18 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.
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 practically possible. With the slimmed down main page and simplistic menu design there isn’t much to stop you from stepping into a game once you’ve completed your basic training tutorial. Said tuto...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (8 votes)
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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 deliver it with much lower requirements than its competitors which makes it perfect for people stuck on an older computer or even a laptop. Of course this comes with a drop in the visual quality compared to al...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (46 votes)
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 and recently added it’s own Battle Royale mode. Co-op mode in Warface features a class system of Rifleman, Sniper, Medic and Engineer which each bring their own skills to ensure victory in the daily missions that you and your friends will have to conquer. This ensures...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (25 votes)
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Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a co-operative game that matches a team of players against zombie like enemies in a series of increasingly difficult waves. Your key to success lies within leveraging the map designed choke points and complimenting each other through the class system that provides tangible in game benefits as you acquire experience in a particular class. 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 wi...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (10 votes)
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S4 League

S4 League is a stylish fast paced shooter with sci-fi and MMO elements at the heart of the game experience. With a catchy techno soundtrack combining with small map designs it offers a less tactical approach to the genre where you can jump into a game and instantly be in the thick of action. This highly stylised and quick paced experience has made S4 league a popular casual option but also goes beyond the casual crowd at the higher levels of skill due to the high mechanic skill cap associated wi...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (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 its early days of development and these days resembles something akin to early Counter Strike releases. Realism is the focus in Urban Terror gameplay but it also aims to remain fun, fast paced and easily ac...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (9 votes)
crossfire

CrossFire

CrossFire is a free to play shooter that focus on offering a depth of game modes and gun varieties to allow it to compete against the popular paid first person shooters. With a history spanning back to Korea in 2007 CrossFire has a clear competitive balance focus which still holds true today despite the expansion into other regions. In the current FPS environment CrossFire stands a top the genre in terms of player base and update frequency which makes it the clear choice for fans of the genre se...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (26 votes)
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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 different ways. Team Fortress 2 is also considered one of the more balanced FPS games around. The core elements in the Team Fortress 2 are about as simple you can get and pits two teams against eachother across a ...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (30 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 (console servers subsequently shutdown in 2014). 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 hearted experience in line with something like Team Fortress 2. The game is a multiplayer only experience with players battling others with all the features you wo...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (16 votes)
ironsight

Ironsight

Opting to offer futuristic warfare Ironsight has come from the East to North American and European players in 2018. Set in a universe only a few years ahead of our own (2025) where two factions fight resources you’ll join the fight with an arsenal of 100+ weapons across futuristic environments. Including all the features of most paid FPS titles with a free price tag Ironsight quickly captured a solid audience post release and continues to maintain a healthy playerbase. Praised by many in t...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (11 votes)
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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 Mission Against Terror prides itself on offering a huge range of game modes and constantly updates with new content for players to experience. With dozens of maps and hundreds of items it’s not a game that is s...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (7 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 of the three factions in the game which are fighting each other for control of continents and resources. Factions include the New Conglomerate, Vanu Sovereignty and the Terrain Republic, each of these fac...[Read Review]

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7.3 User Avg (20 votes)
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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 of the conflict look towards hired mercenaries to ensure their interests are well looked after. On one side you’ve got the criminal syndicate looking to get their hands on all sorts of objectives whil...[Read Review]

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7.3 User Avg (7 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 Force 2 a free shooter with a solid foundation of development and community that ensures it sits on the better end of the free to play shooter spectrum. Included in the S.K.I.L.L. – Special Force 2 e...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (9 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 which are found in both the single player and multiplayer modes. The game is generally considered to be one of the better multiplayer first person shooters of the day. In the single player story you will play...[Read Review]

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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 reviews from critics and fans of the series citing graphics and multiplayer features as the core reasons for high scores. In Battlefield 3 players will experience a vast single player campaign with options to...[Read Review]

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6.9 User Avg (11 votes)
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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour takes Gameloft’s franchise to new heights with amazing mobile graphics, tonnes of multiplayer improvements and a solid single player campaign to follow the foundations of the original games. While the mobile shooter genre has seen many Call of Duty clones in the day the Modern Combat franchise has consistently been able to deliver a top mobile experience where others have failed. Plot wise the game isn’t going to blow you away with players running across the globe to g...[Read Review]

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6.5 User Avg (11 votes)
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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 the future and is set in 2020 as tension between the world’s largest nations reaches a new peak. The game is set in the same universe as the previous game with some returning characters and references to pr...[Read Review]

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6.2 User Avg (17 votes)