Top 3rd Person Shooter Games of All-Time

Gameranx takes a look at 30 of the best 3rd person shooter games of all time with titles that champion the genre’s greatest qualities.

February 17, 2016 Update: This list has been updated with several upcoming games that promise to be the best the genre has ever seen. It includes titles for the PC, Xbox One and PS4. We’ve subsequently reordered this list to make more sense. 

3rd person shooter games aren’t as numerous as their first person counterparts, but they remain no less visceral despite the detachment from the character’s point of view. If anything, the third person viewpoint lends more familiarity to the characters under your control—by giving you a tangible character with whom to relate.

In a third person shooter, you see your character from over the shoulder, directing their movement from a viewpoint outside of their own. The perspective allows players to have a full view of the character’s surroundings and works particularly well for games in which stealth is a key element, and any game with climbing or platforming. It’s a lot less disorienting to watch a character scale a wall from behind than it is to view something like that in first person, where all you can see is the wall directly in front of you.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the greatest games in the third person shooter genre of all time.

Upcoming: Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 promises to be everything the previous game in the series wasn’t. It offers fully destructible environments and devastation on a level like no other game before it. Entire structures can come collapsing down in a way that we haven’t seen since Red Faction Guerrilla, which is also further up on this list.