Best First Person Shooter (FPS) Games of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Half Life 2 Half Life 2 Product Image

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.

This game is a masterpiece, work of art. Not only the best FPS, it's the best game ever.

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.

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

bruh Doom was the beginning of FPS. Now everybody is rooting for call of Duty noobs

Jeez,Half Life 2 is probably the most overrated game of all time,is not even THAT good,i thought the game was meh when I played it.

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.

3 BioShock BioShock Product Image

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.

This and half life 2 are the best fps ever but I think bioshock is a little better, the feeling when u start a new game and get on the first big daddy is really amazing I don't mean that half life 2 is bad the two are the best fps ever made

4 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Product Image

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

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

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

5 Halo: Combat Evolved Halo: Combat Evolved Product Image

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.

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

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.

6 Goldeneye 007 Goldeneye 007 Product Image

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

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.

7 Halo 3 Halo 3 Product Image

A masterpiece of storytelling and gameplay. Halo is the best gaming trilogy ever made, and the third entry stands tall above the rest.

Halo 3 was the first fps game I played. Amazing story and multiplayer and good graphics

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.

8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Product Image

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.

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.

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.

9 CounterStrike CounterStrike Product Image

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

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 game was so good that Valve considered making it official

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.

10 Halo 2 Halo 2 Product Image

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

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

The Contenders

11 Team Fortress 2 Team Fortress 2 Product Image

This game has both a variety in character and appeal (or unfortunately offense) to popular races. The only problem is that the hats and other items in the game are expensive and very valuable.

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.

This game has it MADE! I STILL play this game, and it is SO FUN! I LOVE the cute graphics, the humble gameplay, the memorable characters, EVERYTHING! Screw that Overwatch crap, this is a REAL FPS. Period.

12 Duke Nukem 3D Duke Nukem 3D Product Image

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!

Duke is overflowing with personality in this game

Let's rock! A real FPS game.

13 Metroid Prime Metroid Prime Product Image

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.

14 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops II Product Image

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

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.

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

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

15 Battlefield 4 Battlefield 4 Product Image

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

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

Nothing like it on the market today.

16 Half-Life Half-Life Product Image

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

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.

17 Wolfenstein 3D Wolfenstein 3D Product Image

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

WHY IS THIS SO LOW!? Wolfenstein 3D is one of the first ever FPS games. It practically created the genre!

Though it look cheap by todays standers, think about when this came out? A great innovation to gaming history.

18 BioShock Infinite BioShock Infinite Product Image

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

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!

19 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops Product Image

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

My favorite game in the call of duty series. The single player storyline is a little weak but online multi-player and zombies is the best.

20 Unreal Tournament 2004 Unreal Tournament 2004 Product Image

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.

21 Halo Reach Halo Reach Product Image

This game is probably the best halo game. The campaign is good. It has the most customization of any halo game even after halo 5. The graphics are good and still hold up to today and the pc version finally gave us spawnable ai in the game

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.

The graphics are awesome and extremely detailed

22 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Product Image

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...

23 Battlefield 3 Battlefield 3 Product Image

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.

24 Overwatch Overwatch Product Image

This game has amazing characters and graphics. All the characters except mei are likeable and fun the play as. The workshop made the game more interesting and better and the events are great

Overwatch is a really fun Game. One of the best games of all time. And not only that. Overwatch is the best shooter game ever made.

Team Fortress 2 may have started the class based fps, but overwatch perfected it. So much fun.

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

25 Borderlands 2 Borderlands 2 Product Image

Borderlands 2 is very fun. The story is fun and its great to find legendary weapons. The gameplay is so fun and this game dumps on the idea that all fps games are the same as it has rpg elements and the characters are amazing

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

Great game, the graphics may not be the best but it has many other amazing features

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

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