Every now and then, a game genre has an absurd rise in public interest and gains notoriety for a while. But shooting games always seem to be on the rise and never fail to have their place in the sun.
With that in mind, Olhar Digital put together this list of the best shooting games, both for those who prefer to play on PC and for those who love mobile games. There are several games full of nuances that fit with what different players are looking for.
So check your ammo, set your sights, take a deep breath and let's go!
What are the best shooting games for PC?
When it comes to the best shooters for PC, some classic examples come to mind. But the truth is that there is a huge diversity of great games, which please all types of shooter game players.
First-person shooter, battle royale, single or multiplayer, online or offline, with cooperation or not, fantasy or realistic scenarios, classic games or games so new that they haven't even been released yet. In this list you will find different types of games among the best shooting games for PC and you will surely find the one that best fits what you are looking for!
To start the list of the best shooters on the right foot, let's go with Battlefield V. A first-person shooter set during World War II, Battlefield V promises a war experience like you've never seen.
It is possible to take on the multiplayer mode, joining a squad, or go through the single player experience in War Stories mode.
Battlefield V is developed by DICE and published by Electronics Arts, and is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Now if your search is for a more frenetic game, betting on DOOM Eternal may be your best option. The game is the sequel to a reboot created in 2016 and challenges you to exterminate hours of demons using your arsenal of mega varied weapons.
'DOOM Eternal' is an extremely fun first-person game, with the player taking on the role of the Slayer and trying to stop the destruction of humanity. But as I already mentioned, the gameplay is super frenetic, so don't blink, you could end up dead.
The game is developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, and is available in versions for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
If it comes to the best shooters for PC, you can't go wrong with the good old Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Launched in 2012, the game is a free-to-play online tactical FPS, which is still going strong and has a passionate community of players, both for playing and watching, after all CS:GO is one of the most popular games when subject is eSports.
If you've played the classic version released back in 1999, popular in the old lan houses of the early 2000s, you'll enjoy returning to the world of CS. Things haven't changed that much, there are new maps, new characters and weapons, the graphics are better, but the essence of the game remains the same.
CS:GO is available for PC (Windows, Linux, MacOS) and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (US version via PlayStation Network).
Is your search for the best battle royale shooter games? PUBG has to be on the list, after all it was this game that put this type of game on the map. The difference of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is how realistic the game is, which takes the required strategy to another level.
The game was released in 2017, but remains super popular around the world, with a 100-player map that shrinks in size until only one survivor remains. The goal, of course, is for that survivor to be you. 'PUBG' still has a mobile version.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds can be played on PC (Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android and iOS.
Like CS:GO, Valorant is a free-to-play online tactical FPS game, in which two teams of 5 players are placed on a map and must either eliminate the opponent, or plant a bomb – known as a Spike – and cause it explodes, or defuse the opposing team's bomb.
Unlike CS:GO, each player in Valorant takes on the role of a character with unique abilities. With a more cartoonish visual style, the game is from the same League of Legends developer, Riot.
Valorant is available for PC (Windows).
Another one that is among the best games for PC is Splitgate, another free online FPS that bets on fast-paced gameplay, with frenetic combats and with the game's great differential: the portal mechanics, which make it possible to move around the map, or even attack opponents through them.
Thus, knowing the map in depth becomes essential, and the game becomes much more unpredictable.
Splitgate is a game developed and published by 1047 Games and is available for PC (Linux and Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Another one that ranks among the best PC first-person shooters is Overwatch. The game has dozens of maps and characters, different modes and constant updates that keep things interesting.
As the characters are varied and with different characteristics, this hero shooter style game challenges you at all times and requires a high level of cooperation between players. Overwatch is another game that has a strong focus on eSports.
Overwatch is a game by Blizzard Entertainment and is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Rainbow Six Siege
In a list of the best shooting games, Rainbow Six Siege could not be left out. The Tactical FPS, which can be played in online or offline mode, has a legion of fans and not for nothing. The game is extremely tactical and needs persistence if you are an inexperienced player.
There are 19 categories of characters, the so-called Operators, who have weapons, combat tools and different functions, which require a high understanding of the game and level of cooperation between players.
Rainbow Six Siege is a game from Ubisoft and can be played on PC (Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Escape From Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov is still in beta, but it has already made it into this list of the best shooters for PC. The reason? The experience is very extreme and realistic. You have no health bar, no minimap, and nothing to guide yourself with. It's you and your character and the setting and the enemies.
The objective the name itself says: you need to escape from the (fictional) Russian city of Tarkov. The game is an online battle royale and brings typical elements of RPG games, with new skills, equipment and developments for your character as the game progresses.
Escape From Tarkov is being developed by Battlestate Games and has no official release date yet. The beta version is available for PC (Windows).
left 4 dead 2
If you're looking for the best shooters for the low-end PC, this one needs your attention. Left 4 Dead 2 is an FPS with competitive and cooperative modes, the second being the game's real strength, in which four players have to go through different stages trying to eliminate hordes of zombies.
Despite not being free-to-play, the game is not by far one of the most expensive and the machine's requirements will cheer up those who don't have a very powerful PC. And the best part: you kill zombies.
Left 4 Dead 2 is a game from Valve, and is available for PC (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) and Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Released in 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone is part of one of the most famous franchises that always appear on lists of the best shooting games for PC. The gameplay is one of the most intense, making it so much fun to play. Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale and is part of the game CoD: Modern Warfare, but does not require the purchase of the same to play.
This integration makes the game receive many updates and news, which include new weapons, characters and maps. It features an online multiplayer mode where 150 players meet in the fictional city of Verdansk.
Call of Duty: Warzone is developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software and published by Activision, and is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Destiny 2 is a free-to-play adventure FPS released in 2019 which has both online and offline modes. The game has vast content and original gameplay, with breathtaking scenarios and typical RPG elements, which include PvE (player versus environment), PvP (player versus player), level system and classes.
On the other hand, you may find it difficult to evolve in the game without making investments. Destiny 2 requires a higher level of dedication, but if you enjoy following the evolution of your characters and delving into a universe, this might be the game for you.
Destiny 2 is developed by Bungie and published by Activision and in addition to the PC (Windows) version, it is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Sniper Elite IV
If you've arrived here and still haven't found what you're looking for, take a close look at Sniper Elite IV, because it has big differences from the games already mentioned. For starters, it's a stealth tactical FPS, in which the player must avoid being seen.
That's because, the name says, you become an elite sniper and have the mission to kill fascists faithful to Mussolini. Sniper Elite IV is set in 1943 Italy, and follows the events surrounding Karl Fairburne, who along with the Italian Resistance, seeks to free the country from fascism. The game has single player and multiplayer modes.
Sniper Elite IV is a game by Rebellion Developments and is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Borderlands 2 arrived in 2012 and has already earned a sequel, but it continues to be seen as the best game in the franchise. The FPS with RPG elements that has both online and offline modes, and can be played in single-player, multiplayer and co-op. The game pleases both shooting game fans and those who are more interested in the RPG genre.
In the game, you choose one of four new characters to face a world full of creatures, and set out in search of revenge and redemption on the unpredictable, bizarre and incredible planet of Pandora.
Borderlands 2 was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games and is available for PC (Linux and Windows, with Mac OS X conversion), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Switch, and has PS Vita conversion.
Grand Theft Auto Online features an online multiplayer experience that receives constant updates. The game is not 100% a shooter, but it makes the list anyway. It is possible to play deathmatch matches, participate in races and even enter missions with cooperation from other users.
But if you're interested in GTA Online, you'd better be interested in playing 'Grand Theft Auto V'. The game cannot be purchased separately from GTA V, it is necessary to purchase the main game to play.
GTA Online is developed and published by Rockstar, and has versions available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with conversions for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Apex Legends has already arrived with a bang, when it debuted in 2019 as a spin-off of the Titanfall series. It is a free-to-play online battle royale quite different from other games of the genre. The game has mechanics of super jumping, teleportation, illusions, bombing and the Legends, characters with super captivating stories and personalities, which gives the game all the differential.
The characteristics of Legends, added to Respawn Beacon, a map tool that allows you to mark objects, locations and players on the screen, make Apex Legends one of the most interesting games when it comes to shooting games.
Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, and is available for PC (Windowns), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, with conversions for Nintendo Switch and mobile (Android and iOS).
The newest game in the Halo franchise, Halo Infinite arrived a short time ago and has already conquered its space here. The game is an FPS and has single-player modes, as well as multiplayer, which is free-to-play, a differential in relation to other games in the Halo family.
In the game, Master Chief returns with a gigantic challenge to try to save humanity, facing a group of mercenaries, the Bandits.
The game developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios is available for PC (Windows), Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
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The best shooting games for mobile
If you're looking for the best mobile shooting games, now's your turn! Mobile games, in addition to performance, need greater fluidity to run well on mobile devices.
As with PC games, we've brought a wide variety of options for shooter enthusiasts to explore. Between battle royales and FPS, lots of zombies and games with RPG elements, check out the list of best mobile games!
To start the list of the best mobile shooting games with everything, let's go with the Fortnite sensation. With battle royale modes, where survival at any cost is the objective, and Save the World, with up to 100 players together at the same time in search of a mission, Fortnite presents a wide universe, with scenarios ready to be explored.
You discover weapons, tools and gadgets, acquire skills, face monsters, traps and forces of nature. And the best: you can join friends and enjoy this adventure.
Fortnite is available on Android and you can download the game here, and now it returns to iOS via Nvidia GeForce NOW.
Another mega-success of the games to make the list is Free Fire, with a game full of action and adventure, which conquered and still conquers fans around the world. Free Fire is a multiplayer battle royale, with 50 players involved in a battle where survival is what matters.
Players arrive at the same time on an island, with weapons and tools scattered around, and they need to eliminate all opponents in order to complete their objective.
Parachute into this adventure by downloading Free Fire, available for Android, on the PlayStore, and iOS, on the AppStore.
After two battle royales, we're going with Shadowngun Legends, an FPS with several RPG elements, in which it's possible to play in single player mode, but the real fun is in the multiplayer in PvP (player vs player) or co-op.
In Shadowngun Legends, it is possible to team up with other players to defeat bosses that are impossible to defeat alone, and the PvP mode even has 6 different options, which makes battles between players even more unpredictable.
Shadowngun Legends is available for Android and iOS.
dead effect 2
With single and multiplayer modes, Dead Effect 2 is a survival horror FPS, with lots of action and adventure, and will greatly please players looking for a dash of science fiction and online RPG elements. Players are sent on a mission outside Earth to face the mission of dealing with a contagious experiment. Yes, zombies in space!
With breathtaking sound effects that elevate players' immersion, you'll need to scrutinize everything to find out what's going on and eliminate the threat.
Dead Effect 2 is available for iOS and Android, but you can also play it on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
dead trigger 2
More zombies? Dead Trigger 2 is a survival horror FPS with a narrative full of details and with total player control.
The idea of the game is simple: kill zombies. Kill all zombies. But there are obstacles such as traps and snipers. Also, it's good to be aware, because there are zombies of different appearances and agility. You need to complete a wide variety of primary and secondary missions.
Among others, Dead Trigger 2 is available for Android, iOS.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile is pure fun. My favorite on the list has fans all over the world and carries the weight of the Call of Duty franchise, and manages to live up to the name well. Free-to-play multiplayer FPS is an agile and exclusive version for smartphones and tablets.
The more you play, the better your aim becomes and the map contains different paths that make everything even more fun. All this with multiple players on the map.
Call of Duty: Mobile is available for Android and iOS.
The definition of an underrated game, Cover Fire has quality and graphics worthy of PC games, with good gameplay on mobile, with full experiences in both online and offline versions. From elaborate campaigns to PvP (player vs player) competitions with vehicles and lots of weapons, Cover Fire could be the game you're looking for.
It is still possible to play a Zombie Mode, which receives constant updates, making everything much more varied.
Cover Fire is available for Android and iOS.
If you're into the NOVA game franchise, NOVA Legacy is the latest game in the hit game series. The game is for those science fiction fans, who enjoy games with robots, ships and futuristic themes.
With simple gameplay and top-notch graphics, NOVA Legacy is an FPS with a single player campaign mode and up to 8-player multiplayer in online matches.
NOVA Legacy is available for Android and iOS.
The Walking Zombie 2
More zombies? More zombies! The Walking Zombie 2 is another shooting game with survival and RPG elements. The game has primary and secondary quests, NPCs, achievements, and a story based on a zombie apocalypse.
The missions are linked to killing zombies and fulfilling objectives. The game has cartoonish and flashy graphics and innovative mechanics for mobile shooting games, and it even has minigames and skins, making everything even cooler.
The Walking Zombie 2 is available for Android and iOS.
This one is for Counter Strike fans. Do you like classic shooting games and looking for something similar for mobile? Counter Attack is a multiplayer FPS with mechanics very similar to Valve's game. Likewise, we have terrorists and counter-terrorists, with one side planting a bomb and the other trying to stop it.
Counter Attack is available for Android and iOS.
What is the most played shooting game?
With so many options, many people prefer to simply follow the majority to decide what to play. According to data from Steam, PUBG Battlegrounds was the most played shooter in 2021. The game even topped the list among games of all genres. Others on this list are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends and Halo Infinite.
Among the best sellers, there is also dominance when it comes to shooting games: Destiny 2 is number 1 on the list, followed by GTA V and Apex Legends. And now, according to data from Epic Games, Rainbow Six Extraction, the sequel to Rainbow Six Siege that was just released, is the best-selling game on the platform.
Another one that always appears in the lists of the most played games is the mega-success Fortnite, which grows more and more every day.
Shooting games are found on different platforms, styles and for a wide variety of tastes, so with so much variety you can get a little lost in this world. Now, with this complete and full list of great shooters for PC and mobile, it's time to pick your favorites and get into the action.
Found the game for you? So enjoy and share this list with your friends to combine a good session of online shooting games.
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