The 25 Best PS5 games to justify your next-generation PlayStation purchase

The 25 Best PS5 games to justify your next-generation PlayStation purchase

The best PS5 games introduce brand new experiences to a brand new console, combining the latest PlayStations innovative haptic feedback with Sony''s extensive roster of talented developers and third-party connections to create an amazing lineup of games.

The PS5 is also the best place to play a number of multi-platform and multiplayer games, so you''ll find the cream here.

On your shiny new PS5, you may also play the majority of the top titles from the previous generation, so you may check out all of the previous highlights here.

However, as we want to keep our focus on the next generation of PlayStation, we will steer clear of older games that do not specifically have a PS5 upgrade, and otherwise things would begin to look somewhat familiar.

Upgrades to PS5 can range from a 4K graph upgrade, improved performance, new costumes, cosmetics, or DLC, or even new missions and story content.

These are the best PS5 games, including exclusives in no particular order.

The 25 best PS5 games

Returnal is a challenging, frenetic action game that has altered levels, beautiful effects, and a deep, esoteric narrative that is as captivating as it is mysterious.

Housemarque, a Finnish developer, has successfully combined both the gameplay and narrative elements of Returnal. An amazing big-budget approach to the rogue-lite genre where you start back at the beginning of the game every time you die.

This is one of the best early examples of the PS5 adaptive trigger technology that has a profound practical effect on how you manage a game where weapons have different fire modes depending on how hard you press the trigger, and the controller sounds and haptic feedback suit the Alien-inspired retro sci-fi aesthetic wonderfully.

Returnal boasts one of the best mid-game twists literally of all time, and while it is a real head-scratcher at some points, the ambiance is almost second to none.

This latest entry in the venerable series demonstrates that vampire and werewolf stories are even better when they''re long in the tooth.

Resident Evil Village is an absolute must play on PS5, even if you''re not usually a horror fan thanks to its superb visuals, a sense of calm and a clumsy shooting experience.

Where less thought games depend heavily on jump scares and frightening ghoulies, Village has those as well as stunning, chilling environments, a tense and well-balanced combat, and a slew of memorable set-pieces.

With both the first game and this extended PS5 upgrade, the Spider-Man license was a fantastic purchase for PlayStation, and Insomniac Games absolutely knocked it out of Citi Field.

With the ultimate version of the game, combining both a remastered version of the original and the new Miles Morales campaign, that''s a huge amount of superhero goodness that will feature your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

While the original stories inspire comic book and movie ideas, swinging around the busy streets of New York is as joyous as it should be.

The modern Hitman games have been rated as a series, and Hitman 3 is the best of the bunch.

As you stalk the murderous sandboxes following assassination photographs that make you feel really clever, you discover new options, solutions, and weapons that allow future runs to play completely different than your first attempt.

Moreover, if you have already purchased the first two games or purchased them on PS+ in the years, you may import all of the previous levels and access them from the same location.

The ultimate edition of Control, which is improved for PS5, and now includes all of the post-launch DLC, is easily one of the coolest games out there, combining brain-melting scifi with snappy action and strikingly stylized visuals.

Jesse Faden is stalked by her as she enters The Oldest House, the headquarters of the mysterious Federal Bureau of Control, and is divested into a situation that is far beyond her grasp.

Once you have started, Controls brainworms will not be leaving any time soon.

Cole Vahn is trapped in a time loop, and there''s only one way to go: assassinate all of the Blackreef Visionaries in one day to break the cycle.

The only concern is that they will not go down without a fight.

Arkane Studios have an elegant design, so it''s no surprise that Deathloops narrative-action-puzzle is one of the most popular PS5.

Discovering the secrets of Blackreef across 4 districts, each with unique encounters and activities throughout the day, is like a top-tier sleuthing as you pick up new items of the puzzle day by day.

Deathloop, which takes you to the ground, gets more challenging, but there''s another twist. Throughout the day, youre also being hunted by Blackreef chief of security Juliana, an intelligent enemy with all the same time-twisting powers as Cole.

Do you know what''s more exciting than being the world''s greatest detective solving a murder? Being a terrible detective who lost their gun, their memory, and their dignity in a cold seaside town who also solves a murder.

Disco Elysium''s final cut, complete with new voice acting and quests, is now available on PS5, giving console players the opportunity to experience this utterly unique adventure.

Disco Elysium is about as complex and strange as games are getting in the best possible way, revealing dark and adult themes with idiosyncratic gallows humour.

While its gameplay isn''t the most basic and the gacha-game character acquisition isn''t the most satisfying, there''s still something really satisfying about Genshin Impact''s glitzy, anime world.

The amount of content you get in what appears to be a free-to-play game is quite remarkable, from its striking visual appeal to its astounding map. Especially when it comes to RPGs, the amount of content you receive is somewhat overdue.

When the entry barrier on Teyvat is so low, it makes even more sense to dip a toe in Teyvat. Plus the game looks amazingly good on PlayStation 5 thanks to its 4K upgrade.

This second gen update to Final Fantasy 7 Remake accelerates the stunning graphics fidelity to even greater heights.

Contrary to a lot of rereleases, here''s not paying for a bog standard remaster with a fresh lick of paint over an old game with no mechanical upgrades; a remake is really a remake.

This is a completely new game that involves reconstructed environments, modern combat, and a vast journey to explore.

Fallen Order, a Star Wars Jedi, has an incredible, authentic Star Wars action, along with an engaging, original story that captures some fan-favorite characters and locations, without diving too deep into the mire of fan service.

It''s heavily influenced by the Dark Souls games with tough, respawning enemies, upgrade points that disappear on death, and frequent checkpoints where you refresh, replenish, and improve your abilities.

Kal Kestis is a Jedi padawan who was pushed into hiding after Order 66 at the end of Revenge of the Sith. With Imperial Jedi hunters on his tail, he decides to step up and make a difference in his combat against the Empire, with his quest taking him everywhere from the lush jungles of Kashyyyk to the deserts of Dathomir.

The Forgotten City, which was originally designed as a downloadable quest guide for Skyrim, is a unique little detective game in which you can uncover the hidden Roman settlement''s hidden hidden gem.

There''s a lot of interwoven stories, all building up to an incredible conclusion you wont forget in a hurry.

This is a limited-group indie game that is intended to be more manageable than many big-budget games.

Over a pleasant weekend, you may finish The Forgotten City, making it a brief, well-formed package that you can get to grips with.

Hades is a brilliant rogue-lite with a lot more to discover than you first discover. With its new approach to Greek mythology, superb voice acting and fast-paced beat-em-up gameplay, Hades is a fantastic pick for a class.

Prince Zagreus wants to escape the underworld, but hell must make it through his father Hades goons floor after floor to do it.

The greatest enemies and climactic bosses seem impossible in the beginning, although as you improve your stats, become more acquainted with your weaponry, and learn the best techniques to take advantage of your enemies weaknesses, you progress further and further.

Hades is a beautiful indie game with a lot of energy.

Dying Light 2 is one of the first large-scale open world games to be released on next-gen consoles, and its immense scale and enemy density make it worthwhile to look if nothing else.

With hordes of shambling zombies to smash, tons of loot caves to sneak through, and a twisty story that draws a lot of attention from popular television, there''s a lot of open world content to chew through, with the added benefit of exhilarating first-person parkour.

Since Techland is technically an independent developer and Dying Light 2 is self-published, it''s kind of an indie game, only one with a budget that is larger than a traditional release.

It can be a bit rough around the edges. Even if Dying Light 2 isn''t a perfect experience, it is a memorable one.

Sifu, a classic revenge story, has sparked a fascination with every great kung-fu film ever shown.

The flow of combat feels so instinctual and reflexive when you have wrapped your head around the complicated button-per-limb concept. It''s not an easy game, but beating up hundreds of goons with your bare hands isn''t easy.

Horizon''s second adventure is coming back and bigger than ever. This time, Aloy must flee into the wilds of the Forbidden West seeking answers hidden in old world ruins.

Horizon: The West is as vast as it is beautiful, owing to its huge diversity across its diverse biomes, from dense forest to a dry desert and a frozen, wintry tundra.

It''s not only a fantastic game to show off PS5''s visual skills, but the story is full of fantastic performances, and while the side content can be somewhat pedestrian, there''s a lot of fun to watch.

Horizon is a blockbuster series, but the combat is far from the most powerful single button mashing you see in a slew of big games. Aloy is a master hunter and uses stealth, explosive traps, and elemental ammo to freeze, immolate, or electrify her foes.

The bow is as sharp as an arrowhead, and ripping bits - which you can collect and use to create new equipment - from giant machine creatures never become old.

What can I say about Elden Ring that hasn''t been told already?

A real phenomenon, with a clear desire, which is expected to take its place in the world of famous games of all time.

Elden Ring excels in becoming the most accessible From Software game and the largest, with a more conventional open-world structure and more present storytelling, allowing players to experience the best parts of the Souls series more effective than ever.

There''s so much to uncover in The Lands Between, so many quests to unravel, items to hoard, and arcane knowledge to learn, but Elden Ring never loses the beauty and mystery that makes its world feel so organic.

On the more visceral side, From Software''s trademark difficulties is still there - if slightly reduced by new mechanics and quality of life improvements - and theres nothing quite like the satisfaction of defeating the latest in a long line of epic bosses on what feels like your millionth attempt.

Gran Turismo is a PlayStation racing platform.

While long-time fans believe that some of the racing power has been lost to modern live service design, there is no denying that Gran Turismo 7 looks frankly insane on PS5, with recent advances in global illumination making it seem uncanny in places.

There are loads of cars to choose from: from the type of hatchback your cool uncle might have to exotic sports cars that only persons under investigation can afford.

If youre not a racing game, there is still a long single-player campaign here.

GTA 5 is destined to surpass even Keith Richards and cockroaches, the game that refuses to die.

The PlayStation 5 is now the perfect place to play Grand Theft Auto 5, and this is especially the immensely popular - if you are concerned about it in the gaming world - GTA Online.

The internet mode is also available on PlayStation, meaning you can easily hit the heists and story missions without the base game.

The Ascent, a narrator, has been developed as a cyberpunk twin-stick shooter in the traditional form of Schwarzenegger, Paul Verhoeven, and Blade Runner films.

As an indentured corporate worker climbs the ranks toward freedom by shooting down any unfortunate meat in your ultra-violent style, you explore a vast, breathtakingly lit, and quite diverse alien world.

This one explores all of the cyberpunk games available, including the themes, the character, and the amount of flying guts.

The LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga takes a whistle-stop journey through a faraway galaxy, which is far beyond beyond the ordinary.

With hundreds of characters to collect, puzzles to solve, and tons of planets and space systems to explore, there are more activities to play through than you can shake a lightaber at. So even though the campaign progresses at a certain speed, there is a lot to keep your attention in the whole package.

This LEGO Star Wars isn''t just an expensive YouTube parody, although there must have been a huge temptation to cover a lot of ground in cutscenes, and the sheer amount of unique character mechanics and set pieces, from pod racing to dogfighting in the Millenium Falcon, make this latest LEGO Star Wars one of the most complete experiences ever.

It might seem like a kid game, but Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart is a fantastic PlayStation exclusive for everyone.

With some of the most powerful and beautiful environments we''ve ever seen on a games console, as well as a roster of explosively over-the-top weapons, this is one of the best games to show off your new acquisition - all with incredible detail on a 4K TV.

It''s also a game that takes the perfect DualSense pad to enhance shooter gameplay, as well as increase fun and immersive controller sounds.

God of War is even better on PS5 thanks to improved visuals, performance, and new 4K graphics modes.

If you have never played this terrible game before, come for the best-in-class, bone-cracking third-person combat and stay in the rich world, filled with norse mythology, as well as the great performances throughout the deep and affecting story.

Don''t skip the bundled-in Astros Playroom, which includes your PS5.

It''s a really engaging platformer in its own right, showing off all of the new and innovative things that your console can do.

Other things to say is that you can download it whenever you want and give it a try.

After so many iterations in the 1990s, it wasn''t wonder why the series was out of work, but with the remakes of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2, which are now available on next-gen consoles, it''s back and almost perfect as ever.

These games combine everything that was fantastic about the originals into a product that is fresh enough to make something fresh and exciting again.

Ob you know nothing about skateboarding or live on four wheels, this is a engaging and endlessly replayable sports game that anyone can get down with.

With a reboot of Skate 4, the Hawk-ster has been on the way. More remakes? More original stories? Either way, it''s great to see fans deservedly eager for a new Tony Hawk game again.

Not everything must be a white-knuckle, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride through some dystopia or another.

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is a chill game based on a strange dog restoring color to their white paper world, using a magical paintbrush to paint inside the lines, solve puzzles, and defeat bosses.

It''s sweet, contemplative, and quickly becomes more narratively complex and intriguing than it first appears. Chicory: A Colourful Tale is another smaller game that does not outstay its welcome, but that only scratches that RPG itch without taking months on end.

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