If ever there was a popular game genre that still has its sights set on most gamer’s hearts, it is of course the First Person Shooter. Whether experienced in a tightly focused narrative or a mad yet fun competitive online mode, the First Person Shooter continues to thrill us like not many other gameplay genres can.
At IGCritic we’ve waded through some of the very best released this past 10 years, with these top 10 each being great to play, easily memorable and downright addictive as we squeeze the trigger to nail that final shot just one more time! You won’t find any hardcore RPG elements or puzzle-solving here, this list is all about our addiction to shooting, looting and projectile executing! Here are our 10 Best First Person shooters of the past 10 years.
Borderlands 2 (2012)
It cannot be understated just how addictive the shoot n loot gameplay cycle of Borderlands 2 actually is. When it released in 2012, it successfully innovated on its original cell-shaded entry to give players a shooter that cared just as much about style and humour, as well as tight gunplay.
What makes Borderlands 2 head and shoulders above other popular co-op shooters is the excitement of finding that perfect randomised gun, the hilarious memorable characters and near limitless end game content. Okay, it lets you upgrade your guns, but this is Borderlands 2!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)
So it’s already 2 entries into this list, and we’ll admit that we’re already kind of cheating a little bit. Released in 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was the Xbox One compilation disc that compiles all of the main entries from one of gaming’s most important shooter series in to one place, adding a fresh lick of paint to make them all shiny and new.
Whether it’s Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 or Halo 4, players will never struggle to find a sense of epicness that most other first person shooters wish they could reach the heights of. Backed up by beautiful worlds, a gorgeous musical score and of course split screen or online multiplayer, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must play for any FPS enthusiast and Halo fan.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
The grand-daddy of them all, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare represents not only the reinvention of the previously WWII exclusive franchise, but the entire FPS genre itself. The original Modern Warfare strikes the perfect balance between an engaging roller coaster ride campaign that still sets the template for future titles and an addictive, refined multiplayer mode that had its hooks in us from day one.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare reinvented what we now think of as the modern first person shooter, not only setting the template multiplayer-wise but also in terms of control scheme. Activision is celebrating the game 10 years on with a ground-up remaster later on this year, it’s only a matter of time before everyone goes COD 4 crazy all over again.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014)
A game in which everyone playing it went in with very little expectation, Wolfenstein: The New Order only two years on still acts as one of the most surprisingly good FPS games ever to be released. Demonstrating just what a talented developer can do when focusing entirely on a FPS single-player mode, breathing new life into one of gaming’s oldest series and reinvent it for a new generation.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was so good that just a year later, a standalone expansion was released in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, further placing an emphasis on older mechanics whilst still keeping it fresh! One of the best solo FPS experiences. (It also has some really disturbing moments).
What a year 2007 turned out to be for First Person Shooters, not only did it give us one of gaming’s most important multiplayer shooters (COD 4), but at the complete opposite end of the spectrum comes Bioshock, a thought-provoking and meaningful single-player experience.
Bioshock tells the story of an underwater utopia gone wrong, throwing you into an Orwellian-like society full of mutants and mechanical men that want to kill you instantly as you turn every corner. Storytelling is the star of the show in Bioshock, not only through the dialogue and characters but most importantly through its setting, with rapture being just fascinating to explore and navigate. Be sure to grab this in September when Bioshock: The Collection releases (features Bioshock 1, 2, and Bioshock Infinite).