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. Every other FPS title was a gritty, depressingly brown venture into a near future where everyone magically healed and sat behind cover forever and a day.
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.
19. Killing Floor 2
Developer: Tripwire Interactive Publisher: Tripwire Interactive Buy on Amazon
A game with “kill” in its name following another? It’s almost as if we did it on purpose. Almost.
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.”
16. 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.
This Call of Duty ultimately gets the nod over Black Ops 4 because the latest entry lacks the campaign for a BR mode instead, which is poorer value.
Developer: id Software/Avalanche Publisher: Bethesda Buy on Amazon
The sequel absolutely nobody really wanted or asked for, but we’re glad they made it anyway. The first Rage was a bit of an odd beast without a proper ending that tried to do too much at once without doing anything particularly well, but they fixed that in time for Rage 2. Anyone left jaded by the original Rage will probably feel like its sequel is making amends.
Rage 2 has a story, but we’ll be damned if we know what it is — something about a peanutheaded guy in a suit? Who knows. What we do know, though, is that its gunplay is as irresistibly great as you’d expect from something with id’s name on it, especially when you get your “superpowers” and start throwing wingsticks at people while gliding in mid-air before pounding the ground like an actual superhero.
“Making all the things go dead is clearly where id Software feel most comfortable: Rage 2 constantly makes you feel like a hopped-up Doomguy with an aversion to mohawks.”
14. 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.
While it’s arguable that Metro never needed to go down the open world route, it makes total sense in Exodus: the most ambitious entry in the series to date and one of 2019’s sleeper hits. There’s a reason why more people cared about this much more than Anthem, you know.
A PS4 FPS with a crumbling world to explore, Metro Exodus once again puts you in the shoes of series veteran Artyom as he makes his way above ground and hops on a train to prove that life exists away from the Russian underground system once and for all. Well, human life, at least — there is no shortage of irradiated creeps who want to eat your spleen. It feels a little “unusual” compared to its fast and fluid peers on this list of the best PS4 FPS games, but that’s just Metro for you.
“The conclusion to Artyom’s journey has the best gameplay and most compelling story of the series, on top of incredible visual and audio presentation. It retains the series’ simplistic stealth system and falters with control, writing and dialogue issues, but even so, Metro Exodus is an odyssey worth undertaking.”
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. First Contact have supported the game incredibly well since launch, making it the premier VR FPS experience.