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The best PS5 games currently range from family-friendly adventures with fun mascot characters to third-person brawlers with gorgeous graphics. Whether you want an exciting showcase of the PS5s DualSense controller and its abilities or a new action-packed first-person shooter to play through, the PS5 has something for you. 

The PlayStation family of systems has always had an expansive library of games, with thousands of choices for players to choose from. Sony has continued to welcome new and exclusive titles into the fold as well, so the PS5 is the only place to experience titles like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Demon’s Souls or Astros Playroom.

The PS5 is still a fairly  new console, so there are still plenty more games on their way. You can play the best PS4 games on PS5, thanks to the systems comprehensive backwards compatibility. Whether you want to bring your classic favorites to the new console or feel like delving into the past, youll have the ability to do so with the PS5. Running out of storage? Using its internal expansion port, we upgraded our PS5 SSD, and the results were surprising.

Read on to learn about the best PS5 games, and determine which titles are the best for you. 

What are the best PS5 games? 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is arguably the best PS5 game overall. This sequel in the long-running franchise combines gorgeous graphics, instantaneous load times, varied gameplay and a charming story. It also shows off what the DualSense controller can do, with some subtle haptic effects. It feels like the  most comprehensive PS5 game so far.

For superhero fans, Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an excellent choice that follows the titular Miles Morales as he takes on the mantle of Spider-Man while Peter Parker is away, zipping across New York City, beating up the baddies, and navigating his personal and family life while coming into his own as a superhero.

If youre up for a real challenge, Demons Souls is our favorite overall PS5 game right now. This game reimagines the iconic 2009 brutal action RPG from the ground up, with a gorgeous new visual style, a high framerate mode and some welcome quality of life changes, while preserving the uniquely challenging-yet-satisfying loop that made the original so special.

For a great introduction to what the PS5 is capable of, in addition to the components that make up a fantastic platformer for the whole family, pack-in title Astros Playroom is some of the best adventuring anyone can have on the system right out of the box. 

The best PS5 games you can buy today 

1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is not only a great game; its also a fantastic showcase of the PS5s capabilities. This game features rapid load times and subtle DualSense haptic feedback — but those arent the primary reasons why youll want to play it. Instead, Rift Apart will almost certainly win you over with its colorful aesthetics, tight gameplay and heartfelt story. It picks up where Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus left off back in 2013, but also acts as a perfect jumping-on point for newcomers to the series.

With 15-20 hours of gameplay, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart feels substantial without overstaying its welcome. Its also a true PS5 exclusive; its not on PS4, and its not a remake of an earlier PlayStation game. Granted, Rift Apart feels extremely similar to earlier Ratchet & Clank games. But since its a strong formula, that works in the titles favor.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart won best PS5/Xbox Series X game at the Toms Guide Awards 2021 for gaming, as well as a highly recommended honor for best boss level.

2. Demon’s Souls 

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One of the finest and most challenging games on PS3 returns with a fantastic ground-up remake in the form of the PS5s Demons Souls from Bluepoint Games and SIE Japan Studio. It debuted as a launch title for eager PS5 owners, featuring new rings, armor, weapons, and items called Grains that grant temporary resistance to effects like poison or bleeding. Aside from several augments like these, as well as massive gameplay and graphical and visual improvements, the game included tweaks to the original as well as new features that fans of the old could appreciate and new players would be thrilled to explore.

Players enter the bleak world of Boletaria, which was originally attacked by a powerful being known as the Old One. The world was nearly consumed by the Deep Fog as well as the Old Ones powers. Though the Old One was eventually put to sleep and most of Boletaria saved from harm, the Old One wakes up with the fog returning to Boletaria. Those who enter Demons Souls become an adventurer who enters the fog with the intent of defeating the Old One once more to bring peace to the kingdom.

Demons Souls is famously difficult, with dark fantasy elements, frustrating battles, and fulfilling moments that feel like conquering the world when you complete them. It also incorporates multiplayer elements into its single-player game in an ingenious way. Its nothing like any other game youll play on PS5, but its a worthy remake of a game that changed the way wed see dark RPGs for years to come. 

Demons Souls won highly recommended honors for best PS5/Xbox Series X game and best boss level at the Toms Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.

3. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a continuation of Marvels Spider-Man that follows Miles Morales, another hero who also found himself bitten by a genetically-enhanced spider, giving him powers much like Peter Parker. As a fledgling hero, hes still learning the ins and outs of what it means to be the protector of the city. When Peter has to make his way overseas to assist girlfriend Mary Jane with news coverage as her photographer, Miles is left on his own to take over his duties as Spider-Man.

What results is an exciting journey that could double as a new cinematic entry in the world of Spider-Man as the plucky Miles works to offer his efforts to the city as its new protector. He finds himself dealing with The Underground, a tech-centric terrorist group that has a vendetta against the Roxxon Energy Corporation. He also finds himself dealing with the villainous Rhino, The Tinkerer, and a cabal of secrets that slowly unravel as he becomes a hero in the eyes of the people of Harlem.

Its an electric follow-up to Marvels Spider-Man with new moves, missions, and perhaps the best hero this year in Miles Morales that comic fans will enjoy every single moment of, especially thanks to its admirable performance on PS5. Miles Morales offers both a fidelity mode with immersive ray-tracing for realistic reflections and lighting, and a performance mode for fluid 60 frames-per-second web swinging.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales won best music/sound at the Toms Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.

Check out our full Spider-Man: Miles Morales review.

4. Returnal

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Returnal is one of the most niche games on this list. However, if youre a fan of roguelikes, it may also be one of the best. Returnal is a punishing action/adventure game that casts you as Selene: an astronaut who crash-lands on an alien world, and finds herself stuck in a time loop. As you explore the planet, youll encounter all sorts of hostile flora and fauna, as well as records from previous versions of Selene, who failed to escape.

What sets Returnal apart from other action titles is that its a roguelike. Whenever you die (which will be often), youll return to your spaceship and lose just about everything you collected on your previous run. While this makes Returnal very tough, it also makes the game very satisfying, since each new run is procedurally generated, and you never know if youll find the perfect combination of gear and upgrades this time around.

Returnal won a highly recommended honor for best game design at the Toms Guide Awards 2021.

Read our full Returnal review.

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5. Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade is a great game, and sort of exclusive to the PS5. While you can get the core Final Fantasy VII Remake experience on PS4, the PS5 version features improved graphics, better loading times and, most importantly, a whole new episode called Intermission. This two-chapter DLC pack features Yuffie Kisaragi: a fan-favorite party member from the original FFVII, in a totally original story.

Intermission is a fantastic addition to FFVIIR, as it introduces a whole new protagonist with a very different gameplay style from Cloud. Furthermore, the story is full of deep cuts from Final Fantasy lore, which longtime fans will surely appreciate. Beyond that, Intergrade is definitely the way to play FFVIIR, as the technical improvements alone arguably make it worth the price of admission. If youve never played FFVIIR before, this is the way to do it — and if you have, its time to experience Yuffies story.

Read our full Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade review.

6.  Assassins Creed Valhalla 

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The latest entry in the long-running Assassins Creed series explores a previously-untouched setting for its 12th major installment: 873 AD, or the Viking invasion of Britain. It follows a Viking raider named Eivor, who finds himself soon stuck in a conflict between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. This open world adventure follows the familiar format of Assassins Creed game past, as male or female Eivor take the fight to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom.

Its an engrossing setting that pulls players in, with a wide selection of weapons including swords, flails, and dual-wielding with unique pieces of gear. Eagle Vision returns in the form of Odin Sight, and Eivor receives an animal companion with the raven Synin who can be used as a tool to scout each area. The game is split up into a variety of different missions and optional activities, as well as a hub area in the main settlement that players can return to as a base while learning more about both the Vikings and England as a whole. Eivor will learn new skills and abilities throughout his journey as well.

Theres a variety of activities to complete in Assassins Creed Valhalla, including Viking rap battles in the form of flyting, naval combat, settlements, and conquest battles. Its an expansive title with plenty to challenge players with, and it feels particularly great on PS5.

Assassins Creed: Valhalla won a highly recommended honor at the Toms Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.

Check out our full Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review.

7.  Astros Playroom 

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Every PS5 comes with a copy of Astros Playroom as a pack-in title. Much like Nintendo opted to include Wii Sports with its Wii console, Sony includes a pre-installed Astros Playroom with every system, and it was definitely the right decision to do so. This delightful platforming game follows Astro, the same sprightly little robot from PSVRs Astro Bot Rescue Mission, as he explores the innards of the PlayStation 5 across several unique worlds. This upbeat, infectiously happy adventure lets you explore a variety of unique areas themed around different parts of the PS5, all while trying out various features of the DualSense controller.

Throughout each area, Astro can jump into suits that help showcase the controllers abilities, like a monkey suit that lets you use the adaptive triggers or a ball that uses the touch pad to move around, a la Super Monkey Ball. Along the way, Astro uncovers over 60 different cameos from throughout the whole of PlayStations history as well as nods to Sonys console and its storied iterations over the years. Its a 6-hour game thats also a simple Platinum to achieve, but it will keep a smile on your face from the moment you turn on the PS5 until the game ends.

Astros Playroom won a highly recommended honor for best game design at the Toms Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.

Check out our full Astro’s Playroom review.

8.  Dirt 5 

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One of the first racing titles on PS5 is a worthy entry in the Colin McRae Rally series — the 14th, in fact — in the form of Dirt 5. Its also the eighth Dirt game for players following the series, and its first foray into next-gen is well worth jumping into, even if youre more of a Mario Kart or Forza fan. This off-road racing bonanza has you following a variety of different race disciplines, including ice racing and off-roading. Events take place in locations from China to New York City, with no shortage of different areas to race in. Theres also a car for everyone, whether youre into 80s Rally cars to Super Lites or Unlimited. Youve got regular cars, buggies, Beetles, and trucks to contend with, all lovingly rendered and looking absolutely fantastic.

The game features a wide variety of different races modes as well as a career option that features rival racers Bruno Durand and Alex Janicek, voiced by legendary voiceover artists Nolan North and Troy Baker, respectively, as the drivers mentors. Dirt 5 is the best the series has been, and offers a substantial amount of driving for anyone even remotely interested in the sport. Theres plenty to do and see here, and its an excellent game, even for those new to the series.

Check out our full Dirt 5 review.

9.  Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition 

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The story of the demonic Sparda family continues in one of the best entries in the Devil May Cry series since its inception. The game originally debuted last generation, but returns as a next-gen exclusive that adds the villainous Vergil as a playable character alongside a series of new games and seriously impressive performance and aesthetic-related upgrades.

Like Devil May Cry 4, players once again control devil hunter Nero, whos stolen both his demonic arm as well as the sword Yamato. He discovers the source of the uptick in demonic power in Red Grave City (as well as a source for the individual who stole his arm) in a demonic tree called Qliphoth. As it kills people to steal their blood, Nero involves Dante and newcomer V in a bid to destroy Qliphoth at its roots, as well as the demon named Urizen that seems to be at the center of it all.

Playing as Dante, Nero, and V offer three unique play styles in this buffet of magnificent hack-and-slash battles set to electronica and heavy metal. Adding Vergil to the mix adds new content to play through as well as a way to enjoy his alternative playstyle. With ray tracing options, a 120 fps performance mode and the new Bloody Palace and Legendary Dark Knight modes, the Special Edition of DMC5 offers plenty of new ways for players to experience this modern classic.

10.  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 

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The latest entry in the Call of Duty series is just as explosive as ever. The single-player campaign is akin to watching an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster, as its set during the Cold War in the 80s. It follows a group of agents assigned to follow an individual known as Qasim Javadi and Arash Kadivar for their participation in the Iran hostage crisis. It turns out that a Perseus was responsible for making the crisis happen before he was executed. President Ronald Reagan organizes a task force with black ops to find Perseus, including an agent known as Bell that players take on the role of. As Bell, a story unfolds that shifts into trippy, Jacobs Ladder-like territory for one of the most engrossing Call of Duty stories in years.

Gripping gunplay and satisfying combat aside, the Call of Duty narrative breaks away into multiplayer modes that coincide with Call of Duty: Warzone. Its more of the same that players year over year will have come to expect, but much more full-featured and satisfying thanks to next-gen improvements. Moreover, the Zombies mode returns with a story that follows the Tag der Toten continuity. This is the first shooter youll want to play on PS5, and its well worth every second of your time.

11. Godfall

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The PlayStation 5 gets a console-exclusive action RPG in the form of Godfall, and it doesnt disappoint. Set in a fantasy world with five different realms of Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Spirit, players take on the role of a member of the Knights Order to prevent the apocalypse from occurring.

With five different armor sets to choose from, based on a variety of Valorplates, players can opt to master the dual blades, polearm, two-handed war hammer, two-handed great sword, and longsword. Additional customization comes by way of other Valorplates and Augments to change up how each character class plays, which allows for those who jump in to tailor the game more to their own play styles. Its rife with slick, cinematic action as well as looter-slasher concepts that encourage players to defeat enemies for better loot, with a focus on melee attacks and some seriously gnarly brawls.

Whats more, Godfall offers both single-player options as well as co-op with drop-in, drop-out modes that encourage users to play as little or as long as they like and then jump out. That makes it a great candidate for small groups to try out their PS5 and see what it has to offer.

12.  The Pathless 

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Giant Squid managed to create something simultaneously breathtaking and beautiful with The Pathless, a third-person action-adventure where players control the Hunter, tasked with lifting the curse on a massive island. The Hunter is a master archer who must use her talents as well as her pointed bow and arrow skills in a bid to navigate the land while searching for a way to bring peace back to the world. Players must keep an eye on her dash meter and keep it refilled by shooting at talismans found throughout the world. Her eagle companion can carry her short distances as well, which occasionally helps her to explore new areas.

The Hunter can use special Spirit Vision to seek out new areas as well as collect crystals to help her eagle earn new abilities as well. There are a variety of enemies that would seek to separate the Hunter and her eagle, and shell have to dispatch those as quickly as possible. The Pathless is a consistently exciting journey that brings to mind other titles from Giant Squid, like its previous title Abzu, and it will test players in ways they arent expecting. Its also beautiful and grandiose, with a climax thatll have players doing double-takes at the game’s ingenuity. Despite it all, it remains accessible and highly playable. 

13. Sackboy: A Big Adventure 

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The spirit of LittleBigPlanet returns on PS5 with Sackboy: A Big Adventure. This spinoff follows Sackboy as he takes part in a series of 3D platforming levels to explore a wide world made of various materials. This platformer is a jovial good time that not only allows for single-player adventuring, but Sumo Digital created a joyous time for up to four people to play together. It may no longer feature the level creation tools LittleBigPlanet is known for, but at its core, it includes delightful level design and plenty to see and enjoy.

Sackboy must journey to stop the evil Vex from terrorizing the lovely people of Craftworld. To do this, you must complete five different planets, navigating a variety of levels in between. Each area includes thematically unique levels to complete, in the vein of titles like Super Mario Odyssey or modern Crash Bandicoot games. With plenty of collectibles to hoover up, the combination of music and exploration, and Sackboys various costumes to uncover, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an amalgam of everything we loved about LittleBigPlanet and more.

The best PS5 games to watch

The PS5 game lineup is off to a strong start, but there are plenty of big titles to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. Some key exclusives coming over the next few years include Horizon: Forbidden West, God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7. On the third-party front, you can look forward to Far Cry 6.

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