FPS games are great, aren’t they? Sure, they might unleash some of your most primal instincts in less than healthy ways as you scream bloody murder at your television, but there’s something very cathartic about the prospect of killing hellspawn or taking on gigantic Nazi robots. You couldn’t exactly do either of these in real-life, which is why we’re looking at the best PS4 FPS games to provide you with some escapism.
It’s no secret that FPS games are pretty much everywhere, but there are certainly less of them since the Call of Duty boom died off. You could barely even move in the last generation of gaming without bumping into a Modern Warfare clone.
The PS4 is no stranger to first-person shooters, so we’ve compiled some of its shootiest offerings, ranging from the realistic to the downright outlandish. We’re limiting ourselves to just one entry per franchise and are also excluding remasters for the sheer sake of variety.
Believe it or not, but this is the only PS4 exclusive on this list. Sony have mainly focused on third-person open-world games this generation with their only foray into the genre being a game that launched at the same time as the PlayStation 4 itself. That is, of course, unless Death Stranding is an FPS. You never know.
Shadow Fall isn’t an exceptional game, but it is a lot of fun all the same. Treat it as a beautiful demonstration of the power of the PS4 and try to climb around its jammed-in mechanics to coincide with the new features of the console. I wouldn’t mind seeing another Killzone, but with Guerrilla currently killing it with Horizon, this might be the swansong for the franchise. Not the worst way to go out.
17. Killing Floor 2
Developer: Tripwire Interactive Publisher: Tripwire Interactive Buy on Amazon
A one-time free PlayStation Plus game, Killing Floor 2 may be the closest thing console gamers ever get to seeing a new Left 4 Dead game. While it may not have quite as much chaotic intensity as Valve’s iconic franchise, Killing Floor 2 is still the perfect way to unwind by shooting up some zombie brains.
It’s a little on the kooky side, particularly with its timed events and bosses, but make no mistake: Killing Floor 2 isn’t a PS4 FPS game that you can just wander into and expect to conquer overnight. Packed with content, including more maps than are probably needed, and enemy varieties that you have to tactically go up against, Killing Floor 2 is one of the best zombie games going and is a good way to bond with some friends.
Divorce Battlefront II from its many, many controversies for a second and you will discover that, at its core, it’s a more than competent and sometimes excellent shooter. The controversial microtransactions which could possibly give in-game advantages have now been removed, replaced by cosmetics. You have to wonder why they just didn’t do that to begin with.
As well as the multiplayer offering far more content than the original reboot, Battlefront II comes with a single-player campaign that, while not exactly amazing, tells an interesting enough story that is worth the lowered price of admission for the game as is. It certainly looks and sounds the part of a Star Wars game, but it’s best experienced with some friends or you may find yourself wandering off to other PS4 FPS games.
It’s not the next Prey people were expecting, which itself looked nothing like the original Prey, but Arkane’s sci-fi vision for the series still won plenty of plaudits. It’s like the new System Shock we will probably never see. If you want to get lost in a dense world with RPG mechanics, Prey might be your safest bet.
While not perfect –the enemies are rather unremarkable and the story takes its sweet time to do anything of note– Prey still succeeds in providing hours upon hours of tense exploration as dark creatures lurk around every corner. Nobody can forget the first time they encountered a homicidal coffee mug among many of the other weird and wonderful moments the game produces.
“Prey mixes BioShock with Dishonored and a dash of System Shock – the result is an engrossing setting with palpable tension, tons of reasons to explore and a compelling narrative that takes a couple surprising turns.”
14. Call of Duty: WWII
Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Buy on Amazon
While its promise of being “boots on the ground” went to hell in a handbasket once leprechauns were added to the game, Call of Duty: WII was still a shot in the arm that the series desperately needed. It’s still a Call of Duty game, right down to its hilariously unapproachable multiplayer, but WWII showed that there might still be life left in the old dog yet.
It’s exactly what you would expect from a Call of Duty entry: tight shooting, easy to pick up and play, and utterly bombastic. While WWII doesn’t threaten the franchise’s first few forays in terms of recreating World War II, it’s a good way to spend some time killing Nazis. That’s a common theme throughout this list, apparently. FPS fodder is about all they’re good for.
13. Shadow Warrior 2
Developer: Flying Wild Hog Publisher: Devolver Digital Buy on Amazon
If you are yet to experience the joys of the Wang, I would recommend that you get some Wang up you as soon as you can. It may not be an obvious contender for the best PS4 FPS games, but once Shadow Warrior 2 gets going and you discover its loot and gratuitously, erm, gratuitous world, it’s a ridiculous joy to behold.
By embracing its loot mechanics and rewarding the grind, Shadow Warrior 2 is like a more light-hearted Destiny with samurai swords. There’s certainly a lot to love about it, whether it’s its stupendously obnoxious protagonist or the depth of content on offer, so don’t let this one slip you by.
“Drawing on some pretty obvious inspirations, Shadow Warrior 2 doesn’t have many original ideas of its own, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of most purely fun FPS games on the market right now.”
If you aren’t a Far Cry fan, its fifth incarnation is going to do nothing to change your mind about the series. Even with some polishes here and a few trimmings there, Far Cry 5 still has the DNA of a Far Cry game: a massive open world that’s your playground for murder. And random animal attacks.
Its protagonist, however, is so good that it’s almost worth playing through Far Cry 5 just to experience his many hypnotising monologues and deliberate movements. Joseph Seed is a villain worth investing time into, as well as Hope County in general. Even if taking down countless outposts isn’t really your thing, you’ll always have fishing. Just as long as random bear doesn’t decide to ruin your day, that is.
First things first: you will need a PSVR headset if you want to play Firewall Zero Hour. If you don’t have one, this pulse-pounding FPS is a good reason to do just that. It utilises VR well and is an all-round solid shooter with an emphasis on teamwork.
Using your headset, you can peek around corners and hide behind cover while you co-ordinate over comms with your team. It’s damn impressive when you have a team all working together to pincer and take out the opponents with the small bonus that it is also entirely playable with the DualShock, just in case you don’t want to splash out extra for the Move controllers.
A PS4 FPS game that came out of absolutely heckin’ nowhere, Apex Legends was announced one second and then out the next — its marketing campaign (or lack thereof) clearly worked as it reached 25 million players in less than a week after it launched.
A battle royale game that achieves the impossible of making the genre feel completely novel again, Apex Legends meshes intense FPS action from the makers of Titanfall (more on that beauty later) with Overwatch-esque characters and a huge emphasis on teamwork and communication.
It’s a little low on our list of PS4 FPS games because it’s brand new and could be shaped for better or worse over the coming months, so watch this space.
“Even the most jaded of battle royale fans will find their interest rejuvenated by Apex Legends thanks to Respawn’s attention to detail, superior gunplay, and fantastic innovations, though the loot boxes and progression system certainly need addressing.”
Some may prefer The New Order over The New Colossus, but for the sheer brass balls on the franchise’s most recent entry, the vote has to go to the latter. The New Colossus fully embraces the kitsch to craft an FPS game that feels like a fever dream with enough twists and turns to make your head fall off.
While not necessarily a long experience, you’re getting concentrated bouts of mayhem and murder that feel completely empowering. There are different playstyles for different players, too, so if you want to be a walking tower of meaty ninja, you can be. Oh, and you can bet that our old Nazi friends are happy to help with reducing your ammo clips.
“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus continues New Order’s deft combination of smooth, exhilarating gunfights and a story and setting with surprising depth and character that effectively tackles some dark and heavy themes while ultimately remaining fun and hopeful.”