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5 First-Person Shooters You Should Play This August



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First-person shooters (FPS) are unquestionably one of the most popular genres of games. Even if you don't main them, it's no secret that we all play one from time to time to satisfy our FPS cravings as gamers. In either case, it's always a good idea to mix up your experience with other first-person shooters because the genre has a lot to offer. And as August progresses, these are the first-person shooters we believe you should play, or at the very least try.

That's because there is an important factor, event, or reason we recommend playing all of these games in August. That is also why, coincidentally, now is a good time to enter these games because you never know when it will be your last chance. Which is exactly the case with our number one pick. We'll have more details as we get closer to our top pick, but remember to keep all of these first-person shooters in mind for August.


5. Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Official Reveal Trailer (ft. 2WEI)

Oh, remember EA's Battlefield 2042? We didn't either, to be honest. But that was before we found out how much Dice has been updating the game, which has been a lot. In fact, there have been about nine major updates since the release of Battlefield 2042, with its most recent one on August 2nd. We're also halfway through Season 1, which appears to be going well, so something must be going on – and that's because something is. The state of Battlefield 2042 has never been better.

That's right, eight months and nine updates later, we have a pretty stable Battlefield game. As a result, update 1.2, which was released on August 2nd, added a slew of new content to the game as well as changes to the Kaleidoscope map. Because this is the first map reworked for Battlefield 2042, players are flocking to try out the new scenery. That's why it might be worthwhile to spend the rest of August immersed in Battlefield 2042, as the first-person shooter is finally up to acceptable standards.



4. Valorant

DUELISTS // Official Launch Cinematic Trailer - VALORANT

Many people are hesitant to play Valorant, but if you've been playing CS:GO for the better half of the last decade and haven't tried its counterpart yet, you should. We know adding special abilities to in-game agents sounds complicated but it creates some truly unique, site-based gameplay. However, there are two reasons why we specifically urge you to play Valorant in August.

The Masters Copenhagen Finals concluded on July 24th, with FunPlus Phoenix taking home the championship trophy. Anytime near Masters is a good time to get into the game because there is usually a wave of new players who follow. Another reason is that the game received an update on August 9th, which brought significant changes to multiple agents. Having said that, Valorant is one of those first-person shooters you just have to try, because you never really know how much fun it is until you give it a shot.



3. Escape From Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov - Official Announcement Trailer

We've discussed Escape From Tarkov on our blog before for other reasons, but it's truly a unique concept that you should try. That is if you want an FPS game that will have your hands sweating and heart racing. That's because in Escape from Tarkov, players equip their Playable Main Character (PMC) with weapons and gear and load them into a map to loot, kill, and extract. The catch is that if you die, you lose all of your loot, which basically serves as in-game currency. So, you could say that the stakes are high.

However, due to people constantly hoarding loot in Escape from Tarkov, the game resets all of its servers every 4-6 months, give or take. This returns everyone to their starting level and wipes their inventories, restarting the grind. And the most recent wipe occurred on June 29th, just over a month ago. That means it's still relatively new and a good time to get into the game because no one will be ridiculously geared just yet. If you really want to step outside your boundaries and try some high-stakes first-person shooters in August, Escape from Tarkov is the way to go.



2. Apex Legends

Apex Legends: Hunted - Official Season 14 Battle Pass Trailer

Apex Legends has just launched its newest season, Season 14: Hunted on August 9th. With it, it's bringing a new Legend, overhauls for the King's Canyon Map, and a new battle pass with some tasty skins and cosmetics. All of which you can read more about here. When it comes to ranked gameplay, all players' ranks are soft reset (Not completely reset, but lowered by a rank or two) to reshuffle the competitive scene.

All of these are compelling reasons to jump into Apex Legends this August, but there's more. Season 14: Hunted is also bringing second, third, and fourth prestiges to the game for the first time. That means the grind has only just begun. As a result, expect a large number of gamers to prioritize Apex Legends over other first-person shooters this month. Since there is a ton of new content to grind with Season 14: Hunted launching.



1. Overwatch

Overwatch Cinematic Trailer

We can't believe it's been over 6 years since Overwatch was first released, which all started with this stunning Cinematic Trailer that really gave us goosebumps to play the game. However, when Overwatch 2 releases on October 4th, Overwatch will no longer be playable. And, while we're getting an equally epic cinematic journey that's getting us excited to play the new game, it's still sad to see Overwatch be replaced by its “newer” and “better” older brother.

That is why of all the first-person shooters you should play this August, we recommend Overwatch because there isn't much time left. There's just over a month and a half left to be more precise. That means you only have a limited amount of time to bask in Overwatch's glory and cherish the memories you made while playing the original game. Because we have no idea how Overwatch 2 will compare to its original. Especially with the gameplay change from 5v5 to 6v6.


So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other first-person shooters that you recommend in August? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.