11 best first-person shooter games 2016/2017: Best FPS games, from Doom to CS:GO

The concept of a first-person shooter first came about with the release of Doom 20 years ago, with people referring to FPS games as “Doom clones” for quite some time afterwards. Since then, FPS games have gone from strength to strength as graphics and game mechanics improve, and the base of online users increases. Fast forward to today and there is a myriad of FPS games available to buy – but which are the best? Here’s 11 of our all-time favourite FPS games.

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  • Battlefield 1
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Half-Life 2
  • CoD 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Far Cry 4
  • Doom
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Team Fortress 2
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Best first person shooter games: Battlefield 1

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Battlefield 1 is one of our favourite games to be released in 2016, offering a brutal and humbling look at the first world war – a drastic change from the Hollywood-esque Battlefield Hardline the year before, and from its main competitor, the sci-fi themed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The single player campaign is offered in anthology format, allowing gamers to hear the stories of several of the thousands of people that took part in the war worldwide. The multiplayer is Battlefield at its best with all-out-war conditions, and the destructible environments mean the state of play can change in an instant. Fantastic game throughout, and well worth playing.  

You can read our full Battlefield 1 review here.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME, Origin

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Battlefield 1 is one of our favourite games to be released in 2016, offering a brutal and humbling look at the first world war – a drastic change from the Hollywood-esque Battlefield Hardline the year before, and from its main competitor, the sci-fi themed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The single player campaign is offered in anthology format, allowing gamers to hear the stories of several of the thousands of people that took part in the war worldwide. The multiplayer is Battlefield at its best with all-out-war conditions, and the destructible environments mean the state of play can change in an instant. Fantastic game throughout, and well worth playing.  

You can read our full Battlefield 1 review here.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME, Origin

Best first person shooter games: Homefront: The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution didn’t get the warmest reception when it first launched, despite promising big things prior to its announcement. Set in an alternate reality where North Korea rules the US, it’s up to Ethan Brady to take back control. The storyline becomes slightly stale at the mid-way point, but the open world nature of the game redeems it as it always provides something for you to do. The on-the-fly weapon customisation is the best implementation of the system that we’ve seen for quite some time, allowing users to customise their weapon mid-battle and change tactic if need be.

You can read our Homefront: The Revolution review here

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

Best first person shooter games: Half-Life 2

Rise and shine, Mister Freeman, wake up and smell the ashes. It's tough to find a game more spell-binding than Half-Life 2. From the moment you find yourself riding that train into the dystopian future of City 17 to the instance good ol' Barney tosses you your trademark crowbar, gamers everywhere knew that they were in for one hell of a ride. With unmatched in-game cinematics and a memorable cast of allies and villains, Half-Life 2 was an experience more than it was a game – so much so that all these years later, users are still pining for a third in the series.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

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Best first person shooter games: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered

Modern Warfare grabbed the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide in late 2007, becoming a bonafide phenomenon almost overnight. Updating the already prestigious Call of Duty series with a new modern setting, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare pumped vitality into both its single-player campaign and its pulse-pounding multiplayer modes. A combination of new RPG-styled Perk abilities, weapon upgrades, and ultra-tight controls make Call of Duty 4 a modern-day legend and the favourite in the series for many. In fact, it’s so popular that gamers can buy a special edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare that comes with Modern Warfare Remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

Best first person shooter games: Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 is hands-down the best in the series and indulges the slightly insane missions that gamers love to experience. Take down a base on elephant back? Check. Hang glide off the side of a mountain to escape pursuing enemies? Check. The open world is huge and everything you see in-game is accessible, and with a number of missions and activities to do while exploring, you’ll be lost in the Far Cry world for quite some time. The graphics and environment are gorgeous, the game is fun to play and offers something unique when compared to other open world FPS games.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

Best first person shooter games: Doom (2016)

The 2016 reboot of the classic Doom series takes Doom back to what it was originally – absolutely insane. It starts with a casual skull crush before throwing you into the action at the deep end within minutes of playing, and within an hour of playing you’ll be waging war in Hell. It goes against typical FPS cover-and-shoot trends, keeping gamers moving constantly to avoid being surrounded by the enemy and eradicated. You’ll find various power-ups throughout the game that’ll give you the edge in battle and make your destruction that little bit gorier. If you’re looking for a simple, gruesome and fun shooter to play, look no further than Doom.

You can read our Doom (2016) review here. 

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

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Best first person shooter games: Counter Strike: Global Offensive

CS: GO is one of the most popular FPS games on the market at the moment, and offers users an experience more ‘real’ than blockbuster FPS war games. There are a number of game modes available with a number of weapons and skins. Skins play a huge part in CS: GO as they allow you to customise the look of your weapon, and people take it incredibly seriously – so serious that rare skins are being sold for real money online.

Buy it now: Steam

Best first person shooter games: Left 4 Dead 2

Believe it or not, when the first Left 4 Dead was released back in 2008 there was an incredible amount of excitement about the concept of co-operative zombie-shooting game. Now every videogame in the whole wide world has zombies in it and it's harder to see the appeal, but L4D - and particularly its more fleshed-out-sequel - makes the battle against the undead feel fresh to this day. The danger of death and with it crushing defeat is ever-present, the horde is innumerable and resources forever in short supply. For all that, it's high-speed, breathless action that's more than capable of taking you by surprise, not some fearful trudge.

Buy it now: Steam

Best first person shooter games: Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 is the follow up to the hugely popular Killing Floor game that was released in 2009, and is arguably better than the original (hence its presence in this roundup!). Killing Floor 2 drops you head first into a sea of chaos with bullets flying and blood splattering around you, and is made much more enjoyable when teaming up with your friends to take down the hordes of charging mutants. It’s gory, gruesome and action packed, and features a blend of weapons and environments that should satisfy and seasoned FPS gamer.

Buy it now: Steam

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Best first person shooter games: Rainbow Six Siege

While many of the games featured in our roundup fall into the ‘run and gun’ category of FPS games, Rainbow Six Siege is the complete opposite in almost every way. It’s more about patience, planning, timing and blowing huge holes in walls, ceilings and floors, of course. Siege is a five-on-five attack-and-defend style game, pitting two teams against each other with one defending and one attacking. Gameplay is fast-paced and interesting with 25 unique operators available to choose from, and the high-fidelity destruction system allows for opportunities previously unavailable in attack-and-defend games.

Buy it now: Amazon, GAME

Best first person shooter games: Team Fortress 2

While this cartoon-esque team shooter does have plenty of room for shooting expertise for those who desire it, it's also an instant-fun riot for rank amateurs. Pick the character that most appeals to you - the slow but steady, blood-crazed heavy, the headshotting Sniper, the fast-running scout, the rocket-jumping Soldier - and get in there. You don't have to be good at shooters to feel like you've contributed, and you're guaranteed a laugh. And if fighting other players seems a bit too scary, TF2's had a co-op mode added in which you and four others fight off hordes of AI-controlled robots. A true classic.

Buy it now: Steam

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