The best First-Person Shooters of the last decade
Left 4 Dead (2008)
Just what the next generation of online consoles needed, Left 4 Dead isn’t very deep, meaningful or thought-provoking, but what it offers players is a hell of a lot of fun. Left 4 Dead is a game that was designed to be played with other people, taking the ever-popular zombie genre and challenging you and up to three friends to indulge in some much needed crowd control.
Left 4 Dead strips the idea of a first person shooter completely back to its basic core and this is a good thing. There are no set pieces, scripted scenarios or interesting upgrades on offer, instead what makes this game truly memorable for players is the moment to moment gameplay and the hilarity that can result from slaughtering zombies when playing with friends.
Far Cry 3 (2012)
Who would’ve thought that in the December of 2012, Ubisoft would deliver us with one of the best First Person Shooters of that year, even going on to top many outlet’s game of the year lists. Taking what worked best in their sister franchise Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 3 placed further emphasis on taking down control towers, upgrading your skills and an engaging villain to result in an open-world shooter that just fires on all cylinders.
Far Cry 3 blessed players with an impressive sense of freedom and survival that never became too tedious, never beating you over the head with it’s somewhat shaky plot line to make way for a great sense of fun every time you sit down to play.
Team Fortress 2 (2007)
Very much the Overwatch of its day, Team Fortress 2 set the template for what we now think of when we hear the term “Hero Shooter”, giving us an online shooter that let us play with an eclectic and downright bonkers mix of fun characters. Team Fortress 2 remains free-to-play for all the right reasons to this day, giving no one an excuse to miss out on its inventive multiplayer maps.
Whether you choose to play as an offensive, defensive or supportive class, Team Fortress 2 still remains one of the best balanced multiplayer shooters out there, since developing a passionate community that has withstood the test of time!
Coming hot off of the success they found with the Halo franchise, Destiny was the game developers Bungie poured their hearts and souls into to result in one of the most over-hyped first person shooters in recent memory. Although not very feature complete at launch, Destiny has since become one of the most smooth and rich shooters out there, being a blast to play with plenty of end game content.
If you’re yet to jump into the gaming phenomenon that is Destiny, most of the game’s expansions and DLC can be picked up at a surprisingly low cost – an enjoyable FPS MMO that is fun with friends on either PC or consoles.
An FPS that never takes itself too seriously, has fun with itself and takes players to some crazy heights, the 2016 incarnation of Doom continued Bethesda’s single-player success with Wolfenstein to deliver a shooter that is dumb, fun yet also is relatively deep. Doom actively encourages players to “fight like hell”, presenting you with enemies that offer up ammunition on a plate.
Doom features fast-paced gunplay, a great sense of verticality and beautiful visuals which makes players question why they don’t visit the fiery pits of hell for their next sabbatical. Backed up by a kick-ass soundtrack and great level-design, Doom has earned its place as one of the best shooters this past decade.