Top 25 Best PC FPS Games | First-Person Shooters
25. Opening our list of the Top 25 PC First Person Shooters is Star Wars: Republic Commando Throughout the years, the Star Wars franchise has spanned across all mediums. From TV, Books, Comics and of course videogames. LucasArts’ hit or miss games have come a long way. And Republic Commando is one of them. Compared to most Star Wars games with lightsabers and force powers, you play as a Squadron of Clones during the Clone Wars. With your blasters, shoot incoming enemies in your way and progress to the game’s main story. Multiplayer is just like your regular FPS games, and it’s one of the subjects of criticism. Calling it shallow. But nonetheless, it’s still a good Star Wars game among many. It has a PlayScore of 24.
PayDay: The Heist Get off your heroic high horse for a moment, and step into the shoes of PayDay’s hardened criminals.
PayDay plays a lot like Valve’s popular Left 4 Dead series, except with less undead monstrosities and more *just* dead policemen. Barge into the nearest banks with your criminal clown quartet, take out all the money you can get, and mow down waves of lawful men with the game’s satisfying shooting. Repetitive as it might seem, the game manages to keep things fresh with a healthy progression system. Get new guns, and master the art of strategic heist planning. It has a PlayScore of 8.43.
23. Killing Floor 2 One of TripWire Interactive’s most recent releases, this second title to the Killing Floor series brings you a satisfying dose of zombie, I mean ZED killing action.
Face off against the horrifying infected, and watch their guts spill out of their rotting corpses. With new maps, modes and graphical updates, the massacres are only getting better. Gather up to five of your friends for a bloody co-op mode, and fiddle around with an arsenal of new weapons, from improvised guns to technologically devised monstrosities. Even without a story to back it up, it boasts a high replay value that will keep you coming back for more. It has a PlayScore of 8.43.
22. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Before there was Siege, there was Raven Shield. And that’s before they decided to reboot the Rainbow Six series. Powered by the Unreal Engine 2.0, it was one of the first games to feature a realistic shooting experience. 2003 was the start of games aiming for a more immersive ordeal. Follow the life and times of the elite Rainbow Six team as they eliminate big terrorists out of the map. Go around the world and do whatever it takes to take down these threats. It’s pretty much a counter-terrorism game with badass weapons. It has a PlayScore of 21. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Another thrilling acronym-based title for the books. It’s a direct sequel to GSC Game World’s radioactive Shadow of Chernobyl title, and the third in the overall series.
It brings us back to the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Russia, but this time, we make a move towards the largely divided city of Pripyat. Take on the role of Alex as he ventures to the outskirts of the Chernobyl Power Plant in a bid to uncover the mysterious helicopter disappearances in the Zone. Released in the wake of the series many glaring failures, this third entry managed to save the franchise with its tense atmosphere and improved gameplay. It has a PlayScore of 8.53.
20. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Covering one of America’s greatest periods and a staple of many modern videogames. Call of Juarez takes you to the exciting world of the wild, wild west, set after the events of The Civil War. Step into the shoes of bounty hunter Silas Greaves, and take part in his tellings of tall tales of glory and numerous executions–inaccurate as they may be. With their bullet-time action, gunslinging duels, and quick-time events, they created a wholly compelling narrative. Just enough to make up for a lack of multiplayer mode. There’s no better way to celebrate an era of bandits, outlaws, and grand robberies. It has a PlayScore of 8.55.
19. Sanctum 2 Other than its smart innovation strategic FPS tower defense, Sanctum didn’t really make that good of an impression. But, with this sequel, it followed up on its previous mistakes to create fully improved and fully-formed gameplay experiences for everyone to enjoy. Enter their futuristic arenas along with a few of your friends, and bask in the joys of their gorgeous 3D. Master each of their four classes, and unlock the missing chapters of their captivating comic-book story. It has a Playscore of 8.56.
18. Return to Castle Wolfenstein Before the upcoming HD return this October in Wolfenstein, it’s about time we take a look back to the humble roots of our favorite Nazi annihilator. Well, not THAT far back. 9 years after the release of the clunky yet memorable Spear of Destiny, Return to Castle Wolfenstein was the title that brought the Wolfenstein series back into modernity. Released in 2001, it was a breakthrough in terms of atmosphere with its impressive models and amazing graphics.
And even until now, with its outdated graphics, it could still bring in that sweet, sweet Nazi killing release that we all crave for–at least until Wolfenstein II releases. It has a PlayScore of 8.57.
17. Prey Our most recent addition to this FPS list is Bethesda’s own take on a classic masterpiece. Set in an alternate history where JFK was never assassinated, control researcher Morgan Yu as he travels to the infested corridors of Talos 1 and descends into the spiral of madness.
Use your powerful mind-bending abilities to tear apart the enemies that stand in your way, and escape the derelict space station. It retains the atmospheric tensions of the original game, with some necessary improvements in visuals and style. Take yourself into a sci-fi, digital playground, and live to tell the tale. It has a PlayScore of 8.59.
16. Shadow Warrior 2 A sequel to a reboot of a 1997 original. Sure it’s a mouthful, but it all turned out well for Flying Wild Hog’s indie project. This offbeat FPS combines Doom’s movement and shooting, Borderland’s satisfying loot system with the quirkiness.
If you’re a fan of either of those games, then this might be worthy pickup. Fulfill your childhood dreams and assume the role of the wisecracking ninja warrior Lo Wang as he battles against demons from other dimensions while indulging in light banter with his friends. With eye-popping visuals, gory kills, and captivating linear storyline, it receives a PlayScore of 8.6.
15. Counter Strike: Global Offensive Another one of Valve’s highly successful FPS ventures. CS:GO built on the strong foundations of the already established Counter Strike franchise, and slapping it on with updated visuals, improved multiplayers, and a few new modes.
With their intense, skill-based system, the fight for and against is as intense as ever. Although its been riddled with cheaters, gambling, and some other controversies, it has proudly stood tall against it all. While its punishing learning curve might be too much for newcomers, the grind is always worth, giving you the chance to duke it out in the most complete Counter-Strike experience yet. It has a PlayScore 8.61.
14. F.E.A.R. Scoring high marks during its initial release, Monolith’s spine-tingling masterpiece was once compared to the grandeur of Half Life 2–if Half-Life 2 had less aliens, and more gorey, supernatural horrors. Play as the Point Man of the deadly F.E.A.R. squad and uncover a mystery that involves a little girl.
The game challenges you to overcome your fears, especially with main antagonist Alma, whose deathly stare will haunt your very soul. Hopefully, you’ll be as badass as its main character. Engage in a hardcore shootfest with these paranormal presence and use your time-bending powers to unleash hell on earth. Spawning a handful of sequels and expansions, it receives a PlayScore of 8.63.
13. Crysis Be a hulking badass with your powerful Nanosuit in this futuristic game developed by Crytek.
One of the most impressive sci-fi shooters of its generation, Crysis was far beyond its time. Despite the huge gamble they faced, it was all worth it in the end, with jaw-dropping visuals and smooth gameplay that turned it into the benchmark for PC and console power. With their nanosuits, Crysis combined run and gun action with solid stealth mechanics. Control a group of nano-armored soldiers as they face off against North Korean Soldiers, mercenaries, and…technologically advanced aliens. Confusing, but very pretty. It has a PlayScore of 8.64.
12. Overwatch Rising from the mistakes of their last MMOFPS attempt, Titan, Blizzard has struck gold with this latest IP in almost two decades. It managed to revolutionize the first person shooter genre. So much so that hundreds have tried to mimic its spectacular blend of fun and strategic teamplay.
Engage in fun 6v6 battles with your friend in futuristic versions of the world’s iconic locations. Escort payloads, capture points, or fight to the death while choosing between the game’s lovable cast of characters, along with their newest, heavy handed Doomfist. The world could use more heroes, and more healing. It has a PlayScore of 8.65.
11. Devil Daggers A remarkable first person shooter that harkens back to the classic era of videogames. Released just last year, Sorath’s indie hit is reminiscent of 90s FPS games like Doom and Quake. It sends you to the deepest pits of hell to fight against a swarm of demonic entities. The goal is to survive. With waves of terrifying creatures spawning around you, you’ll make use of reflexes and spatial awareness to survive the dimly lit arenas. The whole game just oozes with the bloody and glitchy reds of your fiendish opponents. If there’s one thing it did right, it’s definitely the creepy environment. With your daggers at the ready, prepare for a gruelling ride to hell.
10. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Of course, how could we make an FPS list without any one of DICE’s classic Battlefield titles.
And, at five years old, Bad Company 2 is still renowned as (arguably) the best of the entire series. Packed with impressive sound design and destructible environments, this battlefield felt like the most realistic one yet. Ride around the ashen lands with cars and helicopters, and discover the sweet thrills of the specialized Rush mode. While the multiplayer mode isn’t as effective as before, it still remains as one unforgettable war experience. It has a PlayScore of 8.67.
9. Far Cry 3 Newly licensed pilot, Jason Brody, was having the time of his life until a skydiving trip with his friends lands him on an Island ruled by one of Far Cry’s most iconic villains yet: Vaas Montenegro. When he’s not telling you the definition of insanity, he’s out making everyone’s life miserable. Far Cry 3 pumps up the volume on the open world elements of the franchise. Travel to the sunny greens of Bangkok’s tropical island, and face off against its dangerous wildlife and deadly tribesmen. The world is literally your playground. Take over watchtower stations, slay pirates, and save your friends. Or don’t. With the game’s multiple endings, the choice is yours. It has a PlayScore of 8.7.
8. Doom A rebirth of a series that had its last release more than a 10 years ago. Our favorite Doomguy returns to bring terror and destruction to the poor, poor demons ravaging Mars. The game still has the same elements from the previous titles but the shooting, killing and gore have been amplified to a phenomenal degree. The birth of high-definition gameplay makes the game a magnitude clearer and faster than its predecessors. It’s not the same pixelated classic players know before. Gameplay includes multiplayer, which by far, is the weakest feature in the game. Nonetheless, the shooting and killing is still the best part of this release.
7. Unreal Tournament 2004 Hearing the words “Godlike”, “Double Kill” and “Triple Kill” was among the best things about Epic Games’ revolutionary shooter. It’s set in a desolated world craving for a new source of entertainment. Thus, the Unreal Tournament was born. Now on it’s 10th year, follow a man’s story as he enters the tournament in a battle to the death. For First Person Shooter veterans, everyone knows UT. It gave birth to the Unreal Engine as we know it. Step into the arena and pick from its wide array of game modes.
Pick a gun, ride a vehicle and enjoy its futuristic mayhem.
6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare One of the Hallmarks of the multiplayer first-person shooters. It was as groundbreaking as it was charming, and it shaped how the series would go on to be in the years that followed it. CoD4 has garnered praise for its solid singleplayer campaign and enjoyable multiplayer that was wrought in intense battles and highly immersive environments. Unlike the games that followed it, Modern Warfare was the perfect blend of compelling story and terrific gameplay. As short as it was, it has left a mark on the players who enjoyed it. And, even with the release of a modern remaster, there’s still nothing like the original. It has a PlayScore of 8.78.
5. Team Fortress 2 Before there was Overwatch, VALVE was the leading market when it comes to Team-Based Multiplayer Shooters. Team Fortress 2 shaped the hyperkinetic energy of the shooting genre with varied class-based heroes and a reasonable competitive mode. Choose from over its 9 different classes and fight for the BLU or RED team in their wide range of game multiplayer modes.
With the game’s success, it has spanned numerous internet subcultures such as memes, YouTube Channels, and fanfictions. To this day, Valve continues to add balance changes and new content to the game. It’s not gonna die anytime soon.
4. Half-Life 2 A universally acclaimed videogame that has earned its spot on history’s Hall of Fame. 13 years after its original release, Half Life 2 is still loved by millions of people across the globe, all simultaneously clamoring for that elusive third installment. Set in a dystopian world invaded by an alien race called Combine, step into the shoes of Gordon Freeman as he fights for his survival in a struggle to redeem the world.
A blend of gameplay innovations and narrative perfection, it’s undoubtedly Valve’s crowning glory. And even if Gaben’s moved on, the legend will continue to live on. It has a PlayScore of 9.
3. Borderlands 2 An improvement on the already epic series debut, the open-world fps welcomes you back into the brash, cel-shaded world of Pandora. But this time, it’s packed with a whole new story, and an upgraded class system. But, if you came for their rugged, yet stunning visuals and random-generated loot, then you’ll stay for the series’ trademark brand of humor. While they’ve taken a turn to a more dark and gritty narrative, their well-written enemies and side characters are always ready to step in. With tougher enemies ahead, having a friend is definite plus. It has a PlayScore of 9.05. 2. Left 4 Dead 2 Over 7 years since its first release, there’s still a whole lot of love for Valve’s second Left 4 Dead title.
Despite its slightly outdated graphics, persistent lack of levels, and special unlocks, this cooperative fps is still at the forefront of the zombie brutality. Without having to worry about mismatched levels, everyone’s always ready to play. Just gather four of your closest friends, get on a keyboard, and let the shoot fest begin. It never gets boring with their collection of randomized maps, campaigns, and silly game modes. Because of its simple gameplay mechanics, anyone with a brain is welcome to play. So unless you’re a zombie, this game is an essential addition to anyone’s collection. It receives a PlayScore of 9.05.
1. And the best First-person shooter on the PC is Bioshock Infinite An atmospheric first-person shooter, step into the shoes of disgraced detective as he takes a trip to the fictional sky city, Columbia. Troubled by the violence of Battle of Wounded Knee, follow Booker De Witt as he attempts to repay a mounting debt, rescue a mysterious girl, and ultimately, redeem his name. With his newfound powers, he gets the ability to burn, levitate, and tear his enemies down. Infinite has received critical acclaim across the boards with their gripping storyline, memorable characters, and captivating visual designs that will pull you into their strange world.
Whether or not it’s the best Bioshock game, that’s up to you to decide. It receives a PlayScore of 9.32.
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