FPS stands for First Person Shooter. First Person Shooter games are played as if you are the main character and you can see through his or her eyes. You don’t see your character, you just see out of their eyes. So you might see your arms or your gun but that’s it. Sometimes you use other weapons such as a knife or bat but guns are used the most.
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First Person Shooter Games
FPS games involve a lot of shooting. Shooting is the primary goal of these games. Some involve shooting bad guys, some involve shooting animals (hunting games) and some involve shooting cartoony items such as Pirate Blast.
FPS games are very popular in the gaming world. Popular ones include Halo, Destiny, Call of Duty and Battlefield.
27.5% of video game sales in the United States in 2016 were shooter games (source).
Warning for Parents
If you are a parent of a gamer child, you should know that FPS games vary in the amount of realism, degree of violence and language but most of them are quite violent.
An example of a FPS game that is less violent would be Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare or the sequel, Garden Warfare 2. The other end of the spectrum for violence would be games that reenact wars like Call of Duty. These tend to be more lifelike which is appropriate for the game but may not be appropriate for your kids.
You should check the ESRB rating of any games before allowing your child to purchase or play them. You could also try looking up gameplay videos on YouTube to see the game in action. If you allow your child to play these games, I recommend talking with them about the games to make sure they understand the difference between gameplay and real life.
Online First Person Shooter
There are also online FPS games where you are encouraged to kill other players. You connect to the internet with many other players and compete to be the best.
Upcoming First Person Shooter Games
This video from Play4Games shows the Top 20 upcoming FPS Games of 2017 and 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
WARNING – Video contains graphic content and violence.