Best-Selling Shooting Games on Amazon – Buyers Guide & Reviews 2020

Last Updated: May 1, 2020

Get your trigger finger and eagle-eyes ready! Our team has looked at a great selection of online and solo shooting games, and compiled reviews of the best selling shooting game titles on Amazon, across a range of the main gaming platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

by Agent Staff
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Professional and entrepreneurial leaders are not just drawn to the gaming industry, they are also avid gamers. Larry Page and Elon Musk reportedly are a regular gameplay two-some; Mark Zuckerberg developed his own game as a child and… well, look how things turned out for him. To be fair, gaming is a huge phenomenon generally. The Entertainment Software Rating Board estimates that games are played in 67-percent of all US households, and the average gamer will play for an average of eight hours per week. Whether driving games, 3D games, car games or shooting games, that is a lot of gameplay for one nation!

It’s unsurprising that video games are such a phenomenon. At one time regarded as a kids’ pursuit, those kids grew up to become the adults of today, and their demand for access to video games as a means of unwinding and relaxing, both alone and online with friends, has persisted. The online dimension of gaming also means that you can hook up with people from all over the world to engage in your pastime.

Gaming also enables a regular workout of the physical and intellectual resources required to fail, fail again and fail better that so many leaders speak of as a vital pathway to success. The only difference is with gaming, it’s a dry run, with nothing at stake except your imagination. And the software studios have responded with ever more elaborate gameplay environments, such as in the shooting games that our reviewers have assess for this post.

 

Shooting Games 2020 Review

Our team has looked at a great selection of online and solo shooting games, and compiled these reviews of the best selling shooting games on Amazon across a range of the main gaming platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

 

 

 

1. Shooting Games – ‘Destiny 2’

 

 

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An online-only multiplayer first-person shooter, ‘Destiny 2’—developed by Bungie and published by Activision—remains one of the most in-demand shooting games available since its September 2017 release. The sequel to 2014’s ‘Destiny’, the game is set in a mythical, sci-fi environment, and draws on role-play games as well as shooters for its shared-world gameplay scenario.

Divided into Player versus Environment (PvE) and versus Player (PvP) activities, players assume the role of a Guardian, who use their power, Light, to protect the Earth’s Last City from alien invasion. The action takes place after one alien race, the Cabal, breached the city and stripped the Guardians of their Light. Players set to out regain their power and defeat the Cabal and their warlord leader Dominus Ghaul and retake the Last City.

The game was released to generally favorable critical reception, particularly around the streamlining and accessibility of the original ‘Destiny’ storyline. ‘Destiny 2’ took the Game Critics Award 2017 for Best PC Game, and also received awards for Best Social/Online Game and Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom 2017.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 649
Average Review Rating: 3.7 out of 5 Stars

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2. Shooting Games – ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’

 

 

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This multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, is the fifth entry in the ‘Black Ops’ sub-series of the overall ‘Call of Duty’ series (of which it is the 15th instalment). Although it will not be released until October this is already one of the big pre-release bookers of the year on Amazon and other on-line platforms.

Interestingly ‘Black Ops 4’ will be the first entry in the ‘Call of Duty’ series not to feature a traditional single-player campaign. Rumors that this mode was scrapped due to pressure of completion deadline have been rubbished by Treyarch co-head Dan Bunting who said the decision was prompted by a desire to try something different. The game will contain Multiplayer, Zombies and the Blackout battle royale mode.

Available for: Scheduled release date of October 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows

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3. Shooting Games – ‘Splatoon 2’

 

 

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Another of the most popular shooting games on Amazon (selling more than six million copies worldwide since its July 2017 release), ‘Splatoon 2’ is a 2017 release developed and published by Nintendo for the popular Nintendo Switch handheld console. A third-person shooter game, team-based, this sequel to ‘Splatoon’ can be played in story-driven single-player mode and an online multiplayer mode for up to eight players (four versus four).

The central characters controlled by the players are known as Inklings, who use colored ink to attack opponents and achieve objectives and goals. Inklings can transmute between humanoid form, when they are able to fire ink with their weapons, and squid form, when they can swim through ink of their own color to replenish the supply of ink in their weapons.

The original game was fiendishly addictive and the sequel adds a number of weapons and features, as well as offering a choice of battle and splat zone modes. The new Salmon Run model requires teams of players to work to defeat waves of enemy Salmonids.

Great fun, and nominated for an entire slew of prestigious honours, Splatoon 2 is one of the video game phenomena of the early 21st century, ‘Splatoon 2’ has been part of an ongoing expansion of the ‘Splatoon’ universe. An Octo Expansion set of downloadable content released in mid-2018 provided a new single-player mode featuring Octoling Agent 8, and a new amiibo set featuring the Octoling Girl, Boy, and Octopus is set for release later in 2020.

Available for: Nintendo Switch

Amazon Customer Reviews: 911
Average Review Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars

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4. Shooting Games – ‘Far Cry 5’

 

 

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This action-adventure first-person shooting game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft, was dogged by some controversy due to its release against a backdrop of social and political unrest in the US and elsewhere. However, the dystopian near-future adventure is incredibly gripping, as players guide the main unnamed junior deputy sheriff in efforts to liberate Hope County and Eden’s Gate from the despotic grip of Joseph Seed and his cult followers the Project.

A thrilling mixture of exploration, adventure and combat, the players use an array of weaponry to fend off enemy soldiers and threatening wildlife, ‘Far Cry 5’ also features great features such as a map editor, a co-operative multiplayer mode, and a competitive multiplayer mode.

‘Far Cry 5’ was a long time in development, and this certainly paid off in the positive critical reception for the world design, the overall quality of the visuals, as well as the soundtrack. As noted, the back-stories of some of the characters rang a sour note at a time of political conflicts. But this could not derail the game becoming one of the all-time most successful commercial hits, grossing more than $310m in its first week alone, and spurring the development of downloadable content.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 465
Average Review Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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5. Shooting Games – ‘Fallout 76’

 

 

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Here’s one you will be itching to get your hands on if you were a fan of the hugely successful ‘Fallout’ franchise. While it’s the 9th ‘Fallout’ game proper, it is also the narrative prequel to the series. Although not scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 14, 2020, pre-release orders are beginning to mount as the big day looms ever larger.

‘Fallout 76’ is the first online multiplayer game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, enabling players to play individually or with up to three others. Set in 2102, along an alternate timeline of history, the action of the game takes place around 25 years after a cataclysmic nuclear war that devastated the Earth. Players assume the role of a resident of Vault 76, a fallout shelter in West Virginia for America’s best and brightest minds, and the character is exiting the facility on ‘Reclamation Day’ as part of a plan to recolonise the vanquished Earth.

The open world of the game, reportedly four times the size of the world in ‘Fallout 4’, is based closely on West Virginia, the will feature a variety of new mutant monsters. However, there will be no human non-player characters—all the humans featured in ‘Fallout 76’ will be other players, an approach that is bound to have exciting implications for storytelling and narrative drive.

Of course, this is also a shooter, and players will be able to use nuclear and other weapons. However, while nukes can be used to irradiate and area and enable players to explore and find various items, it also attracts monstrous enemies who will be defeated only through strength and ingenuity.

Available for: Scheduled release date of November 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows

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6. Shooting Games – ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’

 

 

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This tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft is a must for anyone who enjoys the work of the adventure/thriller novelist Tom Clancy. The story of this game is set amid a resurgence of terrorist activity a number of years after the standing down of the anti-terrorism Rainbow Program. Team Rainbow is reactivated by the mysterious leader Six (voiced by Angela Bassett), who assembles a group of special forces operatives to combat the prominent White Mask terrorists.

In the current climate, ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’ is a game with a compellingly believable edge, and the gameplay involves everything from a range of rigorous training exercises and scenarios in preparation to face the White Masks, to a wide range of mission scenarios.

The game initially featured 11 maps and 5 gameplay modes, and with post-launch downloadable content, this has expanded to at least 18 playable maps and gameplay modes that include: Hostage; Bomb; Secure Area; Tactical Realism; Terrorist Hunt; Situations; and the biohazard-themed
Outbreak.

Initially a somewhat sluggish seller, the ongoing development of ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’ through downloaded content has created a hugely engrossing world that could occupy the average gamer for months if not years to come.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 43
Average Review Rating: 4.2 out of 5 Stars

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7. Shooting Games – ‘Titanfall 2’

 

 

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Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as the sequel to the popular ‘Titanfall’, this is another hugely popular first-person shooting game for PlayStation, Xbox and PC consoles. The game was around two years in development, partly due to the development team’s decision to add a single-player campaign to the original in a bid to expand the player base.

In the science fiction universe of ‘Titanfall 2’ players are in control of the exoskeleton Titans and their agile, multi-skilled pilots who can run on walls and cloak amongst other incredible abilities. The single-player campaign revolves around the story of Frontier Militia rifleman Jack Cooper and his Titan, BT-7274, and the pair’s efforts to thwart the evil Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) from launching a superweapon.

The engrossing narrative drive of this game is served well by stunning graphics and amazingly fluid gaming action. In addition, Respawn has supported ‘Titanfall 2’ with quite a few sets of downloadable content throughout the year after the game’s release.

A number of factors, mainly the timing of the game’s release, meant that it did not sell as strongly as anticipated, but financial firm Morgan Stanley estimated that ‘Titanfall’ had sold at least 4m units by January of 2017. Regardless of the sales figures, this remains one of the most grippingly exciting shooting games on the market.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 878
Average Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Stars

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8. Shooting Games – ‘Overwatch’

 

 

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Blizzard’s ‘Overwatch’ is another of the most enduring of shooting games available today, almost two years on from its 2016 release. A multiplayer first-person shooter, also known as a ‘hero shooter’ game, players are assigned by the game into two teams of six. Each player can choose from a roster of more than 20 distinctive ‘hero’ characters. Players work together in their teams to either secure or defend control points, or to escort characters and payloads across maps within a set timeframe.

‘Overwatch’ is set 60 in the future, and 30 years after the resolution of the so-called ‘Omnic Crisis’. Omnics were AI robots who revolted against their human inventors, prompting the United Nations to form the international ‘Overwatch’ task force to combat the omnics and restore order to the Earth. However, the two veteran soldiers in charge of Overwatch split into two factions, Overwatch and the covert division, Blackwatch. Although peace was maintained for decades, the rivalry between the two divisions boiled over into in-fighting and violence, prompting the UN to dismantle and outlaw Overwatch. The game begins as the Overwatch vacuum is filled by corporations, and terrorist incidents breakout across the globe, in addition to a resurgence of the omnic threat. Former members of the task force reassemble covertly in a bid to restore order.

The narrative cast a potent spell. In the first week after its launch, ‘Overwatch’ attracted more than 7m players, with accumulated playtime of 119m hours. The player base has continued to expand, and the numbers are staggering. Activision-Blizzard’s quarterly revenue for ‘Overwatch’ exceeded $1bn by Q1 2017. Another measure of its popularity is that in 2020 the company raised more than $12.7m for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from the proceeds of sales of a special character skin.

Compelling narrative, stunning gameplay, ‘Overwatch’ is a must-play for any fan of shooting games.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 180
Average Review Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars

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9. Shooting Games – ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’

 

 

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This free-to-play shooter/adventure/survival game for all platforms (bar Android, which is schedule for 2020 release), ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ is a phenomenon that has captured the imagination of hardcore gamers, the general public and A-List celebrities alike.

Developed by Epic Games as a spin-off from the studio’s ‘Fortnite: Save The World’, the game features up to 100 players (either alone or in squads of up to four) vying to be the last player standing, either by killing competitors or hiding from them within the ever-decreasing ‘safe zone’ that is the gameplay environment.

Gameplay objectives and actions include scavenging for weapons and armor, as well as breaking down or manipulating found objects to gain resources that they can use to build fortifications and other vital aspects of their survival strategy.

Free-to-play, the game is funded by microtransactions, enabling players to buy or in-game currency that they can use to customize their characters and buy supplies or weaponry for them.

‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ is beyond viral; it is a cultural phenomenon of the age. ‘Fortnite’ live streams achieve skyscraping vieweships, and as well as unofficial endorsements from celebrities, the game has an estimated 125m-plus players, and has reportedly earned upwards of $1bn in microtransactions.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Nintendo Switch, with an Android version scheduled

Amazon Customer Reviews: 65
Average Review Rating: 3.4 out of 5 Stars

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10. Shooting Games – ‘Battlefield 1’

 

 

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Last but not least, ‘Battlefield 1’ is a first-person shooter game that’s available for Xbox One, Windows PCs and PlayStation 4. Despite the title, this is actually the 15th instalment in the ‘Battlefield’ series.

Originally developed by EA Dice and released by Electronic Arts in October 2016, ‘Battlefield 1’ is regarded as one of the critical highpoints of the series and it’s certainly one of its commercial peaks.

Set during the First World War and inspired by the historical events of the period, gameplay involves making use of World War I weapons—including bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers and mustard gas—to do battle with opponents. Players can also control a diverse array of armored vehicles in battle, including tanks, armored trucks, cars, torpedo boats, vintage fighter aircraft, an armored train, Reconnaissance vehicles. They can also pilot a dreadnought, an LZ 30 Airship and ride horses into combat.

Fans can look forward to the Battlefield V sequel, announced in May 2020 and slated for release in October 2020. Although the First World War setting was generally regarded as a gamble that had paid off, there were some critical quibbles over the single-player campaign (allegedly too short), and the ideology of the game (too reflective of the Allied Powers).

Overall though, the hefty player numbers and general critical consensus make ‘Battlefield 1’ an undisputed shooting game phenomenon, and a distinct highlight of the ongoing ‘Battlefield’ series of games.

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Amazon Customer Reviews: 837
Average Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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