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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
SWAT 4 2005 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
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 1998 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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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2001 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 3: Ra... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003 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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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
ARMA 3 2012 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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Operation Flashpoint is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Operation Flashpoint 2001 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: Rogu... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999 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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SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle 1999 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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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Isla... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder 2002 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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Squad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
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SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs 2003 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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Rainbow Six: Siege is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vega... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008 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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Insurgency: Modern Infantry Co... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
tobe44 added Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat Jul 01 2007 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 Cell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2002 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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Hidden & Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Hidden & Dangerous 1999 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 Cell: Ch... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 2005 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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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs 2002 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 Highw... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2007 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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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vega... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006 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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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advan... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006 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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Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 2006 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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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down 2005 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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Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Mar 01 2005 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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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jung... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm 2004 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm is an expansion of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon released on the PlayStation 2. It contains the content of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder along with ...more

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Star Wars: Republic Commando is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Star Wars: Republic Commando Mar 01 2005 Star Wars: Republic Commando is a tactical first-person shooter video game, set in the Star Wars universe, released in 2005. It was developed and published by LucasArts for the Xbox, Microsoft ...more

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ARMA: Armed Assault is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
ARMA: Armed Assault 2006 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 ...more

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Vietcong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Vietcong Jan 01 2003 Vietcong is a 2003 tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Pterodon and 2K Czech and published by Gathering of Developers for Microsoft Windows. It is set during the Vietnam War in ...more

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon R... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising 2009 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

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Futu... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2010 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a third-person tactical shooter video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was released in May and June ...more

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Delta Force 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Delta Force 2 1999 Delta Force 2 is a tactical first-person shooter video game. It is a member of the Delta Force series of games produced by Novalogic, and a sequel to Delta Force.

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Full Spectrum Warrior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Full Spectrum Warrior 2004 Full Spectrum Warrior is a real-time tactics videogame. It was developed by the Institute for Creative Technologies in association with Pandemic Studios and published by THQ. It was released on ...more

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Operation Flashpoint: Elite is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advan... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 2007 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is a tactical shooter video game released for Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. It is the sequel to Tom Clancy's ...more

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SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs 2005 SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs, is a third person tactical shooter video game for PlayStation 2 and the sequel to SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs. The game was developed by Zipper Interactive in ...more

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ARMA 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
ARMA 2 2009 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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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Dese... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Guest_b7aa952d-153f-4f89-8fe1-b0a6e742b4c8 added Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege is a 2002 tactical shooter video game developed by Red Storm Entertainment and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows.

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Spec Ops: The Line is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Spec Ops: The Line 2012 Spec Ops: The Line is a 2012 third-person shooter video game developed by the German studio Yager Development and published by 2K Games. It was released on 26 June 2012 in North America and 29 ...more

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Delta Force is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Delta Force 1998 Delta Force is a tactical first-person shooter computer game by developer and publisher NovaLogic. It was released for Microsoft Windows in 1998. Delta Force was designed to be a military ...more

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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combine... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault 2006 SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault is a video game for the PlayStation 2 that was released on November 7, 2006 in North America. Combined Assault's campaign mode offers 18 missions. The ...more

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Sniper Elite V2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Sniper Elite V2 2012 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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Sniper Elite is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Sniper Elite 2005 Sniper Elite, also known as Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945, is a tactical shooter developed by Rebellion Developments and published by MC2 France in 2005. In 2012, to coincide with the release of the ...more

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Bl... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time

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Vietcong: Fist Alpha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Vietcong: Fist Alpha Jan 01 2004 Vietcong: Fist Alpha is an expansion pack for the computer game Vietcong. It was released in February 2004. It is a prequel to Vietcong, occurring three months before the events of that game. In ...more

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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confron... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation 2008 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation is a third person tactical shooter video game for the PlayStation 3 developed by Slant Six Games. The game is the fifth title in the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs ...more

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Delta Force: Task Force Dagger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger 2002 Delta Force: Task Force Dagger is a first-person shooter video game developed by Zombie Studios and published by NovaLogic. It is a "stand-alone mission pack" to Land Warrior and it is ...more

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SWAT: Global Strike Team is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
SWAT: Global Strike Team 2003 SWAT: Global Strike Team is a tactical shooter video game developed by Argonaut Games and published by Sierra Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released on 28 October 2003 in ...more

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pa... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 2004 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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Counter-Strike is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
Counter-Strike 1999 Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation. It was initially developed and released as a Half-Life modification by Minh "Gooseman" Le and Jess ...more

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America's Army: Rise of a Sold... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time
America's Army: Rise of a Soldier Nov 15 2005 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 ...more