Call to Arms (Windows)
Its name truly evokes images of Activision’s Call of Duty series, and its scenery isn’t that way off from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but Digitalmindsoft’s Call to Arms is a very different beast. At its core, it’s a real-time strategic military game with destructible locations and provides lots of control over how you complete a mission.
Though this is a “best free first-person shooters” list, and the game delivers lots of that too. Do you desire to put your boots on the ground and fight with one of your soldiers in direct combat? Do your thing and you’ll still be free to demolish environments in order to get one step ahead of your enemies.
Quake Champions (Windows)
Id Software rules first-person shooters, playing a significant role in their creation in the ’90s, and few games were more influential during that period than Quake. The lightning-fast shooter put skill and reflexes above all else, becoming a popular early e-sport and extending several sequels. With Quake Champions, which went free-to-play in August 2018, Id offers classic Quake action at a speed you can only enjoy on PC.
Unlike most of the studio’s current work, it isn’t offered on consoles. You’ll have to own a capable system to run it too, with Id Software advising at least 16GB of RAM and an AMD R9 290 GPU. You can spend the dollars to upgrade your computer with the money you don’t need to spend on the game!
Quake Champions has a selection of various game modes like traditional deathmatch and both 1v1 and 2v2 duels. It includes a mix of brand and classic new weapons. If you’re a fan of Id’s other games, you can even play as the Doom series’ Doomslayer or the Wolfenstein series’ B.J. Blazkowicz. Also, the game recently got a complete soundtrack overhaul, thanks to Brutal Doom composer Andrew Hulshult. You have to have some roaring tunes in the background as you blow your opponents to bits and pieces.