There’s a learning curve to every video game. You have to play for a while before you become decent at it, and no matter the game, you have to play for quite a long time before you become really good at it. However, there is no denying that some games are easier to pick up than the others – and that’s especially true for first-person shooters.
FPS is arguably the most popular video game genre to ever exist. At this point, we’ve already gone through thousands of these titles, and it seems like new ones are coming out every day. With so many different titles available, it can be quite overwhelming for a newbie to pick the right game to start practising.
On that note, we’ve decided to put together a list of the easiest FPS games for beginners so that they can ease their way into the world of runnin’ and gunnin’. Let’s begin!
1. Counter-Strike Series
The best game for someone that has never played an FPS game before is certainly Counter-Strike. Whether you want to go with Source, CS: Go, or the iconic 1.6 – you’re not going to make a mistake. Counter Strike’s simple game mechanics allow you to learn the basics in a matter of hours. Essentially, this game comes down to who can shoot the best, and with just a little bit of practice – you can become pretty decent at this game.
Also, another great thing about Counter-Strike is that you can ease your way in by playing against the bots before joining live servers and playing against other players.
Many will argue with this pick, but hear us out. While it is true that PUBG probably requires the most skill if you want to accurately control your weapons’ recoil – that is just about it when it comes to the things you need to master. Sure, you’ll need to practice some tactics, rotations, and other strategies if you want to become really good at this game, but when it comes to getting down the basics, all you’ll need to do is dial in your sensitivities right and play the game.
Once you get a hold of that, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy the realistic gameplay and arguably the most realistic gunfight mechanics in the history of FPS video games.
3. Quake Series
This one stirs up some memories… The Quake was one of the first games in the FPS genre. It was a game that actually revolutionized the gaming industry in more than one way. Now, we’re sure some new kids won’t be drawn to mid-90s graphics, but if you get past that visual barrier, we strongly urge you to start with the OG Quake title.
The gameplay’s simple – you run around shootin’ bad guys. The further you progress, the bigger the bad guys become, but so do your guns. With Quake, it’s all about good old fashion fun.
Later titles did get a bit more complex as the gaming industry progressed, but the main theme stayed the same. So, feel free to choose whichever one you want after you finish the original Quake.
4. Destiny 2
The original Destiny was great, but nothing could prepare us for the splash Destiny 2 made when it dropped. Now, we won’t bother you too much with why the sequel is better than the original. You can read more about it on your own if you want, but know this – Destiny 3 will never happen because this game can’t be topped.
This game keeps you on your toes for as long as you’re playing it. Constant grind to level up your gear and become the biggest and meanest on the battlefield is what makes this one excellent for beginners. Sure, grinding might take some time getting used to, but seeing how the power levels reset with each season, new players can easily just hop in and be in the same boat as veterans.
5. Titanfall 2
Many would say that this is the greatest first-person shooter ever made, and all things considered – we’d agree with them. The game is incredibly easy to pick up and learn, which is the main reason why this game is ideal for beginners. But that’s not all there is to this iconic game.
The storyline is borderline brilliant, which is probably our favorite part of the game. No matter how often you replay the campaign – it just doesn’t seem to get boring.
Another thing that makes this game easy and fun for newbies is the fact that there is a wide range of weapons that you can choose from, so you can take your sweet time and find the one that works best for you. Sure, they all have their pros and cons, and not all of them will be ideal in every situation, but we’re sure you’ll get the gist of it after a few days.
6. Halo Series
The same studio that brought your Destiny 2 has also blessed us with numerous Halo titles. At this point, Halo is arguably one of the most legendary FPS titles in history, and if you have the time, we suggest you start your Halo journey with the original game and work your way down the lineup.
Sure, gameplay mechanics will change a bit from game to game, but they’re very intuitive and shouldn’t be too hard to pick up, even if you’re a complete beginner to the genre. With that being said, the latest Halo title will be a bit harder to master than the original one, but hey – good things take time.
7. Apex Legends
Apex might just be another controversial title on our list considering how fast-paced it can get, but for a modern-day battle royale – this one is quite easy to learn. Compared to similar titles, gun mechanics and recoil control are pretty easy to master. Once again, it all boils down to setting your sensitivities right.
Once you do that, you can dive into exploring unique abilities different Legends offer you and figuring out the other caveats of the game, but at that point, you’ll already have a good idea of what this game is all about.
Those were our top seven picks for the easiest first-person games for beginners. We hope you agree with our list, and if you don’t, we would like to hear which titles you would add to our list.