Aug 14 AT 3:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

Top 10 First & Third Person Shooters for Android


What are the best games to show off the power of your new Android device? First person shooters normally push the limits of mobile graphics processors and Android has a growing library of quality titles. We’ve been playing first person shooters since the early days of Android, so we rounded up our Top 10 picks. Read on to see if your favorite game made our list.

Tips before you make a purchase

Please read the user reviews of a game before you make a purchase. It helps to filter reviews by your device and the latest version. Some games might play great on one phone, but have a lot of issues with another device.

1. Modern Combat 3

Why we love it: Experience different types of gameplay: escort, destroy, helicopter, 4×4 chase, etc. Fight through a 13-mission campaign from Los Angeles to Pakistan. Enter multiplayer battles for up to 12 players in 6 exclusive maps and 7 different modes.

Why you might not: Lots of 1-star reviews complain the game crashes on their device.


2. Mass Effect Infiltrator

Why we love it: Engage enemies with unique swipe and tap combat controls. Unleash biotic powers, stealth cloak abilities and devastating melee attacks. Upgrade your gear and performance with credits — the quicker and more stylish your kills, the more credits you’ll earn.

Why you might not: The swipe and tap controls are hard to learn for beginners, but once you master them the game really opens up.


3. Shadowgun

Why we love it: Advanced lighting effects, beautifully rendered environments, and pro voices. Advanced combat A.I. – enemies flank, seek cover, and utilize teamwork to take you down. Free expansion pack adds new levels, guns, enemies, graphics, animations and cutscenes. Supports controllers.

Why you might not: The story is pretty lacking. No multiplayer.


4. N.O.V.A. 3

Why we love it: Amazing graphics including real-time shadow & lights, particle system, ragdoll physics, and more. Fight in 10 immersive levels across the galaxy, from a war-torn Earth to a frozen Volterite city. Multiple weapons and powers: Run, shoot, drive vehicles, and pilot a mech to defeat hordes of enemies. Join 12-player battles in 6 multiplayer modes (Capture the Point, Free-for-All, Capture the Flag, etc.) on 6 different maps.

Why you might not: Doesn’t play well on Tegra 3 devices.


5. 9mm

Why we love it: Dive headlong into this stylish third-person shooter game where you’ll jump and fire clip after clip from your guns in stunning slow motion stunts to take out rooms full of criminals. A hip-hop/rap soundtrack that intensifies the tone of the game. Catch gang leaders and informants alive, chasing them through city streets and taking them aside for a not-so-friendly chat in the interrogation challenge.

Why you might not: Tons of profanity. Single player campaign is short.


6. Deer Hunter Reloaded

Why we love it: The most realistic and authentic hunting sim. New X-RAY mode to target specific organs. Version 3.0 adds night vision, knife attacks, and new animals.

Why you might not: Game uses a freemium model and encourages in-app purchase to progress through the game.


7. Dead Trigger

Why we love it: Smash hordes of bloodthirsty zombies. Stunning graphics with advanced lighting and post-process effects. Character animations recorded using high-end motion capture. Supports extended effects like ragdoll physics and water simulation on Tegra 3 devices. Supports controllers.

Why you might not: Gets repetitive pretty quick. There are four basic types of missions and only a handful of maps.


8. Dead Space

Why we love it: Navigate six varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls. Fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects. Immerse yourself in bloodcurdling events that unleash the Necromorph horde.

Why you might not: Lots of 1-star reviews complain that the game crashes on their device. Not supported on some newer phones.


9. Frontline Commando

Why we love it: Free to play. Emerge from destructible cover points to take down helicopters, jeeps and heavily defended enemy bases. Fight off increasingly difficult waves of enemies over a variety of combat mission types. Take to the frontline with an artillery of assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, med kits, armor and more.

Why you might not: Freemium play model encourages in-app purchases.


10. Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies

Why we love it: First Call of Duty game for Android. Adapted from the best-selling console hit and built specifically for tablets and smartphones. Play solo or join a team of up to 4 players via Wi-Fi as you mow down hordes of zombies using a variety of weapons and perks only available in the Call of Duty zombie experience. Includes “Dead-Ops Arcade,” a 50-level zombie gauntlet that provides the ultimate undead challenge for fans of Call of Duty’s signature zombie warfare.

Why you might not: Game is only supported on the Sony Xperia Play for now. Should come to additional devices around September 3rd.


Honorable Mentions

We limited this list to our Top 10 picks, but there are plenty of other great shooters out there. Some notables that you might want to check out include N.O.V.A. 2, Modern Combat 2, Max Payne, Critical Strike Portable, Six-Guns, and Contract Killer: Zombies.

Let us know if we missed your favorite first or third person shooter, so we can check it out and maybe add it to the list next time.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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