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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 alter 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 30 games from the last 20 years, with 678 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.

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Valorant

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

Valkyria Chronicles 4

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

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Grid, Hand-Made and Weather

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...

Apex Legends

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...

Deep Rock Galactic

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

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).

Battlefield 2042

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

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...

Overwatch 2

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Overwatch 2 is a shooting game where the focus is on teamwork and skill rather than violence. In teams of five, you communicate and work together to take out the other team and complete your objective. Along with games like Rocket League, it has...

Plants Vs. Zombies (Series)

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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...

Rogue Company

Release Date: 30/06/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

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.

Enlisted

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

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

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 Battlefront II

Release Date: 21/09/2004, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

Star Wars Battlefront II is a multiplayer shooting game based on the Star Wars films. There have been four games in the series, each one similar to the main Battlefield series. The latest main version is Star Wars Battlefront...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

Hyper Scape

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

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.

The Otterman Empire

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

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

Realm Royale

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

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person

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

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige

Release Date: 01/12/2015

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige 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...

Halo Infinite

Release Date: 15/11/2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

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...

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

Borderlands 3 (Series)

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

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

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Release Date: 24/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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.

Lemnis Gate

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

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

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

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,...

Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt (Series)

Release Date: 07/09/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt 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 a vampire battling opponents and other enemies...

Crucible

Release Date: 10/05/2020

Out Now: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played in 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...

Redfall

Release Date: 02/05/2023

Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

Rocket Arena

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person

Rocket Arena is an 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 character's unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

Broforce Forever

Release Date: 15/10/2015, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Broforce Forever is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play characterised familiar masculine heroes who use excessive force to defeat enemies. It's a frantic, brash adventure with many weapons and characters to play around with. It's a...

Enter The Gungeon

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

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

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...

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

Release Date: 05/09/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is a shooting adventure game where you explore a fictional rendition of the Chornobyl exclusion zone to kill mutated monsters. Alongside the fast-paced and precise shooting, there's a surprisingly likeable cast of...

Frag Pro Shooter

Release Date: 27/02/2019, updated in 2024

Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Frag Pro Shooter is a bright and light-hearted team-based shooting game where you lead a team of computer characters against other players. Play involves traversing the arena to target opponents and score points by hitting their base. Unusually, you...

Helldivers 2

Release Date: 08/02/2024

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Helldivers 2 is a cooperative shooting game where you travel to other worlds and repel an alien invasion. You must use team tactics and communication to defeat hordes of insectoid enemies with guns, grenades and airstrikes. A sequel to [link to...

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