For many people, the web browser has replaced the operating system. And we’re not talking only about Chrome OS users either. The average person now spends several hours on the internet every day, and our internet usage is only increasing. From reading news articles to watching movies to listening to movies to chatting with your friends—the humble web browser allows you to do virtually anything you want, even play full-fledged FPS games. Just what are the best browser based FPS games in 2017, you ask? Let’s find out.
Year after year, Contract Wars wins as the best browser based FPS game. This Russian multiplayer free-to-play title is set in the near future in which private military companies rule the world. The complicated political relationships that form the lore of the game aside, the gameplay of Contract Wars could be described as a mix of straightforward FPS action with light RPG elements and a healthy dose of tactical combat.
Players can choose from a sizable selection of modern weapons, each suited for a different job and a different gameplay style. You can get up close and personal with a shotgun or take out enemies from a safe distance using a sniper rifle—you decide how you defeat your opponents. For each kill and each victory, players are rewarded with skill and credit points. These points allow them to purchase weapons, unlock new skills, customize their characters, and more.
You and your friends can form teams and clans and receive awards for well executed tactical decisions. Learn how to cooperate with one another and measure your strength against another clan. Seasoned players can try hardcore modes or join the elite Black Division group.
The Red Crucible: Firestorm is a sequel to the highly-acclaimed 3D browser based FPS game Red Crucible 2. Just like the original title, Red Crucible: Firestorm features a large selection of weapons and vehicles, including jets, helicopters, trucks, and tanks.
Up to 24 players can play at the same time on a single map. The game offers six gameplay modes to choose from: survivor, team deathmatch resources, team deathmatch armored, search and destroy, territories, and conquer. Players are free to choose what kind of combat role they would like to assume, from pilots and drivers to snipers and special assault units.
The more you play the game, the better equipment you unlock. A new camouflage pattern for your uniform can help you blend in with the environment, and a new scope can greatly increase your long-range accuracy. Players are encouraged to join clans to discuss strategy and tactics. Just be prepared to play the game on the medium graphics settings because it lacks in the optimization department. Even players with high-end computers sometimes struggle to keep the framerate consistent when all 24 players are engaged in combat at the same time.
As the name suggests, Global Strike shares many similarities with Counter Strike and Counter Strike: Global Offense. All three games revolve around close quarters combat and require players to develop cat-like reflexes to win. Global Strike is known to be the world’s first non-plugin 3D FPS browser game, meaning that you don’t even need to install Java to enjoy it—just click on the Game Start button and sing in with one of your social media accounts or create a brand-new account using your email address.
The game is powered by what NGames, the game’s developer, calls a “self-optimizing 3D engine.” Without going into technical details, all you need to know is that the engine runs extremely smoothly even when there’s a lot going on at the same time. On the other hand, the graphics are a notch below almost all other titles on this list, but the gameplay definitely makes up for the old-school visuals.
Critical Ops is everything you could possibly want from a fast-paced 3D FPS web browser based game and more. Whereas most modern FPS titles embrace perks, unlockables, and other light RPG elements as central gameplay mechanics, Critical Ops takes a more old-school approach. Just like in the days of the original Counter Strike and Quake 3, it’s absolutely necessary to know the maps by heart and to have a firm grasp of the controls. As with all skill-based multiplayer FPS games, your experience is going to vary depending on other players. Join a server populated mostly with newbies and the difficulty will be much lower than if you join a server where a clan has decided to practice.
The game is currently in Alpha phase, which means that you should expect to see some bugs and optimization issues. That being said, the excellent Play Store rating of 4.3 stars clearly shows just how playable the game is even early in its development. That’s right, Critical Ops can either be played in a web browser or downloaded on any capable Android device. There are even official e-sports leagues for Europe and North America, so you could win some money if you get really good.
The one FPS game that has arguably started it all is now officially available as a web browser game. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, id Software, an American video game developer behind Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake franchises, has decided to release their 1992 FPS shooter for free online.
For those who don’t know, you play as William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, who is an American spy of Polish origin. Your job is to overthrow the Nazi empire. To do that, you must first escape from Castle Wolfenstein, where Blazkowicz has been imprisoned while trying to find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust.
The game takes place on a flat plane (id Software would first introduce verticality with the release of the first Doom game), which is divided by walls into areas and rooms themed after Nazi bunkers and buildings. As you progress, you find more powerful weapons to help you fight increasingly more powerful enemies. It’s a simple premise but one that influences the FPS genre to this day.