The action genre, by definition, includes a multitude of varying styles. The most defining characteristic, however, is fast-paced, frenetic gameplay. Thankfully for those looking for some action, the PS4 has a ton of fantastic games in the genre to offer, accrued over the years of the console's lifecycle, and even some stretching into the newest generation. Here are some of the best PS4 action games available right now.
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Although it isn't a full-fledged new game, Spider-Man: Miles Morales finally gives players the chance to step into the suit with Morales, a character many were introduced to in 2018's Spider-Man game. Now, Miles has his own adventure, and fans of the original game will definitely want to pick this game up. There are new gameplay mechanics and you get the chance to swing through New York City once again. Better yet, the game is available on both PS4 and PS5.
Travel to the edges
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.
Destroy the Regime
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.
DOOM languished in id Software development hell until it was finally released in 2016, and the result was a smash hit. Now, the sequel to the popular shooter is back with even more chaos, large guns, and demons to take down. DOOM Eternal may not be the shock to the gaming world that its predecessor was, but it's a stellar sequel and something fans of the series and shooters will want to play.
Save the city
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.
Gotham's caped crusader
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.
One ring to rule them all
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.
Chaos in Hope County
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.
Glory to mankind
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.
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.
Man vs. machine
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.
Action packed adventures await on PS4
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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 (opens in new tab), and newer entries to fan-favorites from this decade, like Spider-Man: Miles Morales (opens in new tab), giving you a chance to experience some next-gen games without upgrading.
If you want to try something new and original, explore the world of Horizon Zero Dawn (opens in new tab). You can also enjoy some mythological thrills in God of War (opens in new tab). Whatever kind of thrills you're seeking, one of these games will deliver some fast-paced fun.