FPS is a genre that’s been milked to death this past few years. At least one generic shooter is released every year and most of which have little to no single player content and are heavily focused multiplayer experience. Rainbow Six, which is known for great single player campaigns, is now releasing Rainbow Six: Siege that is confirmed to have no single player campaign mode. It feels like the game publishers on the multiplayer train are fucking lazy and just in it for the money grab.
Yeah it’s great to kill other players online but it’s way more cool to put yourself in the shoes (or behind the sights) of the main character doing missions. I don’t know about you guys but for me assaulting a beachhead in Normandy is more fun than killing kids who brags about ‘360-no-scope skillz’ (and don’t tell me to ‘git gud’).
But I digress, let’s name four of the best modern FPS games with awesome single player campaigns. If you haven’t played any of these games, maybe you should question your life decisions. Let’s start with:
4. Medal of Honor: Frontline
This best-selling and highest rated MOH game was released way back in 2002 when EA didn’t suck balls yet. You get to control Lt. Patterson, an American OSS operative (CIA’s grandpa) tasked of destroying U-boat factories in France. The first mission lets you storm Omaha Beach in Operation Overlord a la Saving Private Ryan. You are then sent to France and then all over Europe to destroy and steal the Nazi’s secret wonder weapon.
What makes this game so good is that each mission stands out, from the opening scene up to the final boss battle. The set pieces makes you feel you’re an actual soldier in WW2.
3. Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 probably has the best open world single player campaign in the FPS genre. Released in 2012 by Ubisoft, the game is critically acclaimed for its gameplay and world design. In Far Cry 3, you get to play Jason Brody, an ordinary tourist on a holiday gone-wrong. He and his friends were captured and sold into slavery by pirates led by the Mohawk-sporting psycho named Vaas. Jason and his brother managed to escape and were rescued by a local and taken to his village. In order to rescue his friends, Jason must help the locals first. It’s like a ‘you-scratch-my-back-I-scratch-yours’ kinda deal.
The gameplay and graphics are amazing. Ubisoft did a great job creating and populating Rook Island with all sorts of animals and enemies. The gameplay incorporates RPG elements like skill trees and crafting systems which is unique for a first person shooter. Another great feature is that the game rewards you for being stealthy. Sure you can go guns blazing but the game is more satisfying and EASIER if you go ninja. The AI is not to be trifled with as enemies will find you if you’re noisy or you don’t fire and manoeuvre. The story is not really memorable, but it more than makes up for it by endless hours of fun gameplay.
2. Half-Life 2
Considered as Gaben’s and Valve’s masterpiece, Half-Life 2 reinvented FPS gaming through immersive storytelling and gameplay. In HL2, you once again control the mute and nerdy Gordon Freeman. The game takes place after the Black Mesa incident where a powerful army called the Combine has conquered the planet and enslaved the population. Like the original game, Half-Life 2 features a seamless experience. There are no cutscenes and everything that happens is seen through Gordon’s POV. The whole experience feels like your starring in your own movie. As for the weapons, well who can forget the new Gravity Gun? The other new weapons are the Pulse Rifle (an energy rifle on steroids) and the Pheropod which allows you to attack enemies with ant lions.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Although this game is the reason why the FPS genre is saturated today, you can’t deny the fact the COD: Modern Warfare had an excellent and intense single player mode. COD4 is like Resident Evil 4, the best game of the series which broke its franchise because their own publishers/developers wanted to emulate its success. Modern Warfare is game is so good in fact, other shooters tried and failed to capture its awesomeness.
In COD4 you get to play Soap, a FNG in the British SAS; Capt. Price, Commander of the SAS unit; and Sgt. Jackson, a US Marine. The plot is so compelling and so unique and was even controversial because there was a scene where you’re in the point of view of a dying soldier. The gameplay was outstanding as it showcased modern equipment and features like going prone and tossing back enemy grenades.
So there you have it, four of the best FPSgames with great single players that I can recall. What’s your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.