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25 best shooters to play right now

10. Killing Floor 2

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Tripwire Interactive’s online shooter always stood aside from Valve’s shadow, and Killing Floor 2 certainly raised the bar compared to its predecessor. Up to six players can join forces and shoot dozens of zombies, choosing between a number of upgradeable classes that level up the more you play according to their style, from using explosives to landing headshots. Instead of offering a campaign of sorts, it focuses on delivering frantic action that requires a certain strategy from your team, as you and your friends stand your ground or escape through tight corridors pushing back enemy waves, exploding zombies and enjoying the show in slow motion after a critical hit. The progression system guarantees dozens of hours, but it’s the fun co-op elements, cool weapons, gritty atmosphere, and heavy metal soundtrack that will make you stay for long.

Available on PC, PS4

9. Apex Legends

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Respawn Entertainment took a departure from the Titanfall series and came up with a new take on the battle royale genre. Apex Legends maintains the tight controls and fast-paced nature that the studio is certainly known for, and it also introduces a set of charismatic characters with their own abilities and perks. Everything comes together as one once you and your two teammates make a landing in the huge map. Pick up the nearest weapon, double jump, wall climb, and make the best out of your hero’s abilities to try and be the last team standing. Even if you fail, it’s highly likely that the polished action and interesting loop will have you thinking “just one more match” over and over.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch (Autumn 2020)

8. Gears 5

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It wouldn’t be a best shooters list without at least one Gears game on it. Gears 5, while maybe not the first choice for the veterans of the series, still captures what made the franchise so interesting over the years. An even more refined take on cover shooting, mixed with new weapons and a whole new group of enemies to fight as protagonist Kait Diaz discovers the Swarm in a new thrilling story. But you can jump right in even if you haven’t played any of the previous entries, particularly if you’re interested in playing co-op with your friends. The addition of Escape, a three-player mode where teamwork is mandatory as you infiltrate an enemy hive, plant explosives, and have to flee the scene immediately, is a welcoming addition to an already varied multiplayer landscape. And in Gears 5, there’s certainly something for everybody.

Available on PC, Xbox One

7. Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019)

Modern Warfare Iskra and Ronin

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a remaster nor a remake of the first entry of the Modern Warfare series, and rather a new story that brings some familiar faces into the modern era. There’s a whole new campaign for you to get through, which takes you all the way from the Middle East to Europe, showcasing your skills in the blockbuster action that the series is known for. As well as being the game that gave place to Warzone, the ever popular battle royale, there’s an array of multiplayer mods to enjoy, seasons to take part in, and ranks to level up. It’s the definitive Call of Duty experience in years, and one that will guarantee a long play time.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

6. Valorant

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Riot Games’ ecosystem has brought Valorant to us, an exciting and challenging first-person shooter that takes a big influence from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and mixes it with cues from Overwatch. The result is a balance between precise shooting with hero abilities, from robots to massive ice walls, shaking the current landscape of online shooters to offer a thrilling experience that it’s unique to its own ideas. The competitive aspect is always becoming bigger and being iterated, and with the addition of new characters, as well as an engaging battle pass to get invested in, Valorant sets itself as an evolving game that already has a strong player base, and an intriguing future ahead.

Available on PC

5. Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2 is an underrated first-person shooter from the past decade. Respawn Entertainment might be busy with Apex Legends now, but if you haven’t played it already, you’re missing out on one of the best campaigns in years. It’s a tale about a pilot and his companion mech robot, as they explore an alien world in constant dispute due to enemy factions. You run on walls and slide on the ground, shooting at everything on sight with an array of inventive weapons. But whenever you hop on your mech, everything changes, and both experiences become one as they intertwine perfectly with each other. The story delivers levels that always bring something new to the table, expanding the possibilities of each element in the game to unthinkable levels.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

4. Destiny 2

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Bungie’s online shooter is always evolving. The otherworldly setting and expansive universe are enough to draw you in, but a few minutes into the game will immediately remind you of the finesse of the Halo series. Taking down hordes of enemies never gets old in Destiny 2, which is great since that’s something that you are doing here a lot. But there’s also an absurd amount of challenges to complete and stories to chase, as well as PVP, raids, and a progression system that will maintain you hooked for years as you fight tooth and nail for the best gear in the universe.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

3. Borderlands 3

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Borderlands 3 might feel a bit too familiar to the past entries in the series, but it’s definitely a case of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. The gameplay loop of discovering new and powerful weapons never gets old, and it’s just one of the many charms underneath the premise of bounty hunters banding together once more. The new set of characters breaks the mould of the predecessors, and there’s a certain joy that comes from learning to make the most out of their abilities in combat and working in synergy with others that resembles games like Diablo. It’s really easy to get lost for hours fighting baddies and exploring the wasteland, and with all the recent expansions, the game is slowly matching the scope of Borderlands 2, with all the latest additions and quality of life improvements.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

2. Control

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The minds at Remedy Entertainment have made themselves known for creating their own universe and stories around the shooter genre. Control, which has you playing as the chief of a bureau that handles paranormal anomalies in our reality, is probably their most strange and intriguing to date. Protagonist Jesse takes control of a weapon that shifts shape and evolves with upgrades over time, but it’s not the only thing that is altered. The facility itself is a living world that has suddenly lost its balance, and it’s your task to try and contain whatever’s causing it before it manages to escape and endanger humankind. Fast-paced shooting is mixed with the use of telekinesis, levitation, and so much more, as you venture further and further into the Metroidvania-style labyrinth that is the Old House.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

1. Doom Eternal

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Bethesda and id Software surprised everyone with the reboot of Doom in 2016, introducing a campaign that mixed what made the original games so special with a modern campaign. Doom Eternal takes everything to a new level, adding new weapons and enemies into the universe, diving into the lore of the marine, and creating a foundation that expands on the expectations of what a Doom game can be, going not only through hell, but traversing all sorts of ancient civilizations on a fast manner, performing Glory Kills and destroying everything on your path with the always trusty double-barrelled shotgun. It’s a bigger and bolder campaign that isn’t afraid of taking risks and breaking foundations, and it’s better for it.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One