Since Spasim and Maze War came out in the 1970s, the first-person shooter genre has become a mainstay of the video game industry. One of the best things about the genre is that it works well as both a single-player and a multiplayer experience. Games like Half-Life and Bioshock and the Call of Duty and Battlefield series are great examples of this.
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The Xbox One’s better hardware made it possible for developers to make games that put players right in the middle of the action. This is what first-person shooter games do best. With games like Halo Infinite and Rainbow Six Quarantine in the lead, the Xbox Series X|S looks like it will once again change the FPS scene. With the ninth generation of consoles starting their first year, it seems like a good time to look back at the best first-person shooters that the Xbox One had to offer.
BioShock: The Collection (84)
If a collection has two of the best-reviewed games from the seventh generation of home consoles, it will probably do well on Metacritic. BioShock: The Collection came out in 2016 and added remastered versions of BioShock and BioShock 2 to its impressive trilogy of games. It also had downloadable content for the series, like BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episodes 1 and 2.
BioShock: The Collection also has a director’s commentary, which will make fans of the games want to play them again.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (85)
From one set to the next, Halo: The Master Chief Collection gives players a lot for their money. It works with all of the first-person Halo games except for Halo 5: Guardians. Also, the collection has HD remakes of old games like Halo: Combat Evolved, which let players switch between the old and new graphics with the press of a button.
Taking into account how good the games are, the collection’s Metascore of 85 may seem low. But when they first came out, these games had problems with online play and finding people to play with, which hurt the score.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (85)
The 15th game in the famous Call of Duty series was released in 2018 by Activation. Beenox and Raven Software helped Treyarch make the game, which was developed by Treyarch. The people who made the game decided for sure not to include a single-player campaign. Instead, the Solo Missions mode took its place.
Modern Call of Duty games are usually looked at and criticised very closely by gamers. But at the 2018 Gamers’ Choice Awards, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won the award for Fan Favorite Shooter Game.
Titanfall 2’s release may have made people forget about the first Titanfall (more on that later). But, if you can find a busy lobby, the 2014 game is still a lot of fun to play today.
Titanfall didn’t have a single-player campaign, which was unusual at the time. This was a controversial choice made by Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment. Players were disappointed that there was no single-player mode or local split-screen multiplayer. However, fans and critics were interested in the idea of adding Titans to an online battlefield. Even though the game had some problems, the interesting ideas and fast-paced gameplay made it a fun experiment that laid a solid foundation for the great sequel.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (86)
When it comes to the main series of Resident Evil games, it looks like Capcom wants to divide them into three groups. In the first three games, the camera angle was always the same and there were a lot of puzzles. The next three games had more action and were more fun to play. Now, it looks like the series is going to be a first-person survival horror game like Outlast or Amnesia.
Resident Evil doesn’t have as much gunplay as some of the other games on this list. Instead, players have to be very careful with their ammunition and rely on their wits to stay alive.
Titanfall 2 (87)
Titanfall 2, which was made by Electronic Arts and came out in October 2016, didn’t get much attention when it first came out. This was likely because EA released it just seven days after their World War I shooter Battlefield 1.
Andrew Wilson, the CEO of EA, said that the strange decision was made because he thought the games were for different kinds of FPS fans. Even though his risky plan didn’t seem to work, you can see where he was coming from. Titanfall 2 stands out from most other shooters on the market not only because of its giant robots, but also because of how quickly it moves. The best way for EA to market the game was through positive feedback from players. This is why the game is still doing well today.
Battlefield 1 (87)
Battlefield 1, which was already mentioned, had the same Metascore as Titanfall 2, and it took players back to World War 1. EA’s decision to take the series back to the Great War was a good one, as the game’s trailer became the most liked in YouTube’s history, while the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer, which came out around the same time, became the most disliked.
Battlefield 1 didn’t disappoint its many new and old fans. It gave players one of the best online experiences on Microsoft’s third console.
It’s always great to see a DOOM game on a list like this, since the FPS genre probably wouldn’t be as big as it is today without the famous IP.
After many delays and a lot of confusion from fans about when DOOM 4 would come out, the project was cancelled. DOOM (2016), a soft restart of the series, took its place. id Software, the company that made the game, didn’t try to make something completely new. Instead, they decided to keep the series’ signature action-packed gameplay.
Arkane Studios’ Prey is a great story-driven shooter that takes place on the Talos I space station. Dropped into an alternate timeline, Prey is about the discovery of a mysterious alien species and humanity’s experiments on the creature’s physics-bending abilities. As you might have guessed, things go wrong pretty quickly, and you end up being one of the last people left on the station.
Arkane is a simulation game at heart. It shows a rich world that feels like it has been lived in, with signs of its former inhabitants all over this interstellar complex. It’s a single-player game with a focus on puzzle-solving, passive world-building, and exploring. Those who dive head-first into its world will be rewarded.
Prey is one of the most underrated games of the Xbox One era. Fans of games like Dead Space and BioShock shouldn’t miss it. It is also one of the Bethesda games that are now part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. With Xbox FPS Boost, the game can now be played at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.