The 10 Best First-Person Shooter Games You Can Play Right Now

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The best first-person shooter games take place in war zones all over the world and at different times in history. They can look great, especially when running on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and they can impress with cool new twists on the tried and true shoot ’em up the formula. They put us in situations where we have to fight bad guys with brains or people who want to eat them. And they always, always blow people away with how fast and stylish they are.

On this list of the best FPS games, we look at games where the main thing you do is shoot from the first-person perspective. In 2021, the game must be playable right away. First-person action RPGs like Fallout 4 and action-adventure games like Deathloop are out, but multiplayer FPS and first-person battle royale games are in. That’s how it works. Don’t shoot the messenger. Instead, shoot everything else on this list of the best first-person shooter games to play right now.

The 10 Best First-Person Shooter Games

10. Valorant

Riot Games’ attempt to steal CS:crown GO’s as the best competitive FPS. It’s like a mix of Valve’s fast-paced shooter and Overwatch’s over-the-top heroes. At its core, it’s still a tactical FPS where positioning is key and you die with one headshot, but each class has flashy skills and abilities that can change the course of a round. Some of them let you jump high into the air, while others tell you where enemies are. The most powerful ones can hurt enemies through walls and clear out whole areas. It has more color than CS:GO, but the clean graphics show that the focus is on gameplay rather than looks. It was only in Early Access for a short time, which shows how polished Riot’s design is and how well-balanced its maps and heroes are. Both will get better as time goes on.

Developer: Riot Games
Platform(s):
 PC

9. Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 is a first-world-war shooter that shows a scary amount of death and destruction. It has all the familiar Battlefield game modes we’ve come to love, like Conquest, Rush, and Domination. However, this game adds the powerful Operations mode, which takes the push and pull of war to a whole new level. This game works so well as a multiplayer shooter because it is so well balanced. No class, weapon, or strategy gives an unfair advantage to some players over others.

By their very nature, weapons from World War I aren’t very accurate, but they make up for this with brute force and effectiveness in close quarters. This really evens the playing field online, since everyone has the same tools. The maps are also great, and they are always changing as explosions and destroyed vehicles scar the landscape. Single-player is also pretty fun, and the emotional war stories give you a taste of what it was like on the different fronts of World War I. It’s a huge package as a whole.

Developer: DICE
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, Xbox One

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8. Half-Life 2

Even though it’s old enough to drive and gamble a young Gordon’s student loan payments under a bus, Half-Life 2 still has a little bit of G.O.A.T. status. This is one of the best shooters ever made. The core of Half-Life 2’s greatness hasn’t changed, whether you played it on a top-of-the-line computer when Steam first came out in 2004 or as part of Valve’s brilliant Orange Box bundle.

Few shooters before or after this one have been as well-paced. Half-Life 2 moves smoothly between different kinds of themes, from the spooky Cold War vibes of the opening plaza to the fun of using the Gravity Gun on zombies in Ravenholm. Gordon Freeman may never say a word, but what he does is more important than just about every Call of Duty character put together.

Developer: Valve
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, Xbox One

7. Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 is a great shooter, but it’s not the most important game in the series. That honor goes to the famous third game. Does it still use a lot of the same old Ubisoft tricks? Obviously. But if you look past the tiny dachshund sidekicks named after a Spanish sausage and the usually solid, if repetitive, stealth, you’ll find a first-person shooter that feels like a turning point for Far Cry.

New features like the Supremo Backpacks open up new ways for sneaky and explosive chaos, making Far Cry’s already enticing power fantasy even more fun. Better yet? With the addition of freedom fighter Dani, who you can see, hear, and act along with in third-person cutscenes, Far Cry has finally given us the main character we can actually root for. And only half a dozen people had to enter. Far Cry 6 is one of the best sandbox shooters when it comes to making a crazy show.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

6. Borderlands 3

What to say about Borderlands 3 game? You could say it has the same ideas as the first and second Borderlands games, but in a cleaner package. You could also call it World of Warcraft: The First-Person Shooter. With its focus on loot, loot, and more loot, Borderlands 3 drowns players in a sea of guns with different stats and abilities, like one that shoots saw blades and another that you can throw like a boomerang while it keeps firing, hurting anyone nearby. The colorful cast of characters goes beyond the typical “fighter, wizard, and rogue” roles, and each hero stands out in their own way.

It’s not quite as interesting as Borderlands 2. We miss Krieg. Oh, Krieg, you crazy barbarian poet. And none of the bad guys in Borderlands 3 make us as mad as Handsome Jack did. But when it comes to shooting and looting, preferably with friends, it’s still the best Borderlands game.

Developer: Gearbox
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

5. Overwatch

We were ready to give up on a certain type of game, but Blizzard brought us back to it right away. Starting with the basics of a class-based multiplayer shooter, the studio smoothed out every rough spot left over from games like Team Fortress 2. It then replaced any personality it lost in the process with a cast of heroes based on MOBAs that became instantly popular.

Since May 2016, if you’ve been on the internet at all, you’ve probably seen at least one piece of Tracer fan art. It’s impossible to separate Overwatch’s charming characters from the game’s appeal, but don’t let them overshadow the many smart design choices Blizzard made for its first action game since, uh, Blackthorne? Stop wasting time and get to the point.

Developer: Blizzard
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch

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4. Apex Legends

This is the battle royale for people who want to move quickly. In Apex Legends, how you move is just as important as what you shoot at. You can parkour across roofs, climb up ledges, and slide down hills to get a better position. The character classes and abilities give Respawn’s shooter a feel that is different from other games in the same genre. One hero can see where enemies have walked, another can make portals, and a third can make copies of themselves to trick their enemies.

If you play with three people, which is how it was meant to be played, you can use these skills in creative ways to beat other teams. The two maps are colorful and different, and there are many ways to help you take the high ground. Respawn is always adding new weapons and heroes to keep the game fresh. If you haven’t played it since the beginning, it’s time to come back.

Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

3. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is so good that it’s crazy. When you’ve mastered wall-running perfectly, you feel like you’re doing some kind of deadly ballet. You can fly past your enemies at impossible speeds and catch them off guard. Titanfall 2’s campaign is dominated by the unforgettable BT-7274 and unbridled creativity, whether you’re switching decades in the blink of an eye, walking through a moment frozen in time, or just ripping other Titans apart when you step into the titanic bot boots of BT-7274.

You get rewarded for using the environment to your advantage, and you can feel the moment when you start to think differently and realize all the options a map gives you. The physics-bending mechanics of its multiplayer mode, which are similar to Quake, make an already great shooter even better. But the amazing campaign is what makes Titanfall 2 such a great shooter that will last for a long time. Let’s cross BT’s colossal droid numbers that Titanfall 3 will come out at some point.

Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, Xbox One

2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege has quietly become one of the best multiplayer games out there. It has the intensity and replayability of Counter-Strike and the unique abilities and personality of Overwatch (albeit with a more grounded cast). The real star of Siege is how easy it is to destroy your environment. Walls, floors, and ceilings can all be shot through and destroyed, so you need to be smart about which flanks to cover and which walls to reinforce, lest someone blow through them with thermite.

You and your squadmates can choose from a variety of highly skilled Operators, each with their own specialties that can work well together to make a rock-solid team comp. However, your ability to sneak and aim a gun are what matter most. Every round becomes a tactical, very tense game of cat-and-mouse as one team tries to protect an objective while the other team tries to look for danger and stay alive after a breach.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform(s):
PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

1. Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is much better than anyone thought it would be. And we love Destiny very, very much. Destiny 2 is better in every way, making the first game look like a set of prototypes right away. In fact, forget that. It gets better and better, taking the MMOFPS idea from the first game and building a whole new, richer, deeper, and broader experience around it. Destiny 2’s campaign alone is enough to justify it, since it takes place in a world with people, details, and a story. It is a hell of a good Halo game because the story and set pieces are much better and more in the moment.

But it’s just the beginning. With a simplified, streamlined leveling system that runs through all of Destiny 2’s vastly expanded activities, including story-driven side quests, spiraling, multi-part Exotic Questlines, treasure hunting, exploration, in-world lore hunting, brilliantly creative new Strikes, and pure, tactically reworked Crucible PvP, everything you want to do, however you want to play, will move you forward. Then there’s the much more open-ended way of putting together loadouts, which is boosted by weapons that are made in more creative and expressive ways. Even better, with the release of Destiny 2: New Light, you can access a lot of the action for free, while regular players can pay for The Witch Queen, which is the best Destiny expansion ever.

Developer: Bungie
Platform(s):
 PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

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