Best FPS Games: The top shooters you can play right now

The FPS remains one of the most popular genres in modern gaming, compiling an abundance of global blockbusters and ambitious new groundbreakers, consisting of a library that continues to expand with each passing day. There’s no barrier between you and the action, allowing you to tear through hordes of enemies and compete with friends online with a repertoire of wonderful weapons, skills, and abilities.

Some of gaming’s most memorable experiences come from the shooter genre, and we’ve narrowed them down to a list of our all-time favourite FPS experiences. Whether we’re slaying aliens on Mars or gearing up our specialists in covert military operations, there’s something here for everyone.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

call of duty black ops 4

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Battle Net) 

Pros:

  • Smooth gunplay
  • Excellent level design
  • The story is woven through all three branches of multiplayer
  • A great re-invention of a slightly stale franchise

Cons:

  • No solo campaign

Despite abandoning the solo campaign, Treyarch has managed to overcome fan worries and produce a spectacular shooter in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The disappointing third entry is now forgotten as Black Ops 4 delivers three distinct modes in the form of traditional multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout, all of which shine brightly in their own way.

By taking cues from the likes of Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch, multiplayer puts you in control of customisable specialists with their own range of skills and equipment. These all play differently and lead you to emphasize teamwork in a way Call of Duty hasn’t done before. Blackout is much the same, taking place across a sprawling map where you with a group of friends, or alone, aim to emerge victorious against 100 other players.

Zombies is also great, feeling more accessible and engaging thanks to sharply written dialogue and three huge locations available at launch, or four if you splurge on the season pass. This is arguably the best Call of Duty since Advanced Warfare, added a much-needed tune-up to a stale franchise.

DOOM

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One PC

Pros:

  • Unremitting demon-slaughter action all the way
  • Brilliant Glory Kill mechanics
  • All your favourite Doom enemies and weapons
  • Solid multiplayer and DIY SnapMap modes

Cons:

  • Repetitive level design
  • Semi-useless map

How do you reboot the most influential shooter of all time without upsetting anyone? Turns out it’s simple, if not easy: you hit your USPs – stoic, murderous main character, inventive monster design, and Big Flonkin’ Guns – with absolutely merciless precision, wrap it all in a flawless score from Wolfenstein’s Mick Gordon and unleash hell.

Fast-paced combat and open-plan levels make the solo mode a brutal, joyous romp, even if the multiplayer’s ever-so-slightly disappointing compared with the competition. Remember: in other games, you’re trying to survive. In Doom, the monsters are trying to survive you. 

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Bulletstorm

bulletstorm

Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Pros:

  • Superb leash and skillshot mechanics
  • High-octane action all the way
  • Has never looked better
  • Stupid, gruesome fun

Cons:

  • Humour can be dubious
  • Duke Nukem DLC a waste of time

With its tongue-in-cheek, finger-constantly-on-the-trigger approach, Bulletstorm seemed to epitomise the most dumbass elements of the FPS genre back in 2011, disguising an elegantly-designed experience full of inventive gameplay elements and genuinely brilliant boss fights.

The smart ‘Skillshot’ system discourages anything as simple as shooting its feral adversaries in favour of decapitating them with grenade-bolas or kicking them into carnivorous plants, and even the plot’s surprisingly compelling. Regretting that you were one of the literally millions of players who didn’t buy it?

Don’t worry: 2017’s remastered edition adds a rejigged campaign mode and revamped graphics, making it the perfect way to play an underrated gem. 

Far Cry 5

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Spectacular action in stunning scenery
  • Four great villains, each with their own style
  • More immersive and organic than previous Far Cries
  • Brilliant specialists and animal allies

Cons:

  • Sometimes sticks too closely to old Far Cry templates
  • Loses pace when the Seeds aren’t around

Get past its off-kilter politics – turns out, the doomsday-prepping gun-lovers are the good guys – and Far Cry 5 is a brilliant retooling for the series, tossing tired elements aside (watchtowers are switched out for prepper caches, for instance) and doubling down on the mayhem with a team mechanic that lets you recruit the perfect squad for your goals (Shotgun dude and helicopter? Stealth-lady and sniper? Ah, sod it, rocket-man and bear again).

The way you’re snatched from its sandbox world to do story missions is absolutely maddening and the post-endgame vibe is oddly unsatisfying, but once you’re done with the main game a never-ending array of user-submitted Arcade mode levels is the way to go. Oh, and you can throw shovels at people. Redemptive! 

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Pros:

  • Emotionally compelling
  • Better stealth
  • Great endgame content

Cons:

  • Weapons could be more creative
  • Animations and character models occasionally feel ropey
  • Tonally inconsistent at times

Some things never go out of style, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus’ central premise – shoot loads of Nazis, preferably with the most outlandish gun you can loot – is as compelling in 2018 as it was back in 1992.

This time, of course, it’s backed up with blockbuster-level set-pieces, exemplary shooter mechanics, and a genuinely engaging story, with its alternate-history backdrop providing some chilling examples of the consequences of fascism.

It’s not all moralizing, of course: blasting giant Panzerhunds with a triple-barrel shotgun or pinging a grunt’s helmet off with a perfect sniper shot would be seriously satisfying even if they weren’t on the Reich side of history…but since they are, it’s all the sweeter.

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Battlefield 5

Battlefield 5

 

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Fast paced multiplayer
  • Solid progression system
  • Interesting spotlight on lesser seen aspects of war

Cons:

  • Same old Battlefield
  • Plays it too safe
  • Very little content

Sure, Battlefield 5 plays it safe most of the time, but it’s safe in the same way as a Citroen C1 hatchback. That is to say that the gunplay it offers is dependable, well made and occasionally features four wheels.

The latest in the Battlefield franchise, number 5 moves the action to World War 2 and has a collection of single player vignettes that show the horrors of war, and then a multiplayer game mode where you can pull on a gas mask emblazoned with a union jack, hop out of a speeding spitfire and then hack some fascists to death with a hatchet. Would you like fries with your tonal whiplash?

Rainbow Six Siege

rainbow six siege

Pros:

  • Deeply engrossing tactical shooter
  • Teamwork is not only encouraged, but necessary
  • Diverse and well-balanced cast of operators
  • Consistent updates and additions

Cons:

  • Can seem impenetrable to newcomers
  • Trolls can ruin matches with little penalty

Since its underwhelming launch, Ubisoft has transformed Rainbow Six Siege into one of the biggest shooters on the planet both in terms of players and its presence as competitive esport. Thanks to frequent seasonal updates, players are being treated to new maps, operators and content drops that expand the tactical meaning of everything Siege offers.

Unlocked with in-game currency or real world money, newcomers and veterans alike can jump into Rainbow Six Siege and find something that truly clicks with them. If you’re after a shooter that demands patience, tactics and teamwork you can’t get much better than this.

Overwatch

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Fun and diverse cast of heroes
  • Deep and engaging lore
  • Addictive and endlessly rewarding to play
  • Seasonal events are a regular treat

Cons:

  • Progression system relies on random cosmetics
  • Bad team composition can be frustrating

It’s rare that a developer’s first foray into a crowded genre goes quite so right as Overwatch, a multiplayer ‘hero shooter’ that encourages smart teamwork and creative gameplay via a variety of characters and classes.

It’s also a ray of cartoonish positivity in a genre that’s often mired in blood, mud and heavy metal, with costumes and character poses that foreshadowed Fortnite’s mega-success alongside the frequent introduction of new maps and events. Even casual players often log hundreds of hours, and it’s not hard to see why. 

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Platforms: Xbox One

Pros:

  • Four classic games looking better than ever
  • Play what you like, as you like it, the way you like it
  • Multiplayer maps and modes from all four games
  • Worth it just for Halo 2 and Halo 4

Cons:

  • You still won’t love the Flood
  • Halo 3 looks and feels surprisingly dated

Halo is the most iconic property in Xbox history, with Master Chief’s battles against The Covenant having easily the stood the test of time with tight, responsive shooting and breathtaking setpieces. The Master Chief Collection brings all of these adventures together, and they’ve recently been updated to support 4K and HDR on Xbox One X.

They all still play beautifully, sporting updated visuals whether that’s through subtle tweaks or a complete remaster in the form of Anniversary treatments. The formula of sharp gunplay, encouraged exploration and an abundance vehicles combine to make something truly wonderful.

And who can forget multiplayer? Despite some teething problems, recent updates to The Master Chief Collection have made it easier than ever to find a match in any game or playlist of your choice. It isn’t perfect, but having everything in one place is great.

Destiny 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Great solo campaign
  • Strong and addictive multiplayer
  • Absolutely gorgeous
  • Plenty of content

Cons:

  • Takes away your time
  • Loot system could use some tweaks

After a shaky birth – the first Destiny came with a plethora of problems that were eventually fixed by downloadable expansions – part two really delivered on the promise of the franchise from Halo-creators Bungie, with a campaign mode that’s really just an on-ramp for a looting, shooting romp packed with player-versus-environment set-pieces.

The six-man Raid dynamic is one of the high points, and while it can be a touch unwelcoming if you haven’t got friends to play with – the game really encourages it – it’s still a worthwhile experience. 

Prey

prey

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One PC

Pros:

  • Excellent level design
  • Great visual style
  • Super soundtrack
  • Typhon abilities are great fun
  • Creative puzzle solving

Cons:

  • Mainline story is lacking
  • Lead character feels entirely passive in narrative
  • Closing stages suffer from aggressive ramp in difficulty

Although the story’s intriguing and the level design’s always inventive, perhaps the most impressive part of Prey is its willingness to accommodate multiple play styles – from run-and-gun to stealth – as you explore its richly-crafted environments.

You’re a test subject in an experiment gone horribly wrong – do they ever go right? – and from there things get genuinely intriguing, with several endings and ways to tackle the game’s key missions offering an experience that differs from player to player. Like your shooting off-the-rails? Here’s your choice. 

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Titanfall 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Impressive, inventive solo campaign
  • Superb combat and movement mechanics
  • BT is an ET for the Modern Warfare generation
  • Excellent multiplayer improves on the original

Cons:

  • Some ideas shuffled away before their time
  • Visuals are strong, but not the best you’ll see this year

The premise of the first Titanfall – in the future, warfare’s conducted by mecha-style exoskeletons and their agile, parkour-loving pilots – was pretty compelling, but it was really in this sequel that it reached its full potential, with a creative single player campaign and frantic, tactical multiplayer matches.

Platforming elements mesh brilliantly with some excellent level design and innovative weapons to create a thinking man’s shooter that allows for plenty of freedom in the way you tackle different challenges. More into pulse knives than pistols? This one’s for you.