Top Ten Most Realistic First Person Shooters


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The people who voted for Call of Duty either have never played a realistic FPS ever, or they think that Call of Duty is as close to a real war as they can get.

While I have never owned, Arma myself, I have played it multiple times before, and it is much more realistic than Call of Duty or Battlefield. Battlefield does have bullet drop, big maps, and in hardcore mode, one shot to the vitals is a kill. But the Arma games have much more realism and tactics in them, which I find to be more fun than bouncing around a small map quickscoping, running up to someone while they shoot at you to knife them, and throwing grenades all the way across the map. The Arma games are definitely the most realistic, and as soon as I get a computer with a decent graphics card I will be buying them.

Why the hell is CoD4 at #1? It might be a small bit more realistic in story than the most recent games, but it is still incredibly unrealistic in every category. It doesn't deserve to be anywhere near this list.

If Arma games are not realistic than you can go home and play Call of Duty. Arma games have outstanding realism, with all the things such as bullet physics, realistic body shot physics (shot to the vitals means you're dead quickly) and all the vehicles make Arma series the top of all the shooters I ever had. Than there is an Arma 3 with outstanding realism and graphics that beat both Call of Duty Ghosts and BF4 by far.

ArmA is the Army simulator. No kidding. It's that hard. - okcnaline

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Weapon function, ergonomics, accessories (sights, suppressor, foregrip, etc), and sounds are pretty much spot on for the real thing. Only major shortcoming is external ballistics. ARMA tries to model bullet drop, but does it poorly, so Insurgency takes the lead in my humble opinion.

It's a multiplayer FPS taking place in Iraq & Afghanistan, you can choose to be on either side/team (US Marines Or Insurgents) and has very realistic damage (people will die with 1-3 shots, even with a pistol), quite a bit of realistic weapons that are customizable, and suppression (when bullets hit you or close to you your screen will blur a bit).

The only game with realistic recoil

The most realistic game nowadays.

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3Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Fun yes
Realistic hell no!
Quickscoping, bouncing, knifing people from 5 feet away

A great game to play. When I first saw it in 2007, I couldn't believe this was possible. The Movement from PS2 to PlayStation 3 was absolutely amazing! - roblist

Certainly my favorite among Call of Duty series, the sounds, graphics are amazing I would prefer this on Xbox 360, it's amazing - Ananya


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4Counter-Strike: Source

This game, besides arma 2 should be higher. The game has a physics engine that allow the game to not only feel and look realistic, but act realistic. The accuracy of guns are comparable to the real world.

5Project Reality 2

Many real. Much accuracy. Very wow.

More realistic more military

6Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad

One shot kills are very common in this game.

How is this not in the top 10
Realistic health, no ammo counter, blind fire, and realisitic cover from all objects

By far this is the most realistic game I've ever played
All realistic in this game

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7America's Army: Proving Grounds

The most Tactical and realistic game there, I played Battlefield 4 then this. If we compare graphics Battlefield 4 wins, if we compare which is more tactical and Realistic. of course Americas Army is more tactical and even realistic. We stay in covers if we get out 3-4 Shots are enough To get us to ground and we start bleeding. Peace. Check the game out.

Great game, very authentic, this game shows just how much teamwork can help immensely in completing the mission. For free.. This game should be near the top of this list!

No regenerating health here! Damage is high and one death and you are out but if you go down a teammate can patch you up (once)and put you back in the fight.

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8Battlefield 3

I think this game is #1 in realistically because it has advanced physics, you can fly and drive vehicles, and the movements are realistic ( I. E gun moves all around in recoil, not just up), you can see YOUR shadow as well as others, and you can see your feet, and FINALLY it doesn't take 9 shots from a pistol to kill a person.

The only one more realistic would be ArmA III. Otherwise, this wins. - okcnaline

Battlefield is NOT a simulator people, get over yourself.

Look. It's way more realistic than Call of Duty in all aspects. Go ahead and tell me I'm wrong

Its really fun and I like the physics

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9Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

Because you use cover, weapon selection is very important, and you can't survive 20 shots like COD

This game is essentially Call of Duty but you die from less bullets. The older Rainbow Six games I would vote for, like Raven Shield, but the Vegas series are capitalizing on the modern FPS' popularity.


For me Graphic means the amount of reality, Crysis and Crysis 2 are definitely the best 2 video games with the best Graphics so I vote for that game. - gilde24ever

If we're talking graphics - usmc650736

This game got an award for best graphics and I don't care about realism but I need amazing graphics or I don't like it.
EX:Grand Theft Auto V

Maximum strength

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The Contenders

11Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

Honestly any Call of Duty is fake. In ghost recon it takes a 1 to 3 shots. I say that's pretty real compared to Call of Duty black ops 2 or any Call of Duty for that matter

Campaign sucks, and is not realistic at all. However, coop and multiplayer are very realistic, provided you turn off the drone.

Ghost recon is my most favorite shooter, but the very first one is more realistic

12America's Army 3

US Army recruiting kids by trying to make it seem like Call of Duty

The most realistic hands down.

13Operation Flashpoint

Cod4?! Are you insane? That is not realistic. This is. No regenarating health ever, more realistic guns and equipment. And who knows how real Red River will be when it's released.

COD4? realistic? one shot one kill... this is realistic... not like in COD where you die only if nuke falls on you...

Most realistic game I have ever played why you ask health regeneration is for Call of Duty players that do not know how to heal themselves and also does battlefield have multiple choice objectives is medal of honor open world buff said.

While I know this game is very realistic, I voted for Arma because I played it instead of Op Flashpoint.

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14Battlefield Bad Company 2

Please, the battlefield series is made around team work and realism. Call of duty has no bullet drop or realistic environments. This list is MOST REALISTIC. Not TOP TEN WORST or MOST SALES. It's not about sales, it's about a mature community and teamwork. Get it right next time.

Seriously Modern Warfare No. 1, you guys really need to rethink what makes a game realistic, it's not just having realistic environments and weapons, you have to be able to do realistic things as well. - LarvicarioZ

Call of Duty at number one? Call of Duty ought to be the MOST unrealistic FPS to have ever been made! The whole franchise has been that way!

Pretty realistic I love destructive environments way better graphics than Call of Duty and halo.

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Uh, you've got to be joking. Really fun but how the hell you gonna say battling big daddy in an underwater fortress realistic

Owning almost everything with a wrench is very realistic!

While Bioshock is a great, original FPS, it is not realistic in any way.

16S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Multiple weapons, different ammo for different weapons, somewhat realistic ballistics and recoil. Weapons can deteriorate and worse condition means Realistic inventory system that takes both weight and bulk into account and forces the player to make really tough priorities. Aggressive AI that is really trying to kill you - not just standing there waiting to get shot. Some elements of the game are highly unrealistic such as artifacts that are "magical" items from high radiation which gives you bonuses. Geger meters, wild mutant animals etc. makes every trip really exciting.
As the game progresses it becomes more unrealistic story-wise but it could also be seen as the protagonist going crazy from radiation and solitude.

Wonderful game all in all that didnĀ't get the attention it deserved.

17Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
18Battlefield 4

Quite realistic but not as realistic as arma but more fun

19SWAT 4

Developed by retired swat team members, how can it not be realistic. Gun goes to low ready (unlike many other games) Very tactical

I like this game because of the strict ROE. You can't shoot a suspect unless they shoot first.

I like it because you need to think before you shot at a person... I could be a civilian

20Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Medal of Honor both warfighter and the 2010 version are the two best console first person shooter games there have ever been. The games really tap into the action, sophistication and most importantly the brotherhood that tier 1 operators and other military personnel share with one another.

Warfighter, gun mechanics quite realistic.

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List StatsUpdated 10 Oct 2015

300 votes
26 listings
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Top Remixes

2. Project Reality 2
3. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
1. Counter-Strike: Source
2. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
3. BioShock



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