Best PS5 games: the PlayStation 5 greats you need to play right now

Best PS5 games – Horizon Forbidden West's Aloy stands against a blue background
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We’ve got the best PS5 games you can play right now. The PS5 has a lot to offer not least because it’s backwards compatible with PS4 games, meaning you can enjoy all the upcoming PlayStation blockbusters as well as the large catalogue of already available games. 

If the PS5 is your first PlayStation console, this means you get to enjoy all the best PS4 games as well. With many people still looking to grab a console and waiting for PS5 restock updates, you may also want to check our list of best new games for a glimpse at what you can look forward to in future.

You don’t have to buy all of your PS5 games, however. Thanks to PlayStation Plus, you can get new games to keep every month, and you can also get access to some PlayStation hits as part of the different subscription tiers.

With a glance at our pros and cons for each game, you can quickly find out if a game could be for you – or not. We also update this list regularly to reflect the growing catalogue of great games out there.

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best PS5 games: God of War's Kratos and Atreus in front of an icy landscape

God of War Ragnarök (Image credit: Sony Santa Monica)

God of War Ragnarok

Kratos' biggest adventure yet

Reasons to buy

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Plenty to explore and collect
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Clever developments to combat
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Nuanced, emotive storytelling

Reasons to avoid

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Traveling between realms is slow

With God of War Ragnarok, Sony Santa Monica managed to make a great game even better. Parts of it will feel immediately familiar, like the feel of Kratos' axe returning to you or the anticipation that something very large could be coming at you out of nowhere, but there are also plenty of new elements to discover.

The world, for one, has grown and now offers plenty of interesting side-quests, but there is also a small but useful arsenal of buffs and new abilities to make the crunchy combat feel even better.

The star of God of War Ragnarok however, is undoubtedly the story once again. The relationship between Kratos and his son Atreus reaches new levels as new secrets are uncovered, and while their quest itself awaits with plenty of twists and turns, it's always most interesting to see how they will react.


best PS5 games – Astro coming out of a PS5 DualSense controller

Astro's Playroom (Image credit: Sony)

Astro's Playroom

Showcasing the DualSense

Reasons to buy

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Shows off the DualSense
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Family-friendly fun
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Comes pre-loaded

Reasons to avoid

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Quite short

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 new 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.


best PS5 games – A Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War soldier driving a car while pointing a pistol

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Image credit: Activision)
Back in black

Reasons to buy

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Visuals take full advantage of PS5 power
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Addictive and immersive gunplay
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Multiplayer and Zombies is fantastic

Reasons to avoid

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A cack-handed campaign

Call of Duty games release like clockwork. But what makes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War worth buying? Well, the PS5 version takes full advantage of the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers, recreating the recoil of each individual gun. That means that when you fire off a machine gun, the triggers will feed back appropriately. 

Of course, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War wouldn’t be complete without the walking dead, so you’ll be pleased to hear zombies return. You can also play Call of Duty at 120fps for the first time on a console, which should make things even more competitive online. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War may not be the most recent entry in the CoD series; that title belongs to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But it's certainly our favorite Call of Duty game on Sony's latest console.


best PS5 games – Control protagonist Jesse using telekenesis to destroy a room

Control (Image credit: 505 Games)
Free your mind

Reasons to buy

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Stunning particle effects
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Inspired art direction
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Crunchy gunplay 
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Includes DLC plus main game

Reasons to avoid

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Starts quite slow
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A few structural compromises

The dark horse of 2019, Remedy Entertainment's Control is an action-adventure with a difference. If you thought it was good on PS4, wait till you try it on PS5.

Control sees you stepping into the shoes of Jesse Faden, the newest director of the clandestine Federal Bureau of Control (FBC) – a Government agency that researches, and ultimately aims to control paranormal activity. But Jesse’s new role has a few issues not exactly laid out in the job description, including the uprising of a paranormal force known only as the Hiss. 

The confidence with which Remedy has courted multiple difficult genres both in film and in games with Control, and still managed to deliver a mind-bending story evocative of True Detective and Twin Peaks, is absolutely remarkable.

The Control Ultimate Edition contains the main base game and both expansions, AWE and The Foundation. What's more, this is the only edition that provides the free PS5 upgrade, which allows you to play in one of two modes: Graphics or Performance. Performance mode keeps Control at a steady 60fps with lower-resolution visuals, while Graphics mode drops performance down to 30fps but massively ups the graphics, allowing for features such as ray-tracing.


best PS5 games – Julianna trying to stab Colt in Deathloop

Deathloop (Image credit: Bethesda)
Happy death day

Reasons to buy

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An exciting mystery to unpick
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Shooting is genuinely fun
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Multiplayer has potential

Reasons to avoid

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Repetition sets in near end
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Focuses a bit too much on stealth
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Enemies are mostly identical

Deathloop offers an engaging blend of shooting and stealth in one endlessly looping day. You play as Colt, who wakes up on Blackreef island and finds himself stuck in a time loop. To break the loop, Colt must kill eight 'Visionaries' in the same day before midnight. While that may sound like a straightforward task, it's far from it – and that's where the fun begins. 

It's up to you to find new information, weapons and abilities to help you with your murderous task, making Deathloop a mix between a detective game and a first-person shooter – with some stealth thrown in. The gunplay feels immersive and fun (particularly as it utilizes DualSense features), making for a game that may not necessarily be for everyone, but certainly offers something a bit different.


best PS5 games – Demon's Souls main character standing in front of a statue

Demon's Souls (Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Delightfully devilish

Reasons to buy

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Next-gen visuals
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Super-fast load times
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Atmospheric locations

Reasons to avoid

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Extreme difficulty may deter many
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Clunky lock-on system
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Can feel overwhelming

A true PS5 exclusive, Demon’s Souls is arguably the best-looking launch game on PlayStation 5. From the spectacular lighting and hulking bosses to its phenomenal texture detail, it’s a gorgeous sight to behold. Load times are also practically non-existent, too, with level transitions taking around three seconds at most. 

A remake of the 2009 PlayStation 3 game, Demon’s Souls will test your gaming chops with its punishing difficulty. However, if you have the strength to persevere, the elation that awaits is frankly unsurpassed. Just be prepared to die hundreds of times before you emerge victoriously. It will certainly try your patience, but Demon's Souls is one of the best PS5 exclusives around.


Best PS5 games – Three guardians stand under the shadow of the Witch Queen

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Image credit: Bungie)

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Pure, unadulterated fun

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic narrative
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Clever systems
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Plenty of new gear and story quests

Reasons to avoid

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Can be daunting for new players

Destiny 2 has reached the pinnacle of what Bungie set out to accomplish with its looter shooter and Witch Queen only emphasizes that.

The Witch Queen is the definitive Destiny 2 campaign, boasting a fantastic narrative with plenty of story quests, new gear, and clever systems. Long-time Destiny fans will find that the story pulls together threads that have been weaved through the series' narrative for years, adding even more to the game's rich lore. 

What's more, while Destiny can seem somewhat daunting for new players, the Witch Queen expansion offers a great starting point for those who do want to jump into the series for the first time. There's plenty of things to do as you get to grips with the game.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is the game at its best, easily making it one of the best PS5 games to play right now. Make sure to check out our guide to buying Destiny 2, for everything you need to know about jumping into The Witch Queen.


best PS5 games – Devil May Cry 5's Dante in combat against a creature

Devil May Cry 5 (Image credit: Capcom)
Stylish!

Reasons to buy

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Great character variety
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Exceptional soundtrack
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Embraces its absurdity

Reasons to avoid

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Story has some moments of poor pacing
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New players will feel a little lost

Devil May Cry 5 is a magnificently over-the-top action game, one that serves as a good reminder of just how important showing off is.

Each fight is a genuine joy to get stuck into, where seeing your rank climb and hearing the music swell never gets old. It does absolutely everything right for long-time fans when it comes to the story. Yet, the self-contained plot is easy enough to follow for newcomers. The gameplay is the best it has ever been by a long shot too.

The PS5 Special Edition includes new playable character Vergil, the Legendary Dark Knight mode and Turbo mode, as well as ray-tracing support and a high framerate mode. It's definitely one of the best PlayStation 5 games out now.


best PS5 games – Disco Elysium characters on oil painting background

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Image credit: ZA/UM)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

A unique RPG

Reasons to buy

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Some of the best writing in all of gaming
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Wonderful art and soundtrack
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A completely unique RPG

Reasons to avoid

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 Not for action lovers 

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 games on PS5 right now.


best PS5 games – Dying Light 2 Stay Human's Aidan on a van roof surrounded by zombies

Dying Light 2: Stay Human (Image credit: Techland)
One of the most ambitious zombie games ever made

Reasons to buy

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Satisfying combat and parkour
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Complex RPG mechanics
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Decent, branching storyline

Reasons to avoid

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Occasionally dodgy voice acting and dialogue

Without a doubt, Dying Light 2 is one of the most ambitious zombie games ever made – a full-blown action RPG that marries a decent storyline with irresistible parkour and melee action, plus an open world stuffed with zombie-dicing delights. 

Set 20 years after the first game, Dying Light 2 sees you playing as Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor, as he tries to unearth the secrets of his past and locate his sister amidst a ruthless, decaying world. Aiden’s search leads him to The City (the last remaining human settlement), where it’s then up to the player whether our protagonist focuses on his own goal or decides to help remaining survivors by rebuilding the settlement. There's a focus on choice and consequence, with your decisions affecting the environment around you – as well as the story itself. 

The original Dying Light took the parkour of Mirror’s Edge, blended it with a zombie shoot-‘em-up, and added a day-and-night variation system to boot. Dying Light 2 turns this up to 11, with a larger emphasis on stealth, parkour, and tweaked equipment to traverse the environment (like gliders, pulleys, and new swinging hooks). With a map four times as big as the first, littered with NPCs, side quests and challenges, Dying Light 2 is perfect for those who love open-world survival horrors. 


best PS5 games – Elden Ring characters fighting large enemy wielding a double-sided axe

Elden Ring (Image credit: FromSoftware Inc.)
Not for the faint hearted

Reasons to buy

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Outrageously rich open world
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Combat to die for 
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Endlessly inventive

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to learn
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Performances issues
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Unhelpful players

Developer FromSoftware continues its run of notoriously difficult action RPGs – or Souls-likes, as ubiquitous as the term is now – with Elden Ring. Set in the fantasy realm of The Lands Between, Elden Ring has players hack, slash, dodge, and perfectly time their way through the open world with the hopes of becoming the Elden Lord. 

If that sounds like dull and standard fantasy fare, fear not. George R.R. Martin, the modern-day bard himself, has co-written the story. The collaboration between FromSoftware and Martin results in a rich, vast open world that's dripping in mysteries to unravel – a world that begs to be explored.

Veterans of FromSoftware will find themselves at home in Elden Ring quickly. The combat fundamentals are as strong as ever. There is a wealth of options for specializing your character, with many weapons and spells to support your play style.

However, a word of warning for those who are perhaps less seasoned gamers: Elden Ring isn’t easy. FromSoftware’s titles are notoriously challenging and, for some, that simply isn’t to their tastes – and that’s OK. But that challenge means that every enemy you do take down, and every inch that you progress, is exceptionally rewarding (perhaps more so than in any other game). 


best PS5 games – FIFA 22 footballer looking at a ball in the air

FIFA 22 (Image credit: EA Sports)
Let's get physical

Reasons to buy

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Gameplay overhaul
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Visually authentic
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Refreshed Career mode

Reasons to avoid

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Superfluous new mechanics
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Microtransaction overload
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Cluttered menus

While it's no longer the latest entry in the long-running soccer sim series, FIFA 22 on PS5 breathed new life into once-familiar gameplay with the addition of HyperMotion technology. That's while making well-intentioned strides to refresh its most dated modes, including Career mode.

Thanks to some genuinely welcome improvements to both visuals and gameplay, FIFA 22 feels like a decidedly different offering from its predecessors. It’s not without the same issues that have plagued the franchise for several years, and a few of its supposed enhancements feel like superficial additions. Still, FIFA 22 is the first soccer simulator that truly looks and plays like a next-generation experience. 


best PS5 games – Yuffie from Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade (Image credit: Square Enix)
An old favorite, made brand new

Reasons to buy

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Combat is excellent
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Story additions are amazing
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Encourages experimentation

Reasons to avoid

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It's pretty linear

Final Fantasy 7 Remake completely recreates the opening portion of the original game, expanding a five to eight-hour section into a full 40-hour RPG. Every single minute is a delight, featuring some of the best gameplay and storytelling we've seen in a Final Fantasy game in almost 20 years.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was already one of the best games on the PS4, lovingly crafted with some new twists for the classic game. But with Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, the classic RPG gets expanded on PS5, taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5’s next-generation hardware. It looks incredible, and the 10-hour added campaign focused on Yuffie is incredibly charming and fun. At 60 fps, her fast-paced fighting style feels totally natural. 


best PS5 games – Final Fantasy 14 characters fighting a creatures surrounded by lightning

Final Fantasy 14 Online (Image credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy 14 Online

The best MMORPG available right now

Reasons to buy

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The best Final Fantasy story
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Tons of jobs and classes to try
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Incredibly generous free trial

Reasons to avoid

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Subscription fee applies
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Dependent on connection quality

With Final Fantasy 14 now available on PS5, there's never been a better time to jump into this MMORPG to see what all the fuss is about. While the game's near-decade-long amount of content since its relaunch might seem overwhelming, on the flip side, you have a metric ton of content to immerse yourself in. And that includes the game's best-in-class storytelling across the base game and its substantial expansions.

Final Fantasy 14 has only gone from strength to strength since its 2013 A Realm Reborn relaunch. 2019's Shadowbringers expansion left a hugely positive impression on the MMO landscape with its incredibly deep and heartfelt story, as did the developers' openness and honesty during its struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the game's fourth expansion, Endwalker, now out in the wild, there's never been a better time to jump into Final Fantasy 14. This critically acclaimed MMORPG has one of the most generous free trials we've seen, including the entirety of the base game, A Realm Reborn. In addition, the free trial also includes Heavensward, FF14's first expansion, letting you play until level 60 with no restrictions.


best PS5 games – Ghost of Tsushima's Jin looking ahead with fire behind him

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (Image credit: Sony)
For honor

Reasons to buy

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Excellent upgrade and DLC
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Incredible showcase for HDR
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Now includes multiplayer

Reasons to avoid

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Can get repetitive
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Yet another open-world game

Ghost of Tsushima is comfortably one of the best-looking games on PS4, but on PS5, it's even better. Thanks to the PS5's extra graphical horsepower and a recent Director's Cut re-release, Ghost of Tsushima is now playable at a silky-smooth 60fps – even when running on the game's higher resolution mode. 

It makes a massive difference to the game's responsiveness when in combat, and the framerate boost brings the spectacular scenery and stunning in-game cinematics to life. The Director's Cut edition for PS5 also introduces haptic feedback through the DualSense controller and 3D spatial audio.

The biggest improvement may be to the framerate then (something which owners of the PS4 version of the game can still benefit from on PS5), but the Director's Cut version is worth the extra cash for the generous DLC expansion it adds, bringing a whole new island to the game. It's about 12 or so hours of great samurai combat and beautiful exploration on top of an already gigantic game, and well worth the additional expense.

Ghost of Tsushima recently received an excellent new multiplayer mode called Legends, too, which gives the game even more replay value and appeal than before. Oh, and if you've purchased a 4K HDR TV and want a game that really benefits, Ghost of Tsushima shows what high dynamic range can do. 



GT Sophy car driving along a track

Gran Turismo 7 (Image credit: Sony Computer Interactive Entertainment)

Gran Turismo 7

The best PS5 exclusive yet?

Reasons to buy

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Stunning graphics
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Lightning-fast load times
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Superb haptic feedback

Reasons to avoid

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Default HDR may need tuning
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Licence tests may be too strict for some
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Music Rally mode could be better

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 manoeuvre 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're rarely waiting longer than a few seconds to dive into – or retry – a racing activity. GT7 is a glorious return to form for the series and we hope developer Polyphony Digital will support the game for a long time to come.


A look at Hades green-glowing underworld on Nintendo Switch

Hades (Image credit: Supergiant Games)

Hades

Mythologically-infused, stylish fun

Reasons to buy

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Comic-like art style
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Meaty combat
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You can pet the two-headed dog

Reasons to avoid

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Requires patience to master
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Can overwhelm with difficulty

From the makers of Bastion and Transistor, Hades isn't just one of the best PS5 games out there. It's a genuine contender to rank among the best games of all time.  Hades is a roguelike, meaning all of its mythology-inspired levels are procedurally generated, and no single area is the same each time you enter it. That keeps the map fresh and exciting, and enemies a surprising challenge. 

With a killer soundtrack, hack-n-slash combat, interesting story and stellar RPG systems, Hades is extremely fun to play and will stave off any pangs of boredom. Suffice it to say, if you have an interest in Greek mythology, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much research Supergiant has put into this one, offering a truly exceptional experience.

Sometimes there's far too much going on while you're playing which does make it all a bit hectic, but if you can get past the chaos you'll have hours of fun playing this game, as it's easily one of the best roguelikes around.


Hitman 3's Agent 47 undercover, dressed like a detective

Hitman 3 (Image credit: IO Interactive)
Perfectly executed

Reasons to buy

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Great living and breathing locations
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Looks fantastic on next-gen
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Tweaks to the expected formula

Reasons to avoid

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Cutscenes don’t look the best
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New camera tool doesn’t add much

Hitman 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the acclaimed stealth series – and what a conclusion it is. While the third entry in the Hitman trilogy doesn't stray too far from what made the 2016 reboot (and its sequel) great, it adds some brilliant little twists to the formula to keep you on your toes.

While the way you assassinate your targets hasn't changed much, the new locations – such as Dubai, China and Argentina – are some of the most memorable of the series. Add to that more experimental objectives and a gripping story, and Hitman 3 rightly deserves its place on our best PS5 games list.


Horizon Forbidden West's Aloy riding a beast through the air

Horizon Forbidden West (Image credit: Sony)
Sony's best next-gen game to date

Reasons to buy

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Great single-player story
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Incredible graphics
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A gorgeous world to explore

Reasons to avoid

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Very similar to the first game

We all expected Horizon Forbidden West, sequel to 2017's excellent Horizon Zero Dawn, to be a gorgeous technical showcase for the PS5, and developer Guerrilla Games has delivered just that. Players have the choice of either a 4K-targeting resolution mode or a smoother 60fps performance mode.

But for all of the game's breathtaking locations, incredible character animations and astonishing robotic creature designs, it's really Horizon Forbidden West's human story that hits the hardest. 

Since we last saw Aloy, the "saviour of Meridian" has retreated from those closest to her, pushing people away in order to focus on a new mission, which is to save Earth from a mysterious plague.

We don't want to spoil the story, suffice to say that Aloy's latest journey will see the withdrawn warrior reconnect with humanity while making choices which could have big consequences to those around her.


The Guardians of the Galaxy are rushing towards the screen with weapons drawn, Star-Lord in the center

It Takes Two (Image credit: Square Enix)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

The biggest losers in the universe are trying their best

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant writing
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Genuinely funny
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Great for MCU fans and complete newbies

Reasons to avoid

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Combat can get repetitive

Many of the best PS5 games have brilliant writing, but Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy manages the balancing act between the glib fun Marvel films are known for and genuinely emotional moments.

Not only that – together with Spider-Man: Miles Morales the game proves that the age of terrible adaptations is at an end. The characters look like their counterparts from the comics rather than their MCU actors, which may take a moment to get used to, but you don't need to be a comics expert to enjoy the game.

While the combat is meant to appeal to many players and can thus feel a little too easy sometimes, in Guardians of the Galaxy, team work between characters makes the dream work, both in combat and the plot.

Lose money in the neon-soaked streets of an alien planet or take on enemies in environments made entirely of goo – with these varied environments, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy looks great on PS5. Any friend of a good story looking for a good time shouldn't miss this game, which truly hits it out of the park in terms of looks and laughs.


Miles Morales dressed like Spider-Man facing an adversary

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Image credit: Sony)
Miles gets a superhero’s welcome

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly detailed visuals
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Blazing-fast load times
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Ray-tracing support

Reasons to avoid

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Main story doesn’t last long
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Challenges can be repetitive
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DualSense implementation is fairly limited

A sequel that’s most akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of scale, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales puts you in the Adidas-branded sneakers of the charismatic and rookie web-slinger, Miles. With Peter Parker off on holiday, it’s up to Miles to take over the stewardship of New York, and predictably, his first week on the job doesn’t go smoothly. 

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales delivers a blockbuster, cinematic experience that rivals Hollywood’s best. The game’s fidelity mode shows off the power of ray-tracing (realistic reflections and lighting) and there’s a silky-smooth 60fps performance mode, too.

If you loved the first Spider-Man game, or simply want to experience yet another excellent PlayStation exclusive, you don’t need to look further than Miles’ debut outing – it's definitely worth playing before the release of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in 2023.


Mortal Kombat 11 Raiden fighting Baraka

Mortal Kombat 11 (Image credit: NetherRealm Studios)

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Fight!

Reasons to buy

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Story is surprisingly good
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Doesn't pull punches on the gore
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One of the best 'pick up and play' fighters

Reasons to avoid

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Goriness may not be for everyone
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Krypt mode is awful

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.


Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart's ratchet firing a large gun

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (Image credit: Insomniac Games)
Brilliant, fast-paced fun

Reasons to buy

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New characters have depth
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Haptic feedback adds immersion
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Traversal is fast-paced

Reasons to avoid

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PS5 Audio utilization disappointing
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A fair few bugs
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A lack of optional missions

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is brilliant, fast-paced fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Rift Apart manages to retain the charm and humor that we loved about the original titles, while balancing this with new characters that offer endearing vulnerability. In addition, the latest Ratchet and Clank makes great use of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and audio. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is great family fun for both fans of the series and newbies, making it easily one of the best PS5 games right now.


An old lady in Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village  (Image credit: Capcom)
Lycan it a lot

Reasons to buy

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Well-paced story (mostly)
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Brilliant use of audio
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Memorable characters

Reasons to avoid

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Boss fights can feel anticlimactic
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Less focus on scares
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Story spoon-fed at the end

Resident Evil Village is a worthy successor to the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 – but while that game managed to revive the survival horror roots of the series, Village builds on it with an experience that draws from all the highlights of the series. What results is a Resi game that promises to thrill veteran fans of Resident Evil and delight newcomers.

Resident Evil Village follows on from the events of Resident Evil 7 - taking place a few years later. 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 one of the best PS5 games around.


best PS5 games – Returnal's Selene facing off against a boss

Returnal (Image credit: Future)
Sony's first PS5 exclusive delivers the goods

Reasons to buy

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Stunning visuals
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Excellent DualSense support
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Brilliant headphones experience

Reasons to avoid

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Punishingly difficult
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Runs can feel needlessly long
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Repetitive combat

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.

Much like the Finnish developer's previous titles, which include the likes of Outlast and Resogun, Returnal brings Housemarque's signature 'bullet hell' approach to the roguelike genre that has been taking the indie gaming world by storm for the last few years. That 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. 

Thankfully, Returnal does offer a number of permanent upgrades that you can bring with you into each new cycle once unlocked, making progression slightly easier in the process. Along the way, you'll also start to piece together Returnal's surprisingly immersive story, which is just enough motivation to keep you returning for "just one more run..."


best PS5 games – Sackboy: A Big Adventure's Sackboy dressed in winter attire

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Stuffed full of magic

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic level design
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Four-player co-op
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Challenging gameplay

Reasons to avoid

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Somewhat predictable boss fights
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End of level fanfare takes too long
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No online multiplayer at launch

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 impressive, 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 games you can play with friends and family.


best PS5 games – The Nioh Collection's William fighting a spider-like beast

The Nioh Collection (Image credit: KOEI TECMO GAMES)

The Nioh Collection

Celebrating a classic

Reasons to buy

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Includes remastered editions of Nioh and Nioh 2
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4K and up to 120fps
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All DLC included

Reasons to avoid

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Gameplay mechanics aren't for everyone

The Nioh Collection is the ultimate Nioh experience for fans and new players alike. Packing in the remastered versions of both Nioh and Nioh 2, plus all the DLC to date, this definitive collection is the best way to experience the action RPG series.

What's more, thanks to enhancements for PS5, The Nioh Collection features 4K support at up to 120fps. Pair that with super-fast load times on the PS5 and it easily makes for a stunning, brutal and fluid gameplay experience. 


best PS5 games – Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2's skater doing an ollie

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Image credit: Activision)
A nostalgia-filled return to form

Reasons to buy

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Great soundtrack
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Countless challenges to beat
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Gorgeous graphics
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Native 4K at 60FPS

Reasons to avoid

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Sparse create-a-character options
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Some levels haven't aged well
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Online multiplayer is limited

A sublime remake that will feel like a grand homecoming for fans and an exciting revelation for newcomers, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a gnarly return to two classic games and one of the best games to play on PS5.

While Pro Skater already looked fantastic on last-gen consoles, the PS5 makes Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 look stunning and run as smooth as butter, with support for 120fps at 1080p or native 4k at 60fps. In addition, Pro Skater also utilizes DualSense haptic feedback as well as spatialized audio, making that amazing soundtrack sound even better.