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The Best FPS Games On PlayStation Now (April 2022)

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There are a lot of great FPS games available on PS Now. Here's a look at some of the best you can play!

p>PS Now offers up a multitude of fantastic games for players to adventure through but for those seeking something with a bit more "action," they may want to pick up a First-Person Shooter. Thankfully, PS Now also includes an abundance of great FPS titles, with some fantastic triple-A releases, as well as some hidden gems that players may have missed over the years. There's likely something for everyone when it comes to the FPS games found on the money-saving platform.

As of writing, there are over 50 FPS games on PS NOW, but some of them are much better than others. The following list will give FPS fanatics a good look at some of the best PlayStation shooters they can currently find on PS Now. None of the following games are currently slated to be leaving the platform but the article will be updated should anything randomly disappear.

Journey To The Savage Planet

Platform PS4
Original Release Date January 28, 2020
Developer Typhoon Studios
Approximate Game Length 7-12 Hours

One of the highlights of PS Now’s April 2022 line-up, Journey to the Savage Planet unleashes players on a colorful planet filled with wildlife that needs to be discovered and examined. Armed with a trusty pistol, a couple of useful items, and the possibility to upgrade this arsenal, players will spend most of their time attempting to discover all of ARY-26’s secrets, and the way this strange world’s animals and fauna react to this unexpected guest makes for an exciting campaign.

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Journey to the Savage Planet bestows players with a pistol so they can protect themselves from those entities that are less than thrilled to share their home with the visitor, but it would be an exaggeration to describe this game as a traditional first-person shooter. Combat is just a secondary part of the experience, and the gunplay is serviceable but nothing more. Nevertheless, it enhances the overall package.

Shadow Warrior 3

Platform PS4
Original Release Date March 1, 2022
Developer Flying Wild Hog
Approximate Game Length 4-6 Hours

Although it was overshadowed somewhat due to releasing around the same time as Elden Ring, Gran Turismo 3, and Babylon's Fall, Shadow Warrior 3 is quite a significant PS Now title. Taking a page from Xbox Game Pass's playbook, Sony struck a deal so that Flying Wild Hog's latest first-person shooter would debut directly on PS Now. It should be said that Shadow Warrior 3 received a rather muted reception, so the game will likely not attract too many new players to PS Now. Still, it is hopefully a sign of things to come for Sony's service.

For the game itself, Shadow Warrior 3 is a pretty fun old-school shooter that removes any fluff in favor of arenas packed with enemies waiting to be dismembered. It is a considerably smaller game than both of its predecessors, but the gunplay is nevertheless enjoyable. Shadow Warrior 3's short runtime and limited replay value make it a hard sell at its launch price of $49.99, but the FPS is perfect for PS Now. Flying Wild Hog is also working on updating the game to address some player feedback.

Killzone 2

Platform PS3
Original Release Date February 27, 2009
Developer Guerrilla Games
Approximate Game Length 7-20 Hours

All of Guerrilla Games' home console Killzone titles are available on PS Now; unfortunately, the best entries in the series – Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 – are PS3 games, so they can only be streamed through the subscription service. Although this is not ideal for any FPS, Killzone 2 is so fantastic that it more than makes up for the potentially inconsistent performance.

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The multiplayer was great during the game's release, but that's no longer an option in 2021. Luckily, Killzone 2 doesn't treat its single-player campaign like an afterthought. Dive into this universe and enjoy a proper sci-fi blockbuster, one with tight gunplay that holds up pretty well after all of these years. Killzone: Shadow Fall is also a decent shooter, even if it fell short of expectations when it debuted in 2013. Freed from the burden of justifying the existence of the PS4, Shadow Fall is a gorgeous above-average FPS.

Doom (2016)

Platform PS4
Original Release Date May 13th, 2016
Developer id Software
Approximate Game Length 15-20 Hours

Those looking for some high-octane, demon-slaying fun should absolutely boot up the 2016 version of Doom. While most Doom titles offer up a lot of "mindless" fun, there is something truly special about the recent release. Beautiful visuals and an incredibly enthralling soundtrack mix together with some of the best gameplay the series has seen to date.

It's all wrapped up and presented via an engaging storyline that will see the Doomslayer thrashing his way through demons in a variety of gothic-inspired and Sci-Fi-based locations. Anyone with the urge to rip and tear should put this gem at the top of their list.

Crysis Remastered

Platform PS4
Original Release Date September 18, 2020
Developer Crytek
Approximate Game Length 10-13 Hours

For March 2022, PS Now doubled down on the FPS genre; alongside Shadow Warrior 3, Crysis Remastered was also added to the service. The PS4 version of this 2007 shooter gives the game a fresh coat of paint; while not everything looks amazing, Crysis is still visually impressive even after all these years.

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Gameplay-wise, Crysis is fine, if unspectacular. While the sequels generally outdo the original in most areas, Crysis Remastered still has moments of brilliance scattered throughout its reasonably sized campaign. While not the best FPS on PS Now, Crysis Remastered has its charm.

BioShock Remastered

Platform PS4
Original Release Date September 13, 2016
Developers
  • 2K Boston, 2K Australia (Original)
  • Blind Squirrel Games (Remaster)
Approximate Game Length 12-25 Hours

Anyone who hasn't experienced BioShock is definitely missing out on one of the best FPS ever made, with an engaging and twisting storyline littered with horror elements. Although the gameplay has changed a bit over the series, the core themes and entertaining gimmick of using "superhuman-like abilities" with Plasmids is a great hook for anyone looking for a little variety amongst their traditional FPS gameplay.

BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite are also available on PS Now and are a must-play for anyone interested in the series. Although generally treated like the black sheep of the series, BioShock 2 has arguably the trilogy's best gunplay, one that builds nicely upon the foundations of its predecessor. Infinite's gameplay is a bit more straightforward and linear, but it is engaging enough. However, players can't go wrong with starting their BioShock adventure via the first game in the franchise.

F.E.A.R.

Platform PS3
Original Release Date October 17th, 2005
Developer Monolith Productions
Approximate Game Length 8-15 Hours

Although it was released back in 2005, F.E.A.R. still holds up exceedingly well in 2021 thanks to its impressive visuals for the time. Although F.E.A.R. was originally marketed as a "horror-themed FPS," it gained a bit of a cult following thanks to its entertaining gameplay elements.

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The time-slowing effect is similar to a first-person Max Payne and the movement is pretty fluid. That said, there are still a lot of tense moments to be found sprinkled throughout the release. Players looking for chaotic gameplay will love F.E.A.R. but it should also appeal to those looking for something "scary" too.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Platform PS4
Original Release Date December 18th, 2018
Developer Fatshark
Approximate Game Length 20-50 Hours

Fatshark's Warhammer: Vermintide 2 isn't solely a first-person shooter as the multiplayer game combines melee and ranged weapons, with the five playable characters each having access to a plethora of both types. A co-op game, Vermintide 2 is all about players coming together to stave off wave after wave of enemies across the story's 13 missions. Although repetitive in places, the game is elevated by a stellar combat system that feels suitably meaty considering the arsenal available to players.

Vermintide 2 is one of the better games associated with the Warhammer license, offering a satisfying experience that delivers immediately engaging gameplay along with a serviceable storyline.

Battlefield 4

Platform PS3
Original Release Date October 29, 2013
Developer DICE
Approximate Game Length 6-15 Hours

DICE's Battlefield 4 feels like it came out a lifetime ago, but the game has longer legs than nearly every other entry in the series. PS Now is not the best platform to play a PS3 multiplayer game, however, Battlefield 4 happens to come with an action-packed campaign that should keep a first-person shooter fan entertained for a good weekend.

The single-player plays out like a blockbuster, albeit one that does not abandon intensity for thrills. Centering around the Tombstone squad, the story finds the U.S. caught in a war with Russia and China. While over-the-top in places, Battlefield 4 keeps things relatively grounded through the presentation of its characters.

Ziggurat

Platform PS4
Original Release Date April 21, 2015
Developer Milkstone Studios
Approximate Game Length 5-50 Hours

A roguelike dungeon crawler, Ziggurat hands players a staff and drops them in a series of levels filled with enemies, traps, and secrets to find. Death means returning to square one, however, a sense of progression is retained as discovered gear become more accessible in subsequent playthroughs.

Ziggurat is purely about the gameplay, and thankfully, the game shines brightly in this area. The focus on magic provides a welcome change of pace from other first-person shooters, while the roguelike structure lends Ziggurat to short play sessions. This might be the most underappreciated FPS on PS Now.

Borderlands & Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Platform PS3 (Borderlands); PS4 (Borderlands: The Handsome Collection)
Original Release Date October 20th, 2009 (Borderlands); March 24, 2015 (Borderlands: The Handsome Collection)
Developer Gearbox Software
Approximate Game Length 25-65 Hours (Borderlands); 50-185 Hours (Borderlands: The Handsome Collection)

The title that started one of the most entertaining and beloved franchises to ever hit video games is a must-play for anyone who has yet to experience Borderlands' unique and hilarious brand of FPS gameplay. Although Borderlands 3 used to be available on PS Now and offers, arguably, an upgraded gameplay experience thanks to its recent release, the franchise is good enough in its own right to start from the first entry.

The original still stands the test of time as one of the best FPS games to ever release, with a colorful cast of characters, amazing voice acting, a unique and engaging soundtrack, and tons of comical quests to complete. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection contains Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, two entries that improve upon the original in a number of ways. Borderlands 2 is especially strong, boasting a fantastic story with an iconic villain, more variety in its missions, a diverse selection of Vault Hunters, even more guns.

Dead Island

Platform PS3
Original Release Date September 6th, 2011
Developer Techland
Approximate Game Length 20-50 Hours

It's hard to deny how fun it is to cleave and blast a path through hordes of the undead. The zombie formula that once gripped the world has settled down a little in recent years but players were greeted with a multitude of awesome games during the peak of the pop culture frenzy. One of the most entertaining (albeit a bit buggy) releases to drop during this time was Dead Island, an open-world weapon-crafting romp through an island resort and its surrounding coastal town.

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The ability to craft, upgrade, and maintain a variety of amazing melee and projectile weapons takes center stage, offering up some unique and engaging gameplay that any FPS fan should enjoy.

Red Faction

Platform PS4
Original Release Date May 12, 2016 (PS4 Version); May 22, 2001 (Original)
Developer Volition
Approximate Game Length 6-8 Hours

One of the games included as part of Sony's PS2 on PS4 movement, Red Faction is predominantly remembered for its destructible environments, a feature that would be expanded upon in subsequent entries such as 2009's Guerrilla. The original game is a straightforward corridor shooter with serviceable gunplay and a fun setting. Red Faction's destructible element was certainly innovative for its era, but otherwise, it is an above-average early 2000s first-person shooter.

While that description might not sound especially enticing, Red Faction has a certain charm to it that allows the FPS to still be enjoyable to play in this day and age. Permitting a player goes in expecting a few outdated elements, they should have a decent time with Red Faction.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

Platform PS3
Original Release Date December 27, 2011
Developers Oddworld Inhabitants, Just Add Water
Approximate Game Length 10-35 Hours

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath took one of the most bizarre platform series ever in a wholly unexpected direction, and it worked way better than it had any right to. As a bounty hunter called the Stranger, the player must track down and eliminate targets to earn cash, a process that involves using live animals as bullets. It is both silly and macabre; more importantly, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is a great deal of fun.

While the gunplay is in first-person, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath switches to third-person when platforming and traversal are the focus. By combining these two components, the game creates a satisfying and complete experience, one soaked in cartoonish absurdity and western motifs.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Platform PS3
Original Release Date May 20th, 2014
Developer MachineGames
Approximate Game Length 12-25 Hours

Doom wasn't the only game to help shape the FPS genre during the "early years." Wolfenstein used a similar formula and was much beloved by fans, even if its subject matter has seen a bit of scrutiny over the years. It's been awesome to see how the series has evolved and Wolfenstein: The New Order stands out as one of the greatest games to ever grace the long-standing franchise.

It offers stellar gameplay, a robust and entertaining story, some great and varied level design, and some of the best gameplay for a Wolfenstein title so far.

The Darkness

Platform PS3
Original Release Date June 25th, 2007
Developer Starbreeze Studios
Approximate Game Length 9-20 Hours

Superhero and comic fans will find a lot to love about The Darkness, an FPS that first dropped back in 2007. The Venom-like storyline follows an individual named Jackie Estacado that is "infected" by a powerful demonic entity known as "The Darkness," which has been present within his family's bloodline for generations.

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The hook gives players access to some amazing gameplay highlighted by shooting elements and engaging "darkness powers" that make Jackie feel like a one-man army at times. It's a blast to play through even in 2021, and newcomers to the series should also make sure to play The Darkness 2. The sequel is also one of the best shooters on PS Now.

Metro: Last Light Redux

Platform PS4
Original Release Date August 26, 2014
Developer 4A Games
Approximate Game Length 10-30 Hours

4A Games' sequel to Metro 2033 ramps up the action while still retaining the claustrophobic tension of its predecessor, which is also available on PS Now. Artyom is sent on a mission to find the Dark Ones, and things quickly go awry as the soldier winds up in the crosshair of a few unwelcoming factions.

Permitting someone picks Metro: Last Light's new gameplay system (as an alternative version closer to Metro 2033 is also offered), this FPS delivers an impactful, reactive, challenging, and accessible experience. Firefight sections are divided by extensive story beats that help flesh out this fascinating world.

Resistance 3

Platform PS3
Original Release Date September 6, 2011
Developer Insomniac Games
Approximate Game Length 8-15 Hours

Only the final entry of Insomniac's Resistance PS3 trilogy is available on PS Now, which is a shame as all three games have something to offer. Newcomers might feel a touch lost jumping directly into Resistance 3, but the 2011 game holds up well in terms of its action and atmosphere.

Unlike its predecessors which play out more like military shooters, Resistance 3 adopts a horror tone, adding elements of survival along the way. Unfortunately, the game's multiplayer is no longer available, however, the single-player is robust, visually pleasing, and captivating.

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

Platform PS4
Original Release Date June 16, 2015
Developer Overkill Software
Approximate Game Length 25-100 Hours

Fans of Grand Theft Auto 5's heisting mechanics will find a lot to love in Payday 2. The first-person release has everything players could want in a bank-robbing, heist "simulator." Some missions can be completed in a variety of ways, with stealth and loud mechanics available.

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There are skill trees with unique abilities to unlock, a variety of weapons to try, and some of the best multiplayer gameplay under the sun. Payday 2 is a blast to play and is still very relevant with fans in 2021 thanks to a multitude of updates from developers.

RAGE

Platform PS3
Original Release Date October 4th, 2011
Developer id Software
Approximate Game Length 12-25 Hours

Like Homefront, RAGE wasn't without its criticisms when it was released back in 2011. There were a handful of complaints that RAGE's enemies felt like bullet sponges as the game progressed but players shouldn't let that unfortunate issue take away from the game's core elements.

In its purest form, RAGE is a ton of fun to play, offering up a multitude of awesome weapons, some great gunplay, and some high-octane action that is sure to get any FPS fan's blood pumping. RAGE may not have been one of the best adventures thanks to its $60 price tag in 2011 but it's definitely a blast for those getting it on PS Now.

Superhot

Platform PS4
Original Release Date July 21, 2017
Developer Superhot Team
Approximate Game Length 3-20 Hours

Superhot is at its best in VR, but that doesn't take anything away from the standard console game. While Superhot's shooting mechanics aren't all that different from other entries in the genre, the game separates itself from the crowd by limiting the progression of time to when the playable character moves. A single bullet is also enough to kill the player.

These design decisions turn Superhot into something of a puzzle game, as players analyze their predicament to determine the most efficient method to overcome any obstacles. Conversely, Superhot can be played as a more gung-ho shooter.

Dishonored

Platform PS3
Original Release Date October 09, 2012
Developer Arkane Studios
Approximate Game Length 12-20 Hours

Players who received their first exposure to Arkane Studios' brand of story-driven shooters with Deathloop can turn to PS Now to experience some of the developer's other projects. Arguably the title that put Arkane Studios on the map, Dishonored holds up incredibly well considering the game debuted in 2012. Set in the fascinating Dunwall city, the story centers around Corvo Attano, who is falsely accused of murder and then sets out to right a few wrongs.

Dishonored’s selling point is the freedom it gives players in how they approach scenarios. While it is possible to go guns blazing for most situations, stealth is also a viable (and recommended) option, and most missions feature multiple pathways to reach the endpoint. In terms of pure gunplay, Dishonored is an above-average shooter, albeit one that is not quite as fluid as some of the genre’s best releases. However, the gameplay’s flexibility makes a huge difference.

Prey

Platform PS4
Original Release Date May 5, 2017
Developer Arkane Studios
Approximate Game Length 16-45 Hours

Dishonored shares several similarities with Deathloop, particularly its unlockable abilities, and is arguably Arkane's most famous game. That said, Prey might be even better, and that's a statement that is not made lightly.

Set in a splendidly designed space station, Prey is an atmospheric Metroidvania that also incorporates RPG and horror elements. While not the sole focus of Prey, the game's gunplay is precise and impactful, and a few abilities are even acquired along the way. Prey's open-world is immaculately designed and detailed, one of the best in the FPS genre.

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