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The 28 best ever first-person shooter games

The best FPS experiences you'll ever have

First Person Shooters (FPS) are one of the most loved game genres. So we've picked out the 28 must-have FPS games that your collection needs.

25: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Why It's Great: You know you have a winning formula when one of your game's weapons consists of a gun that fires parasitic insects which then proceed to bore into your enemies' skulls before showering your camera with a crimson mist. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil simply took everything that made the original Turok: Dinosaur Hunter such an amazing experience and turned it up to eleven. With behemoth monsters to battle, lush environments to explore, and with easily one of the most inventive selection of weapons and enemies to date, it's no wonder that gamers worldwide have only the fondest memories of Seeds of Evil. But whatever you do, don't play the god-awful sequels (though the new, re-invented Turok on PS3 and Xbox 360 is worth a look).

24: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

Why It's Great: It's rare to find a movie-based game that's better than the film itself - much less a Vin Diesel one (XxX for the GBA, anybody?) Amazingly, Chronicles of Riddick took the gaming world by storm with a genuinely original gaming experience, impressive HD visuals, and smart stealth-based action.

Taking place before the Riddick films, Escape from Butcher Bay told the tale of how Riddick came to be the badass you meet in Pitch Black, all the while painting a gritty environment with the ‘inescapable' prison world of Butcher Bay. Throw in note-perfect voice work by Diesel himself, Ron Perlman and even acclaimed rapper Xzibit, and you have a cinematic experience that's not only unexpected, but simply excellent.

23: No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way

Why It's Great: No One Lives Forever had all of the elements for a winning FPS formula: a tongue-in-cheek script, fantastic visuals, tight controls, imaginative weapons, and of course, a shag-tastic 60s leading lady. Throw in outlandish situations such as shooting while skydiving or gunning it out in the eye of a tornado and you have the makings of an unforgettable experience. A savage spoof on the James Bond genre of spy films, NOLF2 is a deserved cult classic and is not to be missed.

22: Alien vs. Predator 2

Why It's Great: We've already covered the fact that movie-based games aren't usually quality works, but that was the beauty of Alien vs. Predator: the movie hadn't been made yet! Borrowing creatures and imagery from both prestigious film series, Alien vs. Predator 2 paved the way for the films with its steamy, murky environments, authentic audio design, and a choice of three seperate characters: a hapless marine, a vicious Alien, and the tactical Predator, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. This potential was truly explored in the game's online multiplayer, pitting all three classes against one another in one of twelve richly detailed maps. Now, if we can just get a decent Alien vs. Predator movie out there.

NEXT PAGE: TimeSplitters: Future Perfect and Counter-Strike: Source

  1. The best first person shooter experiences you'll ever have
  2. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
  3. TimeSplitters: Future Perfect and Counter-Strike: Source
  4. Battlefield 1942 and Far Cry
  5. Perfect Dark and Crysis
  6. F.E.A.R. and System Shock II
  7. Duke Nukem 3D and Quake II
  8. Our top three must have games


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