Maybe Soldier of Fortune II if you think you have “emm four dee” skills with a z-- the game is challenging but the combat is outstanding.
And obviously Battlefield 1942. Of course it’s primarily a multiplayer game, but IMO the singleplayer is underrated in that game with the latest patches. Bots are fun; with some friends, you can even do co-op vs. the bots and such.
America’s Army 1.7 is very intense and exhilirating. Not as fast-paced as those other games, but I’ve been playing it pretty much nonstop for the past week. And 1.9 is due out soon (they’re skipping version #1.8) which will add even more cool stuff, and it’s free! You can’t beat that with a dollar! But it’s multiplayer only.
It’s been a little over a year since it was originally released in a really buggy state. But version 1.7 is not only solid, but it adds tons of great new stuff, like the Ranger Regiment Missions (Bridge SE and Weapons Cache SE are simply awesome.)
They’ve been adding new content rather progressively, and 1.9 is going to add the Medic class, as well as some new maps. And vehicles, I believe.
I played it when it was first released and I didn’t like it. The graphics are ok, and the maps look ok as well, it’s just that the missions were very laggy and the whole damn thing was so dark that I couldnt see anyone and the such.
Lag thing was addressed many moons ago. Very smooth now, even with 26 people.
If it’s dark, turn on your night vision. It’s why we taxpayers paid a gazillion bucks for the technology.
Graphics could be better, but the Army wanted something that could run on a wider range of systems. But the weapons modeling is dead-on, and there’s nothing like picking up a SAW from a dead comrade, unloading into the enemy, and watching the tracers fly.
Weapons Cache SE. Best damn map out there.
Airborne FARP mission is also awesome. Jump out of a C-17, parachute to the ground in a night assault. Land, assemble, and take the objectives from the dogfaces on the other team opposing you.
Some missions use the MILES gear, but all the Ranger missions and a lot of the newer ones use real ammo. So no more laser beams and beeping. In those situations, each team is US Army, and the opposing team are terrorists with Soviet-era weapons. The bullets flying are (virtually) real, and it gets pretty damn hairy fast. Watch out for the bastards with the grenade launchers. The Soviet grenade launcher sounds like a RPG, and when you hear that sound, DUCK.
Don’t really see your objection to NOLF 2 the crossbow/sword stuff is like the first level or two, and I found it to be fun, but hey, your opinion is what counts.
I will interject that any game that has you riding on the back of a tricycle driven by a burly Scot while chasing down a Mime on a unicycle through the streets of India with your Tommy Gun blazing is just fine by me.