There are few things in life that, no matter how often you do them, never become boring. For those of us who have, quite deliberately you understand, forgone the joys of the opposite sex in favor of gaming, the simulated experience of shooting your fellow human in the face is definitely one of them.
First-person shooter (FPS games) have been around for a long time. While some games in the genre haven’t set their sights any higher than digitized wholesale murder, there are also plenty of others that have sought to create a more engaging and tactical experience.
The following FPS games are the ones that have defined and shaped the genre more than any others.
Doom was the breakout FPS title that put the genre on the map. Many people regard it as the first in the genre, an accolade that actually belongs to the much less known title Maze War. Doom became such an influential title that there is an entire genre, ‘Doom Clone’, of games that look and play just like the original.
Another revolutionary FPS title, and one of the most influential and highly regarded video games of all time. Half Life was one of the first games that gave the player complete control of the central protagonist, Gordon Freeman, and allowed them to witness the scripted events that drove the story through his eyes.
Call of Duty 2
The Call of Duty series is an entertainment behemoth today. But before the fourth title catapulted the series to mega stardom, it was the second title in the series that defined its excellence. Not only did Call of Duty 2 feature an engaging campaign story, told through the eyes of an American and a Russian soldier, but it also offered a multiplayer experience that few games since have managed to match.
Big and bold online shooters are relatively common today, but Battlefield 2 was the shooter that started this trend. Featuring online multiplayer matches with up to 64 players, divided into two teams and competing for control of a huge map, Battlefield 2 pushed the limits of computer hardware at the time, and set the stage for the class-based shooters that have since followed.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is one of the most popular online shooters in the world today. Like Doom all those years ago, PUBG has inspired a whole slew of similar titles which embrace the Battle Royale theme. PUBG players are airdropped into a huge open map with a random weapon. The objective is simply to survive until the end. PUBG is one of those games that is simple to play, but difficult to master. If you want to take your PUBG game to the next level, check out I Want Cheats for tips and walk throughs.
The FPS genre has produced a number of hugely influential and respected titles and continues to do so today. The above 5 titles are among the most important for the genre, both in terms of getting it to where it is today and taking it further in the future.