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

By  Vic Hood Contributions from  Stephen Lambrechts , Gerald Lynch , Henry Stockdale , Malindy Hetfeld , Rhys Wood , Adam Vjestica last updated 4 August 22

The best PS5 games to play right now

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In this handy guide of all the best PS5 games you can play right now we have something for every taste. From open-world blockbusters like Elden Ring and Dying Light 2: Stay Human to unmissable indie hits Hades and Disco Elysium, the PS5 has lots to offer.

The PS5 has its fair share of exclusives already, but plenty of the best PS4 games have also received PS5 upgrades, making them look more beautifully and run more smoothly than ever before. Thanks to optional services like Playstation Plus, you can build your library of games in no time. Still, with so many games to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best Playstation 5 games immediately.

With our guide of the best PS5 games, you have a handy list of the best of the best right here at your fingertips, together with options to buy them immediately.

Whether youve always wanted to jump into Final Fantasy 14 or join Miles Morales in his adventures as Spider-Man, here you can see why they among the best PS5 games. Well always also list reasons why a few of these games may not be for you.

We regularly update this guide, so if upcoming releases such as the Callistro Protocol or God of War Ragnarök turn into the big hits we all hope they will be, in time you will find them in this guide, too. Once you found a game you like, dont forget to head over to our roundup ofcheap PS5 game dealsto see if you could make some big savings.

Best PS5 games

Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla   A Viking adventurespecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Funniest game in the series+Eivor is brilliant protagonist+Every hub bursts with life

Reasons to avoid-Huge open-world can feel sparse-Plot never gets you invested-Combat can feel messy

Whether you're sailing onto the shore or ransacking a village,Assassins Creed Valhallarecreates the Viking age with aplomb. If youre a fan of Nordic folklore or simply enjoy plunging an axe into the chest of another man, Valhalla promises to deliver.

The game targets 60fps on PS5, and promises significantly improved load times over the PS4 version. If that wasn't enough, there are drinking competitions where you try to drink your opponent under the table. Skål!

  • Check out our full Assassin's Creed Valhalla review

Astro's Playroom (Image credit: Sony)

Astro's PlayroomShowcasing the DualSensespecificationsColourPurple, WhiteHDRHDRDelivery MediumDownloadRead more Today's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at GameStop (opens in new tab)View at Adorama (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Shows off the DualSense+Family-friendly fun+Comes pre-loaded

Reasons to avoid-Quite short

Astros Playroomis the best pack-in game since Wii Sports, as it perfectly showcases what Sonys new system can do. From the sumptuous, crystal clear 4K visuals, to the pleasing 3D audio, this is a gem of a platformer and its pre-installed on every PS5. Its the way Astros Playroom shows off the DualSense controller, though, that really steals the show.

Youll feel sensations that you didnt know were possible before thanks to Sonys new haptic feedback and adaptive triggers tech, such as what it feels like to walk along different surfaces or fire a Gatling gun. Its a surreal, magical experience, and we recommend booting up Astros Playroom first before you play anything else.Better still, no only is it a genuinely top PS5 exclusive, it's completely free.

  • Astros Playroom will make you fall in love with the PS5 DualSense controller

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

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War    Back in blackspecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Visuals take full advantage of PS5 power+Addictive and immersive gunplay+Multiplayer and Zombies is fantastic

Reasons to avoid-A cack-handed campaign

Another year, another Call of Duty. But what makesCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold Warworth buying? Well, the PS5 version takes full advantage of the DualSense controllers adaptive controllers, recreating the recoil of each individual gun. That means when you fire off a machine gun, the triggers will feedback appropriately.

Of course, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War wouldnt be complete without the walking dead, so youll 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: Vanguard, but it's certainly our favorite Call of Duty game on Sony's latest console.

  • Check out our full Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War review

Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Image credit: Finji)

Chicory: A Colorful TaleWholesome fun for all ages

Reasons to buy+Great fun even if you're not artistic+Heartfelt story+Colorful and charming

Reasons to avoid-Minor accuracy issues at time

Another family-friendly PS5 offering, Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a perfect game for creatives of all ages (though even non-creatives will love this charming adventure). Chicory's world is laid out like a big coloring book, but following the disappearance of the hero who keeps the world in color (Chicory), you come across her magical paintbrush and set about coloring the now black-and-white world by solving puzzles.

Chicory lets you relive the joy of coloring books (even if you're not very good at it) but offers layers beyond simply being a charming top-down adventure game. There's plenty to explore, a heartfelt story to unravel and an abundance of painting mechanics and abilities to unlock.If you're looking for a top PS5 game to put a smile on your face, this indie gem will certainly do that.

Control (Image credit: 505 Games)

Control: Ultimate Edition    Free your mindspecificationsGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Stunning particle effects+Inspired art direction+Crunchy gunplay+Includes DLC plus main game

Reasons to avoid-Starts quite slow-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 Jessie 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 Jessies 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 affinity 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.

  • Check out our full Control review

Deathloop (Image credit: Bethesda)

Deathloop    Happy death dayspecificationsGame Platform


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

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

Deathloopoffers an engaging blend of shooting and stealth in one endlessly looping day.You play as follows 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 out 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.

  • Check out our full Deathloop review

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

Demon's Souls    Delightfully devilishspecificationsColourBlueConditionNew, RefurbishedToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Next-gen visuals+Super-fast load times+Atmospheric locations

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

A true PS5 exclusive,Demons Soulsis arguably the best-looking launch game on PlayStation 5. From the spectacular lighting and hulking bosses to its phenomenal texture detail, its 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 2009PlayStation 3game, Demons 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 test your patience, but Demon's Souls is one of the best PS5 exclusives around.

  • Check out our full Demon's Souls review

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

Destiny 2: The Witch QueenPure, unadulterated funspecificationsColourRedGame PlatformPC,

ConditionNew, RefurbishedToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Fantastic narrative+Clever systems+Plenty of new gear and story quests

Reasons to avoid-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.

  • Check out our Destiny 2: The Witch Queen review in progress

Devil May Cry 5 (Image credit: Capcom)

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition    Dante want to live foreverspecificationsColourRedGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Great character variety+Beautiful visuals+Exceptional soundtrack+Embraces its absurdity

Reasons to avoid-Story has some moments of poor pacing-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 story 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 frame-rate mode. It's definitely one of the best PlayStation 5 games out now.

  • Check out our full Devil May Cry 5 review

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

Disco Elysium: The Final CutA unique RPGspecificationsGame Platform

ConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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

Reasons to avoid-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 doesnt 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 Elysiums vaguely European, vaguely post-Communist city of Revachol, and the award-winning soundtrack equally evocative.

Its not one for action fans  youre primarily engaging in conversation-driven detective work here  but its roleplaying of the highest order, an RPG quite unlike any game youll have ever played. Disco Elysium: Final Cut is easily one of the best games on PS5 right now.

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Dying Light 2: Stay Human (Image credit: Techland)

Dying Light 2: Stay Human    One of the most ambitious zombie games ever madespecificationsGame Platform

ConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Satisfying combat and parkour+Complex RPG mechanics+Beautifully designed world+Decent, branching storyline

Reasons to avoid-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. Aidens search leads him to The City (the last remaining human settlement), where its 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 Mirrors 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 perfect for those who love open-world survival horrors.

  • Check out our full Dying Light 2 review

Elden Ring (Image credit: FromSoftware Inc.)

Elden Ring     Not for the faint heartedspecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

ConditionNew, RefurbishedToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at GameStop (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Outrageously rich open world+Combat to die for+Endlessly inventive

Reasons to avoid-Difficult to learn-Performances issues-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, players hack, slash, dodge, and perfectly time their way through the realm 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 isnt easy. FromSoftwares titles are notoriously challenging and, for some, that simply isnt to their tastes - and thats ok. But that challenge means that every enemy you do takedown, and every inch that you progress, is exceptionally rewarding (perhaps more so than in any other game).

  • Check out our full Elden Ring review

FIFA 22 (Image credit: EA Sports)

FIFA 22     Let's get physicalToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Gameplay overhaul+Visually authentic+Refreshed Career mode

Reasons to avoid-Superfluous new mechanics-Microtransaction overload-Cluttered menus

The latest entry in the long-running soccer sim series, FIFA 22 on PS5 breathes new life into the series 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 predecessor. Its not without the same issues that have plagued the franchise for several years, and a few of its supposed enhancements still feel like superficial additions. Still, FIFA 22 is the first soccer simulator that truly looks and plays like a next-generation experience.

  • Check out our full FIFA 22 review

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade (Image credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade     An old favorite, made brand newspecificationsConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Gorgeous visuals+Combat is excellent+Story additions are amazing+Encourages experimentation

Reasons to avoid-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 5s 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.

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was the perfect way to end my lockdown

Final Fantasy 14 Online (Image credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy 14 OnlineThe best MMORPG available right nowToday's Best DealsCheck Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+The best Final Fantasy story+Tons of jobs and classes to try+Near-limitless activities+Incredibly generous free trial

Reasons to avoid-Subscription fee applies-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 three (soon to be four) substantial expansions.

Final Fantasy 14 has only gone from strength to strength since its 2013 A Realm Reborn relaunch. Its latest expansion, 2019's Shadowbringers, left a hugely positive impression on the MMO landscape with its incredibly deep and heartfelt story, as well as 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.

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

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut    For honorspecificationsGame Platform

ConditionNew, RefurbishedToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Excellent upgrade and DLC+Incredible showcase for HDR+Now includes multiplayer

Reasons to avoid-Can get repetitive-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 frame rate 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.

  • Check out our full Ghost of Tsushima review, and our thoughts on the Iki Island expansion

God of War (2018) (Image credit: Sony)

God of WarKratos is great at raising hell, but can he raise a son?specificationsColourGrey, WhiteGame Platform

ConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)View at GamersGate (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+60fps and a checkerboard 4K resolution+Engrossing and heartfelt story+Characters have depth+Semi-open world offers plenty to explore

Reasons to avoid-A bit slow-paced-No DLC

God of War was already one of the best PS4 games, but a PS5 update has made it better than ever before - which is hard to believe. God of War already looked pretty good on PS4, and originally was locked at 60 fps on PS5 when using performance mode - however using this mode meant that the game's resolution dropped to 1080p, taking some of the shine off its gorgeous graphics.

However, the God of War PS5 update utilized the PS5's true power, allowing the game to run at 60fps and a checkerboard 4K resolution (2160p).It looks absolutely stunning and means it's the perfect time to try of the series' 2018 reboot if you haven't already - or is a great excuse to replay it - before the release of the sequel, God of War: Ragnarok.

  • Check out our full God of War review

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

Gran Turismo 7     The best PS5 exclusive yet?Today's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Stunning graphics+Lightning-fast load times+Superb haptic feedback+Tons of content

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

Gran Turismo 7 restores the racing sim franchise back 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.

  • Check out our full Gran Turismo 7 review

Hades (Image credit: Supergiant Games)

HadesMythologically-infused, stylish funspecificationsGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Comic-like art style+Meaty combat+You can pet the two-headed dog

Reasons to avoid-Requires patience to master-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 rogue-like, 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 for those wanting to see the soap-opera-like drama of the ancient gods play out.

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 rogue-likes around.

  • Hades is the most addicted Ive ever been to a video game

Hitman 3 (Image credit: IO Interactive)

Hitman 3    Perfectly executedspecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

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

Reasons to avoid-Cutscenes dont look the best-Could be more replayable-New camera tool doesnt 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 series 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.

  • Check out our full Hitman 3 review

Horizon Forbidden West (Image credit: Sony)

Horizon Forbidden West    Sony's best "next-gen" game to datespecificationsGame Platform

ConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Walmart (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Great single player story+Incredible graphics+A gorgeous world to explore

Reasons to avoid-Very similar to 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 and a smoother 60fps performance mode.

But for all of the game's breath-taking 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.

  • Check out our full Horizon Forbidden West review

It Takes Two (Image credit: Square Enix)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy    The biggest losers in the universe are trying their bestspecificationsGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Brilliant writing+Genuinely funny+Beautiful environments+Great for MCU fans and complete newbies

Reasons to avoid-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 prove that the age of terrible game 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 marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, team work between characters makes the dream work, both in combat and the story.

Lose money in the neon-soaked streets of an alien planet or take on enemies in environments made entirely of goo - 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.

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Image credit: Sony)

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales    Miles gets a superheros welcomespecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Incredibly detailed visuals+Blazing-fast load times+Ray tracing support

Reasons to avoid-Main story doesnt last long-Challenges can be repetitive-DualSense implementation is fairly limited

A sequel thats more akin toUncharted: The Lost Legacyin terms of scale,Marvels Spider-Man Miles Moralesputs you in the Adidas-branded sneakers of the charismatic and rookie web-slinger, Miles. With Peter Parker off on holiday, its up to Miles to take over the stewardship of New York, and predictably, his first week on the job doesnt go smoothly.

Marvels Spider-Man Miles Morales delivers a blockbuster, cinematic experience that easily rivals Hollywoods best. The games fidelity mode shows off the power of ray-tracing (realistic reflections and lighting) and theres 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 dont need to look much further than Miles debut outing - it's definitely worth playing before the release of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in 2023.

  • Check out our full Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales review

Mortal Kombat 11 (Image credit: NetherRealm Studios)

Mortal Kombat 11 UltimateFight!specificationsGame Platform

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

Reasons to avoid-Goriness may not be for everyone-Krpyt 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 (Image credit: Insomniac Games)

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart    Brilliant, fast-paced funspecificationsGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+New characters have depth+Haptic feedback adds immersion+Traversal is fast-paced+Charming and humorous

Reasons to avoid-PS5 Audio utilization disappointing-A fair few bugs-A lack of optional missions

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is brilliant, fast-paced fun that doesnt 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 controllers 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.

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Resident Evil Village (Image credit: Capcom)

Resident Evil Village    Lycan it a lotspecificationsGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Well-paced story (mostly)+Brilliant use of audio+Inventory management improved+Memorable characters

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

Resident Evil Village is a worthy successor to the critically acclaimedResident 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.

Resident Evil Village is more action-focused than its predecessor - and it's visibly closer to the classic Resident Evil 4 in its moment-to-moment gameplay - but it 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 and gripping story and superb utilization of in-game audio, and Resident Evil Village is one of the best PS5 games around - in fact, it was TRG's Game of the Year 2021.

  • Check out our full Resident Evil Village review

Returnal (Image credit: Future)

Returnal    Sony's first PS5 exclusive delivers the goodsspecificationsColourBlueConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)View at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Stunning visuals+Excellent DualSense support+Brilliant headphones experience

Reasons to avoid-Punishingly difficult-Runs can feel needlessly long-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..."

  • Check out our full Returnal review

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Sackboy: A Big Adventure    Stuffed full of magicspecificationsColourBlackGame Platform

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Reasons to buy+Fantastic level design+Four-player co-op+Challenging gameplay

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventureis probably one of the most important exclusives here. This is a game thats perfect for families thanks to its kid-friendly nature and four-player local co-op (online arrives at a later date), 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, then, one that manages to avoid the common pitfalls that many developers fall into when designing games for younger audiences. Dont sleep on this one as it's one of the best PS5 exclusives you can play with friends and family.

  • Check out our full Sackboy: A Big Adventure review

The Nioh Collection (Image credit: KOEI TECMO GAMES)

The Nioh CollectionCelebrating a classicspecificationsConditionNewToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Newegg (opens in new tab)View at Walmart (opens in new tab)

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

Reasons to avoid-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.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Image credit: Activision)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2    A nostalgia-filled return to formToday's Best DealsView at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+Great soundtrack+Countless challenges to beat+Gorgeous graphics+Native 4k @60FPS

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

A sublime remake that will feel like a grand homecoming for fans and an exciting revelation for newcomers, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a gnarly remake of 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 @1080p or Native 4k @60fps. In addition, Pro Skater also utilizes DualSense haptic feedback as well as spatialized audio, making that amazing soundtrack sound even better.

  • Check out our full Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 review

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (Image credit: Sony / Naughty Dog)

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves CollectionAn upgraded adventureToday's Best DealsCheck Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reasons to buy+PS5 3D audiosupport+DualSense controllersupport+Improved load times+Three visual/performance modes to choose from

Reasons to avoid-Can't switch between games seamlessly

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection sees the excellent Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy remastered for PS5.

The remastered collection boasts graphic updates, including three modes: Fidelity Mode, Performance Mode, and Performance+ Mode. Fidelity Mode sees the collection running in 4K at 30fps, the Performance Mode ups the frame rate to 60fps, while Performance+ Mode allows for 120fps (with a compatible display) but drops the resolution to 1080p. In addition, both games benefit from improved load times,PS5 3D audiosupport, andDualSense controllersupport.

If you've been waiting to play the final chapter in Nathan Drake's saga and its spin-off (or to revisit them) then the Legacy of Thieves on PS5 offers the optimal experience.

  • PS5 is ready for a new Uncharted game  and the Legacy of Thieves collection proves it

Best PS5 games: FAQs

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What is the best PS5 game right now?

This will really depend on what your taste is. While every game on this list is a top PS5 title, Elden Ring is one of the most popular PS5 games right now. You also can't go wrong with PS5 exclusives such as the challenging Returnal, action-adventure Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and time-looping shooter Deathloop.

What is the best PS5 game for kids?

There are a few games on our list that are child-friendly, but our top picks are charming platformer Sackboy: A Big Adventure, the adorable Astro's Playroom and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

Which PS4 games are better on PS5?

A number of PS4 games have been enhanced for PS5, with some benefiting from improved frame rates and visuals that make them both look and play better than before. Just some PS4 games which have had PS5 improvements include God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Forbidden West and The Last of Us 2. But, don't forget, most PS4 games will benefit on PS5 anyways thanks to significantly improved loading times.

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