When we buy our First Person Shooter games we know in the back of the head the maps are going to get really old really fast. Everyone will camp in the same spots, throw grenades over certain walls and shoot through certain windows.

When we first buy a new First Person Shooter we know that the mulitplayer component of the game is going to be the most important. The campaign is breezed through and is only exciting once, where as the multiplayer is constantly changing and evolving, offering new and exciting challenges. With that being said, the maps within the game can do a lot for the overall enjoyment of a title, so RipTen has compiled a list of ten maps that we think still stand the test of time and always provide a spurt of awesome.

10) Guardian – Halo 3

Guardian was the official Halo 3 MLG 1v1 Map. Featuring 2 real areas, the upstairs and downstairs. The map featured tight movement zones, excellent weapon spawns and numerous jumps that were difficult to perform but were crucial if you needed to get from one place to another in a crazy amount of time. This was the ultimate “party map” in the sense you could fire up a 1v1 with a friend on split screen and not have to worry about spending long amounts of time hunting each other down. And besides, who doesn’t like playing Rockets on Guardian with 12 people!?

9) Tokay’s Tower – Quake II

If you are a full on Quake II fan it goes without saying that you’ve probably played the crap out of Tokay’s Tower. It’s just a spiral up and down filled with rockets, railguns, madness and death! If you were lucky enough to not fall to your death you were probably going to cop a mouthful of splash damage from one of your foes as he nimbly jumps around the map with a Rocket Launcher. Many a fun LAN have been spent just playing round after round and bragging to your friends about how good you are and all of a sudden you’re dead too!

8) 2fort – Team Fortress

2fort is probably one of, if not the most beloved map in PC Gaming. Managing to deliver the ultimate experience in symetrical base versus base combat, both forts have numerous entrances and pathways but everyone knows the real combat just ends up happening over the bridge between the two. The key to victory, survival and the best K/D? Teamwork.


  1. 2 forts ? srsly ? thats prolly the worst map ever made …
    and i guess de_dust2 is more popular and better in overall then the first one .

  2. people complaining about 2fort obviously didn’t play Team Fortress Classic. Servers were running that map around the clock, and those matches were always full

  3. Agreed with COD4’s Crash, best COD map by far. I think Halo 3’s The Pit should make the list, although I love Guardian just as much the problem was that if you were S3 area you could watch the whole map with the sniper. The Pit is a symmetrical map and perfectly balanced for nearly any gametype.

    I think Crossroads from SOCOM series is a classic map too. Killzone 2’s Cornith Crossing. And Resistance 1’s Nottingham, ridiculous map, 40 player battles on that were a dream come true, probably my favorite map ever.



  5. Nobody ever played Red Faction 2 or TimeSplitters Future Perfect?!
    Subway from TSFP & Platforms/Fallfactor from RF2 were probably the best multiplayer maps ever! Especially Subway on PS2/XBox online, CTB. :D

    And UT has got a couple of really good mp maps, too.

  6. Bah.. No Magestorm or Aliens Online?

    Magestorm had 2 of the best maps ever in the Catacombs and Cathedral.

    Aliens Online also had some sweet and creepy maps.

  7. Well with only ten spots it’s hard to include all the maps people know and love but I don’t agree with this top 10.

    How can you not include the best map from one of the best shooters of all time…? Calypso Casino from Rainbow Six Vegas (1). That game had so many great maps… Border Town, LVU Campus, Casino Vault, Dante’s Casino, Library, Research Labs, Dam Streets, and Kill House. Not only that though they also had two great map packs (Red and Black) that brought even more great maps to the game. Neon Graveyard, Doscala Restaurant (My favorite), Wartown, and Red Lotus. Of all their great maps, no map was more loved and played than Calypso Casino though.

    IMO the maps made Rainbow Six Vegas great. Ubisoft Montreal always did a great job designing them with good balance between outside and inside environments, close quarter combat areas and some open sniping areas. They also do the best job at designing vertical maps, not all one level. Different floors to a casino and different entrances and exits to each level or floor. R6V2 was not as good as the original but they did have some good maps on that game as well as all the other previous Rainbow Six titles on last gen consoles.

  8. I’m surprised nuke town wasn’t on here. Then again, I haven’t played all that many MP games (didn’t have internet in my room till I started college this past year). I haven’t even played the majority of these. I give this site credit though, since they were all maps from the most popular games (i.e. not all CoD), which it probably would have been had IGN done the list.

  9. You guys hit the nail on the head with Wake Island.  Easily one of the best maps of all time.  I also agree with Dust, Fort2. 

    However, Guardian would not have made my list.  I think Lockout did everything Guardian did but better.  

    Anyways, cheers.


  10. Hang em’ High kills any of the other Halo maps, and Streets from the Rainbow Six games should definitely be on here…

  11. Dust for CS. It’s just so damn right… I miss SOOOO much that game… Best fps ever, no comparrisson to any other fps game what so ever

  12. Now you just need a list of the 10 worst multiplayer maps of all time! You could start with COD Black Ops and Halo Reach, easily 8 of the worst right there.

  13. I was considering following this site instead of IGN and GameInformer. After reading these top ten maps, it’s self-evident that this site isn’t for “gifted” gamers. Picked the easiest maps! 

  14. It’s unfortunate the game with SEVERAL maps that blow away ALL of the maps listed here -Team Fortress Classic – does not have one entry. A true shame.

  15. I don’t know how you leave out Toujane and/or Carentan from this list. Carentan is iconic and was included in three different versions of the COD series. This is a testament to it’s popularity, staying power, and design. Toujane was THE map of choice in COD2 competition. NOT just for one game type but for SD, TDM, and CTF. If there was a match being played you could count on one of the maps being Toujane. Easily the best map in the COD series.

  16. Very Nice List of the best FPS games ever! There’s just 1 thing I don’t agree with: CoD4 best map is definitely Backlot, you can ask the best CoD4 players of the world and most of them will agree with me.