2. Battlefield 1
Year of Release: 2016
Delivering an online FPS experience that forgoes the obvious WWII setting for the much more mysterious and unexplored war time era of 1914-1918, Dice ingenuously created the most immersive war game ever with Battlefield 1, largely thanks to the Frostbite engine’s gorgeous graphics and responsive gunplay.
Although taking a certain amount of liberty with aspects such as reload speed, weapon variety, and map layout, Battlefield 1 propels the genre forward by looking back, still featuring totally destructible environments in which to do it in. If you’re not a fan of the futuristic online options available, indulge in some good old fashion Great War action.
Year of Release: 1993
Doom appeared seemingly out of nowhere as the spiritual successor to id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D title a year earlier. Instead of going around killing Nazis, however, you were a space marine looking to save your cadets from a mysterious alien uprising…from hell. Yes: Hell. And sure, Dead Space may have cribbed some of its plot from this classic, but imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, especially in video games, where the technology grows, but the fundamentals stay the same. Of course, it’s a case of suffering from success: Doom’s effect on the industry was wide-reaching, goading a whole new subculture within the industry to begin churning out similar games cut from the same cloth. The series has fallen on rocky times in recent history, and hopefully, they can find a way to reclaim their former glory in the near future (lest the next generation of gamers need to ask you what ‘BFG’ stands for).