Best Action Games for PlayStation 4 Android Central 2020

The action genre, by definition, includes a multitude of varying styles. The most defining characteristic, however, is fast-paced, frenetic gameplay. PlayStation 4 has a ton of fantastic action games to offer, accrued over the years of the console's lifecycle. Here are some of the best available to PlayStation 4 owners right now.

★ Featured favorite: Metro Exodus

The balanced and satisfying mix of fast-paced shooter action, sneaking, and sniping with an in-depth story is something to love about Metro Exodus. As the third installment of the Metro games, based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels set after the fallout of a nuclear war, Exodus doesn't let us down for pure fun, allowing you to take out disturbing mutated animals and humans alike.

$30 at Best Buy

Destroy the Regime: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Staff pick

Wolfenstein II delivers fast-paced action with satisfying shooting mechanics. If the idea of running around with some really awesome guns and turning Nazis into pink mist sounds enticing, then you are probably going to want to pick up a copy.

$45 at Best Buy

Raising hell: DOOM

DOOM languished in id Software development hell until it was finally released in 2016. The storyline is somewhat irrelevant, providing an excuse to run around with comically large guns and kill equally massive demons. This version manages to capture the spirit of the earliest entries of the franchise while expanding, deepening, and polishing the gameplay.

$20 at Best Buy

Save the city: Marvel's Spider-Man

There's no shortage of crime for Spider-Man to stop all around New York City, from low-life street thugs to some of his most famous archnemeses. The open-world game is packed with all the action of a superhero film, letting you swing around and explore.

$40 at Best Buy

Gotham's caped crusader: Batman: Arkham Knight

Hardcore DC fans may scorn Marvel products, so if Spider-Man isn't for you, then Batman has your back. Batman: Arkham Knight suffered from notoriously rough problems on PC when it launched, but those thankfully didn't transfer to the PS4 version. Bruce faces his most difficult mission yet as he takes on the Arkham Knight, a mysterious figure with connections to his past.

$20 at Best Buy

One ring to rule them all: Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Taking place before the events of The Hobbit, Middle-earth: Shadow of War follows the ranger Talion and the spirit of Celebrimbor as they journey to Mt. Doom to forge a new Ring of Power in the hopes of defeating Sauron. Epic battles await you.

$10 at Target

Chaos in Hope County: Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 leans into the craziness that the series has become increasingly known for. You can fly planes and crash trucks to create mayhem along with controlling a grizzly bear named Cheeseburger. Use everything in your arsenal to stop an insane religious militia from taking over the town.

$40 at Best Buy

Glory to mankind: NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata takes place thousands of years in the future. As the combat android 2B, you're tasked with finally winning the war against the Machine Lifeforms and saving humanity. NieR: Automata throws countless twists and turns into the story, producing an emotional adventure like no other.

$30 at Best Buy

Norse mythology: God of War

The series gets a soft reboot and pivots from Greek to North mythology as Kratos seeks to leave his vengeful past behind and teach his son to be a better man. While there's more of an emphasis on exploration, discovery, and narrative, you'll find the signature satisfying and brutal combat.

$15 at Best Buy

Man vs. machine: Horizon Zero Dawn

Explore a post-apocalyptic world using your speed and cunning to fight massive mechanical monsters. The open-world game features dramatic landscapes with their own weather systems you can explore in search of ancient artifacts and advanced technology.

$19 at Best Buy

Action packed

There are a vast amount of fantastic action games available on the PS4, to the point that it's nearly impossible to list them all. Highlights include new titles from beloved franchises like DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, letting you get in on classic fun with updated graphics and mechanics.

If you want to try something new and original, explore the world of Horizon Zero Dawn. You can also enjoy some superheroic thrills in Marvel's Spider-Man. Whatever kind of thrills you're seeking, one of these games will deliver some fast-paced fun.

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