It’s a question that has been asked since the dawn of time (or, at least, since November 2013 anyway); just what are the best PS4 FPS games?
Whether it’s the white-knuckle, hyper-kinetic violence of DOOM, the breathtaking multiplayer thrills of Titanfall 2, or the survival horror tinged beats of Metro Redux, we’ve got you completely covered here.
Starting with five of the finest examples from the FPS genre, and to be updated on a regular basis, here are the best PS4 FPS games that money can buy!
Updated on 16/05/2018: Added Prey
Best PS4 FPS Games: DOOM
It’s perhaps fitting that DOOM, in making no attempt to change its name from the 1993 original, honors the spirit of the godfather of the genre better than any other game that has arrived since its release some 23 years ago. Gone are the cover and the regenerating health mechanics that we’ve been conditioned to rely on for so long now, instead replaced by a blisteringly fast shooter where health replenishment is finite and the only place you are safe is really no place at all.
More than just honoring the spirit of DOOM more thoroughly than we ever thought possible, DOOM is a belting shooter in its own right with fantastic level design, endlessly satisfying combat and one of the best, most energizing shooter soundtracks to ever grace your ears since Nine Inch Nails lent their talents to the original Quake back in 1996. This is DOOM and DOOM has returned to claim its place as one of the best PS4 FPS games money can buy. If you like shooters you need this – it’s that simple.
Best PS4 FPS Games: Metro Redux
Despite being nearly four years old at this point, Metro Redux remains one of the most atmospheric shooters you can buy on PS4. Set in a post-apocalyptic Russia, Metro Redux (based on the Metro novels of the same name), casts players as a grizzled survivor who must explore the urban wastes and tundra to discover the origins of the ‘Dark Ones’, hideous monsters that have risen from the ashes of the nuclear fire.
Packing in gorgeous remasters of both Metro 2033 and its sequel Metro: Last Light, Metro Redux is a value-stuffed proposition that places a real emphasis on atmospheric exploration and survival alongside more traditional shooter beats. In short, if you like your FPS games dripping with atmosphere and with a dash of Valve’s Half-Life to boot, there are few better choices out there then Metro Redux.
Best PS4 FPS Games: Overwatch
A world away from the loot-stuffed dungeons of Diablo III and the breathlessly expansive realms of World of Warcraft, it’s fair to say that Blizzard Entertainment never used to be intimately familiar with the FPS genre. Fast forward to 2018 however, and such doubts melt away instantly as Overwatch has emphatically staked its claim as the premier team-based multiplayer shooter on PS4.
Supported by an undercurrent of deep and charisma flush characters that all play differently and possess a series of finely tuned strengths and weaknesses that meaningfully separate them from their peers, Overwatch is a uniquely rewarding, team-focused online multiplayer FPS in which satisfaction and thrill are endlessly doled out in equal measure.
Best PS4 FPS Games: Prey
The very design DNA that is threaded through every aspect of Prey‘s impressive offering suggests that Arkane’s sci-fi shooter could never really fail. Equal parts Dishonoured, Bioshock and legendary FPS adventure System Shock, Prey has players waking aboard the Talos I space station in the year 2032 as the aftermath of a humanity changing experiment unfurls among the station and its decidedly unfortunate crew.
Embracing the very same FPS and progression beats that served the likes of Bioshock and Deus Ex so well, Prey thrusts the player into an environment devastated by a shadowy foe and in doing so displays some truly clever survival horror sensibilities that few other entries in the FPS genre have been able to match. Smart, satisfyingly and harrowing, Prey is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for story-driven shooter with bucket loads of atmosphere to spare.
Best PS4 FPS Games: Titanfall 2
After being unfairly lumped with exclusivity to Microsoft’s consoles, it was clear soon after the release of the first game in the series that the future of Titanfall lay very much in the multi-format domain. So it was then that in October 2016 Titanfall 2 came stomping onto PS4 for the first time, and in doing so not only remedied everything that was wrong with the original game, but also provided PlayStation gamers with a stupendous shooter in its own right.
In addition to a superlative story-driven single-player campaign, arguably the bulk of Titanfall 2’s thrills are to be found in its modular combat whereupon players could, as a foot soldier, not only use firearms but also grappling hooks and wall-running skills to scale the game’s maps before hopping into one of the game’s hulking Titans; towering mechs stuffed with city-destroying ordnance. Furiously satisfying, demanding of player skill and boasting an horrendously deep multiplayer endgame, Titanfall 2 delivers on the series promise with aplomb and gives the PS4 one of its very finest shooters in the process.
Best PS4 FPS Games: Wolfenstein: The New Order
Much like DOOM earlier on in this feature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is very much a textbook exercise in how you reinvent a revered decades old shooter for a modern audience. Set in an alternate history 1960s where the Nazis won the Second World War, Wolfenstein: The New Order casts players as the square-jawed B.J. Blazkowicz who must, by his own admission, punch, kick, strangle, shoot and stab as many Nazis as he can possibly find.
Of course all of this is just a handy excuse for some of the most straightforwardly brilliant shooter shenanigans on PS4, as players romp through The New Order’s numerous levels killing Nazis, discovering secrets and generally having a bloody good time in the process. Again much like DOOM, Wolfenstein: The New Order crucially hasn’t forgotten the essence of what made its inspiration so beloved in the first place, and in doing so embraces that core experience to create one of the most enjoyable shooters to date.
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