Wildly popular, sprawling in scale and often loaded with bloody carnage, the FPS genre has never been more successful. However, it takes a true pioneer to reach the top of the heap, as annualised releases give way to more meaty sequels and reboots.
Single-player campaigns were once the lead focus, but over the last fifteen years, a heavier engagement with multiplayer has taken over. Despite this change, players still appreciate a well executed single-player mode. The musings of its death have been greatly exaggerated.
As the genre has evolved, new design templates have risen and fallen. This often results in many shallow imitators.
However, when an FPS title knocks it out of the park, it can influence the entire industry for many years afterwards. Many of the entries on this list have been imitated but never beaten and continue to resonate with the community to this day.
With a top ten worst list already on show, it's now time to look at the other side of the coin. Which first-person-shooter campaigns are the best of the last twenty years?
Let's take a look.
10. Titanfall 2
Of the many FPS franchises that rose and fell in the seventh and eighth generations, one of the most underrated was Titanfall which boasted two main releases to its name from 2014 to 2016.
Many developers who started Respawn were former employees at Infinity Ward, so they clearly knew their way around crafting a compelling FPS experience. Their first project, 2014's Titanfall, was a moderate success. Touted as an Xbox One exclusive at first, its blend of on-foot action and stomping titans created a unique multiplayer battleground.
This did come at the expense of a campaign however, which some found fault at the time. After Titanfall was met with a moderately decent critical reception, Respawn Entertainment pushed ahead to craft a far superior follow-up.
Regretfully their best efforts were undone by publisher EA as the release of Titanfall 2 was sandwiched in with DICE's Battlefield 1, which released to higher fanfare.
The sequel offered a solid campaign mode that was sadly let down by weaker sales and marketing. It really stood out in an age of multiplayer shooters. Perhaps the biggest surprise was how it managed to create a strong bond between leading man Jack Cooper and his Titan BT-7274, resulting in a much more engaging story.