Shooter lovers gather round: boredom overwhelmed me, I had nothing to do, so I thought “why don’t we compile a nice list of the best fps and tps shooter games available on Xbox Game Pass.” I mean, Microsoft’s catalog is overflowing with ignorant and mostly chickenshit titles, so here I am trying to list them all for you (here I tried to list the best metroidvanias available on Xbox Game Pass instead).
I will try to put only pure first- and third-person shooters, so there will be no room, for example, for immersive sims: that means you won’t encounter stuff like Prey ( among the best games of last generation that you can find on Xbox Game Pass anyway), Dishonored, or the very recent Atomic Heart which my partner Matteo didn’t like too much as he recounts in one of the last episodes of our podcast.
But let’s cut to the chase! Let’s roll up our sleeves, get your controller-machine gun ready and dive into the discovery of“the best, the best, the best,” quoting the great Z from Men In Black in one of the funniest scenes from the unforgettable first film with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal
Ready, set, go, we start with a bang. The Doom Slayer with idSoftware ‘s reboot has returned to haunt our consoles with brutality. Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal together form one of the best sagas of the last generation, two immediate and adrenaline-fueled first-person arena shooters in which you will have to deal with virtually nothing but shooting wildly like there is no tomorrow.
The ultimate goal? Slaughtering every demon that tries to get in our way, without compromise, without excessive “oh god now what build do I do” or “I have too many skills at my disposal I don’t understand anything.” Here, with Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal you can unplug and enjoy hours of carefree carnage.
Gears of War Saga
I had already told you about Gears of War in the list of the best cooperative games available on Xbox Game Pass: the shooter saga created by Cliffy B. back in 2006 generated a real Big Bang within third-person shooters. A shooter with covers in which every barrier can prove crucial in resisting the endless hordes of locusts that would like to do nothing more than eliminate the human race forever.
Ah yes, just to say: Gears of War also has a top-notch story that grows from chapter to chapter complete with emotional sequences that I assure you will experience with swollen eyes full of tears. Try it to believe it!
Yes I know, it is full of sagas in this list but then again, when a video game conquers the audience, a sequel, sequel to the sequel and so on, are practically necessary. Wolfenstein is the reboot of the historic video game first launched back in 1981 for the Apple II.
William B.J. Blazkowicz ‘s new course sees us, as well as its predecessors, nonetheless taking shots at the Nazis who emerged victorious from World War II. In short, history has taken a different course than the one we know from schoolbooks. Our task, therefore, is to restore the order of things and put to rest once and for all the delusions of omnipotence of Adolf Hitler and singing company.
“Another round and another gift “quoting the great Flavio Tranquillo. I’m going to go out on a limb here: best fps of the past generation with goodwill to Doom Eternal. There are many reasons for this: beyond the incredible quality of the gunplay, the real feather in Titanfall 2 ‘s cap is a sublime level design, which has always been Respawn Entertainment‘s trademark, best enhanced by the protagonist’s ability to walk on walls. With this comes fabulous freedom of approach to choose how best to approach each individual game session.
A spectacular amusement park (and speaking of amusement parks, don’t miss our review of Resident Evil 4 Remake) in which you will shoot at different enemies while moving rapidly from one point to another on the map nonstop. Simply put, verticality and speed. And when the going gets tough, there’s your Titan rushing to your rescue, a giant robot that will help you in the most harried stages.
The Halo saga would need no introduction. The most beloved exclusive for all Xbox console owners. You can find in one fell swoop on Xbox Game Pass the first four episodes dedicated to Masterchief within Halo: The Masterchief Collection.
Then if you are still not satisfied, you can continue with Halo 5 Guardians and, finally, the last title in the saga, the excellent Halo Infinite released in November 2021. In short, if you do the math, that’s six titles with more than sixty hours of gameplay for the long odyssey of one of the most famous and iconic characters in the video game universe.
Bonus Track 1: High On Life
High On Life (our review of High On Life here) was the last bang of late 2022 to arrive on Microsoft consoles and Xbox Game Pass. Part metroidvania, part first-person shooter, the title from Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is a hilarious spin-off of one of the craziest and most lighthearted American cartoons of recent times.
Bonus Track 2: Shadow Warrior 3
Arriving right at the end of March on Game Pass with the shiny Definitive Edition, Shadow Warrior 3 was a title I definitely wanted to try after plunking through, even in co-op, the insane second chapter. Lo Wang ‘s new adventure is frenetic, bloody and violent. So many weapons, so many poor enemies to be blown to smithereens, and, accompanying us on this journey, we also find all the sympathy that has always distinguished the protagonist of the saga conceived by Flying Wild Hog.