What makes a shooter? This article specifically covers shooters where the camera is set in either the first or third person, and gun-based combat makes up the primary core of the experience.

For the longest time, Xbox has been considered the home of console shooters, with its pioneering Xbox Live network atop the Halo franchise. The situation hasn't changed! Here are our picks for the best first and third-person shooters on Xbox One.


Prey is a tremendous title that looks as though it could become some kind of sleeper hit, but that's totally unfair. Prey is a masterpiece.

In Prey, you play as Morgan Yu, a world-renowned scientist working at the TranStar corporation. TranStar has transformed the world with its technology, from sentient hovering robots to brain-modifying Neuromods, that have the capability to grant people skills such as language learning and complex, advanced mathematics in a mere instant.

TranStar's orbital Talos I space station is the site of many of these technological advances, and it's not long after you start playing you'll discover something has gone very, very wrong.

Now overrun with malevolent Typhon creatures, hungry for blood. It's up to Morgan Yu, a pile of Neuromods and prototype, 2030s weaponry to find out the truth about TranStar, and what Morgan's sibling, TranStar CEO Alex Yu, has been up to.

Prey represents the convergence of Deus Ex's huge, open-map layouts and experimental RPG shooter combat, Bioshock's tense, moody atmosphere, and Half Life's theoretical science-heavy plot. If you're a fan of any of those games, you have to consider Prey. Prey is available for $25 to $40.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a bit of a phenomenon, and even in its clunky Early Access state on Xbox One, it's a tour de force of suspenseful action.

In PUBG, it's you (or a small squad of friends) versus 100 other players in an all-out battle to the death. Fight across a huge open-world map, loot weapons on-site, commandeer vehicles, and bash people with frying pans. All is fair in love and war.

PUBG is available in early access for Xbox One at $30.

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Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale (BR) is a PUBG clone with a base-building cartoon-style twist, and it's completely free to play.

In Fortnite Battle Royale, the game follows similar themes as PUBG, in the sense that it's you or a small squad versus 100 other players in sizeable open-world maps. However, in Fortnite, you can construct walls, towers, and other types of fortifications to help you survive.

For what Fortnite BR lacks in PUBG's gritty realism, it makes up for it with a unique take on the format and general value, considering it's free.

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Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 is without a doubt, the quintessential shooter experience available on Xbox One today. It's unprecedented, and dynamic open-world shooter gameplay soars to all new heights with environmental destruction not seen in the series since Bad Company 2.

Taking place in World War 1, Battlefield 1 steps into new territory for a big budget AAA shooter, bringing us the horrors of the world's first industrial-scale war, complete with an extensive arsenal of vicious and inelegant WW1-era weapons.

Explosive 32 vs. 32 multiplayer, sobering, historical campaign gameplay, blisteringly gorgeous Frostbite Engine visuals, and rapid and stable dedicated server infrastructure – Battlefield 1 is DICE's masterpiece. Battlefield 1 costs between $27 and $60 with various bundles, but it's often on sale.

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DOOM is the triumphant return of one of the industry's most celebrated shooter franchises. Going back to basics, DOOM delivers piles of the series' core promise — the ability to kill legions of angry demons in all manner of bloody ways.

Rapid executions, a huge and deadly arsenal, a clever plot and lengthy campaign makes DOOM an example to be followed. Its multiplayer mode isn't too shabby either! DOOM can generally be found for anywhere between $60 and $30, depending on where you buy.

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Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty (CoD) has suffered a decline in recent years, as its classic formula became twisted with gimmicks and other features fans of the series didn't really ask for. Thankfully, the latest installment, Call of Duty: WWII is a return to form for the aging franchise, putting players back into its classic twitch-shooter boots-on-the-ground format.

Call of Duty: WWII, as its name suggests, takes place in the Second World War. Recently accompanied by dedicated servers, players can enjoy classic CoD combat in all of its gritty glory, complete with a versus CPU zombie mode! CoD: WWII is available now for $60.

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Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is the second entry in the futuristic mech twitch-shooter from the creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Take on blisteringly fast and fluid first-person multiplayer combat across several different competitive modes. Unlock a wide array of new class-based mechs, loadouts, and weapons, boasting far more content than its predecessor.

Titanfall 2 also rectifies one of the original game's biggest criticisms, a lack of campaign, delivering a story mode that is surprisingly engaging. If you're a fan of Call of Duty-like twitch shooters, Titanfall 2 takes the format to new heights, often literally. You can grab Titanfall 2 for anywhere between $10 to $40, depending on where you buy it from.

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Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 is the latest entry in the iconic Xbox exclusive franchise. Take control of JD Fenix in an explosive co-op campaign that boasts some of the most impressive cinematic visuals the Xbox One has to offer.

When you're done with the campaign, head into the five-player Horde mode and battle waves of increasingly difficult enemies and bosses, get addicted to a rewarding and deep class-based progression system and unlock piles of cosmetic skins and weapons. If competitive multiplayer is more your thing, Gears of War 4 delivers one of the most finely tuned and six versus modes in the series so far, steeped in visceral, cover-based third-person combat. Gears of War 4 is a great all-rounder for around $40.

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Halo 5

Halo 5

Halo 5 is the latest entry in the Xbox's flagship franchise, and it takes the franchise into uncharted territory. A new enemy is threatening to subjugate humanity, and it's up to Master Chief to unravel the truth behind this new evil. Halo 5 doesn't just boast a classic Halo campaign, but also some of the tightest visuals and gameplay in the business.

The real joy of Halo 5, however, is its multiplayer mode, which has been continuously updated with free content since launch. Split between competitive Arena and an exciting Warzone mode, Halo 5 has the potential to keep you engaged for a very long time. You can pick up Halo 5 for around $20.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein: The New Order kick-started a renaissance of high-quality reboots of classic shooters with its moving reimagining of the franchise that started it all, and its sequel, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus continues that trend.

Play as William "B.J." Blazkowicz in a surprisingly deep single-player story set in an alternative reality where the Nazis won WWII. Navigate the horrors of a totalitarian world crammed with mechanically-enhanced Nazis begging to be killed with Wolfenstein's responsive and bloody shooter combat.

Wolfenstein: The New Order and The New Colossus are examples to be followed when it comes to rebooting classic franchises. Both are tremendous campaign shooters, and Wolfenstein II comes with Xbox One X enhancements to boot. Wolfenstein II is available for $60.

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Overwatch is a purely multiplayer experience from Blizzard Entertainment, best known for Warcraft and Diablo. Overwatch is a 6 vs. 6 class-based shooter where players work together to beat the enemy team in a range of objective-based maps and game modes.

Featuring an eclectic cast of colorful heroes, Overwatch has captured the imagination of millions of gamers with Pixar-style art and shimmering gameplay polish. Overwatch is a pure multiplayer shooter that emphasizes team play above all else. Exciting, dynamic, and fun. Overwatch is available for around $60.

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Metro Redux

Metro Redux is one of the most atmospheric and immersive shooters on Xbox One, and it's also among the best for value.

Comprised of two remastered titles, Metro Redux tells the story of the Ranger Artyom, as he attempts to survive a post-apocalyptic world where the surface of the Earth has become inhospitable. Roaming beasts, radioactive fallout, and cosmic anomalies plague the remaining population, who have turned Russia's Metro system into humanity's last bastion.

Metro Redux is as haunting as it is atmospheric, and will leave a lasting impression on fans of deep single player shooter campaigns everywhere. Redux is often on sale for a very low price, and will given you dozens of hours of play for $30.

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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

Unlike a majority of today's first-person shooters, Rainbow Six Siege puts strategy and forethought at the heart of its gameplay. With flawless portrayal of atmospheric tension, the game sits among the most immersive of multiplayer shooters to date.

Although it initially had a rocky start, dozens of free updates and content drops have rejuvenated the series which now boasts a substantial following. Rainbow Six Siege is available for around $50 digitally or $30 physically, but it's often on sale due to its service nature.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a unique entry on this list, because its gunplay is more a means to induce horror, instead of being central to its gameplay. Still, Resident Evil 7's shift to a first-person viewpoint, coupled with its extremely satisfying and well-designed shooting mechanics, firmly earn it a place on this list as a shooter fans must check out.

Ethan Winters is on a mission to find his wife, who has been missing for several years. After tracking her down to a decrepit plantation deep in a Louisiana swamp, Ethan falls ever deeper into a twisted nightmare that's as terrifying as it is engrossing. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a true return to form for the series that fans of horror games must not overlook. RE7 is available for around $30.

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Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 is an incredible sniping game with an emphasis on tactics and stealth. Playing as Karl Fairburne, your goal is to sneak, snipe and stab your way through World War 2 Italy, on a mission to destabilize Mussolini's fascist regime.

Sniper Elite 4 grants the player various guns and gadgets to deploy across huge, detailed open-world maps. As its namesake suggests, Sniper Elite 4 features industry leading bullet ballistics for its sniping mechanics, complete with gloriously gory x-ray kill cams. This is a game for shooter fans who enjoy a bit of stealth gameplay on the side. Sniper Elite 4 is available for around $60.

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Your turn

There are our picks for the best shooters on Xbox One today. Are there any missing from this list you'd like to see added? Let us know in the comments.

Updated January 16, 2017: We updated this list to include Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Call of Duty: WWII, Fortnite BR, and PUBG.