The best PS5 FPS games list is a hotly contested topic, with plenty of games gunning for the honor. Some of these titles you’ll certainly have heard of before – we’d be remiss to not include a Call of Duty, for example – while others will be somewhat of a curveball.
This list of the best FPS games on PlayStation 5 will undoubtedly change as more new PS5 games launch, but many are here to stay and are regarded as some of the best games ever, regardless of genre. But for now, it’s time to fire some guns, whether that’s at other players online, or in a well-crafted single-player experience.
The best PS5 FPS games are:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is the latest and greatest entry in the hit FPS series, and while its campaign misses the mark, the multiplayer and Zombies mode more than makes up for it, as our MW3 review explains.
The multiplayer builds upon every aspect of its predecessor, improving its strong points and ditching everything that held it back. For instance, movement is slicker than ever, harkening back to the ‘glory days’ of older CoD titles. This opens up plenty of sneaky flanking routes on the MW3 maps, even though they’re largely faithful remakes of iconic MW2 (2009) arenas. There’s also a handful of great new MW3 modes that add even more fun into the mix.
Of course, there’s also a slate of new MW3 guns to play around with and even every weapon from its predecessor returns to make the largest arsenal of any CoD game to date. Pair with that the largest selection of paintjobs in the MW3 camos list and the debut of the MW3 Aftermarket Parts system, and you’ve got an engaging grind that will keep you playing and unlocking items for quite some time.
Zombies fans can also rejoice as Modern Warfare 3 is the first time the iconic mode has been available in the MW line of games. While it’s not the typical round-based structure, its open-world format certainly puts an interesting twist on the classic mode, including the addition of boss zombies. Despite this innovation, there’s plenty of MW3 Zombies easter eggs, such as free perks and story tidbits.
If you’re planning on diving into the action, check out the current MW3 meta to have an idea of what to use and what you’ll be up against. Likewise, we’ve got guides to all the best MW3 loadouts and MW3 best guns right now.
Call of Duty Warzone is the free-to-play CoD experience drawing in millions of players each month, and is one of the best battle royale games around, going toe-to-toe with the likes of Fortnite. While the original version of the game is now shut down for good, Warzone 2.0 (which is now, confusingly, just called Call of Duty Warzone again) has introduced Al Mazrah, Ashika Island, and Vondel, three new maps to house the 150-player fight to the death, along with new mechanics including a gulag revamp.
If you’re one of the few to have never touched a Call of Duty game before, you’re in for a treat. Gunplay is crisp, movement is smooth, and there are plenty of playstyles you can make use of, whether you decide to play it slow and steady until just a few other players remain, or you embark on a hunt for blood.
No matter how you play, we’d recommend equipping one of the best Warzone loadouts to keep up with the current Warzone meta. With the Modern Warfare 3 integration, things are only looking brighter for Warzone. Warzone will also be receiving the new Urzikstan Warzone map soon, as well as several other fresh features and improvements.
3. Destiny 2
Did you know Destiny 2 is free-to-play now? Well, sort of – the space shooter became free to download alongside the launch of the Shadowkeep expansion in 2019, but you still need to pay for the yearly expansions and seasonal content if you want to keep up. However, it does mean you can get started building your Hunter, Titan, or Warlock, and experience what the game has to offer.
The first main draw comes in the story, which you can either play through solo or with some pals. There’s far too much story and lore to summarise here, but there’s an incredibly rich universe to dig into, jam-packed with ancient aliens and intriguing allies.
From a gameplay side of things, Bungie is still unmatched. If Halo wasn’t enough to convince you that Bungie knows how to deliver best-in-class gunplay, then Destiny 2 will. There’s a large and ever-growing arsenal of unique weapons and each one feels unbelievably good to wield. Likewise, each class offers vastly different playstyles and abilities, which can then be customized further with subclasses. This is the main reason why even a poor Destiny 2 season blows the competition out of the water, as Destiny will simply always feel amazing to play.
Then you have the PvP modes to face off against other players online, including the competitive Trials mode. And if you really fancy yourself as the best of the best, you can tackle PvE raids, which need serious teamwork and strategy to succeed in.
Destiny 2 is all about acquiring better loot and slaying thousands upon thousands of different hostile aliens – ideally with the best Destiny 2 weapons. To learn more about the latest expansion, check out our Destiny 2 Lightfall review ahead of the Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to the rest of the games on this list, then Deathloop is the game for you. Named as our Game of the Year in 2021, Arkane Lyon’s innovative FPS will test your trigger finger and your sleuthing skills at the same time.
During your time trapped in a time loop on Black Reef, you’ll be tasked with trying to kill one of several visionaries on the island without being detected, all while trying to survive being assassinated yourself. If you die, you go right back to the start, but you can use your discoveries to your advantage.
Deathloop is Arkane at its best and if you want to find out why we called it one of the “most innovative games in years”, you’ll have to read our Deathloop review.
5. Doom Eternal
A solely single-player experience, the original Doom was one of the pioneers of the genre, and the 2016 reboot of the series was the goriest, metalest, most badass entry yet. Doom Eternal takes all of that and cranks it up to 11, with fast-paced demon-slaying action around every gore-covered corner.
Wield weapons that pack a serious punch, such as the Super Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, or the aptly named BFG 9000 (which stands for Big something Gun… we’ll let you figure out the F), and slaughter demons in hell to a phenomenal heavy metal soundtrack. It’s incredibly cathartic, and it’s almost impossible for a Doom game to not leave you with a massive grin on your face.
6. Doom (2016)
We couldn’t have a list of the best PS5 PS5 games without mentioning Doom (2016). Originally released on the PS4, it’s a shame that Doom hasn’t got a PS5 upgrade, though you can play the PS4 Pro version via backwards compatibility. This means you’ll get to enjoy the first entry in the incredibly well-received reboot series with silky smooth FPS and stunning graphics, all while tearing demons limb from limb.
Although Doom Eternal sought to improve on all the core aspects of its predecessor, Doom is still worth playing for much the same reason – there’s nothing else like the satisfaction of crushing a demon’s skull or blasting them away with a shotgun. With fast-paced and surprisingly strategic combat thanks to its various enemy types, weapons, and shield and health system, there’s never a dull moment. There’s even plenty of secrets to find spread across the many levels, even if there’s not quite so much parkour or puzzle solving required to reach them.
7. Metro Exodus
Another single-player only experience, Metro Exodus is the third game in the series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s books. It continues Artyom’s struggles in the Moscow underground after a post-apocalyptic event makes the surface uninhabitable, and while it’s not an open-world game, the areas you get to explore are large, dense, and oddly beautiful. There’s plenty of survival elements involved as well that immerse you in the nail-biting experience, including managing your gas mask supplies and conserving ammo.
You’ll come up against plenty of mutated beasts as Artyom fights to survive and you’ll even encounter other humans looking to take everything you’ve got. Why can’t everyone just get along and fight against a common enemy, eh? Metro Exodus isn’t for the faint of heart as it’s somewhat of a horror game – you’ll be employing stealth and immersing yourself in the creepy atmosphere far more than you’ll be going in guns blazing. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most immersive FPS games on PS5, with great gameplay and story to boot.
8. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Does Destiny 2 sound like your sort of thing, but you fancy something a little more light-hearted when it comes to the story and fewer players wandering around? Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is what you’re after. A full blown spin-off from the Borderlands franchise, this is a cel-shaded looter shooter with jokes and references galore.
It’s framed as a D&D campaign, with the dungeon master (and narrator) being the one and only Tiny Tina herself, but the gameplay is anything but. Whether you buddy up with a friend or play solo, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is all about the fast-paced FPS gameplay, with spells and abilities thrown in for good measure.
9. Apex Legends
Another battle royale, Apex Legends comes from Respawn Entertainment, the team behind the epic Titanfall series. Set in that same universe, Apex Legends introduces a wide character roster with futuristic weapons and all manner of abilities, from healing and traversal to the all-out offensive.
There are a number of different maps to learn, and with a character roster of well over 20 and counting, there’s a main for everyone. Our Apex Legends tier list will help you figure out exactly who to play as. There’s a constant stream of seasonal content in Apex, which brings about new characters, fresh weapons, balance changes, and much more to stop things going stale. You can also put your skills to the test in Apex Legends ranked for an ultra competitive experience, or go down the more casual route and enjoy unranked battle royale matches or dive into any of Apex’s alternate modes.
10. Rainbow Six Siege
We’ve included a lot of fast-paced, chaotic shooters on this list, but if you’re looking for the exact opposite and fancy tactical gameplay instead, Rainbow Six Siege is the game for you. This is a five-on-five multiplayer shooter with high-stakes game modes. Much like Apex Legends, the operator you pick is essential thanks to their unique abilities and weapons, so there’s some trial and error involved while you work out which characters suit you the best.
Siege isn’t a game you can play half-heartedly though, as communication and teamwork is essential thanks to the attackers vs defenders nature of the game and lethal one-shot headshots – think Search and Destroy in Call of Duty, with slightly more at stake.
As you’d expect, ranked mode is the place to be for regular players, so if you’re that way inclined, make sure you read our guide to the Rainbow Six Siege ranks. While there is plenty on offer for more casual players, we mainly recommend Siege to those looking for a more hardcore FPS experience.
11. Deep Rock Galactic
Something entirely different than anything else before it on this list, Deep Rock Galactic is a cooperative game all about mining. Invite your friends and jump into space caves galore, with a variety of objectives to complete, all while aliens and creatures try to thwart your attempts of extracting minerals and resources.
Deep Rock Galactic’s replayability comes in the form of procedurally generated levels and a lot of progression. While procedural generation is usually a red-flag for many games, Deep Rock manages to make each run unique, with secrets to find and fun activities to enjoy, without it feeling like levels were designed by an algorithm. Plus, no matter which class you pick, you’ll unlock a series of unique weapons from flamethrowers to rocket launchers, along with plenty of abilities to help yourself and your team.
12. Metal Hellsinger
If you’re used to playing FPS games along to the beat of some absolute bangers, then Metal Hellsinger is the game for you. Marrying the gunplay of Doom with the vibe of Guitar Hero, this rhythm-based FPS offers you one of the best beats in the business.
To level up and get the most out of the game, you’ll need to shoot enemies and dodge attacks on the beat, which in turn ramps up the music and your powers. The more in-tune with the music you become, the more damage you’ll cause, and when you sync that up with the heavy metal sounds created by Two Feathers and vocalised by Serj Tankian, Randy Blythe, Alissa White-Gluz, and more, you know you’re in for a treat.
It’s a gripping, adrenaline inducing game – something we talk about in our Metal Hellsingers review – but it does ramp up in difficulty quite considerably towards the end.
13. Borderlands 3
A second entry for the Borderlands series in this list, Borderlands 3 builds upon and refines nearly every aspect of the already amazing Borderlands 2.
The outlandish and oftentimes rather childish humor certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s hard to deny just how much fun it is leveling a character from start to finish. With four distinct character classes to choose from as well, each with several different skill trees making for hundreds, if not thousands of different builds, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into in Borderlands 3. Years on from release, there’s also numerous expansions and DLC packs to enjoy as well.
Most of all though, it’s the superb weapon and ability based action that drives the experience and makes it one of the best PS5 FPS games of all time. Seriously, there’s nothing else quite like taking down a boss and being rewarded with a massive loot-splosion.
14. Overwatch 2
Overwatch 2 has been met with its fair share of criticism since release, but Blizzard’s FPS is unmatched when it comes to hero-based PvP shooters.
With casual and competitive modes, the high-octane multiplayer action offers something for everyone, whether you’re just looking to dip your toes into the intriguing characters and lore, or put your skills to the test. Thanks to regular updates, there’s always new maps, modes, cosmetics, and, perhaps most importantly, new heroes to play. At well over 30 heroes across three roles – Tank, Damage, and Healer – there’s more than enough to keep you occupied for quite some time even without regular updates.
Plus, there’s now even a surprisingly strong PvE offering that will see new missions arriving over the following months and years. While we don’t recommend this game for solely it’s PvE offerings, as they are currently rather slim, it’s a great bonus to the extremely solid PvP experience that has made Overwatch what it is today.
15. Hunt: Showdown
Hunt: Showdown is one of the most unique and powerful FPS experiences on the market, though we have to note that it won’t be to everyone’s taste. Hunt: Showdown is hardcore.
As an extraction shooter, you’ll head into a beautifully grotesque swampy environment in the 19th century Louisiana bayou in search of loot to escape with. If you die, you’ll lose any loot currently on character.
However, there’s a twist. Hunt: Showdown is a PvPvE game, meaning you won’t just be contending with other players. In fact, the main objective of the game is to locate and defeat a boss hidden at any of the handful of compounds across the macabre maps. The only problem? The other players are after the same target.
As a result, Hunt offers some of the most intense FPS action that you won’t find everywhere else. This is all supported by stellar gunplay and bleeding-edge sound technology which lets you accurately work out the location of every sound – enemy footsteps, distant gunshots, and monster’s howls.
16. Hell Let Loose
With its tactical and often rather hardcore multiplayer action, Hell Let Loose certainly won’t be for everyone. However, those that are willing to take their time will find an incredibly satisfying and rewarding PvP experience.
With sprawling maps and 50v50 action, players will take to the field in squads to fight in iconic battles of the Western, North African, and Eastern Fronts of World War II. This setting grounds the action and makes it a very intense experience, as you dodge walls of gunfire, frantically pulling back the bolt on your rifle before lining up another shot.
Taking a page out of the real-time strategy (RTS) playbook, Hell Let Loose places a great emphasis on resource management. Players will have to wisely spend resources as a platoon, squad, and on an individual level to come out on top. We particularly enjoy hopping into a squad and finding players actively discussing tactics in a way that few other games encourage, capturing the scale of the battles you find yourself in. It’s immersive, impactful, and incredibly engrossing if you’re up for a more methodical online shooter, earning its place among the best PS5 FPS games.
That covers all of the best PS5 FPS games you can play right this very second. There’s some crossover here, but why not check out our list of the best PS5 multiplayer games if you’re looking for some more competitive action? Alternatively, our list of the best PS5 games will give you the top titles for the console as whole right now. Stepping outside of the PS5 sphere, our free shooting games guide is also well worth a read if you’re looking to play the best shooters without spending a dime. And if you’re looking to up your gaming experience, we recommend picking up some of the best PS5 accessories available right now.