Best Xbox first-person shooters

Sean Carey - April 11th 2019

The first-person shooter (FPS) genre is one of the most popular in gaming. The list of first-person shooters available on Xbox is constantly growing, and with so many first-person shooters available, there's a game for most tastes, from sci-fi worlds filled with futuristic weapons and alien monsters to games based on real conflicts that recount some of the darkest moments from our history.

If you're looking to decide which first-person shooter you should play next, look no further, as we've narrowed down the choice by using a combination of site review scores, community ratings, and some editorial input to put together our list of the best Xbox first-person shooters.

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal takes everything from the Doom reboot and turns it all up several notches. Nearly everything has been improved with the sequel; there are more varied and interesting weapons this time around, new powerful enemies to contend with, and new traversal methods, including a new grappling hook and dash ability. Combining these new movement methods with this impressive arsenal of weaponry makes for some superb, fast-paced gameplay that's filled with slick platforming and brutal and bloody combat that will have you itching for more each time you encounter a new group of enemies. What's great about Doom Eternal when compared to Doom 2016 is that the variety of enemies, with their own strengths and weaknesses, forces you to change the way you play. In the previous game, you could mindlessly gun down enemies without much thought, providing you had the ammo, but in Eternal, you need to keep your wits about you and plan out how you might tackle a certain situation. If you're after a brutal, gory, and lightning-quick FPS that will have you ripping and tearing your way through hordes of demons, look no further than Doom Eternal.

DOOM Eternal Standard Edition

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity.

The only thing they fear... is you.

Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power in DOOM Eternal - the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.

Discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to RAZE HELL.

Battlefield 1

Okay, we'll say it upfront: this isn't the best Battlefield. This entry takes place in The Great War, and while its attention to the period setting is its strength — it's also its weakness. It's a touch shallow. The gunplay occasionally lacks variety, and some of the maps are excruciatingly designed, especially compared to Battlefield 4 and Bad Company 2. Add in game-changing Behemoths — like an airship or an armoured train — that rain fire down on the winning side to try and level the playing field, and Battlefield 1 struggles to maintain its momentum for long sessions of play. However, we'd be stupid to think this isn't the best entry point and most accessible for a new player to the series. The WWI aesthetics are absolutely perfect. Shouts and screams bring an element of horror to attacking a fortified trench. The unrefined crunch of bullets on trees in the Ardenne Forests are enough to make your fingers tremor on the trigger. The locations are stunningly presented. There are deserts, Italian mountainsides, and city streets which all evoke the period so staunchly you feel like you are living the war. The fact that this game looks better than its sequel, Battlefield V, speaks volumes to the effort that DICE put in. Though the gunplay leaves a bit to be desired, it sounds good and feels good getting your shot on target like no other game series. Add in the last fantastic rendition of the class system, good destruction mechanics, and fun vehicle play — there is no better place to enter the battlefield.

Battlefield™ 1

Experience the dawn of all-out war in Battlefield™ 1. Discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign, or join in epic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Fight as infantry or take control of amazing vehicles on land, air and sea, and adapt your gameplay to the most dynamic battles in Battlefield history.

Wolfenstien: The New Order

This single-player FPS from MachineGames sees beefy hero B.J. Blazkowicz arise from a coma after attacking a Nazi castle in WWII and failing. When he wakes, the world is a bit rubbish — the Nazis won. This new order is rich with a steampunk aesthetic which shapes the linear level design with fantastic variety. While the game is often presented as very simple, don't mistake that for not being well-presented and full of wild ideas. One moment you are warring in a concentration camp, taking out the worst Nazi grandmother in history, the next you are on a moon base. The New Order is often brash with its villains, but — perhaps surprisingly — this means it isn't afraid to show you the worst of the Nazi regime in ways that will stay with you for a long time yet. Most importantly, that gives you prime context for committing ultraviolence against the worst people imaginable with dual-wielded weapons firing reams of bullets at men who end up as little more than bloody pulps by the time you are done with them. It feels good, it sounds good, and the array of weapons is wicked — the sum total is perfect. With a Mick Gordon OST blaring in your ears, you couldn't ask for a better time to spend 20 hours on the Wolfenstein: The New Order achievements. This is one of our favourite games in recent years, and it is on Game Pass, so don't miss it!

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are B.J. Blazkowicz, the American war hero. You are the only man capable of rewriting history.

Metro Exodus

To bring a traditionally linear game into an open-world mould without breaking what made it special is a monumental task. Metro is a series known for its ability to capture a dreary underground with a sense of horror and desperation. These elements remain intact, but the new structure brings so much more to play that Metro Exodus becomes a better game than its predecessors in every way. The level design is impeccable, seamlessly blending linear levels and open world design while giving you a choice in which way you'd like to go. By breaking out of the subway tunnels, the game also offers a far greater range of environments to explore. The world itself is wonderful to experience with tons of little details to enjoy and just the right amount of horror to keep you on edge. The only downside is the gunplay, with weapons that are hard to aim and that feel like peashooters, but luckily the game adds a stronger stealth element that makes for a fine alternative. Exodus is an overall excellent experience that succeeds at nearly everything it attempts to achieve.

Metro Exodus

Flee the shattered ruins of the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. Explore vast, non-linear levels, lose yourself in an immersive, sandbox survival experience, and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year in the greatest Metro adventure yet.

Destiny 2

If you can get past its seemingly impenetrable lore and story, Destiny 2 is one of the best first-person shooters available, which is kind of what you'd expect from the creators of Halo. The online shooter features some extremely tight and satisfying combat, absolute bucket loads of story content, and more weapons and exotic gear to collect than you could ever dream of. Whether you're playing solo or squadding up with your pals to take on the latest, challenging Raid there is always something exciting going on in Destiny 2. And of course, the game has just received a new expansion, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, so no is the perfect time to jump back in for both new and returning players.

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Destiny 2

Dive into the free-to-play world of Destiny 2 to experience responsive FPS combat, explore the mysteries of our solar system, customize your guardian with unique gear, and unleash elemental abilities against powerful enemies.

Superhot

The Superhot team managed to take what seems like a fairly simple mechanic and turn it into a game that is full of possibilities. Having all movement synced to that of the player provided a fresh twist on the shooter genre, and real-time replays give the player another chance to feel awesome about what they just pulled off. Despite the relatively short length of the main levels, the Challenge and Endless modes should provide most players with plenty to sink their teeth into. For several reasons, the game is one of the most innovative shooters in years and should provide players with many hours of entertainment.

SUPERHOT

Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SUPERHOT is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.

With its unique, stylized graphics SUPERHOT finally adds something new and disruptive to the FPS genre. SUPERHOT’s polished, minimalist visual language helps you concentrate on the most important - on the fluidity of gameplay and cinematic beauty of the fight.

Bioshock

One of the Xbox 360 generation's biggest success stories, BioShock was remastered for the Xbox One in September 2016 as part of the Bioshock: The Collection bundle. Featuring a campaign that will stay with you long after you're finished and the atmospheric setting of Rapture that feels like a living and breathing city, Bioshock is a must for first-person shooter fans.

BioShock Remastered

Explore the undersea city of Rapture, a haven for society's greatest minds that has devolved into a dystopian nightmare wrought by one man's hubris.

Borderlands 2

Another remaster from 2K Games is next on the list of the best first-person shooters, brought to the Xbox One in March of 2015 as part of the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Behind the instantly recognisable cell-shaded art style, Borderlands 2 is filled with a huge variety of weapons to try, loot to hunt, memorable characters and humour. While the latest entry in the series, Borderlands 3, does feature several improvements over its predecessor, most notably with its gunplay, its humour does feel a little tired for a 2019 release, plus The Calypso Twins are far less interesting than Handsome Jack. For these reasons, Borderlands 2 just edges it over its sequel and makes it onto our list.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Shoot and loot as you explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in BORDERLANDS 2 and the lunar madness of BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL in BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION. Experience the award-winning FPS-RPG series, including its bazillions of guns, trademark cooperative gameplay, and all bonus add-on content, with high performance like never before on a new generation of consoles.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Featuring the best of what the IP has to offer, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the ultimate collection for Halo fans and would-be Halo fans alike. The collection includes six Halo titles: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4. Not only will these six campaigns keep you busy for hours on end, each game includes its own multiplayer, maps (I think there is well over 120 at this point), modes, and game types, so there is a ton of Halo content here to wrap your head around. If you missed the series until now, or want thousands of Gamerscore in one box, start here. Master Chief was, is, and always will be the official mascot of the Xbox brand, so if you're serious about seeing all the green team has to offer, there's no reason to look past this seminal sci-fi series any longer.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The Master Chief’s epic journey covers four Halo games, collected here in a single integrated experience that leverages the power of the Xbox One. Whether you’re a long-time fan or are just meeting the Master Chief for the first time, The Master Chief Collection is the definitive Halo gaming experience.

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is everything which you could possibly wish to find in a sequel, answering all of the negatives of its predecessor. The inclusion of a single-player campaign was very welcomed by many, and although it's pretty short in length, it is an exhilarating ride that showcases everything that made the first game feel so refreshing, and the refined multiplayer will keep you consumed for months to come. Some argue that the original Titanfall's multiplayer is better, thanks to interesting and more varied map design, and there is a case to be made there, but with the bonus of the campaign, Titanfall 2 is the game that makes our list.

Titanfall® 2: Ultimate Edition

The Ultimate way to jump into one of the most surprising shooters of 2016! This bundle not only unlocks unique camos, warpaints. and Prime Titans; it also includes the Jump Start Pack, which grants unlocked access to all Titan and Pilot classes, as well as funds and 2x XP tokens to help you hit the ground running in multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

When Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare originally released in 2007, it blew people away with its cinematic campaign, tight shooting mechanics, and a competitive multiplayer experience that took the world by storm. Remastered for the Xbox One generation as part of a pricey Infinite Warfare bundle in 2016, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered finally released a standalone title in 2017. Filled with memorable missions and characters, the action-packed campaign is well worth revisiting again — who doesn't want to replay All Ghillied Up or work their way through Mile High Club on Veteran difficulty again? Of course, I'm only joking about the latter, but Modern Warfare has so many great moments that everyone should play through its campaign at least once.

Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered

One of the most critically-acclaimed games in history, Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare® is back, remastered in true high-definition, featuring improved textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more for a new generation.

Overwatch: Origins Edition

It might lack the campaign and a vast array of multiplayer game modes, but Overwatch: Origins Edition's team-based action is a must for competitive first-person shooter fans. With a bright and appealing design, tight mechanics and a large roster of unique characters that offer different abilities and complement different play styles, Overwatch is easy to pick up and play but hard to master.

Overwatch® Legendary Edition

"Best Ongoing Game" - The Game Awards

Take your place in the world of Overwatch. Choose your hero from a diverse cast of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash an array of extraordinary powers and weapons. Join the ultimate team-based shooter. The world needs heroes.

Rainbow Six Siege

The change in direction for Ubisoft's Rainbow Six series won't please everyone, and will likely turn many fans away, but for those of you who like competitive multiplayer shooters, there's a lot of enjoyment to be found in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, especially if you can persuade a group of friends to come along for the ride with you as you hone your skills and learn the best strategies for success. If you like team-based tactical shooters, Siege is full of intense and rewarding action that will keep you coming back for more, and with frequent updates since its release, Siege offers better value for money now than it did at launch.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege Deluxe Edition

Start your Siege adventure with the new Deluxe Edition, now including the full game plus all 16 operators from Years 1 and 2.

Apex Legends

This list wouldn't be complete without a representative from the battle royale genre, and Apex Legends fits the bill perfectly. The free-to-play multiplayer shooter features an eclectic mix of characters, each with their own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. After picking one of the 20 charismatic legends, you are dropped into one of Apex Legends' ever-evolving and rotating maps, in a squad with two other players and battle it out against 19 other teams to be the last team standing. Over time, the game's safe zone reduces in size, forcing players to come together and fight in tense encounters. The gunplay is excellent, the maps interesting, and the fast-paced moment-to-moment gameplay frantic and exciting. Respawn has done an excellent job with Apex Legends, and it's continuously evolving, with new characters, maps, and modes constantly being added, and all for the price of free!

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Apex Legends™

Apex Legends is the award-winning, free-to-play Hero shooter from Respawn Entertainment. Master an ever-growing roster of legendary characters with powerful abilities and experience strategic squad play and innovative gameplay in the next evolution of Hero Shooter and Battle Royale.

Do you agree with our list? What first-person shooters do you think should have made the cut? Let us know down in the comments.