It can be hard to find shooters that prioritize single player over multiplayer gameplay. That said, many of us still crave immersive campaigns that offer challenging solo battles and compelling storylines. Fortunately, a few kickass developers have taken note and started pouring more time and energy into the single player experience. Enter the best single player shooters.

The best single player shooters deliver that classic shoot ‘em up experience. If you want to survive, you’ll need to overcome a multitude of challenging obstacles while weaving your way through captivating storylines. It’ll take expert hand-eye coordination, sharpshooting, and overall tactical prowess. Think you’re up for the challenge? This article takes you through the top single player shooters on the market and peeks at the hottest upcoming titles. Let’s dive right in.

5 Best Single Player Shooters of 2019

We’ve curated this list of the top single player shooters to give you a look at the best choices available.

1. Doom

Doom Game

Our pick for one of the best single player PC shooters

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox, Switch
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: ID Software
  • Release: 2016

The 2016 version of Doom is a complete reboot of the original series. However, most of the mechanics are left in-tact and gameplay remains strikingly similar to the original titles you know and love. The premise? You must annihilate the demon horde as you fight your way through the infested hallways of the UAC Mars Research Facility, collecting gear and upgrades along the way. Doom features a wide variety of powerful weapons and offers hours of immersive gameplay that’s sure to satisfy your solo shooter craving.

2. Titanfall 2

Titanfall

Our pick for one one of the best rated shooters

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Release: 2016

Titanfall was criticised for its lack of a single player campaign, and Respawn Entertainment responded with one of the best single player FPS games on the market. The storyline is told from two different points of view— one as a pilot, and one as a titan. Fight your way through the campaign, unlocking loadouts and gear upgrades along the way. Titanfall 2’s level design is heralded as top-notch, and there are countless puzzles and unique mechanics to solve and explore.

3. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite Warfare

Our pick for one of the most popular single player shooters

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Release: 2016

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was developed by Infinity Ward but published by Activision. The result? A killer game that offers the perfect balance of single and multiplayer modes. Earth has been stripped of its natural resources and humans are in need of a new supply. The only place to go— outer space. Players assume control of Captain Nick Reyes of Special Operations, whose job it is to defend interstellar resource outposts from the insidious Front Organization. Think you’re up for the task? Check out Infinite Warfare on PC and console today.

4. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Stalker

Our pick for one of the best single player FPS games

  • Platform: Windows
  • Genre: FPS, Survival, Horror
  • Developer: GSC Game World
  • Release: 2013

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle includes all three games in the series, including Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat. The games takes place in an alternate reality, near the site of Chernobyl in Northern Ukraine. The nuclear reactor has malfunctioned and fallout is spreading across the region. But that’s not all. Strange beings have appeared, and they’re generating artifacts with magical properties– artifacts worth millions on the black market. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has players assume control of various factions in the region, resulting in exciting strategy-based gameplay.

5. Fallout 4

Fallout

Our pick for one of the best single player shooting games

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action, RPG, FPS
  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Release: 2015

Fallout 4 launches players back into post-nuclear America, but this time around it’s set in The Commonwealth in the year 2287. The adventure begins as players exit the safety of their Cryogenic Vault and begin to explore the whole new world around them. You’ll need to collect resources, build shelters, and protect yourself from enemies if there’s to be any chance for survival. Fallout 4 has received rave reviews across the industry and is available on PC and major consoles.

Best Upcoming Single Player Shooters

Now let’s take a look at 3 of the top shooter slated for release in 2019.

1. Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: ID Software
  • Release: 2019

If you’re a fan of the original Doom collection, or the 2016 remake, Doom Eternal promises to take things to the next level. Players assume the role of Doom Slayer once again, but this time you’ll be protecting Earth itself. Push forward to take down the demon spawn, and collect exciting new weapons and gear along the way. Doom Eternal is a massive undertaking and will be available on PC and all major consoles sometime in 2019.

2. Rage 2

Rage 2

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: ID Software
  • Release: 2019

Do you enjoy open-world mayhem? If so, Rage 2 is an excellent single player shooter that’s arriving in mid-2019. The world has been hit by a giant asteroid that’s left most of the population extinct. Not only that, but the asteroid brought a new species along with it, dangerous mutants set on wiping out the rest of life. Players take control of Walker, whose only objective is survival. You’ll need to cobble together an arsenal of tools, weapons, and gear if you want to make it through in one piece.

3. Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Youngblood

  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Release: 2019

Nazi Germany won WWII, and things will never be the same game. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set in the 1980’s, and it follows the story of two sisters, Jess and Soph Blazkowicz. The game is an FPS that has the two daughters travel to Paris is search of their missing father. Assume control of one of the sisters and fight your way through challenging obstacles to uncover the story and recover your father. Think you’ve got what it takes? The game is slated for a Summer 2019 release and will be available for PC and current-gen consoles.

What are Single Player Shooters?

A single player shooter is a shooter game that’s played offline and by oneself. It can take the form of a first or third person game, or even be a 2 or 2.5D title. The goal of single player shooters? They require players to defeat enemies, e.g. people or aliens, via in-game ammunition weaponry, with the goal of surviving or taking down a larger organization. Other common attributes of good single player shooters include immersive storylines, challenging puzzles or obstacles, and assorted tactical mechanics.

Shooter games are among the earliest and most popular types of video games thanks to hit titles like Space Invaders and Galaxian. The demand for new shooters remained insanely high through the end of the 20th century, and developers continued to poor money and energy into new titles like Doom and Half Life. This trend continued into the 2000s, and FPS titles remain some of the top selling video games on the market.

Featured Shooters

General Thoughts on Single Player Shooters

Let’s look at some general thoughts about the single player shooter genre.

1. Atari was the first console to feature shooter games.

The first mass market single player shooter games were featured on Atari and include the likes of Star Ship, Star Raiders, and Battlezone.

2. They can be first-person, third-person, or even 2D.

While the majority of titles on are list are FPS, single player shooters can take the form of TPS, shoot ‘em ups, run ‘n gun games, and more.

3. Multiplayer shooter games often feature a solo campaign.

A number of primarily multiplayer shooters ship with their own single player campaigns. That said, the quality is definitely hit-or-miss and it varies by title.

4. Many gamers enjoy playing alone.

According to numerous polls, a huge percentage of gamers enjoy playing video games by themselves. This is great news for the overall outlook of the single player genre.

5. Shooters reign supreme.

When evaluated by market share and total active players, shooters make up over half of the world’s most popular games.

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