Note that Crysis and Crysis Wars are dead due to the gamespy shutdown, so if you're getting these games then you're getting them only for the single player (which is good in Crysis). It's a shame too, since these along with Natural Selection 2 are by far my most respected PvP shooters. They're not just mindless shooting like most others, there is a lot of strategy involved, far more than any other PvP shooter.
So on that note, if you want a great (the best in my book) PvP shooter then look at Natural Selection 2
, which has the most gameplay diversity, it is by far the most strategically demanding and teamwork intensive PvP shooter, and it has a high skill ceiling.
Another good one is Rising Storm
, which is like a more mature, PC focused version of Battlefield, like a proper evolution of BF1942 (which, along with BF2 and BF2142, are way better than today's dumbed down consolized Battlefield games like BF4 and BF3) although there is no aircraft in Rising Storm. Nonetheless it's far more tactical, authentic, and intense than Battlefield can ever dream of being.
to me is like a more tactical, authentic counterpart to Counter Strike with awesome weapon customization, so that's another game I recommend.
Katana mentioned PAYDAY 2
and Killing Floor
and I support these recommendations. However I don't think Killing Floor has a high skill ceiling, you just need to know where to go (follow your teammates), know which weapons are the best, and shoot things. PAYDAY 2 on higher difficulties is the most rewarding shooter and one of the most strategic, it really needs to be played in private co-op just like ArmA 3.No More Room in Hell is free
, and it's a hardcore survival co-op shooter, better than Killing Floor and Left 4 Dead 2 in my opinion. Note that Killing Floor 2 comes out this year most likely.Serious Sam HD
(both parts) is the most fun arcade co-op shooter on the planet in my opinion, so that's another one worth looking into. It's much better than the newer Serious Sam 3 due to having more and much cooler weapons, more enemy diversity, and far larger and more creative level design.
If you have interest in single player shooters, look no further than Metro 2033 Redux
and Metro: Last Light
(Redux). They have excellent stories that actually takes player interaction into account, advanced survival mechanics, and outstanding (more authentic) shooting mechanics.
I also have to recommend Underhell
especially because it's free
. It's more than a shooter; it's also a hardcore survival horror game, a stealth game, and a very interesting psychological horror game. It isn't complete yet (they're up to chapter 1 out of 4, so it's an episodic game) but it's off to a magnificent start, and it's free so you may as well give it a try if you want a riveting story experience.Rainbow Six 3
with Raven Shield 2.0 mod has to be the most brutal, tactical, and strategic shooter on the planet. Even though it's old it does far more than today's kid's shooters, and is one of my highest recommended shooters. It's about as much a shooter as it is a strategy game (though it's not a formal strategy game if that's what you picture).Edited by boredgunner - 1/10/15 at 11:16am