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Top 10 First Person Shooters

VO: Dan Paradis
First Person Shooters have become one of the biggest genre's in video game history. The fact that it allows the player to see what's going on from another person's perspective allows the player to be immersed into the game. Join as we countdown our picks for the top 10 First Person Shooters. Special thanks to our users "Opst3r" "XxMillerTime21xX" & "Nicole Calleja" for suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest.

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Top 10 First Person Shooters

Lock n’ Load! Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 first person shooters.
As you might expect this was a tough list to narrow down so we had to set some tough guidelines, we focused on one game per franchise game, and we’re also excluding FPS’s that were hybrids of other genres, meaning as much as we love games like BioShock, Portal and Metroid Prime, They’re can’t be included. We also making our choices based on their innovation and importance to the genre as a whole.

#10: “Duke Nukem 3D” (1996)

First person shooters may have had characters before Duke, but this was one of the first shooters with real character in and of itself. The interactive environments, hilarious jokes, and entertainingly over-the-top violence made it a breath of fresh of air in sometimes drab and over serious genre. The weapons were crazy, the strippers were interactive, and there were enough one-liners to make Bruce Campbell roll his eyes.

#9: “Unreal Tournament” (1999)

Though Unreal was a beautiful looking game, it fell short to Quake 2 in terms of multiplayer mayhem. Thankfully, Epic followed up with Unreal Tournament. Though it was primarily a multiplayer game, which was almost unheard of before the millennium, it sported a laundry list of amazing features; beautiful environments, hyper fast gameplay, a wide variety of weapons, and impressive A.I. bots for those who preferred to play alone. Plus, who can forget the first time the announcer boomed out “headshot”.

#8: “Battlefield 2” (2005)

Taking a cue from 1942’s popular Desert Combat mod, Battlefield 2 pushed the franchise into the modern world, with all the fancy toys that come along with it. Up to 64 players could hammer it out in enormous maps populated with tanks, helicopters and boats, and the popular squad and commander mechanics meant that there was weeks worth of depth for in store for those that wanted to get serious.

#7: “Quake II” (1997)

The first game in this franchise was a pioneer in the genre, but this title brought the series to a whole new level. The sequel added a story, CGI cutscenes, and cool new weapons, but it was the multiplayer that completely redefined online play. Quake 2’s multiplayer made way for online competitions, team guilds, and became one of the first true eSports thanks to its now legendary convention, QuakeCon.

#6: “Counter Strike: Source” (2004)

Counterstrike is an example of how immense gameplay depth and strategy is often the result of a very simple concept. The series originally started its life as a mod for Half Life before it got the a makeover from Valve with their source engine, was at one time the most popular online game in the world. Counterstrike was making the modern military shooter a worldwide phenomenon way before Call of Duty was ever on anybody’s radar.

#5: “Halo 2” (2004)

Any of the Halo games could have taken this slot, but we went with the sequel as its pretty much the game that gave birth to Xbox Live multiplayer, finally successfully merging online play with living room consoles. While it’s story is one of the least popular in the series, Halo 2 set the standard for the rest of the franchise to come, both online and off, helping to secure Microsoft’s flagship franchise in the hearts and minds of gamers for years to come.

#4: “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” (2007)

This was the most controversial choice on our list due to how divided gaming community is on the series as a whole, but being the most popular FPS franchise today, we couldn’t leave it off. Finally making the jump to a modern setting gave the series the boost it needed to appeal to the masses, and appeal it did. More-so than any game on this list, Modern Warfare was a complete package online and off. The singleplayer was a revolutionary tour de force, while the multiplayer became a global sensation. It didn’t become the lowest common denominator without being amazing.

#3: “Doom” (1993)

Ok so it wasn’t the first traditional FPS, that honor belongs to “Wolfenstein 3D,” but we went with the later game for truly establishing the first person shooter as the new king of the genres. Doom was both not only well designed, but also frightening and stylish. Haunting sound design, eye popping gore and unforgettable weaponry, Doom was a gamer’s dream come true and a nervous parent’s worst nightmare all rolled into one.

#2: “GoldenEye 007” (1997)

Who would have thought that a movie tie-in game would become such a monumental revolution for the genre? Goldeneye is best known for bringing the PC centric genre to the mainstream market with it’s Split Screen Multiplayer, making it the highlight of house parties for years to come. Making the FPS viable on a home console, let alone one with one analogue stick, was no small feat. It also feature a single player mode that was just as engaging with one of the best completionist rewards in gaming, in the form of the hard to obtain “007 Mode”. It also paved the way for another FPS hit by developer Rare in the form of Perfect Dark.

Before we get to our number one, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions:

“Team Fortress 2” (2007)
“Crysis” (2007)
“Wolfenstein 3D” (1992)
“Medal of Honor: Allied Assault” (2002)
“Starsiege Tribes” (1998)

#1: “Half-Life” (1998)

A cliché choice for sure, but a deserving one nonetheless. Half-Life was able to tell an engaging story without cut scenes or even a speaking protagonist. But its story isn’t why its so good. Amazing scripted events, engrossing atmosphere, frighteningly intelligent AI and unparalleled variety in terms of weapons, enemies, environments and scenarios, Half-Life still features more awesome than most AAA titles do today. When you factor in the impact it had on the multiplayer would with its modability, Half-Life was a true interactive masterpiece.

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