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25 best shooters to play right now

20. Devil Daggers

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Probably the most focused title in this entire list in terms of scope, Devil Daggers has you facing an increasing wave of enemies in an endless arena outside of any boundaries around. You’re free to move, dodge, and double jump on a vast space. There is only one weapon at your disposal and a handful of attacks by default - and all of the sudden a legion of creatures will start coming at you. It’s a game that requires your full attention and making the most out of your reflexes, as you slowly begin to learn enemy patterns and start mastering all the elements underneath the simple premise. As the clock keeps ticking in the background and your score is forever registered in an ever-changing leaderboard, it’s only you and the dangers coming from darkness itself.

Available on PC

19. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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A complete package for the ages. Over two generations of one of the most iconic first-person shooters are now easily accessible and revamped for modern consoles, offering a higher framerate and support for 4K resolutions. Whether you are a fan of the series or jumping in for the first time, the community is as active as ever, regardless of which title you choose, and the campaign remains memorable to this day. It’s a unique piece of history served in a convenient way, providing quality of life updates without altering what made the series so impressive during the years.

Available on PC, Xbox One

18. Metro Exodus

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The culmination of the iconic post-apocalyptic franchise, Metro Exodus expands the atmospheric encounters of the first two games into open world levels that feel as dangerous as the dark and claustrophobic train tunnels. Luckily, both settings are present throughout the story, but now the plot is focused around a trip inside the train named Aurora, one of the last hopes for survival for the protagonist and his crew. As you explore the 20 hour long campaign, you begin to know them better, caring for their well being as you venture into the unknown to fight against mutants and infamous characters. It may seem like a departure from the series, but it understands what made it so appealing in the first place, and retains the best elements in Exodus while taking them to new heights.

Available on PC, Xbox One

17. Left 4 Dead 2

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We are all a bit burned out on zombies, but there’s a reason why Left 4 Dead 2 still feels so good to play, and remains a go-to in gaming sessions. Valve’s co-op first person shooter iterated on everything its predecessor had accomplished and took it to a near perfect level, introducing new enemies on top of the hordes of hundreds of infected that came towards your way kicking and screaming. More weapons that you can account for, an excellent campaign divided in episodes that take you through carnivals, swamps, and huge cities give as a result a multiplayer experience for the ages that can hardly be a miss among friends.

Available on PC, Xbox One (through Backward Compatibility)

16. Resident Evil 4

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I know what you’re thinking, Resident Evil 4 is still a survival horror game to some extent, but we can’t deny its influence on third-person shooters ever since its original release in 2005. Leon Scott Kennedy’s adventure hasn’t aged a day, as he ventures into the depths of Europe to rescue the president’s daughter, and uncover the unravelling mysteries of Umbrella Corporation. The over the shoulder camera and precise controls are still an example to this day, joined by an oddly engaging inventory system, weapon upgrades that have you looking for gold everywhere just to get that one more level of a stat, as well as many iconic encounters, make this experience a must for everyone who enjoys tense and rewarding shooters with a really well-paced story that wraps everything up for this modern classic. If you happened to miss it during the past decade, the remaster editions are a perfect opportunity to remedy that.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

15. Dusk

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If you’re a fan of classic shooters such as Quake and Doom, Dusk combines all the elements that made the 90s such an innovative era for the genre and brings it to modern audiences. It’s a fast-paced take in its influences where bunny hopping is common currency, and standing still is pretty much a guaranteed defeat. Here, it’s all about loud rifles and pump shotguns as you fight through farms and underground facilities that are filled with secrets. Once you’re done going through all three main episodes, there’s an endless mode to fight against as many enemies as possible using everything you’ve learned, as well as an Arena multiplayer that perfectly captures the vibes from LAN parties facing you against dozens of other players.

Available on PC, Switch (Fall 2020)

14. Rainbow Six Siege

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It took a while for Rainbow Six Siege to find its footing, but ever since its release in 2015, this online shooter never stopped evolving. Taking the foundation of approaching multiplayer matches tactically, destroying walls, leaning in corridors, and planning strategies on the fly with your team, it has grown and evolved with the addition of new operators, the careful attention to feedback from the community, and a constant refining of the mechanics that made it so distinct in the first place. There has never been a better time to try out what it has to offer, especially if you’re keen on a slower and more tactical approach than the many online shooters out there.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

13. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Adam Jensen’s story after Human Revolution is set in 2029, a period of time where people who have been mechanically augmented are now treated as outcasts in society. The constant dispute as we try and unravel the mysteries of the campaign are joined by the elements that made this iteration of the series so intriguing in modern hardware: the possibility of tackling each encounter your own way, either going full throttle and using abilities to become a human shield, or sneaking past enemies using air vents and securing escape routes. The world is yours to explore, and Adam Jensen, as much as it is a character on his own, is only shaped by your decisions.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

12. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

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Machine Games has been in charge of the modern Wolfenstein series ever since 2014, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus went ahead and delivered a culmination of the growing story around B.J. Blazkowicz and his crew. It’s by far the most story-focused entry, and in between the frenetic and often over the top cutscenes, there’s plenty of Nazi shooting to do. Classic weapons make their comeback, as well as the charming dual wielding, but the new additions such as the hatchet elevate already raw and brutal combat to new heights. The plot leads to a certain point in the middle of the story where everything changes and the capabilities of B.J. are significantly increased. Along with the campaign, an array of collectibles to find and many skill trees to level up, you can perfect your abilities during assassination missions, which can be accessed both during and after the story is over. The third and final instalment of the series might still be a mere wish at the moment, but in the meantime, The New Colossus packs more than a punch.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

11. Bioshock

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There’s a reason why Rapture is such a known location in video games. The dark remnants of this underwater utopia host dozens of hostile residents that don’t take long to give you a proper welcome once you set foot on it. Humid and gritty environments are the least of your problems, however. Massive Big Daddies joined by the enigmatic Little Sisters, as well as a cast of antagonists are waiting for you in every corner. The so-called Plasmids will grant you supernatural abilities, from throwing fire and electricity to summoning a beehive in the palm of your hand. The narrative-driven story remains emblematic to this day, and with the recently released remastered version, there’s never been a better time to finally dive into the Bioshock universe.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

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