Star Wars Battlefront 2
Compared to the first Battlefront game, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a huge improvement in almost every way. And before you point out that BF2 is a third-person shooter, you can play the game (both the campaign and multiplayer) entirely in first-person.
Yes that’s right, we said campaign – BF2 features a fully-fledged original campaign that stretches across locations from the entire film franchise, and puts you in the shoes of some of its most iconic heroes.
It’s a visually stunning game too, from the environments to the facial animations and even the individual markings of the barrel of the gun that you catch glinting in the light as you run to avoid enemy fire. If you’re a lover of Star Wars and first-person shooters, Battlefront 2 is the perfect option.
Destiny 2 is that rare sequel that’s an improvement on the original in almost every way. Gear has been improved, levelling refined and finally the story actually makes sense.
Even the core gunplay – almost perfect in the first game – somehow feels even more fluid and satisfying. It’s a disappointment that there are no new enemy races to fight, but the maps are stunning, and packed with content.
Best of all? The expansive end-game respects your time, with gear drops balanced around playing for a few hours a week, leaving plenty of time to clear the rest of your backlog.
Call of Duty: WW2
Call of Duty WW2 takes the CoD franchise back to its roots, and offers the best CoD experience of any game in the past few years. During the gritty, intense campaign you’ll storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day before fighting your way across Europe, experiencing events of the second world war through the eyes of a solider.
It’s a stunning game with detailed environments – even the facial animations are detailed.
The multiplayer boasts 10 diverse maps across Europe, featuring maps with tight corners and enclosed areas perfect for shotguns or submachine guns to open maps ideal for patient snipers. A welcome change is the removal of Classes – they’ve been replaced with Divisions, each with unique unlockable benefits.
Read more in our full Call of Duty: WW2 review.
Battlefield 1 is one of our favourite games to be released in 2016, offering a brutal and humbling look at the first world war – a drastic change from the Hollywood-esque Battlefield Hardline the year before, and from its main competitor, the sci-fi themed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The single player campaign is offered in anthology format, allowing gamers to hear the stories of several of the thousands of people that took part in the war worldwide.
The multiplayer is Battlefield at its best with all-out-war conditions, and the destructible environments mean the state of play can change in an instant. Fantastic game throughout, and well worth playing.
You can read our full Battlefield 1 review here.
Rise and shine, Mister Freeman, wake up and smell the ashes. It’s tough to find a game more spell-binding than Half-Life 2. From the moment you find yourself riding that train into the dystopian future of City 17 to the instance good ol’ Barney tosses you your trademark crowbar, gamers everywhere knew that they were in for one hell of a ride.
With unmatched in-game cinematics and a memorable cast of allies and villains, Half-Life 2 was an experience more than it was a game – so much so that all these years later, users are still pining for a third in the series.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
Modern Warfare grabbed the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide in late 2007, becoming a bonafide phenomenon almost overnight. Updating the already prestigious Call of Duty series with a new modern setting, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare pumped vitality into both its single-player campaign and its pulse-pounding multiplayer modes.
A combination of new RPG-styled Perk abilities, weapon upgrades, and ultra-tight controls make Call of Duty 4 a modern-day legend and the favourite in the series for many. In fact, it’s so popular that gamers can buy a special edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare that comes with Modern Warfare Remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 is hands-down the best in the series and indulges the slightly insane missions that gamers love to experience. Take down a base on elephant back? Check. Hang glide off the side of a mountain to escape pursuing enemies? Check.
The open world is huge and everything you see in-game is accessible, and with a number of missions and activities to do while exploring, you’ll be lost in the Far Cry world for quite some time. The graphics and environment are gorgeous, the game is fun to play and offers something unique when compared to other open world FPS games.
The 2016 reboot of the classic Doom series takes Doom back to what it was originally – absolutely insane. It starts with a casual skull crush before throwing you into the action at the deep end within minutes of playing, and within an hour of playing you’ll be waging war in Hell.
It goes against typical FPS cover-and-shoot trends, keeping gamers moving constantly to avoid being surrounded by the enemy and eradicated. You’ll find various power-ups throughout the game that’ll give you the edge in battle and make your destruction that little bit gorier
If you’re looking for a simple, gruesome and fun shooter to play, look no further than Doom.
You can read our Doom (2016) review here.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
CS: GO is one of the most popular FPS games on the market at the moment, and offers users an experience more ‘real’ than blockbuster FPS war games. There are a number of game modes available with a number of weapons and skins.
Skins play a huge part in CS: GO as they allow you to customise the look of your weapon, and people take it incredibly seriously – so serious that rare skins are being sold for real money online.
Killing Floor 2
Killing Floor 2 is the follow up to the hugely popular Killing Floor game that was released in 2009, and is arguably better than the original (hence its presence in this roundup!). Killing Floor 2 drops you head first into a sea of chaos with bullets flying and blood splattering around you, and is made much more enjoyable when teaming up with your friends to take down the hordes of charging mutants. It’s gory, gruesome and action packed, and features a blend of weapons and environments that should satisfy any seasoned FPS gamer.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
While many of the games featured in our roundup fall into the ‘run and gun’ category of FPS games, Rainbow Six Siege is the complete opposite in almost every way. It’s more about patience, planning, timing and blowing huge holes in walls, ceilings and floors, of course. Siege is a five-on-five attack-and-defend style game, pitting two teams against each other with one defending and one attacking. Gameplay is fast-paced and interesting with 25 unique operators available to choose from, and the high-fidelity destruction system allows for opportunities previously unavailable in attack-and-defend games.
Team Fortress 2
While this cartoon-esque team shooter does have plenty of room for shooting expertise for those who desire it, it’s also an instant-fun riot for rank amateurs. Pick the character that most appeals to you – the slow but steady, blood-crazed heavy, the headshotting Sniper, the fast-running scout, the rocket-jumping Soldier – and get in there.
You don’t have to be good at shooters to feel like you’ve contributed, and you’re guaranteed a laugh. And if fighting other players seems a bit too scary, TF2’s had a co-op mode added in which you and four others fight off hordes of AI-controlled robots. A true classic.