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.

GoldenEye 007 (1997)

Based on the 1995 Bond flick starring Pierce Brosnan, this N64 title is regarded as one of the most important milestones in FPS gaming, sparking off a surge in popularity for the genre among console gamers.

Developers Rare packed in a raft of features, including localised damage – allowing for limb and headshots – and a revolutionary split-screen multiplayer mode. But remember: No Oddjob.

Team Fortress 2 (2007)

TF2 is made up of three parts manic action and two parts charming humour, peppered here and there with crazy weapons and novelty collectible items, including a splendid array of hats. Choose from nine unique classes and go give ‘em hell, soldier.

Quake III Arena (1999)

Ditching the single-player 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. The engine formed the spine of the online-only Quake Live, which let you engage in frenetic firefights with people all across the globe. 

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 in 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.

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