Shooters have been at the forefront of the gaming industry for years already. In fact, some of the most influential games in gaming history are shooters. So, there’s no reason to expect things to change anytime soon.
So, with that in mind, we’ve decided to round up some of the best shooter games, but with a twist.
Instead of focusing on the best shooter games available right now, we’ve decided to put together a name of games that should make for the best PS5 shooter games, even though we’re still months away from the console’s actual release date.
Scroll down below to see which titles we think are the best PS5 shooter games.
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 like 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’ve gotten so far.
Either way, it’s safe to say that we should expect adrenaline-filled shooting from this shooter come release date.
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.
The first few Resident Evil titles and the entire The Evil Within franchise are best remembered for their guns. Or, rather, their lack thereof.
Ghostwire: Tokyo plans to ditch them entirely.
This first-person shooter spawning from the genius that is Shinji Mikami plans on utilizing the new DualSense controller, specifically its adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, to make gamers feel like they’re part of the action, with Kuji-kiri hand gestures — kind of like the ninja hand signs in the popular anime Naruto — playing an integral part in gameplay.
With a combo-based combat system being designed by the creator of DOOM’s Glory Kill system, Ghostwire: Tokyo might end up being the best shooter that isn’t we’ve seen in years.
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 here on out.
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.
Godfall is one of the first-ever PS5 exclusives confirmed. Naturally, this sets the expectations for the game relatively high.
It certainly doesn’t help that the publishers of Godfall are Gearbox Publishing.
In case you didn’t know, Gearbox Publishing is the people behind the Borderlands franchise. Meanwhile, the developers, Counterplay Games have significant experience in the gaming industry. They California-based gaming studio has worked on titles such as God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and even Destiny 2.
Perhaps then it’s no surprise that Godfall has been widely described as a combination of Borderlands and Destiny 2.
Then again, the actual description of the game is that of a “looter-slasher”. In case you’re wondering, this isn’t an actual term yet.
Whether or not Godfall will meet expectations remains up in the air. However, what we do know based on its trailer is that it will showcase the PlayStation 5’s superior processing power. Also worth noting is that gameplay will include three-player co-op action.
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?
A new console launch is the best time to launch an ambitious title.
Right now, nothing says ambitious more than the game developed by People Can Fly (Gears of War) and Square Enix (Final Fantasy), Outriders.
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.
Stylized as Chorvs, Deep Silver Fishlabs’ latest title is labeled as a next-generation space-flight combat shooter set to launch months after the release of the PlayStation 5.
In Chorus, players will take on the role of Nara and her sentient spaceship, Forsaken.
Gameplay-wise, Chorus will feature a rather radical take on the shooter genre. Instead of putting players in the shoes of a person shooting guns, players will take control of a sentient plane gunning down enemies in deep space.
Think of it as like the classic title, Star Fox N64, but only darker, grittier, and more intense.
As for the story, players will take Nara through a path of redemption as she tries to upstage a rebellion against the very same organization responsible for creating her.
Dying Light 2
Upon its release back in 2013, there was much debate about whether or not Dying Light was a shooter.
After all, there were guns and you could shoot people. So, it’s a shooter, right? But, at the same time, Dying Light didn’t really have much in the way of shooting. This is because guns were rare and ammo was scarce. Or, at the very least, in the beginning. Because of this, gamers usually went the melee wrote to clobber, hack, and slash their way through one zombie horde after another.
With Dying Light 2 set to release on the next-generation consoles, expect the debate to remain.
For simplicity’s sake, we’re sticking to Dying Light 2 as a shooter.
Personally, we believe it’s an action-adventure and a shooter played on a first-person perspective.
As for the story, the developers, Techland, has confirmed that Dying Light 2 will feature a bigger world that’s already decades deep into the zombie pandemic first introduced in the original title. The world will also reportedly change based on the player’s actions. Along with this, non-playable characters will treat the player differently depending on their in-game decisions.
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.
Rumored and Expected
Battlefield 6 is all but confirmed at this point. This is thanks to a listing found on the May 2020 issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine. The next-generation title can be found listed alongside other confirmed sequels of EA’s other IPs such as Sims 5 and Dragon Age.
If and when it does release, fans will hope that it’s an improvement over the widely panned Battlefield 5.
As the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Battlefield 1, the latest Battlefield title had a lot to live up to. However, it failed to meet even the most humble expectations. It most certainly did not help that EA experimented with a new “live service” model that left Battlefield 5 little in the way of content upon launch.
While EA has previously stated that they will continue with the same model in the future, fans, are at the very least, hoping that the next Battlefield title won’t suffer from the same fate.
EA has already dropped support for both Battlefield 5 and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Because of this, we can presume that they’re focusing all their resources on the next Battlefield titles.
Hopefully, it will result in significant improvement with the next-gen Battlefield title.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 5
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.
In any case, according to the most recent set of rumors, Treyarch will take a page out of Infinity Ward’s playbook. This means that Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 will likely not be called as such. Instead, we’re likely to see a reboot of the franchise. The likely setting? The cold war, particularly, Vietnam.
To be honest, this isn’t surprising. Because, even though many gamers liked Black Ops 4 when it released in 2018, you’d have to admit things kind of went south for a moment there.
With the success of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot, Treyarch has even more of a reason to push the reset button.
Whether or not that will truly be the case will be confirmed in the coming months.
In the meantime, you’d best keep an eye out on Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision has used its free-to-play title to tease certain details about the expected next Black Ops title. In fact, there are rumors going around that they’ll use a “meta” in-game event to announce Treyarch’s latest title.
The Last of Us 2
With reports stating that Sony is asking developers to ensure forwards-compatibility of any PS4 title release past July 2020 for the PlayStation 5, it only seems natural to expect The Last of Us 2 to be available on the PlayStation 5.
The Last of Us 2 is set to be released on June 19, 2020, following multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Last of Us 2 is a follow-up to the hit PS-exclusive, The Last of Us, which released during the tail-end of the PlayStation 3 before being remastered for the PlayStation 4. It will feature a grown-up Ellie who finds herself at war against a mysterious cult five years after the events of the first game.
The Last of Us 2 is a third-person shooter that incorporates elements from multiple genres. The main of which is survival horror and action-adventure.
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.
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.
And, there you have it, our round-up of the best PS5 shooter games out there. This includes both confirmed titles, as well as those rumored and/or expected.
While there aren’t as many “new” shooter franchises announced for the next-generation consoles, it’s foolish to expect the list to not continue growing well into the PlayStation 5’s lifecycle.
Besides, we’ve yet to see an actual photo of the PS5 in action.
With a games showcase imminent, as well as an expected reveal of the looks of the PS5, we have a hunch that we’re about to see more PS5 shooter games sooner rather than later.