Only the best PS5 games will give you top-tier experiences on Sony's current-gen console. Now that we're into the fourth year of the console, the library is as expansive as ever, offering an enormous range of games to get stuck into, no matter what your go-to types, or favorite things to play are. To help make navigating that enormous library easier, we've distilled our top picks down to this very list, covering all the key beats when looking for awesome PS5 games to play.
Whether you're into action games, shooters, racing titles, puzzlers, or something completely different, we've done the heavy lifting to give you this definitive overview of what the latest PlayStation console can offer.
So be you after a fast-paced shooter that pushes the console's technical capabilities, a family-friendly adventure that showcases the DualSense controller's innovative features, a simply stunning PS5 exclusive that will immerse you in its action, or something else entirely, you'll find it here. Remember that there are more ways than ever to play PS5 games now too, and the PlayStation Portal is an exquisite way to take these games, and more, into your hands. However, you'll have to check in with our PlayStation Portal restock tracker for tips and key links in trying to track down the new handheld gaming device given its popularity.
As a quick note, these aren't games that are only on PS5 - you want our best PS5 exclusives list for those games and their brethren - but rather the best ones you can play on PS5 more broadly right now. Read on for our picks.
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EA Sports FC 24's precision passes are sublime when you get the hang of them - they can unlock a defense in the blink of an eye and mastering them is satisfying as heck.
While it feels strange to not refer to the latest headline soccer game as 'FIFA' anymore, it turns out it doesn't really matter - EA Sports FC 24 picks up where the behemoth series stripped and takes the football action to new silky highs.
Despite that lack of FIFA license, EA has set the new benchmark (again) for what a current-gen soccer sim can do, look like, and play like. It's a superb game for newcomers and veterans alike, and those who are long-term loyal fans will be impressed and happy with the amount of genuine improvements the game brings to the most popular modes.
What really makes the game shine is the Frostbite-engine-powered HyperMotionV. Building on previous iterations of the motion capture tech, the V stands for volumetric data and offers the most realistic motion ever - even better than that of FIFA 23. What results are player movements that are so close to their real-life counterparts, individual strands of hair dancing in the wind, and realistic ball interactions in shots, passes, and more. Throw in some excellent finesse styles and plays, and new passing mechanics, and the best sports game on PS5 really shows you why it's exactly that.
11. Astro's Playroom
The way Astro's Playroom deploys the DualSense's features and powers is unparalleled. From feeling different surfaces 'underfoot' to loading springy jumps with the triggers, it's superb.
Astro’s Playroom is the best pack-in game since Wii Sports, as it perfectly showcases what Sony’s new system can do. From the sumptuous, crystal clear 4K visuals, to the pleasing 3D audio, this is a gem of a platformer and it’s pre-installed on every PS5. It’s the way Astro’s Playroom shows off the DualSense controller, though, that really steals the show.
You’ll feel sensations that you didn’t know were possible before thanks to Sony’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers tech, such as what it feels like to walk along different surfaces or fire a Gatling gun. It’s a surreal, magical experience, and we recommend booting up Astro’s Playroom first before you play anything else. Better still, not only is it a genuinely top PS5 exclusive, it's completely free. This is a must-play for those who want to see what the DualSense controller is really capable of.
10. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
The writing in Disco Elysium is just so good and is some of the best you can experience in a PS5 game. It's rich, detailed, gives a great sense of place, and makes for some very memorable interactions.
Many RPG games claim to offer a spectrum of choice, but that usually boils down to doing a “good thing” or a “bad thing”. Washed-up cop simulator Disco Elysium doesn’t make things so simple. Amnesiac from drug and alcohol abuse, your cop explores all the shades of gray in between what constitutes a pure or dark morality in his quest to solve the murder of a hanged man.
The writing is exemplary throughout, pulling you into Disco Elysium’s vaguely European, vaguely post-communist city of Revachol, and the award-winning soundtrack is equally evocative. It’s not one for action fans – you’re primarily engaging in conversation-driven detective work here – but it’s roleplaying of the highest order, an RPG quite unlike any game you’ll have ever played. Disco Elysium: Final Cut is easily one of the best RPGs on PS5 right now.
9. Gran Turismo 7
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The realism on offer in Gran Turismo 7 is something to behold. Such is the finish of the world, the cars, and the racing experience, you'll actually feel like GT7 has transported you to a series of great race track days.
Gran Turismo 7 restores the racing sim franchise to its former greatness, fixing the lack of content and slightly underwhelming visuals in both GT6 and GT Sport. GT7 gets back to what the charming racing sim does best: offering bags of content with sublime racing gameplay, all wrapped up in a wonderfully charming and inviting user experience that's remarkably moreish.
GT7 is also a stunning showcase of PS5 tech, making arguably the best use of the DualSense Wireless Controller's haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. You'll feel every bump in the road, every screech around a corner, and every gear change as you maneuver around GT7's litany of tracks. Pair this with lightning-quick load times and you end up with a beautifully seamless racing experience in GT7. You rarely wait longer than a few seconds to dive into – or retry – a racing activity. GT7 is a glorious return to form for the series and easily the best racing game to showcase the PS5's capabilities.
8. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
The grim beauty and detail of Mortal Kombat 11's brutal finishers is a spectacular sight and keeps us coming back for more, always looking for new ways to finish off opponents in grisly style.
Mortal Kombat reigns as a king of the fighting game genre and Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate only cements that position. Combining Mortal Kombat 11, Kombat Pack 1, the Aftermath expansion, and Kombat Pack 2, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the quintessential Mortal Kombat 11 experience. With two cinematic stories to play through, 37 fighters to get to grips with, and a bunch of new fatalities, stages, and brutalities to try out, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate offers hours of gruesome fun.
What's more, on PS5, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate benefits from 4K dynamic resolution, enhanced visuals, and drastically improved loading times (compared to its PS4 counterpart), so you won't miss a second more of the action than you need to. This is the best fighting game on PS5 right now.
The execution of 3D Audio and incredible sound design in Village is a true stand-out feature of an excellent horror title, which only serves to heighten the tension and immersion further.
Taking place a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7, Village sees protagonist Ethan exploring an Eastern European village in hopes of finding his kidnapped daughter – but the village residents are.... less than welcoming.
More action-focused than its predecessor, this sequel is visibly closer to the classic Resident Evil 4 in its moment-to-moment gameplay – but blends this with the survival horror elements that we love about older entries. Factor in a slew of quality-of-life improvements, a roster of memorable characters, a well-paced, gripping story, and superb utilization of in-game audio, and Resident Evil Village is a fantastic horror game. We think it's definitely one of the best examples of how PS5 3D audio can enhance your gaming experience.
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Taking the series back to its stealth-action roots with a pared-back, streamlined experience, intriguing protagonist, and densely-filled city, Mirage is a wonderful blend of older stealth-action mechanics and modern tweaks. The game's focus on stealth and patience means you'll be rewarded for deliberating over your every move and murder, and the game gives you some of the best assassinations-come-detective cases in which to get your teeth stuck.
Each case is gripping and full of intrigue, building up to a climactic moment with the opportune moment to strike at one of Baghdad's members of the Order of the Ancients arises.
Following every investigation step, unearthing every single clue in restricted buildings and areas, and learning more about the shadowy truth behind Baghdad with each of Basim's investigations is truly gripping. You'll feel like a detective cracking cases as well as an assassin.
Trading in the large open-world settings of games in the series that came before it Mirage's focused single-city (and surroundings) setting pays off. The city of Baghdad is a superb setting and is brilliantly realized and beautiful, crammed with things to do and discover, and makes for a brilliant playground for parkour.
Basim is also one of the most interesting assassins we've had in a few games too, blending some of the best traits of some of the most beloved and underrated protagonists from the series. Assassin's Creed Mirage is the best game from the series you can play on PS5.
The environment changes in Returnal is one of our favorite things about the game as it maintains originality and freshness throughout whole game - ensuring that no run is exactly the same, and no encounter goes the same way
As one of Sony's biggest PS5 exclusives, Returnal is bound to draw in many gamers who maybe haven't played a roguelike before and therefore may find its punishing difficulty, ever-changing levels, and permadeath mechanic to be a real shock to the system. That said, after a few cycles within Returnal's harsh alien world, they may also find it difficult to stop playing.
Returnal brings developer Housemarque's signature 'bullet hell' approach to the roguelike genre, which means that you'll never know what to expect when you enter a room, only that you will have to start over again from the beginning when you die. However, thanks to a tantalizing story and immersive gameplay, which take full advantage of PS5 3D Audio and the DualSense's full range of features, you'll likely keep returning for "just one more run..." If you want to see what the PS5 is capable of, Returnal is an experience you don't want to miss.
The level design and playful worlds of Sackboy: A Big Adventure are some of the best on PS5 and the way you interact with them through rolling, grabbing, slapping and more is so much fun.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is one of the most important exclusives here. This is a game that’s perfect for families thanks to its kid-friendly nature and four-player local co-op and manages to go toe-to-toe with the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World.
It helps that Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a truly wonderful platformer, one that manages to avoid the common pitfalls that many developers fall into when designing games for younger audiences. Don’t sleep on this one as it's one of the best PS5 platformers that you can play with friends and family.
Stalking, examining, and strategically dismantling and hunting each and everyone of Horizon Forbidden West's robot dinosaur creatures - the machines - is brilliant, satisfying and action-packed.
If you're on the hunt for an open-world, narrative-driven adventure in your search for the best PS5 game for you, then look no further than Horizon Forbidden West