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5 Underrated First-Person Shooters

Which FPS adventures suffered from a lack of praise from critics and gamers alike?

First-person shooters, along with the sports genre, is among the most widely played genre in gaming. Loved by PC and console gamers, first-person shooters are always leading the pack, with the Call of Duties and Battlefields that continue to top the charts, but there’s also a number of great FPSs that deserve some attention.

Some of the following games got mixed reviews or didn’t show-up bright enough on the radar to pull in enough attention, but it doesn’t mean they’re not great games in their own right.

So if you’re looking for something besides shooting generic terrorists in Middle-East locations, place a sticky note on the following FPSes (and let us know what you think if you have played them).

Killzone 3

It’s weird to hear the word “Killzone” and “underplayed” in the same sentence, but hearing how many people haven’t played Guerilla’s FPS masterpiece saddens me.

Fans of the previous game will not be disappointed as Killzone 3 has not lost any of its dirty in-your-face attitude and killing Helghast has never been this beautiful. A great single-player campaign is complimented by an improved and revamped multiplayer component. Killzone 3 had quite big shoes to fill, and it does it with ease.

Killzone 3

Bulletstorm

The combination of People Can Fly and Epic Games seemed like a match made in heaven, and it was, but Bulletstorm is a frighteningly underplayed game.

With Gears of War’s creator Cliffy B as a designer and some really interesting “kill with skill” mechanics, Bulletstorm is one of the most ridiculous and off-the-wall games in quite some time – and it’s insanely satisfying.

Besides impaling enemies on cacti, the heavy gunplay along with the manoeuvrability of a third-person shooter is really something rarely seen in FPSes today.

Bulletstorm

Resistance 3

Resistance 3 manages to exceed all the expectations put forward by its predecessors by delivering a heart-stopping campaign, complete with a touching story which sums up the sombre mood of the game.

This is the best the series has to offer and if you’re slightly interested, pick it up because the final fight against the Chimera is one worth joining the resistance for.

Resistance 3

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 is obviously a monumentally popular game – however, it does have a tendency to be referred to as “not as good as the first one”.

While Crysis 2 is very different, it’s just as impressive a game as the original. The first sequel brings a lot of new ideas to the FPS genre, and is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous visual romp. But more than that, the gameplay mechanics were tightened up from Crysis 1, and all the loose fatty ends cut off. This is a unique and quick-moving FPS experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, it’s a lot more entertaining than the third game.

Crysis 2

Singularity

Singularity is definitely one of the most interesting and entertaining shooters of 2010. It may initially appear familiar to those who’ve played Bioshock and Half-Life, but Singularity creates a unique personality for itself with a phenomenal story, intriguing level design and time-manipulating mechanics.

The game involves a TMD (Time Manipulation Device), which allows players to travel through time and fix the course of history. It may sound awfully confusing, but the time-travelling antics and action vs. consequence theme of the game are its high points with the entire experience delivering a compelling and intriguing narrative.

Singularity

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