ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

2016 is setting itself up to be quite the year for the first person shooter (FPS) genre. With titles like No Man's Sky, the return of Deus Ex and the outrageous sounding Shadow Warrior 2 ready to whip cash straight out of our pockets.

But there is one FPS that I'm most looking forward to, besides No Man's Sky of course and that's Superhotthe super minimalistic shooter where all enemies are faceless and time moves only when you do, leaving goons open to some wonderfully inventive dispatching – should hopefully turn out to be one of '16's surprise hits.

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It's shaping up to be utterly stunning. But if it wasn't for some of the '00s most inventive games, the aforementioned games probably would never have even been considered. "Which '00s games?!", I hear you cry.

Well, come and have a look:

1. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Available On: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows

After Goldeneye 007 set the benchmark for how console FPS'S should carry themselves, Halo took said bench, snapped it over its well armored knee and swept a generation off an adventure that console shooters have never been able to tread before.

I mean escaping the Pillar of Autumn is still one of my most evocative missions in any game.

2. Bioshock (2007)

Available On: Xbox 360, PS3, Windows

For its day, Bioshock was the most beautiful and nuanced FPS around. From its watery location to its stellar steampunk vibe, throwing killer bees at enemies had never ever been so satisfying. Mostly because it was completely new!

3. Crysis (2007)

Available On: Windows, Xbox 360, PS3

Still lauded for its intimidating, PC busting graphical quality, Crysis was an absolute feat of video game making - if your rig could run it! Think Far Cry with an outrageously futuristic "Nanosuit" and a shed ton of insane abilities, and you've one heck of a sandbox to play with.

4. Titanfall (2014)

Available On: Xbox One, PS4, Windows, Linux

Mech units. Huge, lumbering and intimidating mech units. Wall vaulting, riding the backs of mechs, stealth and shooting at people whilst ejecting from mech units. Need I say more? This game is aggressively awesome and has playable mech units in it. Did I mention mech units?

5. Mirror's Edge (2008)

Available On: Xbox 360, PS3, Windows

Literally mind-blowing the first time you lay eyes upon Mirror's Edge's nondescript "utopian" cityscape, this first person parkour-em-up, where you actively seek to avoid confrontation with goons whilst scrambling over rooftops, was like a breath of fresh air. 8 years later... it still stands up!

6. Far Cry 3 (2012)

Available On: Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

With some of the smartest AI ever faced in an FPS and a huge island to traverse as you pleased, Far Cry and its subsequent franchise has stood the test of time. But Far Cry 3 wholeheartedly surpassed its predecessor without blinking. Hang-gliding and coercing toothy wild animals to do your dirty work was as awesome as it was hilarious.

7. Portal (2007)

Available On: Windows, Xbox 360, PS3

Holy crap, do you remember getting this in The Orange Box? Yes we all bought that for Half-Life 2: Episode 2 alone, but on the off chance you may have played Portal, you would have been welcomed to what is easily one of the best games ever made. Terrific voice acting, a sublime and really quite dark story and some of the most mind-bending puzzles. This game had it all, man.

8. Left 4 Dead (2008)

Available On: Windows, Xbox 360

Just before zombies became stale and boring, like really boring, L4D came along with its grindhouse aesthetic and dragged you and three other friends through a often hilarious and often tense fight for survival against varying hungry hordes of undead douchebags.

9. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (2014)

Available On: Windows, PS4

More of an FPS with a foot centered heavily on ethereal exploration than popping caps, The Vanishing is one hell of a good looking game that actually made you feel as close to being a legit detective with supernatural powers as you probably ever will. Though the narrative had critics split, there's no denying that entering the shoes of an protagonist in first person and not having things to shoot at is sometimes a welcome distraction.

10. Half-Life 2 (2004)

Available On: Windows, Linux, Xbox 360, PS3

Though having to install Steam, before it was the Steam we know and love, before being able to play the game on PC was beyond annoying, what was awaiting you was one of the most invigorating, beautiful and physics bending games of the last decade. No, of all time.

What is your particular favorite?


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