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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.

10: F.E.A.R.

Why It's Great: If horror films have taught us anything, it's that children are frightening. From The Omen's Damien all the way to the infamous girl from The Ring, the idea of innocence corrupted has garnered plenty of screams from audiences worldwide. Enter Alma, a sociopathic psychic that makes the Children of the Corn look like the Cabbage Patch Kids. With astonishing graphics and blistering shootouts, F.E.A.R. fired on all cylinders, featuring some of the smartest AI seen in an FPS as well as an incredibly cool bullet-time ability that is guaranteed to make you feel like a one-man-army. Set all of this in one of the creepiest atmospheres this side of The Shining, and you have yourself one hell of a game. Literally.

9: System Shock II

Why It's Great: The sequel to the stellar System Shock (and precusor to BioShock) was groundbreaking in more ways than we can count. This is a survival-horror game for the hardcore horror junkie. From the game's skin-crawling storyline (a race of alien parasites slaughter the crew of a cutting-edge space vessel), to the manipulative and utterly indifferent ‘ally', to its unbelievably bone-chilling audio design, System Shock II is one of the most immersive games ever designed. The sole survivor of the faster-than-light Von Braun military starship, you battled deformed humans, psionic lab chimpanzees, and unspeakable cyborg half-breeds with wrench (and pistol) in hand. In the end, though, the ultimate brilliance of System Shock II revolves around its devious plot twists. Not everything is quite as it first seems.

8: Halo 3

Why It's Great: Stop me if you've heard this one before: you're sitting around your house/apartment/dorm-room, buzzed up on Red Bull/booze/Dr. Pepper, the clock behind you reading 3:00/4:00/5:00AM as your buddy sitting right next to you suddenly screams a satisfying 'HEAD SHOT!' directly into your ear. The Halo series has been one phenomenon after the other, with some of the most highly-regarded (and utterly addictive) multiplayer gameplay offered to date. With ground-breaking visuals, fantastic map design, and an amazing assortment of vehicles to pilot, it's no surprise that even with wave after wave of shiny new FPS titles releasing for every system known to man, Halo is still the gamers' choice. Halo 3 proved to be more of a refinement than a re-invention, but over a year after its launch it's still the most-played game on Xbox Live.

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  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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