23 Games Like Counter Strike

Games Like Counter Strike Our list of games like Counter Strike (CS:S and CS:GO) has free and paid multiplayer alternatives to the classic and popular experience of Counter Strike.

Counter Strike is one of the original first person shooters to become wildly popular for online play due in part to simple core mechanics. Not only did it attract countless players to online servers it also became a regular feature on the eSports scene and was among the early few games that were seen as a competitive option.

The games origins reach back to a modification of Half-Life and eventually was developed into several fully fledged titles that stayed true to the original premise of the game while innovating and updating as necessary.

The staple of the Counter Strike series has always been the round based game between terrorists and counter terrorists which requires the planting or defusing of a bomb on a particular site. Once a player dies in a round they must wait for a new round to begin before spawning. In between rounds players have the option to upgrade equipment based on their performance in the previous round.

The games like Counter Strike that you will find below focus on multiplayer experiences as Counter Strike has always been about this game mode. Thus this list ensures you'll discover an alternative shooter with a healthy multiplayer community.


Games Like Counter Strike

warface

Warface

Warface offers free to play shooting with classes and co-operative modes against an ever expanding number of maps. Available for PC and at one point Xbox 360 (shut down Feb 2015) Warface is a highly rated free to play shooter. Co-op mode in Warface features a class system of Rifleman, Sniper, M... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(23 votes)
warframe

Warframe

Warframe is a free shooter available for PC and the PlayStation 4. It’s co-operatively focused and uses a third person perspective, the game gained lots of traction after a 2013 release. The game has a sci-fi twist with players talking control of a Tenno warrior who has come out of cryosleep af... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(74 votes)
blacklight-retribution

Blacklight: Retribution

Set in a cyberpunk world is Blacklight: Retribution, a free to shooter available for both Windows and PlayStation 4. Offering massive weapon customisation and strong graphics it is on the higher quality spectrum of free to play shooters. Blacklight is all about combining the futuristic technolo... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(31 votes)
crossfire

CrossFire

CrossFire is a free to play shooter that offers the depth (game modes and gun options) of the popular paid shooters. Launching in Korea in 2007 the game quickly spread to other regions with a number of publishers making it one of the fastest growing free to play shooters. With a large community... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(24 votes)
critical-ops

Critical Ops

Focusing on a multiplayer online experience Critical Ops takes plenty of inspiration from the popular Counter Strike franchise and brings it to the mobile arena. Critical Ops does not play around when it comes to honing in your focus on finding a game and getting into the action as soon as prac... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(8 votes)
dirty-bomb

Dirty Bomb

For objective based shooters it is hard to ignore what Dirty Bomb brings to this popular shooter formula. With a host of large multi-objective maps to conquer with your own team of unique mercenaries with different abilities. Set after a wave of attacks cripple London the leaders on both side o... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(6 votes)
skill

S.K.I.L.L. – Special Force 2

In the heavily populated shooter market a game can live or die based on its player base. In order to grow said player base you need to offer a large number of maps, balanced gameplay, lots of game modes and a lag free experience. Hitting the target for these boxes is S.K.I.L.L. – Special ... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(8 votes)
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Gotham City Impostors

Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer FPS game developed for Windows, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The game originally launched as a paid title but went free to play for Windows which saw the player population grow rapidly. The game has great humour in its gameplay and offers a light hearte... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(15 votes)
team-fortress-2

Team Fortress 2

If you want a more casual first person shooter experience that is also free to pick up and play then Team Fortress 2 (TF2) will deliver on your desires. The game focuses  on co-operative gameplay with emphasis on team based game modes and different characters that support each other in differen... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(29 votes)
battlefield-4

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 continues the Battlefield series with impressive first person shooter gameplay in both the single and multiplayer environments. The game was one of the first titles available for the new generation of consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). The games story takes a small step into t... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(14 votes)
killing-floor

Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a co-operative game that puts a team of players against zombie like enemies in a series of waves. While the game is best enjoyed with close friends players can also tackle the game solo or join a server with other players in the community. The game is available on both PC and M... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(10 votes)
combat-arms

Combat Arms

Combat Arms is a free to play shooter that delivers a fast paced multiplayer experience with plenty of game modes and weapons for players. The game launched in 2008 and is published by Nexon. The gameplay on offer in Combat Arms is in line with most other titles in the genre but manages to deli... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(45 votes)
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PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is a free to play shooter that aims to capture the feeling of massive combat engagements. Players will get to control a huge variety of vehicles and classes as they battle it out against hundreds and sometimes thousands of players. In the game you’ll have to swear allegiance to one... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(17 votes)
battlefield-3

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a FPS produced by Electronic Arts (EA) and pushes the Battlefield series further than ever before. The games focus is similar to previous instalments in the franchise with a focus on large scale multiplayer battles. Battlefield 3 was released in late 2011 and met with great rev... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(9 votes)
ava

Alliance of Valiant Arms

Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) is part of the free to play FPS genre and has been online in North America since 2009. The game is one of the better looking free to play shooters around and still manages to deliver this with reasonably low system requirements. In AVA players follow the war betwe... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(16 votes)
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the 2010 game release in the Battlefield series. The game continues on the success laid out by the previous games in the series which its focus on a squad based experience. One of the most innovative additions to the game is the use of destructible environments whi... Read More »

User Score
6.9
(10 votes)
s4-league

S4 League

S4 League is a stylish fast paced shooter with sci-fi and MMO elements at the heart of the game. With a catchy techno soundtrack it offers a less tactical approach to the genre where you can jump into a game and instantly be in the thick of action. The focus of S4 League is definitely on variet... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(17 votes)
urban-terror

Urban Terror

Urban Terror offers a free first person shooter that was developed off the Quake III Arena software and grew from mod like beginnings to eventually become is own independent game. It was first released in 2000 but was not a standalone game until early 2007. Urban Terror has changed much since i... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(9 votes)
zmr

Zombies Monsters Robots

Zombies Monsters Robots (ZMR) is an intense third person shooter that focus on co-operative PvE missions but also offers PvP for players that would rather fight against other players. It’s got a very Gears of War style feel to the whole experience so fans of the well-known series will definitel... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(11 votes)
mat

Mission Against Terror

Mission Against Terror (M.A.T.) is a simple free to player shooter offering plenty of guns, solid core gameplay and relatively low system requirements that make it suitable for gamers that don’t have a powerful machine at their disposal. Like many other free to play shooters in this genre Missi... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(7 votes)
piercing-blow

Piercing Blow

Piercing Blow is a multiplayer focused title with a strong community along with an Esports scene. Originally coming to the shores of the US in 2010 under the name of Project Blackout (Point Blank in other territories) the game has been modernised with the 2015 re-release under the name Piercing... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(10 votes)
modern-combat-2

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus

If you want to get your fill of FPS gameplay while on a mobile device Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus is one of your best options available for both iOS and Android. The game belongs to the popular series of Modern Combat games being pushed out by Gameloft which definitely draw inspiration from ... Read More »

User Score
5.6
(14 votes)
modern-combat-4

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour takes Gameloft’s franchise to new heights with amazing graphics, tonnes of multiplayer improvements and a solid single player campaign to follow. Plot wise the game isn’t going to blow you away with players running across the globe to gather clues, intelligence and ta... Read More »

User Score
6.5
(11 votes)