Top First Person Shooters from 2010

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The "First Person Shooter" genre is arguably the most popular genre in PC gaming, with dozens of releases each year it's difficult to sift through all of them. This list of the top first person shooter games contains 10 of the best shooters that were released between 2008 and 2010.

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ARMA II

ARMA II

 Bohemia Interactive

Release Date: Jul 2, 2009
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: ARMA, Operation Flashpoint

ARMA II is a modern military tactical action game in which players controls a squad of troops through various combat missions that can include both land and air vehicles. The game is set in a fictitious Eastern European country named Chernarus, whose control fought over by pro-democratic and pro-communist factions. In anticipation of the release next week, Bohemia Interactive has released an extensive demo of the game.

02
of 10

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2.

Valve Corporation

Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Survival Horror
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Left 4 Dead

My top survival horror game finds itself at number 3 in the top 10 first-person shooters. Left 4 Dead 2 is the follow-up to the survival horror co-op game Left 4 Dead in which players take on the role of a survivor who must shoot themselves out of zombie and mutant infested environments and make it to a safe zone/extraction point. Left 4 Dead 2 follows a group of four survivors through five campaigns that stretch from Savannah, GA to New Orleans, LA.

03
of 10

Borderlands

Borderlands screenshot
Borderlands.

Release Date: Oct 26, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Borderlands

Released nearly a year ago the DLC add-ons keep coming for this first-person shooter, adding more fun to the already massive single-player campaign. Borderlands is a first-person shooter that takes place distant planet known as Pandora and puts players in the role of four playable characters each with their own skills and story. The game has plenty of replay-ability with the DLCs, different characters and more.

04
of 10

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 screenshot
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Genre: Action First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Call of Duty

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has been out for a year now and doesn't get as much attention as it's the newest sibling but it's still one of the top shooters available for any system. The game is set in Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Brazil as Sanderson and other members of Task Force 141 try to eliminate a radical military organization known as the Russian Ultranationalists. The game includes a single player campaign, two player co-op, and multiplayer modes.

05
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty Black Ops Rezurrection Screenshot
Call of Duty Black Ops Rezurrection Screenshot.

Release Date: Nov 9, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Cold War
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Despite all of the hype and the many bugs that have been reported upon release Call of Duty: Black Ops is one, the best shooters released this year. With great single and multiplayer game modes it will definitely keep you up at night. This is the seventh title in the best-selling and critically acclaimed Call of Duty series of first person shooters. Developed by Treyarch, Call of Duty Black Ops is set during the height of the cold war and is a sequel to Call of Duty World at War.

06
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Battlefield Bad Company 2 screenshot
Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Release Date: Mar 2, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

A bit of a surprise pick over Call of Duty: Black Ops, but Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a solid game from top to bottom across both the single and multiplayer game modes. It is the sequel to the modern military first person shooter Battlefield Bad Company and like the first game in this Battlefield sub-series, it includes a full single-player campaign that follows a misfit group of soldiers, called Company 'B', as they enter the heat of battle in a fictional war between the United States and Russia.

07
of 10

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 Redux screenshot
Metro 2033 Redux.

Release Date: Mar 16, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Post-Apocalyptic
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

While it's flown under the radar or most of the year Metro 2033 is probably the best game you're not playing right now... but the story, atmosphere, and setting make it well worth a second look. Set in the underground metro system of post-apocalyptic Moscow players take on the role of an elite soldier as he adventures through the Metro and eventually above ground.

08
of 10

BioShock 2

BioShock 2 screenshot
BioShock 2.

Release Date: Feb 9, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

BioShock 2 was an early 2010 release that received very favorable reviews. In it, players return Rapture some 10 years after the original game, yet this time their not coming down like an airplane crash victim. This time players will take on the role of a Big Daddy as the unlock more secrets of the underwater world of Rapture.

09
of 10

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor screenshot
Medal of Honor.

Release Date: Oct 12, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Medal of Honor thrusts players into a fierce and compelling storyline from the opening credits of the single-player campaign. It's this excellent single-player campaign that earns Medal of Honor a spot on the top shooters list. The multiplayer portion, while fun and competitive lacks some of the polish we've come to expect from DICE, who just so happens to be the same developers behind the top shooter, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

10
of 10

Singularity

Singularity screenshot
Singularity.

Release Date: Jun 29, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Singularity is another game that's was received relatively but does not seem to have gotten a lot of press. It's a sci-fi first-person shooter from Raven Software that puts players in the role of Nate Renko a Black Ops soldier sent to a mysterious island after strange electromagnetic surges are detected. It turns out that the island was used by the Soviets for secret experiments during the Cold War.