#8: Doom 2016
It’s no secret that the FPS genre over the past couple of years has gotten somewhat cluttered. Chock-full of derivative modern-day or futuristic shooters makes us wish for the good old days of the 90s FPS. One of the greatest video games of that era (or any era for that matter), is Doom. A pioneer of the FPS era and a timeless classic. Well, now it’s back.
The FPS gods have blessed us with the release of Doom 2016. Serving as a reboot of the Doom franchise, Doom 2016 ended the 12-year drought without a release in the Doom franchise. Doom 2016 is a great example of how to modernize a game for the current era while still staying true to the spirit of the game. If you loved Doom before, you’re still going to love Doom now. Doomguy is back, the Cyberdemons are back, the BFG 9000 is back, and it’s a darn good time.
We had to choose between Doom 2016 and Wolfenstein: The New Order for this spot and although it was extremely close, we picked Doom for the best revitalization of a 90s FPS. Put away your Battle Royale games and your Homefronts, and pick up a real FPS!
#7: Devil May Cry 5
In 2013, fans of the Devil May Cry series were perplexed by the release of a wholly unnecessary franchise reboot. Taking place in an alternate reality, DmC: Devil May Cry wasn’t a bad game, but it also wasn’t the Devil May Cry game that fans were looking for. The developers heard us and came back strong with Devil May Cry 5.
Released in 2018, Devil May Cry 5 is a return to form for the series. The whole gang is back with Dante and Nero as playable characters, and Lady, Trish, and Vergil also returned. A new character by the name of V is also playable.
Devil May Cry is hack n slash royalty, and Devil May Cry 5 is no exception. Fast-paced, combo stringing action is here, and it’s an absolute blast from start to finish. There is still debate as to whether or not Devil May Cry 5 has surpassed Devil May Cry 3 as the best in the series, but it’s a must play title either way.
#6: Grand Theft Auto 5
Does Grand Theft Auto 5 really need much in the way of explanation? The latest entry in Rockstar Games’ flagship series, Grand Theft Auto 5 currently sits at number three on the best-selling video games of all-time list, and for good reason. The single-player experience alone can offer up many hours of gaming. The new and improved state of San Andreas is huge and filled with an insane amount of things to do.
The shooting mechanics have been revamped for Grand Theft Auto 5 and put a heavier emphasis on cover shooting. The eighth-generation version of GTA 5 allows for first-person mode for those who want it to feel even more like a shooter.
If you want to take a break from the single-player experience, you can hop onto Grand Theft Auto Online, which is designed to be enjoyed for pretty much forever. Whether you’re doing heists with friends or role-playing as a clothing store owner, there is very little that you can’t do in GTA 5.