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Top 10 Third Person Shooters

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Script Written by Nathan Sharp Take cover, take aim and take out everything you can. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Third Person Shooters. For this list, we’re looking at third person games, that centers its major focus on its shooting mechanic. We’re excluding open world games as we already have a list for them, and platformer and stealth based games, since shooting is not the main focus of those games. And finally, as usual, one game per franchise. Special Thanks to our users "Margaret Rd" "John Rauschenberg" "Anarky Man" "MetroidAssassin" for suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Third Person Shooters


Take cover, take aim and take out everything you can. Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we’re counting down our list for the top 10 third person shooters of all time.

For this list, we’re looking at third person games, that centers its major focus on its shooting mechanic. We’re excluding open world games as we already have a list for them, and platformer and stealth based games, since shooting is not the main focus of those games. And finally, as usual, one game per franchise.

#10: “Syphon Filter” (1999)


Released in 1999, this Playstation shooter was considered very cinematic for its time. With a large variety of weapons, you play as Gabriel Logan, a member of an agency known simply as (wait for it) “The Agency,” as he hunts a Nepalese terrorist. Though the game lacks analog stick support, the controls do a good job of compensating with a handy lock on and manual aim mechanic with aim assist. While time certainly has not been kind to this game, its still fun to play today.

#9: “SOCOM II: U.S. Navy Seals” (2003)


This game, in which you play as a four-man Navy SEAL squad travelling the world hunting terrorists, presented the player with a rather detailed world, including different locales around the globe. A major feature of this game was the USB headset, in which you could give voice commands to your AI teammates, making it feel like you were part of the action. While we’re sure half of the kids online weren’t obeying the game’s M rating, the online multiplayer was fast and exciting, as this series overall was one of the leader of online action for the PS2.


#8: “Dead Space 2” (2011)


Set three years after the original, you play as unfortunate engineer Isaac Clarke as he once again fights against the terrifying Necromorphs, this time on a space station above Saturn’s moon Titan. While its predecessor was considered a landmark for the action/horror genre, this game ramped everything up to 11. Featuring an in-game diegetic HUD system that deterred distractions, adding to the horrifying immersion. And of course, there’s the crap your pants terrifying enemies that could only be killed by dismembering them in strategic locations, making a game that left players everywhere sleeping with the lights on.


#7: “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter” (2006)


One of the earliest games on the Xbox 360, Advanced Warfighter made one hell of a first impression. Playing as Captain Scott Mitchell trying to protect the presidents of both the USA and Mexico, and recover stolen US technology, the game showcased the power of the next generation. The third person creates a cinematic feel to the game, ad the fact that you could die very easily gave it some much needed realism, as you had to rely on tactics rather than the usual run and gun style of third person shooters.


#6: “Max Payne” (2001)


Playing as Max Payne, an NYPD cop whose family is brutally murdered, players were introduced to a mechanic that was incredibly novel, despite the fact that it quickly became a me-too feature in dozens of games to follow. With “bullet time”, players could control Max as he dove through the air and killed bad guys in true John Woo style slow motion. While it was considered a true technical achievement for its time, the game also had a dark and gritty story with some fantastic, poetic writing, making its neo-noir theme all the more effective.


#5: “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” (2011)


A sequel to the 2007 original which perfected almost everything that was introduced in it’s predecessor, this time you control Nathan Drake as he embarks on a quest to find the Cintamani Stone. This is a game that proved that video games could be taken seriously as a truly cinematic, visual storytelling medium. Aside from the traditional run and gun gameplay, Nate’s able to jump across gaps, climb walls, and various other platforming-related motions that are animated in startling detail. Coupled with the beautiful locations, this game feels like a true Hollywood adventure.


#4: “Mass Effect 2” (2010)


Taking place in the Milky Way galaxy during the 22nd century, you again play as Commander Shepard, an elite human soldier who has to gain the trust and loyalty of a group of diverse characters to battle an alien species known as The Collectors. With a memorable cast of characters, an engaging storyline and deep Sci-fi lore, you are forced to make some very difficult story-altering choices. Coupled with different biotic abilities and six classes to choose from, this game feels like your very own personal adventure.


#3: “Gears of War” (2006)


Released in 2006, this game gave the Xbox 360 a huge boost in popularity. You control Marcus Fenix, the leader of Delta Squad, as they wield a last-ditch effort to save the planet Sera against the invading Locust horde. This game looks gorgeous, it immerses players right into the brutal, fast-paced action of Sera. The game featured a great, responsive cover system, addictive multiplayer matches, and the sound design truly immersed you into the experience. Oh, and who can forget the brutally fun chainsaw bayonet?



#2: “The Last of Us” (2013)


The Last of Us was Naughty Dog at it’s finest, presenting the player with a bleak, post apocalyptic world. You play as Joel as he brings a young girl, Ellie, across the United States in order to find a cure against a zombie-like infection that is ravaging the country. The game is presented in a realistic way, including scavenging for various items to make weapons and health kits, along with unique enemy A.I., where enemies will try to flank you. Beautiful, haunting, and tragic all at once, the game mixes tense third person gameplay with a completely immersive world.




Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Army of Two” (2008)


“Jet Force Gemini” (1999)


“Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” (2012)

“Vanquish” (2010)


“Metal Arms: Glitch in the System” (2003)


#1: “Resident Evil 4” (2005)


This game, when released in 2005, completely revolutionized the third person shooter genre. You play once again as Leon Kennedy from “Resident Evil 2,” as he embarks on a quest to save the daughter of the President from a sinister cult. Its over other shoulder view is still used in third person games today. It added manual aiming interactions with the environment, and a unique inventory system that felt authentic. And the relentless barrage of villagers and terrifying monsters coming at you made for some intense edge of your seat action few games since have been able to match.


Do you agree with our list? Which third person shooter had you ducking for cover? For more exciting top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to Watchmojo.com.
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