Best First-person Shooters to play today.

Whether you are looking for a great competitive fps, sci-fi fps, co-op fps or something else entirely. This is the best shooters in modern days. 

No matter what kind of shooter you enjoy, there is something for you to shoot in 2018.

This goes for the platform as well. Regardless if you want to play on a PS4 or a PC, most modern games work on all platforms.

So with that in mind, we have taken a look at our absolute favorite shooters in modern times.

NOTE: This is not a list of the best shooters of all times or even a top 8. It is simply recommendations for 8 awesome FPS games to play in 2018.

The games do not have to be from 2018, they just have to be from recent years and still feel fresh.


Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Tactical Shooter

Screenshot from Rainbow Six Siege video game

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege feels much like a more fleshed out Counter-Strike, and that is not to bash on CS:GO, they just have two very different target audiences. Counter-Strike is a much better competitive shooter and its simple gameplay is it’s biggest strength.

However, like Counter-Strike, Six Siege lets you play as either an elite tactical unit or terrorists in a ton of different scenarios. Some of which might seem familiar to Counter-Strike players, such as the Hostage and the Bomb game mode, but Six Siege also offer modes such as Terrorist Hunt, Secure Area, and more. The Variation in game modes is really one of the game’s big advantages.

Besides offering plenty of game modes it also offers a LOT of different ways to complete your objectives and this is where it really starts to set itself apart. You can blow your way through a wall to get to your target, you can propel down from the roof, you can ram your way through the front door, just to name a few. This adds a different kind of tactical element than most other shooters on the market and really makes you feel like an elite tactical unit.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is the best of the series to date and is the best game on the market if you want to live out your fantasies as an elite tactical siege unit. While playing it solo is fun, the online multiplayer mode is where this game really shines.


Killing Floor 2

Best LAN and CO-OP horde mode shooter

In-game screenshot from Killing Floor 2

Games with a focus on great co-op/LAN gameplay are so rare nowadays, which is why we were so happy to try out this awesome horde shooter. Most modern games have a focus on online play or single player campaign, but nothing really beats sitting next to your IRL buddy at a LAN and overcoming those challenges together. While Killing Floor 2 do have a stellar online mode, it is really the CO-OP and LAN experience that blew us away.

The game is a healthy mix of Call of Duty Zombie Mode and Left for Dead 2, and a piece of its own originality. You can either choose to fight the hordes of zombies with your buddies and see how far you get or play Left for Dead style with zombies vs humans. Both are tons of fun, and what we really enjoyed about the horde mode is that you can actually complete it, unlike the famous Call of Duty Zombie Mode.

There is also a ton of classes, upgrades, weapons, and cosmetics you can spend your in-game money on, giving it even more replayability. The 10 classes really allow you to play for hours on end without it becoming stale. You can play as the Berserker, Commando, Support, Field Medic, Demolitionist, Firebug, Gunslinger, Sharpshooter, Survivalist, and SWAT.

Read Full Review of Killing Floor 2.


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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Best Competitive Shooter

In-game screenshot of counter strike GO

CS:GO should need no introduction or explanation, it is one of the biggest eSport games on the competitive gaming scene and by far the biggest fps game in eSports. If you were a fan of one of the older CS games, then you need to try out CS:GO. It is in many ways the same game we all fell in love with over 10 years ago, but much more polished, optimized and clean.

There is obviously quite a few changes from Counter-Strike: Source, but the premise is the same. However, you may have a few difficulties with your aiming if you are switching directly from Source to Global Offensive.

So if you had any love for the older Counter-Strike games, or maybe never tried them(not likely), you really should try out CS:GO.


Related: Top 10 Mice for competitive fps gaming in 2018.


Overwatch

Best Hero Based FPS Game

Image of in-game play in Overwatch

Overwatch was the big winner of the gaming industry in 2016, with almost every gaming magazine, channel and YouTuber naming it their ”Game of the Year 2016”. While it did have some initial issues at release, most of the Overwatch success is very deserved.

It is fast-paced, fun, addictive and offers endless replayability due to the ton of different characters and play styles. In case you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, this is what Overwatch basically is:

Two teams of 6 players fight over map-specific objectives such as Assault, Escort, Control or Hybrid. Which sound pretty standard, but this is where the similarities to other shooters end. You can choose between a vast array of heroes instead of classes/load outs, and much like in MOBAs, these heroes have a set of abilities and an ultimate ability. Furthermore, there are different hero types, such as tanks, offense, defense and supports. Overwatch is A LOT of fun and is a game we will likely play for years to come.


FarCry 5

Best Open World FPS

Screenshot from Farcry 5

Since the critical and commercial success of Farcry 3, this franchise has really become a fan favorite and Farcry 5 was definitely one of the most anticipated games of 2018. While the Farcry franchise had seen a decline in quality with the fourth installment as well as Farcry Primal the newest installment brings the franchise back to its former glory.

The game takes place in Hope County which is a fictional state in the southern parts of America and brings a fresh new feel to the series. Any fan of the former Farcry games and fans of open world games, in general, will almost certainly love Farcry 5. It has absolutely astonishing graphics, slick gameplay, and a rather engaging story.

Read Full Review of Farcry 5.


Team Fortress 2

Best free-to-play first-person shooter

Wallpaper of Team Fortress 2

  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Team-based first-person shooter
  • Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer
  • Steam Rating: 9/10
  • Link: Official SiteWatch on Steam 

What can I say about this classic? Well, 11 years after it’s initial release it is still one of the most popular games on Steam and shows no sign of slowing down. It is an incredibly fun team-based shooter and Team Fortress laid the groundwork for games such as Overwatch. Much like in Overwatch you have a couple of great characters to choose from, each with their own specific skill set. Despite being a lot more simple than Overwatch it is still one of the best first-person shooters today and the unique art style ensures that the graphics never really go out of style.

Team Fortress has gone fully free-to-play and unlike most of its competitors it has a very user-friendly progression system and can be played without spending a dime in the shop.

Good free-to-play games are rare to come by nowadays and Team Fortress is one of the best there is and certainly our favorite in the first-person shooter genre.


Battlefield 1

Best Large-Scale Experience

Grand Battlefield 1 standard edition wallpaper

Battlefield 1 was without a doubt the most hyped game in all of 2016 and also ended up being the most sold game of the year. It is not so hard to see why the hype was enormous for this large-scale World war 1 fps game. Never have a shooter delivered such a grandiose war-like gaming experience, and it truly feels like you are in the midst of the darkest and grittiest war in history. It is truly refreshing to see someone step away from the sci-fi/advanced warfare style fps genre and go back to a classic, historic setting.

The single player campaign is decent, but you should NOT buy it for the single-player experience. The only way to really get your money worth with Battlefield 1 is online, which is amazing. If you enjoyed Battlefield 3, 4 or Bad Company 2, this game is definitely for you. It offers the same kind of large-scale warfare but does it a lot better.

There is one bad thing that has to be said though. The initial game does not have enough maps and weapons, and we are sad to see that all the additional content DLC’s has to be bought with a premium pass or separately. While not surprising nowadays it is always disappointing to see this business model.


Titanfall 2

Best Sci-fi shooter

Wallpaper from Titanfall 2

While the original Titanfall may have disappointed a lot of people, it was built around a fantastic concept with much potential. The idea of not only controlling a soldier but also the titan machine gave room for some very innovative and interesting combat.

Titanfall 2 is everything that the first game should have been, and it brings an incredibly polished and fluid gaming experience. Even if you disliked Titanfall, we do recommend trying out the second installment, as it has improved on the concept and gameplay in every way.

Unlike every other game on this list, this game should be bought for both the single player and online experience. The campaign is incredibly fun, with interesting characters and a great story about an aspiring rifleman climbing the ranks to become an elite titan pilot. Furthermore, the online experience is just as great and makes this one of the ”best value for money” games of the modern fps genre.


DOOM

Best Singleplayer Experience

In-game screen image from Doom game

When a new DOOM game was announced it was a mix of incredible hype as well as fear of them ruining the game. Luckily, the hype proved well deserved and the doubt about the new DOOM release was quickly forgotten. While still being true to the classic Doom from 1993, they managed to create a fresh, yet familiar gaming experience with this new release.

The new DOOM is without a doubt the best reimagined modern day game and strikes the perfect balance between what worked in the original DOOM and what works for modern day games.

If you are a fan of the classic FPS genre games such as Duke Nukem, Quake, and DOOM, then this is likely your new favorite game.

Read Full Review of Doom.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Best Call of Duty in Recent YearsWallpaper for Call of Duty Black Ops 4

While we feel the Call of Duty franchise has been steadily declining in quality since the second Modern Warfare. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the best game the series has had to offer in years, despite the lack of an actual campaign.

Ever since the Black Ops 4 Beta, we have had a ton of fun with the game. The classic Multiplayer has deeper gameplay than ever and the different ”specialist classes” really shakes up the gameplay.

Black Ops 4 also offers the best Zombies maps since Black Ops 1 and this mode alone is enough reason for me to recommend it. Furthermore the game also ships with the ”Blackout” mode which is Call of Duty’s first ever Battle Royale game mode and from what we tried in early access it is just a better version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing good then. Killing Floor is a 10+ year old mod made for UT a game that was good. Doom is ok I guess but I can’t remember the last time I wanted to put it on.

    Its a dark time for online gaming. broken p2p netcodes and cheap nasty graphical effects.

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