How do you go about creating a new co-op experience that will continue to entice players to return while also nurturing an environment where teamwork is mandatory? Perhaps one of the best answers to this question came in 2008 when Turtle Rock Studios and Valve released Left 4 Dead.
It was on this day in 2004 that Half-Life 2 hit shelves for the first time and made history.
It was on this day in 2001 that we first donned the helmet of the heroic Master Chief and launched an epic campaign against the zealotic alien Covenant in Halo: Combat Evolved.
It was on this day in 2009 that players continued the chase for Makarov and his army of Russian Ultranationalists in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
It was on this day in 2004 that Bungie attempted to capture lightning in a bottle a second time with the release of Halo 2.
Though Call of Duty has made itself comfortable in the far future a few times already, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare puts everything in a new perspective.
There are lots of games with heart and excitement, but Titanfall 2 manages to combine almost everything that was a strength for the first entry and build on it with loads more personality.
It was on this day in 2004 that Sony and Guerrilla Games released the original Killzone, coming a little closer to matching Halo in style and marketing than most others ever have.
Whether we were saving the Capital Wasteland or damning it, Fallout 3 was a journey retreading countless times and that’s what made Bethesda’s gambit a truly iconic title.
Once they exhausted World War II as a setting, most military shooters were content to look to the modern era, or even the future, as venues for players to explore warfare. Where it worked for some developers, the Battlefield series just seemed off in this updated age. Both Battlefield 3 and 4 were adequate, but they lacked the punch of earlier entries, and Battlefield Hardline was such a drastic departure from the norm, it became the ultimate outlier in the franchise. After attempts at finding a place in the current climate, DICE has decided instead of forecasting potential futures that looking back at how we got here could be just as exciting. With Battlefield 1, DICE has reinvigorated the franchise with a smart campaign, and invested more into the consistently solid multiplayer with new options that strengthen an already impressive foundation.