Top 5 FPS of All Time

Which games deserve to be considered the Top 5 FPS Games of All Time? Considering the popularity and the reach of the genre across every platform it would be no easy task to decide on the 5 that had the most influence. However, this article did just that.

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-Alpha4224d ago (Edited 4224d ago )

Though I've never shamefully played Half Life, it seems deserving of the #1 spot based on how people treat the game.

From what I have played my list would be something like this:

1) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
2) Halo: Combat Evolved
3) Killzone 2

Unfortunately I haven't played too many FPS'es and was only introduced to the genre with Halo CE. I absolutely loved Call of Duty 4. Halo is pretty much tied with CoD4 and the only reason I gave #1 to CoD4 was because I haven't played Halo in a LONG time. Killzone 2 is a pretty great shooter, though I didn't find myself as addicted and thrilled as I did with Halo and CoD4.

I really wish I had the chance to play Counter-Strike, Half-Life series, and Perfect Dark/Golden Eye (when it came out, the game is atrocious today). It would totally change my perspective on FPS based on what I constantly hear about those games, but I guess I fall under the "ignorant" FPS fanbase.

shutupandplay4224d ago

Pick up the orange box, that sh*t is like 20 bucks now. Don`t deny yourself Half-Life 2.

thereapersson4224d ago

I bought the Orange Box on Steam last week for $14.59. Best deal ever, especially because it comes with Episodes 1 & 2 + the Lost Coast.

DAVID BRENT4224d ago

goldeneye should be number one, ive never known a game that started so many new trends that other games still have to follow to this day, and goldeneye was definitely the first shooter to nail multiplayer

Digitaldude4224d ago

Halo should be. Halo is responsible for console shooters. Halo 1 was revolutionary. Halo 2 brought online and Halo 3 and ODST drops the ball.
Ditto at Golden Eye.

Viper74224d ago

My list would be something like

1. Doom
Revolutionized fps genre, 1st fps with online(comp and co-op) and possibly the first fps game to introduce mods. Not to mention the games steps to make games more mature with its violent and heavily unholy theme which was something really rare at the time. These are of course not the only things it did for fps gaming, the list is way longer than any other fps game (aside from wolfenstein) could ever consider to achieve. Not to mention people still play/mod/edit it.

2. System Shock2 or Deus Ex
The probably best examples on games which revolutionized fps genre by making the fps games something more than just blasting your way trough the game. Also the fact that the games gave player chance to play the way the gamer wanted with rpg elements. Deus ex was also one of the firsts to introduce "choices" (in fps games) that had small affect on the game play and plot.

3. Half life (mainly because of the CS boom)
Not familiar with the game but much of half lifes affect probably comes from solid implementation of gameplay, graphics and plot. The courtier strike however seemed to revolutionize and make online fps games a lot more popular than they where.

4. Golden eye or Timesplitters or Halo
This one would be pretty hard as golden eye had far limited availability due to it being on N64. But as for first great console fps games it has to be one of these. But which one is hard to judge when considering age, popularity and ofcourse the game.

5th would be very hard, Call of duty 4 modern warfare did much for online gaming for this console era.
Quake and Unreal are very fitting names for that place as well.
Battlefield would also be very strong name to take the 5th place.
Medal of honor (psx) would also be very good pick for what it did for fps games on playstation.

AuToFiRE4224d ago

halo really shouldnt be on there, it should be replaced with goldeneye or perfect dark, those were the real defining games that made the shooter genre as popular as it is today

Major_Tom4224d ago

Lol, replace Halo with Goldeneye.

likedamaster4223d ago

Those who didn't play these games at time of release will never know the impact these games had on gamers at the time. They are genuinely the best FPS's ever.

raptorjacob4223d ago

that is what i thought. Goldeneye was the best. Although i would say perfect dark was up there too, i liked its multiplayer better.

vhero4223d ago

Halo over counter strike?? sorry but I know it started off as a mod but it has been rated as the most successful mod ever created. More people have played CS than any other FPS that's a FACT. Mod or not... Half life 2 should DEFINETLY not be on that list either. especially over the first game. Doom and quake deserve to be there and where the hell is the DUKE?????!?!?!?!

bacon134223d ago

Yea, I agree Halo is nothing special. I've played all of the Halos and they are very forgettable games. I can agree with the fact that they helped cement online console gaming into our homes but, everytime I played a Halo game I came away unfulfilled so to speak. Eh, to each his own.

ico924223d ago

why golden eye isnt there is beyond me

-Alpha4223d ago

Halo wont be forgotten, nor is it forgotten. It will be remembered as the first main stream FPS on consoles that made online gaming so fun and competitive.

Though, Halo CE did not have online play for Xbox if I remember correctly.

Also, slightly related but random notice: My Killzone 2 WONT PLAY ANY FORM OF SOUND! From the beginning video to the menus, to the actual game, there is absolutely NO SOUND! It's not my PS3 because Demon Soul's has sound, and it's not my sound set up. Not sure what's wrong with it, but I can't play the game without sound.

I felt like playing it after this, but I can't. Anyone know what's up?

GamerSciz4223d ago

Perfect Dark and Goldeneye were made by the same company. Some maps, I.E. the Complex and a few others were pretty much exactly the same just with different textures. To say one is better than the other is saying it's better than itself.

Shepherd 2144223d ago (Edited 4223d ago )

Not only did Halo make controls on a console work very well, but Halo 2 revolutionized online gaming. Halo 2 created the lobby system that many games use now like COD, and it proved the strength of an online community.

Halo also brought regenerating health to the FPS and created the system where you can only carry two weapons at a time, which forces you to choose and think a bit more.

Goldeneye was great but its controls were very hard to work with on the N64 controller and it was a bit ridiculous that you could carry like 100 guns at a time.

Kornholic4223d ago (Edited 4223d ago )

What is this bull**** Im hearing about Halo "making fps on consoles work". WHAT? Outrageous. So everybody forgot the first Medal of Honor on the original Playstation or Alien Resurrection? The list goes on... Halo wouldnt've achieved anything if it wasnt for that huge hype it had behind it. What it turned out to be was a sluggish fps with a silly plot, only a decent game.

reaferfore204223d ago

You could use two n64 controllers at once so you had both analog sticks when playing goldeneye. This was the only way I'd play the game unless we were playing more than 2 player multi.

My list: 1. Wolfenstein - It was the first FPS and started it all.
2. Doom - First game to have online play and mods (as stated eatlier)
3. Half Life - Brought us CS, nuff said.
4. Goldeneye - Kicked off the FPS genre on consoles.
5. Halo:CE - Brought vehicles and added to what Goldeneye did for FPS-multiplayer on consoles.

TooTall194223d ago

Perfect Dark is my favorite shooter and KZ2 takes 2nd. It was an absolute blast and offered way more customization than any other game for its time. Heck you could make your mp character a transvestite if you wanted, and it was hilarious.

el zorro4223d ago

I basically agree with the author's list. I don't know exactly which order I would place them in, but I know Half Life 2 and Halo deserve to be at the top.

Government Cheese4223d ago

I personally thought Halo 2 was better than Halo: CE, but still a good list.


Why do you people bash Halo so much by saying that it didnt deserve to be on the list? I smell a whole bunch of bs and hatting here from ps3 fangirls.

IMO Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 all deserve to be on that list, why?

Halo Combat Evolved opened the doors and set an example of what fine shooter should have and should be. It didnt have online play, but boy i remeber playing LAN with my neighbors and friends, we would get up to 16 players and play for countless hours on Blood Gulch or Hang E'm High!

Halo 2 introduced the online play, and did it to perfection!! I remember that weeks aftet Halo 2 came out, most of my buddies who owned a ps2 got an Xbox just to play Halo 2! After that many didnt even bother to go back to their ps2! Thats insane! Its even more wicked on how after 6+ years of release, many people still play online! Including myself!!!

Halo 3 improved on what Halo 2 did wrong "super jumps, which were really fun" and also improved the graphics from Halo 2. Not only is Halo 3 among the most played games on XBL after 2+ years of release but also one of the games that sold a lot!

So ps3 fangirls, we dont need your dumb comments about Halo not belonging in the list. A real gamer knows that Halo Combat Evolved desereves to be in the top three shooters of all time!

SaberEdge4223d ago (Edited 4223d ago )

Don't mind them Legendary Pelon, it is just a form of jealousy. Everyone that lived through that time period knows that Halo made a HUGE impact on the FPS landscape.

Odin7774223d ago

Why am I instantly branded a "ps3 fangirl" if I don't believe Halo is the greatest fps of all time. Seriously annoying s*** right there.

A Cupcake for Gabe4223d ago

No Order:

Goldeneye 007: Nothing needs to be said

Halo: Combat Evolved: Brought the FPS to the console the right way

Killzone 2: Brought the FPS into the nextgen visually, AI, and online

Metroid Prime: 1st FPS Adventure Exploration

Black Hawk Down: I played this on PC with my army buddies for near two years. It was my first PC shooter, since doom/wolfenstein, and had a stellar map editor.

BattleAxe4223d ago

This has got to be the worst list I've ever seen....

Nikuma4223d ago

Do people forget Timesplitters? Didn't that game come out before Halo on the PS2? That game was amazing and had the same type of control setup as halo. It even had it's own map creator. Timesplitters is probably one of the most underrated console FPS games ever.

raptorjacob4220d ago

In perfect dark multi i could add a bunch of bots and me and my friends could play for a lot longer than in Goldeneye multi. i didnt mean graphics or anything

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Feral Gamer4224d ago

I whole-heartedly agree with Half Life 2 being #1

mal_tez924224d ago

It is an amazing game with a great story, cool design in the characters, enemies and weapons and it's packed full of great action.

However, as a shooter it fails because:
-VERY bad aimer (possibly the worst in any FPS)
-Bad movement (too arcadey)
-Aiming is too simple and easy
-Guns are too weak
-Can't aim down the sight
-Can't lie down

Best FPS gameplay has to be Killzone 2. No other game immerses you like Killzone. The feeling of the movement, aiming and shooting is just way ahead of any other shooter.

zagibu4224d ago

Should have switched Half-Life 2 with it's predecessor. HL2 was great, but nothing new (besides the gravity gun). HL1 on the other hand was a revolution when it was released.
And Halo...yeah, sure. You have to put it somewhere on a top list, otherwise console fanboys will get angry. The only novel thing about Halo was the flood, everything else has been done better before.

Feral Gamer4224d ago (Edited 4224d ago )

"-Bad movement (too arcadey)
-Aiming is too simple and easy
-Guns are too weak
-Can't aim down the sight
-Can't lie down"

All those points are invalid. Bad movement and easy controls, it was a PC game played with mouse and keyboard, what do you expect?

Guns are too weak - what are you expecting, a BFG or chain lightning gun? The crossbow was a one hit kill with a scope.

Can't aim down the sight... ???? so?

Can't lie down - who wants to lie down when head crabs are jumping at you? Half Life isn't supposed to be a tactical shooter.

The game has some of the best action sequences, storylines, and variety of weapons around. Plus there are a lot of different scripted events which keep things interesting. You'd rather dismiss it because of the controls and not being able to lie down?

mal_tez924224d ago

@Feral Gamer
I don't dismiss the game, as I stated "It is an amazing game with a great story, cool design in the characters, enemies and weapons and it's packed full of great action."

It's only the shooting that I don't like.

If you feel that I need to, I will validate all my points.

The aimer is just awful. Aimers should indicate where the bullest will land based on stance, movement speed and alsotake into consideration recoil when firing the gun. The aimer in half life does none of these.

As for the movement, I feel very detached from the game when I play it, the movement is bad because you can stop and start spinting on a dime (maybe Gordon only weighs 10kg and hovers), that's what I mean by arcadey movement.

The aiming is bad because the guns feel like they are also light as a feather (you can change aiming direction like you were holding a twig, not a gun).

By weak guns I mean that only a few shots should be needed to kill enemies. Fair enough if zombies and aliens take a lot to kill but the human enemies shouldn't. I certainly didn't mean BFG's and lightning guns

Not being able to aim down the sight is not a "???? so?" issue, running around while shooting from the hip is one the biggest reasons as to why I feel very detached from the game. Shooting guns the way they are meant to be shot (by aiming first) is kinda important.

Not being able to lie down didn't really annoy me too much. But it is a simple feature which should be in all games. Not being able to lie down also annoyed me in Killzone.

If you need me to validate them further I will do so

elpresador4223d ago

so you would take a game with generic enemies, generic weapons, a crappy ass story, forgetable characters, and floaty controls over something that has all the above but not all the technical stuff (which is arguable on some)?

Thats like saying Avatar is the greatest movie ever made due to the CGI and 3D aspect even though the story was basci and the characters were not too original either.

Wow, the fact that people dint seem to rate stry and characters high any more. Ah well, KZ2 fanboys (odd there are still so many since not many play it online anymore) will always think that KZ2 is the best ONLY cause it looks pretty for a console game.

xLordOblivionx4223d ago

Zagibu is completely right. Half Life one should be replaced with HL2. But to me its not #1. I would put quake before it, but that's just because of all the days wasted just playing quake xD

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Unicron4224d ago

Goldeneye 007 needs to be up there.

DelbertGrady4224d ago (Edited 4224d ago )

And Bioshock. And COD 4. And Deus Ex. The list needs at least 10 spots to be fair.

D3stroy3R4224d ago

Totally agree, 007 Goldeneye was the game I played over and over again to unlock the dual golded gun cheat. Plus aiding the multiplayer generation in today's gaming games. Has to be number one!!! :)

AuToFiRE4224d ago

i agree whole heartedly with you, if i still had working n64 controllers id still be playing goldeneye along side conkers BFD

table4224d ago (Edited 4224d ago )

Goldeneye is easily the most overrated FPS of all time. Don't get me wrong, it was good for its time and I loved it back then but it doesn't stand the test of time like Wolfenstein, Half Life and Doom. The controls were plain horrible, you couldn't aim and walk at the same time. James Bond's movements were like he was stuck in quick sand. The graphics were dated compared to contemporaries(typical of the n64 however).

I would replace Half Life 2 with the original Half Life and also Quake replaced by Bioshock then move Halo down to number 5.

BWS19824223d ago (Edited 4223d ago )

The controls weren't K & M, and they weren't dual analog, but the game was built for the controls and worked flawlessly for what it attempted. You moved with the 1 analog and used the C left/right to strafe, and then the C up/down to adjust the aim. There was just a HINT of autoaim in there, if you were close enough from the said C up and down, it would tilt the gun just a tad to lock on. It was noob friendly enough to allow novices to start up, but it was mild enough to still allow a great parity in skill levels, allowing experts and veterans to face off with the more skilled still winning. It did what Halo CE mainly repeated for the most part (Halo CE did a couple new things, but otherwise it only polished the genre on consoles, and I still had more fun with GoldenEye), IMO. It brought the FPS to consoles 4 years earlier, with addictive mechanics that left the game with a legendary status. The design, the cheats, the infinite options for split screen, the tweaking to both multiplayer and single player, it just worked, and worked amazingly, so you're in a minority here.

There's a reason it was and still is so highly played, acclaimed, bought and praised even to this day, in this thread, by legions of fans. There's a reason a MASSIVE team did the GoldenEye Source mod for the new Engine and put thousands of man hours recreating a game from over a decade and 2 generations ago. It is massive.

Perhaps you weren't a 64 gamer enough to get used to those controls, because this is also evidenced by the fact that you claim the graphics were dated. On the contrary, the visuals, FOR A GAME FROM 1997, were some of the best the generation saw at the time, it came out 1 year after 64 launched dude! Find me an FPS game from '97 or earlier, ON consoles, that looked drastically better. I challenge you. It wasn't THE prettiest, but it was showcasing some of the best that gen saw at the time, and it was 13 years ago. Doom 64 was also nice, and came out that year I believe, so you're a bit off on some perspective there, as you've ventured out of "opinion" and entered into some distorted truths.

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CaulkSlap4224d ago

Why is that a picture of Halo 2? It says Halo:Combat Evolved in the article. And thank god it does because Halo2 was garbage compared to the first.

ian724223d ago

I have loads a love for Deus Ex, best game I ever played. It should be on that list. Maybe who wrote this article never played it.