1. Half-Life (1998)
There is a lot to love about Half-Life, a game that redefined how we view first-person shooters. First of all, it had a story, and good one at that. While shooters like Quake and Duke Nukem gave only lip-service to things like narrative or plot, Half Life delivered an unpredictable story that was as engaging as it was captivating.
Together with a living, breathing world and a very memorable cast, the game achieved a sense of immersion that many modern games, let alone shooter s, struggle to replicate. For the first time ever, you felt like a star in your own action movie.
Half Life was so successful that it spawned Half Life 2, a sequel that was better in every way, shape and form. With its pitch-perfect storytelling, captivating world and excellent visuals, it pushed the boundaries of technology, gameplay, and storytelling more than any shooter before it and has withstood the test of time better than virtually all other video games of its time. The only reason why it’s not on our top 10 list (it would have placed 11th) is because, unlike its predecessor, it wasn’t genre-defining.
Now that you’ve gone through our list of top 10 best first-person shooters ever made, we have two questions for you: 1) Do you agree with our ordering? And 2) Did we miss anything? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.