Top 10 Best Third Person Shooters

Third-person shooters offer a unique perspective that combines the intense, quick-fire gameplay of a first-person shooter with the broader field of view of a top-down strategy game. It's a genre that has shaped and continues to shape the gaming landscape, from the earliest, crude 3D polygons of '90s classics to the nearly photorealistic, sprawling open worlds of modern epics.

The genre is diverse, with entries spanning all sorts of settings and styles. Maybe you're a fan of the tactical, cover-based shooting in games like "Gears of War" or "Tom Clancy's The Division". Perhaps the over-the-top action and blockbuster-style set pieces of the "Uncharted" series are more your speed. Or do you enjoy the freedom and chaos of open-world games like "Grand Theft Auto V" or "Just Cause". The possibilities are vast and wildly different, just like the games themselves.

We have gathered a hefty list of some of the most acclaimed, popular, and influential third-person shooters of all time. But here's the thing - we want to hear from you. We want your voice to be part of the collective decision making of thousands who have already cast their votes.

Are you into the hard-hitting, gritty, realistic experiences or do you lean towards the more fantastical, sci-fi elements of gaming? Do you prefer the complex narratives and character-driven plots that give your shooting a sense of purpose, or is the pure, unadulterated thrill of the combat enough to keep you coming back?

The gaming world is broad and as diverse as its players, so no choice is the wrong choice. It's a celebration of our collective love for third-person shooters, and every vote adds another layer to the legacy of this vibrant genre. It's time to make your mark. Get in there and vote for the games you believe deserve to be at the very top of the list.
The Top Ten
1 Resident Evil 4

This is my favorite game on a sony console aside form Final Fantasy VII. No other violent video game is as good... except Assassin's Creed and Bioshock maybe.

This game is so good that capcom can never recapture the gold of it. Even though the sequels can't compare, there's no denying that this game is the best in capcoms catalog! MASTERPIECE!

Definitely don't disagree with this at #1. This forever changed the third person shooter genre. One of my favorite games of all-time.

2 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

I wouldn't classify Mass Effect 2 as a third person shooter. It is a fantastic game though, this game is everything an action adventure title should be; and it happens to be a third person shooter. Tight gameplay mechanics and awesome set pieces make this one stand out.

This game is just amazing. Great quality, great action scenes, great story. It should really be first

3 Red Dead Redemption

You will never get bored of this game because there is so many things to do and so many places to explore. Even better than Grand Theft Auto IV and that means a lot!

Not rockstar's best game, the worlds best game.

When you shoot enemy's they have realistic physical responses to the gun blasts

4 Mass Effect 2

My favorite game of all time.

5 Gears of War

There are many great games on this list and I think Mass Effect 2 is one of the greatest games of all time, but it's a RPG. Star Wars Battlefront 2 was my First Shooter so it is a part of my childhood, but not the best 3rd Person Shooter.
Gears of War is a awesome game and it is an Evolution for that Genre. Nothing more to say.

Its gears it needs to be number one it had beautiful graphics for the time and gave a new cover system.

Why the hell is this not at number 1?

6 Dead Space

The atmosphere in this game is truly a class above any other yet to come. Tight controls, great story and characters, and upgrading your weapons gives you a real sense of having a fighting chance at surviving.

What can be said its beautiful and at times expresses true horror.

7 Grand Theft Auto V

This is an open world game.

Franklin come on

8 Star Wars Battlefront II

Actually has a story line unlike just about every other shooter out there. Still trying to find disk for my old copy.

Yeah because Dead Space, Gears, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption, Resident Evil and a ton of others don't have a story.

9 Max Payne

This game is without a doubt a masterpiece. The mood is perfectly captured all throughout with an amazing soundtrack, beautiful sound effects, and a great atmosphere overall. The style of the game is superb and holds up as my favorite game ever. Why this is not number 1 blows my mind.

It's obviously the best third person shooter game ever made, without doubt. It's a masterpiece. It's a revolution for it's time. Story, gameplay, characters... all of them are amazing. The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto, Mafia... All of them are nothing compared to this game.

One of the best games of the 2000s. Better than most shooters these days that are solely based on Multiplayer and co-op. Has the best story, best character development and one of the best settings ever. Period.

10 The Last of Us

Gameplay is amazing and punching feels like a real brawl, It's so satisfying!

The Contenders
11 Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV is the best first person game cause there is no limit in what you can do. If you ever defeat the story mode (which would take a while), you can always cause destruction, hang out with friends, date, go bowling, pool etc. and go on tours around the city.

The graphics are amazing and the setting looks so realistic that is probably one of the biggest games in history.

Nico come on and bowling

12 Fallout 3

It's fun, it's creative, and it is explosive!

This had better be on number one soon...

13 Mafia

Resident Evil has nothing on this 3rd person shooter about the Mafia. Who needs Chris Redfield when you can have Vito Scaletta and Joe Barbaro.

14 Gears of War 2
15 Max Payne 3

Amazing game. The airport shootout at the end was one of the most powerful moments I've ever experienced in gaming

Really, a masterpiece by Rockstar. Enjoyed playing every second.

One of the greatest!

16 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
17 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
18 Socom U.S. Navy SEALS

Massive experience. Started online gaming on PS2, legendary game.

19 Gears of War 3

One of the best! It's so good!

Best ending of all time!

20 Saints Row: The Third
21 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
22 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
23 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
24 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
25 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
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