Top 10 Best FPS Games in 2017

Top 10 Best FPS 2017
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Top 10 Best FPS Games in 2017

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The FPS is a dominating genre in gaming. In terms of immersion, the first person shooter allows gamers to experience the action at a personal level that no other genre can quite match. Arguably, the most popular FPS’s are the reflexed based style shooters like CS GO and Call of Duty. Outside of providing near unlimited hours of gameplay, FPS’s today offer competition for those who would seek it and glorious (and often violent) escapism for anyone who plays. The games on this list exemplify those aspects of the FPS. For some it’s the cooperative challenge of mowing down legions of mutants, zombies and Xenos scum with 1-3 of your buddies that qualifies it. For others, it’s the contest of arena combat that will warrant a games popularity for the year to come. Whichever style fits you, these 10 FPS’s will be worth a look now and well into 2017.

10. Space Hulk: Deathwing

Space Hulk: Deathwing “Rise of the Terminators” Announcement Trailer

Space Hulk: Deathwing is the new cooperative FPS hotness from Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide games. Taking the best aspects of games like Left4dead and Payday, Space Hulk drops players into one of the most fleshed out Warhammer 40,000 settings ever designed for a video game to play as a member of the Deathwing, an elite unit in the Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter. The run and gun gameplay is set in a Space hulk which is a conglomeration of spaceships that have been merged together and is now home to aliens called Tyranids. The game features 4 player Co-op and an elaborate single player campaign. Space Hulk sets itself apart from other co-op FPS’s with its setting, characters, weapons and enemy types. Once you enter that Terminator Armor you are going to have a hard time taking it off.

Space Hulk: Deathwing Solo Campaign gameplay

9. Quake Champions

Quake Champions Announcement Trailer

Quake Champions is an upcoming Arena FPS from ID and Bethesda. Combining some of the best elements of class based FPS’s like Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 and putting them into the rocket jumping, gauntlet wearing world of Quake, Quake Champions wants to challenge games like Overwatch at its own… well, game. While actual details are sparse, Bethesda’s recent successes point to a promising game when Quake Champions is released sometime in 2017.

Quake Champions Gameplay Trailer

8. Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 Announcement Trailer

Battlefield 1 is the surprisingly successful (and good) World War One FPS released by EA and Dice this last November. Treating players to a 300-esque version of WWI history, the game follows several warriors during the tumultuous final years of the “War to end all wars”. This being a battlefield game, the single player campaign is only an appetizer to a superb multiplayer experience that has come to be the norm for the makers of Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2. What ensures Battlefield One’s place as a top FPS in 2017 is that there will be no other Battlefield Game in 2017. Dice has confirmed there will be no new Battlefield next year. This means the several DLC packs that have been promised for those who want to keep the action fresh will last longer and ensure gamers are getting their money’s worth.

Lengthy Battlefield 1 gameplay preview

7. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Trailer

What more can be said about the yearly Call of Duty game that hasn’t been said? Whether you love them or hate them, the Call of Duty games are the standard on which all other “tactical” FPS’s are based. This year’s model includes future tech and a very angry John Snow trying to take over space (for… reasons). New multiplayer features include selectable missions before each match and more specialized “rigs” for the player to choose from. Beyond that, it’s the same ole’ twitch shooter that you’ve come to ignore or consign yourself to “upgrading” every year. Of course, the real saving factor here is the newest Zombie mode, this one with an 80’s theme and the Hoff making an appearance.

The Real Reason people play Call of Duty:

6. Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 Launch Trailer

Killing Floor started as a Mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 that spawned its own game and now Sequel, the aptly titled Killing Floor 2. Developed by Tripwire, Story wise, Killing Floor 2 follows an outbreak of mutated clones that are attacking the EU and you are part of a group of survivors who are simply trying to survive… by killing thousands upon thousands of zomb… I mean clones. The games hallmarks include gratuitous gibing using a dismemberment system that sets 22 individual points on each enemy’s body that can be blown or cut off, varied and unique weapons, improved melee combat, a perk system and community support for Mods. Considering how popular the original Killing Floor was it is easy to see why this co-operative horde mode on steroids is going to be a top FPS of 2017.

5. Rainbow Six: Siege

Rainbow Six: Siege Trailer

Rainbow Six: Siege, developed by Ubisoft, is a return to the world of elite counter terrorism by way of 4v4 multiplayer hostage situations and bomb disposal. What set’s Siege apart from the other games on this list is the actual need for tactics in order to succeed. The players have an arsenal of gadgets and devices to stage, plan and execute their take downs or maintain their hold on an objective (if playing the bad guys). Siege also has an excellent destruction engine that allows for terrain destruction on a scale rivaling Dice’s Battlefield games. Rainbow Six is going to appeal to players who are looking for a slower and more methodical team-based FPS or for those who are looking for a break from the monotonous development cycle of Call of Duty or Battlefield.

Rainbow Six: Siege premier gameplay

4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Announcement Trailer

Counter Strike may not have created ESports but the ESports world would be a very different place were it not for the one time Half-life mod. CS: GO is the third iterations of the popular team shooter, after the original release in 1999, Valve dropped an updated version in 2004 based on the new Source engine that they had developed Half Life 2 with. Then in 2012, Global Offensive was released and has been going strong since. At its heart the gameplay has always remained the same with mostly visual tweaks to the game itself being the call sign of newer versions. GO added weapons skins and several new game modes to the mix. Despite some controversies with third party gambling, the professional side of CS:GO is better than it has ever been before with no sign of letting up any time soon.

Valve has created a useful series of Counter Strike: GO pro tip videos:

3. Overwatch

Overwatch Cinematic Trailer

Blizzard’s Overwatch is a class based shooter starring a varied (and more or less balanced) cast of characters that players pick from to do battle with. From hearty tanky robots to fragile but deadly snipers, Blizzard has successfully challenged Team Fortress and Counter Strike for the claim of best multiplayer FPS. While it is still a younger game, having only been released earlier this year. Overwatch has already built a large and dedicated player base with free new characters, regularly updated events and varied game modes, all fully backed and supported by Blizzard. Most recently, league play was added and despite not being a full year old, Pro level events are already engaging the best players around.

Overwatch Gameplay Trailer

2. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 Single Player Cinematic Trailer

Titanfall 2 is one of the best surprises to come out of the 2016 FPS genre release schedule. Respawn Entertainment was able to keep the originality of the first game and add sufficient content (and a single player campaign) to make even the most casual of players want to revisit the fight between the IMC and Militia. Wall Jumps, giant robots with swords, and an active player host will certainly keep gamers interest well into the next year.

Titanfall 2 Gameplay “Angel City”

1.      Prey 2

Prey 2 Cinematic Trailer

Prey 2 made this list because it looks to be one of the most thought out FPS’s coming out in the next year. Bethesda is looking to combining a mysterious story line to rival Bioshock or Dead Space, item crafting and player choice (a Bethesda standard) into a beautiful looking and well playing title. Players will get to choose between two different versions of the main character, Male or Female, while they explore a massive space station in an alternate timeline where JFK survived the infamous assassination attempt.

Prey 2 Gameplay (a whole 8 minutes of it)

FPS’s and shooters in general had a great year in 2016. Doom, Overwatch and Fallout 4 all proved to live up to their hype and the developers behind those games along with others are hoping to do the same in 2017. So load your weapons, update your drivers and dust your keyboard because it’s gonna be a great year.

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Mbartley
 
  • Gamer Since: 1994
  • Favorite Genre: FPS
  • Currently Playing: Dark Souls 2, Hearthstone, Mad Max, Sunless Sea
  • Favorite Games: Grand Theft Auto V, Bioshock Infinite, Call of Duty
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