast spaceship in search of collectables while facing off against opposing teams. You use weapons and abilities to block corridors, create bridges, and generally foil opponents...

Pay Day 2 (Series)

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2021

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

Pay Day 2 is a shooting adventure game. You are part of a criminal gang who do various heists such as bank and jewellery store robberies, as well as contract work and drug deals. It stands out for the thrill of breaking the law, committing violent...

Pixel Gun 3D

Release Date: 14/09/2014, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Pixel Gun 3D is a Minecraft-looking online shooting game. It's been around since 2014 and has grown in popularity for its quick action and less violent version of games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. You can play on a smartphone, it's bright and fun,...

Warframe

Release Date: 25/03/2013, updated in 2021

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

Warframe is a role-playing and shooting game with a focus on narrative-driven adventures and fast-paced, skill-based combat. It offers the fighting and shooting from games like Halo, but in a galaxy on a par with No Man's...

Dying Light 2 (Series)

Release Date: 04/02/2022

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

Dying Light is a pair of role play survival games set in a zombie infested city. Following in the line of Dead Island and Call of Juarez, you explore a dynamic open city, scaling buildings and hunting for rescues. Combat is not only gory but punishing...

GTFO

Release Date: 10/12/2021

Platforms: PC

GTFO (Get The F*%k Out) is a horror shooting game where you work with other players to survive. The game stands out for the high challenge it sets (and tension it creates) as you use stealth, strategy and teamwork to survive the deadly, underground...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl (Series)

Release Date: 31/12/2023

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is a shooting adventure game where you explore a fictional rendition of the Chernobyl exclusion zone to kill mutated monsters. Alongside the fast-paced and precise shooting, there's a surprisingly likeable cast of...

The Finals

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

The Finals is an online shooting game where you are a contestant in a violent game show. You play from first person perspective, aiming to shoot opponents before they shoot you. The twist is that everything in the world from the buildings to the trees...

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