One of the star genres on PC is that of the FPS, without any doubt. And the reason is very simple: because it emerged on computers and its combo (mouse + keyboard) is practically unmatched, despite the total settlement of the control with analog sticks for a couple of decades with consoles. That is why we are going to review the best first-person PC shooters for the historical legacy it has provided to video games and for all those frantic experiences where to download adrenaline based on shots. And that we have also seen SPF with narrative load or that have flirted, even, with other genres. Today we have to see the biggest ones.
- Duke Nukem 3D
How much: € 19.99 (20th-anniversary edition)
That this 1996 classic has not yet been overcome within the entire Duke Nukem saga says a lot about the impact caused by the arrival of Duke Nukem 3D on the market, with that commitment to the first-person action. He marked a whole generation of players, and his legacy remains intact, having not lost the freshness that is presupposed by his age, except in the expiration of his graphic engine for certain aspects. Visceral, provocative, controversial, and fun. The best thing he left us that year, no doubt.
- Quake III: Arena
How much: € 14.99
We continue with eminence in the classic genre that must be surrendered: Quake III: Arena. One of the biggest culprits of the rise of Internet cafes at the gates of the new millennium. A timeless work by id Software where he opted for the frenetic of his games. A jewel that you always want to revisit and that is vital to know how the FPS was in the last century, without the facilities they offer us today.
How much: 8.19 euros
From the end of the year 2000 and onwards, it was impossible to be in any cyber cafe and that the Counter-Strike was not installed. Moreover, it is still referred almost 20 years later, although it has been renovated over the years through its remake ( Counter-Strike: Source, for 8.19 euros ) and a version -to-free play (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ). Surprising to see your success knowing that it all started as a mod of the superb Half-Life.
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
How much: FREE
Since we mentioned the word mod, it is mandatory to talk about Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Splash Damage graduated with honors with this game independent of the classic saga of id Software, being one of the pioneers in the use of soldier classes and with objectives to overcome each mission. And the best of all? That is completely free. A lujazo.
- Unreal Tournament 2004
How much: € 14.99
Together with Quake, the great champion of the mid-1990s shooter. Unreal ended up following the same path as the saga of id Software until it focused almost completely on the multiplayer, with its 2004 iteration ( Unreal Tournament 2004 ) being the most complete of them all. A pity that Epic Games has stopped the development of the new Unreal Tournament (which will be totally free) because of that media success called Fortnite.
- Halo 2
Where: Games for Windows Live
How much: discontinued (coming soon in The Master Chief Collection)
Three years after its premiere on the first Xbox, the Master Chief saga would return to PC on the occasion of its sequel, Halo 2. A work that catapulted more if possible the universe created by Bungie, with more unforgettable moments for its history, a more immersive online experience, and a perfect BSO. It is expected as May water its return through Windows 10 with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, where the almost complete saga will be included.
- Half-Life 2
How much: 8.19 euros
Probably, the FPS that is closest to perfection. A milestone for which the years do not seem to have passed. The dream sequel. Any qualifier falls short when talking about Half-Life 2, ahead of its time, and the first game that forced Steam to be able to install it. A jewel that received two additional chapters, and we are still waiting for its continuation to arrive … which already sounds like a joke.