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This is a sortable list of First-person shooter engines.

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Early FPS graphics engines

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
N/A Maze War (1973)
N/A Spasim (1974)
Freescape engine Dark Side (1988) Total Eclipse (1988), Castle Master (1990), Castle Master II: The Crypt (1990), The Sphinx Jinx (1991)
N/A The Colony (1988)

Early 1990s: wireframes to 2.5D worlds and textures

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
N/A Hovertank 3D (1990)
N/A Catacomb 3D (1991)
Wolfenstein 3D engine Wolfenstein 3D (1992) Rise of the Triad (1994), Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (1994)
Underworld Engine Ultima Underworld (1992) System Shock (1994)
N/A Ken's Labyrinth (1993)
id Tech 1 Doom (1993) Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994), Heretic (1994), HeXen (1995), Strife (1996)
N/A Marathon (1994)
Marathon 2 Marathon 2: Durandal (1995) Marathon Infinity (1996), Damage Incorporated (1997)
Jedi Engine Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
Build Engine Duke Nukem 3D (1996) Blood (1997), Shadow Warrior (1997), Redneck Rampage (1997)

Mid-1990s: 3D models, beginnings of hardware acceleration

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
XnGine Engine The Terminator: Future Shock (1995)
N/A Descent (1995) Descent II (1996)
Quake engine Quake (1996) Hexen II (1997)
GoldenEye engine GoldenEye (1997) Perfect Dark (2000)
id Tech 2 Quake II (1997) Heretic II (1998), Sin (1998), Kingpin: Life of Crime (1999), Soldier of Fortune (2000), Daikatana (2000)
Lithtech 1.0 Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (1998) Blood II: The Chosen (1998)
GoldSrc Half-Life (1998) Counter-Strike (2000), 007: Nightfire (2002), Day of Defeat (2003)

Late-1990s: 32-bit color, GPUs becomes standard

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
Unreal engine Unreal (1998) Unreal Tournament (1998), Deus Ex (2000), Clive Barker's Undying (2001)
Dark engine Thief: The Dark Project (1998) System Shock 2 (1999), Thief II: The Metal Age (2000)
Torque Game Engine Starsiege: Tribes (1998) Tribes 2 (2001)
id Tech 3 Quake III Arena (1999) Star Trek: Voyager: Elite Force (2000), Urban Terror (2000), Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001), Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (2002),

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002), Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003), Call of Duty (2003), Star Trek: Elite Force II (2003), Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (2002), ioquake3 (2005), OpenArena (2006), Tremulous (2006),

Lithtech Talon No One Lives Forever (2000) Alien vs. Predator 2 (2001)
Fusion engine Descent 3 (1999)

Early 2000s: increasing detail, outdoor environments, rag-doll physics

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
Refractor Engine Codename Eagle (2000)
Refractor 2 Battlefield 1942 (2002) Battlefield Vietnam (2004), Battlefield 2 (2005), Battlefield 2142 (2006)
SAGE Engine Command & Conquer: Renegade (2002) Alien vs. Predator 2 (2001)
LS3D engine Mafia (2002) Vietcong (2003), Hidden & Dangerous 2 (2004), Chameleon (2005)
Unreal Engine 2.0 Unreal Tournament 2003 (2002) Unreal II: The Awakening (2002), Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (2003), Devastation (2003), Postal 2 (2003)
Lithtech Jupiter No One Lives Forever 2 (2002) Tron 2.0 (2003)
Lithtech 2.5 Global Operations (2002)
N/A Metroid Prime (2002) Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)
Cube Engine Cube (2002-2005) Assault Cube

Mid 2000s: lighting and pixel shaders, physics

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
N/A[1]. Star Wars: Battlefront[2] (2004) Star Wars: Battlefront II
Unreal Engine 2.5 Tribes Vengeance (2004)
PAIN engine Painkiller (2004)
CryEngine Far Cry (2004)
Cube engine Version 2 Cube 2: Sauerbraten (2004-present) Einstern
id Tech 4 Doom 3 (2004) Quake 4 (2005), Prey (2006), Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (2007), Wolfenstein (2009)
Halo engine Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) Halo 2 (2004), Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (2005)
Source engine Counter-Strike Source (2004) Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (2004), Half-Life 2 (2004), Day of Defeat: Source (2005), Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (2006), Sin Episodes - Emergence (2006), Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (2006), Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (2007), Team Fortress 2 (2007), Portal (2007), Left 4 Dead (2008), Left 4 Dead 2 (2009)
Lithtech Jupiter EX F.E.A.R. (2005)

Later 2000s: the approach to photorealism

Game engine First used for Other First-person shooters
Unreal Engine 3 Gears of War (2006) BioShock (2007), Medal of Honor: Airborne (2007), Unreal Tournament 3 (2007), Turok (2008), Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (2008), Aliens: Colonial Marines (2008), Borderlands (2009)
IW engine Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) Call of Duty: World at War (2008), 007: Quantum of Solace (2008)
CryEngine 2 Crysis (2007) Crysis Warhead (2008)
Dunia Engine Far Cry 2 (2008)
Neon Engine Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising (2009)
N/A Killzone 2 (2009)
Real Virtuality 3 ArmA 2 (2009)
IW 4.0 Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Chrome Engine 4 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (2009)
id Tech 5 Rage (TBA) Doom 4 (TBA)
CryEngine 3 Crysis 2 (TBA)

See also

References

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