28 of the Best FPS Games of All Time

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Trying to round up the best FPS games of all time is hard. The first-person shooter genre is one of the most influential in gaming. These games have defined generations from landmark franchises like DOOM and Quake to modern-day behemoths Call of Duty and Halo.

Still, we love a challenge. After venturing onto the battlefield, we’re back to report with our list of the best FPS games we believe everyone should play at least once. As a bonus, we’re going to include some of the best free FPS games; because it doesn’t matter that some of these titles are free-to-play. They’re better than the other games on this list in certain cases!

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We’re almost certain we’ve missed some of your favorites, so be sure to sound off in the comments section, Boss Level Gamer has a policy of adding new games to our published lists if enough people rage comment at us.

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The granddaddy of them all is also one of the best FPS games of all time. Originally released in 1993, DOOM helped revolutionize not just the FPS genre but all gaming.

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DOOM: STILL ONE OF THE BEST FPS GAMES

Like DOOM, the Quake franchise was highly influential for the FPS genre. While some may argue that Quake or Quake II is the series’ highmark, Quake 3 Arena defines what it means to be an arena-based competitive shooter.

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QUAKE 3 ARENA: A CLASSIC FPS GAME MADE EVEN BETTER!

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory didn't have gimmicks. No pay-to-win. Return to Castle Wolfenstein's multiplayer is freeware. Those who tried it got one of the best team-based class shooters ever.

WOLFENSTEIN: ENEMY TERRITORY

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HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED

It arrived on the scene bursting through the door and never looking back. Bungie and Microsoft crafted one of the greatest games of all time. A genre-defining experience, Halo delivers on all fronts. The campaign provides memorable action and infinite replayability with its cooperative mode.

The decision to move the Metroid franchise to a first-person camera was controversial. Retro Studios’ gamble paid off as Metroid Prime is not just one of the best GameCube games ever but also one of the best FPS games of all time.

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METROID PRIME

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