In the world of gaming, there is nothing more engaging and exhilarating than a good first-person shooter. The minute-to-minute action, the fact pace, and the thrill of experiencing it all through the digital eyes of a character. From multiplayer to single player, so many of these games offer tons of hours of gameplay, and right now, we can all use some games that not only keep us distracted and focused, but also offer tons of content to play through.
We compiled a list of the best first-person shooters that you can be playing right now and having a blast doing so!
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
This game originally came out in 2007 and changed the landscape of gaming. It took first-person shooters to new heights and did so by blending deep, engaging multiplayer with a wonderfully paced single player campaign. In 2016, the game was remastered with updated graphics and some new game modes, and it’s still just as fun as it was 13 years ago. It is our personal favorite shooter of all-time, and we cannot recommend it any more.
When the group behind Call of Duty 4 left Infinity Ward, they went and made Respawn, a company that gave us one of gaming’s best modern shooters, in the form of Titanfall and Titanfall 2. The second of the series was an absolutely phenomenal example of game innovation and balance. No matter if it’s in single player or multiplayer, moving from wall-running and sliding under the legs of massive titans, all while shooting your enemies with a pistol with lock-on bullets, is an experience unlike any other.
And when Respawn decided they wanted to branch out within the universe of Titanfall, they decided to do so by hopping on the battle-royale train and did so in incredible fashion. The first to combine the choose-your-hero style of Overwatch with the fast=paced action of Titanfall, Apex Legends is an absolute blast to play. Each character has their own special abilities, and each match can feel like its own. Plus, Respawn’s dedication to changing things up each season brings fresh new additions and changes the game has always needed.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
When the original team at Infinity Ward left, the company went through some tough patches, with their entries in the annual franchise getting lukewarm to bad reception. So the company went back to its roots and thank goodness they did. This reboot of the beloved franchise is an absolute breath of fresh air to the series, and the first time we can honestly say that innovation has been brought to the series. The new engine gives weight to your character and the immaculately-made campaign feels like you are playing through a movie, in the best way. The multiplayer is as addictive as ever, and the release of the new battle-royale mode, Warzone, the game has tons of things to do.
The minds behind Halo moved on to create a new IP, and while it has had its rough stretches, it is in the best place possible right now. This shard-world shooter is one of the best-controlled FPS’ out there, and the loot grind is addictive. Fighting countless alien enemies on varying planets is exhilarating, and the deep lore behind everything is incredibly engaging. It’s fun to play with friends, it’s fun to play solo, and everything up until its 2018 expansion is free, which is A LO T of content.
Gearbox’s wacky, irreverent take on the looter-shooter genre first made waves in 2009. In 2012, the series found itself hitting its peak. Sure, there is a third game that just came out last week, and it’s a great game, but there is something special about Borderlands 2. The action is great, the antagonist is one of the best in gaming, and the writing it top notch. You will find yourself losing hours in its crazy world full of colorful characters and exciting adventures.
Look, yes, this game is over ten years old, and yes, everyone loves New Vegas more, but we are different, and that includes enjoying Fallout 76. Get at us, internet. But we digress. Fallout 3, in our opinion, is the peak of the series. Exploring the apocalyptic wasteland of Washington D.C. is wonderful. It is a dangerous land, full of raiders and mutants ready to attack, and around every corner is something to discover and explore. The main story of finding your father is quite engaging, and the first moment of walking out of Vault 101 is an iconic moment in all of gaming. Even as old as it is, this game holds up so well.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
While this isn’t a first-person shooter, per say, it still needs to be on the list. Bethesda’s magnum opus of open-world fantasy has so much content, so much to do, that it is very common to just not get to everything. Taking the role of the Dovahkiin, the Dragon-Born, gives you access to many fun powers and the ability to do just about whatever you want is really the draw of this game. Plus, with mod support, the game pretty much never ends.
Grand Theft Auto V
This game is most likely associated with third-person, but you can switch to the first-person perspective and it is an experience unlike any other. GTA is all about the insanity, and experiencing that in first-person is truly a blast. Especially when you take it to the online mode, where anything can happen. This game thrives on its moment-to-moment unpredictability, and the way that other players can throw the biggest wrench in your plans. Driving behind the wheel, at top speed, is both terrifying and exciting. You don’t want to pass it up.
Man, this game is pure, unadulterated bliss. Killing your way through waves and waves of demons in a hellish landscape is absolutely thrilling. This sequel took all the best parts of the first game from 2016 and improved on them, giving an absolutely wonderful time. The weapons all feel powerful, the demons are tough but not unfair, and the multiplayer provides a surprisingly fun, asymmetric experience. They really outdid themselves with this game, and it has had us coming back for more and more.
If you want some awesome, first-person action, these games are for you. There is something for everyone here and you won’t regret sinking your time into any of these titles.
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