The PlayStation 5 is about 18 months old — what does Sony’s most powerful console have to show for its time in the sun? Although the PS5 launched with a decent but modest collection of titles, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls, its library has slowly but surely been bolstered by more original, cutting-edge games. Some, likeare exclusive to the console, while the PS5 shares some of its greatest hits with the PS4 and .
The latest addition to this list is Stray, the acclaimed adventure-puzzle game that launched on July 19th. If all goes well, this list of the best PS5 games will be updated regularly over the next few months. They areincluding the Last of Us remake, Ovewatch 2, and Game of the Year hopeful God of War Ragnarok.
Not every PlayStation 5 game on this list is for everyone, but there’s absolutely something here for gamers of all tastes.
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Guerilla Games may have a cursed release scheduled. Horizon Zero Dawn was great, but it was quickly surpassed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best games ever. When Horizon Forbidden West came out, it was followed a week later by Elden Ring, which sucked all the oxygen out of the gaming world for at least a month.
But don’t count Aloy out. Her second adventure is visually stunning and continues to explore the compelling world created by the first game (even if some of the characters still feel like cardboard cutouts).
The game introduces a new Pullcaster hook that opens up new forms of platforming, as well as the dynamics of several underwater levels. It also has new weapons and new gnarly machines of destruction. Give Alo a chance.
Deathloop from Arkane Studios puts the thrilling open-world action-stealth game from the Dishonored series into a time loop, offering the most inventive first-person action game of 2021. Explore Blackreef Island as the cunning and equally hilarious Colt showcases Deathloop’s deft handling of comedy and with strange, ultra-violence.
Many of the encounters you’ll have will leave you impressed with how far you can push the intricate design of its clock world to kill key targets and break the endless loop. But when you add another player who can drop into your game like Colt’s ex-lover turned rival Julianna, Blackreef Isle becomes a makeshift multiplayer arena where one player hunts another. Deathloop is a must have PS5 game.
See CNET’s full review.
In 2019, Untitled Goose Game showed how much fun it can be to wreak havoc as a rogue bird. In 2022, developers BlueTwelve Studio allow players to inhabit the body of a stray cat in a quest to return home. In Stray, you control a cat who finds himself in a futuristic, neon-drenched city filled with robots – and several carnivorous aliens.
It’s rare for a game to offer a completely new perspective on how we can experience a familiar environment, and even rarer for one to so confidently design all of its mechanics around it,” wrote GameSpot’s Alessandro Barbosa in his review of the game, giving Stray a 9 /10. “It’s a consistently satisfying adventure with a charming buddy story that rarely misses a beat during its well-paced run.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet & Clank series is synonymous with the PlayStation brand and, even after nearly 20 years of games, Rift Apart stands as one of the best entries in the series.
Rift Apart leans heavily on the series’ tried-and-tested action-platforming formula with a heavy dose of high-end weaponry, but the latest game features one of the strongest stories the franchise has seen yet, giving longtime fans and newcomers alike a compelling plot to follow.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a great example of what the PS5 can do, with levels shaped around the console’s super-fast hard drive, and it also got us more excited for the future of the series.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade
The 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake seemed almost too good to be true. Revisiting the world of Final Fantasy VII and seeing the classic hero party in a new and visually stunning light was a surreal, exciting experience. It managed to surpass its moniker of being just another remake, and it truly was one of the best RPGs of the year. However, the catch was that it is only one part of a bigger story and we have to wait a while until we even get a glimpse of the next part.
Still, Intergrade on PS5 served as a great way to hold players over until then. Along with the impressive visual and gameplay upgrades for FFVII Remake, Intergrade has also added a new PS5 exclusive story expansion that focuses on FFVII’s quirky ninja, Yuffie, and her journey to Midgar. If you own a PS5 and still haven’t gotten a chance to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake, check out Intergrade.
No PlayStation generation is complete without Gran Turismo. While Xbox owners have rightfully bragged about their take on the great Forza franchise, it’s been nine long years since Gran Turismo 6 launched on PS4.
Gran Turismo 7 to the rescue. It’s exactly what fans of the franchise would expect: an accurate driving simulator that looks incredibly gorgeous. The game has garnered some criticism for its use of microtransactions, but if you’re a racing fan who can overlook some microtransaction malarkey, Gran Turismo is a no-brainer.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Another revisit to the PS4 game is the director’s cut for Ghost of Tsushima, an open-world samurai action game from the creators of the Infamous series. What makes the PS5 edition a clear upgrade over the original is that in addition to the Ikki Island expansion, which adds over 5 hours of new story content, it also gives the base game a significant performance upgrade.
With enhanced technical enhancements that add increased frame rates, faster loading and native 4K resolution, this enhanced edition makes Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut on PS5 the definitive way to experience Sucker Punch Productions’ visually stunning and carefully crafted open-world game. .
2021 has seen an unusual amount of time loop games, and the PS5 exclusive Returnal continues to be one of the weirdest of the year.
Combining fast-paced third-person action with the unpredictability of a random role-playing game, Returnal has its protagonist Selene traveling through an alien planet filled with hostile creatures and mysterious artifacts that describe a cataclysmic event – and somehow everything is connected to her. Its plot feels like a carefully calculated mix of films like Prometheus and Edge of Tomorrow, but Returnal’s story and presentation give it its own flavor.
Running and gunning your way through Returnal’s many ruins with bizarre alien weaponry offers some of the most satisfying and exciting shooters of the year, tempting you to take just one more loop through the planet.
One of the more striking trends in the past 10 years has been the rise super hard the game. Much has been attributed to the success of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls, which arrived on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. But Dark Souls itself was the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware’s highly regarded game that launched in 2009.
And now Demon’s Souls has a second life on PlayStation 5, as it is arguably the best game on the platform. It has a score of 92 on Metacritic and a 9 out of 10 from GameSpot.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the 2017 Spider-Man expansion, you can carry a backpack in which a small cat wearing a Spider-Man mask jumps out and attacks your enemies.
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Put bluntly, Astro’s Playroom is a glorified tech demo. Charitably speaking, it is a glorious tech demo.
Designed to showcase what the PlayStation 5’s Dual Sense controller can do, Astro’s Playroom comes free with the PlayStation 5. “Free Tech Demo” doesn’t scream “must play,” but Astro’s Playroom gets a strong nod because it’s full of clever homages to previous PlayStation games and, more importantly, a fun game.
Astro’s Playroom doesn’t try to hide the fact that it’s an excuse to show you what the gamepad can do. But it conjures up a world you’ll want to see and explore, as GameSpot’s Mike Epstein wrote upon release.
A third-person action game that’s almost primarily about flow and movement, The Pathless is a joy to play every second you have a controller in hand.
It’s available on other platforms, including the iPad, but I’d argue it’s best played on a current-gen console like the PS5, where the visuals and framerate reflect the smoothness of the game’s design.
You can read our full review here.
Hitman 3 concludes the rebooted Hitman trilogy, which began with the 2016 title of the same name, with a bang. Hitman 3 received a 9/10 from CNET’s sister site GameSpot thanks to its excellent level design, improved story and replayability. That last attribute is the key. Hitman may be about assassinations, but it’s more of a puzzle game than an action game, and you’ll have to play each level over and over again to see all the creative ways Agent 47 can get rid of the bad guys.
The game is also available on PS4 and PS5, among other consoles, but the PS5 version has 4K, 60 frames per second and improved feedback thanks to the DualSense controller.
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This is a bit of a “ghost” inclusion, but we can’t help but include the Elden Ring. It’s one of the most ambitious RPGs ever made, and probably has the most immersive world of any game that doesn’t have “Breath of the Wild” in the title.
To be sure, the Elden Ring is not for everyone. It’s really hard and it is really a long time. But if you have 100 hours to invest, whether over a few weeks or a few months, it will give you one of the best gaming experiences you can have on any console right now.