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8 First-Person Shooters that Shaped the Genre

Ron Whitaker | 21 Oct 2015 15:00
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The first-person shooter genre has changed a lot since it was born, and along the way a number of games have driven those changes. Some of the changes were big, and some were small, but all of them come together to make today's games part of the most successful genre in gaming. These eight games were some of the most influential in the genre, driving changes that you can still see the impact of today.

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The godfather of first-person shooters, Doom put the genre on the map. Not only was it a huge release for its time, it introduced vertical navigation and network gaming. It also pioneered support for mods. It was so influential that many of the shooters that came after it were known as "Doom clones." Although it was surpassed in gameplay and graphical quality rather quickly, there's no denying the impact it had on the genre.

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