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 set of titles, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls, its library is slowly but surely being bolstered by more original and cutting-edge games. Some likeare exclusive to consoles, while the PS5 shares some of its greatest hits with the PS4 and .
The latest addition to this list is Stray, an 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 existincluding the remake of Last of Us, Ovewatch 2 and the promising game of the year God of War Ragnarok.
Not all of the PlayStation 5 games on this list are for everyone, but there is something for gamers of all tastes.
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Guerilla Games may have a cursed release planned. Horizon Zero Dawn was great, but it was quickly surpassed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best games out there. at all. When Horizon Forbidden West came out, it was followed a week later by the Elden Ring, which sucked all the oxygen out of the game world for at least a month.
But don’t count on Aloy. Her second adventure is visually stunning and continues to explore the impressive world created by the first game (although some of the characters still feel like cardboard cutouts).
The game features 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 tough new machines to destroy. Give Aloy a chance.
Arkane Studios’ Deathloop puts the thrilling open-ended action stealth game from the Dishonored series into a time loop and delivers the most imaginative first-person action game of 2021. Exploring Blackreef Isle as the cunning and equally hilarious Colt showcases how Deathloop deftly manages comedy, weirdness and ultra violence.
The many encounters you experience will leave you impressed by how far you can push the intricate design of its clockwork world to assassinate key targets and break the endless loop. But when you add another player who can invade your game like Colt’s ex-lover turned rival Julianna, Blackreef Isle becomes an impromptu multiplayer arena where one player hunts another. Deathloop is a must-own PS5 game.
Check out CNET’s full review.
In 2019, the Untitled Goose Game showed just how much fun it can be as a rogue flyer of doom. In 2022, developers BlueTwelve Studio will allow players to inhabit the body of a stray cat on its way back home. In Stray, you control a cat that finds itself in a futuristic, neon-drenched city inhabited by robots – and some carnivorous aliens.
It’s rare for a game to offer a completely new perspective on how we can experience a familiar environment, and rarer still when one so confidently has all of its mechanics designed around it,” wrote GameSpot’s Alessandro Barbosa in his review of the game. for which he gave Stray a 9/10.” “It’s a consistently satisfying adventure with a charming story about society that rarely lacks a twist in its well-packed run.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet & Clank series is synonymous with the PlayStation brand, and after nearly 20 years of games, Rift Apart is one of the best entries in the series.
Rift Apart leans heavily on the tried-and-tested formula of an action-platformer with a healthy dose of high-end weaponry, but the latest game features one of the strongest stories the franchise has ever seen, providing a compelling storyline for longtime fans and newcomers alike. follow.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an excellent showcase of what the PS5 can do, with levels shaped around the console’s super-fast hard drive, and it also got us more excited about the future of the series.
Remake of Final Fantasy VII: Intergrade
The 2020 remake of Final Fantasy VII seemed too good to be true. Revisiting the world of Final Fantasy VII and seeing a classic cast of heroes in a new and visually stunning light was a surreal and exciting experience. It managed to overcome its moniker of being just another remake and was truly one of the best RPGs of the year. The catch, however, was that it’s only one part of a larger story, and we have to wait a while before we even get a glimpse of the next installment.
Still, Intergrade on PS5 served as a great way to hold players over until then. Along with the impressive visual and gameplay enhancements for FFVII Remake, Intergrade has also added a new PS5 exclusive story expansion focusing on the quirky FFVII ninja Yuffie and her journey to Midgar. If you own a PS5 and still haven’t had a chance to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake, then check out Intergrade.
No PlayStation generation is complete without Gran Turismo. While Xbox owners have rightfully bragged about their approach to the great Forza franchise, it’s been nine long years since Gran Turismo 6 was released on PS4.
Gran Turismo 7 to the rescue. It’s exactly what fans of the series would expect: A precise driving simulator that looks amazing. The game has received some criticism for its use of microtransactions, but if you’re a racing fan who can overlook some microtransaction malaria, Gran Turismo is a no-brainer.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Another PS4 game revision 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 Iki Island expansion, which adds over 5 hours of new story content, it also gave the base game a substantial performance boost.
With upgraded tech buffs that add an increased frame rate, faster loading and running in native 4K, this enhanced edition makes Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut on PS5 the definitive way to experience the visually stunning and carefully crafted open world game from developer Sucker Punch Productions. .
2021 saw an unusual amount of time loop games, and the PS5 exclusive Returnal still stands as one of the weirdest games of the year.
Combining fast-paced third-person action with the unpredictability of a random role-playing game, Returnal has its protagonist, Selene, on a journey across an alien planet full of hostile creatures and mysterious artifacts describing a cataclysmic event – and all somehow related 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 flavor.
Running and gunning your way through the many ruins of Returnal with bizarre alien weaponry makes for some of the most satisfying and thrilling shooters of the year, begging you to take just one more loop through the planet.
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One of the most striking trends over the last 10 years has been the rise super hard game. Much of this is attributed to the success of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls, which hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. But Dark Souls itself was a 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 rating of 92 on Metacritic and a 9 out of 10 from GameSpot. It has been credited with faithfully remaking the 2009 classic, but improving it with better movement and modernizing it with graphics that showcase what the PS5 can do.
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 will jump out and attack your enemies.
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To put it bluntly, Astro’s Playroom is a glorified tech demo. Charitably speaking, it is a famous technical demo.
Astro’s Playroom, designed to show off what the PlayStation 5 Dual Sense Controller can do, is free on PlayStation 5. “Free tech demo” doesn’t scream “must play,” but Astro’s Playroom has gotten a lot of praise for being full of clever homages to previous PlayStation games and, more importantly, for being fun to play.
Astro’s Playroom makes no attempt 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 its release.
A third-person action game that’s almost primarily concerned with flow and movement, The Pathless is a joy to play every second you have the controller in your hand.
It’s available on other platforms, including the iPad, but I’d say it’s best played on a current-gen console like the PS5, where the visuals and framerate reflect the slickness of the game’s design.
You can read our full review here.
Hitman 3 concludes the rebooted Hitman trilogy that began with the 2016 title of the same name, and it does so with a bang. Hitman 3 received a 9/10 from GameSpot sister site CNET for its excellent level design, improved story and replayability. This last attribute is 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 do without the bad guys.
The game is available on both PS4 and PS5, among others, but the PS5 version has 4K, 60 frames per second and improved haptic feedback thanks to the DualSense controller.
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This is a bit of a “duh” inclusion, but we can’t help but include the Elden Ring. It’s among the most ambitious RPGs ever made, and probably has the most impressive world of any game that doesn’t have “Breath of the Wild” in the title.
Sure, the Elden Ring isn’t for everyone. It’s really hard and it is really long. But if you have 100 hours to invest, whether over a few weeks or months, it will give you one of the best gaming experiences you can have on any console right now.