The Top 23 Best FPSs of All-Time
So I used to complain that only people searching for a certain rapper visited this place. What kind of idiots came to a VIDEO GAME site to read up on him? Oh yeah, they are dumb enough to think he's still alive. So mad at my negative comments, trying to prove me wrong, people instead made a list of the top RPGs the #1 read article. AHHH! Sure it's about video games this time, but it wasn't written by me! So now I'm out to change that.
I figure everyone loves lists because they love to disagree with them and then post their opinion in a futile attempt to show how much better and smarter they are than you. Good job Timmy. So what kind of list should I do? Nerds like RPGs. So I thought, "Hey! A list of the top RPGs would bring in the hits!" Then I realized that was already done. It was the reason I started this damn article. (How soon I forget.) So what other game genre is 3 letters? RTS? Naw, too boring and repetitive. SEX? That's not a videogame genre (right?). I got it! FPS!
So here is a list of the top 23 (23 > 22 > 10 > 0) best and greatest First Person Shooters of all-fucking-time. I will say my definition of FPS is quite broad. Some are more adventure like. Some are more strategic. Others fall into the more classic infinite re-spawn style. Some are known more for their single player mode. While others again more for online multi-player. These days I find offline FPS to get boring quickly and mainly play them online (which is about the opposite feeling I have about most other genres). And even then free-for-all deathmatch tires fast. I enjoy the more team based games now. The point is, this list covers a lot and takes into account when they came out. So deal with it.
You may notice a trend in the platform most these games were on, and I tried to list a series only once. Key word is tried...
23. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC): Good game, though what I shock I start with a WWII shooter. I wonder how many more WW2 shooters will make this list...
22. Return to Castle Wolfenstein (PC): I figured this game would suck. I was figured wrong. I wonder how many other id games will make this list...
21. Call of Duty (PC): Sigh, another one already. I'm not a big fan of most WW2 shooters. Probably because they all seem the same, but this series is pretty good so I had to list it. The chaos with so much going on around you is quite cool.
20. Far Cry (PC): The huge open areas of this game were amazing for its time. Heck, too many games these days are still corridor based shooters.
19. Tribes (PC): Great game. 'Nuff said.
18. Deus Ex (PC): I said my definition of FPS was broad and this RPG-FPS making the list proves it. This is quite different from the others here, but that's also why it made the list.
17. Heretic (PC): This game had spells, and I really liked it! I never really got into any of the Hexen sequels though. Back then I didn't even know who Raven was (or where they were located...).
16. Perfect Dark (N64): Not as good as GE, but without Bond you knew that would be the case going in. Still, I dropped a lot of time into this game. The shooting range, all the new multiplayer modes, the evil dataDyne corp, Elvis. Wait, scratch that one. And scratch the terrible framerate. Not sure why I put up with such bad graphics, but I did. I almost got a 360 just for the sequel. So glad I tried it first.
15. Serious Sam (PC): I didn't expect much from this game but it got good reviews. Glad I picked it up. Also glad I didn't pick up the sequal.
14. Soldier of Fortune (PC): Tired of all the sci-fi shooters? Then this game was for you. Plus this time I figured out who Raven was (and where they were from...).
13. Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC): I still think this is the best Star Wars game there is. Sure KotOR is a great RPG, but this is yet another game made by Raven! And even if it wasn't it would have made my list.
12. Wolfenstein 3D (PC): No list would be complete without the game that started it all.
11. Doom (PC): No list would be complete without the game that REALLY started it all.
10. Enemy Territory (PC): A mod that tried to be to RtCW what Counter Strike is to Half Life. It failed in that requards, but who cares. It was still really good and like CS, people still play it to this day. The fact it's free I'm sure doesn't hurt.
9. Battlefield 2 (PC): This is a great game, when it works. It can be hard to get a good squad together, but when you do... Jump in a helicopter and go around taking out loners who think they can take on the world. Sure the game has it's share of issues, but it's still one of the best online shooters I've played.
8. No One Lives Forever (PC): There arn't too many story based FPS games. This is one of them and it kicks all the more ass because of it. If Blood didn't do it, this game certainly made you pay attention to Monolith. I don't think it ever got the credit it deserved.
7. Metroid Prime (GC): Sure this is an adventure game or "FPA" according to Nintendo. But really, it's first person and you shoot shit. Not to mention damn good. I'll admit my love of Metroid pushed this up the list. But hey, it's MY list afterall.
6. GoldenEye (N64): Who knew you could do a FPS on a console? Rare that's who. When I first saw this I dismissed it since I figured it was just another licensed piece of crap on a cartridge. How quickly I was proved wrong. This is one of those rare examples where both the single player and multiplayer kicked major ass. Though my brother put me to shame by beating every level on every difficulty. I never could. Sniff/
5. Counter Strike (PC): A simple concept. Two teams, terrorists and counter-terrorists. One team tries to set a bomb off, the other tries to stop them. You only get one life so you better use it well. Then set the clock to 2 minutes and repeat, albeit with new weapons once you have enough cash. Good times will ensue. How long has this been out yet people still play this practically as much as any other FPS out there.
4. Unreal Tournament (PC): Any game with a Flak Cannon is going to make this list, but UT is a multi-player FPS dream come true. The DC version suffered from poor execution and presentation, but underneath that the core UT experience was still there. Oh yeah, fuck you Tork and your sniper and Stalwart XL loving ass. I still owned you on any other level. I can't wait for UT2k7.
3. Quake III Arena (PC): In terms of pure, re-spawning deathmatch fun no game comes close to being as good as Q3A. The only gun cooler than the Flak is the Rail Gun, except the Rail Gun takes skills to use well. Rocket Jumping is now in like every damn FPS. The DC version was done so well, until you realized it was only 4 players online. Still it was Q3A. I almost added Quake and its cool Trent Reznor composed soundtrack or even the excellent Quake 2 to the list, but instead decided to ball them all up into the number 3 game on my list. How fitting.
2. Half-Life (PC): Freakin' awesome game. Story? Check. Graphics (for it's day)? Check. Barney? Check. Gameplay? Hell yeah check. It spawned so many great times. Though the real beauty is that the moment you step on that train into Black Mesa you know you're about to experience something great. God bless you Valve.
1. Half-Life 2 (PC): Seriously. Did you expect anything else? If you did, you have horrible tastes in games. Terrible. Deplorable. Hang your head in shame and never return to this site again. In fact, consider yourself banned. I put this as #1 instead of the original just because it's still going. The episode one wasn't as great as I had hoped, but episode two/orange with the added content of Portals and Team Fortress 2 should be sweet. Even Steam has turned into something quite cool.
I know what you're thinking. No Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)? Nope. Sure it's a lot of fun to play online and is quite good, but it's still not up to this list. Where's Duke Nukem or any Tom Clancy game? Please. I wanted quality games only. There are a few others that missed out that you might be thinking of. F.E.A.R. is quite intense. Turok (1 and 2) were enjoyable back in the day. But if you even try to mention that thing called Halo I'll hunt you down and Flak your ass. Don't believe me? Just ask Tork...