Created by Bungie (the mastermind behind Halo), Marathon had a reputation as a well-polished shooter with a refreshingly intricate storyline following a security officer’s response to a spacecraft’s mysterious distress call. At the time, it was hailed as the Macintosh’s counterpart to Doom – a comparison in which it more than held its own.
Soldier of Fortune (2000)
Built on a modified Quake II engine, Soldier of Fortune was famous for graphical representations of body dismemberment – note the exploding cranium depicted in exhibit A above. Naturally, the controversy surrounding the gore only made us want it more...
Resistance 3 (2011)
Chock full of explosive action, Resistance 3 conveys a powerful sense of desperation in the human race’s fight against the Chimera alien forces. A cavalcade of fancy weapons is an adequate solution to painting the walls red with alien insides and online multiplayer offers a chance to hone your l337 skillz. Read the full review here
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (2007)
Improvements in enemy AI made this sequel to the first Advanced Warfighter a much more polished experience, in which teammates could be usefully controlled thanks to the Crosscom 2.0 technology – if only ordering around people in real life were as easy.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 (2010)
There’s nothing more satisfying than pulling the trigger of an M95, taking down a helicopter pilot and watching the whole thing plummet to the ground in a fiery explosion of twisted metal. Featuring destructible environments, tanks, and choppers, Bad Company 2 can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with its CoD nemesis.