Tactical shooters are very different from casual first person shooters. Here are the top ten representatives of the genre.
The main feature of the tactical shooter subgenre is the constantly evolving gameplay, which is why the threshold for entering such games is quite high, especially for casual gamers. These games tend to use multiple gadgets, and careful planning of attacks before matches is common. Tactical shooters require patience from players and the ability to coordinate their actions with each other.
At the moment, the genre feels better than ever, because new tactical shooters come out with enviable consistency. Fortunately, most of them feature ranked multiplayer matches, where matchmaking is based on your skill level. Therefore, even if you have never played tactical shooters, the genre is worth taking a chance and trying any of the projects below.
Insurgency is a tactical first-person shooter that immerses you in intense street gunfights and close-quarters combat. And its tactical component is especially noticeable in modes where it is necessary to keep one point from enemy attacks. Insurgency pleases with an extensive selection of weapons and 16 maps, each of which is made in a day and night version.
And since the developers have stated that they intend to keep the game fresh with content, it will not lose its relevance for a long time to come.
If you loved the heist missions the most in Grand Theft Auto V and you want to see a full heist game, then don’t miss Payday 2. The game was released in 2013 and is currently on sale at a big discount on Steam. Its gameplay looks solid these days, and therefore multiplayer, designed for 4 people, will give you a lot of fun.
Play here for the team of robbers from the first part of Payday, using tactics to complete tasks of varying degrees of illegality. In some missions, you will even be given a walk around Washington, which is very rare in such games.
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Star Wars: Republic Commando, released back in 2005, was already considered a game ahead of its time. Unfortunately, these days it does not look so fresh against the background of numerous competitors, but this tactical first-person shooter definitely deserves either a remaster or a full-fledged remake, created from scratch.
Play here as a clone from the Republican army, under the control of which is an elite squad. In each mission, you can give orders to your wards in order to exterminate crowds of enemies as efficiently as possible. Star Wars: Republic Commando is a unique game of its kind, if only for the reason that it remains the only tactical shooter in the Star Wars universe.
Arma 3 is set in a massive military sandbox. You will have at your disposal 20 types of vehicles and 40 types of weapons, so you can enjoy a lot of different experiments. Of course, Arma 3 is best revealed when you alternate between using different tactics – both in singleplayer and in multiplayer matches.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3
This is yet another game with tactical gameplay that has been verified to the smallest detail, ahead of its time. Even before the famous Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, the third part of Rainbow Six appeared on the market, which dominated the genre of tactical first-person shooters.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 has been released on multiple platforms including PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. Interestingly, the first attempts to popularize online gaming belonged to the developers of the Sega Dreamcast console, but they would have remained in vain if not for the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Despite the fact that a significant part of the game takes place in the open world, the gameplay of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is built on a tactical approach. Your main task is to stop the Santa Blanca drug cartel, which seeks to build its own separate state.
And if you are only interested in strategic battles, not the plot, then especially for you in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, an online 4×4 mode called “The War of Ghosts” has been created, where you can hone your tactical skills on tight maps.
Escape From Tarkov
It should be noted in advance that the shooter Escape from Tarkov is not very common in the gaming community, since it uses its own launcher, as Fortnite did at first. And the main feature of Escape from Tarkov is incredibly detailed inventory management. Gear management in this tactical shooter is inspired by survival simulators such as PUBG and Z1 Battle Royale.
The game is still in beta testing since July 2017.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 deservedly ranks among the highest in the tactical first-person shooter genre. In it you have to get used to the role of a squad leader who is trying to thwart the plans of a terrorist organization trying to take over Las Vegas.
The gameplay of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 has become noticeably prettier since the previous part, but something has remained unchanged: rash firefights almost always end sadly, while using all the tactical capabilities of the game allows you to flawlessly complete any mission.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The tactical shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, like other parts of the series, encourages well-coordinated team action in every possible way. And although the graphics here are noticeably inferior to modern games, the gameplay has only continued to improve since the release.
The developers from Valve focused not on the visual part, but on more important things, thanks to which the tactical gameplay in Counter-Strike Global Offensive is close to ideal.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
No list dedicated to tactical shooters is complete without Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. It is a clever mixture of a good shooter and numerous tactical mechanics. In Rainbow Six Siege, players have at their disposal a lot of all kinds of gadgets that allow them to successfully complete tasks in matches (as a rule, it all comes down to either rescuing hostages or clearing bombs).
Rainbow Six Siege is one of those games that you just can’t tear yourself away from after a couple of matches, and the PS5 version has become even better, because it has noticeably prettier graphics. At the moment, the popularity of the project is breaking all records, and this is unlikely to change even after the release of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine in 2021.