Best First Person Shooter Franchises of All Time

Some games are stand-alone games, but the best games are those that have several titles in their franchise. Here are a few of the best gaming franchises and their impact in the world of gaming!


This is the first game that Valve, the creator of Steam, created in 2004. Half-Life was the first time that a first person shooter game tried to put an amazing story into their game. The Half-Life story started with Half-Life 1, and followed the adventures of a scientist that is exploring and fighting an alien species that invaded Earth. Half-Life 2 picks up the adventure again after the scientist is woken from a coma and has to face an even worse alien threat. Gamers have waited for a Half-Life 3 since the day Half-Life 2 came out; to date, nothing has come of it, to the chagrin of many thousands of people.


This was the second first person shooter game ever made, and it was the one that really popularized the genre. It features the adventures of “The Doomguy,” a marine who is stationed on Mars. The massive corporation UAC deals with dimensional transportation and accidentally opened a portal to hell, which caused demons to flood to Mars and eventually make it to Earth. Doom 2 follows the adventures of the Marine on Earth. Doom 3 is a prequel and reboot; it is more about horror than shooting. You have to slowly crawl through the base and fight demons that you find. Doom 4 returns to the shooter genre; it is an all out demon massacre. This fps franchise has withstood the test of time; I STILL play the original 1993 Doom for fun.


This franchise is the 1st fps game ever invented. Made by the same company that made Doom, this game follows the exploits of B.J. Blaskovich as he slays the Nazi regime. This game was rebooted in 2009 with Wolfenstein: The New Order, where the Nazis dropped an A-Bomb on NYC and took over the world. This game is violent and dark, but it is FUN. The protagonist Blaskovich also is the ultimate video game hero; he wears winter gear that looks much like gear from Winter Badass.

He also wears the best ski helmets for missions in the snows of Eastern Europe. This game has a long history and a bunch of loyal players, even today.


This Xbox franchise is one of the most popular game franchises in the entire world. It follows the exploits of space marines destroying the alien force known as the Covenant, who want to destroy the Earth. This game helped to perfect the modern fps game; it offered more powerful weapons and graphics than any game before, and offered the largest maps that any game had ever created.

Games like these are the reason gaming is amazing today; these are some of the biggest influences in gaming today. Without these games, we would never have franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Need For Speed. We owe a lot to these games!