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.

The soundtrack in this game is amazing - ElSherlock

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.

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2 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

There are tons of demons in this game to kill - ElSherlock

Doom is a crappy version of Halo

Buddy, Doom came before Halo, your thinking of Doom (2016) If you don't know what you are talking about, don't comment - Sultan_of_Swing

This is far better than Call of Duty, and on par with Half-Life, though the remake is possibly better.

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3 BioShock

This is an excellent FPS game - ElSherlock

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.

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4 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.

This is considered one of the most important video games ever released - ElSherlock

Most influential fps game ever

Halo revolutionised the fps genre. A beautiful art style, lovable characters, genius story and lore put into one as a masterpiece which is one of if not the most nostalgic game.

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5 Goldeneye 007

This is one of the most influential FPS games of all time along with Doom - ElSherlock

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.

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6 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

This was responsible for nearly perfecting the first person shooter with its incredible amount of immersion - ElSherlock

Best game ever. All call of duty games are the best. All have great graphics also

This Call Of Duty Revolutionized FPSs! - GnerdRage

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

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7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The storyline and ending are awesome - ElSherlock

The original Modern Warfare is always gonna be better. Honestly, I find this game to be a little overrated. But overall, I still found it to be a really good entry in the franchise. - OnyxDash

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.

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8 Halo 3

The multiplayer mode is awesome - ElSherlock

Just play the game. Just play it.

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.

This is one of the greatest games of all time - vr46

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9 CounterStrike

The game was so good that Valve considered making it official - ElSherlock

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.

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10 Team Fortress 2

This is one of the best Valve game - ElSherlock

Best game ever

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.

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The Contenders

11 Halo 2

The story is one of the best you will find in an fps game and the multiplayer is what made concole online gaming a thing

Every level in this game includes some hidden easter eggs - ElSherlock

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)!

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12 Duke Nukem 3D

Duke is overflowing with personality in this game - ElSherlock

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.

Fantastic game.. One of the first shooters to bring an inventory into the mix!

Let's rock! A real FPS game.

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13 Metroid Prime

Amazing game

This game has multiple endings - ElSherlock

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

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14 Call of Duty: Black Ops II

There are different endings in this game, and each choice you make will determine what ending you get - ElSherlock

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

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

Graphics awesome

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15 Battlefield 4

In this game you get to ride in horses for the first time in the Battlefield franchise - ElSherlock

Nothing like it on the market today.

No other Battlefield game beats this except for BF3 being a very close second. This one is just amazing

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

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16 Half-Life

This is one of the first FPS game to feature alien invasion themes - ElSherlock

BEST GAME EVER I really like the game because of the limited amount of ammo and its well challenging

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

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17 Wolfenstein 3D

You get to kill nazis, how awesome is that

This game also spawned its own franchise - ElSherlock

Wolfenstein 3D broke the entire ground that FPS stands on... And it wasn't just a ground-breaker in that mind-set. It featured bosses that were extremely evil and sadistic, from the maniacal and diabolical Doctor Schabbs, who experimented on humans and created deadly mutated fighting machines out of them... To the menacingly demonic Hitler, who wore a battle suit and fought with brutal precision with dual chainguns and rapid fire. The game was not just a breakthrough for FPS games, a definitive game for bosses, a controversial title for the Nazi enemies, and adding a tremendous amount of levels and secrets, it was also the most powerful title that fed into the mainstream for decades to follow. Wolfenstein 3D is the legend of all FPS games, hands down.

What A Great Game And It Was Made By The People That Did DOOM And Quake

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18 BioShock Infinite

This has some of the best graphics ever seen on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - ElSherlock

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!

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19 Unreal 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 Greatest Games Ever Made

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..

This is 1st game. ;)
I like this game because here is weapon hack.
Max Payne too is good.

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20 Halo Reach

The graphics are awesome and extremely detailed - ElSherlock

For now let’s just get this to top ten

How is diss nat nombo wuon?

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

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21 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

Call of Duty is not a very good game, and in my opinion being milked out for money and money only...

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22 Battlefield 3

Why the hell is this so low?! Screw the Call of Duty players, Call of Duty is for little kids who don't know how to play a REAL first person shooter.

Totally agree, this should be number one, let alone in the top ten. Can you fly jets and helicopters in Call of Duty? Can you drive buggys and tanks? NO. That alone makes BF3 better than any Call of Duty game in the past, present and future.

Eh, Lets Vote for this game, I've played it for a long time now and I've played these stupid Call of Duty games... But really Lets vote on Battlefield 3!

I'm also planning on to get Battlefield 4, I've tried the BETA and it's already great on BETA version, so BATTLEFIELD SHOULD BE THE WINNER!

Just Got it recently, and right off the bat it was better than Call Of Duty. The only Call of Duty that Could beat it is Modern Warfare 1, Because its is a classic modern online shooter.

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23 Overwatch

Overwatch is amazing! How is this not number 1?

Boohoo dumb Jew siege is better noob

The graphics of this game are amazing - ElSherlock

In my opinion, Overwatch should be #1, because it is my favorite game ever. - saturatedsunrise

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24 Call of Duty: Black Ops

The zombies mode from Call of Duty WaW is back in this game - ElSherlock

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

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25 Portal 2

Yeah it's only sort of a FPS since your gun shoots portals you use to solve puzzles and not bullets to kill people. - myusernameisthis

This game has lots of mods that are still being made even today - ElSherlock

I find nostalgia about this despite it being 5 years old

How do you get nostalgia when this is probably one of your first games? - MaxAttack333

Why is this is on the list? a perfect game,but no an fps

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26 Doom II

This game features two secret Wolfenstein levels - ElSherlock

While the first Doom game was a classic, Doom II took everything to the next level. As far as I'm concerned, the Doom franchise opened the path for every FPS to follow.

Sweet childhood memories: playing doom and listening to slayer

27 Left 4 Dead 2

This game has a dynamic system for game dramatics called "AI Director 2.0" - ElSherlock

Imagine taking Call of Duty Zombies, making it 10 times more fun and exciting, and you get this masterpiece. There is just so much good about this game. The weapons are good, the characters are interesting, and the gore that comes out of the Zombies is fantastic. Best zombie FPS ever! - AlienKing

Best zombie game ever created, if you choose another zombie fps instead this one because of the graphics you are doing a tremendously bad choice. This game is the best coop game out there.

Awesome. Probably the best zombie fps

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28 Borderlands 2

The missions in this game are fun - ElSherlock

It's the best Fps I've ever played in my life and I'm still playing it to this day I have not stopped and the reason behind that is because Borderlands 2 has a very fun lore if your into that or the awesome loot system it has. It is clearly one of if not the best game ever.-UNCLEsammy1776

It definitely has the most to do out of all fps games. - AdamDestructorJr.

BioShock and Half-Life may have better stories and Deus Ex and DOOM may have been more innovative at it's time but Borderlands 2 is definitely the most fun fps

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29 Perfect Dark

The gameplay is inspired by the previous GoldenEye 007, but improved on every aspect - ElSherlock

While it was not the first FPS I played, It was the one that got me hooked. A sniper rifle that can see through walls, proximity mines and great knife fighting. I play COD MW2 now but will always remember my time with perfect dark.

Perfect Dark for me is the best Sci-Fi FPS. a great old school and graphics and story very creative, I think it was a great breakthrough for future Halo games, Crisis and etc ...

Better than Goldeneye but sadly not as many people play it or know if it today, highly recommend it to anyone and everyone

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30 Quake

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 ...more

They gotta bring back the gothic lovecraftian masterpiece! Give it the doom 2016 treatment!

This is the first first-person shooter game to feature online multiplayer - ElSherlock

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

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31 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

Call of Duty is in top 10? I have lost faith in humanity.

32 Deus Ex

In this game you can choose how JC Denton looks - ElSherlock

How can you people possibly leave the Greatest PC game of all time off this list? This game was not only a great FPS, but also had a great storyline that was immensely deep. That is hard for a FPS game to do. Please VOTE FOR THIS GAME!

Screw Call of Duty! This game is too awesome to be on this list, save Half-Life of course... This game has an amazing story, soundtrack, gameplay, and characters. Deserves to be at least in top 10.

If this were a console game it would be so much higher...

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33 Far Cry 3

The graphics in this game are great - ElSherlock

Well, this game is just perfect you will get in to this game in no time, at first I thought it was dumb but it's perfect.

Sexy... just sexy... made me cry

No other game comes even close to this one, wow, masterpiece.

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34 Battlefield 1

Greatest game ever!

boss

35 Fallout: New Vegas

The Karma mechanic is back in this game - ElSherlock

I LOVE the Fallout series, and this game is pretty good! - AlienKing

Good apocalyptic game it has lots of secret weps and a lot of quests and side quests. Over all not a bad game.

36 Fallout 3

This is the first Fallout game to feature 3D graphics - ElSherlock

I mean serious. This is the 2nd best game of all time after Skyrim. A lot of awesome weapons, and you could do anything you want. I mean for real this should be at least at the top ten.

This is truly a wonderful game. I got it the day it came out and I still love it. Fallout isn't a full on shooter, but it's easily one of the best damn games ever.

This is my all time favorite game EVER. I mean it’s awesome because it’s not one of dose games where you can only go one way and that’s all you can do this game u can do anything u want and that’s why I love it so much

37 Counter Strike Global Offensive

The best Counter Strike game - ElSherlock

This game has it all.
competitive fast-paced matches with everyone coordinated as a single unit...
and then some russian 12 year olds with microphones older than they are screaming "BLYAAT" at the top of their lungs after they die.

Someone's getting angry because I'm not jacking off their favourite game. What a joke.
Look, if you participate in things like this, you're gonna get people who don't agree with you.
Snowflake. - AdamDestructorJr.

It's kinda like the cringy Call of Duty kids from back in the day grew up and infected another game. Except this time, they're Russian. - AdamDestructorJr.

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39 Counter Strike: Source

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.

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

This should at least be in the top ten - user4422

Those graphics rock... Thank you VALVE... When I first played the game couldn't believe my eyes.. And that was more than 6 years back...

- RK9

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40 The Orange Box

This game has Half life 2, TF2 and Portal - ElSherlock

This is the best compilation box of FPS ever

Half life 2, TF2. What more could you ask for? Besides episode 3...

Half Life 2, TF2, and Portal all in one game... Too good to be true. - noo7na7

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41 Cold War Crises (Operation Flashpoint)

The storyline the capability of being free to choose where and when, and also how, the number of variations eg it has combat on land sea and air, the realism the tactical element and the clerness and ease of the control method, which allows for a huge variety in how to get any task mission objective etc completed..Inovationally this game was so so far ahead, and is stilll way ahead of almost all other other today - espyorkshireman

42 Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
43 Medal of Honor Warfighter

The best game.. I had ever played.

Underrated and Activision paid reviewers to give this game low ratings so BLOPS2 could get better ratings

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45 Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
46 Quake 2

Best game ever! Great level and enemy variety, great multiplayer and a nice, long single player campaign, which I've played through over 20 times. And weapons that feel and sound powerful.

Really? You call this good? - MRRM

47 Battlefield 1942

I can't believe this is so low on this list. The Battlefield series is the best thing out there. I could not believe when I had to scroll all the way down here to find this game. No doubt in my mind this is the Greatest FPS ever.

This can't be so low on the list, it's a very old game, but it was super fun. It also has an incredible element of strategy on it that modern fps lack off.

The first multiplayer war game that could use airplanes tanks turrets.

This was one of the best games ever.

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48 Doom 3
49 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This game introduced the Exo Suit, which made multiplayer more intuitive and fun - ElSherlock

Amazing graphics multiplayer campaign exo survival but story of campaign could have been better

Best game ever

Aou you kidding me...

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