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The first-person shooter is one of the staple genres in video games. Throughout the history of the medium, some of the greatest games ever created have been shooters. From Modern Warfare and Battlefield all the way back to the one that started it all: Doom, there's so many amazing shooters to enjoy.

As consoles become even more powerful, the set-pieces have become even more bombastic, with the likes of Call of Duty looking like something straight out of a Michael Bay blockbuster.

TrustedReviews has compiled a list of the very best first-person shooters to play in 2017. From modern blockbusters to iconic classics, we've left no stone unturned in our search for visceral shooter experiences.

titanfall 2
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Titanfall 2 manages to improve upon the original in almost every conceivable way with a thrilling solo campaign and high-octane multiplayer. The gameplay feels tight and satisfying as you find a clever balance between elegant parkour and explosive mech battles across a series of creative maps. It feels like Respawn Entertainment took every criticism on board to craft something brilliant.

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Playing as Jack Cooper you find yourself as the new pilot of BT-7274, a Titan who accompanies you throughout the majority of the adventure against rebel militia intent on ruling the galaxy. One unexpected highlight is the chemistry between the two. Every bit of dialogue is sharp and occasionally funny, leading to some narrative crescendoes that tug at the heartstrings.

Combine this with a comprehensive suite of multiplayer modes that continue to be supported with free maps and content updates and you've got one of the best shooters available right now.

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Blizzard Entertainment's first foray into the shooter genre seems to have struck gold. This team-based shooter features over 24 unique heroes to choose from across 4 distinct classes. They're all visually spectacular with quirky personalities to match. Maps span all over the globe inside a stylized world with surprisingly deep lore, Overwatch is a gift that keeps on giving.

Having frequently updated the title with free heroes, maps and seasonal events; there is almost always a reason to fit in a quick session of Overwatch.

3 / 14

Our Score:

8

Doom

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Id Software were under a lot of pressure to deliver with 2016's controversial DOOM reboot. Luckily, the studio more than delivered with a bloody, brutal and brilliant shooter experience. DOOM's solo campaign is the clear highlight here. Playing as an unstoppable space marine, you wield an endless arsenal of weapons against hell's darkest demon offerings. It's so much fun, only made better by Mick Gordon's utterly visceral score. RIP AND TEAR!

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Electronic Arts has taken the explosive shooter franchise back to the filthy trenches of The Great War with Battlefield 1. In doing so, it has produced what is arguably the best game in the series for decades, boasting a truly emotional solo campaign and bombastic, long-lasting multiplayer.

The single-player campaign is a harrowing retelling of the infamous conflict through the eyes of brave young soldiers fighting in a war they have no place in. Unfortunately, it's over far too soon, a true testament of its quality that it left us begging for more.

Battlefield 1's multiplayer is equally as fantastic, providing you and millions of other players with vast, explosive battlefields to march, drive and fly across. The blockbuster action of previous titles is here to stay, and it's more pronounced than ever this time around.

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bulletstorm full clip
We’re so ecstatic to see the excellent Bulletstorm resurface in its 2017 incarnation ‘Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition’ that we’re willing to forget its awful launch trailer.

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Bulletstorm was a critical darling when it first released in 2011, but sadly the stellar shooter didn’t get the sales love it deserved. It meant that many missed out on one of the most inventive shooters of the previous console generation.

You’ll be giggling with glee when you execute the game’s ‘Skillshots’ as EXP tumbles down your screen. With specific rewards for kicking an enemy and shooting them to death in mid-air, or finishing them off by shooting the unfortunate sods in the throat or special reproductive place, few shooters feel as accomplished as Bulletstorm.

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infinite warfare
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Infinity Ward's latest iteration in the blockbuster franchise is a fun, if slightly underwhelming affair. The single-player portion is spectacular. By offering players their own starship and a selection of missions to choose from, Infinite Warfare feels fittingly fresh for such a tired franchise.

Unfortunately, the package is let down by mediocre multiplayer that simply can't match the smooth quality of Titanfall 2 or sheer spectacle of Battlefield 1. Picking up The Legacy Edition will net you Modern Warfare Remastered, a fantastic modern adaptation of the 2007 classic.
Alien: Isolation
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

We've cheated a bit here - while Alien: Isolation takes place from a first-person viewpoint and involves a bit of shooting, it couldn't be more different from the other high-octane blasters in this list.

You spend the vast majority of your time creeping around the decaying space station Sevastopol trying to avoid the attention of the titular alien, hostile human survivors and aggressive androids known as "Working Joes".

With so many Alien games pitting the player against hordes of xenomorphs that are little more than cannon fodder, it's refreshing to see a title which makes H.R. Giger and Ridley Scott's iconic creation genuinely scary again; few video games are as tense as this, with each encounter proving to be a hair-raising event that will get your heart racing. Weapons are practically non-existent and the alien is fast and powerful, meaning that you often have no option but to hide and hope for the best.

Trigger-happy FPS addicts might find it lacking in action, but Alien: Isolation is a game that everyone should experience.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Platform: Xbox One

The Master Chief Collection neatly pulls together the mainline Halo titles released so far - from Combat Evolved all the way up to Halo 4 - and gives everything a welcome lick of HD paint.

Halo 2 will be of particular interest to series fans as it's generally regarded as one of the strongest entries in the entire franchise. Even so, every single title included here stands up to close scrutiny, with Halo 4 surprising the most by looking and sounding like a true next-gen release following its facelift.

Halo 3 - the first game in the series to hit the Xbox 360 - has perhaps aged the least gracefully but still has plenty of epic moments to relive, while the debut title proves that classic gameplay never goes out of fashion: it may be a decade old but its enjoyable combination of wide, open arenas and intelligent foes makes for a scintillating proposition, even by today's standards.

Master Chief Collection contains four of the best FPS shooters money can by, and is predictably a must-have for any genre fan.

Price: £30
Destiny

9 / 14

Our Score:

8

Destiny

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3

Bungie's next game was always going to be in the shadow of Halo to a certain degree - especially when you consider both titles are thematically and visually quite similar - but Destiny has succeeded in providing something that the Master Chief cannot: a MMO-style experience that is skillfully merged with action-packed, first-person blasting.

While the storyline is uncharacteristically weak for a Bungie-made title, the sense of camaraderie is impressive - you can hook up with friends to tackle special missions against tough foes.

Going shoulder-to-shoulder with complete strangers to bring down a massive alien aggressor offers a thrill that few other FPS titles can match, and in many ways this makes up for the somewhat thin nature of the plot. It's not a perfect title by any means, but both Bungie and publisher Activision are committed to expanding and enhancing the experience over the next few years; even if Destiny doesn't float your boat in 2015, it's sure to get better as time goes on.

Price: £32.99
Far Cry 4

10 / 14

Our Score:

8

Far Cry 4

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Most FPS titles place the player in the role of an unstoppable one-man army from the get-go, but Ubisoft's Far Cry series has always tried to do something a little different. You're usually in the wrong place at the wrong time, and have to do your best to extract yourself and take down as many bad guys as possible.

In Far Cry 4 you're a young man returning to his homeland to scatter his mother's ashes, yet you end up embroiled in a civil war which threatens to tear the entire country apart. During your epic quest to bring stability to Kyrat, you'll craft items, ride elephants into battle and make choices which have an impact on future missions. The forces of the tyrannical ruler Pagan Min provide plenty of opportunities for frantic gunfights, but you'll also find that the local wildlife is just as likely to cause you headaches.

Thankfully, you can use the creatures which popular the mountainous countryside against your human foes, offering plenty of examples of emergent gameplay to keep things feeling fresh and unpredictable.

Price: £45
Metro Redux
Platform: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Metro 2033 and its sequel Metro: Last Light are two of the most atmospheric shooters you could possibly hope to play on any console. Granted, the idea of setting your narrative against the backdrop of a post-nuclear landscape has been done to death, but these two titles - both superbly remastered and updated from their last-gen originals - harness the potential of the situation perfectly.

With mankind driven underground and horrible mutants ruling the world above, this is a setting where survival is paramount and even the bullets you fire at enemies have a tangible cost to them.

Metro 2033 is arguably the slower, more methodical of the pair and lacks some of the interface refinements that are present in Last Light - however, the developer has done an excellent job of upgrading the visuals to make them even more effective.

Last Light is more action-oriented and as a result casts aside some of the excellent tension found in the original. The fact that these two games are slightly different makes this pack a more compelling purchase - Metro Redux is an HD remaster that is totally deserving of another shot at stardom.

Price: £17
GTA 5

12 / 14

Our Score:

10

GTA 5

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 (PC coming March 27)

GTA 5 is a game that you might assume isn't old enough to get a next-gen facelift - after all, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions only rocked up in 2013 - but the arrival of new hardware has given developer Rockstar the opportunity to revisit one of the decade's most popular games with style.

The big news here - and the reason for this game's inclusion in this list - is the addition of an optional first-person mode, something which drastically changes the nature of the game and makes it worth experiencing again even if you played it to death over a year ago.

Add in 1080p HD support, improved textures, a better lighting system a realistic depth of field effects and you've got a next-gen remaster which not only looks better than the original, but plays like a dream as well.

While it's perhaps not desirable to play the entire game using the first-person mode, the fact that you can toggle it on and off at will means you can alternate in order to get the right perspective. Gunfights are improved immeasurably by this new feature, making things feel more akin to Call of Duty and Halo than ever did before.

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Wolfenstein TNO
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

The original Wolfenstein is credited with kick-starting the FPS genre more than two decades ago, and it's fitting that this big-budget sequel finds itself in the position of being one of 2014's most entertaining blasters.

Set in an alternate '60s where Nazi Germany has emerged victorious from World War II and is now reaching out into space, it doesn't necessarily take itself too seriously.

There's some amusing dialogue and wacky characters, but when the bullets start flying it's clear that developer Machinegames isn't messing around. Clever set pieces, unique weapons and inventive enemy types combine to create a thrillingly chaotic shooter, and one which proudly wears its old-school credentials on its sleeve.

The game's strong single-player focus means that there's no online mode - something that may put off seasoned FPS lovers - but Wolfenstein: The New Order remains a solid title and should hopefully bring the esteemed series to the attention of an entirely fresh audience.

Price: £24
sniper elite 4
Buried within a competent, if unspectacular, shooter lies one of the most satisfying game mechanics in video games. Rebellion Development’s ‘Kill Cam’ is deliciously gory as you follow your carefully aimed bullet right into the squishy pink brains – and testicles – of your Nazi foes.

The payoff is as satisfying as ever, but Sniper Elite 4 can also boast much larger and more intricate locales as we sneak our way through wartime Italy. Sparkling coastal regions give way to mountainous forests and night-time bunkers, all feeling very much alive.

Forcing experimentation with your playstyle, in some areas low-flying planes and artillery guns mask your shots. But, in quieter zones, you’ll have to re-evaluate. With Sniper Elite 4, you can marvel at more than just the mangling of your opponents innards.

Matthew Bunton

January 30, 2015, 3:38 pm

I wouldn't classify some of these as actual FPS games.

Nacho Gentile

March 14, 2016, 2:03 pm

yes GTA and Alien are not FPS, some of them are also console exclusive... And where is CS:GO?

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