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The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All-Time

Updated September 28, 2020 13.7k votes 2.7k voters 236.2k views98 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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    2005
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    DeveloperIrrational 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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    DeveloperUbisoft 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 ported...  more
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    2012
    371
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    DeveloperBohemia 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 place...  more
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    DeveloperBohemia Interactive

    ARMA: Armed Assault, is a tactical military first- and third-person shooter, released in late 2006. ARMA is the spiritual successor to Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and features an overhauled...  more
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    DeveloperUbisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Milan

    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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    DeveloperUbisoft 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 OS,...  more
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    DeveloperRebellion Developments

    Sniper Elite V2 is a 2012 tactical shooter video game developed by Rebellion Developments and published by 505 Games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and later Wii U consoles and a developer...  more
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    DeveloperBohemia Interactive, Codemasters

    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 Flashpoint:...  more
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    2009
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    DeveloperBohemia Interactive

    ARMA 2 is a military simulation video game for Microsoft Windows, developed by Bohemia Interactive. It is the official sequel to the Operation Flashpoint series, following its predecessor, ARMA:...  more
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  • 11

    DeveloperUbisoft 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 Six...  more
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  • 12

    DeveloperEA Digital Illusions CE

    Battlefield: Bad Company is a first-person shooter developed by EA DICE for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and part of the Battlefield series. It was released in North America on June 23, 2008, followed...  more
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    DeveloperUbisoft, Ubisoft Montreal

    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 announced by...  more
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  • 14

    DeveloperSierra 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 is the...  more
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    DeveloperUbisoft Shanghai

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is a stealth game, developed and published by Ubisoft Shanghai, while Ubisoft Montreal, creator of the original Splinter Cell, was working on Chaos...  more
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    #1848 of 2,039 Sony PlayStation 2 Games: List of PS2 Console Games#222 of 271 The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Ever#87 of 135 The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

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    DeveloperUnited States Army, Sega Studios San Francisco

    America's Army is the name given to a game technology platform used to develop first person shooter games published in 2002 by the U.S. Army. The game is branded as a strategic communication device,...  more
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    DeveloperUbisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal

    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 PlayStation...  more
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    DeveloperUbisoft 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....  more
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  • 20

    DeveloperZipper Interactive, United States Navy

    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 collaboration...  more
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  • 21

    DeveloperGameloft, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai

    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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  • 22
    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, however...  more
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  • 23

    DeveloperZipper 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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  • 24

    DeveloperRockstar Lincoln, 2K Czech

    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. The...  more
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    DeveloperGearbox 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 of...  more
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