Cross-platform – a topic that has been a barrier in gaming for years is finally starting to come together. There’s no better time to jump into a first-person shooter, because now PC gamers can easily team up with their console friends, and vice versa. If you’re looking for recommendations or want to group up with others to cut down on matchmaking time, here’s a list.
Call of Duty: Warzone
It is undeniable that Call of Duty: Warzone has found the right deal for battle royale games. Since its launch, Activision has refined the system with constant updates, new playlists and maps, all of which are provided for free. By default, the title features three BR squad modes – duos, trios and quads, pitting you against some 140 players as you search for supplies and fight to be the last man standing.
With the new Caldera update, you get access to a myriad of WW2 weapons and Resurgence mode, which adds a respawn mechanic while your teammates are alive.
The game could have had a rock launch, but rest assured, the developers are fixing it. Unlike other titles in the franchise, Battlefield 2042 does not feature the classic single-player campaign or destructible environments. But, it’s still one of the best FPS experiences you can play.
As the name suggests, the game is based on a futuristic setting, where guns pop out of holograms when you need to smoothly swap attachments along the way. The maps are bigger this time and can hold up to 128 players in a single lobby. The modes are pretty much the same, with the inclusion of the Battlefield Portal, an in-game tool that lets you create custom games and revisit classic maps.
Borderlands fans will love this one, as you gain the co-op loot shooter experience, with strong multiplayer integration. Players choose from a class of Guardians and travel the vast spaces of the solar system to unlock elemental abilities, collect unique loot, and complete story missions that continue to evolve with each expansion pack.
Your team is normally pitted against different alien races in the campaign. But the online segment allows for PvP play, such as competitive skirmishes, team arenas, and countless hours of raiding. And to top it off, it’s free.
From the creators of the critically acclaimed Titanfall series, Apex Legends was a surprise debut that took the internet by storm. If you’re looking for something fast without hogging your system too much, this is the one. Players can choose from a roster of Operators, all of which have unique personalities and abilities that are easy to learn but difficult to master.
In addition to the standard battle royale mode, players can participate in Arenas, a 3v3 deathmatch mode. Respawn has also added some accessibility features such as a text-to-speech setting for the hearing impaired and an object location and ping system for players without a mic.
Blizzard’s 6v6 team shooter is ideal for those who aren’t confident in their aiming skills. The title offers a huge list of heroes to choose from, some of which have abilities such as aimbot, wallhacks and AOE (area of effect) explosive damage. The number of kills is not as important here as the objective, and each class – Damage, Tank and Support has an equal role to play.
Being new to FPS games isn’t a problem here, as you’re guaranteed to find something you’re good at. There’s a range of game modes, seasonal lore-related events, and some of the best cosmetics ever seen in games.
Yes Halo and Portal had a love child, the result would be Splitgate. This sci-fi shooter takes the lackluster multiplayer shooter experience and adds interdimensional mechanics like portal generation to deliver an intense and fast-paced playground.
Wormhole portals can be used to instantly transport themselves to different locations on the map or catch enemies off guard by throwing a grenade. The game features over 20 maps, with dozens of challenges and a ranking system. The modes are all classic, ranging from team deathmatch, capture the flag, free for all, and more.