The First Person Shooter (FPS) genre is perhaps the most popular and infamous ones in the entire history of video games. Ever
since the release of Doom from ID Software back in 1993 for MS-DOS, first person shooters have been one of the gaming industry’s most iconic genres, and to this day the genre continues to be incredibly popular and loved.
With the intense, fast paced action and breathtaking weapons that first person shooter games alike have graced us gamers with, it’s no surprise why the genre is as loved as it is.
The FPS genre is perhaps played the best on the PC platform. As it is in my opinion the most precision-based genre in the gaming industry, there is no other way it can be played then with a mouse and keyboard you get with a computer.
The PC platform has its fair share of awesome FPS games, and in this post I’m going to be listing some of the best first person shooter games for the PC in this current year. 😉
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1 – Fortnite
Let’s face it, you all knew this one was coming from the moment you first saw the title. 😉
But nevertheless, Fortnite is a battle royale, first person shooter game created by Epic Games which has (and I’m going to say something I always say when I talk about Fortnite – see here and here for some examples 😉 ) taken the world by storm.
With its appealing cartoonish graphics and unique play style in which you have to build walls and bases to give defend yourself from your opponents and give yourself the upper hand against them Minecraft-style, it’s no surprise why it’s gained the raising popularity it currently has.
Did I also mention that it’s free-to-play? 😉
If this is an FPS game that pleases your inner gamer, don’t hesitate to download it and add it to your PC game library.
- Get Fortnite for PC for free here
2 – Overwatch
From one globally popular and infamous FPS game you can get on PC to another, Overwatch is a marvellous FPS game full of diverse characters with gripping backstories and a load of very beautiful maps which the various game modes the game has to offer are played on.
Such game modes include Payload, Control Points; Deathmatch, King of the Hill and more.
Made by Blizzard Entertainment, who are perhaps most well known for their humongous MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) World of Warcraft, this is an excellent game to get into if you’re looking for a fresh and fairly competitive FPS filled with plenty of action.
As well as Fortnite, the graphics of Overwatch are also very cartoony, and is fairly suited for younger gamers as well – the lack of blood in this game also helps a little bit as well. 😉
While the game does cost money rather than being free-to-play like Fortnite, it is still a great game and one that you should consider getting if you’re looking for a brand new FPS game to play on your PC.
- Get Overwatch Game of the Year Edition for PC on Amazon UK
3 – Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
If you’d prefer your FPS games to have a more gritty and realistic look to its style, then Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUGB as it’s more commonly known as, may be the FPS game you might be looking for.
Just like Fortnite, this is a classic battle royale game where one hundred people drop on a map and battle it out to be the last soul alive. In fact, this is the game that made the battle royale game mode incredibly popular, and without it we may not have even gotten Fortnite’s super popular game mode.
While this game definitely has a more competitive environment to its name, and isn’t as easy on you as Fortnite is in terms of difficulty – you will suffer from many losses before you finally get your first ever “winner winner chicken dinner” 1st place – it is nevertheless a great PC FPS game that you should consider getting.
- Get PUBG for PC on Amazon UK
4 – Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Valve Software’s Counter Strike is a franchise which has tried to keep their guns as realistic as possible; in look, sound and the amount of recoil they have when you fire them.
Global Offensive is the latest game in the series, and while it’s been out for a number of years for the PC – since way back in 2012 – it continues to be a super popular PC FPS game, and brings about one of the most intense and breathtaking eSports events in the industry.
The game is super tactical and requires you to learn the recoil of the weapons to ensure that every bullet you fire out of the gun hits your target – in the game’s case, this will either be a terrorist or a counter terrorist.
If you want a more competitive and tactical FPS game for your PC line-up, CS: GO (as many people like to call it) is the video game for you.
- Get Counter Strike: Global Offensive for PC on Steam
5 – Doom (2016)
The 2016 remake of the game that made the FPS genre take off and rule the roost over the various other video game genres is, in my opinion, one of the best video game remakes that’s ever been created, and there have been a lot of various remakes made over the years…
If all the other FPS games on this list are too slow-paced for you, then oh boy are you in for a real treat with this game… this is some of the most fast-paced and explosive gameplay I think I have ever played in a video game.
If you don’t know the premise of the Doom franchise, it’s pretty much you going through various levels shooting all kinds of demons who are out to kill you. The remake to the original Doom has that, and a lot more thanks to the gory melee kills you can do to weaken demons.
This game is definitely not for youngsters, so do try to keep them away from this game if you don’t want them to have nightmares. 😉
If you’re looking for a very gory, and fast-paced FPS game for your PC, Doom is the game for you!
- Get Doom (2016) for PC on Amazon UK
6 – Team Fortress 2
Another great game by Valve Software, Team Fortress 2 is a very old PC FPS game; it was released in October 2007, and to this day it continues to be played by thousands of people every day.
The reason why such an old game still continues to have a large fan base is simple… it’s cartoonish graphics and gameplay are super fun to engage in, and the game overall is absolutely hilarious.
Thanks to various taunts that you can do with your characters, I’ve lost count at the number of times I’ve chuckled at somebody using a taunt at the perfect possible time, specifically the infamous laughing taunt which makes your character laugh in an over-the-top manner.
Furthermore, the game became free to play forever way back in 2011, so it won’t cost you anything at all to download it from Steam and play as much as you want.
If you’re looking for a cartoonish FPS game which will make you chuckle many times, this is the one for you.
- Get Team Fortress 2 for PC for free on Steam
7 – Unreal Tournament
The Unreal Tournament franchise is another one which Fortnite developer Epic Games are well known for creating, and the latest game in the franchise is one which you definitely need to try out if you’re looking for another FPS game to add in your PC game library.
It’s a little unique as the game is still currently in development, but its free for you to download and play at any time from Epic Game’s website. The game is crowdsourced and anybody in the community is free to develop any maps, items and weapons for the game with use of the Unreal Engine, which is also free.
While the game is stilll in pre-alpha stages of development, and the team has seemingly abandoned the project for the time being to continue work on Fortnite, the game is still very fun to play, and offers breathtaking action and fast-paced gameplay.
If you want another great FPS game for your PC library, consider downloading Unreal Tournament, and who knows… maybe you’ll create a brand new map or item for it. 😉
- Get Unreal Tournament for PC for free here
8 – Quake Champions
The final FPS PC game on this list is going to be Quake Champions from ID Software, the same guys behind the Doom franchise, and just like that one, the Quake franchise also brings fast-paced action to its gameplay.
Quake Champions is the latest in the franchise, and is available for free for you to play. However, you will only be able to play a limited amount of characters, and will have to buy a character pack in order to play the others, which is something I’m not too happy about.
Nevertheless, with the characters avalible in the free version, Quake Champions keeps the franchise’s legacy of fast-paced action and gory kills, and absolutely worth your attention if you want to add an FPS game to your PC library.
- Get Quake Champions for PC for (kinda) free here
And with that, we have reached the end of this post; we went through those 8 FPS games pretty quickly, didn’t we…
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and I sincerely hope I’ve given you some brand new FPS games to play on your PC (or other video game system entirely).
If you have any questions, or have a great FPS game for PC which I may have missed, please feel free to jot your comment down in the comment section below. 😉
Jamie – the PC Gaming Nerd