The 30 Best FPS Games

by OmegaDeity | created - 08 Feb 2013 | updated - 14 Feb 2013 | Public

These days we ARE DROWNING in First Person Shooters. Even though I think there should be more variety in games today. The FPS genre does have some of my favorite games of all time. RULES 1. Only one per franchise 2. Open world games are included 3. Skyrim, Minecraft, Amnesia, SLENDER, and Portal are not FPSs 4. If your favorite isn't on here or not number one, DON'T BE A WHINY LITTLE BITCH. THIS IS MY LIST OF FPS GAMES I WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOU. NOT YOURS!!! 5. This list was made in February 2013.

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1. Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.

Director: David Speyrer | Stars: Robert Guillaume, Robert Culp, Louis Gossett Jr., Michelle Forbes

Votes: 14,194

This game. THIS *beep*ING GAME. Is easily in my Top 5 of all time. For the 12 people who have a PC, 360, PS3, or Mac OSX who haven't played this game. GET THE ORANGE BOX >:-O!!!! An excellent story, unique weapons, a great cast of characters, the best graphics in 2004 (Even over Far Cry), A wonderful soundtrack (Even if a lot of the songs are from Half-Life 1), a crapload of modders on the PC version, all within a 15 hour campaign (on normal difficulty). The entire Half-Life 2 saga is more than enough to make the number 1 spot. Oh, and Valve, to any developers of yours that might be reading this, MAKE EPISODE 3 ALREADY D-:<!!!!

2. BioShock (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: John Ahlin, Greg Baldwin, Jane Beller, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 16,481

Welcome to Rapture. You will find it all, complete immersion to one of the best settings in a video game, unique weapons, tons of Plasmids, astounding graphics, a creepy atmosphere, an interesting story, and an ending that is actually satisfying. Would you kindly GET THIS GAME??!!!!!

3. Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Doom 2 follows the story of Doom-Guy, killing hell creatures, for the future of mankind.

Stars: Kevin Cloud, Bobby Prince, John Romero

Votes: 2,462

Old-School, baby!! One of the game franchises that forever changed gaming, Doom and Doom II has risen to a legendary status as two of the greatest games of all time. And for good reasons too. A "Who gives a damn" story, fun and challenging levels, millions of mods, good soundtrack, and the pixelated graphics have held up to the test of time. Plus Doom is on like, a wide variety of platforms.

4. Deus Ex (2000 Video Game)

M | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In a dark cyberpunk future where poverty, disease, oppression and terrorism are widespread, J.C. Denton, a new cybernetically-enhanced special agent, finds evidence of a massive conspiracy when his brother, also an agent, goes rogue.

Director: Warren Spector | Stars: Jay Anthony Franke, Brent Anderson, Ralph Barbagallo, Chad Bannon

Votes: 2,827

"What a shame" that I can't put this game in the top 3. An excellent story, a lengthy campaign that has multiple ways to complete, an ok soundtrack, tons of weapons, and... dammit! Now I have to go and reinstall the game again I'll be right back *One reinstall and playthrough later..*.

5. Metroid Prime (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

A Space Pirate distress signal draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to Tallon IV, a world she discovers is being consumed by a terrible poison.

Director: Mark Pacini | Stars: Jennifer Hale, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 1,688

6. Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of an underground vault in order to find their father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.

Director: Todd Howard | Stars: Liam Neeson, Malcolm McDowell, Ron Perlman, Odette Annable

Votes: 17,092

With a total of 100+ hours spent on this game and counting, this game had me hooked from the start. It isn't perfect as the character animations are CRAP, I did encounter some glitches, and the game doesn't have a whole lot of weapons (Thank you modders :-D). But still, all RPG fans should pick this game up.

7. Team Fortress 2 (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Nine mercenaries. Two teams. Guns. And hats. Welcome to Team Fortress 2, where psychopaths fight each other with shotguns, rocket launchers, pistols, baseball bats, surgical equipment, laser guns, and wear fancy hats.

Directors: John Cook, Robin Walker | Stars: Gary Schwartz, Grant Goodeve, Nathan Vetterlein, Robin Atkin Downes

Votes: 3,375

8. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Super-soldier John-117, Master Chief of the United Nations Space Command, must battle a genocidal alien race known as the Covenant following his violent crash-landing on Halo, an ancient and mysterious ring-world.

Director: Jason Jones | Stars: Jen Taylor, Pete Stacker, Tim Dadabo, Steve Downes

Votes: 9,577

9. System Shock 2 (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

An agent is deployed on a mission to explore a distant planet, but instead wakes up from his cryosleep five months later only to discover that the ship's artificial intelligence has been corrupted and the humans infected by an alien race.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: Kemal Amarasingham, Laura Baldwin, Matt Boynton, Eric Brosius

Votes: 1,004

10. TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sent to undo the TimeSplitter threat, Cortez journeys into 6 different time periods to track down Jacob Crow who created the TimeSplitter creatures.

Directors: David Doak, Stephen Ellis | Stars: Tom Clarke Hill, Sarah Mennell, Wayne Forester, Les Spink

Votes: 705

11. Serious Sam: The First Encounter (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Horror

Sam "Serious" Stone is up to save humanity from total extinction. He must journey through ancient Egypt and traverse vast open desert levels where massive pyramids dot the landscapes, concealing deadly crypts and perilous passages beneath.

Directors: Davor Hunski, Alen Ladavac, Davor Tomicic | Star: John J. Dick

Votes: 608

12. Duke Nukem 3D (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Blonde action hero Duke Nukem takes on murderous aliens and mutated Los Angeles police officers that have taken over Los Angeles.

Director: Greg Malone | Stars: Lee Jackson, Lani Minella, Jon St. John

Votes: 2,840

Hail to one of the kings of FPS, baby! A kickass protagonist, tons of killing machines, Lots of references to tons of media, and a challenging game on top of that!

13. Resistance 3 (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

The story starts four years after Operation: Black Eden, where the United States is the last nation standing against the Chimera, but leaving most of the states into barren wastelands along with the rest of the world.

Director: Henry Hobson | Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Kari Wahlgren, Crispin Freeman, Paul Eiding

Votes: 779

14. Killzone 2 (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Two years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA launched an assault on the enemy's home world of Helghan. The ISA goal is to capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the Helghast war machine to a halt.

Directors: Mathijs de Jonge, Jonathan Kray | Stars: Demetri Goritsas, Charles Everett, Ryan McCluskey, Noah Lee Margetts

Votes: 1,766

What was quite possibly the best looking game on a console at the time, Killzone 2 really makes you feel as if you are controlling a human, not a floating camera with arms. With addictive multiplayer, an ok story, fluid and realistic animations, excellent weapon designs, and smart A.I., This game is a must own for any PS3 owner.

15. Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

Unreal Tournament 2004 is a first-person shooter, the third game in the Unreal Tournament series and sequel to Unreal Tournament 2003.

Stars: Shannon Ewing, Lani Minella, Jamey Scott

Votes: 1,162

16. Borderlands 2 (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A new group of adventurers arrives on the frontier planet Pandora. They are assassinated by Handsome Jack, the most powerful merc on the planet. One of them survives and with the help of a deranged talking robot seeks loot and revenge.

Director: Paul Hellquist | Stars: Lynn Andrews III, Yasemin Arslan, Justin Barad, Christopher Bevins

Votes: 5,198

17. Battlefield 3 (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. They will experience heart-pounding single player missions and competitive multiplayer action ranging across diverse ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Keegan | Stars: Gideon Emery, Glenn Morshower, Thor Edgell, Mark Ivanir

Votes: 7,942

"WHA??? BF3 NOT IN TOP 10 OR NUMBER 1??!!! GO BACK TO COD YOU STUPID *beep* AND KILL YOURSELF!!!!" Now hold on, the multiplayer is KICK ASS and a lot of fun. The reason for this being so low is because the single player is cliched and terrible and the co-op is just meh. But still if you are a fan of competitive multiplayer games you should definitely buy the Premium Edition.

18. Quake II (1997 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A single marine crash lands on an alien planet. You mission is to destroy the bio-mechanical enemy and the big gun.

Star: Carly Staehlin-Taylor

Votes: 1,701

19. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.

Director: Jason West | Stars: Billy Murray, Craig Fairbrass, David Sobolov, Mark Grigsby

Votes: 19,909

"WHA??!! A CALL OF DOODY GAME MADE THE LIST?!! GO KILL YOURSELF AND PLAY SOME REAL GAMES YOU STOOPID CODFAG!!!!" I know that a lot of people are going to hate me for this, but I think this game is excellent! A good story, amazing graphics for 2007, addictive multiplayer, and pretty much everyone and their brother has played this game.

20. Left 4 Dead 2 (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Four new survivors must make their way across the American South while surviving a zombie apocalypse.

Director: Erik Johnson | Stars: Chad L. Coleman, Hugh Dillon, Eric Ladin, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 5,491

21. Crysis (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Sent in to investigate an alien meteor crash, Nomad must fight through the North Korean Army which has also arrived, only to discover North Korea is the least of their worries.

Director: Cevat Yerli | Stars: Claudia Black, André Sogliuzzo, Kristy Swanson, Lahmard J. Tate

Votes: 4,717

22. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Set before the events of Pitch Black (2000), this game tells the story of how Richard B. Riddick obtained his ability to see in the dark.

Director: Tom Keegan | Stars: Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser, Kristin Lehman, Xzibit

Votes: 2,902

Vin Diesel: The Game. Need I say more?

23. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, War

A first person shooter game depicting death matches between terrorists and counter-terrorists.

Stars: Alain Aouad, Thomas Balou Martin, Tony Curran, Jon Curry

Votes: 2,233

24. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, War

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault drops you into World War II as American Lieutenant Mike Powell. Using anything at your disposal, you will fight your way from Arzew to Omaha Beach, and then straight into the heart of the Third Reich.

Stars: William Bassett, Steve Blum, Steve Bulen, Cam Clarke

Votes: 1,907

25. Perfect Dark (2000 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A female spy named Joanna Dark who received the highest grade ever from her spy training at Carrington Institute is sent to rescue a Doctor Caroll who sent a distress call to Carrington a few days before.

Director: Martin Hollis | Stars: Eveline Fischer, Chris Sutherland, Chris Seavor, John Silke

Votes: 1,367

OK, now THIS game was an improvement over GoldenEye. Better gameplay, a good story, a huge arsenal of killing machines, and highly customizable multiplayer. Sadly, even the 360 version of this game has bad A.I., Poor voice acting, guns that sound like crap, and some frustrating missions.

26. Far Cry (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

You play a man who finds himself trapped on a mad scientist's private tropical island with ruthless mercenaries and worse.

Director: Cevat Yerli | Stars: Peter Thias, Cornell Womack, Adriana Anderson, Robert Burns

Votes: 2,995

27. GoldenEye 007 (1997 Video Game)

T | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

James Bond must track down agent-turned-terrorist Alec Trevelyan to stop the launch of a powerful satellite. Play the game that set the stage for the First-person shooter genre on the console.

Director: Martin Hollis | Stars: Kevin Bayliss, Ken Lobb, Scott Hochberg

Votes: 4,958

Oh, GoldenEye 007 for the N64, you were my first FPS, sadly this game has not aged well AT ALL. It is a fun and challenging game with addictive multiplayer, but seriously, I can look past all the nostalgic memories and firmly acknowledge this game as a dated FPS THAT NEEDS TO BE REMASTERED!!!

28. Red Faction (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi

Rebels band together to bring down a power-hungry corporation controlling the world government with a violent iron-fist.

Stars: Dale Inghram, Loredo Sheperd, Susan Messing, Ilyssa Fradin

Votes: 632

29. Wolfenstein 3D (1992 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In Castle Wolfenstein 3D you play an American P.O.W. trying desperately to escape from the Nazi prison Wolfenstein during World War II.

Director: Tom Hall | Stars: Tom Hall, Scott Miller, Bobby Prince, John Romero

Votes: 1,787

YES, I KNOW this game is the reason why the FPS genre was popularized. And I thank this game for the influence it had on gaming in general. But, playing this game today, it has an awful level design, a horrible soundtrack, and it is more frustrating than challenging.

30. Marathon (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

You are a security officer aboard the interstellar colony ship Marathon, which brought a slice of humanity to the planet of Tau Ceti. Docking with the craft, you realize quickly that the ... See full summary »

Star: Doug Zartman

Votes: 70

Just your average DOOM clone developed by what would become the developers of the Halo franchise. Nothing more I can say.

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