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The best PS5 FPS games

Offering scintillating PvP action, loot-filled PvE content, or timeless single-player campaigns, these are the best PS5 FPS games right now.

Best PS5 FPS games: A split image showing a woman in black military gear aiming a pistol and a Destiny 2 Guardian emanating a mystical pink light

What are the best PS5 FPS games? For first-person shooter fans, the PS5 is brimming with amazing games that will test your skills in accuracy, strategy, movement, and so much more. Among the best PS5 FPS games, there is a surprising amount of variety too – there are competitive tactical shooters, battle royales, single-player epics, and grindy looter shooters for you to dive into.

Our recommendations for the best FPS games on PlayStation 5 will undoubtedly change over time 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, cooperatively with pals, or in a well-crafted single-player experience.

The best PS5 FPS games are:

Best PS5 FPS games: A squad of three operators aiming and firing weapons in the middle of a city at night time

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is the latest entry in the hit FPS series, and while its campaign misses the mark, the multiplayer and Zombies modes more than make up for it, as our MW3 review explains.

The multiplayer experience 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 MW3 marks the first time the iconic mode has been available in the Modern Warfare subseries. 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.

Best PS5 FPS games: Two Warzone 2 operators in Al Mazrah.

2. Warzone

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) carries on and strengthens its legacy.

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.

When it comes to having a regular stream of fresh content, Warzone is also one of the best in the business. A new season arrives every couple of months, which will always bring a new battle pass, weapons, modes, and operators. Occasionally, a new maps will be added or older ones will be rotated back into the map pool to prevent things from going stale too. For a free game, the amount of content it gets is remarkable.

Best PS5 FPS games: A Hunter shoots at another player in Destiny 2.

3. Destiny 2

Did you know that Bungie’s incredible space shooter Destiny 2 is free-to-play? 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 before fully opening your wallet.

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 summarize 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 one of the top dogs in the FPS space. 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. It might take a while to figure everything out, but you should absolutely give it a try – especially as there is a decent amount of free content to dive into.

Best PS5 FPS games: Colt tries to stop Julianna from killing him in Deathloop.

4. Deathloop

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.

Best PS5 FPS games: Doomguy holds a gun in Doom Eternal and shoots at enemies.

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 most gory, most metal, and 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.

Best PS5 FPS games: The player aiming a shotgun towards a group of demons in an industrial environment in Doom (2016).

6. Doom (2016)

Continuing on with the Doom theme, we have the 2016 game that rebooted the iconic shooter series. Originally released on the PS4, it’s a shame that Doom hasn’t got a shiny 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.

Best PS5 FPS games: A soldier in Metro Exodus wearing a gas mask and wielding an AK-47.

7. Metro Exodus

Another single-player 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 a full-on 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 borrows heavily from horror games – 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.

Best PS5 FPS games: A unicorn in front of a rainbow castle in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.

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.

You can see why we loved it so much in our Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands review. Make sure you know where to find all of the lucky dice too, so you can earn a 10% boost to loot luck.

Best PS5 FPS games: Several characters fight on ziplines in Apex Legends.

9. Apex Legends

Apex Legends is one of the most popular live service shooters out there and comes from Respawn Entertainment, the team behind the epic Titanfall series. Set in that same universe, Apex Legends includes and ever-growing, diverse character roster with futuristic weapons and all manner of abilities. Healing robots, portable black holes, mounted miniguns, and much more can all be found among the legends’ kits.

There are a number of different maps to learn, and with a character roster of well over 25 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 legends, 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. 

Best PS5 FPS games: An operator breaches a vault in Rainbow Six Siege.

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. There are over 70 to pick from, so it might take you a while…

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.

Best PS5 FPS games: A player shoots a Glyphid creature in Deep Rock Galactic.

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.

Best PS5 FPS games: A succubus in Metal Hellsinger wielding a gun.

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. 

Best PS5 FPS games: Several characters from Borderlands 3 standing back to back firing at enemies charging at them.

13. Borderlands 3

A second entry for the Borderlands series in this list, Borderlands 3 builds upon and refines nearly every aspect of its excellent predecessor.

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.

Best PS5 FPS games: Winston and Ramattra from Overwatch 2 attacking each other.

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. 

Best PS5 FPS games: A player hiding under a wooden walkway in Hunt Showdown.

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.

If you can stomach the methodical and tense gameplay, Hunt: Showdown is easily one of the best PS5 FPS games of them all.

Best PS5 FPS games: A player holding a sniper rifle in an urban environment covered in snow in Hell Let Loose.

16. Hell Let Loose

With its tactical and often rather hardcore multiplayer action, Hell Let Loose certainly won’t be for everyone. However, those who 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.

Best PS5 FPS games: a Light character stabbing someone in a suit, causing money to fly out in The Finals

17. The Finals

The Finals burst onto the PS5 FPS scene in a big way, and we’re absolutely loving it. When it launched in late 2023, we said that it felt like the first truly next-gen FPS game after years of iterative releases and stagnant reruns of familiar gameplay loops.

Alongside limited-time modes, the core of The Finals revolves around Quick Cash, Bank It, and Tournament. The aim of the game no matter the mode is to take down players, loot caches, and bank your cash. Make money, get Ws, simple.

Regardless of how many other teams you play against, you’ll always find yourself in a trio that can consist of Light, Medium, or Heavy class characters. Each class has its specialism, making it imperative to get a good mix if you wish to succeed. To start with, we’d recommend using Medium as it gives you the best balance of health, weaponry, and utility.

Best PS5 FPS games: a group of survivors mowing down zombies in Back 4 Blood

18. Back 4 Blood

If you’ve spent any amount of time with Left 4 Dead then Back 4 Blood should be second nature to you. While online support nowadays is limited, Turtle Rock’s latest remains one of the best zombie shooters to play with up to three pals.

Unlike Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood packs in a roguelite card-based progression system, which adds depth and variety to the core gameplay loop. Each round you’ll be able to pull a card from your deck, empowering you further and shaping your eventual build.

In our Back 4 Blood review Jess says, “despite its flaws, Back 4 Blood is one of the best co-op games we’ve had in years and it’s oodles of fun with friends.”

Best PS5 FPS games: A soldier in all-black military gear runs from a fire fight and explosions

19. Battlefield 2042

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Despite its infamous and woeful launch, Battlefield 2042 is actually a really great FPS game now. It’s been bolstered with countless improvements, seven seasons of great content, and is now in the form of its life. While no new seasonal content is coming to 2042 as the developers turn its attentions to the next Battlefield game, there is still a strong player base which makes matchmaking pretty painless.

The biggest evolution Battlefield 2042 made was to scrap its Specialists system and instead repurpose it as the traditional class system that fans of the series have come to know and love. Combine that with its slick gunplay, destructive environments, and dynamic weather, and you’ve got a great PvP squad shooter.

Content-wise, there’s now over 15 maps, plenty of game modes (including the nostalgic Battlefield Portal experience), and a huge arsenal of weapons. As mentioned, there will be no more full-on seasonal updates, but there are still new challenges, events, and content rotations being pumped into the game to keep things fresh.

Best PS5 FPS games: A team of players aiming guns at each other in a market town

20. XDefiant

XDefiant is an incredibly tight and fast-paced arena shooter that is reminiscent of the late 2010s-era of Call of Duty. With various XDefiant classes based off of various Ubisoft series like The Division and Far Cry, it combines the run-and-gun action of COD with a hero shooter, similar to games like Black Ops 3. It’s one of our favorite competitive FPS games right now, even with all the competition that’s out there.

Ubisoft has struck a great balance when it comes to crafting the best XDefiant loadouts. While there is a gunsmith system that lets you strap up to five attachments on your weapons, it’s nowhere near as bloated as the systems seen in modern COD games.

Ubisoft has also done a great job on the content front. The game launched with five classes, five core game modes, 14 maps, and over 20 guns. However, loads more content will be added over the course of the game’s life, with a new season arriving every three months.

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 a 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.