30 best FPS games ever

Stroll down a bullet-ridden memory lane as we take a look at some of the best pixellated trigger-fests ever made

Scopes up, safety catches off and trigger fingers at the ready? The best first person shooters ever made in no particular order are

Halo: Reach (2010)

This prequel follows the eclectic Noble Team as they battle to save planet Reach from a Covenant invasion. A gripping campaign is supported by Firefight mode and a revamped online multiplayer experience, featuring jetpacks, shields and other powerups to add to the legendary mayhem.

Golden Eye 007 (1997)

Based on the 1995 Bond Flick starring Pierce Brosnan, GoldenEye is regarded as one of the most important milestones in the FPS genre. Its array of gadgets and weapons was only overshadowed by the revolutionary multiplayer deathmatch mode where the tricky-to-see Oddjob reigned supreme.

Team Fortress 2 (2007)

Now free to play via Steam on PCs and Macs, TF2 is a game which consists of three parts manic action to two parts charming humour, peppered here and there with crazy weapons and novelty collectible items. Choose from nine unique classes and go give ‘em hell, soldier.

Quake III Arena (1999)

Ditching the single campaign altogether, the third instalment in the popular Quake series focused solely on multiplayer action against computer controlled bots. The ability to also play with up to 16 real-life fleshy people offered new challenges and no doubt resulted in a slew of geek-filled LAN parties.

Duke Nukem 3D (1996)


Arriving slap-bang in the middle of the moral panic over video games, Duke Nukem 3D was almost gleeful in sticking a middle finger up at political correctness. Its mix of questionable language, naked strippers and adolescent humour won it no friends among politicians and family values campaigners, but hindsight, it's almost quaint. More importantly, it was a roller-coaster ride of alien-shooting mayhem, peppered with knowing references to Hollywood action movies. Come get some.