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.

An amazing game with good graphics and good level designs. I like that story unravels before you very eyes rather than doing cut scenes, which puts the game to a more realistic state. The combine troopers are fun to kill, and the character development is good. A good game especially for a sequel. - AlienKing

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2 Call 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.

The single player campaign in most missions was boring as hell - Awayforthewin

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

Are you kidding me? It's overrated. World at War is a lot better. - Extractinator04

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3 Halo: 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.

Halo revolutionized console gaming. Console gaming used to be a joke (with some exceptions from the developer Rare), but Halo totally changed all that. It introduced the two weapon system that really worked well for consoles and the perfect regeneration system. Imagine games like Call of Duty. They are some huge shooters. Without Halo, they would not have had the features that make them so fun.

Como puede ser que Call of Duty 4 sea mejor que esto? ,este juego y half life 2 deberían estar empatados en primer lugar,y dan más risa los niños alabando todos los Call of Duty como si fueran mejor que sagas como half life,halo, BioShock,son buenos juegos,(los Call of Duty) pero no es para que lo pongan encima de halo o BioShock

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4 BioShock

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.

Don't kill me, but it doesn't seem like anything above average. - Extractinator04

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5 Doom

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 ...more - PrincelyVirtu

How is this not number 1? It was the game that made fps's popular, and focused only on the gameplay, which is the most important part of ANY game. All the weapons were unique, you had no bull regenerating health, and all the enemies were unique... Really the only thing I dislike are the bosses, which are too easy. But this is without a doubt the best fps game.

The second FPS game I had played, in which finally hooked me to the shooter genre! Remember Wolfenstein 3D? I wonder why that is not on here... Doom is still better anyways! I recall hearing those demons screaming up until about 3 o'clock in the morning!

BEST FPS GAME EVER BETTER THAN C.O.D AND BF4! VOTE TO MAKE IN 1ST PLACE!

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6 Goldeneye 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?

If not for Goldeneye 007, Halo would not be what it is today.

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.

Incredible

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7 Call 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

Sure there was a lot of glitches and problems but come on everyone played it and I had so much fun even if people n00btubed.

Rare case of Surprisingly Improved Sequel. - Extractinator04

No Russian anyone? - EliHbk

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8 Halo 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)!

My favorite Halo game ever

Not that good - MaxAttack333

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9 Half-Life

On of the best all time games. The game has good a story, good weapon and its perfect for mods.

This game gave shock to video game industries in 1998, won over 50 awards, perfect for any mods like counter-strike, team fortress, and day of defeat, great storyline, perfect puzzles, realistic gameplay, well designed level, etc

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.

Very fun. What more can I say?

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10 Halo 3

I am very surprised that this isn't the highest halo game on this list. It revolutionized halo and the first forge game to come out. It gave you the opportunity to make your own maps, your own gametypes, you made the game. It was the first, and in my heart, the best game with forge, let alone game in general. Ghostbusters and Cops n' Crooks leave memories of a great time in gaming. If you haven't played it, give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

It alarms me that people put Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 over this. As well as Call of Duty 2. Don't get me wrong, those are great games, but this is a true masterpiece. The best selling Xbox 360 game of all time, and #15? Well ahead of any Call of Duty game with the possible exception that it competes with Call of Duty 4.

Common for people to choose Call of Duty over the one game that put the Xbox where it is today, but truly without Halo the Xbox would not have been able to compete with the Playstation and cement in spot in the Platform competition today.

Clearly the greatest game in the franchise hands down

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11 CounterStrike

Counter strike 1.6 is a legendary game.
It's been around for so long and people still don't get enough.
- pedal94

This should be #1 permanently. Young kids only started with Call of Duty or boyfriend that's why they're popular but no other game can ever defeat the original team based FPS that is Counter Strike. Even Battle Field version 1,000,000+ or Call of Duty version 1,000,000+ can never ever top this game.

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 today, no other FPS is better than this. It's competitive gameplay can't be beaten by anyone. No one ever will kill Counter-Strike to death.

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12 Metroid 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.

Metroid Prime is not the typical FPS game you'd expect. It's an immersive game that so addicting and so perfect, you'd never want let go of the game once you start! It has propelled the FPS genre a lot and influenced it in so many ways! Definitely deserves to be in top 5.

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13 Team 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 ...more

Best fps ever! They haven't made a third or forth, because, unlike call of duty, They aren't releasing the same crap over and over, and just giving their fine turd varnish every 2 months to release the same crap they took several years ago. Call of Duty = decent game to improved game to same game demoted to re-released turd to shinier turd to overused turd to the same game with slightly better graphics and same gameplay. TF2 should be number 1. Unique, original, and doesn't make parents wonder where they went wrong.

Out of every game I've ever played, this stands as number one. Not only is gameplay unique, but every class has their own unique personality and character. Also, THE MEET THE TEAM VIDEOS ARE AMAZING

Sure some people may say Overwatch is better, but without this game Overwatch may have not been a thing. After over 11 years more than 70k people play this game still. With so much things you can do like trading, competitive, or just the casual game. There is always that new gibus player and that try-hard no matter what a Tf2 game is always unusual. Always fun. This deserves to be #1.

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14 Halo Reach

Its a superb game a person can play this whole day and still he will be willing to play more. When I started playing this whole day my home was filled with my friends and the most interesting thing is... His sword

Awesome enemies, addicting online multiplayer, great modes, interesting Easter eggs, cool music, fun levels, brilliant characters and fantastic customizations.

Best GAME ever. Let alone FPS - MaxAttack333

My favorite halo game

15 Call of Duty: Black Ops II

My fourth favorite Call of Duty game. There's not much to say except this game is amazing. I personally think that it was the last good Call of Duty game ever made. - Twix

Best Call of Duty ever made. Best score streaks and best guns

This is the game when Call of Duty went downhill...

best

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16 Battlefield 4

What the heck is Battlefield 4 doing in 38th? Its campaign is epic and has a great story line, its mulitplayer is better by far than any other fps game due to: levoloution, counter knife, vehicles ranging from jeeps to attack jets, dynamic maps, wider variety of weapons than any other game, not to mention it has 64 similtanious players etc. Battlefield 4 in my opinion is far too underrated for such an amazing game, and that it is better than Call of Duty and halo alike

This game is awesome! Great graphics, realistic, awesome campaign, and you actually get to drive all the vehicles. Unlike Call Of Duty

Battlefield 4 is a really good game!

Battlefield is lit fam

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17 Counter Strike: Source

Amazing graphics, and it's almost 6 years old - gymnastics21

Counterstrike all the way. Why this isn't above Call of Duty I will never know. Counterstrike revolutionized the Lone Wolf, run and gun style gameplay that is so addicting. When it comes to run and gun lone wolf fast placed killing. CS has no competition.

This should at least be in the top ten - user4422

Should be in top ten

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18 Call of Duty: Black Ops

Awesome game amazing story line awesome weapons awesome multiplayer you know everything amazing a must buy really I don't know what some guys want to mean whit poor campaign ending and weak storyline THIS GAME IS AWESOME

Best game ever good graphics good story and good weapons and I think half life 2 isn't a good game really I played it yesterday and it was so boring and I played this game and it was better

Call of duty 4 just makes you worse at the game. Black ops has zombies, An awesome multiplayer and campaign

Best ps3 Game out there, the rest are just bad remakes

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19 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Best Call of Duty game ever.

This game is one of the best ones.

I think this is the best Call of Duty in the world

This is the FPS! - EliHbk

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20 BioShock Infinite

It has a story and atmosphere that almost rivals the original, but more than makes up for it in gameplay. In terms of gameplay alone this is the best shooter I have ever played. Add to that an amazingly well told story and bada bing bada boom, best FPS of all time.

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

This is literally my favorite game of all time. The story is so well thought out, and the characters bring you into the narrative. Irrational Games did a fantastic job with the storyline. Great game!

A Masterpiece of art, it managed to surpass the original (Something I thought was impossible)

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