Activision has refined the formula over the years to create a successful FPS. It’s all about frantic shooting, nearly toxic PvP, expanding multiplayer game modes, and violent campaigns.
If you or your friends want to branch out, you may try playing the best games like Call of Duty. We’ve compiled a list of FPS titles that match CoD’s scale, fidelity, and population while offering a twist on a formula that may be running stale.
Hell Let Loose
- Developer: Black Matter
- Publisher: Team17
- Release Date: July 2021
- Platform: Windows, PS5, Xbox Series
Hell Let Loose is a multiplayer and tactical FPS entry. It offers 50v50 battles in WWII scenarios, 14 army roles, weapon recoil, bullet drop, bullet velocity, and limb damage.
The maps include Western Front areas like Omaha Beach, Foy, and Carentan. There’re over 9 maps, and the developers created each site with satellite data and real-life images. Here, you combat on land and on vehicles to dominate key locations.
When a team captures a location, it generates resources (fuel for vehicles, manpower to respawn players, and ammo). The result is dynamic battles across bridges, forests, villages, and trenches. On top of that, it features historical weapons, uniforms, and vehicles.
Battlefield V Definitive Edition
- Developer: DICE
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release Date: November 2018
- Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Battlefield V, the 2018 entry of EA’s FPS series, is a multiplayer and single-player FPS, but it’s easier than CoD. Here, elements like weapon recoil, bullet drop, and bullet velocity are much less noticeable. Moreover, the driving mechanics feel smoother, and there’s a greater vehicle variety.
The offline campaign takes you across various WWII episodes to play linear battles. These include land, air, and sea struggles with an arsenal of historical weapons, vehicles, and gadgets. Naturally, combat is frenetic and violent.
The multiplayer features various game modes: co-op, PvP, and battle royale. The core features are the same in either mode: resources are scarce, there’re no loot drops, and you can destroy anything on the map. Moreover, game modes focus on team battles and vehicles.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
- Developer: DICE
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release Date: November 2017
- Platform: PS4, Windows, Xbox One
Battlefront II is an action shooter you can play in first-person or third-person. Similarly, the game includes battles on air (aboard ships) or foot. Similarly, battles may include up to 24 players.
The game is about two rival factions (like the New Republic vs. the First Order) fighting on planets, satellites, and space. Depending on your team, you select a character from one of the available factions and enjoy its unique features.
For example, Jedis and Siths can swing light-sabers, and droids have. Similarly, multiple ship types feature their move sets and skills. All in all, Battlefront offers various game modes, epic battles, and, as you’d expect, hefty microtransactions.
- Developer: Crytek
- Publisher: Crytek
- Release Date: August 2019
- Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Hunt: Showdown is an FPS with an 1875 setting and horror survival elements. You can play solo on quick matches, co-op against monsters and enemy players, or solo -if you’re a masochist. Regardless, maps may include up to 12 players.
Showdown is incredibly challenging. First includes inaccurate weapons, recoil, bullet drop, and bullet velocity. Secondly, everything you and others do makes a sound. That’s trouble, as the world is full of monsters, ammo is scarce, and two shots can kill you.
The core gameplay allows you to play in teams with three people. You’re Hunters, searching for clues of the monster you can hunt for a bounty. You must kill the target, collect the reward, and escape the map to keep the loot. Otherwise, die and lose everything you’re carrying.
Escape From Tarkov
- Developer: Battlestate Games
- Publisher: Battlestate Games
- Release Date: July 2017
- Platform: Windows
Escape From Tarkov is a hardcore and realistic PvPvE first-person shooter. It takes players to a Soviet-like setting, desolated cities in search of loot and XP. And you can do so with a customizable agent.
The gameplay is about entering these maps for 30-minute raids or so. During the raid, you can loot, trade with NPCs, defeat other NPCs, and carry as much treasure as you can. If you manage to escape, you’ll carry everything to the offline hideout to craft and upgrade gear – otherwise, you lose it all.
The combat itself is quite complex. There’re many calculations, skill trees, and variables atop localized damage and a large arsenal of weapons. Additionally, you must manage your inventory and prioritize ammo, gear, supplies, loot, and others.
- Developer: Nintendo EPD
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release Date: September 2022
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
Splatoon 3 is a third-person shooter with a family-friendly and creative approach. Also, it offers a story-driven campaign as well as co-op and player-versus-players modes.
You can choose to play as an “Octoling” or as an “Inkling.” Both wield firearms and pistols that spray ink. Ink increases the mobility of each class in different ways, so painting walls, ladders, and the floor become as necessary as taking enemies down.
The game’s main multiplayer mode is “Regular Battles.” Here, two 4-player teams compete to conquer map areas by painting locations with their team’s color. Opposing ink slows movement, deals damage, and prevents advanced maneuvering skills (like swimming in the ink).
- Developer: Bohemia Interactive
- Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
- Release Date: September 2013
- Platform: Windows, macOS
Arma 3 is a massive military open-world sandbox. It has a plethora of fan-made single-player and multiplayer FPS content because it has a powerful creation tool.
The offline campaign makes you play as U.S. Corporal Ben Kerry. You go through various linear missions, from infiltrations to massive battles and vehicle combat. Also, you can play the entire campaign in co-op (with up to four players).
Then, the multiplayer feature has tons of game modes across hundreds of servers. The main game mode happens in an open world (290 Km 2) with about 128 players. You form squads to defend and seize positions on the official game mode, and there’re over 90K mods with varying game modes you can test.
- Developer: KRAFTON, Inc
- Publisher: KRAFTON, Inc
- Release Date: December 2017
- Platform: Windows, Android, iOS, Xbox One, PS4, Google Stadia
PUBG is one of the most popular free-to-play games on Steam, and it’s a battle royale that includes up to 100 players, either solo or as part of a 4-player squad. Compared to others, you can play in first-person or third-person perspective.
You parachute down from a plane on every match, and you have to decide when to eject from the aircraft. Then, you start with no gear other than your clothes, so your first quarrel will be for the first weapons you find. Alternatively, you can kill other players for their loot.
On top of that, there’re vehicles you can drive across ghost towns, forests, mountains, and deserts. The idea is to capture high-risk areas where there’s typically better loot. Also, like other battle royales, the area shrinks down periodically, forcing you closer and closer to the enemies.
- Developer: Offworld Industries
- Publisher: Offworld Industries
- Release Date: September 2020
- Platform: Windows
Squad is a tactical FPS title with a modern-day setting. It’s also an indie title representing the fully-fledged version of Battlefield 2’s mod Project Reality. As its old name suggests, it includes realistic and immersive elements.
You play across 20 open-world maps as part of a team of 50 players, against the other team. Teams have smaller squads of nine players, and you become a part of the squad by picking one of the available classes. Then, the squad leader leads the crew and communicates with other units with the in-game voice chat.
Another unique feature is how squads can build firebases, sandbags, and crew-served weapons. That makes battles a matter of fortifying positions, taking over your enemies’ bases, and securing locations and weapon caches. That said, shooting includes weapon sway, recoil bullet velocity, bullet drop, and other calculations.
- Developer: New World Interactive
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Release Date: December 2018
- Platform: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Sandstorm is a team-based tactical FPS. It focuses on close-quarter combat and objective-oriented matches. It also delivers weapon recoil, weapon sway, bullet drop, and velocity.
The game also relies on HDR audio output, like Warzone. Using proper gaming headsets is key to hearing enemy steps, bullets, and explosions. You can die very fast, as the game’s damage output is very high.
There’re two main game modes in the game. You can play an 8-player co-op against the AI or join 14v14 PvP battles. The combat is slow, as you need to move carefully and strategically through corridors and streets. Moreover, the setting is the Middle East, where ammo is in low supply and sandstorms are a possibility.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Release Date: December 2015
- Platform: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Google Stadia
Rainbow Six Siege is a team-based first-person shooter, where two teams of five players face each other. One team represents the police, whereas the other plays as the criminals.
The criminals defend a position and can deploy defensive structures and gadgets. The other team breaches the location and uses a series of destructive and infiltration tools. For example, criminals can build barricades on any corridor. Then, officers can deploy observation drones to recon the area.
You enter a match by choosing an operator. Each one features a different loadout, perks, and gadgets he can deploy. Then, you face off against enemy players in close-quarter tactical battles. That said, the game’s shooting is easy and features almost no variables or calculations, like most CoD games.
- Developer: Epic Games
- Publisher: Epic Games
- Release Date: July 2017
- Platform: Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series,iOS, Android
Fortnite is the most popular battle royale, and it’s free. You parachute towards an open-world island to fight until you’re the last one standing. And the other 100 players are doing the same, although you can play as part of a 4-player squad.
Similarly, there’re loot crates in the world, and you can also loot the gear of your dead enemies. So, you run, jump, aim, shoot, loot, and survive.
Other mechanics include traversal moves like sliding, sprinting, dashing, and vehicles. Additionally, Fortnite requires players to build structures on the fly as defense or as a means to reach the high ground.
- Developer: 343 Industries
- Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
- Release Date: December 2021
- Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Halo Infinite has free-to-play multiplayer on top of its paid campaign. It offers fast-paced sci-fi FPS matches across a few arenas and game modes. These modes offer 12v12 or 8-player free-for-all matches.
You use a series of advanced ranged and melee weapons, plus grenades and other tools to defeat your enemies. You can jump while you shoot, like on Call of Duty. You have a grappling hook, a shield drop-out, and a dash skill for novelties.
The free-to-play multiplayer can be fun, but it may bore you easily because it doesn’t have enough game modes. Also, co-op is not available on the campaign -the developers took it out. Still, the campaign features an open-world progression with a fun enough story and mechanics.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Developer: Valve
- Publisher: Valve
- Release Date: August 2012
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Xbox 360, Classic Mac OS, Xbox One, PlayStation 3
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is perhaps the biggest multiplayer shooter available, and it’s free. It’s a team-based FPS without a class system or weapon load-outs. Instead, it relies entirely on you.
You play as part of a 5-player team against the opposing crew. Matches go in rounds, and you can earn currency on each round depending on your actions. For example, killing a foe delivers more cash. Then, at the start of each round, you spend the currency to buy weapons, armor, grenades, and other tools.
The shooting is very tough, as CS: GO happens across a series of closed urban maps. Moreover, there’s a significant weapon recoil, plus the resultant bullet spray pattern. Lastly, the objectives revolve around defending positions or capturing positions.