Call of Duty Vanguard, despite its attempts at innovation, still feels like a typical Call of Duty game. Battlefield 2042, despite its gripping marketing, is a half-baked cake with some vital ingredients missing. Halo Infinite, despite its amazing multiplayer gameplay, had a dodgy progression system at launch that stole the headlines.
In a year where some of the biggest names in the first-person shooter genre failed to hit the sweet spot by over-promising or simply dropping the ball on certain aspects, one shooter subverted all of this and showed that nailing the basics can result in a great game. That game is Splitgate.