First-person games have their own charm as they put you into the shoes of the protagonist. For the past 20 years of so, FPS games have held on due to the likes of some major game studios behind ever-popular franchises like call of duty, battlefield, far Cry, Doom, and many more such marvelous games. FPS games let you dive deep into the game play as you have a lot more to visualize. The best examples are the first-person shooter games but slowly the FPS mode is not only restricted to looter and shooter games. We have designed a list of the best and freshly released FPS games along with a few all-time classics to help you choose better.
8 Best FPS Games for 2021
- Doom Eternal
- Far Cry 5
- Titanfall 2
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Battlefield 2042
Doom Eternal presents a trifecta of fun, gore, and challenge to the players and since its complete release (both single and multiplayer) the game is becoming one of the all-time classics for a strategic shooter. Doom 2016 was good but this game is at a whole new level. The visual effects may not appear to be widely different than before because the developers spent more time improving the game mechanics.
The game gets tougher as you cross each level and blindly shooting anything and everything won’t help you complete this one easily. The game forces you to cycle between weapons and use a combination of strategy and weapons to find weak spots, lure the enemies, and then make your kill. It is a solid 16-hour campaign and even the multiplayer mode has got enough players swarming to keep you engaged for a long, long time.
Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 may be slightly old, being released in 2018 and all but that doesn’t make it a downgrade in the best FPS games of all time. Far Cry 6 will be released by this fall or the next year and you can still have countless hours of fun in Far Cry 5. The game follows the same elaborate storyline of previous games in the series with a more gruesome cult to combat this time. The game is set in Wisconsin and offers plenty of terrain to explore and ravage.
You can capture outposts and interact with the variety of flora and fauna. Air travel is given equal importance as you can now access helicopters and airplanes as easily as you get a ground vehicle. The game offers even a co-op mode where you can double the fun by teaming up with your buddy and defeating the cult. You can make alliances and call in for help which can be in form of an airstrike, animal attacks, etc to name a few. We won’t give out any spoilers so grab a copy and play the fifth iteration in the series if you haven’t already.
Titanfall made ripples through the game community in its early adaptation from 2014. It is a futuristic war shooting game much like what you would expect a downtrodden future to be. It has got a marvelous partnership between a human and a titan, which is your machine companion to help you clear out enemy waves and other titans as well.
The story mode is kept short and crisp and honestly, it could do a lot better. But that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy it. The combat remains impressive and even though the four hours campaign might not be that enticing, the multiplayer mode is where the game truly shines. The arena has become vast and expansive as compared to the older game and that gives you a lot of space to hide, run, evade, plan and kill your enemies. Titanfall 2 is a spectacle for gamers inclined towards futuristic war shooters.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
It would be a travesty to not keep the most popular and still thriving multiplayer shooting game on our list. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may be almost 12 years old but the craze for the game doesn’t seem to die yet. As the years have passed, the graphics may not be the finest you experience in a modern game. Graphics wasn’t the department where Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was supposed to be great but for a 2012 title, you cannot complain.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has no story mode whatsoever and is completely online. There is no fun in killing AI bots and if you want to truly test your mettle we would recommend you to hop into the multiplayer. Teams and community is the key to most game modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and without it, you are a sitting duck in the game. There are plenty of modes and plenty of players available across global servers to help you enter a match in no time.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the only visible reward for gamers who stuck with the Xbox consoles since their first launch. The game complies all the previous Halo games into a seamless co-op campaign that lets you grasp the entire story of the Odyssey. The game is a visual remaster as well with one exception that it now can be played on PC too. PlayStation owners may be tempted to play it but the studio offers no leeway as of now.
Like most FPS shooters on our list, the multiplayer mode is the best way to experience a variety of levels and game modes. You can hop into any game’s multiplayer which includes the first in the Halo franchise as well. While modern games in the series are more fun and interactive in multiplayer it is nostalgic to play the first one in multiplayer mode. There are ample weapons to upgrade to, factions to kill, and achievements to unlock. The waiting time is minimal considering the fact that there aren’t many who still play the Halo franchise in multiplayer but the Halo: The Master Chief Collection compels you to return to the gripping action FPS shooting game, once again.
Superhot isn’t like those fast-paced FPS shooters mentioned above. Instead, this one requires more than skill but an active mind to traverse the levels. The time is super slow and you have to battle opponents that come at you. The key is not brazenly shooting at them but planning each bullet and its destination.
Avoiding the enemy strikes while planning your moves can take a toll on the mind but you will love this nice change of pace. The campaign isn’t very long and therein not many visual effects scattered around to attract you to the game. If you love games like Portal, Superhot will get to you in no time. There is also a VR version released for the same and that doubles up the fun by providing a wholesome experience of moving with time.
Overwatch is a quirky take on the multiplayer FPS shooting games with a whole lot of vibrance and physics to interact with. Blizzard delivered a true masterpiece and we are talking about the 2020 update that brings a new set of characters to the roster. Overwatch also stresses cooperation in the game and battle the other team by planning your moves rather than rushing out for a boring battle.
The weaponry and characters both are equally quirky to play with and when you pack in a party of six, hours pass by without even realizing it. Overwatch is very addictive and very beautiful and is one of our top recommendations for the best FPS games to play.
Battlefield 2042 just dropped their gameplay trailer on E3 and the rumors and speculations about a boring shooter game are all wiped now. The game isn’t available as of yet but has the ability to emerge as one of the top shooter FPS games in a long time almost as good as the COD warzone. The new game brings multiplayer and co-op like the rest in the series but with a more interactive environment to deal with.
One thing noticeable about the new game was the wingsuit and the abundance of helicopters. It is not yet clear if it would be readily available at your disposal and there is a story mode too which showcases a major rift between the USA and Russia in the future. Futuristic weaponry, wing suiting, storms, and vehicles are all part of the new game and if the gameplay is as good as the trailer, the game would sell out millions of copies in no time. Battlefield 2042 also brings multiplayer mode with 128 players battling against one another with readily available servers across the globe. It will be available on most platforms and will decide the fate of the dwindling Battlefield franchise.
Doom Eternal remains our best pick for the enormous campaign and an equally fun multiplayer. Far Cry 5 is recommended if you love to explore the map and build factions and connections. Overwatch 2020 is also an exciting alternative to play in 2021 and while Battlefield 2042 is hyped enough we cannot say anything definitive until we play it thoroughly.