Best First Person Shooters on Xbox One iMore 2021
First person shooter games allow you to enjoy the adrenaline rush of breaching a room, or entering a firefight without ever having to worry about getting injured in the real world. It's a great way to blow off steam and there are some excellent games out there to choose from. Out of all of them Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege delivers an excellent experience that makes you think while you work together with your friends to win each match.
- Best Overall: Rainbow Six Siege
- Best Online: Overwatch
- Best Story: Prey
- Best Value: Halo: Master Chief Collection
- Best Single Player: Doom
- Best Sequel: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Most Anticipated: Borderlands 3
Best Overall: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbox Six Siege is a 5v5 team based shooter that pits two well armed teams against one another in online matches. Unlike many game that rely simply on one set of characters attacking the other, this game has one team defending a specific location, while the other tries to break in and take out the operators on the opposing team.
Unlike many other FPS games in the genre, Rainbox Six Siege puts an emphasis on more strategic, team-based gameplay. For the first minute of each match, both teams have a small objective. One team will try to fortify their location, setting traps and shoring up walls to make them harder to breach. Meanwhile, the other side sends out drones trying to figure out what their opponents are doing. In just about every way, this is a game that rewards and demands team work from players. It's definitely a game that is best for friends or a group to play together.
The levels are large, but dense and deliver a destructible setting. You can break through walls entirely, or punch out holes to give yourself a better line of sight. There are also several different modes of play, each requiring a different skillset. There are over a dozen different maps and it takes time to learn the layout of every section. The in-game store also has hundreds of items you can use to personalize your character, from weapon skins to operator outfits. You can purchase them with the in-game currency called Renown which you recieve at the end of each match you play.
Overall, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege delivers an excellent FPS. With a variety of operators to play, levels to learn, and a team to work with to achieve your goals, you get everything that makes the genre great all in one excellent package.
- Easy to jump into
- Strategic play is rewarded
- Great team based gameplay
- Progression system can feel monotonous
- Store is clunky and hard to navigate
Best Online: Overwatch
Overwatch is a 6v6 team, objective-based game that has more than two dozen playable characters and plenty of content for you to shoot through. This game gets regular updates that tweak existing characters, add new characters and new modes of play.
There are several different levels and modes of play depending on the match you sign up for. The only catch to Overwatch is that there is no offline single-player mode. You'll always need a solid connection to the internet, and you may be forced to join other players. Then again if you get five other friends to play, it's a great way to hang out without ever leaving home.
Overwatch offers up tons of playabale characters. Each one has their own style of play with tanks, healers, and everything in between. While there wasn't a huge roster when the game launched, there have been regular updates with new characters and new abilities to learn and master. In similar fashion, there are a variety of different modes, most of which are objective-based, which deliver a ridiculously fun free-for-all as each team fires on the other. The gameplay is entirely up to the two teams of players, and each level is generated with a rule set for the match. However, the way that things play out decides entirely on the characters on the field and how they're used. Since each character has their own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, it's all about how you use them and how you work with the rest of your team that matters.
- Variety of game modes
- Huge roster of playable characters
- Only online play
- No single player
Best Story: Prey
You play Prey as Dr. Morgan Yu, a scientist working on the Talos 1 Spacestation researching aliens called Typhon. Through experimentation on the Typhon, the doctor is researching neuromods which enhance the natural abilities of humans. If it sounds like something might go terribly wrong, you'd be right because it isn't long before a Typhon break out and take over the space station.
Much like other retro-futuristic games, Prey delivers a world that looks and feels real. The Talos Spacestation is placed in an alternate 2032 where President Kennedy was never assassinated. It manages to mesh both super-retro elements, like a breakroom that could have been pulled right from the 1960s, with super futuristic elements, like the medical bay and space station itself. It creates this juxtaposition of setting and tension with a white clean exterior meant to draw you in, while it hides a dangerous interior that you'll need to survive.
The combat isn't amazing overall; for the most part it just feels a bit lacking in relation to the rest of the gameplay. You do get access to different weapons to fight through the many Typhon as you try to unravel the mystery of what is going on in this space station. There is plenty to uncover too, with emails, audio logs, and the actual people who live on the station all adding to to the depth of the story and the world within.
- Great combo of fighting and puzzle mechanics
- Awesome visual design
- Great story
- Combat lacks oomph
- Long loading times
Best Value: Halo: Master Chief Collection
Return to the world of Halo with four games in one packagae with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. You get all four numbered games, giving you the core of excellent Halo experiences with remastered graphics and original gameplay that you remember and love.
The Master Chief Collection starts by delivering the core Halo games: Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. They've all gotten some updates to graphics, and Halo 2 in particular got a serious digital remaster to make it as playable as possible for new fans. While the collection doesn't include later games like Halo: ODST, you do get all of the fundamentals that deliver the story and gameplay that made Halo so popular the first time around. The sound design has also been given an update, delivering bigger sound and new effects for each weapon in the game. This might be a small thing, but the soundtrack has always been a major aspect for Halo, and now it sounds better than ever before.
There are a few issues to keep in mind when dealing with four games that were all made for older consoles. While each game has gotten a facelift, there are some graphics stutters that will appear from time to time. These include frame rate drops from the 60 FPS you start at and frozen enemies. It's not a deal breaker in single player or co-op modes, but the frequency become far more irritating when you are trying to enjoy multiplayer.
- Four classic Halo games in one package
- Halo 2 digitally remastered
- Tons of content to shoot through
- Lacks every Halo game
- Online play is buggy
Halo: Master Chief Collection
Master Chief's story
Relive all of the glory and drama of Master Chief's story with the Halo: Master Chief Collection. Delivering four excellent games filled with enemies to shoot, weapons to grab, and remastered games that will appeal to both old and new fans.
Best Single Player: Doom
When a research facility on Mars is overrun by demons, you're left with one choice. Shoot your way through and survive, killing one demon after another. Whether you are wielding your trusty shotgun, keeping your pistol handy, or even tearing demons limb from limb, this game is built to be fun all by yourself.
Doom works on a pretty simple premise, running and gunning. The point is to shoot your way through the waves of demons chasing you down, picking up boosts and health packs along the way, and all without ever really stopping for a longer period of time. It's a mixture of carefully choosing your shots to ensure you have enough ammo to survive, and desperately running across levels to find more health and ammo so that the demons chasing you don't get the last laugh.
When you attack demons and manage to stagger them, they'll be highlighted in blue or orange. When this happens, you can trigger a brutal physical attack that rips them limb from limb. On top of being extra bloody, this is also a good way to regain some health and save that precious ammo for when you need it most. One of the only real downfalls to gameplay is a dated mechanic that traps you in rooms until every demon inside has been vanquished. It's a toss up as to whether this works for the game, or makes gameplay more frustrating.
- Fantastic campaign
- Slick shooting mechanics
- Great graphics
- Gameplay can get repetitive
Best Sequel: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus drops you into an alternate 1960s where Nazis won the second World War and took over the world. While plenty of things are outright terrible due to this, a rebellion is fighting back, and it's time to kill the Nazi scum who have taken power.
Wolfenstein's world is part of what makes it so compelling. Levels include locations like the bombed out ruins of New York City, and the walled ghetto that used to be New Orleans. Scattered through the world are pieces of history that bring it to life like Nazis conversating with members of the KKK, or the stories of families who moved here after the war was won. Combine this with the fantastic characters and voice acting of the entire cast and you have a world that is terrifyingly real for you to shoot through.
Combat mechanics are fantastic. You can use stealth to pick off Nazi officers and avoid reinforcements, or go in dual-wielding weapons and shoot every last enemy in sight. There's a whole roster of different weapons including shotguns, machine guns, and pistols that can all be mixed, matched and customized as you play. There are also three different upgrades for each weapon, and a perk system that gives you upgrades for specific types of kills.
- Updates to stealth are awesome
- Great story
- Emotionall compelling characters
- Campaign is only about 14 hours long
- Invisible obstacles can make movement dangerous at inopportune times
Most Anticipated: Borderlands 3
When it comes to over the top gameplay, there are few games that manage to blend action and hilarity as well as the Borderlands franchise does. The story revolves around Lillith recruiting people to help her protect Sanctuary from a cult called Children of the Vault demanding that citizens join them or die.
There are four new characters for you to choose from and each of them has their own set of skills. Moze, the Gunner, seems to have an affinity with guns, and the ability to jump into a souped up walking mech to mow through enemies. FL4K, the Beastmaster, can summon several small monsters that can leap and attack baddies. Zane Flynt, the Operative, seems to be successful in close range and has the ability to ghost walk through the things shooting at him to get a better angle. Last is Amara, the Siren, who appears to have an extra six arms she can use to pummel beasties and humanoid enemies alike.
For the time being, there aren't a ton of details that have been released, but this is what we do know. You can expect the same amount of crazy violence and piles of loot that helped to make the series so popular. It's been announced that the next entry will be appearing on consoles on 9/13/19 and we can't wait!
- Awesome art style
- Four new heroes to play as
- More excellent loot to collect
- Doesn't release until September
Every first person shooter that made our list has different perks and a different style of gameplay. This makes it easier for new gamers to find just what they are looking for without having to try out a dozen titles in the process. Out of all of them, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege delivers the best experience.
This game manages to perfectly blend teamwork, tons of gameplay options, and thinking strategically to fulfill objectives to deliver a first person shooter that only gets better as it ages.
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Jen Karner has been a Gamer for more than two decades. When she's playing a FPS game you can usually find her healing with Mercy, or lighting up the other team with D.Va in Overwatch. You can follow her on Twitter
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