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Top 10 favorite First-Person Shooters

So if you also follow my friend Josh’s blog, you’re likely aware than I’m very behind on copying his lists. The problem is, his recent ones have been somewhat problematic for me to copy.

He’s done several on his favorite games in several genres, none of which I feel I have enough experience in to replicate my own version, and more recently he’s done a top 20 of his favorite Disney songs, which I DEFINITELY cannot replicate because I typically am not a fan of the singing in Disney animated films (there’s a few exceptions, but for the most part, just feels kinda awkward).

Plus, I got that whole baby thing coming soon, so there’s lots to do in prep for that.

However, I did finally come across a genre of video games I feel I have a wide enough breadth of experience to create a top 10 list worth reading, and that’s First Person Shooters, a genre I’ve loved for years.

So without further ado, here’s my top 10 First Person Shooters!

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Honorable Mention: Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

Jedi Outcast remains one of my favorite Star Wars games of all time. In my opinion it absolutely set the bar for how Lightsaber combat in a Star Wars game should go. It also had a good storyline, blended original and canon characters very well, and was the prototype for the Alignment system that many games would later have.┬áSo why is it only an honorable mention and not on the top 10? Well, because it’s not technically a pure First-person shooter. Activating your lightsaber puts you in third person mode, and you spend a lot of time in that camera view. So to me, it only half counts, which isn’t quite good enough, heh.

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10. Doom 2

Doom was awesome, the classic that made first-person shooters a thing (you can argue Wolfenstein 3-D all you want, there’s a reason the term “Doom clone” was a thing for so long). The second one added a ton of new enemies and a whole new crop of levels to play through. It also did a much better job (in my view) of establishing a feeling of dread as you played.

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9. Unreal Tournament

Graphically, I know Unreal was fantastic for it’s time, but Unreal Tournament was the first game in the series that really grabbed me. Call it the story, the multiplayer feel, the decent bot AI, the redesigned looks of many classic unreal weapons, or a mix of all of them, I was hooked as soon as I started playing. Couldn’t tell you how many hours I sunk into it. Ironically, I only rarely touched the multiplayer, but still, going up against the bots on my favorite maps was still great fun. This game was also the one that introduced me to sniping, and it’s stuck with me ever since.

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8. Team Fortress 2

TF2 might have been the first shooter I’ve picked up strictly for multiplayer. As most of you know, I dislike multiplayer a lot, especially in FPS games, because I’m not a very competitive person, but this game is one of the few exceptions (and ever since they added bot support, not that much). I love the classes, the over-the-top humor, and the wacky fun of TF2. Except those dang spies. Always gotta be sappin’ mah sentry.

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7. Left 4 Dead 2

I know a lot of people will hate this pick, because unlike the other sequels, L4D2 was not a vast improvement over the first one. I don’t care, I enjoyed 2 far more than 1. I don’t know if I just liked the characters more, their particular story, or the few features added in the second game, but Left 4 Dead 2 was a ton of fun, and still remains one of the best zombie survival games of all time

Bioshock

6. Bioshock

I will state that the only reason Bioshock Infinite isn’t on this list yet is because I haven’t been able to play it yet. I have watched Karen play through it and it seems amazing. The first game in the series, however, was incredible. I loved the distopian steampunk feel, the rambling instanity of the characters all around me, and the blending of gunplay with power use. This game was definitely a worthy spiritual successor to System Shock, and I enjoyed every second of it. I can’t wait to one day give Infinite a shot too.

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5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

This was my first Call of Duty game, as I dislike shooters set in historical wars aesthetically speaking. I just don’t like the look of older guns/armor/equipment. So when Modern Warfare was released, I decided to give it a shot, and man was it just pure awesome. The story was gripping, the action intense, and the sheer amount of weapons to grab was awesome. I recall one section, where you’re fighting through an urban area, where you come across a couple of different sniper rifles and have several opportunities to pick off enemies from a well concealed perch. It brought back that love of sniping I discovered in Unreal Tournament years before. The Modern Warfare titles after this one have been extremely disappointing, focusing almost entirely on multiplayer (BLECH). Still wanting to give Black Ops 2 a shot one day, but for now, this is the pinnacle of the series for me.

Half Life 2

4. Half-Life 2

Oh man, do I ever love and simultaneously hate this series. I love it because it’s a fantastic game all around, with a superb story, a groundbreaking physics engine, and awesome gameplay moments that constantly have you wanting to keep going. I hate it because I want to know the next part of the story, and seriously Valve, where the heck is Episode 3, or just the overall next Half-Life game? Come on, stop leaving us hanging like this. You’re worse than Blizzard!

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3. Halo 2

I had to think about this, very long and very hard. Halo is one of my all time favorite game franchises, and trying to pick which one would make my top 10 list was incredibly difficult. I guess I could have done more than one, but I prefer to limit to one game per series if I can help it. In the end, I had to go with the one I played the absolute most and had the most fun with , and that’s Halo 2. The story was quite fantastic, the new weapons were great (first game to give us the Energy Sword? Not to mention dual-wielding, which needs to come back? Win), but the multiplayer is where I have the best memories. Me and a number of friends would get together every friday night, eat pizza, and play this game into the wee hours. Said friends happened to include a startingly beautiful woman named Karen. Karen happens to be my wife. Is it the best, most feature rich Halo title out there? Nope. But it holds the best memories for me.

Portal 2

2. Portal 2

Portal was a fantastic concept game. A physics based puzzle first person shooter. Take that and set it in a eerie abandoned research facility where your only companion is a malevolent AI? Formula for awesome. So how do you improve it for Portal 2? Enhance the visuals, add more amazing and memorable characters, add a LOT more puzzle elements to manipulate, and then add multiplayer to give it yet another dimension! Utterly amazing game, and infinitely replayable for the dialogue alone!

Borderlands-2

1. Borderlands 2

Number one goes to Borderlands’ amazing sequel. It combines a great FPS with RPG elements, and sets it in an extremely dark but funny world with memorable characters, a ton of guns, and plenty of challenges to overcome. Plus, I normally despise the very idea of DLC, but Borderlands 2 has put out many that were worth the extra cash. Best FPS experience I’ve ever had, and I’ll continue to enjoy it for a long time, I’m sure!

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