one Call of Duty: Warzone (CODW)
Our ranking of the best first-person shooters on PC is topped by CODW, the shareware online shooter. It was developed by Infinity Ward, an in-house studio of Activision. The game is a battle royale with an emphasis on elements of realism in the design of characters, environments and weapons. The game also stands out for its high level of technical performance (software / network code and modern graphics) and a relatively low threshold for entry.
The main CODW game mode supports battles for up to 150 players. Activision reported that as of December 2020, the game had over 85 million registered players. And in its first year since its release, CODW generated more than $ 500 million in revenues from microtransactions.
The overall positive is overshadowed by the dominance of cheaters, who fundamentally spoil the fun of the gameplay for other players. The publisher is making efforts to combat them, but it does little to improve the situation. Also, until recently, CODW was an add-on to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game – and the gamer had to install it on a computer, while freeing up more than 130 GB of disk space.
2 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (RSS)
RSS is an online tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft’s internal studio, Ubisoft Montreal. The gameplay of RSS is based on the confrontation between 2 teams of players and the simulation of the process of storming a fortified building, in which one of the teams defends the building, and the other tries to take it.
The game makes rather high demands on the players in terms of understanding the mechanics and knowledge of the structure of the game levels. The project stands out for the developers’ emphasis on the destructibility of the game environment: literally everything can be destroyed or shot through – floors, walls, ceilings, etc.
From 2016 to the present, the game has the status of an e-sports discipline, in which various international tournaments are held. By 2020, RSS has generated over € 1.12 billion in revenue for developers.
3 Hunt: Showdown (HS)
HS is a very good first person shooter on PC in terms of realistic environment and weapon physics. The game developer is Crytek.
The main feature of the project can be considered the presence of surround (binaural) sound, which allows you to determine the position of the noise source. And the whole gameplay is built precisely on the ability of players to read the sounds of the environment, highlighting the sounds created by the players and determining their location, distance to them, the direction of movement and the weapons they have.
In addition, the game boasts a non-standard arsenal, which includes not only various types of firearms, but also crossbows and various types of melee and throwing weapons.
Despite the fact that HS is a session-based online shooter, players have to fight not only with each other, but also with various AI-controlled monsters.
four Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO)
The Counter-Strike franchise is arguably the most recognized first-person shooter on PC. CSGO is a sequel to Counter Strike, which was a Half-Life mod developed by Valve. Since the release of CSGO in 2012 and up to the present, the game has had the status of an active eSports discipline.
The main CSGO gameplay is based on the confrontation between 2 teams of players on different maps. The project is one of the most popular on the Steam platform. Since December 2018, CSGO has been transferred to a shareware distribution model and is making profit from cosmetic microtransactions.
five Far Cry 5 (FC5)
FC5 is another creation of Ubisoft and, as the name implies, is already the fifth part of the Far Cry franchise. It should be noted right away that Ubisoft is currently developing the 6th series of Far Cry. The game is a story-driven first-person shooter set in the fictional Hope County, which is part of the US state of Montana.
In the center of the plot is the cult of the end of the world and its leader, who seized power in the entire district. The player is assigned the role of a local deputy sheriff, who needs to enlist the support of various factions in order to liberate the district.
The gameplay is based on shootouts and open world exploration. The player gains access to a wide arsenal of firearms. It should be noted that the game (as well as in other projects with an open world from Ubisoft) contains certain elements inherent in role-playing – a branching main plot and side quests.
From a financial point of view, the game was considered successful and became the fastest selling in the Far Cry franchise ($ 310 million in its first week of sales). The project can be praised for its interesting storyline, large open world, varied tasks and modern graphics.
6 Doom Eternal (DE)
DE is another story-driven shooter developed by id Software. The game was published by Bethesda Softworks. This game is a sequel to Doom. It was released on March 20, 2020 for Windows, Playstation 4, Google Stadia and Xbox One. Then, in December 2020, there was a release for the Nintendo Switch and a version for the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X (s) was announced. In general, the platform coverage of the project is very wide.
The plot takes the player to the planet, which is captured by hellish demons and destroys humanity. Of course, the player is assigned the role of the uncompromising savior of the world.
Since its release, Doom Eternal has received many accolades for its storyline, graphics, level design, soundtrack, and combat mechanics. Doom Eternal also won five nominations for The Game Awards for 2020, including Game of the Year and Best Action Game. The project also won awards at the 2019 Game Critics Awards in the Best PC Game and Best Action Game nominations. On the day of its release on the Steam platform, Doom Eternal gathered an audience of 100,000 concurrent users.
The positive is overshadowed by the game’s rigid focus on reaction speed and player reflexes, as well as the high overall difficulty for casual gamers – even if the difficulty is set to a minimum.