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Best Shooting Games

Video games have had a long history of including shooting play. Like the instinct of children to pick up sticks for imaginary gun-play, this offers players a chance to step into dangerous situations that raise the adrenaline and require high levels of skill and precision.

Often called shooter games, or shooters, they test the player's spatial awareness, reflexes, and speed against computer characters and human other players in online games. They usually offer players a range of weapons, each of which behaves differently and require practice to use efficiently.

While the main aim of most of these games is to shoot enemies in the head to kill them, there are many other things also going on. Players need to consider their environment, other opponents, team-mates, mission objectives, which weapon to use and how much health they have got. This level of systems work extends beyond quick reflexes to social understanding, layered decision making, long term strategic thinking and rigorous practice.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 1981 - 2024
Total Games: 504
Total Likes: 7,634
 

 

TowerFall Ascension

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...

Halo (Series)

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...

Valorant

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Grid, Hand-Made and Weather

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...

Steamworld Heist

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS Vita, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Pixels

Steamworld Heist is a platform shooting game where steam-powered robots fight for space supremacy. It sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie but as in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related...

Affordable Space Adventures

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Out Now: Wii U

Components: 2D Side-On

Affordable Space Adventures is a communication shooting game where you work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and...

Deceive Inc

Release Date: 21/03/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Deceive Inc is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands...

Overwatch 2

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Overwatch 2 is a shooting game where the focus is on teamwork and skill rather than violence. In teams of five, you communicate and work together to take out the other team and complete your objective. Along with games like Rocket League, it has...

Splatoon 3

Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Apex Legends

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...

Superhot

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.

PowerWash Simulator

Release Date: 19/05/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

PowerWash Simulator is a puzzle game where you clean different objects and locations using a pressure washer. It's designed to be soothing with sounds of high-pressure water and satisfyingly clean results as you blast away every speck of dirt and grime.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Call of Duty Modern Warfare is an action shooting game that recreates the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these...

Destiny 2

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Persistant World

Destiny 2 is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role-play experience.

Deep Rock Galactic

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Battlefield 2042

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...

Returnal

Release Date: 30/04/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Release Date: 19/09/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a space-survival challenge where you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.

Bioshock Infinite

Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...

Deathloop

Release Date: 21/05/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...

Dead Space (Series)

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS5, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox X|S and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person

Dead Space is a remake of an adventure horror game where you must survive on an abandoned spaceship filled with mutated humans. You explore and solve puzzles, all while shooting enemies and carefully managing your health and limited resources. Like the...

Alan Wake II

Release Date: 27/10/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Filmed

Alan Wake II is a survival-horror shooting game where you play two intertwining lives in a dark psychedelic story. Across two worlds, one real and one nightmarish, you use your flashlight to stun hideous monsters, then kill them with your limited...

Atomic Heart

Release Date: 20/02/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Atomic Heart is a shooting adventure game set in an alternative history where the Soviet Union wins World War 2 and you are a special agent fighting back against rogue robots. Play involves traversing the utopian world and using the environment and...

Everyday Shooter

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Out Now: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

Dead Island 2 (Series)

Release Date: 06/09/2011, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Dead Island 2 is the latest shooting and exploration game in the Dead Island series, where you use a variety of weapons to kill zombies, survive and find comrades. As you explore a deserted California, you meet other survivors who can join your group...

Mr Sun's Hatbox

Release Date: 20/04/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Mr Sun's Hatbox is a slapstick running, jumping and shooting game about retrieving a stolen hatbox at any cost. Play is Spelunky-style platforming and shooting, but with characters who have problematic traits that must be offset with hat abilities. It...

Plants Vs. Zombies (Series)

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...

Screencheat

Release Date: 23/01/2016

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...

Skies of Fury

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person

Skies of Fury is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from the WWI era and take on missions as a single-player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.

Gunman Tales

Release Date: 01/08/2018, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Gunman Tales is a retro light-gun shooting game where 4 players target enemies to hit them before they get shot. You control your moving and aiming with a single stick, so the fun is about working within these limits to survive each level. It stands out...

Sky Force Reloaded (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Sky Force Reloaded is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat enemies, earn money and upgrade your ship. As you shoot down huge opponents and dodge barrages of attacks, you save civilians and upgrade your ship with unique upgrades that make...

Jets'n'Guns 2 (Series)

Release Date: 19/11/2004, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Jets'n'Guns 2 is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat wave after wave of enemy ships and avoid an endless barrage of bullets. While initially the challenge seems overwhelming, building instincts of how and when to move and upgrading your...

Child of Eden

Release Date: 17/06/2011, updated in 2011

Out Now: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

Sol Cresta (Series)

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Sol Cresta is a classic-style arcade shooting game. It follows previous Cresta games (Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta) focus on bullet dodging, ship augmenting action. Here though you have three ships that can combine their weapons in different ways.

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast retro shooting game where you control the gun with one stick and your character with the other. It's set in an alternative steampunk Wild West.

Otxo

Release Date: 20/04/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Otxo (pronounced oh-cho) is a violent shooting game where battle your way through a mansion in search of your lost love. Play is brutal, fast and tactical as you plough your way through each room managing your foes by getting your shots off first. It...

Cursorblade

Release Date: 06/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Cursorblade is a shooting game where you are a mouse cursor and use your mouse motion to move, attack and deftly dodge the deluge of bullets. Control is one-to-one with your mouse, in this way, you move through the anthropomorphized flora and fauna to...

Fortnite

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Fortnite is an online multiplayer shooting game where 100 people compete to be the last player standing. You stealthily traverse the world to collect weapons, out-maneuvering and out-gunning your opponents, while a storm gradually shrinks the playable...

Krunker (CrazyGames)

Release Date: 29/01/2019

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks

Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents on various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...

Phantom Forces (Roblox)

Release Date: 31/08/2015

Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high-skill challenge similar to [link to...

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