First Person Shooters have become the industry’s bread and butter genre. Each of the big three have a platform exclusive FPS title. Metroid for Nintendo, Killzone for Sony and of course Halo for Microsoft. To finish off our FPS week we have gone and listed what we feel are the top ten first person shooters of all time. Gameplay, story, and overall fun were all factors. Also, let it be known that it is our opinion and we would love to hear what our readers believe are some of the best FPS titles.
Also you should know we only wanted to put one game from a game series in just so the list wouldn’t fill up with certain FPS game series so if one game from a series isn’t in it could because another game from the series was chosen instead.
Number 10 Bioshock
Bioshock released back on August 21st 2007 in North America and August 24th in Europe, the game was developed my 2K Boston and published by 2K Games. The game was then brought to PS3 on October 17th 2008 in Europe and October 21st in North America. The game received critical acclaim with the Xbox and PC versions both getting a Metacritic of 96 while the PS3 version got a Metacritic of 94. The game won numerous awards from a host of different sites including IGN. One thing that blew people away about Bioshock was the opening, the opening to the game is considered one of the best game openings to many people. The player known as Jack in the game is in a plane which goes down in the Atlantic ocean, Jack is the only survivor of the crash and the game starts with you in the water surrounded by flames and your wrecked plane. There is a island with a lighthouse on it which you head to and inside you take a elevator which brings you down to the underwater city of Rapture.
The opening really is amazing as straight away people were wondering what was going on and what they had to do as there plane had crashed. One of the reasons Bioshock is on this list is because the game plays great as a FPS by allowing you to use guns and also Plasmids, Plasmids were shot out of your hands and there were many different types such as electricity, fire even telekinesis. The main reason I believe Bioshock deserves a spot on our list is because of the story, many FPS games have around five hour campaigns with average stories and the rest is multiplayer focused but not Bioshock, Bioshock had a long interesting story with great characters, great twists, amazing locations and much more
Number 9 Duke Nukem 3D
When people tell you to think of a badass video game character probably the first to come to mind for most people is none other then Duke Nukem. Duke 3D released on many different consoles and some releases were in different years to others but it’s first release was back in 1996. The game had almost everything in it, awesome weapons, aliens, funny quotes, a badass main character, great controls and a brilliant multiplayer mode.
When Duke released it was quite rare for games to have a multiplayer mode and that was on of it’s big advantages as it had a fun and addicting multiplayer mode. The game also featured a co-op mode which allowed you to play through the single player campaign with a friend.
The levels in Duke Nukem 3D took players all over the place from outdoors and indoors to through rendered streets, military bases, deserts, flooded cities, space stations, moon bases and Japanese restaurants.
The game caused huge controversy which actually helped boost it’s popularity, the game was accused of promoting murdering and Pornography. In one stage the player enters pornography stores with posters that were X rated which many people were not happy with. The game is considered to be on of the most fun FPS games ever and we believe it deserves a spot on our list, now if only Gearbox could of made Forever a bit better.
Number 8 Tie Between Battlefield 1943 And BFBC2
I should only pick one game from the series but I couldn’t choose! So it’s been narrowed down to two Battlefield games, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and BattleField 1943, I will talk about 1943 first.
Battlefield 1943 is a downloadable game and it released July 8th 2009 on Xbox 360 and July 9th 2009 for PS3. The game cost $15 when it released and included three maps which were all quite big, a fourth map was unlocked after the community reached a certain amount of kills all together. The game featured two different teams, the Japanese and the Americans, each had three classes to choose from but the weapons were different in either sides classes. The game also had vehicles which are pretty common in Battlefield games but are a lot of fun, there was planes, boats, and cars. Two of the main reasons this is tied for a spot on the list is because of the price and of course the gameplay. The gameplay in the game was very good, for a downloadable game a lot of effort was put in to make this a great game and it paid off, the game feels great to play and is a hell of a lot of fun especially when your doing good. As I said above one of the reasons it’s on the list is because of the price and the reason behind this is that the game cost $15, this game is amazing for $15 I still play it from time to time it has a big community and is so much fun every time even though it’s the same few maps over and over again, it never gets boring having dogfights in the air, or trying to shoot down some planes, or even driving around with your friends trying to capture flags. This game is some of the most fun iv got out of $15 and that’s one of the reasons it’s tied for a spot on the list.
The second game that is tied for 9th is Battlefield Bad Company 2, BFBC2 released on March 2nd 2010 in North America and March 5th in Europe for PS3 and Xbox 360. The game received very strong reception from Numerous sites with the PS3 and Xbox 360 version of the game getting a Metacritic of 88% and as of November 2010 the game was closing in on six million sales! There are a few reasons why this game is on the list including the graphics, the destruction, the gameplay and the online.
First off the game featured stunning graphics, all the maps in the game looked gorgeous and the game boasts some of the best graphics in a FPS to date. The game also featured destruction which was also pretty amazing allowing you to blow away cover and demolish buildings and watch them collapse on top of the people inside of them! The online in the game was also great featuring 2-24 players in huge maps with a ton of Sniping spots, vehicles, buildings for shelter, and much more. The game has a great community which is still going strong and is a lot of fun online especially the ranking up, as you rank up you unlock new guns, and more that gives the game some customization. The game played great on and offline and was a lot of fun also, the online is definitely the most fun in the game though, it’s a great squad shooter and is a good game to play with friends.
Number 7 Tie Between Wolfenstein 3D And Doom
Wolfenstein 3D and Doom are both huge games in the FPS genre, they should be huge seeing as there the games that popularized the genre, although they were not the first FPS games many people consider them to be the first FPS’s to be made right. Both games released near enough each other with Wolfenstein releasing first in 1992 on May 5th followed by Doom on December 10th 1993. Wolfenstein followed the story of a man named William trying to escape a Nazi stronghold. The last chapter is known as Die Fuhrer Die! The player must fight through Nazi soldiers and get to the bunker underneath the Reichstag where he finds Adolf Hitler himself which you get to fight! The main reasons Wolfenstein is on the list is because not only did it practically start off the FPS craze it’s also a great game to play, a lot of fun and highly controversial seeing as you get to fight Hitler, did I mention he has Gatling guns? Well yeah he does!
Doom is also a great game which is the reason that it’s tied with Wolfenstein for a spot on the list. There are a few reasons it’s on the list one of them being the games selection of weapons. Doom was known for it’s weapons as it had such a variety for back in 1993, there was pistols, chainsaws, plasma rifles and more. The game also had a lot of mods which increased the fun of the game. The game was also highly controversial for the amount of blood it had in it. Doom was critically acclaimed and became one of the most popular games around at the time of it’s release. Doom and Wolfenstein were both great games that changed the FPS genre and those are the reasons why we believe they deserve to be on our list.
Number 6 Quake
Quake released June 22nd 1996 in North America and released on PC, the game was also ported to consoles at the time such as the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64. Quake is considered as many peoples best FPS game of all time and one of the main reasons been that it was one of the first games to really have a good multiplayer mode. Quakes Multiplayer was very addicting and the best thing about it was that the game was online, now days that’s not that big but back in 1996 a game been online was pretty sweet! The game also featured a single player mode and guess what? It was co-op! the game also had clans which are one of my favorite things in online shooters as you get to meet a lot of cool people and make some friends on the game while also challenging other clans to matches.
The game didn’t allow you to choose your guns like you can in games like Call Of Duty but that was one of the fun things about it because when the match started everyone would go running for the best guns and chaos would occur but it was a lot of fun especially when you got the most powerful weapons. The game featured a few game modes but the most popular was Deathmatch which was just everyone out to get each other! One thing that people loved about Quake is the mods, the game was easy to mod which could make it even more fun then it already was unless the modder tried to cheat, people still play the game Today and new mods are still been created! That’s 15 years after the game released,. The game is now so big that it has it’s own event called QuakeCon.
QuakeCon holds tournaments were players play ID Software games especially Quake and has been going on since 1996, Bethesda owner of Quakes developer ID Software also show off some of their new games at the event and this year they are showing off games such as Rage, Skyrim, Prey 2 and more.
Number 5 Half Life 2 + Episodes
I can see many people been disappointed that Half Life 2 isn’t higher on our list but there is so many good FPS games that it was hard to decide which deserved to be where on the list, although we knew It had to go in the list somewhere as it’s so amazing. Half Life 2 released back in November 2004 for PC, episode 1 then released June 2006 and episode 2 released October 2007. Each game received great reviews with Half Life 2 and episode 2 getting a Metacritic of over 90% while episode 1 scored 87%.
Half Life 2 followed the story of Gordon Freeman who has now become one of the most beloved video game characters by many people. Half Life 2 had a lot of great things about it but one thing that stood out to me was the Gravity Gun which was introduced in episode 1. This gun was probably one of the most unique guns in videogames and everyone was talking about it at the time, the gun allowed you to pick up objects from your surroundings and shoot them at enemies, it’s basically one of the coolest guns in videogame history!
The game sold millions of copies and in October 2007 Valve released what is possibly the best value for money package ever, they released the Orange Box which included Half Life 2, episode 1, episode 2, The amazing puzzle game Portal and the highly addicting Team Fortress 2 all for $60, now that’s value!
Half Life 2 is known as one of the best games ever for it’s great gameplay, unique weapons, brilliant characters and these are the reasons we believe it deserves a spot on our list.
Number 4 Halo Combat Evolved
Halo Combat Evolved released November 15th 2001 and received critical acclaim, the games Metacritic is currently on 97% and Halo is known as Microsoft’s best exclusive along with the likes of Gears Of War. For 2001 Halo was an amazing game, the graphics, the gameplay, the story, the main character, everything was just perfect and many fans around the world including me loved it, Halo was probably the best Xbox game followed by Halo 2.
I could not believe the first time I played Halo seeing as the PS2 and Xbox were relatively new we had not seen a ton of games with amazing graphics yet but Halo blew everything away, I first realized how good the game was on the second mission which is actually called Halo, you start on ground in a grass area and make your way across the bridge and I always remember playing that mission for the first time and killing my first enemy and then getting my first vehicle and driving to meet up with my squad.
The gameplay was also amazing and the game was one of the first FPS games I played which I really enjoyed. As I mentioned above the campaign was great and so was Master chief the protagonist of the Halo series, Master Chief is one of my favorite gaming characters of all time and that’s all because of Halo. The games campaign was a decent length first time through, Once you finished the campaign in the game it also had a multiplayer mode which supported system-link for a max of 16 players. If you didn’t want to play like that you could play 4 player split screen and it was great.
Halo Combat Evolved is one of the best games of all time to me, I only own a PS3 but I always thought of getting a Xbox for the Halo series. When Microsoft revealed Halo 4 at E3 I actually got so excited as I absolutely love the series. I honestly think Halo will be the only reason I ever consider buying a Xbox as I love everything about the games.
Number 3 GoldenEye
What’s there to say about GoldenEye, I think the game makes nearly every top 10 FPS list, the game is loved by so many people the main thing behind this was it’s multiplayer. GoldenEye released for N64 on August 25th 1995 and like most games on this list was met with critical acclaim scoring a Metacritic of 96%.
As I said above the main reason people loved the game was the highly addicting multiplayer, the game featured 4 player split screen and it was one of the first split screen games everyone really enjoyed. People used to play the game for hours and hours and never got bored of it, the only bad thing about the multiplayer in the game was Odd job because he was so small and hard to hit although most people didn’t pick him unless they wanted to annoy people!
GoldenEye was one of them games you could play over and over again with your friends and never ever get bored of it even though you were playing the same maps and with the same people day in day out. Goldeneye was most peoples first real multiplayer FPS and also their favorite to date and that’s why it’s on our list.
Number 2 Call Of Duty 4
The Call Of Duty series was always a fun FPS series but in 2007 that all changed with the release of Call Of Duty 4. Call Of Duty 4 developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activison to me is hands down the best FPS game on the current gen of consoles, many people will disagree saying games such as BFBC2, Killzone, even MW2 can match up to it and I say no. Cod4 had got to be one of the most addicting games I have ever played for so many reasons, the story in the game was quite good and one of the best to simulate a war with great fire fight sections throughout the campaign which also had one of the coolest endings in a FPS in a long while. As I said the campaign was great but the game was absolutely amazing online, to think this game came out in 2007 is crazy, I did not buy it until 2009 and it was probably in the top 3 games I played that year. The game featured sixteen maps online and also had one map pack which brought that up to twenty, each map was unique all of them were great fun and I rarely ended up having to play a map and started complaining that I didn’t like it.
One thing that kept people playing was killstreaks, all my friends would be competing to see who could get the highest kill streak and we were always trying to beat each other, the game gave rewards for every few kills you got as well, three kills got you a UAV which showed you enemy locations, five kills in a row gave you a air strike and seven in a row gave you a helicopter, the only bad thing to come out of kill streaks was that it made people do a lot more camping then usual which was annoying. Another thing that made me keep coming back to the game was the challenges, there was a ton of challenges to complete and if you completed certain ones you could even earn golden guns which everyone wanted!
The main reason I’m putting Call Of Duty 4 on the list is because I rarely get addicted to a game like I did with this, everyday for a few months I played the game online with a bunch of friends and we used to play ranked matches leveling up but we also played lots of private matches making up or own game types and I honestly think it’s some of the most fun iv had since I started gaming, as of now Call Of Duty 4 is one of my favorite games of all time and my favorite FPS of this generation and that’s why it’s on our list.
Number 1 Timesplitters 2
I can see a lot of people been quite annoyed and shocked by number one but all I can say is have you played the game? Well if you have you would know why it’s first. Timesplitters 2 released in October 2002 for PS2, Xbox and Gamecube and received great reviews getting a average score of 91.6% on PS2 while the Gamecube and Xbox versions both were above 88%
The game received great praise from a few sites with IGN saying it was the best multiplayer FPS on PS2 and Gamespot said it may very well be the best split-screen multiplayer-focused first-person shooter ever created.
The game had absolutely everything a FPS needed at the time. The story may not of been great but was some serious fun when playing it in co-op with a friend also, the four player split-screen was definitely the most fun I have ever had with videogames, also the game had the best set of characters in a multiplayer mode I have ever seen, it had gangsters, zombies, monkeys, robots, gingerbread men, snowmen, clowns and so much more crazy characters. The multiplayer had a host of different game modes such as deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and more. Probably the best game mode was known as Virus, in Virus one player started off on fire, the fire was green so you could tell who it was and that player had to run into other players to infect them as well. The aim was to survive for as long as you could and be the last man standing, it was very fun when you played four player split screen and you each helped each other fighting off all the AI controlled infected.
The multiplayer in the game could last forever but if you ever did get bored and didn’t want to do the story there was also a challenge mode with a host of unique fun challenges with bronze, silver and gold trophies to be unlocked which would give you new maps in the multiplayer and also new characters. I’m not sure exactly how much but I do believe the game had over 60 characters to choose from and the majority of them I liked.
Timesplitters 2 truly is the best FPS game I have ever played and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be at the top of the list, the game was the most addicting game Iv played and I played it for around 4-5 years. It had the best set of characters in a FPS game, some of the best multiplayer maps, a fun co-op campaign also, the game had some great music in it. The game was just perfect and I believe it deserves to be number one on the list.
Some games didn’t make the list but we still believe there amazing FPS games so look at them below.
- Unreal Series
- Medal Of Honor Series
- Fallout 3
- Half Life 1
- Left 4 Dead
- Halo 3
- Killzone 2
- Resistance Fall Of Man
- Metroid Prime
Tell us some of your favorite FPS games and also tell us what games on the list you agree with in the comments section below.