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The History of Great First-Person Shooters (Infographic)

I was contacted recently asking if I would like to share an infographic with my readers. I have a secret love of infographics, and this one tracks the history of great FPS games. I’m also a sucker for first-person shooters, so a-posted it shall be! Here’s a glimpse, but it’s pretty long, so follow after the cut to view the whole thing.


Click “Continue Reading” to see the rest.

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And here it is! Seems pretty inclusive to me. Can you think of anything they missed?


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  1. Stabs

    You forgot DUST514!

    Shurely shome mishtake!

    (Nice to see you blogging again).
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    1. Chris "Syeric" Coke

      Thanks, Stabs! I didn’t actually make this infographic. Just found it kind of neat šŸ™‚

      But yeah, the omission of DUST514 is just tewwible.

  2. Bernard

    I think Rise of the Triad was the first FPS to feature dual-wielded weapons.

  3. xXJayeDuBXx

    Great graphic!

  4. Jon Bard

    Quake 2!!! But they did get Quake and Quake 3. Pretty awesome
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    1. Jon Bard

      Also, I think one of the most important things to note was how the mod versions of the games pushed the genre ahead, like Quake 2 Team Fortress / Weapons factory etc.!
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  5. Xenovore

    I’ve played a lot of FPS games and I must say there are some glaring omissions actually. The list seems rather cherry-picked and half-assed to me.
    What about:
    * Midi Maze: First networked FPS
    * Heretic: Took the FPS into a fantasy setting (followed by Hexen and Hexen 2).
    * Unreal: Introduced procedural textures.
    * Quake 2: Introduced colored lightmaps calculated via radiosity.
    * Rainbow Six: Introduced the tactical FPS.
    * Far Cry: Introduced the outdoor sandbox FPS with advanced vegetation and long view distances.
    * Quake Wars: Introduced terrain megatextures.
    * Planetside: First MMOFPS
    * Mirror’s Edge: Although not truly a shooter, introduced parkour-style movement.
    * Left 4 Dead: Introduced the AI director and polished co-op play.
    * Rage: Introduced megatexturing on all surfaces.

    While not necessarily “game changers”, these have all contributed to the genre:
    * Encounter
    * FAKK
    * Thief
    * Rogue Spear
    * Ghost Recon
    * Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
    * Shogo
    * F.E.A.R. 1-3
    * Serious Sam
    * The Elder Scrolls games (hey, if Portal is in there, why not?)
    * Arx Fatalis (ditto; and innovative rune drawing on the screen to cast spells)
    * Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 & 2
    * Quake 4
    * Splinter Cell
    * Metroid Prime
    * Aliens vs. Predator
    * Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (FPS RPG)
    * S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
    * Metro 2033
    * System Shock
    * Bioshock
    * Bioshock 2
    * Portal 2 ( if Portal AND every iteration of Battlefield and Call of Duty is in there, why not?)
    * Borderlands 2 (ditto)
    * Unreal Tournament 2003 & 2004
    * Unreal Tournament 3
    * Far Cry 2
    * Brink
    * Team Fortress
    * Xotic
    * Deadspace
    * Dishonored
    * Far Cry 3
    * QuakeLive

    Also, I had to laugh when I saw “grenade jumping” next to Quake; somebody obviously never played Quake. Quake is known for introducing rocket jumping; although grenade jumping is possible, it’s not particularly useful.

  6. Brian Johnson

    You should definitely put Quake in the infographic dude. But i like your infographic though. My favorite is definitely is Doom.. As a matter of fact, i’m planning to play, actually, to re-play Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil on my classic Xbox in this holiday season because it’s really an awesome game with amazing graphics. It’s just fun to play and the weapons at my disposal are insane and huge.. Hahaha.. Oh yeah, don’t forget about Half life too. The other best FPS game across the gaming industry.
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