According to statistics, first-person shooter games are officially the most popular game genre there is: And there have been thousands upon thousands of titles in the genre over several decades. But how many of them have actually been good? Here’s a look at some of the best first-person shooter games of all time – some classics, some more recent. How many have you played and how many do you still need to add your list?
The first game in the Doom franchise was released way back in 1993, and if you’ve ever played any first-person games at all then you will have played your way through the classics like Doom and Wolfenstein at least once. Doom still remains a classic for many players, and there have been several follow ups to the original, including Doom 3 (released in 2004) and Doom, released in 2016 and featuring a lot of expansion while still retaining the feel of the original – there’s a lot of emphasis here on run-and-shoot rather than duck-and-cover, which makes it great for a high-octane shooter.
Halo 3 was released in 2007, and it has sold millions of copies across several platforms since then: It was the top selling video game for the year of 2007, and it has sold more than 14.5 million copies on record – making it one of the fifth most popular games ever to be released for the X-Box. It’s a great first-person shooter with a strong storyline that puts you right in the line of fire against an alien race that’s out to get you. Halo has seen several sequels since then, but Halo 3 still stands as one of the classics – and a must-play for any fan of the genre.
Unreal Tournament was first released by GT Interactive in 1999 and saw several games released in the series including Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Tournament 3 in 2007: This gave first-person shooters a whole new perspective and allowed players to compete in a deathmatch-type setting: Imagine if you were to take the ancient Gladiators and throw it into modern times with much cooler weapons – and nukes. This made it immediately popular for online play, and still remains an all-round classic for FPS fans.
Hexen was first released back in 1994 by id Software, the same company behind the highly-successful Quake franchise: It was based on the Doom engine, and one of the first FPS games that allowed you to have an inventory of objects. This one was groundbreaking at the time of its release, including features that other game developers hadn’t thought of before – including a highly-destructable environment and inventory. If you’re looking for a game that’s close to Doom – but instead, featuring magic as a theme, this is a great one to add to your list.
Call of Duty
The first Call of Duty game was released in 2003, and to date the series combined has sold more than 250 million copies across several platforms. Yes, there’s even been some merchandising – including a Call of Duty-themed card game and a comic book series. If you’re looking for a first person shooter that puts you in the middle of war, then Call of Duty is one of your best picks – and they’re known for being one of the most accurate titles when it comes to how real guns would fire in a combat situation. Your FPS collection is empty without any of the COD titles!
Duke Nukem 3D
Who says great games have to be new ones? Some of the best gameplay comes from games that were released decades ago. The first release of Duke Nukem 3D hit in 1996 for MS-Dos, and was one of the most highly anticipated gaming titles of its time – and it’s still enjoyed by thousands of players every year. Classic games never die off, and there are few video game characters that are as badass as Duke Nukem 3D. It still stands as one of the best – and most original games ever made. Yes, there was eventually a direct sequel released, but only in 2011 – and it was something a lot of players had been waiting for.