Shooters are some of the most popular and influential games in the world. This has been the case for the better part of the past two decades and with the release of the PlayStation 5, there’s no reason to expect things to change anytime soon. Therefore, we have curated a comprehensive list of the best PS5 shooter games.
In an attempt to make the list as expansive as possible, we have included a wide range of PlayStation 5 shooters including FPS (First Person Shooters), TPS (Third Person Shooters), Battle Royals, and more.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is the latest game in Activision’s popular shooter franchise. It brings back familiar faces such as Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson in a story set in the early 1980s where players will take on the role of the CIA officer, Russel Adler, and hunt down members of a USSR extremist group.
Aside from the single-player campaign, Black Ops – Cold War will bring back classic game modes and add a new one. The Create-a-Class system returns, with “Fireteam” coming in as a new game mode with support for up to 40 players. The game also supports cross-platform play and cross-platform progression, as well as integration with Call of Duty: Warzone.
On the PS5, Black Ops – Cold War locks in at a native 4K resolution and 60 frames per second in Resolutions Mode with the game running in dynamic 4K resolution to maintain 120 frames per second in Performance Mode.
Fortnite is a constantly evolving battle royale that is slowly becoming more of an experience rather than a game. At its core, the game’s seamless melding of building and shooting offers a different experience every time you jump in alone or queue up with a group of friends and/or strangers.
On the PS5, Fortnite sees a massive boost in graphics and gameplay. Although the 4K resolution is a welcome bonus, it’s the 120 fps feature that is game-changing. The game’s support for haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are a bit of a hit or miss but are both worth trying out to see if it’s for you or not.
Borderlands 3 is exactly what a Borderlands game should be, except bigger. The franchise’s charming and quirky humor are both there, as well as some familiar faces. Meanwhile, the environments are even more expansive. This means a ton more loot for you to pick up and enemies, as well as bosses, for you to shoot through.
With that said, what the PS5 version of Borderlands 3 does is take things up a notch. The Resolution Mode makes an already beautiful game even prettier. At the same time, the Performance Mode is perfect for those willing to shell out for a gaming-specific compatible display monitor.
On top of this all, there’s the excellent DualSense implementation, 3D audio, and 4-player local co-op.
All these new features combine to help retell the same story in a way that you’d want to keep on playing it over and over again.
Returnal is one of the best PS5 exclusive games and also one of the best PS5 shooter games. This bullet-hell title takes players on a journey to a hostile planet where everything around you changes every time you die. The only thing that stays the same is the punishing difficulty of what lies ahead.
This third-person shooter title combines tight shooting gameplay and excellent execution with a brutal but fair learning curve along with an intriguing story to keep gamers tethered to their screens.
As a bonus, it uses haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that either clue you in on what’s happening around you or let you adjust how you shoot your guns mid-fight. Not to mention, it runs at native 4K at a fixed 60 FPS on the PS5, which results in one of the most beautiful and smoothest shooters around.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Many years after it was first released, Rainbow Six Siege has gone from a game with the potential to be great to become one of the best tactical shooters around. It has grown from having a handful of game types and modes to 60 operators, along with several more game modes, all of which are worth playing.
Siege also gets a new lease on life on the PS5, where the game shines despite its apparent age. In particular, the Performance Mode that lets the game run at up to 120 frames per second at a dynamic 4K resolution is a game-changer.
To top it all off, Siege also supports PS5’s Activity Card, which makes joining games more convenient.
Hitman 3 is the icing on top of the cake that is the World of Assassination series of games. It literally takes already existing content from previous Hitman games (progression also carries from Hitman and Hitman 2) and makes them better. This results in the best Hitman game ever and one of the best PS5 shooter games around.
The amount of time put into polishing the game to a high shine is none more so evident when you’re mixing things up on the go, switching strategies to which one you feel is the most optimal way to take out your target. With dozens if not hundreds of hours of replay value, Hitman 3 encourages multiple playthroughs even more with how much it supports the PS5.
In addition to running at a dynamic 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, Hitman 3 supports both the DualSense’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Just like when wielding real guns, pulling the trigger on each weapon feels distinctly different. Hitman 3 also ups the immersion with 3D Audio support that further amplifies the game’s already-great sound design.
Destiny 2 is a free-to-player online shooter that tells an ever-expanding epic filled with tales of heroes that go through their fair share of triumphs and tribulations. The game’s main selling point, its gunplay, remains just as tight as ever, with PS5 owners getting arguably the most definitive experience of Destiny 2 yet.
Destiny 2 runs at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second on the PS5 at a native 4K resolution with the option to run the game at 120 frames per second (at the cost of a lower resolution) when playing in a Crucible match.
The only thing missing now is for Bungie to update Destiny 2 to support DualSense’s unique features.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
As a third-person shooter and platformer, Rift Apart delivers a super-satisfying gameplay experience that hits all its marks, and then some. It takes a somewhat cliché story trope of interdimensional travel and freshens it up with a completely unique set of alternate dimension characters with multiple layers of next-gen paint dabbed on top for good measure.
By far, Rift Apart is the best next-gen showcase available right now. It’s the only game that makes a strong case for why developers shouldn’t be afraid to take the next step forward and embrace the more powerful hardware on the PS5.
Not only does the game look amazing in 4K with ray-tracing, but Rift Apart utilizes everything at its disposal. The power of the SSD works wonders in making interdimensional travel feel like you’re just jumping from one platform to another. Meanwhile, it utilizes all of DualSense’s features in a way that doesn’t feel forced or gimmicky.
Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village takes from the two best games in the Resident Evil franchise: Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 7. The result is an atypical open-world game that arms its protagonist with a better arsenal than your typical survival horror game but pits him against overpowered enemies in a way that genuinely makes you feel scared regardless of how figuratively packed you are.
The experience only becomes even better on the PS5. Other than the usual graphical upgrades and faster loading times, Village takes on an entirely new life when you hold the DualSense in your hands.
The 3D audio support lets you know that you should never keep your guard down as there are always enemies around and the adaptive triggers give you the sensation that every firearm available in the game feels different to hold and fire.
Control Ultimate Edition
Control is one of the best action shooter games of its generation, combining a gripping story with tight gameplay. The Ultimate Edition for the PS5 makes it even better, bundling the two post-launch expansions released for the game and letting gamers experience what was already a captivating game in native 4K resolution with ray tracing enabled.
The Ultimate Edition is a true visual showcase and is the definitive way to enjoy Control. It completely resolves all the technical issues that once haunted the game while also adding faster loading times, upgraded textures, and stable frame rates. The result is a can’t-miss experience for PS5 owners.
There you have it, a list of all the best PS5 shooter games. With the release of the PS5 and its improved DualSense controller, developers are incentivized to push the envelopes of gaming even further, especially when it comes to shooters. The more powerful hardware of Sony’s latest console allows modern shooters the opportunity to dazzle audiences with immersive gameplay and the PS5 shooter games listed above showcase this well.