Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2022 – Shooters

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Holiday Buyers Guide

Is it already that time again? With the Holidays closing in once more, we know a lot of you are looking for gifts for all the players in your lives, and maybe some things you’d like to get for yourselves too. If you’re not sure what to get, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From November 3rd to November 18th, we’ll be bringing you guides to satisfy every type of player each weekday. Strap in and kiss your wallet goodbye.

Sometimes you just really want to shoot something. I’m sure we’ve all been there. If you need a game where you can go all out and focus on taking out your foes, the five below are a great start.

 

Cultic Chapter One

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PC

Our Review

An unapologetic throwback to 90s first-person shooters, Cultic is the work of a one-man developer who has fully managed to capture the horror and atmosphere of the best horror titles and combine them with rock-solid shooting. Even better, there’s more to do than just shoot, there’s an interesting world here for players to explore. Check this one out and be ready whenever Chapter Two comes along.

 

Metal: Hellsinger

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

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

Our Review

Metal music and shooters have gone together since near the start of the genre, but rarely have they been so fully entrenched as they are in Metal: Hellsinger. Mixing excellent arena shooting mechanics with rhythm gameplay works great, and the soundtrack is one of my favorites of the year. Things eventually get a bit repetitive, but there’s plenty of fun to be had along the way.

 

Neon White

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch, PC

Our Review

You’ll do plenty of shooting as you run through Neon White’s arenas, even if find your way through its obstacle courses as quickly as possible is the more appealing aspect of it. Few games this year have more fully monopolized my attention as Neon White did while I was running through it. Even now, I jump back in regularly to run a few of my favorite courses and see if I can improve my time. This is a no-brainer if you like competing with others for the best scores and times. Even without that, though, there’s so much style and fun to be had that you’ll want to check Neon White out.

 

PowerWash Simulator

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

We said this was a list of shooters, not what you’d be shooting. PowerWash Simulator doesn’t have you shooting enemies or doing anything with any sort of time limit. Instead, your job is simply to shoot water and clean off every surface in its eventually huge levels, needing to make everything squeaky clean. This is the sort of game that everyone in my life who saw me playing it was utterly confused by, and yet also a game that everyone I know who tried it were unable to put down. Doing the sort of chore I should probably be doing to my real house in a video game instead probably shouldn’t work, but it simply does.

 

Splatoon 3

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch

Our Review

Splatoon is back after five years, and honestly, not that much has changed. There are some great new levels, a solid new single-player mode, and you can play Salmon Run on your own schedule, but this is very much still a Splatoon game. While some will wish Nintendo changed things up more after such a long layoff, the fact is that this is still some of the most fun you can have on a Nintendo Switch in 2022, and one of the best multiplayer games on the market.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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