Submitted by Pozzle 966d ago | opinion piece

The 5 Most Influential First Person Shooters of All Time

Smosh: There are a lot of really great first person shooters, but not all of them are revolutionary. Most of them try to be fun, but don't have a lot of ambition past that. There are those certain games that change the way people think about gaming. They take the genre and revolutionize it so much that every game after it is affected by it. In other words, these are the games that everyone ripped off. Here are the most influential first person shooters. (Culture, Doom, Goldeneye 007, Halo: Combat Evolved)

Optical_Matrix  +   966d ago
How Call of Duty 4 isn't on there is beyond me. While I'm not a CoD fan, I find it hard to believe any enthusiast gamer would deny the huge impact that Call of Duty 4 has had on the last 5 years of first person shooters. Didn't only influence the genre moving forward from a gameplay perspective, but also a market perspective.

I don't think we would of seen nearly as many FPS as we have if Call of Duty 4 didn't blow up like it did back in 2007.
hennessey86  +   966d ago
I have to agree
It was the last great COD, I loved that game.
joab777  +   966d ago
It deserves to b six, in order. It was obviously very influential.
Kalowest  +   966d ago
COD got some features from Halo:CE and mixed them up abit. And Halo got features from Perfect Dark and Golden Eye. Each FPS got Features from the previous FPS and built on them.
If this was "The 10 Most Influential First Person Shooters of All Time"
Counter Strike, Call of Duty, BattleField, Killzone, and Team Fortress 2 would also be in the list.
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plaZeHD  +   966d ago
*The only
squarecircle  +   965d ago
World at War was the last great COD, then after that you can see a huge directional shift as they move away from authenticity and believable scenarios to over the top Hollywood story lines and fantasy realities.
dboyc310  +   966d ago
Not only FPS but a lot of genres. It basically layed out a print of what multiplayer is this generation
Knight_Crawler  +   966d ago
Have to agree...Modern Warefare one really made the FPS the power house it is now in the gaming industry but I think the hate for Call of Duty comes from them releasing an annually re-skinned game every year with not much improvement and being owned by a greedy person like Kotic does not help - you have to admit that what he did to the original Infinity Ward team was messed up.

But I wont deny that the COD games are fun and very accessible to the casuals which is why it has a huge appeal.

Hopefully Call of Duty next gen goes back to what made hem famous in the first place and try to change up the formula a little but with every COD game release.
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Bathyj  +   966d ago
I agree it influenced FPS's.
I dont agree it made them move forward.
Reverent  +   966d ago
I would agree that it didn't really move the FPS genre forward, but you can't deny that it moved multiplayer forward.
OOG  +   966d ago
my question would be what did CoD move forward in MP.. I have a few ideas but id rather see what people think
GiantFriendlyCrab  +   966d ago
HL2 for me
nirwanda  +   966d ago
HL2 was really really good, graphics were so advanced for the time, and had real physics too that made the world more beleveable
Reverent  +   966d ago
For me, HL2, and just the Source in engine in general shocked me by how near perfect the physics were while also being extremely processor friendly.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   965d ago
Only things that should be on this list... mind you I haven't read it yet.

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Halo 2
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joab777  +   966d ago
Hey, what do all these games have in common? They are not sequels. We got cod last gen, halo before that, and half life etc. Listen up! We need a new most influential which means a new ip.

Bioshock is still my all time favorite, with a slight nod ober half life but half life was more influential.
Kalowest  +   966d ago
Yep that list is just about right.
Maybe replace Duck Hunt with Counter Strike.
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stage88  +   966d ago
I can't take this list seriously as COD 4 isn't there.
BanBrother  +   966d ago
Actually, it is perfectly understandable.

DUCK HUNT: Most people first experience with a 'FPS' so to speak.
DOOM: Waaaaay to obvious. Considered the pioneer of the FPS genre.
Half-Life: Introduced Epic story to FPS, and was just all round awesome.
Goldeneye 64: 4 player console MP. Nuff said.
Halo CE: Showed that the consoles can do FPS right, single-handedly responsible for the original Xbox not becoming a Dreamcast.

COD 4 was amazing, but massive console MP was already played by millions with Halo 2 on the original Xbox. Halo 3 had better matchmaking, as it took into account trueskill.

I think COD 4 should be commended for making online FPS more casual and larger than ever before, but not influential (at least not in the best of way).
x5exotic  +   966d ago
Because you really need influence and inspiration in making a First-Person shooter.
nirwanda  +   966d ago
Some FPS games changed everything, doom made a beleveable 3D world, Half life 2 showed what physics could do in gaming.
Half life 1 made you feel like you was in the story and halo showed the importance and good enemy A.I. outside of an rts
plaZeHD  +   966d ago
It's a shame that everybody is forgetting the best First Person Shooter of all time, Bioshock.
Reverent  +   966d ago
Yeah, pretty sure everyone has established that this is a pretty lame list lol.
DivineAssault  +   966d ago
All they Halo lovers who bought 360s at launch had nothing else to play besides COD2 & Perfect Dark (which most hated but i kinda enjoyed it).. Then when modern warfare came around, COD exploded as one of if not the BEST (SELLING) shooter series of all time.. It should be up on this list.. Not a shooter fan so i dont care but one cant deny the success theyve had this gen
nirwanda  +   966d ago
Don't forget condemned.
Cod 4 took off because of the multi player demo that was hyped by ms at E3 and get everyone addicted with the perks system.
Relientk77  +   966d ago
I think these are older gamers? because I dont understand why Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is not on the list
LAWSON72  +   966d ago
I think half life is very influential many games took alot from it and did a great job at pulling the player into a fantastic world in a fps. CoD4 was also it inspired many shitty generic military shooters and it defined the control layout for fps on console. Halo is sadly not very influential i have yet to play game that has all the multiplayer features a halo game has and i still have yet to see a game feel like halo, some can say it inspired some futurist games but hell i think halo was inspired by futurist movies and games.
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