As a single-player or multiplayer FPS experience Perfect Dark is unparalleled on the console systems.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Not only is this easily the best of the Xbox launch games, but it's easily one of the best shooters ever, on any platform.
It's not just one of the single most atmospheric games ever created, but it's also quite simply one of the best.
Unreal Tournament (1999)
Unreal Tournament is the most complete first-person shooter available.
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
The first of three sequels in Blizzard's legendary sci-fi real-time strategy series focuses on the Terran faction.
Crysis is a Sci-Fi FPS game for the PC in which mankind must struggle to survive in the face of an alien invasion.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
There are new weapons, enemies, and levels, but the game engine and basic play are essentially the same.
Bungie's popular first-person shooter makes its debut on the Xbox 360 with Halo 3.
A prequel to the original Halo, Halo: Reach follows a SPARTAN squad as they fight the Covenant on a besieged fortress world.
Gone Home is a first-person game entirely about exploration, mystery, and discovery.
What really makes Battlezone so special is the way it blends the adrenaline rush of first-person action games with the strategy and resource management of Red Alert.
Half-Life is the closest thing to a revolutionary step the genre has ever taken.
FreeSpace 2 is one of the best space sims ever made and is a solid candidate for game of the year.
Despite a rather short campaign and a disappointing storyline, Halo 2 is an exceptional shooter that frequently delivers thrilling, memorable, and unique moments in its online, co-op, and single-player modes.
Unreal Tournament 2004
No other multiplayer-focused action game has this much to offer.
Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II
Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II improves upon its predecessor and serves up one of the best showcases for Nintendo's new system and an equally impressive game.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
It's easily one of the most-impressive games on the Xbox and seems destined to be remembered as the most inspiring collaboration between Hollywood and the gaming industry yet.
Cavedog has done a commendable job of taking the basic mechanics of real-time strategy and using them to create something new.
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri
A breakthrough in outdoor 3-D action sims, Terra Nova gives mech games and flight sims something to aspire to.
If you don't like Descent at least a little bit, make no mistake, there is something wrong with you.
Dino Crisis 2
Dino Crisis 2 avoids the stereotypes of the genre and delivers one of the most refreshing takes on the third-person action shooter to date.
Half-Life 2 is a very impressive and engaging shooter, and a faithful follow-up to one of the greatest PC games of all time.