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Submitted by Naners 866d ago | opinion piece

The 10 Best FPSes of All Time: Games That Made Me Fall for the FPS

Nan Rymer of RantGaming writes:

I love FPSes. I love Doom, Wolfenstein, Counter-Strike, FEAR, ARMA, Resistance, Call of Duty, and Battlefield. I love SOCOM, Tribes, Quake, HALO, Crysis, Half-Life, Medal of Honor, Team Fortress and Unreal Tournament. I even love Brink, Star Wars: Battlefront and Rainbow Six, and heck, there’s even a little part of me that loves Hour of Victory if only due to the sheer hilarity of it all (What? You don’t want to be challenged as a player? Perfect! We’ve laid out all the enemies for you on the HUD. And just to make it easier, they won’t even shoot back).

I’ve played a good number of them, from stand alone titles, franchises and their countless sequels, mods and spin offs, and I’ve loved all of them as well for their own reasons. There are just so many amazing FPses out there, more that I’ve forgotten to mention, and certainly even more I haven’t played. But the list below, which I compiled after a lot of going back and forth in my little... (Battlefield 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Counter-Strike, Culture, Half-Life, Halo: Combat Evolved, PC, PS2, PS3, Quake, Retro, Unreal Tournament, Xbox, Xbox 360)

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Dark_Overlord  +   866d ago
For me personally Deus Ex is my number 1 FPS of all time, everything about the game had me hooked :)
Naners  +   866d ago
I loved Deus Ex too and when it came to ranking, I must have shuffled the orders at least a hundred times. But in the end, while Deus Ex made me love the genre more, I went with what really got me into the FPS in the first place. Here's to crossing my fingers and hoping that rumor about Deus Ex going next gen coming true. Hehe.
Dark_Overlord  +   866d ago
With the success of DXHR (What the 2nd game should have been :D) I'd say its a given that SquareEnix will make another in the series :)
FriedGoat  +   865d ago
This is a farce. Quake 3 arena should be top of the list. It is still the best and actually requires skill.
Oh_Yeah  +   866d ago
i have to go with crysis series, fallout series, rainbow 6 series, deus ex, bioshocks....oh rage and borderlands also.
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SlapHappyJesus  +   865d ago
That's the thing though. Not trying to attack your favorite games, mind you. Both Deus Ex and Fallout are some of my favorite games, but, simply from a shooter standpoint, neither the original Deus Ex nor either of the latest Fallout games are very good.
Oh_Yeah  +   865d ago
@SlapHappyJesus

Im talking about human revolution, and 3 and new vegas are the only fallouts ive played and imo they are some of the best games this gen. youd really rather play 1 + 2?
SlapHappyJesus  +   865d ago
I'll give you that then. Human Revolution's gunplay was very, very solid. Hell, most of that game was.

As for Fallout, while I enjoy the original games, I definitely feel the new games are a lot more playable by today's standards. My personal favorite was New Vegas though. There was a lot more depth than in 3, and I thought the writing was much better.
turgore  +   866d ago
Agreed...Deus Ex is probably the best game ever made, but it is not purely a shooter since it has RPG elements.
ian72  +   865d ago
The original Deus Ex is my favourite game ever.
johnsonbat  +   866d ago
So many to choose from. Half Life 2 for me.
solar  +   866d ago
agreed. HL2 is a top tier 3 for FPS, let alone a top 3 games of all time. for me in order HL:2, Portal 2, and CS. Valve just makes the best FPS's. Bioshock was really really good, but not as good as what Valve has put out in the last 10 years for the genre.
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bubblebeam  +   865d ago
"Bioshock was really really good, but not as good as what Valve has put out in the last 10 years for the genre."

I understand your opinion, but to say bioshock isn't as good as episode 1 or 2, or left 4 dead is beyond me. I'd say Bioshock is better than most of what valve has brought out. Half Life 2 is probably stil better though IMO.
Eyeco  +   865d ago
Agreed Half life 2 isnt my PERSONAL favourite game, that said its still the best game I've get played and I can understand why people praise it

It's nice to see that everyone isn't hopping on the Goldeneye band waggon, I'm tired of seeing it number 1 by default, IMO by today's standards the game is horrible Infact even if you compare it to pc shooters of its time it was pretty bland, all it was to me was those old 2.5d shooters like Wolfenstein and catacomb with souped up 64 bit graphics and horrible controls, overrated by Nintendo fanboys IMO it's had little influence on shooters today
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Megaton  +   865d ago
Half Life is definitely my favorite for FPS with a story. Half Life, BioShock, and if you count Fallout 3 and NV as FPS.

As for multiplayer FPS, my favorites would be Unreal Tournament and TF2.
StayStatic  +   866d ago
Pretty much the same for me , except that it was quake 3 that taught me how to aim with a mouse after playing golden eye and counter strike expanded on that , never looked back.
Septic  +   865d ago
Oh yes my son. Quake 3! I got so good at it I was playing quite competitively against the world number 1 at one point. Ah memories. Rarely has there been a more visceral and raw multiplayer fps.
Ducky  +   866d ago
DeusEx always overshadows SystemShock2. =(
StayStatic  +   866d ago
I missed system shock 2 :( , wish it would come to GoG or Steam , might be free now for all I know , have a copy on my HDD somewhere as I can't purchase it anywhere, but would prefer an original.
Naners  +   866d ago
That's on my list to go back to in addition to the first one. I never got to when it came out (my computer was pretty sad back then), and I heard it was what Deus Ex was inspired by. Like StayStatic said, if Steam or a similar outlet were to re-release it though, I'm so there!
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tachy0n  +   866d ago
crysis and half life did it for me! <3
pumpactionpimp  +   866d ago
Depends on what your looking for. For me it's cs:s for multiplayer, and crysis for single player.
givemeshelter  +   866d ago
System Shock...
Otherwise good list
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taquito  +   866d ago
Stalker
Stalker Clear Sky
Arma 2 (day-z too)
Halo 2
Killzone 2
BF2
BF3
BF2142
Crysis WArhead
Half Life 2
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Hicken  +   865d ago
TimeSplitters 2
Call of Duty: World at War
Killzone 2

Played em in that order, but the order of importance- or preference- is probably reversed.
bubblebeam  +   865d ago
Killzone 2 was amazing. Cant say much for World at War though, probably the worst game I have played in the shooter genre. Just felt like I was killing japanese people running out of a bush half the game.

It looked terribly grainy for its time, and hasn't aged well at all.

Timesplitters was awesome as well. Glad you mentioned it.
taquito  +   865d ago
WORLD AT WAR on pc was awesome, and it looks better than any game on console ever made! you just played it on the wrong system, all cod games look awful on console, they are 1024x600p, pretty much wii resolution
bubblebeam  +   864d ago
@taquito

The PC version of world at war as well. It was a cheap shoddy port that let you up the resolution on an already ugly, grainy game.

If you think it looks better than killzone 2, then hats off to you :)
Frances-the-Mute  +   865d ago
TimeSplitters 2 was the one for me, since then I have been playing FPSs. I also thank Halo and Metroid Prime for easing me in.
darren_poolies  +   865d ago
I didn't like Half Life 2 :(

For me it's probably Halo: CE, Deus Ex, Killzone 2 and COD4.
darren_poolies  +   863d ago
Ok I did like it and I hate all those other games mentioned. /s
Dragonshardz  +   865d ago
Halo before Half Life and Deus Ex and no Half Life 2? Yeah, personal list is personal.
TekoIie  +   865d ago
..... Well it is an opinion piece.
Lucky7s  +   865d ago
If we count FPS-RPG hybrids my list would look something like this:

1:Deus Ex
2:Bioshock
3:System Shock 2
4:Half Life (the entire series)
5:Perfect Dark
6:Painkiller
7:Quake II
8:Doom
9:Deus Ex: Human revolution
10:Goldeneye 007
hennessey86  +   865d ago
My personal favourites
Half life 2, Red Faction 1 and 2(loved the damage), Halo 1 and 3, killzone 1 and 2, Call of Duty 4 (still the best one), Bioshock, return to castle wolfenstien, Resistance 1 and 2, deus ex but my over all favourite has to be Half life 2.
Zha1tan  +   865d ago
BF2

Half Life 2

Black

Goldeneye

BF 2142

BF 1942

AVP2 & 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Frontlines Fuels of War

Shadowrun

enjoyed them all!
dirthurts  +   865d ago
When Medal of Honor was fresh, that series was great. Also a huge fan of Far Cry and Crysis series.
Steadyhndz  +   865d ago
A list on N4G that I can actually agree with.

Sadly even after all the talk about it (this game)...I have never played either Deus Ex game!
mayberry  +   865d ago
For me its Killzone 2. To me, its the epitome of a "hardcore" experience! Killzone 3 is a blast online too!
JKelloggs  +   865d ago
For me, it was Medal of Honor: Frontine, the first FPS I played. Big fan of Crysis, Halo, CoD4(non of the other CoDs come close) and every Battlefield game, of course
pandehz  +   865d ago
Half Life 2, HL2 ep1, HL2 ep2 - All in top 3
JDcg  +   865d ago
I can live with that list. For me I think Killzone 2 or 3 should be on there but I'm just happy Halo isn't number one.
cuddlemonkey  +   865d ago
Sweet, my list, I got halo, 2 and 3, reach, mw2, black ops and uh
TheFallenAngel  +   865d ago
Reisitance: Fall of Man, tha game gave me countless hours of fun with my clan. That is my favorite FPS of all time. Next is Call of Duty and Bioshock.
Relientk77  +   865d ago
This is a pretty good list I would add Timesplitters 2 and Perfect Dark to it
blakstarz  +   865d ago
Good list, but I have to say Serious Sam was a good one as well.
StreetsofRage  +   865d ago
Marathon, The Turok games from the N64, and Unreal 2004 are the only ones that I feel should be added to this list. Pretty spot on tho'

Honorable mention and most underrated game of this gen goes to Shadowrun. Shadowrun had amazing and full of originality gameplay. Something that is lacking nowadays with your typical war shooters.
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MizTv  +   865d ago
kz2 is the 1 fps i just keep going back to! no other game is like it,it feels like it was made for me. i just fn love it!!!
MizTv  +   865d ago
yes! kz2 is for the hardcore! couldnt agree more! just so badass in your face crazy shit!
Bigpappy  +   865d ago
Those of you who call yourselves console FPS players, and ignore the massive roll of Halo in transforming the FPS gaming world, do so at your own admission of ignorance or denial. Halo moved the FPS genre from PC to console permanently. It also cause FPS's to be the #1 genre in the industry for over 10 years. Halo did not only help M$ grow to what it is in the industry, it grew the industry as a whole. COD would never have been this big if not for halo creating the environment for that to happen.
MysticStrummer  +   865d ago
This is about Best FPS, which is entirely subjective. None of what you listed has very much to do with being the best FPS. I had a borrowed XBox and played the first two Halo games for free, and I have no idea why Halo got so popular. You're absolutely right that it was a good thing for MS that it did, but I'll never understand the following it has. Also, giving Halo credit for CoD isn't a positive in my opinion.
ZILLA  +   865d ago
BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY...
F T W!!
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