Top Ten Most Realistic First Person Shooters


The Top Ten


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.

Arma, insurgency, red orchestra - all are good games, but where is rising storm 2? ?

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2 Insurgency

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.

Its most realistic fps game in my opinion.

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3 Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad

Barrel overheating, sight adjustment, when a tank crew member dies inside the tank, you move the body to the side to access take his position... lots of realistic details

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

Okay, when your in a tank, you r actually in the tank, that alone...

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4 Project Reality 2

As you close as you can get to military simulator, at least until squad is released

Many real. Much accuracy. Very wow.

More realistic more military


5 Arma 3

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

This must have the largest learning curve on this list. This is not my favorite game on this list. This is by far the most realistic game on this list.

Only more realistic thing I can think of is VBS which is basically designed for actual military to be used in training(about tactics etc. of course)

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6 Counter-Strike: Source

This is NOT a realistic game, in ANY way, shape or form. - Zinfress

CS should be second

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.

ummm why

7 America's Army: Proving Grounds

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!

For now, truly the most realistic.

More realistic than mw

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8 Escape from Tarkov

The game has realistic graphics, damage system, weapon customization, and more. This game is very promising and should be even better upon release

A fantastic survival FPS game, from gun jams to getting illnesses and needing food/water to survive. Its something that you must try!

The most realistic Shooter I have seen, to the level of the best like Project Reality (and its Spin-off, Squad).

Escape from Tarkov is the most realistic shooter available as of 2018. Every aspect of the gameplay has been tailored to be as realistic as possible. I'm a huge Squad/Insurgency/Red Orchestra fan, but EFT takes the cake. ARMA and Squad exist for military operations, of course, but if you want the FULL first-person experience, you need EFT.

One of many examples of the stellar design in EFT is sound. Sound is one example of what many realistic shooters seem to forget nowadays. Footsteps are loud, rubbing past a branch or the rustling of clothing as you move all makes noise. This is all taken into account in EFT, which means you are always risking being spotted if you move too fast and someone is nearby. Gunshots draw people from all around. You cannot search the bodies of people you killed silently; zippers, searching through bags, it all makes noise. EFT does this near perfectly.

Hits from bullets are also something too many games do wrong. Being shot in real life in most ...more

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9 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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?

You kids Don't know what You're ranking about. This game is NOT realistic!

Extremely realistic, I'm amazed by how close to reality this game is.

Multiplayer is exactly like a real war, it's almost scary.

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10 Battlefield 3

Battlefield is NOT a simulator people, get over yourself.

Why counter strike is more realistic than boyfriend?

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

This game is the most real feeling fps I have ever played. People always say counter strike but this definitely takes the cake over CS

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The Contenders

11 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

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.


12 America's Army 3

US Army recruiting kids by trying to make it seem like Call of Duty

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13 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 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

14 Squad

Even though it is still in alpha development this games is extremely realistic and simulates modern combat and the requirement of teamwork, highly recommend watching videos and buying this game I have over 700 hours on it.

Why is cs higher than this go watch some gameplay and buy this game!

1.arma3 2.squad

"Squad is a 50 vs 50 multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay. Major features include vehicle-based combined arms gameplay, large scale environments, base building, and integrated positional VoIP for proximity talking & radio"

15 Crysis

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.

If we're talking graphics - usmc650736

Maximum strength

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

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16 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

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?!?!?

Good Game u mostly die in multiplayeer and singleplayer with 1 to 2 bullets Also why is battlefield or Call of Duty in top 10 arma3 and red orchestra 2 fit those better

17 BioShock

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!

Vote for the hell of it

More real than real life

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18 Operation Flashpoint

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...

Dragon rising was another realistic game.

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19 Battlefield Bad Company 2

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

After I got fed up with how unrealistic the Call of Duty games are, I started playing this and was very satisfied with it. Not 100% realistic but a huge improvement in realism compared to Call of Duty!

Pretty realistic I love destructive environments way better graphics than Call of Duty and halo.

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20 Battlefield 4

Quite realistic but not as realistic as arma but more fun

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Top Remixes

1. Arma 3
2. Squad
3. Escape from Tarkov
1. Counter-Strike: Source
2. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
3. BioShock
2. Project Reality 2
3. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad



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