Games like Counter-Strike – Both Free & Paid Online FPS

Counter-strike started with one simple mod for Half-life way back in 1999, soon Valve saw it’s potential and bought the rights for the game and help the developers make counters-strike the game it is today. Much have changed from the glory days of CS 1.6 and since then the game have been upgraded two times, first as Counter-Strike source powered by Valve’s source engine, then more recently with the new game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (or CS:GO), much have changed since the beginning of this game series, the graphics has been enhanced, gameplay is even tighter and the overall cs experience is just better in the latest Counter strike game, but the fact is that no matter how much they change the game, it’s still Counter-Strike, it’s still the same old game, and sometimes you need something new and fresh, sometimes you just want to play something different from what you’re used to, that’s where this list of games come in;

I will show a bunch of similar games to Counter-strike, it might not be exactly be the same kind of FPS games like Counter-strike, but the games on this list will be similar in some way or another, and they all are great first person shooters that’s definitely worth checking out. You might know about some of these games already but I hope you found something new in this list that you think would be worth playing.

games like counter-strike

Battlefield 3

And the Battlefield series

battlefield 3

I’ll start off with a obvious one, the Battlefield series, if you haven’t heard of this great online FPS game series you must have been living under a rock or something. Battlefield 3 is a FPS where you not only get to play as a foot soldier with a gun in your hand, you also get to take control of tanks, air planes, jeeps, helicopters, boats just to name a few, it’s a mixture of vehicle and traditional FPS combat, they take the game style you know and love from games like Counter-strike and put in a big ass war zone with all kinds of vehicles and guns.

Battlefield 3 is available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

What’s great about Battlefield 3 is that it got something for everyone, no matter if you love playing in a tank shooting down buildings or like a more traditional FPS experience with sniper guns and action filled close quarter combat in small spaces (like CS). If you also get the BF3 premium upgrade you’ll get even more game modes to choose from, like more vehicle based combat or game modes that feels similar to games like Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.

Battlefield 3 is overall a great FPS, that suits all gamers no matter what kind of player you are, you can play the game you want to or choose the game modes that fits you. You can choose among a lot of different weapons and customize them the way you want to. There’s also a lot of great maps to play so you won’t get bored in a long long time.

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Battlefield 3 | Caspian Border Gameplay

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3


This next game is yet another classic when it comes to Online FPS games, CoD: MW3, if you ask me this is one of the best Call of Duty games with it’s simple and action filled combat. If you’re looking for a game like Counter-Strike but with more action and more fast paced game then the Call of Duty games is something for you. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 was released in 2011 so it’s a few years old, there’s also newer games in the Call of Duty game series, but if you ask me you can’t go wrong with Modern Warfare 3, it’s also a lot cheaper then the latest Call of Duty game, and I mean a lot, which is also a huge plus. If you’re new to the Call of Duty game series I would suggest you get this game first, if you like it then play it until you’re bored of it (will take a long time, got a lot of re playability if you ask me) then you can get one of the newer Call of Duty games.

Like all Call of Duty games there’s a lot of weapons to choose from and a lot of ways to customize your soldier.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is available for PC, Xbox 360, Wii and PS3

There’s also the 2 player co-op mode in Modern Warfare 3 called Special Ops Survival Mode where you can play either locally (splitscreen) or online to survive and complete objectives and missions together, it’s quite rare to see this splitscreen feature in FPS games nowadays, but it’s a lot of fun if you ask me.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Amazon.com

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Multiplayer Trailer

Combat Arms


Next up is a Free Online FPS that feels a lot like Counter-strike in many ways, both the look of the game and the gameplay itself, to be honest it’s basically a Counter-strike clone, but it’s free, which makes it a great option for all you out there who can’t afford getting the Counter-Strike for example.

You’ll get everything you would expect from a online FPS, lots of action, ton of weapons for you to customize the way you want to, you’ll get to unlock more and more weapons when you rank up by winning matches and killing enemies, there’s of course a lot of things you can unlock by buying for real money, like any free-to-play game out there, but if you don’t want to buy anything that’s fine, but unlocking new weapons can be a bit frustrating sometimes, just a heads up. It’s still a great Counter-strike clone that gives you hours upon hours of fun gameplay.

Combat Arms is available to play for free on PC

This is a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend any money but still wants a OK game to play, a budget Counter-strike really.

Combat Arms Trailer

Upcoming games like Counter-strike

When you’re reading this list these games might have been released already, but here’s come a few games worth checking that belongs in the next generation of FPS.

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4

New graphics engine, new features, new vehicles and new guns guns guns. The Battlefield series is always in the front when it comes to FPS games and the new Battlefield 4 won’t disappoint it’s fans, with new features like huge maps that has dynamic events and destroyable buildings and material, the players can demolish parts of the map and creating new paths and tactical positions.

They’re also introducing the commander role back into the series, that let’s one play take the role as the commander, this player will have a overview of the map and what’s going on, the commander will be able to support their team down on the ground with supply drops, spawning tanks, missile attacks and spotting enemies on the map, it’s also going to be possible to play as the commander on a tablet, like a ipad for example.

That’s just a few of the many features we can expect in Battlefield 4, it’s defiantly a must if you’re a fan of FPS and games like Counter-strike, worth checking out for sure.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

call of duty ghosts

The Call of Duty is also releasing a new title in time for the new consoles to be released.  Call of Duty: Ghosts gets a much needed graphic engine update with some pretty stunning graphics and lifelike characters and stunning environments. Like with most CoD games it’s the online multiplayer that’s the main part of the game, we can expect a great singleplayer story of course but that’s not the main reason why people play Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer will have a newly created kill streaks with 20 new kill streaks, there will also be a new perk system so you can customize your soldier the way you want to. As you may notice it’s the same old Call of Duty really just in a brand new title, the same gameplay and the same game pretty much, just some new features in a more refined and polished game. If you’re a fan of the Call of Duty series then you’ll love all the new stuff if you’re not their biggest fan it might not be worth the full price that it cost just after release, then I would suggest you get one of the previous games from the CoD series, it will cost you less and you’ll get a game that’s almost that good.

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