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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.

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Optical_Matrix1319d 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.

hennessey861319d ago

It was the last great COD, I loved that game.

joab7771319d ago

It deserves to b six, in order. It was obviously very influential.

Kalowest1319d ago (Edited 1319d 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.

squarecircle1318d 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.

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Thatguy-3101319d ago

Not only FPS but a lot of genres. It basically layed out a print of what multiplayer is this generation

Knight_Crawler1319d ago (Edited 1319d 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.

Bathyj1319d ago

I agree it influenced FPS's.
I dont agree it made them move forward.

Reverent1319d ago

I would agree that it didn't really move the FPS genre forward, but you can't deny that it moved multiplayer forward.

OOG1319d ago

my question would be what did CoD move forward in MP.. I have a few ideas but id rather see what people think

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nirwanda1319d ago

HL2 was really really good, graphics were so advanced for the time, and had real physics too that made the world more beleveable

Reverent1319d 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.

N0S3LFESTEEM1318d ago (Edited 1318d ago )

Only things that should be on this list... mind you I haven't read it yet.

Wolfenstien 3d
Doom
Goldeneye
Half-Life
Halo 2

joab7771319d 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.

Kalowest1319d ago (Edited 1319d ago )

Yep that list is just about right.
Maybe replace Duck Hunt with Counter Strike.

stage881319d ago

I can't take this list seriously as COD 4 isn't there.

BanBrother1319d 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).

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