It’s now been several months since the release of the Sony PlayStation 5 in November 2020. Usually, games available at console launches leave something to be desired. With this launch, there are actually quite a few PS5 games that are extremely fun to play. There are also a few games that released with tons of glitches that need to be worked out or gameplay that fell short of expectations. In this article, however, we’re going to look at the best PS5 games you can buy right now.
The best PS5 games:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best PS5 games regularly as new ones launch.
- Fantastic looking graphics
- Incredibly fast load times
- Challenging bosses
- Combat feels smoother and graphics look better, but nothing else has really changed in the remake
- Get ready to die… a lot
Demon’s Souls for the PS5 was one of the most highly anticipated launch games, and it did not disappoint. It’s hands down one of the best PS5 games. A remake of the 2009 classic, this game delivers great visuals and challenging gameplay that’ll keep you busy for a while.
Like many games on the PS5, you have different gameplay modes to choose from; you can either play in native 4K at 30 frames per second or dynamic 4K at 60 frames per second. Basically, if you want more fluid combat, choose the 60 frames per second gameplay mode. This souls game is just like any other souls game in that the core combat and boss fights are incredibly challenging. If you’re the kind of gamer who likes games that punish you and push you to be better, Demon’s Souls is the perfect game for you.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Super fast load times
- Beautiful gameplay graphics
- Nifty new powers to try out as Miles Morales
- Short game for a high price
- No new setting to explore
- Repetitive challenges
The next installment in the Spider-Man series was highly anticipated and ended up being one of the best PS5 games. Although Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a lot shorter than expected, the game still delivers fantastic new powers, smooth gameplay, and brilliant visuals. The game is highly cinematic and really pulls you further into the Spider-Man universe.
This is another one of those games that lets you choose between a graphically enhanced 30 frames per second version of the game (with ray tracing) and a smooth 60 frames per second version. The familiarity of the original Spider-Man game makes this a great game to unwind with at the end of the day. It’s super easy to finish and will probably make you want to earn all the available achievements.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Such beautiful graphics
- Plenty to do in the world
- Eivor is a great, fun protagonist to follow
- Massive open-world can sometimes feel overwhelming
- The story can become a bit boring after a while
The next game in the Assassin’s Creed series follows Eivor, a viking clan leader, along his travels. You get to build a new settlement, forge alliances, and so much more in this huge game. While the expansive open-world aspect of this game will be appreciated by many, it can also be a turn-off to some simply because there’s so much to do.
Plus, here’s a first: you can choose to make Eivor male, female, or there’s an Animus option that switches between male and female default characters at specific points throughout the game. If you’ve played and enjoyed any of the Assassin’s Creed games before, this next installment will surely be a hit with you.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
- Great for the whole family
- Fun and challenging puzzles
- Uniquely styled platformer
- Doesn’t utilize the DualSense a whole lot
- Some consumers may be expecting another installment of the Little Big Planet series; this is a brand new game featuring Sackboy
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is not the next installment in the Little Big Planet series. It is, however, a wonderfully charming platformer that’s perfect for the whole family. Up to four players can play locally and you can customize your character’s skin and outfit.
Although compared to huge titles like Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales, Sackboy may seem like one to skip, but you really shouldn’t. This game is light, a palate cleanser if you will, and made really well, easily putting it up there with the best PS5 games so far. There’s an interesting story to follow as you traverse the worlds within the game and try to stop the plans of the evil Vex. But the puzzles and levels within each world are what will keep you coming back for more.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Gorgeous graphics
- A fun, charming story for the whole family
- Different weapons utilize the DualSense well
- The character development could be better
- Fairly short game for a high price
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the next game in a classic series that follows Ratchet and Clank on an interdimensional adventure. You can jump between worlds, which feels buttery smooth on the PS5, and play as either Ratchet or Rivet, a new female Lombax.
The story is charming and comedic, the gameplay feels great, and it’s just an overall great game to add to your collection. Plus, it looks beautiful. Of course, PS5 games are going to have visual enhancements, but this game is unbelievably gorgeous to look at.
It Takes Two
- Multiple gameplay experiences
- Beautiful world
- Interesting narrative and characters
- There were times where a character or the story could have used a little more work, but these moments were rare
It Takes Two is a must-play co-op indie adventure. If you have someone to play this with, it could easily be your game of the year. There’s so much to explore and experience in this game and, although it seems like it may get repetitive, it’s always fresh and exciting enough to keep you entertained.
There’s a story to follow, puzzles to complete, a world to explore, and so much more in this quaint indie game. It Takes Two is extremely polished and a game that hopefully everyone gets the chance to experience.
- Easy game to finish
- Interesting characters and storylines
- Fun puzzles
- Short story
Bugsnax is such a strange game, but so delightful at the same time. In the game, you play as an investigative journalist tasked with figuring out what Bugsnax are and what happened to the person who invited you to Snaktooth Island.
In this quest to uncover multiple mysteries, you get to catch and collect Bugsnax, similar to Pokémon. To catch each Bugsnax, you have to learn their likes and dislikes and utilize different equipment and strategies to catch them. The puzzles are fairly simple and make the game a relaxing option after a stressful day.
Also, the characters and their side quests make the game extra special. Although the storyline of Bugsnax isn’t revolutionary, it was entertaining. Each character is given a unique personality and an interesting storyline to match.
- Gives you a great idea of everything the DualSense can do
- A kid-friendly option
- It’s free!
- Runs down DualSense battery quickly
- More of a demonstration than a game
Astro’s Playroom is an adorable introduction to the PS5 and the features of the DualSense controller. The game is free and comes pre-installed on your console, whether you go for the PS5 Digital or the PS5 Standard. There are a few different areas within the game, based on the hardware components that make up the PS5, like the GPU and CPU. And scattered throughout the game, there are multiple easter eggs of previous PlayStation classics and their characters.
Overall, the game is fairly short and is more of a demonstration than a full-fledged game. But that’s not to say it’s not fun to play. I would highly recommend playing Astro’s Playroom for at least a few hours when you first get your PlayStation 5. This game does a great job of showing you all the nifty aspects of the DualSense controller and introduces you to Astro, a character that I think will stick around in the PlayStation universe for years to come.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- DualSense adaptive triggers show off
- Campaign is enjoyable
- Easy to pick up and put down
- Really short campaign
- A bit buggy right now
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is yet another installment in the Call of Duty series. There’s nothing truly new and inventive in this edition, but it’s still a great game to own on your new console. The campaign is great, although a bit short. At launch, the online multiplayer and zombie modes were a bit buggy and still are today. Once the kinks are worked out, the game looks fantastic, and online multiplayer will be the most frequently used mode of the game.
The gunplay also feels great, thanks to the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback on the new DualSense controller. So when you fire off a shot from a machine gun, the triggers will adapt appropriately and make you feel like you’re firing a machine gun.
- Looks absolutely gorgeous
- DualSense shows off with the in-game archery
- Captivating world, puzzles, and storyline
- Can feel aimless in between objectives
The Pathless follows an archer and an eagle along their journey in a massive forest. Your goal in the game is to help get rid of a curse that has a grip on the world. You do this through solving puzzles, fighting bosses, and making your character stronger.
The archery in this game really shines due to the new features of the DualSense controller. When you’re getting ready to shoot an arrow, you can feel the tension building while you aim and shoot. If mythical, visually enticing adventure games are your thing, you need to pick up The Pathless.
- A captivating story
- Challenging, but rewarding gameplay
- Fun to explore
- Roguelike gameplay, which isn’t for everyone
- Brutal learning curve
Returnal isn’t going to be the perfect game for everyone. But for those who are into roguelike gameplay and third-person shooters, this game is awesome. It’s difficult, for sure, but the gameplay is super rewarding.
You do kind of have to let go of the idea of trying not to die because, well, you’re going to die a lot. You have to learn how to just enjoy the gameplay for its smoothness and inventiveness.
There’s definitely a learning curve to this game, but the learning is where the fun’s at. You learn the game’s nuances and fall in love with the story and the mechanics in the process.
Resident Evil Village
- Super scary, as a RE game should be
- Graphics look amazing
- Lady Dimitrescu
- Story could be richer
- Not the best in the game series
If you haven’t played Resident Evil 7, you’ll probably want to play that before playing Resident Evil Village. There is a recap of the major plot points of 7 when you first start up RE VIII, but if you have time to play 7 first, it’s recommended.
Resident Evil Village is the latest installment of a classic horror, survival game series. Although it may not steal the spot for best Resident Evil game of all time, it’s worthy of your time and looks especially wonderful on the PS5.
There’s creepy gameplay, action-packed scenes, and of course, Lady Dimitrescu, the 9-foot tall vampire lady everyone’s been talking about. If horror isn’t your thing, you might want to sit this one out. But if you’re on the verge of wanting to try out a horror game or you’re a fan of previous RE games, definitely pick this one up.
There have been a few games released for the PS5 that are good options, but not the best options, like Godfall and Watch Dogs Legion. These two games fell short of expectations upon release and currently aren’t the best games you can play on your brand new PS5. And then, of course, the next-gen update for Cyberpunk hasn’t even been released yet, so it’s not going on this list.
Then there are a few games that look and play fantastic on the PS5, but aren’t new games, like Spider-Man Remastered, God of War, and other games in the Classics Collection on PS Plus. The PS4 games in the Classics Collection truly look and feel great, many of them at 60 frames per second.
All of the games listed below are good options to check out if you’ve already exhausted the list above of the best games for the PS5.
- PS4 Classics Collections with a PS Plus subscription
- Spider-Man Remastered
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Hitman 3
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before more exciting games are released for the PS5. A few games we have to look forward to in the near future include Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, Resident Evil Village, and Far Cry 6.