The PS5 has finally arrived. The lucky few that managed to jump through the PS5 pre-order hoops should now be in possession of a unit. And it 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 are a number of games to choose from. We have been lucky enough to play our way through a few of them so in this best PS5 games guide, you will find the games that are out now that we have played and you can vote on - and below, the games that will be coming to the console in the coming months.
There is nothing more exciting that having a console on launch and the PlayStation 5 looks, and feels thanks to its DualSense controller, truly next gen - and that’s before we even dig into the PS5 games you can buy.
Here are the best PS5 games and the PS5 games that are truly getting us excited about the future of the PlayStation 5 console.
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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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
PS5 games to look forward to...
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Project Athia
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.
From the makers of Resogun comes this intriguing game that rips off the premise of Edge of Tomorrow, where you have to repeat the same day again and again. Interestingly, players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying. According to the makers, the PS5's immersive 3D audio "brings the alien world to life around the player, helping players navigate the intense positional combat."
6. 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."
7. 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.
8. Destruction Allstars
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.
9. OddWorld: Soulstorm
Yep, we let out a yelp when this one came up. OddWorld is such a brilliant little games franchise that's been on everything from the Game Boy to the PlayStation. This latest instalment sees the brilliant Mudokan, Abe back. Interestingly, this was announced way back in 2015 as a remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus - we don't quite know if that's the case but, hell, OddWorld is back and we are giddy right now.
10. Ghostwire: Tokyo
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.
11. 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.
12. Solar Ash
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."
14. Hitman 3
This was another huge surprise in the reveal. We are getting another Hitman which will be the last in the trilogy of games - in fact, it's been revealed that all the other games will be playable in this game, which is some sort of Inception-like scenario that we can't quite fathom at the moment. We saw some footage of a hit taking place in Dubai and it looks stunning. The makers are calling it the "most intimate and professional contract in his entire career." And who are we to disagree?
15. 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.
16. NBA 2K21
The sweatiest game showcased, NBA 2K1 is something "we aren't ready for" says New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson. To be honest, we probably are as it's pretty much the same game every year but, hey, it looks impressive and it's on the PS5 so... yay, NBA!
Okay, this was the weakest thing shown in the showcase (well, apart from the pretty pap Astro's Playroom). Sure, there's charm but we're not convinced this is going to be the game to usher in the next gen. Plot-wise, well it's a world where there are strange bugs for snacks. Sorry, snax.
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.
19. Resident Evil VIII Village
Not just a clever name (VIIIage, get it?), this edition of Resident Evil looks positively bucolic. There's witches, werewolves and both Ethan Winters and Chris Redfiel. No, don't try and make sense of it but do watch the trailer as this one looks pretty damn good, albeit a Resi at a slower pace, like the last instalment.
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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Hogwarts Legacy
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.
Upcoming PS5 Games: those that are rumoured
- Dirt 5
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Gods & Monsters
- Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Dying Light 2
- Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon