Best FPS games: essential first-person shooters for console and PC

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The best FPS games deliver hours of action for you and your friends. A good multiplayer first person shooter often keeps going for years and years – there’s simply nothing like stepping into a special agent’s shoes and cleaning house.

Most of the best FPS games have been around for years at this point, refining the formula with regular new releases, breaking into the genre as a newcomer can be difficult for both players and developers. But finding an FPS that works for you often means that you will also find a community or something to regularly enjoy with friends, so if you’re new to the genre, do give it a try.

However, while many of the best FPS games are also among the best multiplayer games, you will see on this list that it’s not all about taking on other players. Games like Titanfall 2 have great campaigns that will have you thinking about your heroes long after the credits have rolled.

This list has games for all platforms and we list the available options with each game. Whether it's on PC, PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, everyone should find a way to enjoy the best FPS games.

Best FPS games

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best FPS games: Doom Eternal first person view of a gun shooting demons

Doom Eternal (Image credit: id Software)

Doom Eternal

Strength beyond strength

Reasons to buy

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Fast-paced combat
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Arenas feel natural but challenging
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Levels are varied and fun
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New enemies, weapons and progression systems

Reasons to avoid

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Ending feels a bit rushed

Platforms available: PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch 

If id Software’s compelling reboot of the Doom franchise in 2016 wasn’t enough of a riveting success, Doom Eternal doubles down on its pristine systems and satisfying shooting, drafting in platforming to make the combat more fluid, a rogue’s gallery of deadly bosses and an engrossing storyline. 

Among the best FPS games today, Doom Eternal eschews the horror elements found in Doom 3 and proceeds at a blistering pace, focusing on the gore and intricate animations that let you pound demons into a fine red mist with unbeatable flair. Better yet, your chaotic escapades will be soundtracked by Mick Gordon’s exquisite electro-metal offerings, designed to inject you with adrenaline and dress your palms with sweat.


best FPS games: mech BT-7274 and his pilot Jack Cooper

Titanfall 2 (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

Titanfall 2

Mechs in effect

Reasons to buy

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Terrific multiplayer 
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Fantastic campaign
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Breathes life into shooter genre

Reasons to avoid

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The campaign is short

Platforms available: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Titanfall 2 is one of the best FPS games around, there’s no denying it. Building on the already excellent Titanfall, this sequel combines fluid, fun movement with satisfying gunplay to create a game that's always dynamic and never dull.

We deemed Titanfall 2 a must-play game in our review, saying that with it, "the series has risen to the upper echelon of futuristic war shooters." Even better, it’s great fun whether you’re going solo in its genuinely excellent single-player campaign or going big in its multiplayer. It’s easily one of the best FPS games (and one of the best Xbox One games) and made us eagerly await anything that comes out from its developer Respawn.


best FPS games: a group of soldiers in full gear enter a warehouse

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

You know what they say about sticks and stones

Reasons to buy

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Big playerbase
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Competitive
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Plenty of modes

Reasons to avoid

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A lot of trash talk 

Platforms available: PC

If you’re serious about accuracy and competition in games, then Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may be the game for you. Given its status as a great breeding ground for esports professionals, Global Offensive demands a level of skill and tactical know-how that is far beyond the more casual shooters in this list and will certainly test your limits as an FPS player. 

Even if you’re not trying to be the next Shroud, squadding up with your friends, learning the maps and concocting stealthy hero moments, unraveling an enemy team’s composition with clever wall bangs and grenades is deeply satisfying, and something to try if you’re bored of the mainstream shooters that constantly coddle the player. CS: Go still holds its reputation for one of the best FPS games, or at least the game a lot of people regularly return to, if you want to work on your aim, do it here.


best FPS games: a red humanoid figure falling apart, with another raising a gun in the background

Superhot (Image credit: Superhot Team)

SuperHot

Actually super slow-mo

Reasons to buy

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Engrossing campaign
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Unique art style
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Greta slo-mo mechanic

Reasons to avoid

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Story is a bit cheesy

Platforms available: Oculus Quest, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC 

An excellent FPS and an antidote to most modern shooters, SuperHot is an indie puzzle piece where time moves when you move. This means that careful manoeuvering and precision shots are of utmost importance, and the game consistently lobs intricate combat arenas at the player to test their reaction speed and the finer points of their FPS skills. This is all wrapped up in a simple but effective art style and an unexpectedly engrossing campaign that is far too good to spoil. 

If you’re lucky enough to own a virtual reality headset, you can check out Superhot VR, which ups the immersion and expertly transposes this puzzle shooter gem into the virtual realm, making it one of the best VR games. Want to try before you buy? Then go for the SuperHot Protoype for free which is on our list of the best online games.


best FPS games: a collage of different Apex legends characters

Apex Legends (Image credit: Electronic Arts)
A legend in the making

Reasons to buy

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Fun, fluid gameplay
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Ingenious Ping System
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Stellar lineup of personalities 

Reasons to avoid

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A few weapons need refining 
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The Battle Pass is mundane

Platforms available: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch

If the speed and polish offered by the Titanfall series appeals to you, then Apex Legends could well be the FPS battle royale for you. 

Coming from Titanfall developer, Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends is an FPS battle royale that really lets you move.  Like other battle royales, Apex Legends sees you work with your squad to be the last team standing but it really stands apart with its excellent gunplay, great map design and fantastic cast of characters. Since its launch, Apex Legends has been an innovator in its genre and it’s continually growing with Respawn’s updates.


best FPS games: a man jumping backwards and shooting two pistols at a horde of zombies

Left 4 Dead 2 (Image credit: Valve)

Left 4 Dead 2

A great FPS horror game

Reasons to buy

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Great replayability 
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Plenty of modes
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Lots of fun to play

Reasons to avoid

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Feels a bit dated now 
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Poor narrative and pacing

Platforms available: PC and Xbox 360

By now, it should be fairly clear that Valve knows how to make FPS games, and zombie horde shooter Left 4 Dead 2 is a testament to the studio’s ability to consistently reinvent aspects of the shooter genre. In this exciting gem from 2009 that holds up effortlessly today, you push through carefully crafted gauntlet maps while an AI director places new zombie types, hordes and items to challenge teams of four in a procedural fashion. 

Every round is unpredictable and full to the brim with a special kind of chaos, one that is only exacerbated in Versus Mode, where teams of four can face off against each other, swapping each round to play as the zombies and the humans. It’s a deliciously clever game bursting with smart systems that are well worth getting the gang together for. Not only is Left 4 Dead 2 an excellent FPS game, it's also one of the best horror games.


best FPS games: a group of Overwatch heroes including Tracer and Mei

Overwatch 2 (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Overwatch 2

Overwatch is dead, long live Overwatch

Reasons to buy

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Excellent refinements
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Three new heroes
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New maps, mode, and graphical boost

Reasons to avoid

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Microtransactions
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Doesn't justify the '2'

Platforms available: PC, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Overwatch 2 is here, and with it, the first Overwatch is no more. For new adopters, this may actually be easier than long-time Overwatch fans who now have to contend with a fair amount of changes, such as the change from 6v6 battles to 5v5, or changes to hero stats and skills. However, all these changes ultimately exist to make Overwatch 2 a better game, and with a bit more time and community feedback, Overwatch 2 is going to grow into a game just as popular as its predecessor was. 

We think its brilliant, and while new maps and a few new heroes don't necessarily make it a whole new game, Overwatch 2 is well-worth your time, even though it leans heavily on pesky microtransactions.


Two characters, one a man, the other a black woman in a police uniform

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Rainbow Six Siege

Tactical communication

Reasons to buy

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Communication vital
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Focus on strategy
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Regular updates

Reasons to avoid

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No real story

Platforms available: PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, Xbox One and PC

Rainbow Six Siege isn't just a technical marvel, it's an ongoing tactical endeavor. Like a handful of other titles on this list, Siege is about teamwork. Without it, it's your standard deathmatch shooter, save some impressively realistic destructible environments. 

Acting on the goal of either defending or challenging objectives, the five-on-five online co-op game is certainly no Call of Duty. Instead of running around swiftly across maps, dodging bullets and taking headshots, characters are given abilities and limited resources, such as wall reinforcements, barbed wire, traps, and explosives, to overthrow and denounce victory over the opposing team.


Three guardians stand under the shadow of the Witch Queen

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Image credit: Bungie)

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Pure, unadulterated fun

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic narrative
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Clever systems
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Plenty of new gear and story quests

Reasons to avoid

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Can be daunting for new players

Platforms available: PS4, Google Stadia, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5 and PC

Destiny 2 has reached the pinnacle of what Bungie set out to accomplish with its looter shooter and Witch Queen only emphasizes that.

The Witch Queen is the definitive Destiny 2 campaign, boasting a fantastic narrative with plenty of story quests, new gear, and clever systems. Those who have been long-time Destiny fans will find that the story pulls together threads that have been weaved through the series' narrative for years, adding even more to the game's rich lore. 

What's more, while Destiny can seem somewhat daunting for new players, The Witch Queen expansion offers a great starting point for those who do want to jump into the series for the first time, with plenty of things to do as you get to grips with the game.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is the game at its best, easily making it one of the best FPS games to play right now. Make sure to check out our guide to buying Destiny 2, for everything you need to know about jumping into The Witch Queen.


best FPS games: first person view of Colt from Deathloop shooting a male attacker in a suit

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Happy death day

Reasons to buy

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An exciting mystery to unpick
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Shooting is genuinely fun
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Multiplayer has potential

Reasons to avoid

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Repetition sets in near end
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Focuses a bit too much on stealth
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Enemies are mostly identical

Deathloop offers an engaging blend of shooting and stealth in one endlessly looping day. You play as Colt, who wakes up on Blackreef island and finds himself stuck in a time loop. To break the loop, Colt must kill eight 'Visionaries' in the same day before midnight. While that may sound like a straightforward task, it's far from it – and that's where the fun begins. 

It's up to you to find new information, weapons and abilities to help you with your murderous task, making Deathloop a mix between a detective game and a first-person shooter – with some stealth thrown in. The gunplay feels immersive and fun (particularly as it utilizes DualSense features), making for a game that may not necessarily be for everyone, but certainly offers something a bit different.


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