Microsoft revolutionized the console first-person shooter when it published Halo: Combat Evolved back in 2001 on the original Xbox, and that commitment to the genre has continued to this day. The Xbox One includes a wide variety of shooters – first-person and otherwise – to enjoy, ranging from science-fiction epic adventures to gritty takes on contemporary warfare. We’ve rounded up our favorites so you can build up your shooter collection in a hurry. These are the best Xbox One shooter games.
One of the most under-appreciated games of the generation, Titanfall 2 took what everyone liked about the first game, took out everything they didn’t like, and added in a brilliant campaign mode that is both creative and wildly entertaining. Blending traditional first-person shooting gameplay with acrobatic stunts and the titular mechanical Titan robots, Titanfall 2 is frenetic in the best possible way, with Respawn Entertainment’s brilliant gunplay making it satisfying from the very beginning to the end. Its competitive multiplayer doesn’t disappoint, either, with tense battles that see both sides countering each other with explosives, rockets, and ambush tactics.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Without the Halo series, there likely would not be an Xbox One at all, and you can see where it all began with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Bundling together the remastered Halo and Halo 2 alongside Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and as of 2019, Halo: Reach, the collection features some of the best first-person shooters ever made, and lets you experience the war between the UNSC, Covenant, and Flood from beginning to end. It also contains every multiplayer map from those games, so you can experience the joy of blasting your friends on Blood Gulch all over again.
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Halo 5: Guardians
343 Industries took the series in an emotional and disturbing new direction with Halo 4, and it went further down that path with Halo 5: Guardians. With the A.I. companion Cortana now apparently cleared of rampancy and intent of conquering the galaxy, Master Chief and newcomer Spartan Locke must both race to stop her while battling a reformed Covenant threat and the Prometheans. It lacks the mystery and strong storytelling of its predecessors, but Halo 5: Guardians is still a roller coaster ride, and its competitive multiplayer offers a modernized take on the long-running formula.
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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The best game about a super-powerful Nazi-killing man with an exo-suit powered by ancient Jewish technology, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes MachineGames’ signature mix of excellent and emotional storytelling with action-packed shooting, and it makes the stakes even higher. Protagonist BJ Blazkowicz doesn’t go to the moon in this game but instead travels to Venus for a meeting with Adolf Hitler himself. A series of flashbacks give us more details on the hero’s troubled childhood, but we’re still given plenty of chances to blow Nazi soldiers and even Klansmen into little bitty pieces, as well.
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The Doom franchise, much like Wolfenstein, seemed to be ready to die an unceremonious death, and Id Software hadn’t released a game in over a decade. Then 2016 rolled around, the franchise was given a new lease on life with Doom. Stripping away the survival-horror elements of its predecessor and turning into an all-out action bonanza, Doom is the epitome of the franchise. The story? It doesn’t really matter, as long as the Doomslayer has demons to kill with his shotgun, BFG, and chainsaw – he even gives a middle finger during a period of exposition to prove this point. A sequel is on the way, too, and it looks just as insane.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
A reimagined take on the sub-series that defined a console generation, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could have just been a rehash of old ideas and players would have probably eaten it up anyway. Instead, Infinity Ward told a story that examines the darkest parts of war, including the pain and death it leaves in its wake for civilians of affected countries. In its competitive multiplayer, Modern Warfare introduces new mechanics, such as reloading while aiming down the sights of your weapon, and its slightly slower pace makes it ideal for tactically-minded players.
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The third game in a franchise that seems to only keep getting better, Metro: Exodus is also the boldest Metro game yet. Taking place largely outside of the titular subway station of Moscow and moving into outdoors environments and research facilities, Metro: Exodus manages to never lose its sense of suspense or terror and builds on the survival and resource-management components of its predecessors. It does this while also giving you even more ways to customize your weapon to match your style, whether that means sneaking through missions of all-out chaos against humans and mutated animals.
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Time only moves when you move in Superhot, and that small gimmick completely changes how you play this unique first-person shooter. As much of a puzzle game as it is a shooter, Superhot requires you to plan out your every move to avoid getting hit by a stray bullet, firing every shot of your own with an awareness of your surroundings. Once you’ve mastered a level and get to watch your entire run play in real-time, you see just how insane…