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Whether you want to land a kill streak or a headshot, these are the greatest FPS games on modern machines

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Despite having been the industry’s driving force of graphical fidelity and use of technology since the early 90s, the first-person shooter is paradoxically one of the most timeless genres. 30-year-old classics remain just as playable as the most cutting edge contemporary releases. Which is all to say, you can have as much fun playing 1995’s Dark Forces as 2021’s Halo Infinite.

We’ve compiled together what we consider to be the very best FPS games you can play in 2023. That means we’re picking games that you can pick up and play right now, with the minimum amount of effort, on modern consoles and PCs. No need to figure out how to plug a SCART cable into your new TV, or run a virtual machine to edit your autoexec.bat and config.sys!

This also explains some notable absentees. No One Lives Forever remains in miserable licensing hell, and is unavailable to buy anywhere. At the time of writing, the long-promised GoldenEye 007 remake has yet to appear, and so remains relegated to N64s and questionable ports. Oh, and that one game you were expecting? We left it off the list too, because we like that vein on your forehead.

So click on, and bathe in the glow of a thousand reticules, in no particular order.

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Ubisoft

Sometimes gems are found in the strangest of places. The first two games in Techland’s Wild West-themed Call of Juarez series were—you know—fine. Then 2011’s threequel, The Cartel, was pretty dreadful, and a commercial flop. So hopes weren’t set high for the fourth and final game, 2013’s Gunslinger. Yet, it’s an absolute stunner, a witty FPS with gorgeous art, that makes incredible use of an unreliable narrator.

You play as Silas Greaves, a self-titled legendary bounty hunter in the Old West, whose stories just happen to have him cross paths with (and inevitably best) some of the most famous names of the era. Think Pat Garrett, Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid. You play out Greaves’ tall tales as he tells them, which means every time he talks himself into a corner, or one of his impatient tablemates calls him up on a lie, you see reality shifting around you to match his latest version or exaggeration.

It’s such a brilliant idea, and better, is deftly executed in an already solid shooter. There’s nothing else like it.

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Screenshot: The Force Engine

As Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett has often mentioned, LucasArts’ Dark Forces is the “most Star Warsy game of all time. ” Nothing quite so powerfully evokes that sense of being inside the universe of the original trilogy, not even almost 30 years later, than this game. But what mustn’t be forgotten is that it’s also one of the greatest FPS games ever made, and that’s despite coming from a developer that was famous for its 2D point-n-click adventures.

When talking about the most important evolutions of the FPS, it’s tempting to skip right from id’s Doom to Quake. The former took 2.5D first-person shooting from shareware obscurity to mainstream dominance, while the latter sped all of gaming into a 3D future. But in-between came Dark Forces, and it did something that too often gets forgotten: it added story. Oh, and looking up and down. And verticality. And ducking. And jumping. Seriously, this game was pivotal to the genre, and most of its advancements are taken for granted, or misattributed.

Of course, innovations aren’t quite so relevant to the player three decades on, but it’s wonderful to report it really holds up. This begins the tale of Kyle Katarn, a Rebel mercenary whose story took place contemporaneously with that of Luke, Hans and co. In Dark Forces he’s integral to the stealing of the Death Star plans, then becomes embroiled in the Dark Trooper Project, all of which sits in my memory with far more importance than anything a Skywalker ever did. Katarn would go on to appear in many Jedi Knight games, as well as cropping up in novels and comics ever since.

You’re definitely going to want to make sure you add a mouse-look mod, easily found here. You may even want to play it with this fan-made modern overhaul that just got released. But I recommend keeping it as true to the original as you can, because it shines. Just beware if you have vertigo: this was the first game to make icy cliff tops truly terrifying.

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Destiny 2

Every time you fire a gun in Destiny 2 it feels like unwrapping a beautifully packaged gift. From the firecracker snap when you pull back the trigger and release each voluminous round of technicolor space magic, to the devilishly satisfying pop of every shield-crashing body blow and atmosphere piercing headshot, Bungie’s scifi MMO is grizzly but revelatory in its moment-to-moment action.

Pair that with some of the most rewarding space-thruster traversal in a first-person shooter and ambitious level design that’s as evocative as it is tense, and it’s no wonder why millions of players are still treating Destiny 2 like their number one side hustle over five years later.

Ethan Gach, Senior Reporter

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Valve

There are many, many competitive online shooters around these days. But few, if any, play as tightly and perfectly as Valve’s tactical shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

It shouldn’t be surprising that CSGO is so damn good, after Valve has spent the last decade updating the fourth incarnation of the game, improving nearly every aspect of it and its popular maps. Logging into the game in 2023, you can feel the decade of polish. And that’s all built on its core concept: terrorists versus anti-terrorists, one team trying to blow shit up, the other trying to defuse shit down.

The game is snappy and smooth in a way that most other games can only dream of. Sure, CSGO might not be the prettiest game any more, but it still runs circles around most other modern shooters. And then you remember all the mods and community creations that exist for it and it becomes clear that CSGO is a very special thing.

Zack Zwiezen, Staff Writer

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New Blood Interactive

A thousand cheers for the old-school FPS revival! Spearheaded by New Blood Interactive and 3D Realms (yes, that 3D Realms), the last five or so years has seen a slew of wonderful, ultra-fast, 2.5D shooters that have so successfully captured the mid-90s joie de vivre, while sneaking in modern ideas like physics, dynamic lighting, and functioning mouse controls.

While there are so many to recommend, like Gloomwood, Amid Evil, Cultic, and Ion Fury, we’re picking the poster child for the entire movement, Dusk.

Like most, this manic shooter pitches itself on that Doom-to-Duke Nukem axis, the best sort of nostalgic, where it plays how we remember these games feeling, rather than how they really were. Which is to say, a lot of clunkiness is removed, physics make the world more tangible, and the art is much more involved than was ever possible three decades ago.

But it’s more than nostalgia: Dusk is an extraordinarily good shooter in its own right, and one that gets progressively better the more you play. Level design begins great, but goes to majestic places, along with an excellent range of enemies, weapons, and even lethal soap.

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Screenshot: Respawn

Developers Respawn are undoubtedly now more famous for both Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Apex Legends, two utterly vast hits. But it was with giant-robot-piloting FPS Titanfall that the studio (formed by Call of Duty legends Jason West and Vince Zampella) made its name. The original game, released in 2014, was an extremely strong multiplayer shooter, but it was the 2016 sequel that entered legendary territory. And, weirdly, not primarily for its multiplayer.

Titanfall 2’s single-player campaign was a massive surprise. (Too much of one, if anything, given the game’s lack of commercial success, squashed as it was between Battlefield 1 and CoD: Infinite Warfare.) Its linear story about Titan pilots fighting on the world of Typhon isn’t stunningly original, but it’s the setting and the level design that make this such a favorite.

A few traditional opening missions establish that this is a great shooter, set in enormous open levels, with multiple pathways to find. You’re wall-running, shooting, and sneaking, seeking out power to get your buddy Titan BT in working order, and generally having a good time. And then you find the neighborhood factory. A literal factory that produces entire prefabricated neighborhoods. The scale is extraordinary. And then the time travel begins.

The game is bursting with creative ideas and missions containing features that could have been entire games to themselves. It makes it heartbreaking that Titanfall appears to be no more, evolved into Apex Legends with nary a sniff of single-player giganto-robo potential. But we’ll always have Titanfall 2.

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Bethesda

Doom is the shooter, and Doom (2016) is a nearly perfect tribute to its past achievements and future promise. It’s pure demon-ripping adrenaline, unadulterated by breathless NPCs, guided sequences, or an abundance of cover.

Many modern shooters punish you for being overly aggressive. Doom revels in it. Ultra-violent executions reward you for health, creating a feedback loop of having fun to have more fun. A cornucopia of secrets, collectibles, and Easter eggs make its horror house mazes rewarding to explore as well, but Doom never overplays its hand. You’re here to find zen by blasting a space marine-sized hole through Hell’s army, and maybe enjoy some power-ups and wiping out an entire room with a BFG along the way.

Doom does not try to make you feel guilty about that. Instead, it’s fine-tuned to help you realize that fantasy bravado and joy.

Ethan Gach, Senior Reporter

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Team Fortress

The significance of Valve’s Orange Box is almost too big to be taken seriously. It seems too unlikely that there was ever a time when Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, the latter three of which were brand new, were released together. As if that’s normal. As if three of the most important video games ever made could just so casually be chucked in together, paired up with the biggest FPS ever, and then priced as if a single game. Sure, right, yeah, that happened. But given its longevity and online nature, it’s easy to forget what a crucial part Team Fortress 2 played within it all.

While online multiplayer shooters were so in vogue and plentiful at the time that you’d find them cluttering up the streets, they were all-too-often unwelcoming or outright hostile games to try and play. Team Fortress 2 took everything Valve knew about the genre from both Team Fortress Classic and Counter-Strike and put it into the Super-Fun-O-Tron-3000. This was an online shooter that even the most offline and single-player of gamers wanted to try.

It helped that the marketing for the game featured a series of hilarious “Meet The…” cartoons, that themselves became such a huge undertaking that they didn’t finish appearing until years after the game’s release. It made the whole thing seem so much more approachable, like it wanted you to give it a try, not just your mate Steve who plays this sort of thing.

For a good while, this leant itself to an atmosphere of fun and frivolity over hardcore seriousness. Valve’s many years of additions, improvements, community features, then making it free-to-play, has kept it alive. 2022 saw the game suffering from a lack of love, in the form of a bot infestation, but the latest updates have aimed to address this directly.

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Bethesda Softworks

Any video game that lets you kill Nazis is already doing something right. And in MachineGames’ Wolfenstein: The New Order, you certainly kill a few truckloads of SS officers and other Nazi scum. But what really makes this soft reboot of the classic id-developed shooter series worth playing is the story it tells and the intense gunplay.

You’ll actually care about the characters you meet in New Order and when some of them don’t make it, it stays with you after the credits roll. Plus, the combat is fantastically brutal, loud, and fun. Guns feel heavy, bullets and bombs rip Nazis apart, and being able to lean around corners and ledges to fire off desperate blind shots really adds to the intensity of it all. Truly one of the best shooters released in the last decade and easily the best Wolfenstein game ever made.

Zack Zwiezen, Staff Writer

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Screenshot: Valve

What a daunting game to try to summarize in a couple of paragraphs. Once the greatest FPS game ever made, almost two decades has certainly seen it start to curl at the edges, but it remains a gaming masterpiece. Valve’s incredibly long-delayed sequel to the mighty Half-Life, Half-Life 2 is the game that made physics fun, and is still the measure by which so many shooters are judged.

If anything, in fact, it was the game that ended single-player FPS for far too long. No one else could really compete, and everything suffered in comparison. From its Gravity Gun (introduced far later in the game than you remember), to the stunning relationships with NPCs, to that time you realized you could improvise bridges out of corrugated steel over the sand to avoid Antlion attacks, it’s a collection of iconic moments linked together by one incredibly boring hovercraft ride.

Remember the Antlion army you could control? Remember the real emotions Alyx would have you feel? Remember how fricking cool your Gravity Gun gets right at the end? It’s all still there, and all still worth playing through yet again.

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Screenshot: id

Should this be Doom? That would unquestionably be the more iconic name to drop. But when it comes to going back to and playing again today in 2023, it surely has to be Quake. Or both. I’m not stopping you. I can’t stop you. But while Doom took what had been tested and proved by Wolfenstein 3D and rendered it in grisly brown, it was Quake that put the whole thing on wheels.

Released ahead of the technological arms race that would develop between id and Unreal developers Epic, Quake was, on some level, John Carmack showing off what he could code. On another, it was John Romero, American McGee, Sandy Petersen and Tim Willits showing off what they could design. It was, alongside the same year’s Tomb Raider, the explosion of 3D into gaming—OpenGL transforming our games into spaces. Stellar level design, combined with ridiculous speed, and some of the most satisfying weapons to have graced the genre, mean Quake is still a game against which fast-paced shooters are measured.

It definitely helps that an official remaster of the original game was released in 2021 across all formats, ensuring it runs on all modern consoles and PCs.

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Screenshot: Activision

You are more than welcome to replace this entry with the Call of Duty game of your preference. Perhaps you’re being extremely picky, and think it should be Call of Duty II. Maybe for you the series only made sense once it entered Modern Warfare. Perhaps for you it’s all about 2020’s Warzone. Whatever the case, there’s no getting away from Call of Duty’s importance to first-person shooting, no matter how weary we may have become of its annual blockbuster bluster.

But let’s go back to its roots, because it turns out they’re damned fine ones, and ones well worth returning to on the series’ 20th year. It’s safe to say that Call of Duty began with slightly different ambitions to the billion-dollar series it is today. While bombast and explosions were always a core element, the first three games had another ambition: to tell the stories of surviving veterans of World War II, most of whom have since died.

This meant that rather than playing as some generic gruff hero, you played as the lowest ranked soldiers, the nobodies sent out to brutally die in the terrible conflicts. Often you could better survive a level’s onslaught by hiding behind a wall than trying to stand alongside your squadmates, although doing so felt utterly monstrous. This was a game about tiny moments within the larger war, about desperate struggles, scrappily getting through a Nazi encampment with three bullets. The original Call of Duty remains a deeply moving game to play, in a way the series has never managed to recapture.

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PlayOverwatch

Listen, Overwatch needs to be on this list. For years it was the quintessential hero shooter experience, offering an impressively deep roster of characters that spoke to a variety of players. Like to play back a bit and support your team? There’s Moira waiting to spray piss all over your squad. Want to play even further back? We got Ana, who uses a sniper rifle that shoots healing ammunition across the map. Want to wade into a fight swinging a big-ass hammer? There’s Reinhardt. Want to wade into a fight and punch the shit out of enemies? Choose Doomfist. Are you a singular shooter player who cut your teeth on games like Call of Duty and Halo? We got a guy for you.

But last year, Overwatch 1 was erased from existence and replaced by the free-to-play Overwatch 2, which changed up a few key heroes and took a player off of each squad to support a faster, deadlier 5v5 format. Overwatch 2 has some work to do to reclaim the crown as king of the hero shooters, for sure, but there’s still little else like it out there right now. It’s been my most-played game since it launched, and that’s after I spent months lamenting the removal of the OG title. When searching for a first-person shooter that’s all about team composition, counters, and smart plays, it’s tough to find anything else that’s quite like Overwatch 2.

Alyssa Mercante, Senior Editor

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PlayStation

You can’t go wrong playing any of the Metro games. But if you can only play one, I’d suggest the most recent and biggest entry in the post-apocalyptic series, Metro Exodus. Unlike the first two games, which are primarily set in and around the metro tunnels of Moscow, Exodus explores multiple regions outside of Russia via a stolen train. And as you and your ragtag group push further out into the bombed-out wasteland of the world, you connect with them more and more.

Eventually, you help throw a wedding, surprise people with gifts, and share tender moments with your spouse. But don’t worry: All the heavy, sim-lite action and exploration of the first two games returns in Exodus, it’s just all at a larger scale now. And every few hours you hop back on your train and head off to a big, new region to explore, complete with new quests, characters, monsters, and challenges.

Zach Zwiezen, Staff Writer

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Valve

If we were picking a list of iconic moments in FPS history, then the entry would be the original Left 4 Dead. It was yet another breathtaking moment from Valve, where playing a shooter felt like something entirely new. But given we’re looking at the best ones to play right now, it might as well be the sequel, given it is pretty much the same format, just a little bit better in every aspect.

This is a co-op shooter for four players, each taking on a scripted persona in a series of electrifying escapes from zombie hordes, competing against an AI “Director” that builds the game around you according to how you’re all playing. With extremely strong writing, featuring an impossibly large number of lines such that the characters you’re all playing say exactly the right things to match the circumstances you’re in, this terrifying sprawl through New Orleans adapts itself on the fly, making each game unique.

And yes, it still has the Witch, surely the scariest enemy in any FPS, ever.

Xbox

Sure, we’re cheating here, but what are you going to do about it? It’s Halos 1 through 4, along with Halo 3: ODST (which isn’t a soundtrack, no matter what you think), and Halo Reach, all remastered to work on your modern machinery.

It saves us having to pick a favorite Halo, while also reminding you that you can just get the whole bunch in one easy package (that’s also on Game Pass). Although, yeah, it’s also instead of putting in Halo 5 or Infinite, and you can hate away.

Halo almost feels like it comes from a parallel universe’s FPS releases. The genre thrived on PC, but while there were obvious contradictory examples like the N64’s GoldenEye, was assumed to really rely on a mouse and keyboard. 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved was the launch game of launch games, released for the original Xbox to make it a machine worth owning, and proved that a controller could deliver the goods. Ever since, Master Chief and his giant space rings have been an integral part of gaming.

You don’t have to decide which one is best. It really doesn’t matter! You can just sit and binge the whole lot.

The 20 best FPS games to play right now [February 2023]

The best FPS games that you can play right now vary wildly. After all, there’s no concrete formula when it comes to developing a first-person shooter: there are multiplayer battle royales, action-adventure shoot ‘em ups, and innovative takes on the genre which blend unique mechanics into the mix.

Deathloop comes to us all.

Our main focus with this list is to talk about games that you can jump into and play right now. More specifically, FPS games with bustling communities, or simply riveting gameplay that stands up to this day. That way, you’re not booting up an age-old shooter that no longer supports online play, or a campaign that is unplayable without mods, and so forth.

Knowing Criterion Games’ PS2 classic Black was great when it came out back in 2006 is all well and good, but pressing R3 to ADS these days just feels wrong.

You also won’t find any third-person shooters here — only first, where you see through the eyes of the character. Otherwise, I’d be here all month reeling off great narrative shooters like Gears of War and Control for you to peruse and play. Feel free to tell me all about how wrong I am, too; it only makes me (and this list!) stronger. Without further ado, here are some of the best FPS games to play right now, in no particular order.

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Valorant
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Call of Duty
  • Doom Eternal
  • Quake
  • Dusk
  • Overwatch 2
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds
  • Borderlands 2
  • Titanfall 2
  • Apex Legends
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Destiny 2
  • Escape from Tarkov
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Deathloop
  • Superhot
  • Far Cry 6
  • Honourable Mentions

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

  • Released: 2012
  • Developer: Valve, Hidden Path Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Counter Strike: Global Offensive has been around for over a decade now, meaning that if you haven’t yet tried it, you’re probably already well aware of what it is. It’s a modern warfare shooter that typically pits two teams against one another, Terrorists and Counterterrorists, who must race to eliminate the enemy team or plant/defuse a bomb.

The game has also been free-to-play since 2018, so your only hurdle when it comes to playing is actually getting good at the game. Considering some folk have explored every avenue of CS:GO since 2012, you’ll have your work cut out for you, but the game is still good fun with the right group of pals, and if you like your shooters to feel somewhat realistic.

Valorant

  • Released: 2020
  • Developer: Riot Games
  • Platforms: PC

Valorant is, essentially, what you could call CS:GO for the less technically advanced. The game follows the same format, with two teams of five fighting to eliminate each other or their bomb, except it’s a hell of a lot more vibrant. And each agent has abilities; something you would never see in CS:GO.

Those playing Valorant via Xbox Game Pass can bag an XP boost.

For those of us who like a tactical shooter, but prefer more colourful characters with a roster of supernatural tricks up their sleeves, Valorant is the game to go to. It’s also free to install and play with both Riot Games’ Launcher, and via Xbox Game Pass.

Rainbow Six: Siege

  • Released: 2015
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Rainbow Six: Siege also bears some similarities to Valorant and CS:GO, given that it’s another tactical team-based shooter. In this one, you’ll also often find yourself planting or defusing bombs, with death match and hostage modes in the mix.

There’s Rainbow Six Extraction too, which is a more horror-based take on the genre.

Much like Valorant and CS:GO, communication with your team and a little skill is important for succeeding Rainbow Six: Siege. There’s also an abundance of operators to choose from with varying abilities, so you can pick someone to suit your play style, but these abilities are far from the ones you’d see in Valorant; these operators come armed with all sorts of traps, bombs, and reinforcements that, if used strategically, can help secure you a win.

Call of Duty

  • Released: 2022 (Modern Warfare 2, and Warzone 2.0)
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

You could argue that Call of Duty is in a league of its own when it comes to FPS games. One of the biggest FPS franchises that there is, Activision simply cannot stop churning these games out… except for in 2023, apparently. Sure, some of the games are much better than others, but everyone has played (or at least witnessed someone else play) a Call of Duty game at some point or another.

A chat about Modern Warfare 2’s surprisingly innovative campaign.

To save me from the perils of Call of Duty fans, I’ll let you be the judge of which exact Call of Duty instalment is best for you.

That said, if you prefer a more realistic modern warfare experience and want a campaign to engage with, Modern Warfare 2 launched just recently. Furthermore, if you’d rather pop heads in a battle royale, Warzone 2.0 also dropped not long after that, and they’re worthy of wearing the megafranchise’s crown.

Doom Eternal

  • Released: 2020
  • Developer: id Software
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

Doom Eternal is a fresh reimagining of Doom 2: Hell on Earth. When it comes to this entry, both Doom Eternal and predecessor, Doom (2016) are great shooters to jump into depending on your experience with the iconic series.

Step into the role of Doom Slayer as they battle with the various demons they find across hell. Doom is aggressive, rhythmic, and constantly encouraging you to keep on moving… and killing. Of all the entries in this list, it’s perhaps one of the more satisfying, and is accompanied by a badass soundtrack to slay to from none other than Mick Gordon.

Quake

  • Released: 2021 (Remaster)
  • Developer: id Software
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

Another shooter from id Software, Quake first rose to fame all the way back in the nineties. I wasn’t alive during that era, but I’ve grown incredibly fond of retro shooters since, and there’s no denying that Quake is among the best of the best.

The original game has since been remastered for modern audiences. So, you can experience the same fast-paced shooter glory with the likes of antialiasing, 4K support, and all that other fancy stuff. Ultimately, none of it matters when you’re the Ranger, fighting the likes of ogres and knights in labyrinthine levels with brutal weaponry.

If you love Doom, and have yet to experience Quake, you should definitely give it a go.

Dusk

  • Released: 2018
  • Developer: David Szymanski
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch

Continuing with the trend of talking about retro shooters that have continued to live on, it’s time to talk about one that’s ever so slightly different. Dusk is unapologetically boomer shooter, except it was released in 2018.

Packed with endless customisation options, unique levels, and secrets to uncover, Dusk takes great inspiration from nineties legends such as Doom and Quake to create something that acts as an ode to the era while remaining fresh and innovative.

This is far from Szymanski’s only venture, too, with the developer having also just released an FPS called Chop Goblins; a bite-sized retro shooter meant to be finished in a single sitting, and replayed forever.

Overwatch 2

  • Released: 2022
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

It’s basically Overwatch in shiny new packaging plastered with a ‘2’ on it, but there’s no denying that Overwatch 2 is one of the best competitive shooters out there. Overwatch 2 shares some similarities with Valorant in the sense that it’s a hero shooter with a roster of unique heroes with their own abilities.

That said, gameplay pans out differently. Each game, you’ll often have a different defensive or offensive target to work towards with your team, as you try to eliminate the opposing team and prevent them from winning. It’s frustrating, as are most of these shooters, but it’s vibrant and pretty fun if you’re capable of ignoring the God-awful in-game monetisation employed by Blizzard.

PUBG: Battlegrounds

  • Released: 2017
  • Developer: PUBG Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mobile

You could argue that Fortnite owes much of its success to PUBG: Battlegrounds, and I would’ve mentioned Fortnite here, but it’s a third-person game. Now, PUBG allows playing in both third and first-person perspective, so it bags a spot here as one of the best FPS battle royales out there.

Much like Fortnite, you’ll parachute onto various maps with other players, to then engage in some brutal PvP and hopefully be the last man standing. It’s one big, unruly deathmatch and five years on, the game continues to be active as ever. In fact, it sits up high on Steam’s current players every day, with the likes of CS:GO and Dota 2 being the ones to beat it.

Borderlands 2

  • Released: 2012
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

I’ve some very fond and vivid memories with Borderlands 2, all of which involve playing couch co-op friends at university. No additional requirements necessary, as Borderlands will provide all the atmosphere that you need.

Borderlands, and Borderlands 3 are all solid picks too.

A banging soundtrack, the ability to build up your class however you please, and plenty of shoot-and-loot action with a wacky arsenal of weapons makes Borderlands 2 (and predecessor, Borderlands) one of the best shooters out there. They’re great for those who are new to the genre, so you can easily convince a friend to sit down with you and give it a go.

Borderlands definitely shines in co-op; it’s a great game solo with a fun story to unravel, but pair up with a friend or three for the mission at hand, and you’ll have an absolute blast.

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Titanfall 2

  • Released: 2016
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Having not played Titanfall 2 (blasphemous, I know), I can’t do the beloved game justice. So, I asked VG247 Staff Writer Connor Makar to tell you about it instead.

“Titanfall 2 deserved better. Momentum is everything in the game, with skilled players slinging themselves between towering mechs and well-crafted environments.

«It truly is an FPS like no other, with a single player campaign packed with jaw dropping moments that frankly put other games released around the same time to shame. It nails the futuristic FPS feel like no other game had before, and hasn’t since.”

Apex Legends

  • Released: 2019
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Mobile

Apex Legends is yet another battle royale, where you and friends can squad up and compete in one big death match. If you’re particularly big on smooth movement when playing FPS titles, Apex Legends is the best pick for you.

It’s also, rather fittingly, set in the same fictional universe that Titanfall is. So, again, if you’re as obsessed with Titanfall as many of its fans are, you’ll be pleased to see plenty of familiar faces and Easter eggs throughout your time with Apex Legends. It’s also free to play!

Team Fortress 2

  • Released: 2007
  • Developer: Valve
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Once again, games are overlapping. Team Fortress actually started life as a mod for Quake in 1996, before being remade as Team Fortress Classic. Eventually, we were in receipt of Team Fortress 2, and everyone loved it.

If you’ve never played it, you’ll be made to join one of two teams, and then complete various objectives such as capture the flag, or king of the hill, and so forth. What makes Team Fortress 2 stand out is that it hosts a cast of memorable characters, and has received so much support from Valve and fans in the past, with plenty of content to delve into, even today.

Admittedly, Team Fortress 2 does have an ongoing bot problem that Valve is slowly addressing. But despite this, the game still largely holds up as a great hero shooter, and pioneer of the genre.

Destiny 2

  • Released: 2017
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

I’ve never personally understood the huge fuss around Destiny 2, but what I do know is that it’s free to play, online, and has a ridiculous amount of PvP and PvE content to sink your teeth into. So, I can see why plenty of you are big fans.

As an FPS with plenty of MMO elements, Destiny 2 is best played with friends, and fortunately, it has a huge community. So, whether you’re starting out for the first time or planning on jumping back in, you’ll easily be able to find someone to raid with you. The only issue is actually finding the time to get through all of Destiny 2’s content…

Desipte it’s now venerable lifespan, thanks to its rock-solid core loop and mountain of mouth-watering loot, Destiny 2 is still worth starting in 2023.

Escape from Tarkov

  • Released: 2017 (Beta)
  • Developer: Battlestate Games
  • Platforms: PC

The game that seems like it will quite literally never leave beta, Escape from Tarkov is a hardcore, realistic FPS game with minimal MMO elements. I have quite the love-hate relationship with Tarkov; on the one hand, it’s a fantastic, high quality and high stakes shooter, and on the other hand, it is terrifying, frustrating, and soul-destroying.

In Tarkov, players go on raids to acquire loot and complete missions. If you die, however, you lose everything on your person. Your time was wasted. So, you can see why this game tests the patience of its players, and why it’s simultaneously so rewarding.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

  • Released: 2014
  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Halo: The Master Chief Collection currently consists of Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Considering it’s free via Xbox Game Pass, or a few quid if you can catch it on sale or second-hand, you’re certainly getting bang for your buck.

Sure, things weren’t fantastic at launch, but Spartans never die, clearly. If you want to dive into any of these Halo titles, this is undoubtedly now the best way to experience them, alone or in co-op.

I’d like to think everyone has experienced the great story or fun co-op that Halo offers at some point or another, but if not, suit up and get it installed.

Left 4 Dead 2

  • Released: 2009
  • Developer: Valve
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360

Left 4 Dead 2 is a zombie-slaying FPS from Valve, and sequel to Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead from 2008. To put it simply, you and your crew are amidst an apocalypse, a virus is spreading, and you must fight for your life against hordes of the Infected.

You’ll engage in a lengthy, chaotic campaign, travelling from safe house to safe house as you manoeuvre and kill zombies while trying to not become a part of the undead yourself. It’s good fun, still holds up over a decade later.

Alternatively, if you fancy a more modern alternative that’s available on Xbox Game Pass, there’s the spiritual successor Back 4 Blood. I can’t say that I was personally all that impressed by it, though.

Even though it’s been attempted a few times now, Left 4 Dead 2 is yet to be bettered, so it’s still our go-to zombie-smasher.

Deathloop

  • Released: 2021
  • Developer: Arkane Lyon
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

Deathloop is a unique, refreshing FPS game that sends you through time loop after time loop as you attempt to assassinate eight Visionaries. If you hunt down all eight, you finally break free from the Groundhog Day scenario you’ve landed yourself in.

It’s not easy, though. As you try to make your way past each Visionary and onto the next, using a combination of guns, gadgets, stealth, and sheer planning, you’ll find that each death lands you back at the start. This might sound repetitive, but it’s simply one part of the puzzling plot you’ll be forced to unravel, and you’ll surprisingly have a lot of fun solving it.

Superhot

  • Released: 2016
  • Developer: Superhot Team
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

Another unique shooter is Superhot. In fact, it’s one of a kind, and the premise is simple. In Superhot, time only continues to tick while you’re moving or shooting. When you stand still, time and everything within it will also stop.

As you can imagine, this leads to some intense, tactical gameplay as you attempt to manouvre your way around each level. In the same vein as Deathloop, Superhot combines shooter and puzzle elements spectactularly to provide an experience that is both innovative and enjoyable.

If truth be told, Superhot is even more fun when played in VR when making the movements yourself, and is easily also among the best VR games out there.

Far Cry 6

  • Released: 2021
  • Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

I’ll be the first to admit that Far Cry 6 is not the best in the series, but is it among one of the best shooters? I’d say so. If you can look beyond what feels like repetitive questing and sink yourself into the Far Cry 6’s beautiful environment and its dangerous array of jury-rigged weaponry, you’ll have a great time.

If you fancy a shooter that’s better played solo, and hosts a riveting story of liberating a nation from the diabolical Anton Castillo — played by Breaking Bad and The Mandolorian’s Giancarlo Esposito — Far Cry 6 is worth a try.

It doesn’t take itself too seriously at times, and there’s the opportunity to choose between stealthing your way through with a panther pal by your side, or going in all guns blazing with a reckless rooster. Let’s not also forget that Dani Rojas has to be one of the series most lively and best protagonists yet.

Honourable Mentions

Hunt: Showdown, Splitgate, Battlefield, Prey, PUBG: Battlegrounds, Wolfenstein, Black Mesa, Neon White, Resident Evil Village, Deep Rock Galactic, Metro Exodus, Back 4 Blood, Dishonored, Half-Life 2, FPS Chess, Arma 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution, BioShock, Metro 2033 Redux, F.E.A.R., Alien Isolation, TimeSplitters 2, Payday 2, Insurgency, Dying Light, Bulletstorm, Crysis, Killing Floor 2, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Mirror’s Edge, Unreal Tournament, Medal of Honor: Frontline, Duke Nukem 3D, GoldenEye 007

For more on the best games of all time, take a look at our guide to the best games on Xbox Game Pass, and the best PS5 games to play.

Third Person Shooters on PC: TPS Best List

A selection of top third person shooters featuring over two dozen single-player games and some of the most popular online games.

“A shooter is when a hurricane of fire and lead rages around, and all the surrounding sounds are drowned out by the roar of explosions, harmoniously complemented by the screams and groans of enemies. And the quality of such projects is certainly not determined by the position of the camera, ”many players who prefer this wonderful direction of computer games think something like this. And for the most part, they are right.

However, there is another category of gamers for whom it is fundamentally important to see the courageous back of the protagonist (or heroine) during the battle. Like, it’s easier to dodge bullets this way, and your soul is calmer when you see that your virtual protégé has arms and legs in place.

That’s why we have selected all of the following TPS games. And for greater convenience, we decided to divide our list of third-person shooters into two parts: single-player projects (they turned out to be the majority), and projects focused on online (a minority, but the best of the best).

Online 3rd person shooters

Fortnite

One of the most popular co-op survival game of the moment, which also has a free PvP battle royale mode.

Survival Mode Fortnite invites groups of players to collect resources and build fortifications in an open and destructible world. Building and crafting are essential gameplay elements designed to keep the ever-increasing waves of zombies at bay.

There are also several classes available in the game, each with its own set of skills and advantages. For example, someone extracts resources faster, and someone is better at using firearms.

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PUBG

A phenomenally popular multiplayer shooter that offers a simple mechanic: fight to the last survivor in a limited area that shrinks over time. Several modes are available to players: alone, in pairs, in a squad of four.

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Warframe

A free-to-play shooter with slasher and parkour elements that allows you to play in a cooperative mode for four people. The game has a system of unique combat suits — warframes that give players certain skills and bonuses. Also in the game there are a large number of firearms and melee weapons.

Today Warframe is one of the most popular free multiplayer games.

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Outriders

Co-op action game with RPG elements that invites you to go on an adventure on a distant planet. Behind the development is People Can Fly, which gave us the Gears of War, Bulletstorm and Painkiller series. With «Gears», by the way, Outriders has a lot in common — so, the shootouts are full of action, blood flows like a river, and shelters will become a second home. Also, the game will please the class system, pumping and a rather long storyline, which is only a plus.

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Remnant: From the Ashes

The monsters that emerged from the mysterious portals in the world of Remnant: From the Ashes caused the apocalypse, but not everyone gave up. In the role of a survivor, you have to team up with other gamers and invade the home of the monsters for a kind of revenge. The game boasts of the difficulty of the Dark Souls level, but the emphasis in the gameplay is on firearms, which is why the game was included in our selection.

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Spellbreak

Spellbreak at first glance seems like an action game with superpowers, but in reality it is a real shooter, since direct hands in battles play a paramount role here. This is an online battle royale game, but instead of guns and armor, players on the island are looking for gloves that will give them the powers of various elements. An excellent variation on a hackneyed theme, which also attracts with nice, undemanding graphics.

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GTA Online

Multiplayer mode for one of the most popular games, allowing you to do all the things available in GTA 5 in the company of friends.

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Zombie Army Trilogy

Co-op campaign for Sniper Elite based on traditional TPS mechanics. Legions of various zombies, faithful rifles, four fearless comrades and nothing more.

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Red Dead Online

The multiplayer mode for the iconic action game Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally arrived on PC. Here you can feel like a real western hero, before whom all the possibilities are open in the free world of the Wild West.

Organize a gang, rob banks and stagecoaches, look for treasures, fight law enforcement officers, upgrade your camp, buy new horses, clothes and weapons. You can stand on the «bright» side of the law and punish the evil bandits. The game has PvE and PvP activities, and in each you will find a breathtaking adventure.

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CRSED: F.O.A.D. (Cuisine Royale)

A funny multiplayer action game in which dozens of half-naked men, hiding behind frying pans and colanders, run around the map and fire at each other from a variety of weapons. The game, which was created as an April Fool’s joke, suddenly became popular and won a large audience. You can join it too.

For all its parody, CRSED: F.O.A.D. — quite an exciting shooter with pleasant shooting, thoughtful pumping and unobtrusive donation. A great way to let off steam after a hard day.

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The Division 2

The sequel to the post-apocalyptic action MMO that takes you from winter New York to spring Washington. However, the change of scenery does not mean that you will have less problems — looters and bandits are rampant in the former capital of the United States, and besides, you have to face something worse.

The Division 2 is a story-driven action game, so it’s a compelling story to play with friends. If you want something «hot» — raids and «Dark Zone» with free PvP are waiting for daredevils who are ready to challenge danger for the best loot.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ubisoft’s co-op action thriller about a group of operatives who went to Bolivia to fight the drug cartel. To cope with such a threat peacefully will not work — you will have to use an extensive arsenal of weapons and use a large selection of vehicles.

Ghost Recon Wildlands will invite you to immerse yourself in an exciting co-op adventure. However, the developers have not forgotten about PvP activities. And when you explore all the content of the game, pay attention to its sequel called Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

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Caliber

Domestic online shooter with PvE and PvP modes, focused on operations performed by special forces forces fighting against various global threats. The game boasts a high degree of realism, authenticity and an emphasis on teamwork between players, and it is available completely free of charge.

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Rogue Company

Rogue Company is a third-person tactical shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. Players can choose from dozens of agents with unique skills and several PVP modes, including ordinary mining and area capture, skirmishes for survival, team fights for eight and twelve players, as well as ranked matches.

Definitely a nice touch — Rogue Company is free, most of the characters can be unlocked just by playing. Also, it is a cross-platform project and it supports progress transfer. Graphics and optimization are also on the level, and there is more and more content.

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Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt

A battle royale set in the World of Darkness universe, which takes place on the alleys and gothic rooftops of Prague at night. Each player is a vampire, combining special supernatural skills with firearms to take down vampire hunters and other carnage.

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt is a specific mix of typical battle-royale mechanics and franchise features. So, players are still forced to honor the laws of the clan, observe the masquerade and drink the blood of mortals in order to become more powerful.

After a series of tests, the developers closed the project’s servers and rescheduled the release date to work with player feedback.

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Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games’ Roguelike has become one of the hottest indie action games of 2020 thanks to its incredible replay value with over a thousand handcrafted locations, hundreds of deadly monsters, artifacts and mods, from which players collect their build during raids growing in difficulty.

To date, Risk of Rain 2 has eleven playable characters with unique skills and combat styles, a variety of challenges and a cooperative mode, and procedural generation of worlds, loot and enemies makes every outing different from the next.

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Third-person co-op shooter set in the Aliens universe. In the role of colonial marines, players go on corridor story missions, during which they confront xenomorphs, aggressive synthetics and artificially bred «Wayland Yutani» mutants.

The game features canonical lore, a very good visual, several difficulty levels, and a rather flexible build system: classes for marines are represented by equipment, passive and active skills, and special types of weapons. All this is pumped and modified.

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Single-player 3rd person shooters

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is a great military shooter that offers traditional mechanics for the genre, raised to a previously unattainable level of realism and brutality. War without embellishment and false romance, the unique architecture of a ruined city engulfed in war, elements of tactics and multiplayer mode support, as well as many other advantages await players in Spec Ops: The Line.

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Gears of War Series

A fantastic shooter series that everyone has heard of. At the moment, the first, fourth and fifth parts are available for PC. Moreover, the Ultimate Edition is available for computers — a prettier version of the legendary third-person shooter, where we have to play the role of a fearless warrior, veteran and hero of many battles to enter into a grandiose battle with a countless horde of space conquerors.

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Half shooter, half role-playing game, and the preponderance, probably, is still in the direction of the second aspect.

And yet we included it in our selection: the shootouts in Mass Effect turned out to be a feast for the eyes — cute, dynamic, giving a lot of pleasure for the eyes and fingers. So no cheating — shooting here is present in the proper quantity and quality.

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Max Payne Series

A classic in its purest form, each part of which is a small masterpiece both in terms of gameplay and story development. Even today it is difficult to say unequivocally which of the three parts is the best, but they are separated by decades!

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Vanquish

Extremely exciting new generation game with fantastic setting. To say that Vanquish is a dynamic and very beautiful game with a large number of different opponents and bosses, endowed with a sensitive and quick-witted AI, as well as offering a lot of unusual combat mechanics, is to say nothing. Almost each of these elements brings with it a revolution for the world of video games. In general, Vanquish is a game that is worth trying out not only for fans of shooters, but for all gamers in general.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

A game with a huge open world and incredible freedom in choosing tactics and means to complete each of the impressive number of missions present here. In addition to the stealth mechanics that form the basis of the gameplay in The Phantom Pain, there was a place for quite a full-fledged shooting.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Starting with the third installment, the GTA series moved into full-fledged 3D and received phenomenal fame among gamers, which only increased with each subsequent game.

GTA V is still one of the best third-person shooters on PC today, and one of the most popular sandbox games. And for those who like to play in a company with live players, it even has a GTA Online multiplayer mode, which we talked about above. The Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven cult) and those who are looking for games similar to GTA.

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Quantum Break

Fantastic shooter from Remedy Entertainment, originally planned as an Xbox One exclusive, but eventually made its way to PC.

In our opinion, this is one of the most spectacular and stylish third-person action games. Yes, perhaps, and not only from the 3rd. But apart from cutting-edge graphics and fanatical special effects, Quantum Break has something to offer.

First of all, it’s a twisted, non-linear story that’s true to science fiction. The developers even applied a very unusual, unique storytelling technique by including a miniseries with famous actors in the game. The series is available for viewing between individual chapters of Quantum Break, and the development of events in it will depend on the decisions made by the player.

Secondly, the gameplay itself, in which, in addition to exciting skirmishes, the possibility of manipulating time, represented by the protagonist’s supernatural abilities, is successfully implemented.

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Dead Space Series

The Dead Space series managed to prove that sci-fi horror and third-person shooter are compatible genres. The first part begins with the fact that the usual engineer of the future, Isaac Clarke, goes to the Ishimura spaceship to fix the breakdown, and upon arrival encounters a horde of «necromorph» monsters, which became the dead crew members. Over the course of three parts, the hero survives, suffers from a shortage of supplies, encounters truly terrible monsters, resolves personal issues and turns from a victim into a hunter. For the plot, atmosphere and bloody action, this series is worth paying attention to.

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Control

Shooter from Remedy (Alan Wake, Quantum Break) with superpowers. In the role of the girl Jessie, you will go to a strange place in search of your missing brother and find yourself embroiled in rather mystical events. You will have the Director’s pistol in your hands, which can be transformed into various forms, and thanks to supernatural abilities, every firefight will be intense. Unlike other games from the company, this one is less linear and allows you to wander around the premises of the mysterious Bureau.

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Sunset Overdrive

Guess what caused the apocalypse in Sunset Overdrive? Broken test tube in the lab? No. Nuclear war? Cold. We will not languish — the monsters in the game appeared because of the soda. In the role of a janitor, who turned out to be one of the few survivors of a flying party, you have to escape from the city, which was filled with monsters. A key feature of the gameplay is the ability to slide along rails, railings and other objects, in connection with which the firefights are fast and spectacular.

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Hitman Series

A series of games about the most stylish and charming killer in the world, going far beyond the usual TPS. It has a long and glorious history, an army of thousands of fans and, most likely, you already know well, so let’s move on to the next game from our top.

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Lost Planet series

The famous series of sci-fi shooters, which take place in extreme conditions on a dying planet, where nature itself rebels against the colonists, turning against them the local nature and fauna.

In addition to the excellent design of the planet and an exciting plot, Lost Planet pleases with an abundance of high-tech weapons, complex AI, a large number of different mechanisms and devices available for manipulation that affect the gameplay, and, finally, the presence of an unusual vehicle — an armored suit, because of which the game can be recommended and fans of games about manned robots.

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Binary Domain

Fantastic third-person shooter with RPG elements and multiplayer support, in which players will have to fight with people and robots on the streets of futuristic Tokyo.

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Just Cause series

The 3rd part of this series has already appeared in our various collections, so this time we decided to draw your attention to all four parts of the Just Cause series. This is especially true for owners of weak PCs (except for the fourth part), who do not have the opportunity to enjoy all the beauties of the tropical island from Just Cause 3.

By the way, fans of multiplayer modes can download a special mod for the second and third parts of the series.

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Saints Row Series

Another well-known series of crime-themed games. But unlike the gloomy and harsh surroundings, Kane & Lynch has a clear bias towards cheerful recklessness, banter and intoxication.

How can Saints Row games make you happy? Intense gameplay that constantly goes beyond TPS, a high degree of freedom, memorable and not boring, sometimes funny, and sometimes just a shocking story with dozens of the brightest characters, exciting tasks and a lot of additional entertainment scattered across a huge metropolis living its own life.

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Kane & Lynch Dilogy

An ambiguous story about the adventures of two notorious scoundrels, an unscrupulous psycho and a gloomy mercenary, spilling a balm on the soul of players who are hungry for cruel, unfettered morality and decency criminal action.

Loot and kill, and even feel the shoulder of the same reckless companion, prone to bouts of aggression — this is not too sophisticated gameplay offered by two parts of Kane & Lynch. Nevertheless, some players managed to discern some subtle psychologism and tragedy behind such a rough wrapper.

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Red Faction: Armageddon

TPS with a fantastic setting, which became a pleasant surprise for many players after the controversial Red Faction: Guerrilla. Events still take place on Mars, the game has a lot of weapons, a system of perks, a new threat on a planetary scale and total destructibility of the environment, in general, everything that we fell in love with the series.

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Ghost Recon series

A series of tactical shooters under the auspices of Ubisoft, dedicated to the adventures of the Ghost Recon squad of elite fighters. Each part offers players its own setting, usually close to the principles of modern warfare. Often, the plot also takes players to the near future.

An important feature is that almost every part of the Ghost Recon series supports multiplayer or co-op. Also, the series is distinguished by a large number of classes of fighters, an impressive arsenal of weapons and upgrades available to them, a flexible difficulty system (in companies) and a realistic shooting system.

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Rogue Trooper Redux

The re-release of one of the best third-person shooters on PC just couldn’t miss our selection! And we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with this project if it has eluded your attention earlier.

If your PC’s resources don’t allow it, you can always use the original 2006 Rogue Trooper.

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Sleeping Dogs

A thrilling third-person shooter with an open world and an interesting story, the gameplay of which will throw players into the wilds of the criminal jungle of Hong Kong. In addition to whirlwind gunfights and frenzied chases in cool cars (Sleeping Dogs has about 80 types of vehicles), the game has a unique hand-to-hand combat system based on real types of mixed martial arts.

Cruel and cool — perhaps these are the words that can characterize everything that happens in Sleeping Dogs.

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Resident Evil

The cult zombie survival horror series, which in the presented three parts quite far departed from the original concept laid down by Shinji Mikami, and received a tangible appendage of TPS. This is especially felt in Resident Evil 6, which many phantoms unambiguously classify as action games.

In general, if you like zombies and shooting, then you will definitely like the proposed games.

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Sniper Elite Series

A series of tactical military shooters with a very rich gameplay and interesting diverse missions, ranging from silent eliminations and all kinds of sabotage to meat batches with fireworks explosions and shooting at numerous living targets. Moreover, each mission in the games of the Sniper Elite series (this is especially true for the last two parts) has a non-linear passage.

Finally, the main advantage of Sniper Elite is a realistic simulation of the sniper profession and an accurate recreation of all the nuances associated with it.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Series

Tom Clancy’s iconic spy thriller that took the stealth action genre to new levels of realism. The protagonist Sam Fisher is a super agent involved in the most complex special operations to eliminate terrorist threats and obtain information necessary to resolve interstate conflicts that have grown into a military confrontation.

Using advanced technology, Fischer penetrates extremely dangerous territories, operates mostly alone and prefers stealth to open battle. However, it is not uncommon to shoot at Splinter Cell. To date, Blacklist remains the last installment in the series, but at the end of 2021 it became known that Ubisoft Toronto was working on a remake of Splinter Cell, which should lay «a solid foundation for future games in the series.»

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Tomb Rider Series

As Lara Croft’s appearance changed from year to year, so did the gameplay in the series. The Tomb Rider franchise has had two reboots. Initially a complex puzzle adventure game with an abundance of traps and secrets, in 2006 it turned into a seasoned action game with puzzles, and since 2013, already under the publishing house of Square Enix, it has become like a story survival game with crafting and hunting.

The new Tomb Rider games stand out not only for their excellent visuals, abundance of features and relative freedom of movement, but also for their arsenal of weapons of various calibers: bows, semi-automatic pistols, assault rifles, shotguns. Lara has never shied away from firearms, but the combat mechanics in the last parts are clearly borrowed from modern shooters.

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Days Gone

Days Gone is an action-adventure game with survival, open-world, and third-person shooter elements. The main character is a biker who went on a road adventure through the lands of the United States, almost completely destroyed by an epidemic that turned people and animals into aggressive, greedy to the flesh mutants.

On the road, Deacon St. John confronts not only monsters, but marauders, criminal gangs and even fanatics. In the course are melee weapons and deadly projectiles, as well as the good old firearms. When stealth fails, Deacon switches to assault rifles, sniper rifles, and shotguns.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

The main character of the series, Aloy, is a young explorer who lives in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mechanical animals. The girl travels through a vast, picturesque world, hunts, meets representatives of local tribes and studies ancient ruins in order to unravel the causes of the invasion of machines.

Despite the fact that Horizon Zero Dawn in the traditional sense of Action / RPG with a third-person view, the heroine’s arsenal includes dozens of types of ranged weapons, various traps and modified arrows, and one of the development branches helps to improve Aloy’s combat potential as an archer.

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Total Overdose

A sizzling third-person action game released in 2005 for PC and consoles that combines the best of hit titles such as Max Payne and GTA, as well as successfully complemented by many of the developers’ own ideas from Deadline Games. And plus to all this, it has a pronounced, one might even say, hypertrophied Mexican flavor.

From Max Payne, the game takes over driving and stylish shootouts with an advanced slow-mo system and a plot typical for crime action games, stuffed to capacity with scoundrels and traitors of all stripes. There are even boss fights.

And from GTA, this Mexican lively guy was awarded a colorful open world, albeit not so complex, but still offering a lot of worthy ways to have fun.

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Stranglehold

A cinematic third-person shooter starring famous director John Woo. Moreover, the events of the game are a continuation of the film «Hard Boiled», filmed by the director in 1992. So fans of the bloody and spectacular Hong Kong action movies Stranglehold will definitely like it.

The gameplay is a hectic alternation of skirmishes with acrobatic stunts in rapidly changing linear locations, literally bursting with the number of enemies. At the end of each of the locations, players will encounter a boss.

Spectacular shooting, with a dozen different types of weapons, good destructibility of the environment, four abilities of the main character that make life easier in the most difficult situations, and the presence of the slow-mo mode are the key features of Stranglehold.

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GUN

A third-person shooter notable for its style of westerns of the 60s and 70s of the last century. The plot of GUN is also made in the best traditions of films about the Wild West, and tells about a lone shooter Colton White, who avenges the murder of his adoptive father.

The narrative, full of cruel and tragic events, enhances its impact on perception due to the large number of cut-scenes successfully inserted into the story clips. Also, scenes of violence regularly flicker in the game, replete with realistic details (dismemberment, decapitation, and so on), which is almost an indispensable element for the western genre, to which GUN belongs. So in this regard, everything is done according to the canons.

This will come as a surprise to many, but in GUN there is an open world, divided into several climatic zones, in which a couple of cities and several dozen smaller objects are freely located, also available for visiting.

In addition to completing the main storyline, the player has access to many side tasks, performed in the manner of tests and various mini-games, which, together with the open world, gives the player a feeling of freedom that is very rare for games of the early 2000s.

Released in 2005, the game GUN is very undemanding to system resources and is suitable for weak PCs.

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Saints Row (2022)

A soft reboot of the infamous Saints Row developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver. The events of the game will develop in the fictional city of Santo Ileso with a fundamentally new cast of characters. Players will find a huge scope for character customization, a lot of crazy action and an atmospheric picture. The release is scheduled for August 23 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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Quantum Knights

A unique mix of medieval fantasy RPG and futuristic action shooter. The PVE-oriented project is similar to Outriders in many ways: players will be offered a cooperative mode, a variety of firearms and an arsenal of magic tricks tied to the chosen equipment.

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Synced: Off-Planet

Synced: Off-Planet – PvPvE «Battle Royale» with a third-person view, the events of which develop in a techno-apocalyptic world. Players in small groups will fight against each other and against strange mutant robots, while the class system and tactical arsenal of the team will be determined by the nano-companions captured by the players.

The best sniper games on PC

Here is a list of sniper shooters that have earned recognition for their interesting and realistic sniper shooting simulation, as well as the overall atmosphere and various features of the sniper.

Among PC shooters, sniper games are far from the most popular, but they still have their own dedicated audience. In addition, even fans of sci-fi and multiplayer FPS, as well as fans of first-person zombie horror (many of which often smoothly flow into the same FPS), sometimes want to get away from the usual setting and try something new, more realistic and «down to earth».

And sniper simulators are perfect for that. Therefore, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the list below of the best, in our opinion, sniper games for PC that have been released over the past 10-15 years. So, many of them are suitable even for weak PCs.

Sniper Elite Series

Sniper Elite is a popular third-person tactical shooter series that showcases all the fun and hardships of being a sniper. We will not lie if we say that these games are the best in the direction we are considering.

The player will plunge into various periods of the Second World War and play as a special agent who, by his actions, is trying to prevent the onslaught of the Nazis. He has a pistol, an assault rifle, and explosives in his arsenal, but he mainly wields a sniper rifle.

Games will boast of the X-ray Kill Cam system — after making a shot, the player can watch the flight of the bullet until it hits human organs or vehicle parts. Also, when firing, various ballistic parameters, wind speed and other indicators are taken into account. Simply put, Sniper Elite is an extremely worthy sniper game that we do not recommend passing by.

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Zombie Army Series

A spin-off of the popular series from Rebellion, dedicated to the battles with the army of undead Nazis raised by Hitler with the help of the occult knowledge of the Third Reich.

All games in the series contain captivating campaigns that can be played alone or in cooperative mode for up to four people.

Zombie Army has retained all the shooting features of the main Sniper Elite series, based on a lot of factors: bullet weight, wind direction, enemy location level, and so on. Of course, the X-Ray Kill Cam system has also been preserved, demonstrating the process of entering a bullet into an enemy in all shocking details.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Tactical first-person shooter game released by CI Games in April 2017. Unlike previous games in the series, Ghost Warrior is the first to be positioned as a AAA-class project. Therefore, it has a large open world, ultra-modern graphics at the time of release and a large number of different missions, divided into main and side missions.

Moreover, the missions presented here, not all of them belong to the category of snipers. There are tasks for exploration, survival, and even silent penetration into the camp and elimination of the specified target — all in the best traditions of stealth.

Still, sniping remains a core gameplay element in Ghost Warrior 3, but has undergone significant changes aimed at both newcomers and veterans of the series. Now even more factors are taken into account when shooting: distance, elevation angle, cartridge type, wind strength and direction, body position and breathing.

For those who find the mechanics of the third part too complicated and incomprehensible, the developers have even prepared a special blog with explanations, the materials of which can be downloaded from the official website of the game.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

There is no number in the title of this part of Ghost Warrior, and for good reason — although the game retains the spirit of the original, it has a lot of new elements for the series. It was released in 2019, following the third part. The player is invited to fulfill a variety of contracts and kill their victims in dozens of different ways. At the same time as you, other snipers will hunt for the same target. There are regular tasks, as well as perpetual contracts and complex tasks that will be too tough for beginners.

Other features: a rich arsenal of gadgets (drones, turrets, gas grenades), an updated tactical marking system, an improved augmented reality mask. Also, the developers abandoned the open world, which became one of the stumbling blocks to the success of the third part.

The changes to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts have benefited the series — it has over 75% positive reviews on Steam and is praised by players for its original sniper shooter gameplay.

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge

A mini-game set in the popular 47 franchise. It is a spin-off of the series, although chronologically it can be considered a prequel to the fifth part of Hitman: Absolution.

The main advantage of Sniper Challenge is that its gameplay is focused solely on shooting from a sniper rifle. At the same time, events take place in a well-known place (there is only one location and one main task) and with well-known characters.

Agent 47 is on the roof to kill Richard Strong Jr. and as many of his bodyguards as he can on the opposite helipad. At the same time, everything is given a limited amount of time. And the gameplay is periodically diluted with side tasks.

The Sniper Challenge has a rating of the best players, the position in which is affected not only by the speed and accuracy of shooting, but also by the successful implementation of side effects, as well as a series of headshots.

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Hitman series

A cult series about a famous assassin who often uses weapons with optical sights in his hard work.

The Hitman series is not a pure sniper simulator, but offers much more diverse mechanics. However, the scoped weapon shooting here is furnished with such charm that it definitely earned the project a place in the list of sniper games on PC.

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Arma 3

The third part of the famous combined arms simulator from Bohemia Interactive, which has received recognition for its extensive and deep tactical capabilities, including sniper warfare.

Arma 3 takes place in the near future, in an open world immersed in global conflict. Players have access to 20 types of military equipment, 40 types of weapons (moreover, several are ideal for sniper fire at once), various equipment and equipment. In general, the opportunities for playing the role of a sniper are very wide.

Despite the fact that Arma 3 is not a pure sniper simulator, among the games in this category, it deserves to be among the best.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare line, although it does not specifically include sniper games, we have added it to the selection, because in each part of the players there is at least one excellent and a well-developed sniper mission that will settle in your head for a long time. For example, in the first Modern Warfare (2007), players will perform an operation in Pripyat, and in the 2019 remake, they will have to fight off an entire enemy vehicle company.

And if you take it globally, then Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an excellent shooter with interesting storylines, addictive gameplay, spectacular action and nice shooting mechanics.

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Zero Caliber VR

This tactical shooter is designed for virtual reality helmets — so if you have one of them lying around, then this is an occasion to dust off. The player will take part in the fictional Civil War on the territory of the United States — he will have to destroy crowds of opponents using a variety of weapons. And in the arsenal, of course, there is a place for sniper rifles — they, like other guns, can be upgraded using various modules.

Impressive graphics, shooting mechanics, cooperative mode — these and other details make Zero Caliber VR not only a great shooter, but also one of the most worthy games in the VR direction.

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Ski Sniper

Non-standard sniper shooter, in which your target will be not fascists and zombies, but ordinary winter sports fans. Fast skiers can easily dodge a bullet, so you need to calculate the flight path and make an accurate shot. As with the Sniper Elite series, there is a post-shot slow motion so you can see exactly where the bullet hit. There is a diverse arsenal of weapons: from sniper rifles to crossbows.

The game also includes competitive elements (however, there is no multiplayer). For example, your victim after a fatal shot must fly as far as possible, and this record is fixed.

Ski Sniper is a great, simple game to help you relax.

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Sniper Fury

Another shooting range-based sniper simulator that made its way to PC from smartphones and tablets in 2017.

In general, quite an interesting, rich game with a good level of graphics and animation for its category. We can say that in this collection this is the best option for weak PCs.

Sniper Fury has over a hundred missions that will take the player to a variety of locations in the near future. At the same time, there is support for weather phenomena at the locations: snow storms, heavy rains with thunderstorms, storm winds, and so on. Of course, all this will have to be taken into account when shooting from long distances.

The arsenal is represented not only by various types of weapons that are close to those that actually exist today, but also by some obviously futuristic guns. Moreover, each of them can be customized. There is also a system for collecting parts for the subsequent improvement of your favorite rifles and carbines.

There is also a rating system, divided into several leagues.

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Sniper: Art of Victory

A sniper simulator by CI Games set during World War II. The protagonist is an elite sniper, a member of a detachment carrying out an important mission near Stalingrad, and after helping the Alliance forces in the liberation of the Apennine Peninsula.

The main advantage of the game is the presence of weapons that really existed at that time, including such legendary rifles as the Mosin Sniper Rifle and Mauser 98 COP. The equipment and equipment of the soldiers of the Third Reich is also realistic, and many locations actually exist in Russia and Italy.

Art of Victory’s ballistic system takes into account factors such as wind direction and strength, bullet trajectory, and the shooter’s breathing rate. When a headshot is fired, the «slow motion» mode is activated, demonstrating the result of the hit in all its glory.

Of the minuses — very outdated graphics (released in 2008), a small number of missions and their monotony.

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Sniper 3D Assassin: Shoot to Kill

Sniper 3D Assassin: Shoot to Kill came to us from the Android mobile platform where the game has been downloaded over 100 million times, and 13 million users have shared their ratings. She was not able to repeat such success on PC — the bar is much higher here than on mobile phones, but still this is a worthy port that should be paid attention to.

The game involves the passage of single missions (there are over 850 of them in total), which, as you might guess, come down to the covert destruction of any targets. Sniper 3D Assassin will also check if the player’s hand falters in non-standard situations (chases, bad weather conditions, and so on). Of the weapons — over 150 types of sniper rifles.

Sniper 3D Assassin is free to download, so there’s nothing stopping you from giving the game a chance to get you interested.

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Caliber

Definitely, the tactical shooter Caliber cannot be called a thoroughbred game about snipers. Nevertheless, there are other character classes in the game — attack aircraft, medic, support.

However, the sniper class is one of the most effective, as it is able to significantly thin out the enemy squad and support your team with fire. And this is very important in the context of a game based on close cooperation between players.

That is why we decided to include the project in this list.

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Battlefield V

Battlefield V is a first-person shooter set during World War II. To begin with, we note that the single player mode here was not bad, but the main highlight of the game is the multiplayer.

The maps are large, as are the number of players, and they have to fight each other, so using a sniper rifle is one of the most popular tactics.

Battlefield games have always been famous for their great selection of sniper rifles, and the fifth installment is no exception.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Ghost Recon: Wildlands was developed by Ubisoft, the studio behind legendary franchises like Far Cry , Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six. In the case of Wildlands, the developers showed their experience in creating open-world games with elements of stealth and sniper shooting in all its glory.

Wildlands is a real hit from Ubisoft as it combines the best aspects of the company’s other series. Not all of them are a perfect match, but sniping and stealth definitely deserve attention: taking out enemy soldiers from a distance will be a pleasure for players.

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Breakpoint is a narrative sequel to Wildlands that is still filled with sniper action. First of all, the game introduces a separate class «Sniper», which has many additional perks (for example, «deep lungs» or «ranged»). In addition, players receive bonuses when using sniper rifles and DMRs.

Talking about the best guns in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the TAC50, HTI and Scorpio should be noted, which can be found in crates, loot boxes and blueprints on the fictional island of Auroa, where the story develops.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint also has a leveling system that allows you to upgrade weapons. This requires weapon parts, which can be obtained by disassembling other weapons, and the quality of the parts directly depends on the quality of the weapon.

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Insurgency: Sandstorm

The original Insurgency was a realistic first-person shooter with solid sniper rifle mechanics. From graphics and animation to sound design and weapon models, Insurgency: Sandstorm has been overhauled to create a multiplayer shooter like Arma, especially when it comes to powerful snipers that can kill with one shot.

Note that most of the maps are very small, but the weapon models are impressively detailed, which greatly increases the level of immersion in the gameplay.

Customization is another important aspect of Sandstorm: you can upgrade your character literally from the start, and buy gadgets, gun upgrades and equipment for a certain amount of points.

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising has a ton of gear options, but given that the action takes place on a playing field of approximately 200 square kilometers, a sniper rifle is what you need. Especially when you have the opportunity to command a whole squad of soldiers who will do all the dirty work, leaving the best: shoot the bad guys at a safe distance!

Indeed, you can kill enemies at a distance of more than 1000 meters. There are many aspects to take into account (wind, time, etc.), but the player is able to destroy an entire enemy squad without them even knowing how it happened.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts is the fifth game in the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series, released in 2021. In previous parts, the developers used the structure of the open world, but in Contracts and Contracts 2, the creators decided to change the concept in favor of sandbox levels.

The game is set in the fictional region of Kuamar in the Middle East, where a professional sniper with the call sign Raven will have to eliminate the widow of a local dictator who has come to power and her minions, because of the ambitions of which a large-scale war could break out.

In Contracts 2 there is a system of tests, for the completion of which players receive money and tokens: money can be spent on buying weapons and upgrades, and tokens are required to upgrade the sniper’s abilities.

In terms of weapons, the arsenal includes many short, medium, and long range sniper rifles, several assault rifles, secondary weapons like pistols, and various gadgets.

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Hunting Simulator 2

Hunting Simulator is a popular hunting simulator that prioritizes realism in the first place, and the second part only proves it once again.

Here, players will go into the wild and hunt various animals (of which there are 33 species in the game). The action takes place in Texas, Colorado and Europe.

Using sniper rifles is one of the most popular tactics among players, as it helps to deal with animals at a great distance. In total, there are more than 70 weapon models and more than 90 items of clothing and accessories available in the game.

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Squad

Squad is an online tactical first-person shooter that is based on realism and teamwork. The game immediately won a decent audience, because it has a huge number of maps (both small and large locations), as well as addictive gameplay — you can play for different specialists (attack, medic, sniper or technician).

It is worth noting the atmosphere and good online: the servers are stable and often filled with players. The sound and graphics are also noteworthy.

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Sniper Battle

A multiplayer browser game about snipers, which is a shooting range with live players. Both PVE and PVP modes are available.

Duels between players, as well as missions where they need to work together, take place in various, as a rule, unstable places on the planet, therefore, «Battle of Snipers» pleases with a wide variety of locations.

There is a good selection of weapons, including two dozen prototypes of real-life assault and sniper rifles. All barrels can be hung with additional modules in a special workshop.

There is also a system of ranks and ratings.

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Medal of Honor series

One of the oldest series of military first-person shooters, Medal of Honor, was created by Steven Spielberg himself! Perhaps that is why the game turned out to be memorable and captivated many fans of the genre. Almost every time a user thinks of the name of the franchise, they will come up with moments with long-range sniper shots knocking helmets off the heads of opponents. And speaking of Medal Of Honor Warfighter, there’s a unique, hardcore sniper rifle mission that every seasoned gamer knows about.

Almost every part of the Medal of Honor series prior to Warfighter was released annually, which speaks to its popularity among FPS fans. At the moment, the latest project that has been implemented is Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, sharpened for VR. All fans of the series should definitely remember the old days, and gamers who prefer shooters with the ability to make shots adjusted to the millimeter, but who have not played Medal Of Honor, should finally get acquainted with the Medal of Valor!

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Geometric Sniper

Geometric Sniper is a hand-drawn shooter game made in black and white 2D style. Each part of the series has its own hero and tasks. You have to pick up a sniper rifle and start shooting zombies or eliminating individual targets shown in the photo. Be careful when you see the right character, because there is no room for error. Don’t let the victim run away, improve your reaction speed and aiming smoothness! Fans of games about snipers will get a lot of positive emotions from the series!

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Kill The Santa

Kill The Santa is a game full of humor. You, as an experienced sniper, will have to shoot clones of the famous winter wizard. In this case, Santa Clauses will be drunk. Choose one of the five points from which it will be convenient to shoot to kill, get rewards for accurate shooting and don’t forget, the sniper has 8 types of weapons at his disposal! The gameplay itself is clear and does not require training, you should especially carefully look at the mechanics of a shot and a bullet hitting a target (something similar to Sniper Elite!). Try to destroy all the clones and be sure to rate this good project by today’s standards!

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Sniper Road

Lowpoly shooter Sniper Road offers the user to find and neutralize enemy snipers. The latter will easily get you at a distance of two hundred meters, so be careful.