15 Best FPS Games for Xbox One You Should Be Playing

Last Updated: November 16, 2016

If you have just bought the brand new Xbox One S or you are rocking the Xbox One, you must be looking for the best first person shooting games for the Microsoft consoles. Well, you have come to the right place. Almost 3 years into the life-cycle of the current generation of consoles, Xbox One has managed to hold a great library of games specifically for the FPS lovers. Well, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best first person shooting games for Xbox One and Xbox One S:

1. Halo 5: Guardians

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Halo 5: Guardians is the fifth entry in the critically acclaimed Halo franchise developed by 343 Industries to run natively on the Xbox One exclusively. As the number “5” in the title suggests, Halo 5 does everything bigger and better than its predecessors.

It introduces crisp player movement, open level design, a new addictive multiplayer mode and a 4 player co-op campaign structure. The game also features higher visual fidelity and a full-fledged single player campaign worth 8-10 hours to sink into. The meat of the game, however, much like the previous installments, is the Multiplayer section of the game that features multiple returning modes.

Availability: Xbox Live ($39.99)

2. Halo: The Masterchief Collection

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Halo: The Masterchief Collection features the remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, which were originally released exclusively on last generation Xbox platforms. The collection also features a Multiplayer mode that includes all maps and multiplayer modes from each title.

All 4 titles have been remastered with new cut-scenes and a buttery smooth 60 fps gameplay. The in-game visuals and audio have also been bumped up to high-definition.

Considering the fact that you get 4 classic titles for the price of one, this collection is a must-have for every FPS games fan who is either planning to replay the Halo series or is completely new to the series and wants to familiarize themselves with the Halo franchise before getting Halo 5: Guardians.

Availability: Xbox Live ($29.99)

3. Overwatch

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It may have taken Blizzard Entertainment 17 long years to create a new IP, but it sure delivers. Overwatch is a 6v6 arena character shooter game. In times like these, when almost every shooter features a dark setting and a serious bad-ass main character, Overwatch freshens things up with its light-hearted style that focuses on the ‘fun’ aspect of FPS shooters.

The game features a total of 12 different maps and 21 heroes to choose from and offers 4 different modes to play in; Escort, Assault, Hybrid, and Control. Each mode has been assigned separate maps to them, as they have been specifically designed for the game modes they have been tied to. The colorful characters and extremely polished fast paced action gameplay of Overwatch makes it a fresh FPS experience.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

4. Destiny

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After Bungie, that developed the famous Halo Series, split from Microsoft to gain more creative freedom in their development process, gamers all over the world had been anxiously waiting for their next big game and its potential, considering the developers were off the chains and laser focused on creating a fresh new FPS multiplayer experience. Well, Destiny is the result and it does not disappoint when it comes to gameplay.

Destiny is an online only game that offers a main co-op Single Player mode as well as Crucible (PvP mode). The game lets the player choose their protagonist out of 3 different classes: Hunter, Titan or Warlord. Each different class represents a different playstyle which offers distinct skills, abilities, and attires.

Even though the much hyped single player campaign leaves a lot to be desired, there is no denying that the gameplay is top notch and the ‘worlds’ that Bungie created are worth visiting.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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When you ask for a Kleenex, what you really need is a tissue. Similarly, the Call of Duty franchise, regardless of its detractors, has almost become a synonym to the term ‘First Person Shooter’ with its annual release.

In this iteration of the franchise, we see the developers taking a futuristic take on the Call of Duty universe. The game takes place from 2054 – 2061 where the “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey steals the show with his amazing performance in the single player campaign.

We see the addition of the new Exoskeleton-Suits to compliment the classic Call of Duty gameplay formula. The futuristic Exo-Suit increases the player’s physical capabilities and features multiple abilities. If you ever wondered how it would feel to jump 50 feet in the air during a multiplayer match to check out your surroundings before planning your next move, you can try that now.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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The twelfth and latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise is Black Ops III, a sequel set 40 years after the events of Black Ops II. The story focuses on the group of Black Ops soldiers to showcase the newly added 4 player co-op story campaign design.

Much like Advanced Warfare, the futuristic setting allows the players to be cybernetically enhanced with special abilities at their disposal. Apart from the typical Story Mode and a Multiplayer mode, the game also introduces a standalone “Zombie Mode”.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

7. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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There are times when we wonder about the different “what if” scenarios. Questions we often ask ourselves are like: “What if the pyramids were made by aliens?”, “What if there is a zombie apocalypse coming?”, “What if the Nazis won the second World War?

MachineGames expands their imagination in that last what if scenario with Wolfenstein: The New Order, which takes place in an alternate universe where the Nazis actually won the WWII. The story features the main protagonist called William B.J. Blazkowicz, a war veteran, who tries to put an end to the Nazis rule once and for all.

The game encourages different play-styles as it gives the player an option to go in guns blazing or stealthily infiltrate and take out enemies one by one like a ghost. This design not only provides the player with an option to choose his play-style but also adds replay value to the game.

Availability: Xbox Live ($19.99)

8. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a sequel to the third entry into the Deus Ex universe. It features a single player story in the first-person perspective and a third-person cover system. This game combines elements of a first-person shooter, with a role-playing upgrade system and dialogue options.

Mankind Divided is set in the year 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution and the “Aug Incident”—an event in which mechanically augmented humans became uncontrollable and lethally violent.

The game offers the players a choice to either go Lethal or Non-Lethal. Early on, one of the characters asks the player how would they like to tackle the mission and the player will be provided with the weapons/gadgets based on that choice. However, if you wish, you can always change your playstyle on the go.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

9. Titanfall

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Titanfall is a multiplayer first-person shooter game that was released exclusively for the Xbox One by Respawn Entertainment, the developers that developed the Call of Duty franchise till 2010.

Titanfall offers a different take on multiplayer shooters by adding a new layer to the mayhem on screen. The player can not only choose his pilot (the protagonist) but also his Titan and customize it. Titans are giant battle mechs that the player can control at will.

By playing either one of the two modes called Campaign or Classic, the player can level up and can unlock new weapons, abilities, and customization options for both Pilots and Titans.

Availability: Xbox Live ($17.99)

10. Battlefield 4

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One of the cross-gen titles and the most anticipated Xbox One games at the time of its release was none other than Battlefield 4, the game known for its military warfare. The game does everything bigger and better than the previous installments. It does not only look better but also runs smoother.

The game is a success for its amazing multiplayer portion of the game and the single player campaign is not one of its main selling points due to its short length and a shallow story, featuring bland characters.

Well, the multiplayer mode is where Battlefield 4 shines. I never thought chaos could look so beautiful until I saw the amazing visual fidelity of the game with up to 64 players in a shootout using all sorts of weapons, bombs, gadgets and vehicles in action. Battlefield 4 has a true next generation multiplayer experience to it.

Availability: Xbox Live ($19.99)

11. Battlefield Hardline

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This is the game which was supposed to be the expansion pack for Battlefield 4 but since the developers, Visceral Studios, added so much content to it, it was decided that they would release it as the next installment in the Battlefield series.

Unlike the previous Battlefield games, Hardline features on the encounter between criminals and police. Battlefield Hardline features a Story campaign as well as the Multiplayer mode. Similar to the Battlefield 4, Hardline’s story campaign is subpar, but the online multiplayer mode makes up for it.

Hardline’s multiplayer modes include 7 multiplayer modes, all designed to fit into the criminal versus cops setting, with inner-city battles such as the infamous heist scene from the movie “Heat”.

Availability: Xbox Live ($19.99)

12. Far Cry 4

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Far Cry 4 takes place in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country. The main story follows Ajay Ghale, who is caught in a civil war involving Kyrat’s kingpin Pagan Min, and a rebel movement known as the Golden Path.

The world of Far Cry 4 is massive in size and amazingly well done. It makes the player want to explore for progression while also appreciating its beauty. The game offers a Story campaign, side-quests, RPG elements for many upgrades and performance boosts. It gives the player a lot of variety in terms of developing their character and their strengths and weaknesses.

Far Cry 4 also offers a co-op multiplayer mode, where you can team up with your buddy to explore the mountains, rivers, forests and villages, as well as clearing the outposts by defeating the enemies together.

Availability: Xbox Live ($39.99)

13. Far Cry Primal

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After the success of Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal decided to take the franchise to the Stone Age, as we follow the story of the main protagonist Takkar, who slowly becomes a deadly hunter that eventually leads a tribe.

Far Cry Primal does not follow the same formula as Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, as it adds a big twist to it with its Stone Age setting, which means no more guns and vehicles in the game. This brings a unique change in the gameplay, as most of the weapons in the game are melee weapons with the exception of a few ranged weapons like bows and slings.

The game also offers a new element to it, as animals can become companions to the players and assist them on their journey for as long as they like.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

14. Grand Theft Auto V

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If there is any video game in this list that doesn’t need any description, it’s Grand Theft Auto V. The reason why this game made it to the list is because of the all new patch for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game that features an FPS mode that can be activated with a tap of a button.

Even though the majority of the gamers were skeptical of Rockstar’s decision of adding a first person view to the game, considering this is the first time Rockstar has ever added a first person view to any of its games, not only does it fit into the game, but it actually plays out really smoothly.

Whether it’s Michael De Santa loading a rifle and seeing the empty shells dropping down, Franklin Clinton driving a car while keeping an eye on the speed-o-meter or getting Trevor Philips into a fist fight with an old pedestrian, first person view adds an entirely new dimension to this masterpiece that warrants a replay.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

15. BioShock: The Collection

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BioShock: The collection features the remastered versions of the original Bioshock series: BioShock 1, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite along with its expansion pack called “Burial at Sea”.

All BioShock games feature only single player story campaigns. The first two iterations of the game welcome the player to an underwater city called “Rapture” and the third installment features a new city created in the sky called “Columbus”. All three games thrive on its unique storytelling, amazing characters and immerse the player into this universe almost as deep as the bottom of an ocean.

All three of these titles have been a critical success and were well received at the time of release. 2K Studios has done a great job of polishing the games to run at 1080p and 60 FPS with a better visual quality for the new consoles.

Availability: Xbox Live ($59.99)

SEE ALSO: 15 Best Single Player Games for Xbox One

The best first person shooting games for Xbox One

There are a few other first person shooting games for Xbox One that could have made it to this list. However, I believe that all the games mentioned above deserve to be in the list that features the “Best Xbox One FPS games” due to all the different elements these titles bring to this new generation of console gaming. Well, that’s what we think but we’d love to know your thoughts? Tell us favorite FPS game for the Xbox One. Sound off in the comments section below.

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