Best First Person Shooter (FPS) Games of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Half Life 2
No other FPS comes close to the originality and immersion that this title has to offer. Maybe people are forgetting how amazing this game is because it's been so long since the release of Episode 2. Play it again now, in the year 2011 and you'll see that legends never age.
Best Fps I've ever played. Nice effects, everyone should try it. I recommend it to everyone
Call of Duty FAILS miserably against Half Life 2. For those of you that don't agree, play both one after the other.
[Newest]And this proves Valve is the best.
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2Doom
You people voting must be either too young or have been seduced by the Call of Duty type shooter games (which is actually propaganda designed as a video game, but never mind that). Doom, which was made by ID software, the developers responsible for the earliest true FPS Wolfenstein 3D, again revolutionized gaming. The revolution was the most baddass shooter ever where you go through hell blasting hordes of demons. You would be hard pressed to find a game with its perfect combination of challenge and difficulty, yet natural simplicity when playing. The game harkens back to a time when developers didn't try to add a bunch of unneeded features to increase the amount of money they could make off the game. Everything added in Doom has a direct purpose to the game itself which is to kill demons on Mars and later in Hell as a lone space marine. Even the guns are awesome in this game and beat every weapon in a standard military shooter like Call of Duty. Who would not honestly want to get their hands dirty with a Plasma Rifle or BFG9000(Big F****** Gun) and blast fools?

PrincelyVirtu

Best game I have ever played!
It's awesome, and it's 17 years old. It has best MIDI tracks. It has long and interesting levels. It's awesome. Doom is the best game of my childhood.
Doom is better cause facing hell a few times is way more impressive then saving the world from a ring or interstellar aliens. Oh wait doom had that too. Final doom the demons came from a flesh and bone spaceship.
[Newest]My first rated M game. This game holds a special place in my heart. Awesome level design, great music, and because it deserves mentioning. GREAT MUSIC!

Halo: Combat Evolved
3Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo has one of the best stories in gaming history. Most shooters had just small stories to keep the person interested through the whole game. But halo had a rich story that didn't drop you at the begining of the whole covy-human war but after a massive assault of one of our colonies and you are the only survivor and must flee. That's what makes it a great game it has a deeper story than most other shooters and not saying that any of the others on this list are crap but this has a back story. Many fans had always wondered what happened in the story just hours before the opening cutscene. That's what makes not just a great shooter but a great game when they throw an already begun story and drop you right in the middle of one of the many high points of the story. I have played all of the shooters in this list and though they are all great in their own way this game has masterpiece spelled from corner to corner.
Honestly, this list is entirely hammered by fanboys. Call of Duty and Half Life are great games but they wouldn't be anywhere if Halo hadn't jumped the gun in 2001. I know Half Life and Call of Duty came first, but HL2 and COD4 took a lot of influence from Halo. Pretty much ever FPS since Halo has taken influence from it. It just doesn't get better than this. Hands down the great FPS experience ever to hit the consoles. The PC version is very good as well.
Its an awesome game. The graphics are were excellent for its time and it has an excellent story line. The character back stories are good as well. The multiplayer and the single player are balanced and amazing. It is the one of the best in the series. I think it is the best game to have ever been made.
[Newest]Halo for the win

4BioShock
Bioshock takes the cake. No other FPS has put as much thought into the mechanics, the story, or the atmosphere, as my dear friend Bioshock has. If I were to ever design a FPS game, my first thought would be, "How can we surpass Bioshock? "
Actually has a story and characters and setting that I actually get to care about. Call of Duty is an embarrassment to those that actually have taste in games.
NONE OTHER have created such a world, gameplay, characters... Best of FPS and RPG bunched in one AMAZING GAME.
[Newest]It's atmosphere and sense of dread continued throughout the game make for the single most memorable fps experience.

5Goldeneye 007
Golden eye is the grand daddy of the fps genre. Though call of duty maintains it, halo revived it, and half life reinvented it, Goldeneye raised it. If golden eye was never made, none of the fps' we know and love would have ever existed. Don't believe me? Well the Game is on sale now @ amazon.com for a whopping $145.95. And if you have the cahones to buy and get 4 controllers for you and your buddies it will still be fun today. Besides, how cool is it to kill somebody with a karate chop to the back of the neck?
Doom may have started the FPS genre, but Goldeneye 007 perfected it. There's not a better shooter in the world than GoldenEye, and it's one of the best games of all time.
If not for Goldeneye 007, Halo would not be what it is today.
[Newest]Still the best at what it does. It will always be Number 1 in my heart.

6Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
best PS3 game of the year 2007, best XBOX 360 game of the year 2007, best PC game of the year 2007 at gamespot and gamespy
It might not be the first FPS, nor it has the best graphics but it revolutionized FPS forever. After it's release, we look at FPS games differently. Somehow, this became a benchmark of what a good FPS game would be, both in Single Campaign and Multiplayer.
this game kicks ass its in the top 10 most sold games of all time and I think nothin can't beat this but why isn't mw2 here?

Wooden_soldier

[Newest]Say this is generic all you want. Say that Call of Duty is overrated. But this is the best shooter I have played in the next few years after this has been out.

7Duke Nukem 3D
Well-balanced and sophisticated levels, humour and one-of-a-kind style of action make this one's replayability the main reason to deem it a king of all FPS games ever.

8Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
only reason this isn't on top is cause it just came out. Great story, great multiplayer (online and offline), great spec ops, great game.

greatwallofseb

absolutely the best! best graphic, best gameplay, best story, best spec ops, the best of all time =)
Best online play of any game. Graphics are good but what really makes this game cool is the detail.
[Newest]Wannabe Call of Duty 4. That's all I need to say.

yoshaholic


9CounterStrike
Counter strike 1.6 is a legendary game.
It's been around for so long and people still don't get enough.

pedal94

The best FPS game ever around 100% better then cs source even that is old don't have such a nice graphic its still the best FPS game.
Even it's old and has bad graphics it will always be a hit and will forever be played! Many mods, many challenges, good weapons and equipment..

By the way: SOURCE SUCKS!

IceCream

[Newest]Counter Strike:Global Offensive is way better because of its graphics, frame rate and the skills that are needed.

10Quake
Legendary FPS FOR ALL TIMES! Why? Everything starts with it...

1. First FPS with "real 3d engine"... Games like blake stone, wolfenstein 3d, doom 1+2, rott etc are the first 3d shooter, but with 2d sprites enemies, build engine games (duke 3d, sw, blood, rr) take this to a new level, but quake was the first with "real 3d" enemies & levels...

2. First game with epic controls (movement) & physics to do crazy stuff like rocket jumps, bunny hopping etc...

3. First game with "dedicated server" technology and online (internet) gaming... Again everything start with quake.

4. First game with "console" and own programming speech (quake c) to modified the game (yeah sure, also build engine have mods, but for example look for a "quake race game mod" and a "duke race game mod"... See the difference? )

5. EPIC game & level design (multi & single) that was "easy & simple" to learn (press the button? No shoot or run against the button... Crouch? Who need it, learn to run and circle strafe), but "hard to master". Also unscripted shock effects and more than "one way" to go through the levels... No "run from a to b and check out scripted stuff"... And we don't even talk about multiplayer...

6. In his "active" times, best hardcore gaming community ever ("i miss the gold old times") with tons of mods... Quake is dead? No its not. Check out for quake gl & quake hd (example darkplaces mod) stuff.. Latest builds from 2013... And it still goes on...

7. Last game with the complete "master of fps developer"... John Carmack (! ), Michael Abrash, John Cash, American McGee (! ), Sandy Petersen, John Romero (! ) and Tim Willits (! ). Adrian Carmack, Kevin Cloud...

8. Speed = action, its so fast gameplay (single and multi)... Only "warsow" is nearly that fast.

9. First game that really prints the definition of words like "tournament" and "e-sports"... Player like Tresh (won a ferrari @ id first tournament), Kane, Makaveli, Shurik... Clans like D-, SK, MTW... All grow up & start with quake... First game with own convention (quakecon)

10. There is so much more this game has changed but, counterstrike, halo, battlefield, Call of Duty & what else would not exist or "look like it looks today" without this game...

Quake forever
This Game needs to be in the top 5 asap. A ID Software Classic Masterpiece.

PrincelyVirtu

Quake is the Best FPS out there, far better than half life2. I did tried to play half life and made me puke because of the environment and the control is not that great.
[Newest]Quake is a '95 game. it can put head to head with the brand new games. It is simply the BEST FPS has ever made.

The Contenders

11Half-Life
On of the best all time games. The game has good a story, good weapon and its perfect for mods.
It broke the world in 1998. Its amazing world and a long story (Up to 40 game hours) are the best ever made. It's the game, which will always be, as Counter-Strike 1.6 made by Valve too.
One of the pioneer games of the FPS genre, Half-Life paved the way for many of the games people know and love today. Great storyline and design, it should never be forgotten.
[Newest]This game has aged very well, just as fun now as it was in the 90s.

12Metroid Prime
No other FPS besides Half Life and Bioshock are able to completely immerse the player in its world. Metroid Primes environments across all 3 games are absolutely stellar and the adventure like gameplay takes full use of these beautiful locales. The boss fights are also spot on.
Metroid prime definitely the best game ever and also this was a multiplayer FPS but I think metroid prime hunters could be here and higher since metroid prime hunters had awesome gameplay with the online FPS
Metroid Prime is not an FPS, but no matter what list it's on, It is the very best. This game virtually changed my life, and thus my opinion on games.

13Unreal Tournament 2004
good game are best man the game are amazing much good I really mabe the game are incredible but unreal tornament 2003 are best ui
One of the best FAST PACED FPS Games Ever, Has everything you could want..
Whether playing singleplayer or Multiplyer.. the experience is awesome, the graphics are pretty good ( though low system requirements are required ).

This is once such game that is not too complicated or not too simple and I assure you no matter how much you play whether different map or the same map over and over again, you'll never get bored.. Each time will be a new experience..
One Greatest Games Ever Made

14Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Nazis, Zombies, mutants and robots in one game with great level design and environment. Fun gameplay and well designed guns. Best MP of all times with various objectives and classes, bad ass soundtrack and who cares about a story anyway?

15Halo 2
The sequel to the most important game in console history and a truly great and entertaining and addictive multi-player
Revolutionized playing FPS games on a console and put Xbox on the Map! From the launch of Xbox Live on the original Xbox till the end, Halo 2 was always the most played game. For sure, my favorite game of all time (of any genre)!
Definitely the best of all time PERIOD
[Newest]My favorite Halo game ever

16Call Of Duty 2
Playing this game for 4 years, its my precious, i'll never leave my precious, forever and forever!
the last great call of duty.. modern warfare sucks...
this is the real online game nothing beats it!
I love this Call of Duty so much, glad I discovered how awesome it was early enough. The multi-player was really nice also with all of the modded servers available which brought in some effects of the later games to it them... Zombies... Weapons... Sprint... Etc. All in all it turned out a great game.

17Far Cry 3
Sexy... just sexy... made me cry
No other game comes even close to this one, wow, masterpiece.
Awesome breathtaking jungle environment come to life

18BioShock Infinite
For me, its the best game ever made. I play various types of games (FIFA, NHL, Call of Duty, Battlefield, NFS, rFactor) but nothing beats Bioshock Infinite. Beatiful city with rotten people who just want to be brutally murdered by your Skyhook :) Story like nothing else in this genre. Makes you think about it for long time, after you finish it. PS. Sorry for my poor English
Columbia is so beautiful, it's a shame that around 70% of the population, possibly more, are xenophobic, male chauvinistic, racist slug- brains.
Bioshock Infinite Is The Best Fps Game Of All Time Period

19Quake III: Arena
Clearly the best fps of all time.

No modern fps has the kind of skill cap Q3 had.

Easily the best dueling, though preferably some pro mode mod.

All modern fps games should take a leaf out of the Q3 book and incorporate physics that allow for vast skill in movement as well as strategy and aim... Then again that's a bit much to ask for when the market at the moment is "realistic" consoles shooters with input devices incapable of aiming well let alone anything else.
Quake 3 is the oldest game of all this list.
But when it was out, it was a revolution in FPS world, just like all other ID games.
Graphics and gameplay at a level never reached before.
A playability without limits : with this game, a new activity was born : cyber athlete.
Even today, it's still a reference.
What a shame, this is the last, this should be tbe first in this list, ridiculous.

Quake series is the best FPS game all time.
[Newest]This is definitely the best FPS games ever made. this is the first fps game I played and I learnt my fps skill playing this game. Now any fps game becomes a cake walk after playing this game.

20Team Fortress 2
I have been playing for about half a year now and invest an hour at least each day. This is possibly the most addictive game I've ever played and one of the only fps games I can actually like. It's not like the others because it focuses on fun, team, it's out there, the load outs are great because the weapons are different not just "Oh it shoots faster... Oh it has a scope... Oh there is slightly more ammo." like in Call of Duty. In tf2 it's "Oh these do more critical hits in a certain scenario, looks completely different and can completely change this classes style of gameplay." It isn't just go here and shoot that and win. Instead it has fun objectives that you have to work with a team to achieve. It isn't bland and the art style is amazing with a 50's painting look that still holds up today even though it was made in 2008 or 2007. The game was in development for a long time and turned out to be amazing! It is also free to play now so there is no reason not to get it if you have a good pc. Also hats. 'Nough said.
THIS GAME. It is so fun. I don't even need an explanation because everybody knows it. This should be like number 1 or something! Not "Call of Duty".

Pony

So well balanced and fun, plus the community and trading is great. My favorite class is scout. BONK!

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