Shooter games have been at the forefront of the gaming industry for years. In fact, some of the most influential games in history are indeed shooter games. 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.
We have included a wide range of PlayStation 5 shooters including FPS (First Person Shooters), TPS (Third Person Shooters), Battle Royals, and more. This article is a resource for those looking for the best PS5 shooter games. Therefore, as more of such games for the PS5 are confirmed, this list will be updated frequently. So check back periodically to get the latest updates.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
One of the worst kept secrets right now is that the next Call of Duty game will come from Treyarch. In particular, the studio’s beloved Black Ops line of games. Ironic, isn’t it? This is considering that the Black Ops series features an elite group of covert soldiers sent on secret missions all over the world.
With that said, we already know that the secret is out. After months of teasing and easter eggs, Activision has finally announced Treyarch’s latest title. However, they’ll be having some help this around. They’ll be working together with Raven Software, who are also working with Infinity Ward with the current and ongoing development of hit battle royale title, Call of Duty: Warzone.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War will be set in the early 1980s during the Cold War and will have players in the shoes of CIA officer, Russell Adler. Previous franchise mainstays will also make appearances in the game. This includes Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020. This essentially makes it a launch title for the PlayStation 5.
Was this really any surprise? For all of the hate that Fortnite gets, you can’t deny that it’s had a significant impact on the gaming industry.
Financially, even though Fortnite isn’t the first free-to-play title to offer in-game purchases and give players an equally entertaining experience, regardless of whether they spend money in the game or not, its success — many reports put Fortnite as one of the most financially successful games in history — will no doubt affect how companies structure their games in the future.
Fortnite was also one of the first to make cross-platform play possible, and arguably because of Fortnite, it might just become the standard going forward. Ultimately, Fortnite is THE battle royale title to beat.
Fortnite has the unique combination of mainstream appeal, unique gameplay mechanics — there are very few shooters with building mechanics out there — and constant support from its developers to remain relevant well into the next generation of consoles.
Outriders is set in a world that humanity is attempting to colonize, but somehow and somewhere, something went wrong, and a team of heroes is sent in as cavalry, armed with both superpowers and high-tech weapons, to help sort things out.
The people behind Outriders describe it as a “co-op RPG shooter for a new generation”, which we don’t exactly know what we mean by. However, we can deduce that Outriders has the potential to be one of the more unique gaming titles out there. This is especially because it’s not a “live-service” title.
Apparently, unlike the other big shooters, it’s commonly likened to, such as Destiny 2, the game is something that players can actually start and finish. Set in an original and dark universe, a lot is riding on Outriders’ narrative.
The recently-confirmed timed-exclusive for the PlayStation 5 sees Arkane Studios (developers) and Bethesda Softworks (publishers) get together for yet another first-person action-adventure.
Lest we forget, the last time these two got together, we got the Dishonored franchise. Their latest game, Deathloop, looks a lot like Dishonored. It even feels like it. However, unlike Dishonored, which heavily encouraged stealth gameplay, Deathloop feels anything but stealthy, as players take on the role of Cult, who’s on a mission to take down eight different targets before he’s taken down himself.
In a unique twist, the one person who could take down Cult is Julianna, who might be controlled by another player. A less stealthy and more twitchy Dishonored might seem like an oversimplification of what Deathloop is like, but at the same time, it fits the description to the tee with what we’ve gotten so far. Either way, it’s safe to say that we should expect adrenaline-filled shooting from this shooter come release date.
Far Cry 6
After going with a fictional version of Montana in Far Cry 5, the latest title in the Far Cry franchise will go down south and head into the Caribbean inside the fictional country known as Yara.
From the outside, Yara looks like every bit of a paradise. It fits the stereotypical tropical island vibes to the T. However, what most people don’t know is that it is being controlled by a dictator in Antón Castillo.
Antón fits the bill of a villain who thinks that he is the hero. He apparently witnessed the execution of his father 50 years ago. As a result, he uses this as an excuse for how he runs the country. More importantly, he believes that his family, including his heir-apparently, the 13-year-old boy named Diego, are the only ones capable of running Yara.
Throughout the game, players will attempt to fight back against the regime as part of the guerilla revolution. They’ll take control of Dani Rojas, who is no stranger to fights.
Unlike in previous games, where most of the fighting took place in open worlds or jungles, the setting in Far Cry 6 will heavily feature back alleys and rooftops.
Leave it to EA to make sure that Activision doesn’t get all of the spotlight. Working alongside DICE once again, a new Battlefield title, named Battlefield 6, will make its way to Sony’s next-generation console sometime in 2021.
However, unlike Activision, EA has not chosen to share a lot of information regarding the latest Battlefield title yet. We don’t know when it will be set, who the characters are, and what kind of gameplay to expect. But, if it’s any consolation, they did grace us with a small sneak peek and preview of what the game could look like. Expect to learn more about Battlefield 6 with a more formal announcement in the coming months.
The latest iteration of the popular looter-shooter series of games will be hitting the PlayStation 5 at launch with multiple improvements.
Gearbox Software revealed many of the new improvements that the next-gen version of the game will have via a brand-new launch trailer.
To sum it up, Borderlands 3 on the PS5 will receive all content released for the game so far. This includes four campaign add-ons, as well as a brand new Season Pass, and more cosmetics for players to play around in.
In addition to this, Borderlands 3 on the PlayStation 5 will support 3 and 4-player local split-screen co-op, as well as 4K resolution at 60 fps. Also, gamers can transfer and carry over their progress from their PS4 titles to the PS5.
Gamers who already own the game on their PS4 will also get a free PS5 upgrade of the game.
Apex Legends was the answer to battle royale fans looking for action-packed and fast-paced squad-based combat. Upon its release, it looked like Apex Legends would overtake Fortnite in popularity. For a while, it did.
Many players loved the high-octane action. Not to mention, the variety in gameplay introduced by having different “Legends” to play in the game. However, as time went on, Apex Legends found itself lagging behind its competition in terms of updates and developer support.
As a result, Apex Legends started losing players, but not to the point that it completely lost its player base. Now, more than a year after its initial release, Apex Legends has continued to evolve, with the developers learning from their past mistakes.
Considering that the developers, Respawn Entertainment, reportedly already have plans for as far as Season 11 — Apex Legends is currently in Season 5 as of the time of writing — a release on next-generation consoles certainly shouldn’t be out of the question.
Made by Housemarque of PS4’s Resogun, their PS5 launch title lets players delve deep into a forever-changing foreign world where they lose more of their humanity the deeper they go.
A third-person side-scroller shooter with rougelike elements, Returnal feels like it’s trying to do too much at one time. But, at the same time, it also feels like it’s going to succeed in doing so, magnificently at that, especially with the trailer giving off some serious Edge of Tomorrow vibes.
Whether or not Returnal succeeds in creating their most ambitious game yet remains uncertain. What we do know is that we can’t wait to find out when we’ll get our hands on this shooter.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Back when it first released, nobody literally thought much of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Make no mistake, critics adored the game. However, even the most die-hard of supporters knew of the game’s shortcomings. In particular, many were aware of the game’s glaring lack of content.
Fast forward to half a decade later, and that no longer is a case. Ubisoft has successfully turned what could’ve been a forgettable 5v5 multiplayer shooter into a legitimate esport with hundreds of thousands of players from all over the world and an ever-changing metagame, as well as gameplay constantly made fresh by regular updates. With the squad-based shooter now confirmed for the PS5, expectations are for things to only get better from here on out.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
A spin-off based on the “Outbreak” event held by Ubisoft for Rainbow Six Siege last year, Rainbow Six Quarantine will put players on three-man teams. Although the focus remains on tactical co-op gameplay, enemies will no longer be other players. Instead, players will find themselves fighting against parasite-infected human beings.
Rainbow Six Quarantine is expected to launch in late 2020. It will become available on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, as well as other major gaming platforms.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Times have indeed changed. Years ago, the notion of having a free-to-play Call of Duty title would have been bonkers. Now, we have Call of Duty: Warzone and it’s not even the first Call of Duty to go the free-to-play route. Available on all of the current major gaming platforms, Activision has already confirmed that Call of Duty: Warzone will make its way to the PlayStation 5.
Admittedly, there are a lot of details that remain unknown regarding Call of Duty: Warzone on the PlayStation 5. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce the fact that it should remain free-to-play on the PlayStation 5 and support, not only cross-platform but also cross-generation play.
A follow-up to the commercial success that was Destiny, the multiplayer FPS title, Destiny 2, is going strong three years deep into its lifecycle. Upon release, Destiny 2 was lauded as an improvement over the original. Its well-designed maps was already a given. As was its unique blending of top-tier shooting gameplay with RPG elements. However, what gamers loved particularly about the sequel was that there was just so much stuff to do it.
Critics and fans alike also loved its extensive collection of collectible guns that are just as pretty as they are deadly. Now, years after its release, Destiny 2 has only gotten better. Right now, new Destiny 2 players can jump in and gain access to five different story campaigns after having constantly outdone itself with each subsequent update.
By the time the PlayStation 5 lands, Destiny 2 should have even more content for players to explore. This is good news. Because the PS5 is expected to significantly lower the game’s dreaded loading times. Meanwhile, it will also improve the game’s already stunning graphics. Basically, there’s no reason for things to not get better down the line for Destiny 2.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
In case you forgot, not all shooters are first-person, nor are they NOT supposed to be platformers. One of the more delightful surprises revealed during the PlayStation 5 games showcase, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart sees the release of a sequel to the 2016 Ratchet and Clank reboot of the PlayStation 4.
A rare child-friendly, platformer-shooter, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will take full advantage of everything that the PlayStation 5 once it arrives. This was best exemplified when we saw the duo transition from one beautiful world to another with little to no loading times. While the golden days of platformers, let alone platformer-shooters, have long passed, who’s to say that Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart won’t be able to bring it back?
As a battle royale, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds finds itself having a more grounded approach compared to its contemporaries.
Whereas Fortnite has its building mechanic, while Call of Duty: Warzone and Apex Legends are both played at a faster pace (the latter especially), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds more methodical gameplay appeals to players who are looking for a good old shoot-out without all of the added gimmicks.
With that said, despite its waning popularity, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to pull in strong financial numbers. So, it only makes sense to port it to the PlayStation 5.
There you have it, a list of all the best PS5 shooter games. As you can see, it’s got its fair share of new IPs and sequels to well-known shooter franchises. With the release of the PS5 and its improved DualSense controller, playing shooter games on this console is a blast.