The Doom of 2016 turned the classic shooter into a hectic yet modern form. The Doom Slayer’s bloody antics continued with Doom Eternal in 2020 – it’s bigger and bloody, almost to excess. It’s the same principle as in the predecessor, only with a little extra powdered sugar on top.
Despite the feeling that the game “wants” a little too much at times, Doom Eternal is excellent. It’s one hell of a bold step forward from the 2016 relaunched series that will keep even the heaviest old-school Doom fans happy (check out the older parts anyway!). There is sometimes too much jump and run, and all the skills seem a bit overloaded, but the game play is first class for a first-person shooter.
If you want to “shred and tear,” there is probably no better first-person shooter than Doom Eternal. There are additions to the combat system, a range of unlock-able items, online multiplayer against demons, dozens of weapon upgrades, and far more story connections to older games that offer surprising revelations. Doom Eternal follows a single maxim: more, more, more. And that does it very well.
Titanfall 2 never really took off, although it deserved a lot more success. What a pleasant surprise for Respawn to release this battle royale game out of nowhere and suddenly find a massive audience for Apex Legends. It contains many of what we love about the Respawn / Infinity Ward shooters, especially the character animations and the excellent weapons. Thanks to its innovative ping system, even shy players can be part of a three-player team and have fun doing it.
Another part of the recipe for success is, of course, the constantly growing list of new heroes, as well as the varied seasons. The Battle Royale concept works here and is packaged in beautiful, modern graphics. If you are into eSports shooters, tactical gameplay, unique characters, and battle royale, you should definitely try Apex Legends. Because it can be played for free on all systems, with so-called “Apex Coins,” you can only purchase cosmetic items such as skins.
Dusk is one of the top-rated first-person shooters from 2018 and a tribute to classic FPS games with distinct influences from Quake, Doom, and Half-Life. If you think that first-person shooters have gotten too slow since the late 90s, this is probably the game for you. In three campaigns, you have access to a fun and an often ridiculous arsenal of weapons (for example, a weapon that fires exploding rivet bolts at your enemies).
Dusk is more than just a nostalgic indulgence, and Dusk is packed with unforgettable, varied levels and a perfect horror story. So Dusk is not trying to imitate the FPS games from the 90s but instead captures what those games felt like and wraps it up in a more modern package. Because really unpacking the ancient classics nowadays, despite pink glasses, no longer makes you as much as back then. Don’t let the pixel graphics put you off because the gameplay is top-notch.
If you want to experience one of the best, smoothest, and most fluid first-person shooters with a lot of variety, then go for it. There is easily over 800 hours of content to devour, and nobody expected Destiny 2 to be as good as it is.
Destiny 2 immediately makes the first game look like some prototype and improves in every area. Plus, it continues to evolve, taking the core of the MMOFPS idea from the first game and offering a whole new, richer, deeper, and richer experience. Destiny 2’s campaign is convincing and now takes place in a full world full of humanity, character, detail, and history. That alone is enough to give the game a place on our list.
But that’s just the beginning. With a simplified, streamlined level system that goes through all of Destiny 2’s heavily expanded activities, things rarely get boring here. From historical side quests to multi-part exotic quest series, treasure hunts, exploration, to the tactically revised Crucible PvP – there is something for everyone here.
Prey is much more about shooting than most of his brothers. Arcane’s newer game is less of a sequel to Prey from 2006 and more like a sequel to System Shock from 1994 and successors like BioShock from 2007. The Shock games are known for establishing strong immersion and affecting players allow fighting your way through the game in various ways. This is also the case with Prey, but you won’t get around shooting as much, and the “stealth” portion is lower.
Yet here you have several interlocking systems that give you freedom at every opportunity. Prey is full of unique moments for every player, and it is a game that shines when you take the time to go your own way. The setting, a space station called Talos-1, is one of the best game environments in the genre that will become a second home during your stay.
Prey’s interesting universe, fascinating side quests, and detailed storytelling give you the urge to explore. The unsettling paranoia feeling that arises when you know that an object might turn out to be a hidden enemy gives even the quiet moments a tangible tension.
Escape from Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov is a military first-person shooter that is currently in closed beta and can be reduced to one thing, as it were: riveting other players and stealing their equipment. It is set in a fictional Eastern European city full of conflict and feels like a cross between ARMA and Borderlands.
You start your excursion at different locations on the map and look for weapons and loot to take with you when you find the extraction point. Tarkov’s most important core idea is the risk of losing everything you bring into a match. Therefore, it is not always a good idea to take your best equipment with you for missions as you will permanently lose everything if someone shoots you and steals everything. Players can still stock up on as much gear as they want before joining a game. If another player reaches the extraction point with your equipment, it is lost for good.
The entire game is centered on a risk/reward trade-off where starting a game with strong gear gives you a significant advantage, but one wrong move can lead to disaster. Tarkov is an absolute hardcore shooter who tries to capture all the details of using a firearm. So if you want to immerse yourself in the world of weapons completely and are into PVP looting corpses, then take a look. So far, the game has only been available to buy from the official site (with direct access to the closed beta).
Day of Infamy
Day of Infamy overwhelms you with enemies. They may not be the smartest, but they are accurate. And also carry a variety of weapons (including flamethrowers) and will not stop chasing you. They also call for airstrikes against you – unless you can take out the enemy radio commanders in time.
Day of Infamy is a class-based shooter. However, since this is a relatively realistic game, most of the classes are only used to restrict access to certain weapons classes. There are no paramedics or parachute troops here. It’s a first-come-eat-first system, but it works well. Each class has easily customizable weapons and an additional skill/specialization: shooters have more stamina, which is important for walking around the map. The radio operator enables faster acquisition of points on the battlefield but also has synergies with the officer. The officer – one per team – can issue orders and have access to machine guns, and request artillery fire.
Day of Infamy is a tricky test of your marksmanship (attention: friendly fire!) And teamwork is similar to Red Orchestra or Rising Storm 2 in terms of weapon handling and card layout. If you like WW2 shooters with multiplayer, then this is your FPS.
Killing Floor 2
Tripwire is one of the best developers at creating cool, compelling weapons (a variety of them!) And gruesome enemies. The co-op shooter offers lots of splatter effects and is mainly played in survival mode. And with one simple set of rules: increasingly challenging waves of monsters are unleashed on a group of players (usually six or fewer players, although custom servers can have 50 or more players). Between waves, players can spend their money on armor, ammunition, and weapons.
It’s great fun to get back to back, heal, and try to shoot down all kinds of creatures. But it’s also fun in chaotic moments when a giant meat dog disperses the team, or a faceless demon grabs you from behind, and you spin around to blow his head off with your gun. Be forewarned: It gets very hectic in multiplayer, but the game really makes you buck with friends. The funky, player-made maps offer plenty of variety, and new weekly events keep you coming back time and time again.
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
Let’s face it: there is no doubt that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the highlight of the series. A revelation upon release and now an undeniable classic. Quasi the benchmark that every new title in the series has to meet. The revolutionary multiplayer mode, especially on consoles, is the main reason for this. A seductive mix of compulsive farming of XP to rise in rank, brilliant card design, and ingenious game play continues to delight players to this day.
And then there is the incomparable campaign. It’s the best war story the series has ever told. The remastered version from 2016 improves the whole thing and gives the game a graphical update that makes the title just as crisp as its brother Infinite Warfare. If you’ve ever thought of Call Of Duty, then definitely check out Modern Warfare.
Overwatch belongs on every first-person shooter leaderboard. The game combines great characters with crisp gameplay, pure tactical fun with skill-based “try-hardening.” As a team-based 6v6 multiplayer shooter, Overwatch is not made accessible to a wide range of players by lowering the skill cap but expanding the definition of “skill.”
Because the team member with the perfect aiming is no more valuable than the person with the best tactical decision-making skills, to know when to use skills, start a team fight or know the respective map perfectly – these are all “skills” that are as valuable in Overwatch. That’s why it appeals to so many players with its different MOBA-like characters – everyone can find their play style.
Starting with the basics of a class-based multiplayer shooter, Blizzard sanded down every little rough edge left of games like Team Fortress 2. In the future, the game is to be expanded with more PVE content, newly developed heroes keep the game fresh, and a large eSports scene inspires the community. Regardless of the platform, Overwatch is always fun.
Damn brilliant, this is the science fiction shooter Titanfall 2. If you consider where the Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment came from, the game’s success makes sense. The studio was founded by the creators of Call of Duty and brought to life by some of the most adept developers in the first-person shooter genre. Titanfall 2 expands the multiplayer concept of the first part and adds an incredibly creative single-player campaign.
In the campaign, you take on Jack Cooper’s role, a pilot – special soldiers with special skills that allow you to double jump and run (and shoot) along walls. Then, of course, there are your titans – massive, AI-capable mechs that perform their duties via a neural connection with their pilots or autonomously. With your Titan BT-7274, you set out to uncover a conspiracy and end a rebellion.
And then there is the multiplayer mode. By default, you start as a pilot who can be equipped with a variety of equipment options. Over time, you will then have the opportunity to call a Titan on the map. And this is exactly where Titanfall 2 differs from other online shooters (apart from the “run on the wall” and double jumps).
The most obvious change in Titanfall 2 is the expansion of pilots and titans’ skills, which provide more variety. Many different pilot skills are ranging from stealth to grappling hooks that can be attached to buildings and even titans. Each titanium model also has four specializations. The fast and fluid gameplay and the unique mechanics make Titanfall 2 a special first-person shooter that will please sci-fi fans.
Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter set during the First World War. This part has all of the known Battlefield modes that we’ve come to love, including Conquest, Onslaught, and Domination. But this part adds the impressive “Operation Mode” that takes the series to new heights.
This game works so well as a multiplayer shooter because it’s so balanced – there isn’t a class, weapon, or tactic that gives an unfair advantage over others. World War I’s weapons are not really precise by nature and make up for it with brute force and effectiveness in hand-to-hand combat, so the odds are really even online. The maps are brilliant, too, and keep changing as mortar craters and wrecked vehicles grace the landscape. The single-player mode is also quite entertaining as the emotional war stories provide an overview of the various fronts of WWI. Overall, it’s an immense package that you get here.
Battlefield 1 proves that sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. This is one of the best online experiences you can have – fast, chaotic, varied, and yet extremely balanced and stable to play.
PUBG’s format is so easy to understand that it is no surprise that it was sold millions of times in Early Access. The players land on an 8 x 8 km island and search for weapons, tools, and other items in a large-scale battle royale. As the map’s safe zone shrinks as the game progresses, a skirmish with your opponents is inevitable. Even in a defeat, PUBG buzzes, as there are always funny situations, no matter if failed shootouts or weird involuntary vehicle stunts – silliness and seriousness are always mixed here.
PUBG added first-person-only servers in a published update, changing the game for the better. What was previously a tense atmosphere with hiding, exploring, and ambushing is now getting even more nerve-wracking – without the possibility of looking around the corner or getting a better perspective of the surroundings with the third-person camera.
If you want it simply knitted, this is the right place. This really simple version of the deathmatch in battle royale style (the last survivor wins) does away with the unnecessary and the high time investment of most hardcore survival simulations. And that in favor of fast, easily digestible FPS action. The result is a tight, focused, and no frills experience that is as exciting as it is unpredictable, and in which no two games are ever the same.
Superhot is a unique shooter because time only moves when you move. This is the unique selling point of Superhot, a first-person shooter from a small, independent studio in Poland. And that’s exactly what makes Superhot so intoxicating. Trapped in a series of minimalist depictions of office buildings, elevators, and restaurants, you’ll search rooms for pistols and improvised weapons to defeat waves of red crystal-like enemies – but as long as you stand still, you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next move.
This turns a typically hectic genre into a far more tactical endeavor that revolves around the improvised chaos of a stylized, cinematic action scene. An enemy fires his weapon, and you dodge the oncoming bullets and watch the red lines go by. Then you take an ashtray lying around, throw it at his head, and take a step forward so that time will allow him to fly through the air. You grab his gun as it flies out of his hands and shoots him in the stomach. His body explodes into a thousand splendid pieces. But then another enemy comes around the corner and pulls a club over your head.
Superhot is tremendous fun and motivating to discover the interlocking parts of each level. If you want to play a shooter that makes you feel like you are in the Matrix, take a look here. Also really awesome in VR, by the way.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege has secretly grown into one of the best multiplayer shooters, combining the intensity and replay ability of Counter-Strike with the unique abilities and personality of Overwatch (albeit with a more serious cast). The most brilliant thing about the game is that you can “shape” your surroundings yourself: walls, floors, and ceilings can be shot through and ultimately destroyed. So you have to carefully consider which flanks should be covered and which walls should be reinforced so that someone doesn’t blow them away.
You and your teammates choose from a multitude of highly qualified specialists, each with their own strengths. Interesting team compositions can thus be formed, especially since the respective “classes” can complement each other. Nevertheless, your tendency to sneak and the aiming ability with your weapon play the greatest role. Each round becomes a tactical, taut game of cat and mouse.
Rainbow Six Siege is best for anyone who likes online shooters and prefers careful planning and coordinated teamwork to dull action. In any case, this Rainbow Six title is, without a doubt, one of the best first-person shooters.
Far Cry 4
Essentially, Far Cry 4 is in the Himalayas. Far Cry 4 swaps the sunny, not-so-perfect tourist destination Rook Island for the dizzying Kyrat, adding even more grueling exploration and deadly frills to an already solid foundation. More flora and fauna can be plucked and skinned, and entire ecosystems are just waiting to be destroyed when you are on your journey.
The story of protagonist Ajay Ghale is almost irrelevant in Far Cry’s intimidatingly large, open world. There is so much to discover, and you can punch your way through with both stealth tactics and pure action. No matter if you let a drone hover over an enemy camp and mark all enemies individually before you turn them off with brutal melee attacks. Or you can shoot a tiger out of its cage from a safe distance to watch it tear your enemies to pieces. It’s entirely up to you. However you play Far Cry 4, the game is a heady cocktail of death and destruction. Perfect first-person shooter for single player friends.
Wolfenstein - The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order knows what a shooter is all about. It understands why the genre is important and how alive it is, both intellectually and on a pure, instinctive level. Wolfenstein knows that first-person shooters’ souls live where mighty weapons meet the speed, ferocity, and tactical intelligence. And so it equips you with some of the greatest and funniest weapons in the history of the genre, shows you an enemy who undoubtedly deserves punishment, and let go of it. And the game does just that extremely well.
The gameplay is high risk with great reward. The cover helps, but standing still is suicide. There is the possibility of unlimited “invisibility.” But not so much to sneak past, but rather to strategically explore and determine the right conditions for victory – before you unleash Hell. And then there is the story and the detailed world that manages to fill the comic book action with real humanity and give it a meaning – so that you never forget why you nailed these fascists to the wall.
Arma 3 is about scale and detail combined: it’s not just a snapshot of a battle. It’s the big picture. It’s the realistic reloading, the helicopters that require almost real helicopter pilots to control, and the damage you take from an enemy shot. No other first-person shooter offers a simulation at this level with such high quality.
Arm 3 also represents an aesthetic revision of the series. Incredible dynamic lighting effects, a new cloud system, real vehicle physics, 3D weapon optics, ragdoll physics engine, significantly improved weapon audio, and other details have been thoroughly polished in Arma 3.
But remember: The complexity of Arma III is a double-edged sword. It takes a long time to understand all of the mechanics, but you can embark on a tactical battle that just isn’t offered elsewhere once you get used to them.
Developer Bohemia has also expanded Arm 3 with the excellent Apex expansion that adds Tanoa, a 100 square kilometer beautiful tropical landscape to explore. At one point, you can even go-karting in Arma 3. How can you not like the game, please?
Metro - Last Light
Metro: Last Light is a stealth shooter that combines great game play with horror and supernatural elements. The game manages to create its own mood. Its retro apocalypse style is a grainier, darker version of Fallout: Russian survivors of a nuclear war try to survive underground tunnel systems.
This scenery allows for many inventive and funny weapons such as air rifles and homemade machine guns. Since the fight itself is quite tricky, you can expect to be rewarded for it if you act strategically and display a wise weapon selection. The stealth aspect is also implemented really well here: If you sneak around with silenced weapons and switch off light bulbs so that you can hunt in the dark, then there is a real mood. Also, terrifying opponents await you, with a mixture of mutated monsters and ghostly shapes.
Metro: Last Light is considered one of the best parts of the series. If you are looking for a very atmospheric single-player shooter with a mixture of Call of Duty and Silent Hill, you have come to the right place.
Yes, we know it too – the first Bioshock is a better game. But this is the list of the best first-person shooters, and whatever you think of the sequel, the fact of the matter is that Bioshock Infinite is simply a better pure shooter than any of its predecessors. The predecessors may have had guns and first-person sight, but shooting itself was never their focus. They were more immersive, story-focused role-playing games with shotguns.
At Infinite, you get the full package. Yes, not as cool and dark as in the first Bioshock, but still. The decision was made here to take a more direct, action-oriented approach and committed to covering the entire spectrum of Bioshock powers and shooting – to get a more intense combat experience. At the point where you all have vigors, you are playing one of the most flexible, versatile, and varied FPS games. If you are creative and cleverly use the often sprawling, multi-story arenas of Infinite, you will often feel like you are playing a mixture of shooter and real-time strategy. You will definitely not get bored here, and the possibilities are endless.
So if you like to experiment with shooters instead of following scheme F and want to combine the whole thing with a stunning story, then Bioshock Infinite is for you. Please take a look at the other parts of the series. They are a cult.
Sony Online (now Daybreak) has built a multi-continental world with PlanetSide 2, in which thousands of players can fight with three factions in the air, on the ground, and in bases – and published the whole thing for free. An ambitious project, especially if you want to bring all the features that make great multiplayer shooters really good. PlanetSide 2 is actually an MMO, but the focus here is on shooting: Hectic firefights based on real physics, as well as vehicle fights that require split-second reactions. Few games have combined the two concepts well.
Your first hours in Planetside2 will leave you amazed at what is possible on the PC. How many tanks are there on the screen? How does the server deal with a dozen firefights on six different bases? And How can the particle effects look so good?
Most impressive is how individual heroic deeds can coexist so loosely alongside the massive, endless territorial battles in canyons, snow, and savannah. The scale of the battles of PlanetSide 2 is often breathtaking: tanks shoot at bases, planes burn the sky, and hundreds of players fill the scene with deadly gunfire.
With diverse classes, deep systems, and different types of aircraft and ground vehicles, there is a various variety. PlanetSide 2 is one of the best online shooters that you can play.
Counter-Strike - Global Offensive
Since its debut as an expansive half-life mod, the Counter-Strike series has always held its own at the forefront of skill-based e sports shooters. And although CS: GO is now the standard for playing the “CTs Against Terrorists” FPS on PC, it originally started as a modernized port for consoles.
As with classic CS, CS: GO is all about tension: there are no re spawns during the rounds. So when you die, all you can do is watch and hope that your team will plant/defuse the bomb or successfully rescue/guard the hostages. Each map is carefully crafted to accommodate a myriad of tactics that require different levels of skill, and the lovingly modeled weapons in your extensive arsenal all have their own peculiarities that can only be learned through experience.
The “skill limit” of CS: GO is practically in the stratosphere – your aiming will never be perfect, and your tactics and teamwork can also be continuously improved. Because it is equally important to cooperative teamwork and heroic individual moments in which you “carried” your team. So if you like to play competitive online shooters and want to test your reflexes, intellect, and sniper skills, you will be happy here. Anyone with fragile egos should look for a different first-person shooter.
What is the best way to describe Borderlands 2? You could say it’s the basic principles of the first part that have been wrapped in a more flawless, funnier case. Or you could call it a World of Warcraft first-person shooter. With a heavy emphasis on loot, loot, and more loot, Borderlands 2 literally drowns the player in a sea of weapons with varying abilities and stats (including a weapon that shoots swords). Of course, with color codes for the rarity.
The colorful cast of characters breaks away from the traditional archetypes of “warrior, wizard, villain,” and each hero is unforgettable in itself. Sure, it’s a bit of a hassle when you don’t have friends for co-op, but ultimately this sequel is still the highlight of the Borderlands franchise.
Borderlands 2 is best for those who want their FPS games to be as fun as they are violent – especially if you’re not attached to your arsenal, as there’s always something stronger around the corner.
The Darkness 2
The Darkness 2 is a love story. A wonderful, touching story of a former gangster trying to cope with the loss of his girlfriend. All while killing his enemies with a combination of bulky automatic weapons and demonic tentacle powers. Often both at the same time.
For example, how many other games let you grab a villain by his feet and blow him away with a shotgun? Or tear it in half with your tentacles? Or you shove one of your tentacles into his buttocks and … we’d rather not describe it here. In any case, you don’t see that often.
But yeah, The Darkness 2 is a love story at heart. And it’s still playable on PC (the game came out for the PS3 and Xbox 360 at the time), so you have the chance to play one of the most creative, touching, and absolutely sick shooters ever made.
If you have a strong stomach, can handle violent violence, and are looking for creative ways to get rid of your enemies, then take a look. Although the story is wonderful, it is just a lot of fun to flatten your adversaries with your tentacle powers.
Never has a game as intelligent as this tried so hard to look like an idiot – and it was so hilarious. Bullet storm is cheeky on the surface, comes with a “don’t give a damn” attitude, and hits you with the most wonderful creative curses. Underneath, you will find one of the deepest, most detailed, and most branched shooter systems that have ever been developed.
Mainly it’s the skills shots that make it happen. A huge interlinked list of killing methods that really covers everything – shooting an enemy in the eggs or lassoing them and then kicking them into a carnivorous plant. These “methods” can be combined almost endlessly to achieve wonderfully brutal frags. Extravagant kills mean more points, and more points mean more ammunition to shoot. Most of all, it’s an incredibly fun, incessantly motivating, and creative challenge in itself.
You really don’t know how much fun a shooter can be until you’ve whipped an enemy in the air, shot them in the butt, and then catapulted them onto the nearest spikes. So if you’re looking for a slightly different kind of shooter, Bullet storm might be your thing, whether it’s single or multiplayer.
STALKER - Call of Pripyat
Call of Pripyat is the second title after Shadow of Chernobyl and takes place after the first events. The game is set in the Zone, a stretch of land around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where all life has been corrupted and turned into terrible and deadly forms.
The most refreshing thing about stalker Pripyat is how much trust it puts in you to find out its brutal situation for yourself. It doesn’t take much to kill you in “The Zone.” Populated with gun-bearing zombies, invisible humanoid Cthulhu, and terrifying traps. Dangerous traps that burst fires from the ground and cause devastating storms. Now and then, some explosions wipe out everything that doesn’t seek protection.
It’s a game that involves little hand-holding. So every time you survive feels excellent. The compromises between realism and play ability are smart, plus excellent ballistics simulations for intense firefights.
The original “Shadow of Chernobyl” was an incredible game in many ways, allowing players to explore an exceptionally realistic, radiation-infested environment that is full of horror and entertainment. However, it was also missing in some areas, which were definitely polished up with Call of Pripyat.
Halo - Reach
Halo Reach is a premade tragedy. We already know that the Covenant is devastating planet Reach and the UNSC outpost there. We know that the desperate struggle for survival leads directly to the Master Chief’s many misadventures. Before the Xbox franchise spinoff came out, it was also known that this would be the final Halo from Bungie Studios.
Knowing all of these things before playing this excellent shooter is not prepared for how awesome it actually is in practice. While Halo Reach couldn’t produce the same powerful multiplayer community as Halo 3, it perfected the campaign. Swapping the experimental structure of ODST for the design of the original trilogy, Halo Reach is the best expression of Bungie’s talent for creating intricate first-person shooters.
Each new level feels dynamic in Reach and prompts you to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. The whole thing is always exciting, and boredom does not arise here – although it has inevitably crept into the adventures of the Master Chief. For all sci-fi shooter fans who want the perfect campaign for single-player or co-op. Playable on your Xbox One or via Steam.
Left 4 Dead 2
Almost a classic among first-person shooters and definitely one of the most fun co-op shooters. Valve’s zombie game punishes those who don’t want the help of their comrades. Because there are no heroes here, you have to work together as a team to survive the zombie hell. You have to fight your way through the maps together and stay with your team, otherwise, you will be left behind, and you might die. If you try to get ahead on your own, you will definitely come to a bloody end.
What zombies lack in strength, they make up for in numbers, but special infected people ensure that you have to be permanently on your toes – because only one overlooked smoker zombie can smoke out your entire team of six. Versus mode turns the tables by playing as “special infected” (super zombies with special abilities) and disrupting the survivors’ efforts to escape. Left 4 Dead 2 is a dazzlingly simple concept that has been perfectly implemented. Perfect for anyone who likes co-op survival shooters.
Crysis also has cult status among first-person shooters, as it used to be (or is still) often used as a graphics benchmark. Crytek made this shooter so technically demanding that many PC gamers made it their mission to get the game to run on their computer in acceptable settings.
Crysis is one of the most beautiful games we have ever seen. But beyond that, it’s a pretty awesome shooter too. Solid weapons, smart enemies, and fairly open level designs mix with cool nano suit powers. Add to that fast, well-designed gameplay with enough options so that you can find your own attack style. Crytek shows attention to detail, and when you look at all the parts, Crysis is just remarkable.
This is a game that has set the standard in terms of both technology and gameplay. Crysis increases the expectations that every future shooter must follow, be it graphics, interactivity, immersion, AI, or gameplay. The entire Crysis trilogy is now available for little money in one package so that you can access it here.
Team Fortress 2
It started with six maps, four-game types, and 26 weapons divided into nine classes. 358 patches later, Team Fortress 2 wouldn’t recognize its former self in the mirror. The official card list has grown to dozens and draws on endless community talent.
Miraculously, it has remained a shooter that can be paddled competitively or in casual mode on the side – and with the same motivation. Whether in online leagues, in the LAN with a clan, with a beer, or cooperatively in hand-to-hand mode. It’s an incredible feat for a shooter to be so comprehensive and versatile and stay relevant for years.
Judging by the perfect balance between beginner-friendliness and skill potential, durability, inventive mechanics, the visual design, and the absurd amount of content, we recommend TF2 over any other shooter. It has a rich, surprising history, and we expect it will be gambled for a long time to come.
FEAR’s supernatural encounters are a stark contrast to the shootings. In one moment, you are a SWAT Superman. In the next corridor, you pee in your pants because an eight-year-old ghost lurks in your hallway. FEAR does this roller coaster of emotions just so well – almost a feat for games that try to combine action and horror.
The shudder that pervades everything goes perfectly with FEAR’s outstanding weapon design, clever enemy path finding, and dimly lit offices. FEAR is one of the few shooters that combines scary horror with kinetic and visceral action and takes the genre to a whole new intensity level.
You can’t help but feel that this is the spiritual successor to the original Half-Life because this classic game so obviously inspires it. In fact, some of the locations and enemies are very reminiscent of those in Half-Life. If you haven’t played this classic yet, you should do so.
If you don’t know Half-Life 2 and call yourself a gamer, you can no longer help. Sure, the game was a few years old, but it’s still awesome today. Half-Life 2 is a very impressive and addicting shooter and a sequel to one of the best PC games of all time. It’s hard to believe that Valve really only made one game before Half-Life 2.
It feels mundane to praise Half-Life 2’s many individual advances (physics-based weapons, brilliant enemies, characters to speak of, etc.) because pretty much every video game has tried to do the same since then. Just compare popular games before Half-Life 2 and after Half-Life 2, and the impact is immediately apparent. While many older games are more of a chore to play these days, Half-Life 2 continues to hold up remarkably well. Throwing an explosive barrel into a room full of enemies is just as fun today as it was in 2004. Try it out for yourself. Single-player fans get their money’s worth here.