When done well, first-person shooters are an amalgam of greatness, especially for those gamers who enjoy a combination of valuable story elements and immense fun. They are actually the guilty pleasure of the gaming world. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 best FPS games of all-time.
- Call of Duty 2
The Call of Duty franchise is the perfect representation of the modern FPS. It has a deep and interesting story and a main campaign that’s second to none among war-depicting shooting games. In addition to that, this 2005 release managed to do what only a few games could. It became better than its well-received original.
This 2007 first-person shooter managed to pay homage to an era that never was, a surrealist age of wonders with a hint of neoclassicism. It was also a stylish masterpiece from a gameplay standpoint, successfully mixing drama and action with the occasional horror elements. The game is so great that it should probably be higher on this list, but nostalgia is almost as ruthless as Big Daddy.
- Fallout 3
Technically an RPG, Fallout 3 plays so well as a shooter that it deserves to be on the list, especially since it has one of the greatest DLCs ever in New Vegas. Even though the game was released back in 2008, many gamers are still playing it regularly. It has an excellent story and the character system is as good as any other RPG character system in modern gaming history.
- Wolfenstein 3D
No comprehensive list can leave out Wolfenstein 3D, the first modern shooter. Legendary developer ID released it shortly before another one of their masterpieces, and the game had its latest iteration a couple of years back. Wolfenstein is one of the most successful franchises in gaming history, and the original was a game that every kid played during the 1990’s. Thanks to its great pacing, it will forever remain a classic that occasionally needs to be picked up and replayed. We didn’t care that it came out without a storyline, and we still don’t. That’s how good this game is.
- Halo: Combat Evolved
The first Halo game deserves to be on this list for a couple of reasons but mainly because it was a trailblazer in 2001, when it proved that shooters and gamepads were compatible after all. The game introduced Master Chief, an “ubersoldier” from the future set out to save mankind from an alien invasion. He became a cult hero since, and if the current rumours are true, he will soon have his own movie franchise.
- Goldeneye 007
Great games are rare, and great games based on movies are almost non-existent. Almost, because Goldeneye 007 is the proof that it can be done, and Rare did get it done exactly 20 years ago. This game remains the definitive console first-person shooter, the elusive beast that studios tried to tackle ever since, with little to no luck.
- Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 was such an incredible graphical milestone in 2004 that it would deserve to be on this list for that feat alone. In addition to amazing graphics, it also brought excellent gameplay mechanics to the table. It didn’t reach the impact of its sequel though, but it is a virtually perfect game with a long and emotional storyline and a revolutionary use of in-game physics. Fans have been waiting for the third chapter ever since and they generated so much hype that the non-existent third iteration became a meme before it even came to be, which one day will no doubt happen. It better.
ID software’s 1996 masterpiece introduced a gothic horror world with amazing 3D elements. With its fast-paced and spatially alluring gameplay, Quake is one of the best first-person shooters of all-time, a game so charismatic that fans demanded a true sequel ever since. The shooter had several follow-ups, but for most fans’ displeasure, ID ditched the original concept and replaced it with a sci-fi theme. We are still waiting to return to the original world, 21 years and counting.
Many people prefer Valve’s 2004 masterpiece to the original, but the truth is that the 1998 prequel was even more remarkable. It effortlessly created a unique game universe that grabbed the player and never let up. The weapons, the levels, the design, all screamed perfection, wrapped up in an amazingly good-looking graphical package. Half-life remains the most influential first-person shooter to a whole generation of players. Its impact was so strong that only one game can overshadow its importance.
The father of first-person shooters, Doom was not only a technical marvel, but a cultural milestone as well. It wasn’t the first shooter, but it was the most influential. Its graphics and gameplay brought so many new elements to the table that it is hard to imagine any shooter ever being able to do the same, not even if it is a truly perfect VR game. Doom is John Carmack’s Magnum Opus, and when we go over the list of amazing shooters that ID’s main brain managed to design over the years, it tells you how influential this game really is.