What's the best tactical shooter?

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#1  Edited By hencook

I'm looking for a game that allows for deep tactical movement and maneuvering. It does not need to be realistic, and it doesn't need to be slow either. It just needs to not be a mindless grind of shooting.

I want a game that makes me worry about recoil, or having me pinned down by suppressing fire (perhaps impossible since I don't care about losing my virtual leg), or holding lines, or breaking them by enfilade. I don't want a game where I can snap onto cover with my handy dandy third person camera and lock my crosshairs onto someone's head before even raising my own head out of cover.

I also want this game to reward communication heavily. Is there any shooter with a leader that gives orders to a unit that listens? What about a shooter where the situation changes and the group has to adapt, rather than simply saying "I'm going back to that bush and just sniping again".

Is there a game that fits my requirements?

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#2  Edited By FancySoapsMan

SWAT 3 and 4.
 
Also the original Ghost Recon is pretty good.

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#3  Edited By Witzig

Red Orchestra 1 or 2

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#4  Edited By blueduck

Rainbow six series for the pc.

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#5  Edited By el_tajij

@hencook said:

It does not need to be realistic, and it doesn't need to be slow either. It just needs to not be a mindless grind of shooting.

Is there any shooter with a leader that gives orders to a unit that listens? What about a shooter where the situation changes and the group has to adapt, rather than simply saying "I'm going back to that bush and just sniping again".

Is there a game that fits my requirements?

This recommendation is sort of on a technicality but as huge a fan of 'tactical shooters' - but none comes close to the amount of fun I've had while playing Valkyria Chronicles. Really gave that 'under suppressed fire', desperate fight feel and the fact that members of your squad die permanently meaning the choices you make as a leader really feel important.

It's not super great on the realism aspect though....

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#6  Edited By bwmcmaste

I seem to remember that Arma 2 and America's Army (free) were hailed for their realism in such regards. There's also Full Spectrum Warrior, it's not first-person, but it is an excellent tactical shooter (i.e. maneuvering, cover, squad tactics, et al.).

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#7  Edited By BlinkyTM

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is sort of tactical I think.

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#9  Edited By superfriend

Give the free version of ARMA 2 a try. There´s a mode in there where you just go on a patrol with your team and HQ will give you random missions. Basically the whole game is a big war-sandbox- vehicles, authentic guns, civillians (you can toggle those off) and weather/time of day simulation. It´s a little rough around the edges and the free version doesn´t look all that hot but it´s a nice game if you´ve got the time and patience for it.

Do yourself a favor though and don´t watch the Quicklook.. not a very accurate representation of what this game is about in my opinion.

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Operation Wolf

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#12  Edited By Branthog

Red Orchestra 2 is pretty good. ArmA 2 (and 3, coming soon) would be great. I really want to get into those, but I would need to find people willing to squad up with me and take it seriously (fun, but seriously). Also, there's always Counter-Strike. Of course, counter-strike is usually using a different set of tactical skills than the other games, I think.

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#14  Edited By Marz

Valkyria Chronicles if you want a turn based one... otherwise it's not really a shooter but really good.

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#15  Edited By Still_I_Cry

@Jams: Full Spectrum Warrior is frustrating as hell sometimes.

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#16  Edited By Contro

Tom Clancy stuff on PC.

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#18  Edited By Dagbiker

Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6, if you set it up right you never had to fire a shot

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#19  Edited By delta_ass

Rainbow Six series.

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#20  Edited By AhmadMetallic
@blueduck said:

Rainbow six series for the pc.

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#21  Edited By Burns098356GX

Duck Hunt.

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#22  Edited By awe_stuck

TF2 and BF3 :p

Ghost Recon 2 is mad old.

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#23  Edited By Chummy8

Ghost Recon. If you want a strategic and tactical shooter, try Rainbow Six.

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#24  Edited By tourgen

ARMA 2 is what I hear from people who care about those types of games

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#25  Edited By lockwoodx

I still have a soft spot for ranbow six 3: raven shield but the ARMA series hands down is the most tac-ky.

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#26  Edited By artgarcrunkle

Rainbow6 3 is probably the best R6 game of the series. The first Ghost Recon is good too.

Edit: If you have BF2 the Project Realism mod is pretty good as far as realistic multiplayer is concerned.