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: Vanguard/ Warzone
Call of Duty Vanguard/ Warzone invites you to become a part of the Task Force Vanguard and to incessantly fight back with acts of valour to thwart the nefarious schemes of Freisinger— a higher ranking Nazi officer and the mastermind behind Project Phoenix. Call of Duty Vanguard carries a captivating dynamic where you will have four playable protagonists, who serve as the elite operators of the Task Force Vanguard. Through the collaborative effort of Arthur Kingsley, Polina Petrova, Wade Jackson, and Lucas Riggs, you will diminish the strengthening of the Nazis forces.
The game meticulously captures the aesthetics and horrors of World War 2. From the tiniest texture to all-out explosions and firing feels awesome; however, it is nothing we haven’t experienced before. It is Call of Duty in all of its default glory with fast-paced gameplay. The multiplayer falls in the same basket as well. The exception is the introduction of the new multiplayer modes such as the Champion Hill. Overall, Call of Duty Vanguard/ Warzone is a solid game.
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.
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.
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.
The Battlefield franchise has always lived up to its name. The title itself gives away its adrenaline rushing theme of explosive gunfire scenarios and 2042 embodies the very same theme— a little into the future. However, this time, DICE has rolled its dices a little too far. With the absence of a single-player campaign mode, the developers have placed all their eggs into the multiplayer basket.
The effort put into this latest instalment is note-worthy as players make full use of their environment to help their team win objectives. The warfare model that includes more than 120 players creates absolute havoc of mass destruction via firearms and armed vehicles (both land and air), however, “big” isn’t always good. Players complain about the mode and how it gets excessively chaotic and has many technical issues/bugs such as desyncing and more. The new Hazard mode triumphs better as it includes fewer players split into teams of four. Even though 2042 carries negative remarks, its saving grace is the community created modes and the option to play Battlefield 1942 and Bad Company map/modes.
From the studios that brought us Dishonoured, Deathloop embraces the theme of assassins as well. The protagonist assassin, Colt, finds himself stuck in a time loop and is on a ticking deadline to finish his mission. Get ready to assassinate as you have only till midnight to eliminate eight visionaries— should you fail, it’ll have detrimental consequences on the loop. The task, however, will be made arduous by the antagonist, Julianna Blake who rivals your persona of an assassin— she too is a visionary and a core target.
Already having won not one but two game Awards, the accolades and positive reviews alone should be persuasive enough to make you want to purchase this game. Extremely engaging combat with fun gadgets to make your kills even spicier.
Metro Exodus follows the events of Metro Last Light, and this time sets itself in a Russian Dystopia where Metro Franchise’s theme of a post-apocalyptic world is upheld to its fullest. The rich setting expands the enjoyability of its gameplay as you venture into the depths of secluded landscapes as well as claustrophobic indoors that intensifies the 24/7 ominous feeling.
Metro Exodus has more fearsome creatures in store for you; thus, making the act of survival more and more heart-pumping. It is not just a runner shooter but a rollercoaster of emotions as once again, Artyom and Spartan Rangers put on harness of necessities.
Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood does ring a familiar tone inside one’s head when read aloud— no, you are not paranoid. From Turtle Rock Studios— the creators of Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood serves as somewhat the third part of the Left 4 Dead series that has been thoroughly requested by the fanbase all these years. After getting re-founded and breaking ties from Valve, Turtle Rock Studios, finally unravel their independent project that comes packed with all the nostalgic aspects of Left 4 Dead’s gameplay.
The overall mechanics of Back 4 Blood feel sharp and decent. For example, the recoil and overall firing of the guns. You get to choose from a light machine gun, shotgun, magnums, or assault rifle. Melee weapons come in handy as well to push back approaching hordes of zombies. Common complaints include the unrealistic spikes in difficulty when switching from recruit to veteran difficulty. Beyond that, the game feels solid with a lot of room for future improvements.
Planet Earth’s very existence is devastated as hellspawn close in to wreak havoc under the command of the alien, Khan Mayor. Thus, with impending doom and a formidable foe that threatens to cause humanity’s extinction, it is up to the Doom Slayer to eradicate this ill omen— to be mankind’s champion once more.
No one wants their childhood favourite series to be butchered. And even though Doom 2016 was awesome, the next part has the potential to be even greater. Therefore, id Tech Software took it up a notch and as a result of their incessant efforts, Eternal exhibits everything we appreciate and uphold about the Doom games. It delivers a more powerful punch with big guns, a meat-hook double-barrel shotgun, and exhilarating multiplayer modes. This includes the new multiplayer modes: Invasion and Battle mode. The high rating scores say it all.
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.