Opinions. Every one has one, every one is entitled to one, and in my opinion, these are the top 5 First-Person Shooters based on those I’ve played.
5. Halo 3
The only Sci-Fi Shooter making it into my list, Halo 3 is my fifth favourite FPS. When it came out in 2007, all of my friends went mental over it – I didn’t see them for weeks. Personally, I was sceptical, as I’d never really been a fan of anything Sci-Fi. One day though, I thought I’d give it a go, so I went round a friend’s house and we did the co-op campaign… I couldn’t put the controller down. It provided hours and hours of fun even though we completed it in no time – We just went through it again at a harder difficulty. I wasn’t overly keen on the online multi-player, although killing someone with a sticky bomb felt awesome. That’s why Halo 3 is number 5 on my list.
4. ArmA III
ArmA III is the most recent game on my list, and it is not your average FPS. It is a highly detailed military simulation game exclusive to PC, and it is extremely difficult to play. Like Halo 3, I was introduced to this game by a friend, but this time, there was not a single ounce of scepticism within. The appeal was immediate, and the realism was gripping. For some reason, it made the game so much more enjoyable. With a huge arsenal of weapons available and a variety of roles to take up, you control how you want to play the game. Whether you’d rather provide assistance from afar as a sniper, or be the centre of the action at the front, you’e always involved. The single player and multi-player modes are equally enjoyable, and it is an all-round quality game.
3. GoldenEye 007
In August 1997, when GoldenEye 007 was released worldwide on the Nintendo 64, I was a couple of months shy of 2 years old. Obviously, I didn’t get it immediately after it came out, but when I got bought an N64 for Christmas in 1999, GoldenEye was one of the games that came with it. It was the first game I ever played, my first experience and memory of FPS. Back then, I didn’t appreciate it as much as I did when I played it again a couple of years ago. When I was 4, I didn’t notice how good the graphics were for its time, or how intelligent the AI was – I just wanted to shoot people. Now, though, I realise that for the era in which it was produced and the platform it was on, it couldn’t have been any better than it was, and I’d still rather play GoldenEye than most modern games.
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2, the sixth instalment of Call of Duty, is the best of the lot. It’s not even a close call, it’s miles better than the rest. I never really played much of the campaign on MW2, it was all about the online multi-player for me. I got it a couple of days after it was released, and I played it for eighteen hours straight – I had never done anything for eighteen hours straight prior to this. I lost count of the amount of nights I spent staying up until 4am, tirelessly running around ‘Favela’ with a silenced UMP 45 or picking people off across ‘Wasteland’ with the M21 EBR. The quickscopers used to get on my nerves, but that’s mainly because I couldn’t do it. Each and every map was incredible, but I was especially fond of ‘Terminal’. No other Call of Duty has topped MW2 so far, and honestly, I don’t think one will. Excellent game.
1. Medal of Honor: Frontline
If someone were to say to me, “What’s the first FPS that comes into your head?”, my answer would be Medal of Honor: Frontline. My first memory of the PS2 I got for my seventh birthday is storming the beaches of Normandy as Lt. Jimmy Patterson. Every minute of the campaign, from landing on Omaha Beach to killing Rudolf Ulbricht von Sturmgeist and taking off in his plane, is sensational. World War II was a topic that had always fascinated me, even at the ripe old age of seven, and Frontline gave me the chance to be there and learn about it, despite being a fictional recreation of the war (although based on real events). The graphics were awesome, the battles were gripping and tense, it was just a brilliant game. If I wasn’t watching Scooby-Doo or learning my nine-times-tables, I was playing MoH.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Where’s Doom? Where’s Wolfenstein?” and based on what older friends and relatives have told me, I can understand your concern. If the opportunity had arisen for me to play such games, I’d not be surprised if they made my top 5 FPS games.
Until I do play these games, though, this is my top 5.
Be sure to let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your top 5s.