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Locked and Loaded: The 15 Best Shooters for PC

  • from PLITCH
  • 24.04.2024

Lock and load as we unveil the ultimate solution to loading jams – the 15 best shooters for PC. We’ve got everything from first-person to third-person, stealth to talking alien weapons. Load, unlock, and unleash your shooting skills at will!

1) Quake

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We start with a classic that needs to be on a list of the best shooters and that has shaped the genre not only in terms of content but also in terms of style. While Doom and Wolfenstein 3D still used flat sprites as enemies, Quake was the first game in which the enemies were made of real polygons. And another meme that you surely know goes back to this forefather of shooter games: the rocket jump.

At the time, it was unintentionally created because of the game’s fast physics, but today this type of locomotion is a popular standard in many games. In Quake, you take on the role of the Ranger, who, after a failed scientific experiment, makes the monsters of alien dimensions a few heads, legs, and sometimes tentacles shorter.

2) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

From the old to the modern classic. For many, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the best of the series. So it’s all the more pleasing that Activision has given us a contemporary remaster. The best thing about the single-player mode is undoubtedly its presentation. If you haven’t played it yet, we won’t spoil anything for you, but towards the end, you can expect a jaw-dropping twist that you definitely didn’t see coming.

However, the game also gained worldwide fame outside the gaming scene with its “No Russian” mission. In the body of the enemy, you eliminate dozens of civilians at an airport. In the remaster the scene is cut. And frankly, that’s a good thing. Modern Warfare 2 has plenty of other strengths to offer: Excellent gun handling, a compelling story, and detailed, memorable locations (including the White House in Washington, D.C.).

3) Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 is the conclusion of a saga that every shooter fan should have experienced. The first part introduced mechanics in 2001 that are still revolutionary today. The most famous of them is the bullet time. With the push of a button, you can slow down time, jump through the air, and take out multiple enemies in a row without them even knowing what’s happening to them.

In Max Payne 3, the aged Max finds himself in São Paulo, and as in every installment of the series, things go wrong, leaving you with nothing but brute force to survive. And brute force is the keyword here. The third part is the climax in terms of violence and has scenes that you won’t soon forget. A little fun fact: Max Payne’s face is a digital likeness of former lead developer Sam Lake.

4) Titanfall 2

Before Respawn Entertainment scored with Apex Legends and the Star Wars games Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi: Survivor, the studio has already shown with Titanfall 2 that it belongs in the top league of game developers. In contrast to the first part, the second part offers a single-player campaign that’s quite something. The story, which lasts about seven hours, offers a lot of variety with numerous maps.

In a distant, dystopian future, not only normal soldiers fight on the battlefield. Wars are also fought with so-called Titans. These are gigantic mech warriors with devastating combat power. You are one of the pilots controlling such a colossus. The ability to switch between infantry and titan control adds tremendous tactical depth.

5) Far Cry 6

El Presidente is the ruler of the Caribbean island of Yara. And no, we’re not talking about the economic simulation Tropico. That deserves its place on another top list. We’re talking about Far Cry 6, in which the leader of the non-free world is none other than Giancarlo Esposito. He became famous for his role as Gustavo Fring in the series Breaking Bad.

In Far Cry 6, you’ll play the guerrilla soldier Dani Rojas, who wants to end the terrorist regime and bring peace to his country. Peace is fought for in the open world with amazingly creative weapons. You can assemble your own weapons and create crazy objects like the Disc Launcher, which allows you to shoot your enemies with CDs.

6) High on Life

Are you a fan of the animated series Rick and Morty? So are we! The original voice of the unlikely duo and co-creator of the show – Justin Roiland – has now tried his hand at writing a PC game with High on Life in 2022. In our opinion, his foray into the gaming world was more than successful. The action-adventure has a similar witty and intelligent humor as the show, combined with well-thought-out gameplay.

With Metroidvania elements, challenging puzzles, and talking weapons, the game offers a colorful mix of ideas that come together to form an entertaining whole. About 15 hours of the finest shooter action in a colorful sci-fi setting await you.

7) Dead Island 2

Experience the brutal zombie survival shooter Dead Island 2, where zombies are mercilessly crushed, bodies are pierced, and the undead are riddled with bullets. Set in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, this action RPG delivers Hollywood-level mayhem for zombie lovers.

However, the former dream factory has become a nightmare, and after a plane crash, you have to fight countless zombies. You’ll have a versatile arsenal of weapons and extensive abilities at your disposal. The main story is between 15 and 20 hours of pure thrills and can be played with six different characters.

8) Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Any list of the 15 best shooters for PC would be incomplete without at least one Halo installment. However, we would like to introduce you to not one, but six of them. The Master Chief Collection includes the titles: Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, as well as Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4.

Experience the epic and complex sci-fi story set in the 26th century and fight as a UNSC soldier against hostile alien races. What makes the games special is that you not only have a wide arsenal of weapons at your disposal but also a diverse selection of vehicles.

9) Doom Eternal

While games like Call of Duty and Halo automatically regenerate your character’s health, Doom Eternal stays true to its roots. As in the games of the 90s, you’re responsible for your own health bar. The fifth entry in the series features new weapons and abilities compared to 2016’s Doom. Burn your enemies with the flamethrower or crush them with the blood punch.

The gameplay has even been improved in terms of speed. There are now double jumps, an air dash, and tools that let you swing through the area. Fighting the hell creatures is more fun than ever.

10) Metro Exodus

If you like books, we recommend the Metro series by Dmitri Alexeyevich Gluchovsky about the protagonist Artyom. Adaptations of books are often criticized for not capturing the spirit of the original well enough. However, there are two examples in game history that not only capture the spirit of their originals but actually add a layer to them and go their own way.

One is Hogwarts Legacy, which you can find on our list of the best open-world games. The other is Metro Exodus. Instead of traveling on underground rail networks like in the two previous games, you’re now on the irradiated surface. The sandbox survival game features stunning graphics, complex gameplay, and a believable, multi-layered world.

11) Wolfenstein: The New Order

What if the Nazis had won WWII? Much like the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, Wolfenstein: The New Order asks what our world would look like in this fictional scenario. The answer: It wouldn’t be a very nice or even happy place. The solution: B.J. Blazkowicz.

After a coma, you wake up in the 60s and have to put an end to the “regime, together with the resistance. The game features powerful weapons, well-written characters, and perfectly staged cutscenes.

12) Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Have you heard the legends of bounty hunter Silas Greaves? No? Well, that’s not surprising, because he’s 100% fictional. What isn’t fictional, however, are the companions he encounters: Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, Roscoe “Bob” Bryant, and the Sundance Kid, to name a few. In Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, you’ll play as this mysterious bounty hunter and experience his thrilling stories in 14 exciting adventures.

Along with the greatest villains of the Wild West, you’ll shoot your way through a seven-hour story that you’ll want to relive as soon as you finish it. The replay value of Gunslinger is great, and even though the game has been around for a few years, we still think it’s one of the best shooters we’ve ever played.

13) Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter

In 2001, the horde shooter genre was practically defined. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter sends you on a crazy journey against an insane number of enemies with the most insane weapons. With a wisecracking, talking hero, you’ll shred your way through vast areas filled with collectibles and even more monsters.

The design of your enemies ranges from the disgusting to the absurdly grotesque. Add to that sounds and screams you’ve never heard in other games. Serious Sam is an exhilarating experience where you turn off your brain and turn on your fun. Don’t think, just shoot. And with the HD version, it even looks great today.

14) Crysis Remastered Trilogy

If there was an award for the most beautiful PC game, Crysis would win it every time. When the first part flickered across screens in 2007, it exhausted the hardware of all gaming PCs and made our eyes light up. The Crysis Remastered Trilogy now gives you all three parts with higher resolution, more FPS, and generally improved graphics.

The games were developed by Far Cry creator Crytek, the German studio responsible for the CryEngine. If the gaming industry were a catwalk, the Crysis games would be the top models. We’ve never had gunfights in more beautiful worlds.

15) Metal Hellsinger

The last item on our list is a very special game. At first glance, Metal Hellsinger looks like Doom Eternal. And in fact, the two games are very similar in some ways: you’ll defeat demonic enemies, fight with creative and well-balanced weapons, and experience a literally hellish story in graphics that perfectly match the setting.

The difference, however, is that in Metal Hellsinger – as the name suggests – it’s all about music. Face your enemies to the beat of heavy guitar melodies to inflict more damage and perform powerful combos.

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