Top 5 Favorite FPS Games

Top 5 Favorite FPS Games

The best of the blast

The FPS genre has been around since 1973’s Maze War but it was popularized by 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D. Since then the genre has come a long way and I’d like to share my personal top five favorite examples of it.

5. Bioshock 2

Yep, I’m kicking off the list with the second Bioshock game and not the first. This might be a controversial move, but I feel confident in making it. Being able to dual wield plasmid powers and guns simultaneously feels smooth, shoulder charging enemies as a big daddy behemoth is satisfying, and the story is every bit as atmospherically dystopian as the first title’s. Essentially it’s the original Bioshock, but more refined.

4. Metroid Prime

Prime is a different kind of FPS because of its distinctly Metroid upgrade system. Unlocking new suit powers to progress through an alien world is exciting, and so is using Samus’ scanning abilities to uncover the mystery of what happened on the surface of the planet Tallon IV. Rolling around as a morph ball was neat too.

3. DOOM (2016)

The reboot to the Doom series was seriously awesome with a combat system that encouraged playing aggressively to mow down demonic forces and survive the invasion on Mars. With a variety of Hellspawn to battle with, a bunch of cool weapons to use, and a surprisingly detailed lore to discover within sprawling maps, the Doom Marine’s return was cause for celebration.

2. Portal

Portal plays like no other FPS series. Made by Valve in 2007, the game involves escaping from a laboratory experiment while under constant surveillance by the AI GLaDOS using a portal gun. This unusual gun allows players to create passageways between far away points in space to pull of all kinds of crazy maneuvers, and the game’s focus on puzzle-solving and narrative over combat makes for an incredibly unique experience that still holds up today.

1. Half-Life 2

Also made by Valve, Half-Life 2 is the single greatest FPS I’ve ever played. It combines the storytelling, combat, and puzzle-solving strengths of all of the previous games on the list and puts its own stylistic spin on things with fantastic techno-inspired art and sound design. Every chapter in the game is different and it’s a joy to use your wits as well as your weapons to traverse each of them. This game changed the way game design was looked at forever with maps that were huge for their time and a gameplay diversity that was unheard of until then.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

I think Giannis would agree!

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