Video: Evolution of first-person shooters over last 20 years

Credit: id Software

Video games (especially console games) are reaching a point where graphic improvements won't be obvious anymore. But back in the early 1990s, we appreciated gaming's visual limitations. We relished in shooting pixelated Nazi sprites in Wolfenstein 3D and eagerly waited for id software to release Quake's muddied 3D world. And who could forget the era of World War I and II FPS games that dominated the PS2/GameCube/Xbox era?

YouTube user drloser333's reel of first-person shooters is a reminder of how much the games have improved over the last two decades. Yeah, apparently most FPS games still overuse the color brown, but that's only for the sake of simulating war, which isn't exactly rainbow-hued. What will video games graphics look like in another 20 years? We're hoping it'll be lightyears ahead of what Unreal Engine 4 can do.

Here's the full list of games featured in the FPS evolution video below:

  1. Wolfenstein 3D (1992)
  2. Doom (1993)
  3. Dark Forces (1995)
  4. Quake (1996)
  5. Quake 2 (1997)
  6. Half-Life (1998)
  7. Quake 3 (1999)
  8. Project IGI (2000)
  9. Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)
  10. Battlefield 1942 (2002)
  11. Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003)
  12. Doom 3 (2004)
  13. Battlefield 2 (2005)
  14. Crysis (2007)
  15. Arma 2 (2009)
  16. Metro 2033 4A (2010)
  17. Battlefield 3 (2011)

I'll admit, I was slightly interested in FPS games from the beginning, but it wasn't until GoldenEye 007 was released in 1997 on the Nintendo 64 that I really started to like them. Which FPS game were you most fond of? Leave your comments down below.

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