The best FPS (First Person Shooter) games come in many different forms; story driven singleplayer shooters, open world shooters, cooperative LAN games, and more recently hybrid games. Yet, by far and away the most significant and popular of these different branches of the FPS genre is the online FPS multiplayer shooter scene.
Online game modes, in particular competitive FPS shooters, have revolutionised the way in which online multiplayer shooter are played, breathing new life into the first person shooter genre by introducing skill based mechanics and tactical team play.
Despite an ever increasing amount of annualised IPs, and the rise of free to play online shooter games somewhat saturating the ecosystem, online first person shooters remain immensely popular, enjoyed by hard core enthusiasts and casual gamers alike. In fact, FPS games are one of the most played game genres across the entire gaming industry, whilst online FPS games are probably the most popular form of video gaming today.
With such tremendous interest in the genre, and a huge variety of popular shooters to choose from, we at IGcritic have listed our 5 best online FPS (First Person Shooter) games that deserve your attention, if you haven’t played these online FPS games already that is.
Counter strike: GO
Genre: First-Person Shooter
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Just as PC gaming had given birth to the first person genre with titles such as Wolfenstein and Doom, so too was it instrumental in pioneering competitive online multiplayer games.
In many ways, the original Counter-Strike could be considered the granddaddy of all competitive online multiplayer shooters. Sure, games such as Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 had existed for many years prior, but Counter-Strike was the first game to popularise competitive squad based tactical gameplay, and it sparked a worldwide Counter-Strike community of epic proportions.
Counter-Strike pits a team of terrorists against a squad of counter-terrorists across several different game modes, with its bomb defuse mode by far and away the most popular. The popular online FPS game has gone through many different versions, some received better than others, but the latest version, Counter-Strike: GO has proved a success, harnessing the original games superb gameplay formula while adding some subtle improvements to attract new Counter-Strike players.
A word of warning: Counter-Strike has been around for over a decade, and the skill level is significantly higher than other online FPS shooters. Although CS:GO is basic in concept, expect a steep learning curve before you’re able to enjoy the best this online shooter has to offer.
Star Wars Battlefront
Genre: First-Person Shooter / Third-Person Shooter
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
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Star Wars: Battlefront carries with it the reputation of one of the most adored and best shooters of the last generation, with the previous game highly regarded for its blend of solid gunplay and space vehicle combat. Developer DICE’s latest video game might have done away with that formula, lacking the beloved space combat, but the new Battlefront set record sales when it launched in November 2015 and features a thriving community of gamers.
Part of Star Wars Battlefront’s appeal is its accessibility to a more casual audience. gameplay features such as recharging health, unlimited ammunition, and instant respawning shifts emphasis away from the difficult skill-based mechanics seen in many modern shooters and more toward an entertaining total package. Star Wars Battlefront is a blast to play without requiring much in the way of intricate tactics or shooting skill, it’s the sort of online first person/ third person shooter one can pick up and play 30 minutes, and then put down and forget about.
Featuring some of the best graphics on the PS4 and Xbox One, Star Wars Battlefront is a visual feast for the eyes and, in combination with some terrifically authentic sound design, results in the most authentic feeling Star Wars game that I’ve ever played.
Although Battlefront’s initial release was met with frustration by players, forcing the purchase of a premium Battlefront version for its full offering of content, DICE have released several free Battlefront maps since that time, making the current version much more attractive than the original Battlefront release. Moreover, with Battlefront prices for both the main game and its additional content sitting lower than at launch, now is a great time to hop in and enjoy Star Wars: Battlefront.
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
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The highly anticipated Destiny was somewhat of an anti-climax when it launched to mediocre reception back in 2014. The game presented a highly polished synergy of role-playing mechanics and tight first person gunplay when it was first revealed, but the gaming community weren’t pleased with the final release, and rightly so. A lack of any substantial single player campaign, an array of Destiny microtransactions, and a bare skeleton of content at Destiny’s launch wasn’t enough to sustain the millions that had bought into Destiny’s pre-release marketing.
Yet, Destiny still survived and currently supports one of the largest and most active gaming communities to be found anywhere in the online FPS multiplayer scene. In defence of developer Bungie, content was quickly added to Destiny, including the excellent The Taken King expansion which rectified many of the issues with Destiny’s singleplayer experience, as well as a host of updated multiplayer game modes. Indeed, the Destiny of today is a far cry from the original release, and the games success in bringing a “MMO” style first person shooter to the console scene should not be underplayed. Destiny is now considered one of the best online FPS games, regardless of its early wobble. Destiny continues to receive updates and support that make Destiny well worth buying, even if you are late on the scene.