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The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time 

Kyle Townsend
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Updated May 13, 2020 39.7k votes 2.7k voters 96.9k views 202 items

This is a list of the best first-person shooter games of all time for any console or system, ranked by gamers like you. These top-rated FPS games are ordered by crowd popularity, so only the greatest fps games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these first-person shooter games are considered the best of the best. Both classic and new FPS games are included here, so you're voting on everything from Goldeneye 007 to Call of Duty Black Ops. Games like Doom paved the way for the current gen of first person shooters like Battlefield 3, so don't forget to vote for the pioneers of this genre as well.

This list has a variety of games, like BioShock and GoldenEye 007, in it.This list answers the questions, "What are the best first-person shooter games?" and "What is the greatest first-person shooter game of all time?"
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Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Valve Corporation)
Half-Life 2 is the well-recieved sequel to Half-Life. Half-Life 2 takes place in the dystopian City 17 and the surrounding area, almost 20 years after the events of the original Half-Life. In ...more

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Call of Duty 4: Modern W... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Infinity Ward)
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (id Software)
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for ...more

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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Valve Corporation)
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra ...more

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Halo: Combat Evolved is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (Gearbox Software)
Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 military science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft. The first game of the Halo franchise, it was released on ...more

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Call of Duty: Modern War... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Infinity Ward)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a 2009 first-person shooter political war thriller video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft ...more

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Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Microsoft Studios)
Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo ...more

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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Irrational Games)
BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Boston, and published by 2K Games. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 platforms in August 2007; a PlayStation ...more

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Far Cry 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Bethesda Game Studios)
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Halo 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Bungie Studios)
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Doom II: Hell on Earth ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Nerve Software)
Doom II: Hell on Earth is a first-person shooter video game, the second title of id Software's Doom franchise. It was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in ...more
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GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
wiabux added Released: 1997 (Ashby Computers and Graphics Ltd.)
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Call of Duty: Black Ops ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
mohammed-mahfouz added Released: 2010 (n-Space)
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Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Valve Corporation)
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Battlefield 4 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
PawelDabrowski added Released: 2013 (EA Digital Illusions CE)
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BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Thanatus added Released: 2013 (Irrational Games)
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Wolfenstein 3D is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (Nerve Software)
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software. Originally released on May 5, 1992, for the PC operating system DOS, the game was ...more

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Valve Corporation)
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Call of Duty 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Aspyr)
Call of Duty 2 is a 2005 first-person shooter video game and the second installment in the critically acclaimed Call of Duty series. It was developed by Infinity Ward and published by Konami in ...more
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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (2K China)
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Call of Duty: Modern War... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (Sledgehammer Games)
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Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Infinity Ward)
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Star Wars: Battlefront ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Pandemic Studios)
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best First Person Shooter Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Gearbox Software)
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