Best PS5 games: fantastic PlayStation 5 games to play
The best PlayStation 5 games revealed - and what to expect.
If you are one of the lucky one who have managed to bag themselves a PS5 console, then you will know that the PlayStation is a fantastic games machine - and this best PS5 games list showcases this.
The machine itself is a unit, an absolute Hulk of a machine, and we love it. Read our PS5 review for more information, but it truly is a next-gen games console that offers 4K graphics, ray tracing, near instant load times and a helluva lot more.
At launch there were a handful of games to choose from and since then the list has grown into something quite special.
We have been lucky enough to play our way through a number of them so in this best PS5 games guide - here you will find the games that are out now that we have played and you can vote on - and below that, the games that will be coming to the console in the coming months.
UPDATE: The latest title to enter our best PS5 games list is Resident Evil Village. You can read our thoughts below (spoiler: we loved it), but we thought it was worth pointing out this brilliant stunt to promote the game. Capcom decided to head to the Mendip Hills in Somerset and create a massive chalk drawing of a Lycan. As you can see, the 58m high and over100m long installation is almost as impressive as the game. Almost.
Here are the best PS5 games and the PS5 games that are truly getting us excited about the future of the PlayStation 5 console.
- If the PS5 is to become the best games console - it has to beat these.
- These are the best PS4 games right now that will look awesome on the PS5
Best PS5 games we've played... so far!
1. Astro's Playroom
A riff on the playroom that failed miserably on the PS4, we see Astro and his crew basically taking you on a tour of the PS5 and all that it offers. This is a pre-loaded game that explores four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components.The game is brilliant and a fantastic showcase of what the DualSense controller (and console) can do. It's not just a 'free' games, it's one of the best in the launch line-up.
2. Demon's Souls
The best version of Demon's Souls we have played, this isn't so much a remaster but a remake of the original. It retains the hard-as-nails-gameplay but ups the ante in the graphics department. This is a game that will appeal to die-hard Demon's Souls players and those who are looking for a MASSIVE challenge.
3. Control: Ultimate Edition
Despite its name, Control’s plot is focused on the, well, lack of control a secretive agency currently has over the supernatural. It’s your job to regain that control fighting the ghouls that come thick and fast. The PS5 is undoubtedly the best way to play Control, which had niggles on previous consoles. Here it’s free from issues, visually upgraded and a much pacier game. Add to this some nifty ray tracing and you have one of the best-looking next gen games to play.
As for the sound design - jeez, it will scare the crap out of you, playing with all the sci-fi tropes you know and love and making for a fantastic game to play.
The newest game on this best PS5 games list is serious fun. Returnal is a third-person shooter stuck in a time loop, where the main character, an astronaut named Selene, has crash landed on an alien planet. The kicker is that when she is inevitably killed by alien hordes, she wakes up alive and returned to the place she crash landed. We have never died so much in a game but for each death you are rewarded with a new piece of a puzzle to solve, as well as being stripped of any fancy weapons you might have acquired (annoyingly). Some things stay the same but much changes after each kill, making this a punishing game not for the faint of heart. We love it, though, and can see us playing this one for many months to come.
When it comes to how it plays on the PS5, the graphics are moody but punctuated with Avatar-like glowing hues. The DualSense's rumble effects are used extensively and the 3D audio is also used to great effect. You will die. A lot. But bloody hell it’s good fun.
5. Hitman 3
Agent 47’s return is a bittersweet one as this is the last game in a frankly fantastic franchise. While you need to upgrade the game once you have bought the PS4 version (an easy process that’s done digitally) it’s worth it as the PS5 version has improved graphics and sound. The brilliance of this game is that you can play all old missions from previous games through Hitman 3, too, making it a must have. Even without this, it’s a fantastic stealth game and has us really excited about what its makers IO Interactive do with the James Bond franchise it now has the right to.
(Free PS5 upgrade needed when you purchase)
6. Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is a fantastic entry into the sprawling series that straddles both the survival horror of the previous game and the action the series has become known for. Swapping hick America for eerie Europe, we see Ethan Winters and his wife Mia trying to live a life after the events of Resi 7. It doesn't end well and soon you are headfirst into folk horror - battling lycanthropes and giants, gawping at gothic goodness that surrounds you. There's a real mix of moments on show in the game. From full-blown brutality that will make you flinch, haunted house scares that will make you jump - some of these things happen in the same scene which makes Resident Evil Village a constant surprise. While Lady Dimitrescu is a 'giant' leap in memorable villains in the series, there are plenty more disgusting creatures here that really make the Resi VIII what it is: a joyful fear factory, packed with action and dripping with dread.
7. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed history hopping has brought it to a lot of places - Damascus, The Arctic, New Orleans - but it’s in good ol’ England where the real action is at, thanks to the franchise adding freakin’ vikings into this mix. This is a MASSIVE game - you can pack 60 or so hours and still be able to come back for more. And now that the cinematic kills feature can be disabled there’s even more fun to be had. Its rich in Viking lore and packed with action and mystery - even though the Assassin’s Creed franchise is 20 plus games strong, this may well be the best of the lot.
8. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
An oldie renewed and reinvigorated for the next-gen, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a treat for those who are familiar to the franchise and those who are new to it. The old skaters are back and they are, well, old - aged to perfection and ready to skate just like they used to. Everything looks new and improved but the best bit is that the arcade-style gameplay is the same, so you can rack up the points fairly quickly and feel like a pro pretty soon after picking up a controller. With plenty of incentives to keep you coming back, alongside a fantastic multiplayer experience and what you have is a thrill ride of a game.
(Free PS5 upgade needed once purchased)
9. It Takes Two
One of the more unconventional games on this (and it needs an upgrade once the PS4 version is purchased) is It Takes Two, a game where you need someone else to play along with you. The idea is that two parents on the verge of a divorce have to get through a number of fantastical challenges. Despite the rather downbeat plot, the creativity here is rich and the storytelling captivating. The richness of the gameplay also means that there is hardly any repetition in what you have to do - making this one of the best two-player experiences on any console.
(Free PS5 upgrade needed when you have purchased)
10. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Okay, we will be the first to admit that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a game that doesn’t quite push the PS5 to its limits but this spin-off of the classic series has enough going for it to match the best of the rest. We would recommend turning off the dubbing for the best experience and switching to subtitles, and a bit more fighting that puzzling wouldn’t go amiss but this is still a fun journey that’s absolutely packed with mini games.
11. The Pathless
If you are looking for total escapism, then The Pathless is for you. It’s an open world experience that’s an adventure story that is set to a propulsive beat, where you discover beautiful vistas - some crumbling around you - that are packed with puzzles, underlined with a healthy ‘you won’t die’ mentality. That’s not to say that there isn’t foreboding, there is with the encroaching fire but this is breathtaking, awe-inspiring stuff.
12. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A fantastic standalone Spider-Man story that lasts around 10 hours, this is a brilliant, tighter version of the original Spider-Man game. It looks amazing and the storyline is rather prevalent. Why it isn't as long as other games around, it's superb to play and the boss battles are something else - a far cry from the usual button bashing.
13. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Another year, another CoD - which is no bad thing, when the gameplay is as fun as it is here. Yes, the single player campaign is short but it kept us entertained throughout, with the mix of real-life Cold War antics and some OTT CoD action. Graphics are fantastic and the DualSense really works its magic with things like reloading. The multiplayer is fun and if all else fails, there's a cracking zombie campaign to get through.
14. Immortals Fenyx Rising
We prefer the original title Gods And Monsters but Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fun, slightly flawed RPG which has notes of Breath of the Wild, while packed with a surprisingly funny storyline. As new IP goes, this is one that has been built to last and we can’t wait for more instalments. For now, though, we keep coming back to the puzzles and, yes, it’s like a greatest hits of other games around but that’s no bad thing.
Forget the cuteness of the Bugsnax, there is a lot more to this game than looking adorable. It is a hunting game, a collecting game and an exploring game. Like Animal Crossing where you find yourself just exploring the island to find new things. This is exactly what you do with Bugsnax and have a really fun time doing it. Now, we aren’t saying this is a PS5 limit tester. It really isn’t but it’s packed with intriguing characters and is something to play when your brain needs switching off. We just hope the catching mechanism is refined in further updates.
16. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
It's not perfect but boy are we having fun with the new Sackboy adventure. It's a platformer that has all the heart of the original games, with much of the landscape you traverse filled with malleable objects. There's a bounty of clebrities lending their dulcet tones and the whole thing is adorable fun.
Best PS5 games to look forward to...
Grand Theft Auto Expanded And Enhanced
Well, this is exciting. A new, enhanced version of GTA V will be heading to the PS5 and the good news is that it will be free for anyone that purchases the console.
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 has been revealed and it looks like a remix of what has come before it. there are classic vehicles and tracks and the reintroduction of the legendary GT Simulation Mode. It also offers an even more realistic driving experience thanks to haptic feedback on the DualSense controller and the 3D sound the PS5 boasts. Fancy.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart looks like it is making best use of the PS5's graphics with instant dimensional rifts jumping and worlds filled with density and life. The DualSense controllers feedback means that controls are enhanced and there's a whole bunch of ray-tracing on board, too.
The makers of Project Athia have this to say about it: "Project Athia is the culmination of our philosophy here at Luminous Productions to create completely new and fresh gaming experiences that fuse together the latest technologies with art.
"With PS5, our vision truly comes to life, and with Project Athia players can look forward to being transported to a vast and detailed world filled with beauty and dismay."
Reading into this, the game is far from complete but when it does arrive it's set to be something quite special. It won't be a PS5 exclusive, though, as it is also coming to the PC.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
There were a number of games showcased that were for a younger crowd and this is one of them. Kena is a story-driven action adventure that's coupled with a nice bit of combat. According to the blurb: "Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment."
Goodbye Volcano High
This one looks a lot of fun. Goodbye Volcano High will be heading to both the PS4 and PS5 and is a "cinematic narrative adventure about the end of an era… and the beginning of a love story." It looks brilliant and we've no doubt the narrative structure will be compelling. It's great that Sony highlighted a game of this ilk among its glitz AAA titles.
Yeah, this looks cool. It's got a whole host of characters that are competing against each other in a futuristic destruction derby. The action looks frenetic, the characters colourful - this could be one of those games to look out for, if the trailer is anything to go by.
This was one of the more visually impressive trailers to come out of the big reveal. Looking like a cross between Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain crossed with The Leftovers, Ghostwire: Tokyo is about a Tokyo that is overrun by deadly supernatural forces after 99% of the city's population vanished.
Jett The Far Shore
We have no idea what the hell is going on here but we like it. There is a sniff of Interstellar in the trailer to Jett: The Far Shore - it's largely incomprehensible but is apparently about a space adventure where people are haunted by Oblivion. It looks stunning.
This looks stunning. A mix of Journey and Gravity Rush in its look, Solar Ash is based in a highly stylised word and is set to be a frenetic game made by the same developers that created the ultimate homage to 16-bit gaming, Hyper Light Drifter. We haven't got a clue what's happening but we are sold.
A previously hinted at game, Godfall looks every bit the hack'n'slash RPG it wants to be. We have high hopes for this one which is a PS5 exclusive as far as we can make out. The official synopsis is as follows: "You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat."
Little Devil Inside
This game is some seven years in the making. The Little Devil Inside is an action-adventure RPG with survival elements set in an atmospheric, semi-open world and it looks really charming. Its aesthetic was nothing like we saw in the other reveals and this might well be the game that we keep an eye on when the PS5 is eventually released.
Another rip-off (sorry, homage) to The Edge of Tomorrow. Like Returna, Deathloop is all about a hitman who keeps repeating a day because of his death. Given Edge of Tomorrow got its premise from FPS games and their eternal spawning, this does feel like the circle is complete - and the game looks cool, too.
Pragmata! Sorry, we couldn't help but say the name in the voice of Vic Reeves. Despite our comedic outburst, Pragmata! Shit, we did it again. Ahem, the game is from Capcom and looks all existential and stuff, about an astronaut and a child. This one will also be on the Xbox Series X.
Horizon 2: Forbidden West
We'll let the blurb speak for itself on this one: "Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats."
Horizon Dawn was a brilliant open world adventure so we have a lot of hope for this one.
Final Fantasy XVI
Final Fantasy XVI is set to be a PlayStation Exclusive. The game is your typical anime fare but the PS5's graphics look utterly impressive. As for the actual plot, all we really get is the tagline: The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough. Still, colour us intrigued.
Well, this one looks fun - and a little Lord of the Rings if you ask us. The IP of Harry Potter might be a little bit tainted of late, but at least the graphics look gorgeous and the trailer is pretty damn epic. This will be one of the biggest and first RPGs to hit the PS5.