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411 Games Top 5: Top 5 First-Person Shooter Games

November 5, 2016 | Posted by Sean Garmer

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. This is the 411 Games Zone Top 5, where 411 writers get to make lists on a different topic each week. This week, since Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came out yesterday, we are doing the Top 5 First-Person Shooter Games.

John Cash (Regular Contributor to Games Top 5)

5. Halo 2: As much as I don’t really care for the Halo series, it’s hard to deny Halo 2 and what it did for first-person shooters in general. The multiplayer took gaming to another level, and paved the way for things like Call of Duty becoming a billion dollar franchise. The energy blade is pretty silly now, but it was pretty sick nasty at the time.

4. Overwatch The newest entry on my list, and it’s only just getting started. If we do this list again in five years, it might be even higher, depending on how Blizzard guides it through the frankly schizophrenic gaming trends to come. I think what I enjoy most is that, for the most part, most people are willing to actually play the objective. I’ve also not had more than maybe three instances or people griping about people picking “wrong” character for attack/defend. I love Zarya, Mercy, and Pharah the most, and am looking forward to trying Sombra, who should be playable within the next week or two.

3. BLACK: Despite the lack of multiplayer and being fairly short, which tend to be the two things people bring up when I mention this game, I love it. It’s not perfect, but I will still play it for years to come. It’s kind of like those shows that would be on Spike TV when you were taking a sick day that you would turn on and just watch for six or seven hours straight. It was developed with the game in mind first and they draped the story around the gameplay, which can be felt by the fact that you want to get to the next cutscene while you are playing just as badly as you want to get to the next mission while watching a cutscene.

2. Left 4 Dead (series): I know people would prefer to have a third Half-Life or Portal game, but if it were up to me, we’d get a third and final L4D game. The unique versus mode was what drew me in, but after a couple weekends of friends being busy I ended up playing the game on my own one night on a higher difficulty, and I was up until like 8am the next day still playing it, which hadn’t happened since I was in high school. I especially loved what they did with the Passing DLC story wise, even though it killed my favorite character.

1. GoldenEye 007: I, and millions of others have said everything that will ever need to be said about this game. The modern lens paints it as over-rated, ugly, and primitive, but that’s how most shooters of today will look 20 years from now when we try to play them in our holodecks. For the day and age it came out, it was an absolutely incredible feat. It’s arguable that todays billion dollar shooters wouldn’t be as plentiful or accessible if it weren’t for Goldeneye making the case for FPS on consoles. Just think what they could have done if the Expansion Pak had come around earlier.

Marc Morrison (Games Zone Reviewer, Co-Host of Video Games 2 the MAX Podcast, Writer of Games Zone 8-Ball)

5. Silent Debuggers: Silent Debuggers is a little known FPS-like game for the TurboGrafx 16. I say “FPS-like” because you didn’t have an actual gun to shoot from, you just had a reticle on screen and your shots would go to it. It is a brilliant and creepy FPS game though where you are trapped on a space station with your partner as aliens are swarming it. The station has different sectors that the aliens control which affect the game, from the recharging system, to the light system, to the door system, etc. Almost no one really knows about this game and that is a shame.

4. BioShock 2: Here’s a secret that many people don’t know: BioShock 2 is really the best BioSock game in the series. While it doesn’t have the best story (that is the first one), it does have the best actual gameplay. Between the versatility of the drill, to the trap plamids and rivets, to the extremely challenging nature of the Big Sister encounters, BioShock 2 is far and away the best playing game in the franchise.

3. Team Fortress 2: For everyone who likes Overwatch this year, I’m reminded that Team Fortress 2 did it first, and arguably still, did it better. The classes are varied but recognizable, from the durable Heavy to the spy Scout to the damaging Pyro. Plus, the weapons you can acquire do change how you play leading to some customization for each class beyond just random skin packs. Every class is balanced against one another, it just depends on the situation you find yourself in. For a game that is almost 10 years at this point, it’s still going strong.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: I bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare just to get Modern Warfare Remastered, that’s how much I like this game. While the multiplayer is enjoyable, it’s actually the single player that I like the most. Modern Warfare is right on the cusp of the Call of Duty series going completely crazy, by having a story campaign that is like 90% believable and might actually happen in the world today. Add in some great characters, and sporadic but impressive set pieces, and Modern Warfare is a game changer.

1. Goldeneye: Goldeneye isn’t the greatest FPS game ever made, from a quantitative standpoint that is probably some Halo one, or Modern Warfare. But as far as overall impact, Goldeneye beats them all. It had a very unusual control scheme that worked well with an unconventional controller. It was one of the first movie-based games that didn’t completely suck. And the competitive death-match is still played by some people who fondly remember doing it with friends, or in a dorm room. I’m sure Halo is a more popular choice, and more representative of FPS games today, but Goldeneye is always going to be a classic for me.

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This is where I’d like to remind readers that 411 does have a Games podcast and it is called Video Games 2 the MAX. Where Marc Morrison and myself, Sean Garmer, talk about the week in Video Games. Not to mention, what we’ve been playing for fun and for review.
This week, the guys discuss more information about the Nintendo Switch. The Bethesda Review policy controversy, World of Final Fantasy and Civilization 6 and much more.