The Best Xbox First Person Shooters Available in 2018

By Mark Delaney, 1 month ago

Borderlands 2

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We love Borderlands 2 so much around here that we gave it our official Game of the Year award back when it originally launched in 2012. This sequel takes all the best bits of the original surprise hit and builds it around new characters with new abilities and, of course, another "bajillion guns" thanks to the game's dynamic loot system. If you haven't played it before, this cel-shaded standout is best played in co-op with three friends, but it's a great and often comical shooter-RPG hybrid even if you must go it alone.

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DOOM

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As one Bethesda employee put it: "If you're not into violent, bloody games… DOOM's probably not a game for you". For everyone else, it’s impossible not to recommend trying the title. The campaign is where DOOM really shines with its fast-paced, slick, brutally bloody and exhilarating action that mixes old-school gameplay with modern design. The multiplayer is solid if not spectacular, but that may change in time once the game’s community begins to experiment with the creation tools in SnapMap. DOOM is back and it’s hellishly good.

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Battlefield 1

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Battlefield 1’s campaign provides an emotional and thought-provoking look at the horrors of World War 1, while at the same time providing varied gameplay and an interesting cast of characters to help make this the best Battlefield single-player experience in a long while. The multiplayer remains as strong as ever, providing an action-packed and enthralling experience that provides a welcome evolution to the already successful formula.

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Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2 is everything you could possibly wish to find in a sequel, answering all of the negatives of its predecessor. While short in length, the campaign 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. This title is a must own for any first-person shooter fan.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an outstanding single-player shooter with a plot that is full of twists and turns and a cast of well written and believable characters, each with their own flaws and motivations. The action is wonderfully violent and the gunplay is about as satisfying as you can get from a shooter. Wolfenstein II delivers a first-class experience full of pulse-pounding action and unforgettable story moments that should not be missed.

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Prey

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Prey is a game that makes you question what you're seeing with your own eyes. The shooter caters to almost every playstyle by allowing players to extensively customise their character, choose the best course of action and make their own moral judgements. There are surprises hidden in almost every corner and the most rewards are given to players who take the time to explore the large environment that is Talos-1, both through physical rewards and the extra lore that is tucked away through optional interactions. If you prefer games that allow you to run and gun through a linear story then this isn't for you, but if you like to experience a game at your own pace and in your own way, you can't go wrong with Prey.

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Star Wars Battlefront II

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Hear us out. There are a lot of reasons to be mad at EA for messing with, and to some extent messing up, Battlefront II, but look past them as it's now a bit easier to do as microtransactions remain disabled at time of writing, and what you get is one of the best shooters of the past few years and perhaps the best Star Wars game ever. It's gorgeous on the Frostbite Engine, DICE has once again delivered a multiplayer suite for the ages, and if you decide not to let the hate flow through you like a Sith Lord, you'll soon come to realize Star Wars Battlefront II is a great shooter, however inconvenient it may be to admit that.

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BioShock

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You don't have a talk of first-person shooters without mentioning BioShock. It's a game that means a lot for the history of the medium, and even today in a world where many more video games try to bring something important to say alongside their gameplay and audiovisual experiences, few stand toe to toe with BioShock. From the dramatic opening in the flaming Atlantic to the rest of the game spent leagues under it in the iconic sunken city of Rapture, the world oozes with atmosphere, the villains are memorable and the play-your-way gunplay has since inspired many lookalikes. But make time for this one first, that arguably introduced smart shooters to consoles.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

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For many people, Modern Warfare is the moment that signaled the arrival of the last generation when it launched originally in 2007. Thankfully for those few who missed it and the rest of us feeling nostalgic, it was remastered for current gen consoles and finally given a standalone release last year. Even if you're among the annual Call of Duty naysayers, you have to admit COD4 is a classic. Its multiplayer suite comes from a simpler, and we'd argue purer, time period. On top of that, the story mode is actually a great one too, with several fan favorite missions still burned into our brains. Sure it's just action movie flare, but few do that as well as this series, and this one is the best of the long-running franchise.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Speaking of nostalgia, how can you go wrong here? Featuring what amounts to about the first half of the entire IP, the Master Chief Collection is the ultimate collection for Halo fans and would-be Halo fans. If you missed the series until now — there are dozens of us! — or want a ton 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 any longer.

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Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.