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The first-person shooter (FPS) genre is arguably the most popular genre in the world. Games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Counter-Strike are among the most-played titles in gaming history. But you can’t really take them with you on-the-go. For that, you’ll have to settle for a browser-based FPS instead.

Unfortunately, a lot of the best browser-based FPS games don’t work in your browser anymore (such as Quake Live) or were discontinued for some reason (such as Battlefield Heroes). This pretty much leaves us with indie FPS games, which are playable but tend to come with standard indie game problems (read: small playerbases).

A Note on Unity Web Player

The Unity Engine is one of the easiest ways to get into game development 5 Free Game Development Software Tools to Make Your Own Games 5 Free Game Development Software Tools to Make Your Own Games Thanks to these awesome free game development software tools, a game that might've required one year can now be made in six months or faster, sometimes without any code! Read More these days, so it’s no surprise that most indie games are now made using this engine. There’s nothing wrong with Unity per se, but one drawback is that its browser games require a special plugin called Unity Web Player.

Unity Web Player doesn’t take up much space and is very quick to install — it’s only 12 MB on my system — but isn’t available on Chrome or Edge. In other words, if you want to play most of these browser-based FPS games, you’ll need to do so on Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer. There are only two games on this list that don’t require it.

1. Contract Wars

Requires Unity Web Player? Yes.


Contract Wars is a feature-packed game. With five game modes, a dozen different maps, and over 60 unique weapons, the replayability is pretty high. On top of that, it has skill trees and team tactics that allow you to power up your character and pull off interesting strategies.

A lot of players complain that Contract Wars becomes pay-to-win 5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry 5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry Many games are free up-front, but bombard players with an endless array of in-game purchases, some of which are impossible to avoid if you want to complete the game. Read More the higher you go, but if you just want to play to kill time and you’re okay with ignoring such power disparities, you’ll be fine. The gameplay itself is smooth and enjoyable.

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2. Rush Team

Requires Unity Web Player? Yes.

If you summed up Rush Team in one word, it would be solid. Don’t come into this one expecting flashy effects, innovative gameplay, or anything else that’s anywhere near industry-changing. There’s only one reason to play Rush Team: you want a traditional shooter experience.

You’ll find the usual gameplay elements: melee weapons, pistols, rifles, grenades, etc. A Free For All mode is available, but Rush Team is best played in one of its team-based, objective-focused modes. Some cosmetic and gameplay features are only available to VIPs, but you’ll be fine without them. As of this writing, only the Europe and USA East regions have a populated playerbase.

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3. Red Crucible: Firestorm

Requires Unity Web Player? Yes.

Red Crucible: Firestorm is thematically similar to the games mentioned above: a slow-paced, war-based shooter with sprinting, iron sights, and the like. The difference is in game modes. While Team Deathmatch is the most popular mode, the second most popular is Conquer, which is an objective-based mode that involves control points.

Unfortunately, some Red Crucible fans didn’t like the Firestorm release because of poor optimizations. Even though it looks good enough and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing FPS browser games, the performance requirements are a bit tough even with tweaked settings 7 Methods to Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming 7 Methods to Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming A growing number of gamers are using Windows 10. With these simple tweaks, you will be able to enjoy the best gaming experience Windows 10 has to offer! Read More .

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4. Red Crucible: Reloaded

Requires Unity Web Player? No.

Seeing as Red Crucible: Firestorm wasn’t universally accepted, Rocketeer Games released a separate game intended to appeal to those who preferred the older Red Crucible 2. Not only does Red Crucible: Reloaded run better on slower machines, it has slightly different gameplay, too.

But the two games — Firestorm and Reloaded — are ultimately pretty similar so you should enjoy either one. Go with Firestorm if you have a strong computer; try Reloaded if you’re on a weaker system Which Upgrades Will Improve Your PC Performance the Most? Which Upgrades Will Improve Your PC Performance the Most? If you need a faster computer but aren't sure which component would be most beneficial to upgrade, then here are the guidelines you should follow. Read More that can’t handle Firestorm.

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5. Warmerise: Red vs. Blue

Requires Unity Web Player? Yes.

Warmerise: Red vs. Blue may not look all that nice — closer in aesthetics to 90s-era shooters like Quake and the original Counter-Strike — but it’s balanced out by its gameplay and player activity. It has a Top 100 Leaderboard that keeps players motivated, and though it only has elimination-based game modes, it is unique in that it has vehicular combat.

In terms of playerbase, Warmerise is one of the healthiest games on this list. Matches are easy to find even during off-peak hours in the U.S. All in all, if you can get over the outdated graphics, this is a solid choice for browser-based FPS gaming.

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6. Wolfenstein 3D

Requires Unity Web Player? No.

Often called the grandfather of modern 3D shooters, Wolfenstein 3D is a monumental classic that all FPS fans need to play at some point How to Play Classic '90s Shooters on A Modern Computer How to Play Classic '90s Shooters on A Modern Computer Don't like the new Doom game? Wish you could relive the golden age of '90s first-person shooters? Here's how you can do that on your brand-new, modern computer right now! Read More . You play as an Allied spy who fights his way through Castle Wolfenstein, slaughtering Nazis and tracking down the Fuhrer himself for a grand showdown. Despite the simplistic gameplay, it’s surprisingly fun.

The game was originally released for MS-DOS, which meant you could only play it with a DOS emulator like DOSBox 5 Ways to Play Old Windows & DOS Games on Your Mac 5 Ways to Play Old Windows & DOS Games on Your Mac Want to play classic Windows and DOS games on your Mac, but unsure where to begin? Today we'll be looking at all your available options, and how to choose between them. Read More . But for the game’s 20th anniversary in 2012, Bethesda Softworks released a web version that’s playable for free — one of the best examples of a retro game that’s playable directly in your browser.

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What Are Your Favorite Browser Games?

If you’re looking for even more browser-based fun and you’re willing to go beyond FPS games, there are a number of other browser-based games to check out: puzzle games, strategy games 5 Surprisingly Deep Free Browser-Based Strategy Games 5 Surprisingly Deep Free Browser-Based Strategy Games Look around any corner of the web and you'll find no shortage of "strategy browser games," but many of them don't actually require much strategy. These, however, definitely do! Read More , fighting games 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good Some of the best fighting games are actually available for free as Flash games in your browser. Read More , city building games 5 Fun Online City Building Games That Run in Your Browser 5 Fun Online City Building Games That Run in Your Browser Read More , and pure HTML5 games 5+ HTML5 Games To Play In Your Browser Now 5+ HTML5 Games To Play In Your Browser Now HTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5... Read More .

And of course, you always have the option of playing mobile games on Android and iOS, but why resort to that when you can play with the comfort of keyboard and mouse instead? I’ll take browser-based games over mobile games any day of the week.

Are there any awesome browser-based FPS games that we overlooked? Which ones are your favorites? Share with us in a comment down below.

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  1. Boss
    March 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I feel you missed Global Strike. It's a pretty good game.