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The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time 

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Updated September 12, 2019 13.3k votes 2.5k voters 232k views 97 items

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This is a list of the best tactical shooter games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated tactical shooter games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest tactical shooter games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these tactical shooter games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging tactical shooter games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new tactical shooter games.

A list made up of games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Gears of War.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best tactical shooter games?" and "What is the greatest tactical shooter game of all time?"
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SWAT 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2005 (Irrational Games)
SWAT 4 is a tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by Vivendi Universal Games on April 5, 2005. It was built on Irrational Games's Vengeance Engine ...more
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 1998 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is a tactical shooter computer game and the first in the Rainbow Six series. It was developed and published by Red Storm Entertainment for the PC in 1998. It was later ...more
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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2012 (Bohemia Interactive)
ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows. It was released on September 12, 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes ...more
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2001 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is a tactical shooter video game developed by Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft subsidiary, and published by Ubisoft in 2001 for Microsoft Windows. It was ported to Mac ...more
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2003 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield is a 2003 computer game developed and published by Ubisoft. Released on March 18, 2003, the Rainbow Six video game series is based on Tom Clancy's ...more
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Operation Flashpoint is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2001 (Bohemia Interactive)
Operation Flashpoint is a series of military simulation games. The first game, Operation Flashpoint, was developed by Bohemia Interactive Studio. The second games, comprising Operation ...more
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 1999 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear is a tactical first-person shooter computer game developed and published by Red Storm Entertainment. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Rainbow ...more
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2008 (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is the seventh installment in the Rainbow Six series. It is a first-person shooter video game and the sequel to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas. It was ...more
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SWAT 3: Close Quarters B... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 1999 (Sierra Entertainment)
SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle is a tactical squad-based first-person shooter, developed by Sierra Northwest and published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows-based PCs on November 23, 1999. It ...more
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Squad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
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Rainbow Six: Siege is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
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SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEAL... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2003 (Zipper Interactive)
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs is a third-person tactical shooter video game for the PlayStation 2 and a sequel to SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs. The game was developed by Zipper Interactive in ...more
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2002 (Ubisoft Red Storm)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder is an expansion pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox.
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Insurgency: Modern Infan... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
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INSURGENCY: Modern Infantry Combat is a total conversion mod for Valve Software's Source Engine. Insurgency is a multiplayer, tactical first person shooter. The game is primarily set in Iraq, ...more
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Ce... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2002 (Gameloft)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is a stealth video game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and built on the Unreal Engine 2. It is the first Splinter Cell game in the series. Endorsed but not created by ...more
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2006 (Ubisoft Quebec)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas is the sixth game in the Rainbow Six series of video games. It was released for the Xbox 360 on November 21, 2006 and Windows on December 12, 2006. The ...more
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Hidden & Dangerous ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 1999 (Rockstar Lincoln)
Hidden & Dangerous is a WWII 1999 computer and video game developed by Illusion Softworks and published by Take-Two Interactive and TalonSoft for Windows, the Dreamcast, and the PlayStation. ...more
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Ce... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2005 (Gameloft)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a stealth game developed by Ubisoft and released across all sixth-generation video game platforms in March 2005. Though originally slated for release ...more
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2006 (Ubisoft Barcelona)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is a tactical shooter video game released for Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. As in previous Ghost Recon games, players command ...more
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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2002 (Zipper Interactive)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Zipper Interactive and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is an exclusive title for the PlayStation 2. ...more

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Brothers in Arms: Hell's... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2007 (Gearbox Software)
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is a first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It follows the men ...more
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Red Orchestra: Ostfront ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2006 (Tripwire Interactive)
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 is a tactical first-person shooter video game based on its predecessor Red Orchestra: Combined Arms. After winning the Make Something Unreal contest, the team ...more
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Brothers in Arms: Road t... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2005 (Gearbox Software)
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft for Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and OS X. It is the first ...more
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Delta Force: Black Hawk ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2005 (Rebellion Developments)
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is a first-person shooter video game set in the early 1990s during the Unified Task Force peacekeeping operation in Somalia. The missions take place primarily in the ...more
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Operation Flashpoint: Dr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time
Released: 2009 (Codemasters)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a military simulation video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 developed by British game developer Codemasters. Codemasters has ...more