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 on the PlayStation 4, but there are certainly less of them with most studios seemingly preferring third-person to third over recent years. You could barely even move in the last generation of gaming without bumping into a Modern Warfare clone in the seventh gen. 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. Bear in mind that thanks to backwards compatibility, you will also be able to play all these FPS games on your PS5.
Yes, it’s not a game many people will agree on, especially as a live service release, but if it’s shooting stuff in space you want, it’s shooting stuff in space you will get with Destiny 2.
Bungie have worked very hard since the game’s initial release to turn Destiny 2 into something that people will keep playing for years and it’s fair to say million have done just that. Hunt down the loot with your friends or alone, take part in life-consuming raids, and enjoy Bungie’s seamless FPS action.
Better yet, it’s now free to play on PS4 with the introduction of First Light, just in case you don’t want to have to pay to say goodbye to your social obligations.
Developer: One More Level Publisher: 505 Games
If you played RUINER but wanted it in first-person or just want a more straightforward, action orientated Cyberpunk 2077, say hello to Ghostrunner from the minds at One More Level.
A one-hit kill action game in a similar vein to the likes of Hotline Miami, Ghostrunner tasks you with making your way up Dharma Tower while slicing and dicing your way through its dystopian, colorful floors.
It’s as challenging as it sounds, but thanks to the almost instant restarts and tools at your disposal, Ghostrunner is an FPS that you may struggle to put down. Yes, it’s arguably more at home on PC, but don’t run from this one on your PS4, either.
“Ghostrunner’s fusion of parkour and one-hit kill gameplay makes for a challenging but brilliant experience worth checking out.”
23. Far Cry 4
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft
Far Cry 4 certainly didn’t reinvent the wheel from Far Cry 3, but did it really need to? If you’re being a bit cynical, you could say that Far Cry 4 is a slightly pinker, more mountainous version of the third game.
But that’s probably a large part of the reason why Far Cry 4 is such a blast. The core experience of Far Cry 3 is still here (liberate camps, climb towers, shoot the bad guys), but with fun little tweaks such as abseiling, a charismatic villain in the form of Pagan Min, and a massive map to explore, expect to spend dozens of hours in Kyrat.
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.
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.
We 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.
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.”
Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision
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.
Developer: id Software/Avalanche Publisher: Bethesda
The post-apocalyptic 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. Yeah, it’s not a serious game.
Developer: Flying Wild Hog Publisher: Devolver Digital
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.”
15. Far Cry 5
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft
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 Firewall incredibly well since launch, making it the premier VR FPS experience.
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.
“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.
9. Fallout 4
Developer: Bethesda Publisher: Bethesda
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.”
While Modern Warfare, a soft reboot for the series, was a pretty good FPS game on PlayStation 4 in its own right, Warzone, its battle royale spin-off, has won the most attention since its release in March 2020.
You probably don’t need to be told that there are five million battle royale games out there, yet Warzone does more than enough to separate itself from the pack. Whether it’s the unique cash system, fighting for your life in the Gulag, or the iconic Call of Duty gunplay, Warzone is a cut above.
Best of all, it will be supported far longer than Blackout (remember that?) ever was with it being integrated with Black Ops Cold War. Looks like Warzone is here to stay, especially as it’s been such a runaway success.
5. Rainbow Six Siege
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft
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.
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.
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.”
Just when the demons thought it was safe to come back to Earth, along comes the DOOM Slayer once more. If you thought DOOM 2016 was a bit extravagant in its action, perhaps a little too over-the-top with the gore, get a load of DOOM Eternal.
The plot is simple: there are demons, you must slay them. Okay, so there’s a little more to it than that, but not much. The main attraction with DOOM Eternal, as always has been the case with DOOM, is slaying demons.
And what a wild, bloody time you will have slaying them in Eternal. The game introduces new enemies by the dozen, new abilities that allow you to put foes on fire for armor, and the kind of speed and verticality in movement that is difficult to match. DOOM Eternal is a flurry of violence and attitude that will have you gripping your DualShock 4 like a madman.
Rip and tear, until it is done. And then done again on Nightmare.
“DOOM Eternal is everything you could ever want from a DOOM game. It is the natural evolution of the successful 2016 reboot, a magnificent upping of stakes that is almost peerless in giving power to the player with plenty of content to keep coming back to.”
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