Submitted by TriggerHappy 2974d ago | article

Top 10 FPS Single Player Games

FPS - First person shooter. Three words, one genre and a whole host of games; it's almost the de facto style for a PC game today. That's you holding that gun, casting the spell and swinging the sword; you get to choose exactly where you look, touch and move to. It's the closest you can get to that virtual world.

Shooting games have been around since... well, if electricity was around when Noah was rebuilding after the floods, Yougamers.com bets money that they'd be playing a shooting game of some kind. Fairground attractions have offered the punter the chance to pop a cap in a duck's head for nearly a century now and there's no denying that it's the most popular activity in games (e.g. Action Man or Cowboys 'n' Indians all involve the use of guns). (Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point, Far Cry, PC, PS2, PS3, System Shock 2, Xbox, Xbox 360)

RadientFlux  +   2974d ago
I agree with the this list, even though it appears to focus only PC FPS only. I still remember the first time I played Half Life and being in complete shock on how the story telling elements were put together.
TriggerHappy  +   2974d ago
PC's have the best shooters so far as I know, just recently have consoles started to get some decent shooters as well.
RadientFlux  +   2974d ago
Some would argue that GoldenEye and Halo should be on the list as well.

I completely agree that PC have always had the best shooters, even though I hardly ever play games on my computer anymore, since I spend my entire work day on the computer.
TriggerHappy  +   2974d ago
I heard Halo's multiplayer is the ish but I dont know about the single player though ? Is it as great as the multi ?

I have never really played a Halo game so I wouldn't know.
toughNAME  +   2974d ago
Halo 1 singleplayer is some of the best singleplayer iv ever played :D

Halo 2 single player...lacking

Halo 3 will fu*k this list up!
djt23  +   2973d ago
PC's have some of best shooters
i was wonder about GoldenEye, Halo and URT 2004
TheMART  +   2974d ago
Bioshock should have been in that top 10 for sure!
Mr VideoGames  +   2974d ago
yes but...
it hasn't even been released to the Public yet i don't think it was even Qualified or allowed to be in the Top 10 i think it needs to be Released before it can be in such a List
Daishi  +   2973d ago
That's why System Shock 2 made the list. Same guys but hopefully this time they will get the credit they deserve.
Dr Pepper  +   2974d ago
I don't see what is so great about FEAR...

What I noticed was:

1) Repetitive level design (very repetitive).

2) Very little variety in enemies.

3) Not scary, even though it tried hard to be (very predictable, imo).

4) Repetitive gameplay (slow motion,shoot, run into the next room, slow motion, shoot, run into the next room...).

The one good thing about the game was good AI. Perhaps someone can tell me why they found it to be such a great game?
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Charlie2688  +   2974d ago
you seem to try REALLY hard to downplay the game...


Edit: are you trying to tell me that you played it and didn't enjoyed it not even a little?..hold on a sec which version do you have?
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Dr Pepper  +   2974d ago
Sorry, I just don't see why people think it's so great. I'm welcome to someone disagreeing with me and giving their opinoins on the game/reasons for liking it, but no one does. Would you like to tell me why people find it to be so good?

Edit: I had the 360 version. I'm not saying it was the worst game I've ever played either, it just wasn't what I was expecting from the legendary FEAR that I had heard a lot about (it left me disappointed).
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Charlie2688  +   2974d ago
well ill try to express in the best way so you can understand me

well we might first star by saying that playing the console version of the game is the worst choice to judge them since it is confirmed that they are slower and dumbed down from the original (that is why there is a notable deference with the scores between the console version and the PC one) for control and difficulty purposes (at least that is what the devs said) and then you might have to be a FPS fan (like me) to FULLY appreciate the full extent of the game

The primary thing that makes FEAR standout from the FPS to actually be recognized and included in the list of many FPS fans is the adrenaline action packed brutality of the fights that is why this game is considered in the FPS fans circles as gun porn, this is composed of

a) the incredible slow motion that thanks to the particle effects and the destructible environments makes it one and possibly the best slow mo (playable) found in a game

b) the AI is one of the best found in recent games since it almost feels like playing against real life players and this made the player immersion reach levels not reached with any game in recent years that is why FEARs AI is the new synonym of excellent AI

frankly all the rest falls secondary to the simple FEAR experience composed of the slow mo and AI, it is worth to take notice of the scare factor since it was one of the first games to bring the real horror to the next gen games and not in the Doom 3 way with the classical "monster in the closet" but in an actual disturbing way were many people report not being able to play the game for long periods of time since it was to stressing and mentally consuming (a thing I actually experience in a unpleasant way in the expansion)

sadly at the end you got to experience the lesser version of this things since the consoles version as I previously mentioned had easier AI than the PC version and in this game gave a huge advantage to the slow mo to become routine, I in my personal experience had to take small pauses to analyze certain situation on how to outsmart the AI and take advantage of the slow mo to win, one single mistake and I will be dead VERY fast since the weapons were VERY realistic since a few shot will kill you like in real life, for example when you fight the 2 mechs and a whole squad of soldiers and a heavy soldier (when you cross from a building to the next) I honestly have NEVER had a huge challenge in ANY other FPS in a battle so unfair that when finally done with it I felt so accomplished a thing us gamers LOVE

If you can I would recommend getting the PC version with the expansion (the one that REALLY takes horror to the NEXT level with some of THE most disturbing moments in a FPS EVER) in a PC that can handle it to the max (dont worry from the games date you dont really need a ultra high end) and replaying it again I guarantee you (unless you are not in to FPS at all) it will change the way you see FEAR

Daishi  +   2973d ago
I would agree with what he said. I've played and beat both the 360 and PC version and I actually find them to be quite equal. Of course the PC version has much better shooting controls but I enjoyed melee so much more on the 360 version. The apeal to me is that everytime I pull the trigger (especially with the shotgun) it's like a piece of art. Once I blew a guy in half while his top have spun in the air still fireing, breaking glass and sending debris everywhere all in slow motion. Another time I slide kicked another enemy and he did a back flip through a sheet of glass and into the next room. Yes there are few enemy types but it's the situations that are so varied. But, like everything, not everyone can enjoy it if it's not what you expected. The one thing that we can all agree on was how freaking awesome it was to fight Alma (and find out who she was, and yourself) in the end.
HeavyweightInTheGame  +   2974d ago
I fully agree with Radientflux
You took the exact words rightout of my mouth. I was just about to state that those two were missing. Even though this list does focus greatly on the PC, we must remember that Halo was brought out on it and pretty much deserved a spot on that list.
iceice123  +   2974d ago
Halo 1
Should have been there and replaced Fear. Fear is garbage, no replay value and boring as hell.
Real Gambler  +   2974d ago
Unreal tournament anyone???
Graphics may not have been the greatest, but you could literally play it on a toaster. Sure many games are better, but I hate it when you need a $4000 pc to run them : )
FrustratedFury  +   2974d ago
I'm kinda disappointed
I know everyone argues, but you can't forget about Goldeneye. I'll play that game any day.
Bazookajoe_83  +   2974d ago
Doom2 for nr1
Maybe the greatest game of all, and Golden eye for second place. Didnt realy think halo campaign was that good, but if they counted multiplayer it should definetly have been there. When i think of it its the same with golden eye. But then they could have had wolfenstein and Duke nuke em =)
Covenant  +   2974d ago



Any of those should have made the list before FEAR.

Honorable mention: Serious Sam.
Tsukasah  +   2974d ago
As the last page was about to be clicked I thought to myself, "I swear to GOD if the #1 is Halo, I will buy the Halo 3 version with the Master Chief Helmet, and shoot myself while wearing it!"

Good thing it wasn't...

This is actually not that much of a BS list at all, Deus Ex was where it should be. I still think GoldenEye 64 should've been at the top, but Half-Life is still worthy of #1.

No FPS after GoldenEye should be in any top 10 list. I know I'm going to get flamed for this but, Halo is just another FPS, it wasn't innovative.. other than the Havok engine its just no different from any other FPS. The reason GoldenEye 64 was so great is because it was new. Im sure now it may not be able to hold my attention quite as well as it did. GoldenEye 64 pushed the FPS genre to a whole new level of greatness. Halo is really only popular because at the time it was, and still is, the only great EXCLUSIVE FPS for the XBox. It is definitely the most popular FPS of today, but not the most innovative.

Btw, as some of you may know, I am a PS3/Wii fanboy, but don't get me wrong, RFoM isn't all that innovative of an FPS either. Only thing special and unique about it are the guns, but we're seeing more guns like that in a few games coming soon.

Red steel was just different because it used motion sensing, fun with friends, crap single player IMO.

My Top 10 FPS's:
10. What ever the first WWII shooter was(Medal of Honor?)
9. Duke Nukem 3D
8. Area 51(Arcade)
7. Unreal Tournament
6. Duke Nukem
5. System Shock 2
4. Doom
3. Deus Ex
2. Half-Life 2(didnt play the first, but I know it was good)
1. GoldenEye 64

This is just an opinion based list, rather than a poll based one, but im sure many would agree with goldeneye =/
Charlie2688  +   2974d ago
mmm if you go to include Doom and Duke you would have to put at least Quake 2

but excellent list anyway :D
strongbad1441  +   2974d ago
i was pleasantly surprised when i saw that halo wasn't on the list
sleepbox  +   2974d ago
Hmm...IMO, System Shock 2 should have been 3rd, Half Life 2 should have been 1st place. Great list other than that.
thereapersson  +   2974d ago
I still can't figure out...
Why Halo fans call it the "BETS FPS EVAR". I even mentioned half-life to a rabid Halo fan one time, and he bashed me for it. I don't doubt the fact that Halo is a fun game, but that is the exact attitude that makes me also hate the game at the same time.

Anyway, good list!
mephixto  +   2974d ago
Beacause Halo fans are between 12 and 15 years old and when many of the games in the list were realeased they had 5 or not born yet and never played thats games
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DuceWilly947  +   2974d ago
FEAR is awesome
GOLDENEYE, where is that ,that should be atleast among the top 3
Goldeneye is so successful, devs ae still trying to compare their games to goldeneye and yes HALO lost, no one has ever compared, its just that simple
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IQUITN4G  +   2973d ago
Talking like you do about Halo is dumb in the same way that if i were to say FF7 is similarly crap.

Yes Goldeneye is wonderful and still massively playable but Halo is a more evolved game and devs try to match up to Halo more than they ever do Goldeneye these days.

Your talk is rubbish on this subject

Obviously your avatar says it all really , not likely to be Halo fanatic now are you - blind
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s8anicslayer  +   2974d ago
i don't agree with that list,halo and goldeneye should of been added,but maybe he should've titled this post top 10 pc shooter of all time
otherZinc  +   2974d ago
This is a FOOLS list.
If you dont have HAL0 on a FPS list, your just friggin STUPID & everyone that participated is a FOOL also.
thereapersson  +   2974d ago
My point exactly ^^^
Rooted_Dust  +   2972d ago
Halo's single player was good as far as console shooters go, but compared to other great shooters, especially those on PC, it's on the low end of the scale.
IQUITN4G  +   2974d ago
What no Halo or Goldeneye
Yeah Goldeneye and Halo should have definitely been there ,that much is just plainly obvious.Doom should always be on a list like this as well of course because it still plays so well.

Iv'e got a more than capable PC but i don't feel comfortable using it as a games machine.

Half-life was very good but having quick saves destroyed any of the tension that may have been built up - knowing you could quick save moments before something was about to happen , was essentially a cheat.Dread to think what the original doom would have felt like if i could have done that at the time.Half-life was cool but i think what i'm saying is fair when it come to a game relying on tension.

Do pc fps still use quick saves?

Yeah anyway No Halo or Goldeneye, stupid to be sure.

I'm a 34 years old Halo fan Mephixto , i'm sure they're more
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thereapersson  +   2973d ago
You could save any time you wanted to in the original doom...
IQUITN4G  +   2973d ago
Well that sucks then
I played the Playstation version but wouldn't have done if it had this feature(perhaps it did even).Quick saves are very lame even if they have they're benefits.Basically a cheat and it in no way enhances the believability of experience.Lazy too from a dev point of view.

Bio now even seems to have included what is essentially a quick save.Mad.
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xg-ei8ht  +   2973d ago
Fear bored me also.

Took it off quarter way through i'd say.

Just the same thing over and over.

The same could be said about doom3, but i enjoyed that alot more.
monkey602  +   2972d ago
I tried to like F.E.A.R. but I just couldn't it had 1 or 2 memorable moments but nothing to justify a purchase. A big let down

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