Top Ten Most Realistic First Person ShootersCelidor
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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.
You want realism the most real you'll getV23 Comments
Insurgency is probably the most realistic multiplayer FPS money can buy. The mechanics are on point and the game itself runs like a dream. Also, there are plenty of servers that will match perfectly with your type of style. The community is always chill and you don't run into too many idiots that ruin the game experience for you. More often than not, they get booted from the match because you can call a vote. However, the learning curve for this game is pretty intense. I started playing consistently only 3 months ago, but I could tell a lot of these guys were vets. With that being said, don't give up on the game so quickly if you find it too difficult. You will die, a lot. You will rage quit, which is fair. But... Once you turn the corner and start memorizing the map layouts, getting control of the game mechanics and racking up kills, you'll be good to go.
I honestly don't know how half of these games got on here but the thing I will say is that this is pretty darn realistic and deserves second behind arma because this game capture the "check your corners" perfectly in multi-player, but arma captures the engaging from a distance rather than from 15 feet like cod4. Call of Duty in general doesn't deserve to be anywhere close to this list along with crysis, I mean really a Nano suit, really?! But arma and insurgency are deserving of these spots.
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.
Fair and realistic.V8 Comments
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
As you close as you can get to military simulator, at least until squad is released
Many real. Much accuracy. Very wow.V2 Comments
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.V1 Comment
The Call of Duty series is great but it's not even close to being realistic.
Should be on the furthest from real list, who put this here?
Cod4 was graphically amazing, but you also should think about the story and how it builds up. Cod4 has one of the better stories made in any fps. I'm not saying the best, but one of the best.
Certainly my favorite among Call of Duty series, the sounds, graphics are amazing I would prefer this on Xbox 360, it's amazing - AnanyaV9 Comments
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.V1 Comment
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.V1 Comment
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 physicsV2 Comments
US Army recruiting kids by trying to make it seem like Call of DutyV1 Comment
Realistic if you're imagining future warfare I suppose and a good game. I think it's the PLAYERS that make a game realistic. If Call of Duty players just slowed down and played more tactically and actually TALKED to each other without some little kid telling you to shut up or calling people "campers" then Call of Duty could be a very realistic shooter. The Taliban don't pop up and shout "camper" at REAL soldiers HOLDING A GOOD POSITION. THAT is a realistic tactic, not running around like idiots.
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
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
EX:CRYSIS 1 AND 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
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.
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.
COD4? realistic? one shot one kill... this is realistic... not like in COD where you die only if nuke falls on you...
Get shot you die! Realistic gun fire, hard to hit enemies without aiming. Most realistic I have played.V2 Comments
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.V1 Comment
Realistic tactics and 1 or 2 bullets will kill your, your teammates or your enemies.
The only unrealistic thing would be the graphics which are dated but alright for 2005.
Also, why are CODs and Battlefields up at the top? WHAT?!?!?
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.V1 Comment
Has to be #1 none of these games beat the realism if you join a realism unit.
Other than the character animations, Arma 3 seems more realistic than all the games above it. - IAmNotARobot
Quite realistic but not as realistic as arma but more funV2 Comments
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 didn�'t get the attention it deserved.
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
I wasted so many hours if my life playing this game lolV1 Comment
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