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11 Games Like Call of Duty (CoD): Great First Person Shooters

Tired of the yearly Call of Duty releases that seem to add less and less in terms of new content? While it might be the most well-known and popular FPS with millions of games sold, there are countless fantastic games like Call of Duty worth considering.

The first person shooter genre is one of the most saturated gaming genres around (second only to MMOs). With console exclusive titles and a large influx of free-to-play titles, choosing a FPS experience is becoming increasingly difficult due to this saturation.

The CoD alternatives available on this page offer a variety of experiences to suit multiple budgets and preferences. Whether you're a sci-fi shooter fan or heavily interested in the multiplayer component, you'll find something regardless of your tastes here.

If you have your own favourite shooter that isn't included on this page then please leave a comment with your own suggestion.

All images on this page have been provided by publisher media departments for the purpose of critique.

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1 - Battlefield Series

A Constant Competitor to Call of Duty

The Battlefield series has been around for just as long as the CoD franchise and the two are constantly compared to each other. Battlefield is similar in many respects, but its focus is more on large-scale battles (both online and in single-player).

Battlefield also incorporates a large number of vehicles to create an exciting mixture of vehicle and infantry combat, something that competitors have not focused on to the same extent.

Battlefield includes a strong class system which offers players the choice of many different weapons and equipment based on their class selection. Originally these classes were fairly restrictive, but as the franchise has evolved the options available to players has slowly opened up.

Uniquely, since the release of Battlefield 2 in 2005, all player statistics are recorded online, allowing players to receive promotions, weapon unlocks, medals and ribbons based on their statistics in the various games.

If you are looking to move away from the smaller engagements of other shooters and try your hand at piloting a plane, driving a tank or supporting your team away from the front lines, the Battlefield franchise will deliver an exceptional experience.

I recommend that players start with the most recent additions (Battlefield 4 or Battlefield Hardline) as they have the most up-to-date gameplay and largest online community.

Battlefield Hardline (Kinguin)

Battlefield Release Summary (Main Titles Only)

Metacritic scores are for the first platform listed, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)PlatformsMetacritic Score

Battlefield 1942 (2002)

Windows, Mac

89

Battlefield Vietnam (2004)

Windows

84

Battlefield 2 (2005)

Windows

91

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (2005)

PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360

80

Battlefield 2142 (2006)

Windows, Mac

80

Battlefield: Bad Company (2008)

PS3, Xbox 360

84

Battlefield 1943 (2009)

PS3, Xbox 360

84

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)

Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360

87

Battlefield 3 (2011)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

89

Battlefield 4 (2013)

Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

81

Battlefield Hardline (2015)

Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

71

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4: Official Multiplayer Launch Trailer

2 - Halo Series

A Well-Known Console FPS

The Halo series began with Halo: Combat Evolved on the Xbox in 2001 (eventually making its way to PC in 2003). The franchise focuses on the war between humans and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenan. The player plays as Master Chief, a human super-soldier with his AI companion Cortana.

This option is definitely the best out there if you're an Xbox console owner and prefer your adventures to have science fiction elements and strong multiplayer communities.

The series has long been praised for its console gameplay (Xbox) while breaking many sales records with the third instalment of the main trilogy (Halo 3), which sold over a million copies within 24 hours of its release.

Halo offers a great single-player story experience with a great array of weapons and vehicles available to players. The games in the franchise also offer an exciting multiplayer experience (one of the best on console) with many exciting game modes to keep you busy while also taking great advantage of the various weapons and vehicles that you'll get introduced to in the campaign.

To ensure you can experience this great multiplayer I recommend you purchase the most recent game in the franchise, which will have the largest community. If you just want to play for the campaign though, starting from the original is best.

Halo Release Summary (Main Titles Only)

Metacritic scores are for the first platform listed, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)PlatformsMetacritic

Halo: Combat Evolved

Windows, Mac, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One

83

Halo 2

Windows, Xbox, Xbox One

72

Halo 3

Xbox 360, Xbox One

94

Halo 4

Xbox 360, Xbox One

87

Halo 5: Guardians

Xbox One

84

Halo 5 Opening

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

3 - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

As far as raw multiplayer action goes in the FPS genre, there is little that can beat the longevity of the Counter-Strike series. It's been a long-time fan favourite and also has quite a strong competitive e-Sports community that stems from the original game (Counter-Strike: Source)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a first-person shooter developed by Valve and based heavily on the original but with improved graphics and gameplay. Similar to the original, CS:GO puts two teams against each other in a series of rounds. Each round is won by completing the objective (detonate a location, rescue a bunch of hostages or eliminate all the enemy team).

Once players are killed they remain dead for the entire round (similar to Call of Duty's search and destroy game mode). If you're a fan of this round-based dynamic and want more of it Counter-Strike is the perfect alternative.

CS:GO is also fairly moderate in terms of graphics (instead opting to focus on gameplay design) which makes it ideal for lower-end computer systems that can't keep up with the latest AAA title releases each year.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Kinguin)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Basics

Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

4 - Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 has been free to play since mid-2011 and is another Valve classic that takes a more relaxed approach to the FPS genre. Combining a number of unique classes that combine together in all sorts of ways, Team Fortress 2 has a lot of replay value.

Focusing on two opposing teams (RED and BLU) competing for various objectives (depending on the mode). Team Fortress 2 is available through Steam and is supported entirely by micro transactions (players can purchase unique equipment). Players need not spend money to unlock these extras though with players able to find items while playing or unlock them for certain achievements.

Team Fortress highlights include a unique graphic style, tons of game modes, character personalities and class-balanced gameplay. Players are free to choose from the nine classes available (Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper or Spy) and swap between them at any time during the match.

As far as unique FPS experiences go, few compare to Team Fortress, especially when you consider the huge size of the community that supports this game.

Summary of Team Fortress 2 Classes

ClassStrengthsWeaknesses

Scout (Offensive)

Fast and nimble with the ability to double jump

Low health pool

Soldier (Offensive)

Durable with decent maneuverability with rocket jump

Slow moving rocket weapon

Pyro (Offensive)

Great mob control

Low range

Demonman (Defensive)

Defensive powerhouse with good map control

Weak at close range

Heavy (Defensive)

Quick fire rate and powerful when paired with a Medic

Slow moving

Engineer (Defensive)

Map control and team support

Must stay near turrets

Medic (Support)

Keeps team alive and super charges them with invulnerability

Limited damage

Sniper (Support)

Longest range in game and quick kills

Weak at close range

Spy (Support)

Specialises in sneak and sabotage

Difficult to play well

Team Fortress 2 Gameplay

5 - Medal of Honor Series

A Great Experience Across All Platforms

Medal of Honor (MoH) is a first-person shooter series that mainly takes place during World War II but has more recently moved into present-day conflicts. The original game was published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1999 for PlayStation and has since expanded to many other console platforms and PC.

My two favourite games from the series are the original Allied Assault and the 2010 release titled "Medal of Honor". They both feel highly authentic with strong gameplay that is very reminiscent of the Call of Duty franchise. As all games in the series are separate I definitely recommend starting with these games although you may want to skip Allied Assault if you aren't into classic video games.

Regardless of the Medal of Honor title you choose to start with you'll find a strong single-player experience that also offers a class and experience-based multiplayer.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (GOG)

Medal of Honor Release Summary (Main Titles Only)

Metacritic scores are for the first platform listed, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)PlatformsMetacritic Score

Medal of Honor (1999)

PS

92

Medal of Honor: Underground (2000)

PS, GBA

86

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (2002)

Windows, Mac

91

Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002)

PS2, PS3, Xbox, GameCube

88

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (2003)

PS2, Xbox, GameCube

68

Medal of Honor: Infiltrator (2003)

GBA

80

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (2004)

Windows

80

Medal of Honor: European Assault (2005)

PS2, Xbox, GameCube

73

Medal of Honor: Heroes (2006)

PSP

71

Medal of Honor: Vanguard (2007)

PS2, Wii

63

Medal of Honor: Airborne (2007)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

78

Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (2007)

PSP, Wii

69

Medal of Honor (2010)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

72

Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

55

Medal of Honor: Warfighter Trailer

Alliance of Valiant Arms

Alliance of Valiant Arms

6 - Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA)

One of the Best Free Games

Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) is a long running free-to-play FPS with balanced gameplay and good community backing. AVA has also done a great job of avoiding the pitfalls of free-to-play which keeps things fair for all players.

FPS fans will instantly recognise the feature list which includes weapon customisation, class systems and achievements. All your favourite modes are also available, including team death-match (annihilation), free-for-all, domination and survival.

If you are sick of paying money each year for the latest AAA shooter, then this is a great free alternative that offers hours of gameplay. It's also one of the longest-lasting games in the free-to-play FPS space and it's success in a saturated genre so far is a testament to its quality.

Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) Website

AVA Gameplay

7 - F.E.A.R. Series

A Physcological Horror FPS

F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) is another popular first-person shooter game with a horror twist, making for an exciting and scary single-player experience. The F.E.A.R. franchise is available for multiple platforms and has become one of the big names in the horror shooter genre.

The story focuses on supernatural activities centred around a little girl (Alma). With the player taking on the role of a member in F.E.A.R. who has superhuman reflexes (allowing you to slow time, called 'reflex time'). This gives plenty of jump scares but keeps combat interesting over the nearly 10 hours of campaign time.

The game features mostly standard weapons such as pistols, sub-machine guns and assault rifles. Beyond these typical options players will also find a small number of futuristic and fictional weapons (such as laser and particle weapons) which mostly appear in the latter stages of the story.

The design of F.E.A.R. ensures that all weapons are viable and even melee plays a vital role in the dispatching of enemies. Players are limited to three weapons, so there are some strategic choices to be made throughout the story but generally all playstyles are catered for.

F.E.A.R. offers a solid FPS experience and is definitely the top franchise when it comes to the horror shooter genre. As a story orientated game I recommend starting from the beginning and working your way through the series.

F.E.A.R. Platinum (GOG)

F.E.A.R. Release Summary (Main Titles Only)

Metacritic scores are for Windows only, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)Platforms Metacritic Score (PC)

F.E.A.R. (2005)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

88

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (2009)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

79

F.E.A.R. 3 (2011)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

74

F.E.A.R. Gameplay

Combat Arms

Combat Arms

8 - Combat Arms

Combat Arms is a free shooter published by Nexon. Combat Arms offers similar gameplay to other popular first-person shooters such as Counter-Strike and Battlefield but is available for free.

Combat Arms has many different game modes including a free-for-all, team death match, elimination, capture the flag and even a multiplayer co-op feature (known as Fireteam). The game also features a player ranking system based on total experience earned while playing Combat Arms.

Players are rewarded with Gear Points (GP) for killing players, completing objectives and gaining experience. These GP can be spent on new equipment such as weapons, attachments and other accessories. An amount of items that totals well over 300.

The game also has a Black Market where players can purchase equipment and cosmetically unique equipment for real money through Karma Koin. Nexon promises that none of the gear available on the Black Market provides players with an unfair advantage, keeping the combat balanced and accessible to free players.

Combat Arms - Official Website

Combat Arms 2015 (Gameplay)

9 - Ghost Recon Series

A Modern FPS Franchise

The Ghost Recon series is a popular FPS series that puts the player in charge of a fictional squad of the USA Special Forces (nicknamed 'The Ghosts').

The player completes a series of classified and stealthy operations as part of this unit in the single-player campaign.

The Ghost Recon series also features solid multiplayer gameplay, but the real appeal of the series is its strong single-player experience. It's more tactical than most games on this list and ideal for players who prefer to think about their intended approach rather than going into scenarios with guns blazing.

The Ghost Recon series has expanded to many platforms, including Windows, Mac, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and even Nintendo DS. Each title only has a few connections to the others and sometimes none at all so starting with the newer games may serve you better if you aren't a fan of playing older games.

Ghost Recon Release Summary (Main Games Only)

Metacritic scores are for the first platform listed, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)PlatformsMetacritic Score

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (2001)

Windows, Mac, PS2, Xbox, GameCube

80

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 (2004)

PS2, Xbox, GameCube

58

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (2006)

Windows, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360

80

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (2007)

Windows, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360

76

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (2010)

Wii

46

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (2011)

Nintendo 3DS

77

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (2012)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

71

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms (2014)

Windows

70

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms

Brink

Brink

10 - Brink

A Fast-Paced FPS on a Floating Island

Brink is a popular first-person-shooter released in 2011. The game revolves around two factions (Resistance and Security) who are battling over a floating city called 'The Ark'.

Most notably Brink features a unique parkour movement style (called SMART), which works great for console game systems as it allows you to fly over environments. Brink offers co-op and competitive game modes that support up to 16 online players.

Brink has four playable classes (Soldier, Medic, Engineer, and Operative) which players are free to swap between as they please. Cutomisation is also possible by spending experience points on special abilities (both universal and class specific) and equipment.

Further customisation is offered by body types (heavy, medium and light), each with its positives and negatives. Heavy body types are able to equip any weapons and have high health but are limited in movement. Medium body types can't lift the heaviest weapons, have decent health and have greater movement (sprint speed and parkour capabilities). While light body types are very restricted when it comes to weapons and maximum health, they are able to run faster and clear obstacles that no other body type can.

This level of customisation and the ability to parkour over the environment was quite the achievement for its time and still holds its own today against modern shooters.

Brink Gameplay

11 - Rainbow Six Series

A Tactical FPS from Tom Clancy

The Rainbow Six series offers more of a tactical shooter than most games on this list. It is still a great experience for fans who want something with a little more strategy to the gameplay, in particular those who enjoy the small number of stealth missions in the CoD franchise.

While the first few games in the franchise lean heavily on stealth and tactics, the series has slowly evolved to become a 50/50 mix between stealth and action to put it more in line with modern-day shooters.

The more recent and popular additions to the Rainbow Six franchise include Vegas 2 and Siege which I recommend for new players to this franchise.

With Metacritic scores averaging the 80s across the franchise and a range of available platforms, Rainbow Six is often an overlooked option in the FPS genre and a classic that shouldn't be passed up on.

Rainbow Six Release Summary (Main Games Only)

Metacritic scores are for the first platform listed, refer to Metacritic.com for other platforms.

Game (Year of Release)PlatformsMetacritic Score

Rainbow Six (1998)

Windows, N64, PlayStation, Mac, GBC, DC, PSN

85

Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (1999)

Windows, DC, Mac, PlayStation, GBA

75

Rainbow Six: Take-Down – Missions in Korea (2001)

Windows

N/A

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (2003)

Windows, PS2, Xbox, NGC, Mobile

83

Rainbow Six: Lockdown (2005)

Windows, PS2, Xbox, NGC

59

Rainbow Six: Critical Hour (2006)

Xbox

54

Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006)

Windows, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox One

85

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (2008)

Windows, PS3, Xbox 360

78

Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard (2011)

iOS, Android

76

Rainbow Six Siege (2015)

Windows, PS4, Xbox One

76