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Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:55 pm

I just built a new Gaming Rig (Ivy Bridge Core i5-3550, Radeon 7850 2GB, 8GB of RAM, etc etc). I own a ton of games on Steam but this being my first PC in five years (used Macs for the last 5) I am looking for suggestions on the best modern FPS games I should play. (I have all the great pre-2007) shooters already.  Thanks for any suggestions you might have! I have a bias toward Single Player for sure. Thanks for your suggestions!
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:02 pm

Left 4 Dead
Team Fortress 2
Portal

Those, I think, are available on Mac, so you may have/could have played them.

I also enjoyed Borderlands if you want class specialization and a leveling system. That one has been on Steam sale several times, though, so I would wait until you see it at $7.50.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:08 pm

I really enjoyed Crysis.

Also, it's a FPS/RPG hybrid, but Deus Ex: Human Revolution was great.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:23 pm

Borderlands is fun if you like that sort of thing. Of course the obvious BF3. Portal 2 is great if you played the first one.

If you like sniping, I was fairly impressed with the demo for Sniper Elite V2. It's got bullet drop, wind compensation, location damage, an emphasis on stealth, bullet time segments for good shots with a slightly haunting view of the enemy's innards being destroyed by your bullet... yeah. I'm not sure how the original was since I had never even heard of it, but this game definitely has promise IMO.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:26 pm

Well I do have a 360 so I did play Portal, Deus Ex, etc.

I was looking for PC only or "best on PC" type. :)
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:28 pm

My first recommendation for shooters in the last half-decade would be STALKER: Call of Pripyat with this guy's overhaul mod collection. Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky are still quite enjoyable, too, also with Dolgov's mods.

Series Sam 3: BFE is a stupid, gratuitous, hilarious romp of a game. Metro 2033 is a good time. Dead Island's alright. Bioshock 1 & 2 are often like $5.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:42 pm

Jambe wrote:My first recommendation for shooters in the last half-decade would be STALKER: Call of Pripyat with this guy's overhaul mod collection. Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky are still quite enjoyable, too, also with Dolgov's mods.

Series Sam 3: BFE is a stupid, gratuitous, hilarious romp of a game. Metro 2033 is a good time. Dead Island's alright. Bioshock 1 & 2 are often like $5.

Oh man I don't know how I forgot STALKER.

SS is fun too, but co-op is so much better than single player, I don't think I could in good conscience recommend it for single player.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:44 pm

PerfectCr wrote:Well I do have a 360 so I did play Portal, Deus Ex, etc.

I was looking for PC only or "best on PC" type. :)

Well every FPS is best on a PC ;)
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:49 pm

I am really liking max payne 3 right now and if your computer is nice it looks like a movie. = )
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:01 pm

Proxicon wrote:I am really liking max payne 3 right now and if your computer is nice it looks like a movie. = )

Good point. ;)

(already played Portal and Portal 2) So, Stalker, Crysis (what about Crysis 2?), Borderlands? I'll wait on Max Payne (not paying $60 bucks). Serious Sam 3 is fun? I played 1, never 2. BF3 I assume is mostly MP focused seems like right?
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:08 pm

I just finished playing through Serious Sam 3 BFE. It's not the most nuanced or intricate gameplay and gets repetitive fast. Smarter 12-year olds would find the plot stupid and banal. But if you enjoy the old school Doom or Quake style balls-to-the-wall romp through hundreds of enemies and actually want to play a shooter that requires eye-hand coordination and isn't completely linear or scripted, then Sam 3 is hard to beat. Graphics are pretty nice too. Great game to play for a short while after a hard day at work to blow off some steam.

The first couple of level are kind of slow though.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:15 pm

PerfectCr wrote:I just built a new Gaming Rig (Ivy Bridge Core i5-3550, Radeon 7850 2GB, 8GB of RAM, etc etc). I own a ton of games on Steam but this being my first PC in five years (used Macs for the last 5) I am looking for suggestions on the best modern FPS games I should play. (I have all the great pre-2007) shooters already.  Thanks for any suggestions you might have! I have a bias toward Single Player for sure. Thanks for your suggestions!


BF 3 would be technically speaking THE multiplayer fps at this time. Problem is EA keeps screwing it up and dividing the community. After so many expansion packs they intended to release i don't know if the multiplayer community will last till the end of the year.....

I'd also suggest Tribes Ascend, it's free2play but don't let that fool you....it looks amazing maxed out.

For single player, might wanna look into Bioshock series or Mass Effect. People seem to appreaciate those (i never tried them though).
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:19 pm

Bioshock I and II are very good. Slightly different from your typical run and gun shooter (aka COD)
Crysis II is very good too. I like it a little better than Crysis I and Crysis Warhead, but I liked them ok too.
Call of Duty. I know there are COD haters out there, but for a single player FPS, COD:MW2 and COD:BO are a lot of fun.
Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are not really FPS, but are still excellent single player games.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:54 pm

Another vote for Borderlands!
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:03 pm

I had a blast playing Hard Reset, and it's only $20. It's somewhat short, but I played through it about 4 times (steam says 23 hours). It is PC-only, I thought it looked great and runs very well.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:09 pm

Seriously? No mention of Bioshock? It's like the greatest FPS since HL2! Get it! Play it now!
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:11 pm

Bulletstorm is fun, as is Hard Reset, and Serious Sam 3. Crysis/2 were both decent. Big shout for portal and portal 2 as well, if you fancy a puzzle-fps.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:11 pm

Borderlands is especially great if you play as a sniper. I crave Mordecai and the feel of Borderlands whenever I'm sniping in another game.

Also, play Bioshock 1&2. Immediately.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:12 pm

DeadOfKnight wrote:Seriously? No mention of Bioshock? It's like the greatest FPS since HL2! Get it! Play it now!

Really? Two people mentioned Bioshock...

And it was available on consoles.

EDIT: 3 with grantmeaname's post.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:16 pm

superjawes wrote:
DeadOfKnight wrote:Seriously? No mention of Bioshock? It's like the greatest FPS since HL2! Get it! Play it now!

Really? Two people mentioned Bioshock...

And it was available on consoles.

EDIT: 3 with grantmeaname's post.

I was a bit slow on the reply. Still, my point stands...and it is best on PC.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:38 pm

Thanks Guys. Seems like Bioshock 1and2 and Borderlands seems pretty unanimous. I am sucker for old school shooters so I might give Serious Sam 3 a shot as well. Crysis looks interesting as well.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:18 pm

Portal 1 then 2.
Crysis 1 NO 2
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:27 pm

PerfectCr wrote:Thanks Guys. Seems like Bioshock 1and2 and Borderlands seems pretty unanimous. I am sucker for old school shooters so I might give Serious Sam 3 a shot as well. Crysis looks interesting as well.

I'm going to have to give a dissenting option on Bioshock.

I liked it overall, but it gets repetitive pretty quickly. The story was quite interesting though, which is what keeps it in the good category for me. Never played the 2nd game.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:46 pm

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PerfectCr wrote:Thanks Guys. Seems like Bioshock 1and2 and Borderlands seems pretty unanimous. I am sucker for old school shooters so I might give Serious Sam 3 a shot as well. Crysis looks interesting as well.

I'm going to have to give a dissenting option on Bioshock.

I liked it overall, but it gets repetitive pretty quickly. The story was quite interesting though, which is what keeps it in the good category for me. Never played the 2nd game.

I have not played the second game, either, but it was not developed by the same team as the first, which explains why I've heard so many people call it a blatant money grab.

As for Borderlands, good choice, but if you can wait, it's a complete steal at $7.50 for the GOTY edition (which runs for $30 normally). I've seen it at $7.50 at least three times, and I imagine they will throw some deal out there in the next few months since the sequel is on the way.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:49 pm

PerfectCr wrote:Thanks Guys. Seems like Bioshock 1and2 and Borderlands seems pretty unanimous. I am sucker for old school shooters so I might give Serious Sam 3 a shot as well. Crysis looks interesting as well.

Bioshock 1>Bioshock 2. I'd rather replay Bioshock 1 twice than replay them both. It's not a bad game, it's just that Bioshock 1 is so much better.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:13 am

Thanks for the tip on waiting for price drop. Will do that for sure!
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:40 am

Another vote of STALKER: Call of Pripyat from me. As it is it is great, but with some mods like atmosfear it becomes possibly my favourite single player FPS of all time. Infact, I like it so much that for the first time I have created my own mod for the(a) game.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:17 am

I'll raise a dissenting voice against Borderlands. It never really clicked with me and I found it rather boring and repetitive. Just a bit too "console-y" really. However lots of other people do seem to like it and it's often so cheap in the sales that it's worth a shot i suppose.

Something no-one else has mentioned, I really enjoyed Battlefield Bad Company 2 single player. Generally seems much better regarded than the BF3 single-player component, and much cheaper if you're not really into the multiplayer game.

Just Cause 2 is also well worth a look if you haven't played it on Xbox already.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:49 am

Another vote for Crysis 1!. Crysis Warhead is good if you want more of Crysis 1. You can safely pretend Crysis 2 doesn't exist. Battlefield 3 SP was very weak IMO, but some people rave about the MP. And it is verrry pretty. Deus Ex Human Revolution was pretty good IMO, but it's not your typical FPS. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a few years old by now, but it was a pretty good game IMO. Bioshock 1 and 2 are very solid choices, 1 > 2. Portal 1 & 2 are awesome.
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Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Postposted on Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:02 am

Definitely the STALKER series w/the "complete" mods
Metro 2033
Crysis 2
And while technically not a FPS, I had a lot of fun with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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