8. Time Crisis
Year of Release: 1995
Namco’s 1995 masterpiece was one of the most iconic arcade games that came out in the realm of arcade first-person rail shooters – it was pretty much one of the centerpieces of every 90s arcade known to man. Man, people used to cut class for this game – that’s how popular it was back then. Millennial gamers, pay respects to one of the forerunners of FPS gaming!
7. Counter Strike
Year of Release: 1999
Counter-Strike is like the cancer of video games: If you don’t get it out of your life early on, it will force you to undergo chemo and have a prolonged recovery. What we meant to say is that it will take over your life completely. Originally a mod to 1998’s Half-Life, it is one of the most addictive multi-player experiences ever created. Attracting millions of players, it still has running servers for the more than a decade old title.
6. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Year of Release: 1997
If the first Dark Forces was well-received just because it was our first glimpse of the Star Wars universe in a first-person shooter, Jedi Knight earned every bit of its critical adoration as a much better game and realization of the Star Wars universe. The production values were just through the roof for the time, with full-motion video and a full cast of actors lending the world a cinematic feel. The levels were huge and expansive, contributing a feeling of massive scale. The shooting was likewise fine, but the game really came alive when Kyle Katarn set down his path toward Jedi knighthood and the various force powers were unlocked. To say that they transformed the game is an understatement, as powers such as force speed and force jump completely changed which areas you’re able to access. Between this game and its Mysteries of the Sith expansion, it’s one of the best single-player stories ever told in the Star Wars universe.—Jim Vorel