FPS games have the ability to offer a number of different experiences, whether it be through innovations or a certain flavor of gameplay. These types of games have hours upon hours of content to offer. And, this also causes players to want to look for the game with the most bang for their buck. If this applies to you, then we have you covered with our list for the five best first-person shooters you can get for $20.
5. Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical FPS that also incorporates hero shooter elements within it. Serving as one of the few tactical shooters in the mainstream space, Rainbow Six Siege stands out among its competition. This being a shooter that isn’t as grounded as Apex Legends or Fortnite, Siege manages to have a distinct identity despite its existence within this realm.
Featuring 5v5 combat on confined maps similar to those seen in SWAT operations, the goal in the game is to either eliminate the entirety of the enemy team, capture a hostage, or defuse a bomb. This variety means that the game can be played in many ways. Either way, no matter which playstyle you choose to go with, communication is key in this game.
Featuring maps with a lot of detail and destructibility as well as gadgets that can be used to great effect by the operators in the game. Ranging from shock drones to a giant deployable machine gun, the gadgets in this game vary in their utility and realism. The game features frequent updates to its weapon and operator balance as well. Ubisoft has done a really good job of supporting the game post launch. And being available for the cheap price of $20, there are few experiences that will offer as much playtime and replayability as Rainbow Six Siege. All this and more makes it a great pick for the fifth spot on our list.
Doom is a first person shooter icon. Its 2016 iteration simply titled Doom is as solid of an entry into the series as it can be. Featuring a blood pumping soundtrack to slay demons to, Doom is an exhilaratingly good time. Serving as the first entry in the series since 2006’s Doom 3, the game was anticipated by many fans who had missed the shooter series. The game also featured a multiplayer element as well as a map editor. The map editor in the game, in hindsight, was praised more so than the multiplayer component of the game. The game’s level design was also more open than past titles, giving players more room to explore and kill things.
Another aspect of Doom that was universally praised by critics and fans alike was its superb soundtrack. The pulsating blood-pumping soundtrack was composed by Mike Gordon, and received much praise. The music within the soundtrack lent itself very well to the gameplay, which felt buttery smooth and satisfying as you ripped demons limb from limb. With a focus on fast-paced moment to moment gameplay, Doom is a game that is constantly able to hook the player with its dopamine dealing kills. These Glory Kills, as they are known, add flare to the game as you slay waves upon waves of enemies. All in all, Doom is a fantastic return to form for the FPS series, and serves as our fourth pick on our list.
Shatterline is an indie developed title that offers an experience comparable, if not exceeding AAA offerings. Developed and published by Frag Lab LLC, a Ukrainian game studio based in Kiev, the game initially flew under a lot of players’ radars. The game is free to play but offers many features that paid titles do not offer. And most importantly, the game simply works well. In a time where functionality is questionable with some games, it’s a delight to find an indie developed title that delivers on its promises the way Shatterline does. The game has many game modes and FPS staples that players will find familiar, also.
With eight different operatives and twenty-five weapons, the characters and guns on offer are great to play with. Each of the guns also feature many ways to customize them in a balanced way. While the game is in Steam’s Early Access program, the amount of content in the game is rather impressive. Featuring a PvE game mode that has garnered a lot of praise from players as well, Shatterline does not stop delivering to the player. Being developed by an indie studio, the game’s developers are also very open to community feedback. This game certainly deserves more attention for the work that was put in, and what it delivers to gamers. In conclusion, Shatterline is deserving of any and all attention it can capture. Its commitment to solid gameplay and community is our reason this FPS sits at the third spot on our list.
2. Zero Hour
Zero Hour is a game that far exceeds expectations. A title that can be described as what people thought Rainbow Six Siege was going to be, Zero Hour is committed to its realistic and teamwork filled gameplay. The indie developed title offers an experience far beyond its paygrade. With a cheap price of entry at only $12, Zero Hour is a steal. The game features teams of players playing in PvE scenarios. While it is true the game has PvP elements, it is the PvE gameplay where the game shines. Featuring enemy AI and sound design that puts the player in the boots of what are essentially SWAT team and insurgents.
While the game may be in Early Access, the building blocks for a great game experience are already there. Zero Hour is a game that simply works. Featuring a healthy update schedule that offers a ton of new content into the game, there has never been a better time than now to jump into this game. While the gameplay is slow-paced, it is within this pace and playing that the game shines, giving us plenty of reason for making Zero Hour the second FPS on our list.
Splitgate is a game that harkens back to the arena FPS games of old. The game can be accurately described as Halo with portals; doing so does not detract from the stellar gameplay in this title however. Developed and published by 1047 Games, the game is available on multiple platforms and it certainly worth the time players can pour into it. You can support this game by simply playing it, as the game is completely free. While there are cosmetics that can be paid for, everything gameplay-related is unlocked through that gameplay.
The game simply offers a solid experience. While some AAA games have fumbled their hold on the arena shooter space, Splitgate only seems to improve. The game has been picked up by many players that are reminiscent of gameplay of older Halo titles. It is this commitment to classic gameplay that makes Splitgate so appealing. The game has garnered a healthy community on PC and a serviceable amount of players on consoles. Altogether, Splitgate is a game that players can only benefit from playing. It is for that reason, as well as others, that we place Splitgate at the top of our list.
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