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 multiplayer only, so it could be shaped for better or worse over the coming months. 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.”
After decades of making the bad guys go dead, the FPS genre needed a reinvention, some new hook that felt completely fresh. SUPERHOT was happy to provide just that with its unique movement and time mechanics. The action happens without your input, but very slowly. Whenever you move, it speeds up. If that doesn’t sound that great, just play it and see.
If it’s you against a room full of red dudes and all you have is an ashtray, it’s your opponents who should be worried. You can throw the ashtray at the closest opponent, snatch their firearm out of mid-air, and then dispatch of all of his friends. SUPERHOT rewards experimentation through its many violent puzzles, so don’t hesitate to unleash your inner Neo.
Some may suggest that Fallout 4 embraces the FPS too much over the RPG. While they may have a point, it still provides a riveting way to explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland where everything is either out to kill you or make you join their cult. If that doesn’t sound like a fun time, I don’t know what to say to you.
While you can also switch to a third-person perspective, Fallout 4 is at its most immersive when you’re in first-person and able to see all the grisly sights of The Commonwealth. It’s arguably not the most refined of all of the games on this list, thanks to its patented Bethesda bugs and glitches, but you might find it hard to care when it sucks you in.
Weirdly, we predicted the huge changes for Resident Evil 7 long before it was announced. Taking the action from the over-the-shoulder third-person perspective that the recent entries had adopted to a first-person one instead might have been a gamble, but it’s one that turned out to be very worthwhile.
The franchise was reinvigorated with fresh scares and ideas, including a demented redneck smashing through the goddamn wall to attack you. Ethan, the protagonist, feels incredibly underpowered and vulnerable against the Baker family in the early goings, but as soon as the meatier weaponry becomes available, the action picks up and the body count starts rising.
“This is the most impressive return to form I’ve seen in a long time. With heart-pounding scares, clever puzzles, and formidable enemies; Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is one of the best horror titles I’ve ever played.”
The game which launched a thousand failed clones, Overwatch is the pinnacle of the hero-shooter. It’s bright, loud, and accessible, featuring a deep roster of characters suited for different metas and playstyles. The lore is so deep that it’s almost a shame that the game is entirely multiplayer.
Overwatch is a very simple game with only a few modes, but they’re all enticing enough to mean that the experience remains fresh for a long time. It’s a game best reserved for playing with friends as it’s far more tactical than meets the eye — you can be the best FPS player in the world, but unless you know how to stay on point and work with your teammates, it doesn’t mean a thing.
“Ultimately, Overwatch is a game that can threaten to take over your life if you let it, and if you have willpower as bad as mine, it will do. Once you move past any initial head-scratching over what the hell is going on, it will have you, utterly and irrepressibly.”
Rainbow Six Siege is not a game that you can simply pick up and mess around in. Well, technically, you could just play it for the laughs, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when your teammates chew you out with a stream of expletives or just straight up kick you out of the match. Siege is serious business, even in casual.
Siege has continued to grow and evolve in the years following its release because it does the simple things very well. Teamwork and gunplay feel rewarding, as well as the adrenaline rush from peeking the same corner for minutes at a time never losing its tension. The learning curve is steep with its meta always shifting, but it’s worth sticking with.
The smart money might have been on Battlefield 1 (and definitely not Battlefield V) for this list of the best PS4 FPS games, but Battlefield 4 is still as manically captivating as it was when it launched all those years ago. In terms of weaponry, content, and the ability to send out a small drone to blowtorch your enemies to death, Battlefield 4 is the superior game.
While its campaign may be lacking and clearly trying to emulate Call of Duty, its deep well of multiplayer modes has made it last the distance. It’s still regularly and faithfully played to this day by plenty of people, something that I discover every time I log back in after months away.
From Gun Master to Conquest, you arguably have a wider array of options for digital murder in Battlefield 4 than anything else on the market right now.
A game so criminally overlooked that people almost started an insurrection against EA for releasing it at a stupid time, Titanfall 2 is what the original game should have been and then some. It retains the same appeal of jumping in and out of a giant murder machine at will and also pulling off crazy stunts and skilful kills.
Away from the multiplayer, which is incidentally also some of the best on PS4 if you can still find a match, Titanfall 2 offers a single-player campaign that tells one of the best stories in the FPS genre, perhaps even of the generation of a whole.
It’s a heartwarming tale of a man and his titan that shouldn’t really work as well as it does, but thanks to some great mechanics and an unforgettable level, the short but sweet campaign is enough of an incentive on its own to pick the game up.
“At the risk of getting hyperbolic, it’s an incredible experience from the ground up that should be played by anyone who loves a first-person shooter with ambition and heart. It’s on another level to its predecessor and almost all of its rivals.”
If you’re looking for a PS4 FPS game with an emphasis on “shooter”, DOOM is the game for you. Not many people gave the franchise’s reinvention much of a chance after a multiplayer beta flattered to deceive, but DOOM has always been about you, Doomguy, and killing demons. It certainly provides that in spades.
The perfect antithesis to the modern shooter, DOOM doesn’t make you wait behind cover or indulge in a self-serious story. No, DOOM is instead about one man and his outrageous array of weaponry on a quest to go to Hell. DOOM is no frills fun, affording you the chance to stomp demons’ heads in and feel like you’re playing an updated version of the classic. If you remember playing the original on Windows 95, its 2016 incarnation is absolutely going to please.