Lock and Load: Upcoming Military Shooters of 2007

We set our sights on the holiday season's upcoming crop of military shooters. Oorah!

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People who play games like shooting things, judging from the sheer popularity of the shooter genre. There are first-person shooters and third-person shooters, of course, but shooters also cover everything from fantasy and the Wild West to horror, science fiction, and more. While blasting zombies, aliens, and mutants can be a lot of fun, sometimes you want something grounded in a real-world setting. This can involve battling the Axis in World War II or participating in contemporary conflicts, both fictional and real. We like these kinds of shooters too, so we've compiled a list of games that are coming out between now and the end of the year that fulfill our need to rock and roll in a realistic setting. The key criteria for this list was an adherence to real-world weapons and a nod to realism, as well as the absence of anything fantastical, paranormal, or alien. And with that said, let's dive in.

Army of Two (PS3 | 360)

Publisher: EA Developer: EA Montreal Release Date: November 15, 2007
Remember kids, even mercenaries use the buddy system.

Army of Two isn't, strictly speaking, a military shooter. If anything, the co-op-friendly game from EA's new Montreal studio is ex-military, given that it promises to follow the relatively true-to-life exploits of two mercenaries. In spite of the fact that you aren't a Devil Dog or part of the US government's fight against terror, we decided to include this game for several reasons. For starters, EA hired an actual mercenary to provide insight into how soldiers of fortune fight and survive, so Army of Two should be pretty realistic, especially when it comes to weaponry.

On one hand, you'll enjoy knowing the specifics about the real-world guns your characters wield. On the other, you'll have so much room to customize them that they should grow to feel like they belong to your character alone. After all, every professional mercenary needs a calling card…preferably one that kills lots of people.

But perhaps the most compelling weapon in this game's arsenal is its commitment to the buddy system. You're supposed to play Army of Two with a friend, and to that end, the game is loaded with co-op gameplay. You and your comrade will be able to boost each other over walls, stand back-to-back blasting away, or roar through vehicular shoot-outs. You can also use the game's massively multiplayer online role-playing-game-inspired "Aggro" system to keep your enemies confused and outflanked.

Whether these mercenaries get the job done or die in battle remains to be seen when Army of Two launches this November 15, but the game already looks Army strong.

Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway (X360 | PS3 | PC)

Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Gearbox Release Date: Q4
Proof that a trip to Europe doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg…for you.

When the first Brothers in Arms came out in 2003, it injected some much-needed realism into a World War II genre that relied too much on pure action. The entire concept of Brothers in Arms is built around the use of real-world tactics to find enemies, fix them in position by firing at them, then--while their heads are down--flank and take them out. You had to think like an infantryman rather than rely on your reflexes to shoot at whatever moves. It made for a challenging and rewarding gameplay experience. Road to Hill 30 was followed up by Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood and now, Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway.

Hell's Highway was the nickname given to the narrow corridor seized by American and British airborne forces during Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne drop in history. This is the same operation depicted in the movie A Bridge Too Far, in which the Allies tried but failed to seize a series of key bridges leading to Germany's industrial heartland. Of course, incredible amounts of heroism were involved, and that's what Gearbox wants to capture with the game. It's also the first Brothers in Arms game designed for new platforms, such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so there's a huge upgrade in visuals as well.

In addition to the upgraded graphics, Hell's Highway adds a ton of new features, such as bazooka and mortar teams. It also adds more destructible objects in the environment, an improved cover system, and the ability to call in artillery strikes on the enemy. The way this series keeps evolving, it seems like you'll be ready to command your own infantry squad by the time you're done with Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (X360 | PS3 | PC)

Publisher: Activision Developer: Infinity Ward Release Date: Q4
It was a dark and stormy firefight.

The Call of Duty games elevated the World War II shooter genre with their relentless and intense action. Now Infinity Ward wants to do the same with modern-day military shooters. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ushers in a brand-new, fictional conflict, but one fought with the current inventory of vehicles and weapons at the US military's disposal. There aren't any fancy "near future" or prototype weapons here, just an incredible amount of action. You play as a US Marine or a British SAS commando caught in the midst of a growing regional war against Russian ultranationalists and a Middle Eastern dictator.

Modern Warfare will bring a number of new features to the series. Because Infinity Ward is no longer constrained by World War II-era weapons and equipment, you'll have access to top-of-the-line gear. This includes night-vision goggles, flashbang grenades, and Black Hawk helicopters. It makes for a much more frenetic experience because everything seems faster and weapons are a lot more lethal. However, Modern Warfare will also offer a lot more gameplay variety than previous Call of Duty games. It's not enough to simply assault the player's senses nonstop, which can be exhausting. Instead, you'll be able to participate in missions where stealth is more important than firepower. Likewise, you'll be able to see the battlefield from new perspectives, like that of a gunner onboard an AC-130H Spectre Gunship, serving death to those below (the action looks and sounds just like watching real-world gun footage).

To top it off, Modern Warfare also promises plenty of crazy and exciting multiplayer gameplay. A new create-a-class system will let you customize your character's weapons and skills. Yes, like in a role-playing game, you can select a number of special skills that change the dynamics in the game. For example, the "last shot" skill lets you draw your pistol and fire away for a few seconds after you're killed, giving you the chance to get even. When you put it all together, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare looks like a must-have game.


Do you have a favorite on the list, soldier? Or is your preferred tour shipping out after 2007? Leave a comment and sound off!

Medal of Honor: Airborne ( X360 | PS3 | PC)

Publisher: EA Developer: EALA Release Date: August, Q3 (PS3)
Go to battle with the forces of Germany…and gravity.

The Medal of Honor series practically inaugurated the gritty, realistic World War II shooter. As such, it's also the largest World War II franchise, with more than 20 games released on various platforms. However, its trademark formula of linear gameplay was starting to feel a bit stale, so with Medal of Honor: Airborne, EA wants to recharge the franchise with a much more dynamic battlefield.

In Airborne, you'll play as a US paratrooper who participates in all the major combat drops of the war, from Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) all the way to Operation Varsity (the drop on Germany). The cool new mechanic in the series lets you have control when you parachute into a level, so you can land almost anywhere on the battlefield. This also means that you can play the same battle repeatedly and experience vastly different outcomes depending on where you land, as well as how you approach the objectives. Because the game busts out of the standard linear nature of most shooters, the levels are wide open, and you're able to go almost anywhere you want at any time. Of course, it helps that the game's artificial intelligence has been rebuilt to adapt and react to the new battlefield.

Almost every aspect of the game has been rebuilt from scratch. Airborne is the first Medal of Honor game built for the new consoles, and the game's graphics, which are powered by Unreal Engine 3, are highly advanced. Medal of Honor: Airborne represents a significant upgrade to the storied series, and it's a step in the right direction for the evolution of the World War II shooter genre.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (PS3)

Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Paris Release Date: Fall
Red diamonds aren't forever - they're for shooting.

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, one of the best shooters for the Xbox 360, is finally making its way to the PlayStation 3. Thankfully, you needn't have played the first GRAW to understand or appreciate the sequel. A Mexican army rebellion has spread to the US and Mexican border; thus, the elite soldiers of the US Army's Special Forces group, the Ghosts, are called into action. You'll play as Captain Scott Mitchell, going on solo missions, as well as leading your squad, as you attempt to blunt the rebels' radical plans.

If you played any of the Ghost Recon games for the PlayStation 2, you're going to be in for a nice shock. GRAW 2 builds on its predecessor, enhancing the already-sumptuous graphics even further and delivering a feast for the eyes. Of course, graphics don't equate to gameplay, but fortunately, GRAW 2 also has that in spades.

Because GRAW 2 is set in the near future, you're armed with the latest and greatest military equipment that the US taxpayer can afford. As a fully networked infantryman on a digitized battlefield, you have access to unprecedented amounts of data that makes finding and killing the enemy easier than before. Of course, at the end of the day, it still comes down to being able to think and react faster than your foes. You'll navigate through the Mexican countryside, as well as towns and cities, accompanied by your squad. You'll also be accompanied by an assortment of military drones that can help you scout the battlefield, provide mobile cover, and more. When you throw in the comprehensive multiplayer suite, GRAW 2 promises hours of solid gameplay.

SOCOM: Confrontation (PS3)

Publisher: SCEA Developer: Slant Six Release Date: November
Play SOCOM, meet interesting people, kill them.

As the sequel to the highly popular SOCOM series on the PlayStation 2, SOCOM: Confrontation already has a huge audience. As the first SOCOM game for the PlayStation 3, it promises to deliver vastly updated graphics and gameplay that will blow fans of the PS2 games away.

First, Confrontation is an online-only multiplayer game, so don't go in expecting some kind of grand narrative. It's all about intense, tactical action as you command US Navy Seals, as well as other nations' special forces troops in combat. The game has a Middle Eastern setting, and what we've seen so far indicates that the Western forces will battle local militia. You can create your own custom trooper, selecting from nationality and appearance. Then you can customize things further, right down to being able to create a unique uniform for your clan or player group.

Even better, you'll also be able to download Confrontation from the PlayStation Network Store--for a price, of course. It will also be available in a retail package, so you have a choice as to how to get the game. Then again, if you own a PS3 and enjoy realistic, tactical shooters, there's really no choice. You'll have to play SOCOM: Confrontation when it launches in November.


Do you have a favorite on the list, soldier? Or is your preferred tour shipping out after 2007? Leave a comment and sound off!

Discussion

607 comments
destroyteachers
destroyteachers

I like call of duty 4 because of the stealthy missions and the mission where you get to blow people up with the AC-130H Gunship. If they make a Call of Duty based on world war 1, the missions would be lame... In world war 1, to gain victory, Generals sacrificed millions of lives just to get past the German trenches and the results where not satisfying.

mullock
mullock

I wanna see a CoD game set in the Boer war =P

onuruca
onuruca

only cod4 released on 2007... :D

lilnorris64
lilnorris64

ww2 is always nice as long as you get to bring down some dirty nazis

gladi8or19
gladi8or19

Brothers in Arms looks like the kind of WW2 game ive been waiting to play, although i wish you start out customizing your character... Like Rainbow six. i always love that in a game. after Rainbow six game out, i was like wow they should do a WW2 game like this... next thing i hear, thats what their doing.. i like the fact that the COD 1, 2 and 3, all had a story to follow, and even though COD4 did, it was pretty lame... online is the best thing about COD 4.

wags94
wags94

Okay, I think World War 2 is still a good topic for games, but we need to advance, such as Medal of honor: Airbourne. They took ordinary WW2 combat and added an airborne twist, and the result was good! But honestly I'd like to see more korea and vietnam games but with extras that most games don't have such as: Destructible Enviroments, realistic damage modeling, realistic NPC A.I., and...I don't know what its called, but the system the people that made "Gears of war " used, you know; where you can hide behind cover and stuff. In my opinion though, we shouldn't make more Modern day shooters, because of the war (the real one :P) and all, my father is in the military and the last thing he wants to see from coming back from afghanistan is advertisements for games about the war. But what we can do is modern day shooters, but with no relation to the war, like SOCOM or Ghost Recon.

bfme2_master
bfme2_master

WW2 is a little tired, but only because so many publishers have made terrible ww2 games. What we need is a ww1/korea/vietnam game that kicks ass as much as cod4 or company of heroes (proof that ww2 isn't tired yet)

MaTersigni
MaTersigni

If you ask me world war 2 is cool because it allows you to have tons of set plays witch we all like, and its a great memorial to the soldiers who have died. on the same hand tho there is only so much ww2 we can handle. The reason COD4 is so good is because infinity ward made it, infinty ward isnt making COD5 so it definetly wont be as good, it will still be a ok game because it is going to world war 2, but Im waiting for COD6 because its going back to modern war fare.

classic7
classic7

I wanna see COD 5 in the WWII Pacific

pletsky
pletsky

I loved FPS, I love FPS and I will always love FPS They are the best! !Just let them rule!

samdonni
samdonni

WW2 has been played to death. Please move on, unless your gonna make a some what decent looking one.

Chaist776
Chaist776

Bah. Instead of World War 2, why don't Call of Duty 5 be set in World War 1? BTW, is there a World War 1 FPS there?

pavarotti2000
pavarotti2000

I agree with rocky, brothers in arms hells highway is so the coolest and most realistic game so far. And yes WWII games are awesome

X-Rocky-X
X-Rocky-X

i realy want to play brothers in arms, its look like its a good game with the graphics and destructible cenarios but COD 5 should be in WWII, the WWII games are realy cool

ZachBdude
ZachBdude

i think its time we think about the soldiers of today that died and continue with modern warfare. dont forget the men who died in WWII, but start thinking about today

TurkeySwammish
TurkeySwammish

COD5 is going to be WWII? I realize WWII was a war worth fighting for, but come on now, let the dead rest is peace. They've done all they can with Nazis. The well has been run dry. Look at Turning Point for instance, that game is virtual Diarrhea.

Kriz48
Kriz48

All the Call of duty games are great, but Call of duty 4 is the BEST of all!

crazybomb3691
crazybomb3691

i am really looking forward to the army of two game i think it will be the greatest

cube101
cube101

Nervous for Cod5...apparently they're goin back to WWII :(

shanemister
shanemister

COD 4 is the best shooter ever and i cant wait until COD 5 when ever it comes out

Iu_uI
Iu_uI

Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway 2008 more like

Redhairboy491
Redhairboy491

Ugh, whens army of two coming? It use to be in my top three games waiting but now im just getting so damn sick of waiting...

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Call of duty 4 is THE FPS of 2007!

gunner2340
gunner2340

Look out for OpFlash 2: Dragon Rising. Looks minted!

sanandreas44
sanandreas44

pavarotti2000 U guys want more details on it, then here's some: - U have a squad of four, u can choose members out of about twenty, each one with different skills and background. - U can assign every part of their equipment, including Uniforms, there by making it possible to give your men various roles such as anti-tank and medic and sniper. - This also not primarely not just a dead on shooter, u can if u wish sneak up on an enemy and cut his throat, a personal favourite. - Also if u hurt an enemy enough or scare him he will surrender. then u can capture him and take his equipment and uniform. - Any viehicle u may find will also be driveable at your disposal. - And all four members of your squad will be able to controll. And just for the record, this game was released in 2001 what games this

edub272
edub272

what about Battlefield: Bad Company for ps3? thats gonna be a great military shooter

pavarotti2000
pavarotti2000

U guys want more details on it, then here's some: - U have a squad of four, u can choose members out of about twenty, each one with different skills and background. - U can assign every part of their equipment, including Uniforms, there by making it possible to give your men various roles such as anti-tank and medic and sniper. - This also not primarely not just a dead on shooter, u can if u wish sneak up on an enemy and cut his throat, a personal favourite. - Also if u hurt an enemy enough or scare him he will surrender. then u can capture him and take his equipment and uniform. - Any viehicle u may find will also be driveable at your disposal. - And all four members of your squad will be able to controll. And just for the record, this game was released in 2001

pavarotti2000
pavarotti2000

I must also agree with VanHallo and renknram, im not really a big fan of COD since, well u never die. But i am a big fan of BIA since i have the two first i cant wait for the next one. and i also happen to know of a WW2 shooter with high realism if thats what u want, check out Hidden & Dangerous 2

renknram
renknram

I agree with Vanhallo, I have been playing Operation Flashpoint GOTY for over 6 years evento this day I'm not bored. From being an infantry soldier, special forces etc, drive T80's, Abrams Bradleys & BMP 2's, fly Gunships a favourite of mine was the Mi24 Hind, I loved playing large maps called Battlefield & another one Called RiverBattle (40 players online), you have to capture key towns and reinforce them with amour and infantry, the thrill of my team mates shouting on teamspeak that they want Air Cover asap, as the other team convoy of amour are descending on em, you would hear the whistle of the mi24 tumbling out the hills flying low & fast strafing and rockets, @ the same time taking small arms Sam's or AAA, If I flew any higher than 60m you could guarantee getting shot down by the AAA Vuclan's or shoulder Sam's, I always hugged the ground & kept close to the hills, it was awesome, I know the graphics are not up to par for present day games, but who cares when a game like this had so much tactics, strategy but most of all the openeess of this great game. Don't get me wrong I'm gonna enjoy COD4 & looking forward to the online modes, But the Best war game out there for me is Operation Flashpoint, & when OFP2 Red Rising Releases rumours have it Spring08 or October08, I have also read it will be using the Colin MCrae (R.I.P.) Neon Graphics engine. This will be the definate one for me, So Roll on Toca 4 (Best Racing Sim), Lastly i would love to see IL-2 Sturmovik released on the 360 for my no combat flight sim touches it.

VanHallo
VanHallo

I'm not really a fan of shooters. Hell I'm not really a true gamer. I mostly fly flight simulators such as MSFS2004 or MXFSX. With that said I also has to say that I'm a fan of realism. So if there a game with brilliant realism that happens to be a kind of a shooter then I'd look it up. Of the above three it's only BiA that caught my attention since I reckon neither of the other two included any realism what so ever. I mean in call of duty, the guy runs around and is probably hit by 10-20 bullets atleast during that short video clip. What happens? Well nothing really, he's still running around as if nothing happened. Some people appreciate that, well I don't. If you could die by a single bullet in real life then I want to die by a single bullet in the game as well. If you in here feel the same way as I do then if you want a realistic ww2 shooter go with BiA if you want a realistic modern warfare shooter then go with the brilliant game operation flashpoint. I'm waiting with excitement for OF2. I haven't played a more realistic shooter then operation flashpoint: cold war crisis. With one single good shoot you could kill the enemy. The same the other way around. After awhile you actually beleive yourself to be in the game so I'd like to say that this is not a game. It's more of a simulator. Do not start about how ugly the game looks, it's several years old but still I can't see any game that actually could compete with it. Therefore I'm waiting for the second one.

SA80_Assault
SA80_Assault

Dear Humanity, we thank you for BiA, we thank you for AoT, and we most definetly thank you for CoD 4! HOORAH!

pavarotti2000
pavarotti2000

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andrwindmddl77
andrwindmddl77

ito21000, COD 4 recieved an M rating, and COD2 and 3 aren't really focused on pure violence, but instead a fun firstperson shooter. Unless it was REALLY unrealistic in violence, im sure most people wouldn't care if it was a t or m

Cj19_32
Cj19_32

Not Oorah. But I give it a AF HOOOOOAH!!!

ito21000
ito21000

Screw COD I'm tired of it. Another rated T for teen war game. Scripted, on rails, hop on a mounted machine gun and 30 guys run out on cue bull$***. War is supposed to be hell, so how about a little realism? Screw the kids, I want bloody bodies with limbs flying around with a soundtrack of agonizing screams and artillery fire. and don't get me started on BIA...

Spottie_aka_kam
Spottie_aka_kam

i definitely want all 3 of'em. and yeah, probably the ones coming on after 2007. afterall, we gamers DEMAND great shooters!!!

mancityboi
mancityboi

Very good games..i think army of two would be an intense game to get and play multiplayer..shame about other games not mentioned especically halo 3..one of the biggest modern shooters going..just imagine how big it would be if it was on pc, ps3 and the wii aswell of course its only for the xbox 360 thought..shame really.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Not to mention all the killer games they did not emetion here: PS3: Rachet&Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Wipeout: HD Burnout Paradice Beowulf Killzone 2 (Please be a FPS this time and not a crapy top down game) Xbox360: Mass Effect Halo3 Eternal Sanata Halo Wars (RTS game not yet released) Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Both systems: Front Lines: Fule of War Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Unreal Taurnament: 3 Battlefield: Bad Company Army of Two Black Site: Area 51 Man with so many cool games comeing I don't think I have the cash for allt this! Also there are some great handheld games comeing as well: PSP: Wipeout: Pulse Secret Agent: Clank (Rachet&Clank game without Rachet) Silent Hill: Origins God Of War: Chains of Olympus Final Fantasy: Crisis Core Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops + At least those are the ones I care about for the systems I will have by November 2nd this year.........

hub0
hub0

I'm just waiting for call of duty right now....can't wait!!

dallasanderson1
dallasanderson1

what a month this month is with army of 2 and COD 4....its a gammers paradise,with fruity drinks and little umbrella's heheh

Smiley451
Smiley451

Oh man! I know. There's all sorts of sweet games coming out soon. Crysis, COD 4, Unreal 3, Army of 2, SOCOM, BF BC, TF2's already out, fuels of war. I don't think I'll have enough time and money to play all these games

jefftommy06
jefftommy06

I would buy CoD4 just for the graphics alone, and the multiplayer will be sweet to with all the perks. But only a few months after that Battlefield: Bad Company and Frontlines: Fuel of War come out, I think I might hold off on CoD until I see what BF:BC looks like. Yea Yea it's an EA game, but this time around it has a brand new game engine and the enviroments are 90% destructable....even on multiplayer. From the actual gameplay I've seen so far this game is going to kick ass. Too many choices and not enough money!!!!

gcps2master
gcps2master

COD4 will be my 1st 360 shooter, probably shortly followed by army of two because me and my friend love 3ps shooters together, i want all of these shooters but these 2 are topping my list

Gundabad1
Gundabad1

BROTHERS IN ARMS ROCKS. The first one is one of the best games I have ever played, especially the multiplayer, holy crap...awsome. EiB kinda sucked ill admit but this coming one looks like its gonna kick some serious ass. Destructable cover-Hooyah!

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

COD is a definate buy for me. Beta looked great and played great. I actually am excited about Ao2 for the co-op - but I have been burned by EA before - so I will have to wait and see.

Rusty2004
Rusty2004

fearmackan , get the frak outta here u console freak!!!!!!! go play ur over-rated, over-hyped halo 3....