5 best online FPS (first-person shooter) games on Android and iOS (January 2017)
Bullet Force is a mobile FPS that brings the excitement of online multiplayer franchises like Call of Duty to the palm of your hand. From the well-thought maps allowing for frantic skirmishes and tactical play, to the variety of game modes, customizable perks, and kill streak bonus extravaganzas, Bullet Force doesn't shy away from its inspirations and strives to translate the AAA features that console and PC gamers have been enjoying for so long over to smartphones and tablets.
Bullet Force handles very well using the on-screen controls, while also offering a fully customizable HUD for the most serious competitive players out there. It may seem a bit overbearing at first, especially if you're new to first-person shooters on touchscreen devices, but the control scheme becomes second nature after a few (dozen) matches.
Bullet Force also has a singleplayer component, although it serves as nothing more than a primer for the real deal – the online multiplayer. In solo play, you'll face off against bots on all of the game's maps, and although it isn't particularly exciting, it may offer you some much-needed practice before you head off to face fierce foes online.
Modern Strike Online
Modern Strike Online has offers players six classic game modes: deathmatch, team deathmatch, bomb mode, team squad battle with no respawning, hardcore, as well as custom matches for battling against friends. Where the game really shines though, is in team skirmishes where all the people in a team are able to coordinate well between each other. Unfortunately, the lack of voice chat doesn't help, but the maps are well-designed to perfectly facilitate 4 v 4 matches and you can see all your teammates on the mini-map.
The game includes in-app purchases, of which you can take advantage if you don't feel like waiting for certain weapon upgrades, but is fortunately well-balanced enough as to not make such purchases feel like a necessity.
Blitz brigade has a flexible control scheme that you can familiarize yourself with in its singleplayer component, but the real meat of the game is in its multiplayer. Players can step into the shoes of one of seven available character classes — Soldier, Gunner, Medic, Sniper, Stealth, Demolisher, and Engineer — and duke it out in 6 v 6 matches, using an arsenal of over 100 weapons, and a variety of powerful land and air vehicles to boot.
Oh yeah, there's also hats. A lot of hats.
Critical Ops is currently in open beta, and as such there's a lot that will be added to it in the following months. Despite this, however, the game has a very healthy and active player base, not the least thanks to its cross-platform nature, and offers a very polished and balanced online experience. There game is being updated with new weapon skins, maps, and features on the regular.
As can be expected from a game by veteran developer Gameloft, NOVA 3 presents players with both a singleplayer campaign, and a polished online experience. NOVA's singleplayer mode is more involved than what's on offer by other entries on this list, but it still serves as merely a primer for the fierce online battles.
Up to 12 players can join online matches in one of 6 multiplayer modes, including staples such as capture the flag, point control, deathmatch, and team deathmatch, but there's also a local multiplayer component for those of you who want to recapture the feeling of playing Halo with friends on split-screen (complete with the obligatory and swearing). Too bad that there's no dedicated crouch button to complete the latter part of this experience.