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Top 5 Retro FPS Back From 2000s

Today, we decided to cover the Top 5 first person shooter games of… yes, the 2000s! Nostalgia is so in vogue these days! The 2000s were greener, brighter, simpler days. We played with our friends all day long on vacations, sometimes maybe even all night long. And nothing mattered, like, nothing at all. Just pure fun which transformed into a lovely memory.

To bring this memory back, just check out our list of the best FPS games which were popular not even a decade, but two decades ago. We also debated how to classify an FPS and decided on the simplest yet finest measure: it’s a video game played from the first-person view and contains weapons.

If you want more info about great old-school games we have prepared The Best 45 PC Games Ever.

No doubt, you might disagree with some of our picks, and we ask you to share your views. Don’t hesitate to ping us in the comment section, but please be polite! At least try to be polite.

Let’s go?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (1998)

Price (in 1998): $29

Though not the first of its kind, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six started a popular trend of tactical first-person shooters in 1998. It featured a team-based, realistic design and themes based around counter-terrorism, requiring missions to be planned before execution and in it, a single hit was sometimes enough to kill a character.

Inspired by the work of famous novelist Tom Clancy, Rogue Spear is the sequel to the Rainbow Six game, which was not-so-popular compared to the sequel. With really great effort put into physical realism and complicated quests, it comes as no surprise that the game is still enjoyable and still has some fanbase.

TL;DR: The game was awesome and widely popular due its new school realism, outstanding graphical work, and complicated gameplay which got you hooked right off the bat.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)

Price (at the time of release): $57

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a first-person shooter video game published by Activision, released on November 19, 2001 for Microsoft Windows and subsequently for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Linux and Macintosh. It was a worthy addition to the collection of every gamer, especially those who enjoyed multiplayer.

In our humble opinion, the single player game was average to good, taking a while to finish it from first level to the last. However, the game really earned its salt with its first class multiplayer mode. This mode created a huge fan base and cult following of the game.

In our opinion, the new game of the series Wolfenstein II The New Colossus is on the list of Top 5 Shooter Games in 2017.

TL;DR: We love this game for its amazingly great multiplayer mode, which enabled another level of multiplayer FPS. Not may shooters provided such a high level of teamplay, graphics, and what’s more important — cheater-free environment.

Quake III: Arena (1999)

Price (at the time of release): $15

And now another legend from a prolific game development company. Quake III Arena is a multiplayer-focused first-person shooter video game released in December 1999. Developed by id Software, Quake III Arena was the third game in the Quake series and differed from previous efforts by completely removing the traditional single-player element, instead focusing on multiplayer action.

This game provided the world with a fully multiplayer experience, where single-player mode was presented as playing against computer-controlled bots. Rocket jumps, crazy physics, and incredible velocity blew us all away. There is no possibility that you hated this game if you were raised in the late 90s and early 00s.

TL;DR: Amazing level designs, great-looking textures, impressive special effects and weapons sounds combined with fast outer space jumps and overall crazy velocity easily turned this game into a cult classic.

The newest version of the game is Quake Champions. At the last QuakeCon 2018, it was announced that the game will be free-to-play for some time.

Serious Sam: The First Encounter (2000)

Price (at the time of release): $21

Serious Sam was another cult classic released in various episodes developed by Croteam. Originally released for Microsoft Windows only, Serious Sam’s rising popularity resulted in the porting of the episodes to the Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Linux and Palm OS, as well as in the remaking of both episodes for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Xbox 360 in high-definition.

The First Encounter had been in the making since 1996 and was originally developed as a demonstrator for Croteam engine. This fact impacted the price of the game, which was pretty low in many countries.

TL;DR: Sam set itself apart by its sense of humor, main hero’s catchy phrases and super-easy controls. It took a few minutes to learn them. Also Serious Sam was one of the brighter shooters, with lots of outside levels.

Half-Life (1999)

Price (at the time of release): $21

And now it’s time to talk about Valve’s debut product — the first in the Half-Life series. Unlike many other games at the time, Half-Life provided players with complete control of the main hero, Freeman.

This approach was a revolutionary one, providing players with a completed universe rather than a shooting gallery. Moreover, Half Life graphics were also on the next level, way ahead of its time.

The game’s engine, GoldSrc, is a heavily modified version of the Quake engine licensed from id Software. And let’s not even talk about gameplay, which was as thought out as possible, beating all other games in the market at that time. Complete love.

TL;DR: Half-Life had sold eight million copies by November 16, 2004, and 9.3 million copies by December 2008. Which is already impressive. It’s one of the best games ever, an instant classic that is miles better than any of its competitors. The only con is multiplayer, because it didn’t become as popular as the single-player mode of this game.

The very first game of the Counter-Strike series was released as a mod for Half-Life. Then it grew to the modern phenomenon, CS:GO, one of the most popular FPS ever made.

Here’s our list of the best nostalgia games, classic FPS that changed our childhood lives. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Tonhy Johns is an enthusiastic copywriting professional with over 5 years of expertise. Being a digital tech and video game industry evangelist, he is passionate about creating eye-catching yet meaningful web content on various topics such as gaming, fintech, eCommerce, IoT, AI, ML, VR & AR, just to name a few.
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