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The best PS5 games so far


Best PS5 games
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Since the PlayStation 5 was launched in November 2020, the number of games available has increased quickly. As a result, we have available some of the best PS5 games covering different genres such as Fighting, Action-Adventure, Role-playing, FPS, and others, that are keeping many gamers from different backgrounds and tastes engaged with Sony's next-generation machine. In fact, some of them have been so successful and trendy on social media that many followers are creating fan pages sharing all types of information and achieves, or multiple YouTube videos providing tips or helping gamers accomplish different targets. It is essential to remark that some games available for the PS5 are remakes or remastered, but it is worth giving them a chance and more if you haven't played them yet.


In contrast, not every game released for the PS5 deserves to be on the pedestal, as some of them came with multiple bugs, low-quality content, or useless servers that did not meet high expectations. Developers were so concerned about the issue that some games were delayed to avoid being lynched by experts and gamers.


Anyway, let's focus on the brighter side of the business, and I hope that any of these games from Sony and third-party studios will meet your expectations and remain in your mind for years to come.



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The best PS5 games so far


24) Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Tactical shooter, stealth
CI Games
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2
Source: CI Games

While it doesn't have a script connection to its predecessor, it's the direct sequel to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contract

The game features a total of six missions, which are separated into "classic" and "long-distance" missions. The classic missions offer a similar version of the last installment's gameplay, involving a mix of infiltration, close-quarter combat, and stealthy elimination of targets not less than 400 meters (1,300 ft) from you. As for long-distance shot missions, players must eliminate targets beyond 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).


With the multiple challenges, high-quality gameplay, and environments, the game is unmissable if you are a sniper games fan.



23) Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Action / Role Playing Game (RPG)
Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Source: Ubisoft

Featuring numerous main storylines and numerous optional side missions, Valhalla is an open-world, action-adventure game, and Like the previous versions, the game is based on strong RPG mechanics. Set in the 9th century, the game takes place during the Viking invasion of Britain, and the player controls the Viking warrior Eivor, who leads his people against the Saxon King Alfred the Great and his vassal kingdoms.

It is possible to play as Eivor as either a male or female character, and the player can choose their hair, war paint, clothing, and armor.


This is the first game from the series to take advantage of the PS5's advantages and deliver even better graphics, frame rates, and sound quality, with haptic feedback and adaptive trigger effects for a richer experience.



22) Returnal

Adventure game, Third-person shooter

Housemarque

Returnal
Source: Sony Playstation

Returnal is a third-person shooter, and the game combines elements of roguelike and psychological horror genres. In this futuristic science fiction game, the player controls Selene, a space pilot with a high-tech suit and weapons, who is lost on the alien planet Atropos and trapped in a time loop. Every time she dies, Selene is brought back to life, following a pattern of traversing foreign lands and fighting extraterrestrials who have grown their visions in a constantly changing world.


The game is challenging, adding some extra emotions due to its difficulty, but it is also extremely rewarding once you have overcome the obstacles. As for the image quality is fantastic, and if you want to enjoy a true next-gen experience, this game is highly recommended.


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21) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Action / adventure
Insomniac Games
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Source: Sony Playstation

Miles Morales is an open-world, third-person video game featuring a fictionalized version of modern-day Manhattan where Miles' combat and exploration abilities are the primary focus. Miles can freely traverse New York City, interact with other characters, complete missions, and unlock new gadgets and suits as he advances through the main plot or accomplishes tasks. Additionally, the player can complete side missions outside of the storyline to unlock more content and collectables. In combat, enemies are incapacitated by chaining attacks together, utilizing the environment and webs, and avoiding damage.


The main story is engaging but short, therefore, passing the side missions to extend the game is a must. Also, the gameplay is outstanding, with many combos available that you can use against multiple enemies located in different parts of New york. Aside from that, the image quality, the design of the city, and the Dualsense effects are breathtaking.



20) Sifu

Fighting game, Beat 'em up, Action-adventure game
Sloclap
Sifu

Sifu is a third-person view action beat 'em up game involving a kung fu student who sets out to track down a group of five assassins who murdered his master. The game takes place in a contemporary Chinese city, although the magic exists as the student is resurrected on the spot each time he dies. Also, some bosses can share special powers.


Combat in the game is some of the most satisfying you'll ever encounter, but it can be challenging. The player can chain some basic attacks together, but certain combos can give additional tactical opportunities to stun or knock down their enemies.



19) Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Fighting
NetherRealm Studios
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Source: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Kombat 11 is a 2.5D single and multiplayer fighting video game running on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, and a sequel to 2015's Mortal Kombat X. With the return of Fatalities and Brutalities, new features are introduced, such as Fatal Blows and Krushing Blow. Another returning finisher is Mercy, last seen in Mortal Kombat 3, where the winning player can choose to revive their opponent, giving them a small amount of health.


For this legendary game, developers focused on realistic effects and images for the PS5 that won't disappoint. Furthermore, adding iconic guest characters such as Rambo, the jocker, and Robocop, among others, adds a fresh perspective to the traditional characters featured since the beginning of the series.


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18) Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

Sports
Vicarious Visions
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2
Source: Activision

In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, players take on the role of a skateboarder in a third-person perspective, with gameplay influenced by classic arcade games. It is a remaster of the first two games in the Tony Hawk's series with some tricks added from later games. Split-screen and online multiplayer are also included in the game.


To proceed through the game, the player must collect particular items and complete objectives in order to unlock new levels. In addition, aerials, flips, grinds and manuals must be performed and merged successfully to achieve high scores.


It has been excellently remastered as the graphics (120fps at 1080p, 60fps at 4K), gameplay, diverse roster, 3D sound, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and soundtrack are all wonderful, and it's a perfect choice if you are looking for a classic, challenging and rewarding game.



17) Control Ultimate Edition

Third-person shooter, Action/adventure
Remedy Entertainment
Control Ultimate Edition
Source: 505 Games

Control is a third-person perspective and action-adventure genre game that revolves around the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a secret U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying phenomena that violate the laws of reality. The main character's mission is to search for her missing brother and discover the truth behind some events. Jesse Faden can Unleash destruction through transforming weaponry and telekinetic powers and find new ways to annihilate enemies using powerful abilities to turn everything around her into a lethal weapon. The game unfolds an epic supernatural struggle, filled with unexpected characters and bizarre events.



16) Hitman 3

Shooter Video Game /Adventure game / Stealth game
IO Interactive
Hitman 3
Source: IO Interactive

Hitman 3 is a stealth game based on the assassin Agent 47 and is played in third person which includes a Campaign and contracts Mode. Throughout the game, the agent travels to various locations and conducts assassinations using different weapons and resources, as well as stealth techniques. This is in order to hunt down the leaders of Providence, the secretive organization that controls the world's affairs. There are numerous world locations in the base game, including Dubai, Berlin, and Mendoza, among others. Moreover, players who own any of the previous versions will be able to import their maps, levels, and progress into Hitman 3.


The game has terrific graphics with well-designed locations and buildings. Also, the adaptive triggers are available for multiple weapons and supplies.


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15) Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Platformer
Sumo Digital
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Source: Sony Playstation

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a platformer in which players control Sackboy on world maps that let access to many platforming levels and bonus content. As Sackboy passes each stage, new ones open up, allowing him to progress further. All levels contain collectable objects called Dreamer Orbs which must be collected en-masse to move to the end of the game.

All the visuals, gameplay and 3D sound have been massively improved from previous versions. Additionally, the haptic feedback effects add better immersion while playing.

The game also offers a multiplayer option letting up to 4 players to experience the game together either online or local.



14) Judgment

Action / adventure
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Judgment
Source: Sony

Judgment is a third-person perspective action-adventure game that follows a private detective Takayuki Yagami as he investigates a serial murder case utilising innovative investigation systems to uncover the secrets that lie deep in a fictional district called Kamurocho.


During the game, players can combine fighting styles with various skills, weapons, and decisive EX Actions to unlock a whole new level of combat to defeat multiple thugs and yakuza. Also, players can choose between two fighting styles: crane-style, which revolves around groups of enemies, or tiger-style, which revolves around individual opponents. In addition, the character can enter a Rage state where he becomes more powerful in battle and even team up with friends to perform powerful combination attacks. Also, He incorporates parkour techniques into his fighting style, such as wall-running and leapfrogging. By completing achievements or side quests in the main narrative, the player earns points that can be used to enhance Yagami's skills and techniques.



13) Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Action / adventure
Traveller's Tales
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Source: Star Wars

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an action-adventure game developed by Traveller's Tales. It adjusts all nine episodes from the Skywalker Saga film series, plus characters from other Star Wars films and television shows made available as downloadable content. The storyline contains many humorous moments, and the graphics and gameplay are excellent.


Instead of playing through the story in a linear order like most Lego video games, players in this game can start from Chapter I, IV, or VII, unlocking the following chapters, and each episode will have five story missions totalling 45 levels. With the addition of combinations to the gameplay, lightsaber battles, moves that make use of force to control objects and characters, and third-person shooter elements, the combat has been improved from previous titles. A similar gameplay system to Star Wars Battlefront II is also present in space battles.


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12) Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Role-Playing Game (RPG)
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Source: Sega

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a real-time turn-based combat RPG video game developed and published by Sega. In this eighth game in the Yakuza series, you'll find a great narrative, fun gameplay, a unique concept for the JRPG genre, and unforgettable characters.


Ichiban Kasuga, a new protagonist in the Yakuza series, replaces Kazuma Kiryu from the previous game, which focused on the life of a man trying to lead a normal life after being expelled from the Tojo Clan. After being imprisoned for 18 years and betrayed by his former boss, Ichiban embarks on a personal quest to become a hero and discover the reason for his betrayal, along with other playable characters.


As in previous games in the Yakuza series, the player can go on side quests for additional rewards and enjoy various side activities such as karaoke or a new side activity like the Dragon Kart, which is a kart racing game.



11) Resident Evil Village

Survival horror
Capcom
Resident Evil Village
Source: Capcom

Resident Evil Village is a survival horror game in a first-person perspective developed and published by Capcom. While Village maintains the core survival horror elements of the series, the game adopts a more action-oriented video game style than its predecessors. The game delivers stunning graphics, 3D sound, impulsive triggers and several improvements on PlayStation 5.


The video game follows Ethan Winters, who after a fateful encounter with Chris Redfield, finds himself in an explorable Romanian town filled with mutated creatures in an effort to find his kidnapped daughter. Therefore, During the game, it is possible to purchase weapons, upgrades and items from a merchant called a Duke to defeat the multiple enemies in the Village. And in order to manage the inventory, the player has available a briefcase to store valuable items and weapons, which is a system similar to the award-winning Resident Evil 4. In addition, players can also hunt certain animals in the Village that Duke can cook for him and gain advantages such as decreasing damage taken while blocking.



10) Guilty Gear Strive

Fighting
Arc System Works
Guilty Gear Strive
Source: Arc System Works

Guilty Gear Strive is a fighting video game developed and published by Arc System Works. The seventh mainline instalment of the Guilty Gear series features 3D visuals that could be mistaken for hand-drawn anime (2.5D) achieved by further refining the animation technique of the previous games.


The series' charismatic characters have been completely renewed, and many new characters have been added to this title. In addition, the gameplay has been revamped from previous games and features numerous rock songs composed by General Director Daisuke Ishiwatari. There is a story mode designed for Guilty Gear fans as well as anime lovers, offering more scenes and volume than a movie.

The game will appeal to fighting game fans and all gamers as it remains an easy-to-understand system while achieving greater depth than ever before.


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9) Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

Action/adventure, hack and slash
Capcom
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Source: Capcom

Devil May Cry 5 special edition is an action-adventure game developed and published by Capcom for the PS5, with the addition of excellent visuals that have been enhanced with Ray tracing technology and 4K.


As part of the gameplay, Dante and Nero have returned, as well as a new character named V. And if you are familiar with the other titles in the Devil May Cry series, the gameplay is similar to the previous versions, focusing on fast-paced moves with elements of stylish action combat that is typical in the series. In addition, the player can use one character for every mission, even though three characters are available.


The player fights off hordes of demons with various attacks and weapons. Based on multiple factors, such as move variety, the length of a combo, and dodging offenses, fighters are assigned a style rating. In addition, players can buy new abilities for each character whenever they interact with the mechanic Nico or find a statue.



8) Horizon Forbidden West

Action / adventure
Guerrilla Games
Horizon Forbidden West
Source: Screenshot

Horizon Forbidden West is an action role-playing and open-world game developed by Guerrilla Games and is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn which story continues six months after Aloy, the main character, defeats HADES during the events of the first instalment.

The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world.


Composed of rural regions, mountainous areas, forests and deserts, which are recovering from the aftermath of an extinction event caused by a swarm of rogue robots. Aloy can explore the terrain by riding a robot and completing main and secondary quests against hostile machine creatures. Also, she uses multiple weapons and traps to fight and eliminate her enemies. Likewise, you can trade with merchants to sell and buy weapons, armor, among other things.


The gameplay of Horizon forbidden west is outstanding, the graphics are perhaps the best available on the PlayStation 5, the surround sound is fantastic, and the Dualsense controller creates a great sense of immersion with haptic feedback effects, adaptive triggers, and a speaker that adds more enjoyment to the gameplay.



7) Stray

Adventure
BlueTwelve Studio
Stray game
Source: Stray.game

Stray is an adventure game recreated from the third-person point of view. The game focuses on art, atmosphere, and exploration with some open-world elements. The player controls a stray cat capable of jumping and climbing platforms and obstacles, as well as opening new paths by interacting with the environment, clawing at objects, knocking over paint cans, jumping over buckets, or operating a vending machine.


As the narrative progresses, puzzles must be solved to advance, and the game frequently offers cat-like activities, like sleeping, meowing, and snuggling with non-playable characters, which generate responses in the world.


Stray is a unique and beautiful game that immerses players of any age in the perspective of a cat exploring the city. Despite not being very long, it was enjoyable while it lasted.


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6) Demon's Souls

Action, Role Playing Game (RPG)
FromSoftware
Demon's Souls
Source: Sony Playstation

Demon's Souls is an action role-playing game that Bluepoint Games have remade for the PS5 from the original version developed by FromSoftware. This iconic game is the beginning of the Souls series games, including Elden Ring, Bloodborne and Sekiro, and it plays a significant importance in the gaming industry as it marked a soulslike subgenre.


In this remake, the game has improved graphics, gameplay, and the addition of haptic feedback effects that increases the immersion, among other improvements.


In Demon's Souls, players take on the role of a customizable adventurer, and that mission is to explore the land of Boletaria, a world divided into six areas; the Nexus hub world and five other worlds subdivided into four regions which each end in a boss encounter. The character has an initial level that can be improved by obtaining souls from every enemy defeated during the course of the game. Also, accumulated souls can be used to get better weapons, armors and valuable objects. The Combat depends on a stamina level and relies on timing for weapon strikes and blocks, with various weapons available but limited to carry in this version.



5) Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Platform, third-person shooter
Insomniac Games
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Source: Sony Playstation

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a third-person shooter platformer video game set in a futuristic science fiction universe that features Ratchet and his sidekick Clank (a robot) travelling the exotic worlds of a fictional galaxy aboard a spaceship.


Ratchet, a native of the planet Fastoon, is the player's character that uses a wrench in hand-to-hand combat and a vast arsenal of weapons. Clank, Ratchet's robotic sidekick and second main character, is usually strapped to his back and uses various features to enhance Ratchet's movements.


The game has some of the best visual effects and gameplay you can expect from the current generation console.


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4) It takes two

Action/adventure, Platform
Hazelight Studios
It takes two
Source: EA

It Takes Two is an amazing action-adventure video game, winner of the game of the year in the Game Awards 2021 and without a doubt one of the best PS5 games available. It takes two is a cooperative split-screen multiplayer title, meaning that it requires two players to cooperate to progress by using multiple acquired abilities, either locally or through online play. In addition to a large number of minigames, the game features many game mechanics from different video game genres.


The game is well recommended to play with family or friends as the game is framed in cooperation, each player will receive a unique skill that when combined will allow them to beat multiple challenges and bosses. Also, as the player's mission is to prevent a couple's divorce and avoid the distress for their daughter, it can be an immersive experience for some.


3) Hogwarts legacy

Action, Role Playing Game (RPG)
Avalanche software
Hogwarts legacy PS5
Source: Avalanche Software

Hogwarts legacy is an RPG that is undoubtedly one of the best games you should try on the PS5 as the story, gameplay, customization, image quality, and other technical aspects are top-class. The game takes place during the late 19th century in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the player controls a student who learns to wield magical abilities and items. Wizarding World locations such as Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, and Hogsmeade are accessible to players. You can also explore Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw Common Rooms, which have yet to appear in other media.


Players level up by completing challenges in the game. The challenges include combat, quests, exploration, field guide pages, and the Room of Requirement. The four Hogwarts houses play a role in the game's plot, but the player's actions do not affect their points. Moreover, the game offers elements of environmental customization; as players progress, they can alter their Room of Requirement.


Players can also customize the character's appearance, gender, and Hogwarts House during character creation. In addition, players can select their characters' voices and body types and add accessories, such as glasses.



2) Elden Ring

Action, Role Playing Game (RPG)
FromSoftware
Elden Ring
Source: Screenshot

Similarly to the previous Souls series, Elden Ring is an action role-playing game that focuses on exploration and close-ranged melee combat with a progressive increase of skills, weapons, magic abilities, and blocking and evading mechanics. This open-world game allows players to explore the Lands Between, which is a vast domain ruled by Queen Marika, and its six primary areas, including palaces, castles, caverns, and catacombs. These main areas are explorable using a horse called "Torrent" as the primary mode of transportation and the ability to fast travel outside combat. Players face multiple enemies throughout the game, including the main bosses that rule each area. The game also includes a multiplayer option that allows players to call for assistance during battles in certain areas, and it has an invasion option where you can battle other players.


Elden Ring is one of the best PS5 games as it has magnificent graphics, bosses and characters well designed, gameplay and sound effects that have impressed many players and critics, and it is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys building up characters, playing challenging games, and discovering a wide range of locations. Furthermore, since the game's difficulty is above average and not adjustable, the reward sensation after defeating any main and secondary boss is very satisfying.


If this game is your first souls game, some video tutorials can be useful on YouTube as some mechanics and rules can be confusing for some.


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1) God of War Ragnarök

Action-adventure, Role Playing Game (RPG)
Santa Monica Studio

GoW Ragnarök is an Action-Adventure game played in a third-person perspective and is the sequel to the successful 2018's God of War. Featuring Kratos and his teenage son Atreus, the game is based on Norse mythology and set in ancient Scandinavia, and covers Ragnarök, a significant event in Norse mythology that was predicted to occur after Kratos killed the god Baldur, who was the son of Odin and Freya, in GoW 2018.


The gameplay in Ragnarök is similar to the previous instalment GoW 2018. Combo-based combat is combined with puzzles and RPG elements in the game. In addition to Kratos' two main and traditional weapons, the famous magical battle axe and his double-chained swords, he acquires a magical spear, a wider variety of shields, and new armour sets. As well as Atreus, other characters can be passively controlled in order to assist Kratos during combat. Also, for the first time in the series, specific story missions let the player fully control Atreus, and he uses his magic bow as a weapon, similar to Kratos. A greater variety of enemies and mini-bosses is also present in this game.


God of war Ragnarok is currently the best game for the PS5 due to its impressive image quality, which is probably the best so far. Additionally, it has a compelling story combined with a great gameplay, exceptional 3D sound quality, and excellent performance settings. Also, the game utilizes haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to enhance immersion.


It is highly recommended to play God of War 2018 first, as it will help players to understand the story and its multiple characters better.



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