In what feels like a bit of an off-year for the FPS genre, the field of nominees for this year's instalment of the best PS5, PS4 FPS game of 2021 doesn't feel quite as strong. Nevertheless, we've still whittled down the best of the best to a top four. Selected by the Push Square editorial team, these are our picks for the best first-person shooters of the year.
Bronze Trophy: Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 is just like all the other Far Cry games before it: solid but incredibly safe. As such, you likely already knew what you were getting yourself in for upon signing up for a trip to Yara. However, that Ubisoft formula also happens to include robust and satisfying shooting. Allowing you to source and customise your own arsenal, Far Cry 6 goes the extra mile by letting you approach combat challenges however you like. All guns blazing, stealthy, or somewhere in between. You decide, and it can be a right laugh.
You can read our full Far Cry 6 PS5 review here.
Silver Trophy: Call of Duty: Vanguard
Many curse Sledgehammer Games taking the safe route once more with a return to World War II, but at the end of the day, this is yet another rock-solid entry that'll surely satisfy fans for the year to come. The team delivered a good campaign that we hope is built upon in future instalments, and the multiplayer is packed to the rafters with content. Loads of maps, a ton of modes, and consistent support ensure there's always something new to see and do. You already know if you're into Call of Duty or not, but it's undeniably good this year.
You can read our full Call of Duty: Vanguard PS5 review here.
Gold Trophy: Back 4 Blood
Everyone loved a bit of Left 4 Dead back in the day, so it's no surprise to see the original creators try to resurrect the concept years later in Back 4 Blood. The setup is incredibly similar: four players try to battle their way between safe houses in order to complete campaigns. However, there just so happens to be hordes of zombies and special infected standing in between them. Crank the difficulty up a little and this becomes one of the most intense experiences of the year. If you've got a group of friends itching to take on the undead, you can't do much better than Back 4 Blood right now.
You can read our full Back 4 Blood PS5 review here.
Platinum Trophy: Deathloop
Deathloop is far and away the most creative game on this list — perhaps of the entire year full stop, actually. Developed by Arkane Studios, it's an immersive sim that anyone and everyone can enjoy, and first-person shooting just so happens to be the most efficient way of taking down your targets. With powers and abilities to go alongside it, your arsenal of unique guns has incredible perks equipped that can completely change how they're used. With many different areas of the island to explore as well as various times of the day you can visit them at, Deathloop is a great FPS that only gets better as add to your build with powers and knowledge.
You can read our full Deathloop PS5 review here.
What was your favourite PS5, PS4 FPS of 2021? Place your vote in our poll and then expand on your thoughts in the comments below.