FPS Games are now more accessible than ever thanks to the Xbox Game Pass. For a flat fee per month, you have unlimited access to a library of First-person shooter games which you’re free to try out at any time. FPS Games that you might have been reluctant to try out in the past due to their costs can now be experienced without having to shoulder the full cost of the game.
If you’ve been endlessly scrolling through your Xbox Game Pass library and having a hard time deciding which FPS Games are worth trying out, then you need to know how to separate the good from the bad. Right now there are 59 FPS Games on the Xbox Game Pass that are available so it’s understandable if you’re having some difficulty wondering which is worth your time. You don’t have all day after all and you might be missing out on some gems.
We’ve made this list ranking the FPS Games on Xbox Game Pass from worst to best. You’ll get an idea of which game is for you and which one you should probably take a pass on. Here are all the best FPS games on Xbox Game Pass.
CrossfireX can look like a Call of Duty ripoff on the surface but it’s actually much worse than that. It’s a generic FPS game with unrefined shooting elements beneath all its glamour. CrossfireX also had quite a few problems on release with many Game Pass subscribers being unable to access the promised campaign content on launch. This just isn’t a game we could recommend due to how below average it can be.
Battlefield Bad Company
Battlefield Bad Company is a good game with a solid campaign. Unfortunately its age kind of shows and its multiplayer servers aren’t available anymore. It’s a good game to play for nostalgia but Battlefield Bad Company is just outdated.
Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood is a game that seems like it has all the makings of a great zombie shooter. Unfortunately, it commits to the cardinal sin of being boring and repetitive. The characters are unmemorable and the zombies aren’t really anything noteworthy. There is also a disconnect between the difficulty of Back 4 Blood either being too easy or too hard with its progression putting you into relying too much on RNG cards. This definitely isn’t Turtle Rock Studios’ best work. – Read review.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn’t really all that remarkable. It’s a good FPS built up from the previous Wolfenstein games but it does take several steps back. The main characters aren’t the best written and chances are you won’t really like them much. While there’s plenty to upgrade and improve upon in terms of weapons and armor, the enemies can often be bullet sponges that will only leave you frustrated.
Black is one of those games that definitely show its age. Hailing from the PS2 era, it’s understandable that its gameplay is stiff when compared to the more modern titles on this list. By itself it isn’t a bad game and can even be considered a classic, however many of its mechanics haven’t aged well enough to justify taking your time.
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Despite the number of WW2 games in existence, the perspective of paratroopers is rarely explored. Medal of Honor: Airborne gives us the chance to play as an airborne soldier dropping deep behind enemy territory. It has been a while since Airborne was released back in 2007 so the game is definitely showing its age. It still offers a lot in its campaign if you’re willing to dive in.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction isn’t a bad game. And that’s probably the best compliment to give it. Rainbow Six Extraction does have some interesting ideas which give its own twist on the zombie survival genre. It’s a pretty polished game featuring the established characters from Siege in a spinoff. However, Extraction can quickly become uninteresting if you don’t have a dedicated set of friends to play it with. Many feel like this could’ve been a DLC or expansion to Siege and it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from. – Read review.
Battlefield 1943 is an old classic that is still alive even today. You may be surprised to hear that a handful of players are still playing the multiplayer. While the gameplay is good fun, Battlefield 1943 does show its age and its maps are quite limited with its focus on the Pacific front.
It’s pretty interesting when a franchise known for militaristic shooters takes a break from the military to explore police work. You might be disappointed to hear that Battlefield: Hardline is a lackluster experience despite being a fresh take on the Battlefield formula. The Hardline campaign had unmemorable characters with some cringe-worthy generic dialogue and driving sections that just wasn’t fun. At worst, it feels like a Michael Bay film.
Star Wars Battlefront
The lack of a campaign might deter you from playing Star Wars Battlefront. It’s understandable that a multiplayer-only experience will have a lifetime limit because when the servers shut down it’s gone for good. Star Wars Battlefront is still a beautifully gorgeous game with plenty to offer you. Its servers are still going strong despite its age otherwise you wouldn’t see it on Game Pass at all. The roster of heroes is a bit limited compared to its successor but many actually prefer the lack of lightsaber heroes on the field. – Read review.
Fallout 76 was a game that came out to a lot of ridicule. It was flat out unpolished at launch with numerous bugs, no actual NPCs to talk to, and a staggering lack of content. It seems that Bethesda decided to wise up as Fallout 76 has been receiving numerous updates that increase its longevity. The gameplay is quite similarly structured to Fallout 4 which many may like. If you’ve been cautious about giving Fallout 76 a shot because of initial reception, now’s your chance to give it a go in Game Pass at no extra cost. Just beware that it can be a bit grinding as it is an MMO
You may have heard the jokes of whether or not your PC is powerful enough to run Crysis. Now you shouldn’t have some problems with modern hardware easily being able to take anything the game can throw at it. With a tactical FPS game like Crysis, you’ll have to worry about using your CryNet Nanosuit’s full potential to survive being constantly outnumbered as you make it through the jungles of a southeast Asian country.
Out of all Crysis games, Crysis 3 has the most refined gameplay that takes away some annoyance players felt in the previous games. No longer will your suit energy be drained by simply sprinting allowing you to do more with your CryNet Nanosuit and feel like an utter badass. On the downside, it isn’t as lengthy as the previous games and the protagonist isn’t as memorable.
Crysis 2 improves on much about the gameplay from its predecessor. Combat now feels more tactical as the urban environment gives you plenty of cover and versatility should you decide to take it slow or go in hot. This is quite possibly the most accessible Crysis game to get into. While the story isn’t the most memorable, it does a pretty good job on keeping you interested.
The Anacrusis is a wacky homage to the Left 4 Dead which follows a similar gameplay pattern. This time, replace the undead with aliens and you practically have Left 4 Dead but in space. The Anacrusis counters the ever bleak atmosphere of the usual four-player first person zombie survival with a bright atmosphere and science fiction weapons with a focus more on fun than overall seriousness.
Serious Sam 4
Serious Sam 4 is a good mindless FPS fun that lets you havoc mayhem without thinking too much. If you like games like DOOM, then Serious Sam 4 would feel right at home. Except it’s a bit on the wackier side despite its name. You’ll have to get used to maneuvering around the large crowd of monsters the game throws at you while blasting them in the face. While the gameplay sounds simple on paper, Serious Sam 4 is surprisingly fun.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians could be argued to be one of the worst installments in the Halo franchise. This may be due to the fact that it massively detracts from established characters to introduce a new protagonist that just didn’t sit well with everyone. Despite having one of the highest budgets for a Halo game, it just wasn’t received well by the fans. It isn’t that Guardians is a bad game, but its attempts to modernize the Halo formula just fell flat and it just feels like the series nobody wants to talk about.
RAGE 2 has stellar shooting mechanics and a variety of sci-fi weapons that allow you to decimate opponents with ease. Unfortunately it’s a game that feels a bit uninspired. It has a big open world to explore and you’ll be reminded of Mad Max plenty. However the story is rather generic and characters are uninteresting. It feels like a game that borrows the gameplay loop from the Far Cry franchise a bit too much. RAGE 2 does give you adrenaline pumped action reminiscent of DOOM, so you can go in guns blazing if story isn’t really your thing. Just don’t expect to care about what’s going on.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Payday 2 has been around for quite a while and it’s received numerous updates that give it quite a bit of longevity. This four player co-op FPS is timeless and will require teamwork and strategy to be able to overcome the defenses and get out with the money. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition includes all 20 DLC that were released on consoles.
Deep Rock Galactic
Deep Rock Galactic is a four-player cooperative FPS with procedurally generated levels. You’re tasked with mining precious minerals as you explore and fight through waves of insect-like enemies who are constantly pestering you. Deep Rock Galactic is a game that’s a joy to play with friends and can be surprisingly addicting.
While the WW2 era has been done to death in FPS, Battlefield V still offers a stellar gameplay experience with satisfying shooting mechanics. It was ridiculed at launch from claims by publishers that it was going for a “realistic WW2 experience” and yet shows a woman with a cybernetic arm dodging tanks and a guy with a katana jumping out the window from the second floor in its reveal trailer. While the ridicule was justified, it doesn’t quite paint an accurate portrayal of what Battlefield V has to offer with its fun multiplayer and interesting single player stories.
Fallout 4 does a lot to improve the FPS mechanics of its predecessors. The game is bigger than ever with plenty to do and a massive open world to explore. This post apocalyptic adventure feels like a game that will never end. Guns can be customized and transformed into completely different weapons giving each weapon a more unique and personal feel. However despite Fallout 4’s stellar performance in gameplay, the story can be rather lackluster in comparison to 3 and New Vegas. The narrative just doesn’t do enough to motivate players to getting invested in the story and the lack of interesting characters may drive you away.
Battlefield 1 Revolution
The WW1 era is an unexplored territory that hasn’t been quite touched by many FPS games. Battlefield 1 takes a break from WW2 to creatively think of ways a more previous era can be fun for the genre. And Battlefield 1 does a pretty good job by taking some artistic liberty. While its debut was filled with some funny bugs, those have been long since patched and the game is pretty fun to play.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood brings back much of what the fans love about the Wolfenstein franchise. Zombies have returned and we once again have to explore old castles and crypts with their own secrets to uncover. The Old Blood is a bit of a short campaign only lasting around 6 hours or so. But’s a pleasant enough FPS experience to warrant going through it at least once.
Dishonored is a game that gives you a lot of variety to dispatch your enemies from the shadows. You can blast them with your pistol or quietly wait to strike until they’re alone. You’re given a variety of special abilities that allow you to get quite creative with your kills. Or prefer to take a more pacifist route, the lack of.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
It can be easy to right off Dishonored: Death of the Outsider as something that could’ve simply been a DLC to Dishonored 2. And it was actually meant to be a DLC until they decided to make it into a separate title. While you’re placed back into the same city you do have a new set of skills to use and a new story to explore that brings some closure on the first two games. While it isn’t as repayable as Dishonored 2 and the story is only half as long, Death of the Outsider is definitely capable of standing on its own.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus builds upon the interesting world crafted by its predecessor. You’ll still get to shoot Nazis in satisfying fashion, but New Colossus expands the interesting characters of the previous game by allowing you to spend more time with them in the hub world. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has one interesting campaign that can’t be missed by fans of the FPS genre.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is arguably the best in the franchise. It features an interesting story and satisfying gunplay. Nobody actually expected The New Order to be as good as it was as this is the game that brought back Wolfenstein from the dead. Blasting Nazi’s in the face is always good fun, but even more when there is a compelling narrative to follow. For those seeking the best the Wolfenstein franchise has to offer, there is no better than Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Dishonored 2 builds upon the already excellent gameplay of the first game. This time, you have an even greater variety of supernatural skills and tools at your disposal. Its parkour elements allows for even more versatility in traversal allowing you to plan out some pretty amazing ways to wreck havoc. While Dishonored is a great way to get introduced to the franchise, Dishonored 2 is a more polished and satisfying experience.
Quake III Arena
Quake III Arena is a strictly multiplayer mode as you might have guessed from the title. Unlike its predecessors, there is no dedicated single player campaign, though you can create a match with purely bots. You might be surprised to hear that there is still a dedicated community that is keeping the servers for Quake III Arena alive. It wouldn’t be on Game Pass after all if you couldn’t connect to a match. Quake III Arena is a fun game to hop in and blow other players up.
Quake is one of the oldest games on this list only beaten by DOOM (1993) and as such, you’ll notice that it definitely shows a lot of its age. It’s reminiscent to the gameplay of older DOOM games as it was considered the successor to the DOOM franchise at the time. It features the old school gameplay from the 90’s and can be a fun little distraction to play.
A bleak apocalyptic environment is always fun to play around with. RAGE pushes you into an unforgiving environment with some real freaks to fight against. Unlike its successor, you don’t get a power armor this time around so you’ll have to rely on your ingenuity to combat foes. While the combat is compelling and stellar, the story and characters don’t really suck you in as much as they should.
Prey is proof that FPS games don’t have to be brainless. If you’re the type who likes to run-and-gun then Prey might not be for you. It tasks you to be tactical with your approach and consider what options you have. You’ll most likely spend a lot of time in the game sneaking around using a variety of tools at your disposal to outsmart and outmaneuver the hostile alien species roaming the space station you’re in. Though when push comes to shove, you do have the option of fighting with guns when all other efforts have been exhausted. Prey is a game for the tactical mind.
Battlefield 3 takes place in a modern setting with a pretty interesting setting that depicts both the US and the Russian perspectives. The campaign is actually pretty entertaining that involves a plot to find missing nukes from Russia that have somehow gotten into the hands of terrorists. Not the exactly the most original premise but the twists are actually pretty good.
Lemnis Gate is a competitive team based FPS that experiments with the formula with turned based mechanics. It centers around time loops with both teams using time travel to plan and maneuver around their opponents based on what they know in the previous loop. Lemnis Gate has honestly one of the most refreshing and unique mechanics in the FPS genre to date.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Despite being more than a decade old, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is still one of the best Battlefield games in the franchise. Its strongest aspect is its multiplayer which remains to be well praised even today. The servers are surprisingly still working at the time of this writing and you can go ahead and jump right in.
Battlefield 4 is what every Battlefield game should be. Despite how pretty its successors can be, there’s still a lot of players coming back to Battlefield 4 and for good reason. It has probably one of the best multiplayer in the Battlefield franchise with a stellar campaign to boot. While its debut was notoriously filled with connection issues, those no longer seem to be pester today’s players.
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE is a game with an interesting concept regarding time. Time moves much more slowly when you stand still while turning around and moving around causes it to go much faster. This incentivizes you to stand still during combat to assess the situation and pull off some impressive tactics while dodging bullets. It’s a pretty fun game when you’re setting up your shots and adapting to the situation at hand.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The sheer terror and gore as you survive the decrepit halls of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is an unmatched feeling. Taking some inspiration from famous films like the Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you’re placed into the shoes of a not-so defenseless man roaming the horrific Baker manor. You’ll have to survive with nothing but your wits and guns with the few ammunition you can manage scrounge up.
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars Battlefront II didn’t exactly debut well. This is the game best known for the infamous phrase of EA’s “pride and accomplishment” and a subject to ridicule. However DICE worked through all the negative feedback to make improvements and balance the game significantly over time that they managed to turn opinions around and gain more players. Battlefront II is actually a fun game to play if you can get past the initial public reception.
DOOM II Classic
DOOM II can bring you back to a time when 2D sprites demons were still considered pretty scary. Sure they look like cartoons now and it can be hard to feel scared when you’re a one-man army badass putting them all down with a shotgun. You’ll be surprised how satisfying it is to go through the old school legion of hell.
It might be obvious to say that DOOM (1993) shows its age. With its 2D sprits and outdated textures, one might think that this old classic is no longer fun. However DOOM (1993) can still be a fun little distraction and a great way to come back to the DOOM that started it all.
Quake II is an FPS game every fan of the genre should play at least once in their life. It’s quite an old game but it has one hell of a legacy. Made by the creators of DOOM, there are so many similarities between the older DOOM games and Quake II. Only except you’re not fighting against demons, you’re fighting against hostile aliens who have combined their bodies with the species they conquered. Humanity is next on the chopping block.
DOOM 64 was might many would consider a more apt sequel to DOOM 1993. Both games play similarly so it’s challenging to say which is better than the other. DOOM 64 can give you the old fashion 2D sprite demons to put down once again.
DOOM 3 is a bit of a divisive game from the franchise. Many old school DOOM players didn’t like the survival horror shift that this game introduced. Still on its own, it’s a pretty good FPS game but you might be shocked at how different the atmosphere here is compared to other DOOM games.
Fallout 3 wonderfully blends in RPG elements with FPS mechanics for a game that just went to a genre shift. Breaking away from the top-down point-and-click RPG that was Fallout 2, the third Fallout game expanded itself to introduce a more involving gameplay. This turned out to do incredibly well for the franchise as the its blend of RPG and FPS made it more accessible. It helps that Fallout 3 is one of the best Fallout games for its riveting story, deep RPG system, and an open world begging for exploration.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six gives you a tactical team based shooter where you’re placed into the role of either defender or attacker. You have to work together with your team to coordinate a plan of attack or set up defenses in the proper areas. Rainbow Six is a decent multiplayer shooter with some truly intense moments. Though we’re not going to lie, there is some toxicity in the game with bitter teammates sometimes shooting you in the back.
Halo 4 is 343 Industries first attempt at taking the lead without Bungie. This may discourage some players from exploring what it has to offer. And the differences between the two studios does show where Halo 4 has more smart level designs in comparison the open fields that are easy to get lost in by Bungie. Halo 4 isn’t the best game in the series by far, but it did launch with some heavy and unfair expectations. The campaign is still worth going through and it was one of the most gorgeous games for its time.
Fallout New Vegas
Fallout New Vegas is a strong contender for the best Fallout game ever. The graphics of New Vegas are indeed showing its age, but the charm of its gameplay remains timeless. This is a Fallout game that really gives you liberty to do as you please with multiple different factions to join and interesting characters to meet. The dialogue in New Vegas is well thought out and there’s often a choice between talking someone down or putting a bullet between their eyes.
DOOM has always made you feel like a badass fighting the legions of hell as a one-man-army. DOOM 2016 brings back the old time demon killing classic into the modern era more satisfying than it was. It never feels old to blow apart demon faces with a shotgun and watch the forces of hell slowly become afraid of you.
Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remaster of the original Halo Combat Evolved. If you’re thinking that Combat Evolved was a little too outdated, then Anniversary introduces some new features that help make the game more accessible. You can play through the story of Halo Combat Evolved which was one of the most influential FPS games in Xbox history.
Halo 2 Anniversary
Halo 2 is another great entry to the Halo franchise that was best known for giving two opposing views of between the human forces and the Elites. This was the game the introduced The Arbiter and he’s been an iconic character ever since. Halo 2 Anniversary remasters this old classic to make it more accessible than ever. With better graphics and extra content, this is really one of the best Halo games for you.
DOOM Eternal gives you even more carnage to dive into if you haven’t had enough of DOOM 2016. With its gameplay features widely improved upon, this is the best and most accessible DOOM game to date. It’s amazing how far the series has come throughout the decades and you feel the history it’s built upon itself in DOOM Eternal. Tearing demons apart and blasting their faces has never felt so utterly satisfying.
Halo 3 is widely regarded to be the best in the franchise. The final installment of the original trilogy, Halo 3 brings the humans and the Elites into a ceasefire against a greater interstellar threat looming to eliminate everything we all know and love. Halo 3 is everything you could ever love from Halo.
Halo Infinite is the latest of the Halo franchise which has been in drastic need of a good comeback since the letdown that was Halo 4. And Infinite does finally give the franchise the justice it needed to be popular again. Halo Infinite breaks free from the linear campaign progression of its predecessors to introduce an open world for Master Chief to explore in the campaign filled with plenty of side-content, bosses to fight, and hidden goodies to collect.
Halo 3: ODST
We’ve been so busy playing the super soldiers that we often forget what normal people feel like. Normal is rather relative considering this is the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers we’re talking about and they’re about the most hardcore ground troops the UNSC has without genetic modifications. You’re reminded of your mortality by taking fall damage. You can’t jump as high as a Spartan, you can’t dual wield weapons like a Spartan, and your health doesn’t regenerate like a Spartan. Still, you’re one of the most badass outfits of the UNSC before the Spartans, and you have to show it without all the benefits of super soldiers.
Halo: Reach is considered one of the most gripping narratives in the Halo franchise. It holds a special place in the hearts of fans with its memorable cast and especially bittersweet tale. This is the first in the series to truly explore the bonds between Spartans and give each their own unique identities beyond the super soldiers they’re held as. You’re missing out if you haven’t played Halo: Reach yet.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection gives you everything if you want to get all the numbered Halo installments in one go. Baring Halo 5: Guardians, The Master Chief Collection includes “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” “Halo 2 Anniversary,” “Halo 3,” “Halo 3: ODST,” “Halo 4,” and “Halo: Reach.” The only downside is the sheer size of this bundle so you’ll have to make some room. This is a great way to play the Halo games in order if you want to experience the best the franchise has to offer.
Respawn Entertainment has made what is probably the most underrated FPS game. Titanfall 2 deserved more recognition than it got. The premise of piloting giant mechs and being able to alternate between on-foot combat on the go is wonderfully executed in this game. Titanfall 2 creates some truly outstanding moments as you maneuver around running-and-gunning flexibly on the battlefield and calling down your giant mech to the fight.
This is our list for the best FPS games on Xbox Game Pass ranked. We hope that you managed to get some perspective on which games you want to try out first. Of course, your mileage may vary and there might be games on this list you believe deserve to be higher up.
Xbox Game Pass does have a large library with more than 456 games at the time of this writing. It could be difficult to decide which game you want to download given the variety you get to select. We have other lists that may help you pick.
If you’re looking for more Xbox Game Pass recommendations, then this Youtube video from the XboxCorner might interest you.