We’ve already talked about what MMOs and MOBAs offer the best experience for a guild. But some of you prefer rifles to roleplay, and that’s okay. Shooter clans need love, too. (And Gamer Launch has lots to give.)
There are a lot of obvious choices that we could have put on this list: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty, and Battlefield to name a few. Everyone knows that these big-hitters have huge communities, so it seems a little redundant to include them. And we’re betting that some of you are getting kind of tired of them, anyway. So we’ve hand-picked a few games that aren’t quite as AAA, but still offer a fantastic multiplayer experience for clans.
Team Fortress 2
This may still fall under the label of “obvious choice”, but it’s a great game for clans that have stuck mostly with AAA shooters. It’s one of the most-played games on Steam, so there’s a colossal community for you to be part of.
The Mad Hatter would be proud, but it’s kind of hard to take these guys seriously. (Source)
The critical praise for TF2 is pretty much endless, and most of it addresses the infinite number of hats that you can put on your character. Silly headgear aside, this game has a lot to offer. You can play one of nine classes in a variety of modes like Capture the Flag and King of the Hill. It’s updated frequently with new maps, modes, and equipment, and even has holiday events for Halloween and Christmas. TF2 offers a AAA FPS experience like few others on this list. The best part? It’s free-to-play.
Have you ever wanted to be a space ninja? Warframe knows the answers is “yes”. This F2P sci-fi title is a rather unique entry on our list. Not only is it a third-person shooter, but it also offers an “MMOish” experience.
You can play in four-person co-op mode, engage in PvP, or even participate in raids. Developer updates are fairly consistent, and often come with free gifts for players. Warframe is rather beautiful for a shooter – just look at all those pretty colors in the screenshot.. But reviewers have noted that because of the MMO-like play, the game can feel a little grindy – especially when you’re just starting out.
Like TF2, Arma 3 is still pretty popular on Steam. This self-described “massive military sandbox” offers both single and multiplayer content that spans two richly detailed Mediterranean islands.
Form a squad to play in the base game’s Defend and Seize modes, or you can hop into a community-made mode instead. There’s loads of player-created content – new maps, vehicles, etc., at your disposal. But if none of it’s to your liking, Arma has a scenario editor and other modding tools so you can create for yourself.
But be forewarned – lots of reviewers have complained about an excess of bugs and glitches in-game.
Much like Destiny tried to be, PlanetSide is an MMOFPS. A free-to-play MMOFPS. You must join one of three warring empires and engage in massive warfare across four enormous maps.
The coolest thing about this game is the sheer scale on which you can engage with other players. You can play in groups as small or as large as you like. Is your clan just a few friends? Create a team of specialized soldiers for more intimate encounters. Looking for something a little bigger to accommodate all your clan members? You can group up in multiple platoons packed with hundreds of players. There’s a lot of flexibility, which means a lot more options for you and your clan. If that’s not enough (and it should be), PlanetSide’s community has a reputation for being friendly and helpful – a good place to start if your clan is still green.
Natural Selection 2
This game mixes FPS and RTS, with a heavy emphasis on teamwork. Most of the team is in the fray on the ground, but each team is spearheaded by a Commander who has a top-down view. Commanders issue orders, collect resources, build structures, etc.
Newbies beware: Natural Selection 2 is not a rookie game. Because of the mixed genre, this game is highly complex and has a pretty steep learning curve. The community isn’t quite as active as others on this list, and the game is mostly populated with veterans. So initiates will probably suffer many deaths at the hands of seasoned players. But most reviewers agree that the unique gameplay experience is worth it.
Killing Floor 2
This sequel to the well-received Killing Floor 2 is still in Early Access, but it has a pretty active playerbase nonetheless. There’s a single-player mode for the lone wolves, but reviewers tends to favor the game’s multiplayer content and 6-person co-op mode.
This horde-style shooter has been praised for its environment and weapon design, but you’ll probably be more enamored with its high-fidelity gore system. You can rip out intestines and send limbs flying in an intense and visceral display – but your enemies can do the same thing to you and your team if you aren’t careful.
Note that one reviewer did point out a pretty serious flaw in the game: you cannot actually kill floors.
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm
The last entry on our list is a tactical WWII shooter that brings the Battle of Stalingrad to life. The brutal gameplay is only half of it – the game also faithfully recreates the brutality of World War II.. From photoreal graphics to realistic ballistics and bullet penetration, the attention to detail in this title is astounding.
Multiplayer modes range from quick, intense firefights to more complex tactical modes, so you’re bound to find something that suits you and your clan. But be prepared: this game is not messing around. In an effort to give you a true WWII experience, Red Orchestra 2 packs a serious emotional punch. As one reviewer put it: “play only if you want to have PTSD”.
We promise that the overwhelming numbers of 2s on this list wasn’t intentional. Maybe the second time is the charm with shooters. Either way, that just about covers it. From an abundance of hats to a harrowing military conflict, there’s something on this list for every clan. Whatever your play style and clan dynamic, one of these entries should offer you a fantastic team experience. Grab your best soldiers and load up.