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Best FPS games 2023: The best to play this year

Trusted Reviews recommends the very best FPS games you simply have to play in 2020 whether you're a PC, PS4 or Xbox One gamer

If you’re wanting to take enemies down in style while retaining the highest degree of immersion, one of the best FPS games will be more than sufficient.

Our team of experts have reviewed plenty of marvellous FPS titles across different forms and styles, and we’ve made sure to include the very best in each category on our list. We’ve also included a good scope of options, so everyone can at least get behind one recommendation on this list.

And if you can’t find any games that take your fancy, then make sure to bookmark this page and return later. There are plenty more great FPS games on the horizon, and we’ll be sure to add them in when they arrive.

We also have plenty of other round-ups for the best games on other systems if you don’t want to look for a specific genre (although if you want to play with friends, grabbing one of the best multiplayer games is ideal); our best PS5 games list is perfect for anyone who’s recently bought the latest PlayStation, and our best Xbox Series X/S games list is for all the Microsoft fans out there, and our picks for the best Switch games is ideal for those who’ve got Nintendo’s excellent diddy hybrid console, while the best PC games are reserved for those who’ve got a killer rig for the best titles.

Best FPS games at a glance

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Deathloop

Best single player FPS
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Pros

  • Uses the time loop concept to great effect
  • Supernatural abilities are a joy to use
  • Plenty to discover in each hub world
  • Multiplayer element adds some thrilling chaos

Cons

  • Can get repetitive towards the end
  • A small number of technical issues

Deathloop is a fantastic FPS title in our view, especially if you’re looking for a great single player experience. 

This comes largely thanks to the fact it’s one of the most innovative titles to be released in a very long time with a mind-bending time loop mechanic that requires you to kill eight targets before the end of the day. In addition, this also brings with it an excellent puzzle mechanic to Deathloop that makes it one of the most unique games out there.

Given this is a game that will put you in the same position every day, you’ll be sure to spend a lot of time appreciating Deathloop’s cartoon art style and marvellous graphics that we found to look especially great on PS5 during our playthrough. The soundtrack is also brilliant with a James Bond style set of music helping to intensify every shootout and make you feel like your own secret agent.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Deathloop review

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Best zombie FPS
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Pros

  • Parkour platforming is incredibly fun
  • The open-world city is a great playground
  • Your decisions shape the story
  • Great cast of characters

Cons

  • Combat is hit and miss
  • Immunity timer will be divisive
  • Not scary enough for horror fans

For those wanting an FPS game where picking off zombies is the main objective, look no further than Dying Light 2 Stay Human.

The combat here is more of the same hack-and-slash style that has bestowed series such as Skyrim and Fallout in the past, which can get a little repetitive at times, but generally felt responsive and offered up some satisfying animations when you send a zombie’s head flying.

There’s also a parkour and exploration element in Dying Light 2 that offers the chance to climb basically anything, unlike in the likes of Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed where only specific structures were climbable. We found the free-running element to be such an enjoyable part of the game that the lack of fast travel options to move around the map didn’t become such a huge issue, and with two separate open world maps on offer, there’s a lot to explore and climb.

This is also one of the best-looking games out there and one of the brighter-looking zombie titles, which helps it to look especially eye-catching. We also found there to be some outstanding attention to detail, even if we only managed to play at 1440p, but it’s a testament to how good the game looks overall.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Dying Light 2 Review

Valorant

Best eSports FPS
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Pros

  • Superb gunplay
  • Robust character classes provide depth and longevity
  • Gorgeous art style

Cons

  • High difficulty level can feel inaccessible
  • Can be frustrating playing solo

Valorant is an excellent choice for those wanting an intense yet rewarding competitive shooter – one that’s ideal for eSports 

There’s a large selection of guns to choose from, ranging from small pistols to massive assault rifles and snipers for longer range combat. Unlike other shooters, no weapon felt especially overpowered, and each of them felt fantastic to use with pinpoint accuracy in terms of the controls on offer.

As well as offering some rather fun and engaging gameplay, we also thought that Valorant looked brilliant with a cartoon art style that’s reminiscent of Team Fortress 2. The audio effects and voice acting is also second to none, helping to give each character their own distinct personality There are eleven different character classes to choose from, and with them also comes a decent mix of nationalities to also offer an inclusive experience, which is lovely.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones

Full review: Valorant review

Halo Infinite

Best multiplayer FPS
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Pros

  • Hugely enjoyable gunplay, with great weapon variety
  • Grappleshot is incredibly fun to use
  • Compelling dialogue and engaging new characters
  • Fantastic multiplayer mode

Cons

  • Open-world sections are generic
  • Boss battles can be frustrating
  • Story’s conclusion is anti-climatic

Halo is a game series that’s been synonymous with Microsoft consoles since the very first Xbox was released and the latest iteration, Halo Infinite, makes the grade as the best multiplayer FPS out there.

This comes thanks to there being oodles of modes to get stuck into, with Team and Arena Battle modes, as well as larger scale 24-Player Big Team Battles. They both offer similar modes such as Total Control and Capture The Flag, but the Big Team Battles add vehicles into the mix. As well as offering an engaging multiplayer experience, the fact it’s also a free multiplayer just sweetens the deal even more.

If you’ve got an Xbox Series X and an HDMI 2.1 capable display, then the multiplayer modes in Halo Infinite can also be run at 120Hz to provide an extra smooth experience, especially compared to a more standard 60Hz refresh rate. We thought Halo Infinite also looked rather polished and offered some excellent gameplay to boot.

Whether you’ve got a Series X or Series S, Halo Infinite also looks great, with some immense levels of detail on character models that show how far consoles have come, even in a generation. We found colours to be punchy and helped the game to offer an especially vibrant art style, which acts as a nice contrast to other shooters that can be typically dark and gritty

Reviewer: Ryan Jones

Full review:Halo Infinite review

Cyberpunk 2077

Best open world FPS
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Pros

  • Night City is a living, breathing world that is truly breathtaking
  • V is an excellent lead character with so much potential depth
  • All of the gameplay systems are nuanced and rewarding
  • Dialogue and storytelling are strong and impactful

Cons

  • Braindance mechanic is underutilized
  • Female character writing feels misogynistic at times
  • Bugs

Cyberpunk 2077 is our top pick for those wanting the freedom to explore a detailed and vast open world with an FPS title. 

We found the combat on offer here to be excellent, with practically endless amounts of enjoyable and tight gunfights on offer. There’s a fluid class system on offer, meaning that you can adopt any form of the game’s combat and hacking mechanics in whichever order you like, giving you total control. In addition, with the vast selection of different weapons with their own unique characteristics, there are so many different ways of taking enemies down.

As more of an open-world style RPG, the story of Cyberpunk 2077 is also integral to its successes. With regards to character creation, we found it to be perhaps one of the vastest in terms of options for shaping V to be whoever you wanted them to be, which in turn shapes the game’s story and the experience you get. The storytelling here proved to be wondrous, with a sense of pace and execution that was unlike anything we’d played before. 

The graphics on offer are more impressive on consoles than it is on PC, where at the time of review we found the game to offer some bugs and instability. With that being said, the pair of Quality and Performance Modes on next gen consoles do take the game up a gear and help it to look and perform well.

Reviewer: Jade King

Full review: Cyberpunk 2077

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What is the best FPS open world game?

For our money, the best open world FPS is Cyberpunk 2077. Its combat is especially engaging, which comes alongside a well-paced story and a living and breathing world in the form of Night City.

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