best ps5 games

The PlayStation 5 has been available to buy since November 2020 and it’s been joined by some incredible titles, with innovative ideas and narratives being brought to life by the next-gen graphics. But what are the best PS5 games you can buy right now?

We’ve reviewed all of the greatest PS5 games over the last couple of years and assembled a list of the cream of the crop. There’s a huge variety here, from the terrifying Resident Evil to the family-friendly Ratchet and Clank.

And that’s without even mentioning some upcoming games that haven’t reached shelves yet, like God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West, which are both PlayStation exclusives expected to arrive this year.

But if you can’t wait that long, here are 10 of the best PS5 games to play right now.

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Demon’s Souls

A gorgeous remaster of the game that preceded Dark Souls

Pros

  • A stunning remake of a classic
  • One of the most visually impressive games ever made
  • Combat is brutal, unforgiving and wonderfully satisfying
  • Exploring the Kingdom of Boletaria is a melancholic joy

Cons

  • DualSense implementation can be underwhelming

Demon’s Souls is the complete remake of FromSoftware’s 2009 classic by Bluepoint games. It was one of the first titles to be released exclusively for the console and the next-gen graphics bring this game to life. 

This game won’t be for everyone; the road to the Kingdom of Boletaria is difficult and not very forgiving, with crimson-eyed gargoyles and disgusting abominations that will try and thwart your character at every turn. You will need perseverance and cunning to make it through alive, but with a 5-star rating and such an immersive world, it is definitely an RPG worth checking out. 

Demon’s Souls more than lives up to the original and it proudly takes its place next to titles like Dark Souls and Bloodborne as one of the genre’s greatest offerings, while also being one of the very best PS5 games available.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Demon’s Souls review

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

A fantastic adventure for players of all ages

Pros

  • Fast-paced combat, with a variety of zany weapons
  • Platforming, puzzles and mini-games provide great variety
  • Takes advantage of PS5’s upgrades
  • Next-gen visuals and enjoyable story

Cons

  • Recycled boss battles become repetitive towards the end
  • Upgrading guns can feel like a chore

You know that the winner of the Trusted Reviews 20201’s Best PlayStation Game had to get a shoutout; Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is one of the best entries in the series to date. The 4K visuals and ray tracing support mean that the game is packed with detail, so you can find something new in every frame. 

This game is family-friendly and can be played by pretty much anyone. The fantastic pacing and variety of puzzles keep the game feeling fresh, with an abundance of pocket-universe areas to explore for all the competitions out there. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a title that everyone should have in their PS5 library; it perfectly takes advantage of the next-generation console and offers up a brand new adventure that anyone can enjoy.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart review

Deathloop

A time-bending thriller

Pros

  • Uses the time loop concept to great effect
  • Supernatural abilities are a joy to use
  • Plenty to discover in each hub world
  • Multiplayer element adds some thrilling chaos

Cons

  • Can get repetitive towards the end
  • A small number of technical issues

Deathloop is one of the most innovative AAA games we’ve seen in a while; Arkane Studios threw away the formula and created an interesting narrative with explosive gameplay. With a Groundhog Day type time loop mechanic, your character is tasked with killing eight targets before the end of the day. 

Seeing as this game puts you in the same position every day, you’ll become very familiar with the island of Blackreef, giving you more time to appreciate the beautiful graphics and cartoony artwork. 

This is a very rewarding game, not only can you take on a different plan of attack each playthrough, but the way the world changes and morphs over time means it always feels new and engaging when you dive back in.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Deathloop review

Resident Evil Village

The best horror game on the PS5

Pros

  • Creepy setting that oozes atmosphere
  • Fun new survival mechanics
  • Mercenaries mode is a nice addition for fans

Cons

  • Not as scary as Resi 7
  • Campaign is a little short

Resident Evil Village is one of the best entries in the franchise, boasting HDR graphics so you can see the gooey mouldy monsters in high definition. Village takes on a first-person view, which amps up the narrative to a more personal level. 

Speaking of, you will be treated to Bram Stoker type environments, with gothic towers and skulking werewolves. The protagonist, Ethan Winters, likes to shoot and slash his way through the game, with less emphasis on stealth meaning that you have even more opportunities to tackle your enimines head-on, which really adds to the scare factor. 

If you fancy a horror game, this is one the best PS5 games to buy. Not only is there a gripping and spooky story to follow, but blood and gore have never looked this good on this console.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Resident Evil Village review

Life is Strange: True Colors

The best story-driven PS5 game

Pros

  • One of the series’ most effective stories yet
  • Haven Springs is brilliantly realised
  • Character design and animation has greatly improved
  • Fantastic soundtrack

Cons

  • Plenty of glitches popped up during the playthrough

Life is Strange: True Colors is a story-centric game where you decisions help shape the narrative. It also offers up near Hollywood-esque visuals alongside a drama that could work on the big screen.

The gameplay stays true to Life is Strange; driven by the conversation between the player and the NPCs, with options for new dialogue and solutions to puzzles meaning that you can replay the game over and over again to see what you missed the first time. 

True Colors is an emotional story that packs a lot of punch, making this almost more akin to getting into a great drama than starting a new video game. With a high replayability rating and a soundtrack to die for, this is one of the best Telltale games to date and the ideal choice if you want a less violent game.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Life is Strange: True Colors Review

Returnal

A challenging but enjoyable rogue-like on PS5

Pros

  • Addictive, fast-paced gameplay
  • Makes great use of the DualSense controller
  • Intertwining narrative elevates the roguelike genre
  • Challenging, but never unfair

Cons

  • A few technical issues

Another game on this list that makes great use of its platform, Returnal is a title that comes alive on the PS5. You can feel the patter of rain on the DualSense controller, with different aspects of your weapon working when you use varying levels of force on the triggers. 

Unlike the other games on this list, Returnal is a roguelike, so be prepared to have to start over if you bite the bullet. And you might die a fair bit, as the creatures that inhabit this world are brutally fierce, making it their life’s mission to take you down. 

With a surprisingly elevated narrative that drives the game forward, you will need to keep playing if you want to figure out the bigger picture. Coming in as one of the best new IPs that Sony has had in a long time, Returnal is unmissable when it comes to PS5 games.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

A short but sweet Spider-Man adventure

Pros

  • Miles Morales is an excellent protagonist with a worthwhile story
  • Meaningful expansion of the original gameplay formula with new powers
  • Manhattan looks positively gorgeous with ray tracing on PS5
  • Teases an exciting future for this vision of Spider-Man

Cons

  • The campaign is a little short for the asking price
  • A fairly pedestrian take on the open-world genre

While this game is pretty well known as one of the best PS5 games, that doesn’t make it any less of a gem. Miles Morales is arguably the franchise’s best yet, being somehow relatable as our protagonist while offering up an interesting story that keeps the game feeling worthwhile. 

It goes without saying that anyone who was a fan of the original Spider-Man PS4 game will feel at home here; the original gameplay style is present but with some new powers to keep it feeling fresh. You get a sense of who Miles is here, with the lead character’s passion for music, street fashion and science blending into the overall aesthetic perfectly. 

There are plenty of side activities to dig into once you’ve finished the campaign, with the universe itself being a fun expansion of the Insomniac universe.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Review

Back 4 Blood

Best co-op shooter on PS5

Pros

  • Amazing co-op zombie slaying
  • Rewarding gunplay
  • Wonderfully replayable

Cons

  • PvP options are limited
  • Underwhelming single-player experience

Any fans of the Left 4 Dead series should already have this title in their library, with Turtle Rock Studios knocking it out of the park with Back 4 Blood, a ridiculously fun co-op zombie shooter that fantastically builds on the series that came before it. If you want to play with a group of friends, this is one of the best PS5 games to buy.

The shooting here feels great, with each gun having a distinct weight and a satisfying firing mechanic that makes blowing the face off a zombie even more rewarding than usual. The various types of zombies also mean that the levels feel fresh and interesting, as you need to take on different strategies depending on who you’re fighting. 

Plus, the deck-building system, which is the main differentiator about Back 4 Blood, gives you more control over how you can play, and can really come in handy when you’re looking towards the higher difficulty settings. As far as zombie games go, this one sets itself apart from the horde while still keeping the same chaos and bloodshed that we all expect.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Back 4 Blood review

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

A Guardians of the Galaxy outing just as good as the movie

Pros

  • Best story of any Marvel game
  • Excellent dialogue captures the essence of the characters
  • Wonderfully detailed planets to explore

Cons

  • Glitches make the game feel rough around the edges
  • Combat is a bit too chaotic at times

If you remember the first Avengers game from 2020, have no fear, Square Enix’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy managed to pull it back with an incredible narrative and an abundance of lore that helps flesh out these iconic characters, some may say even better than the movies did. 

The dialogue options are fantastic and really capture each character. And since this game takes on a Telltale-type genre, there is a multitude of choices when it comes to player agency, with some decisions you make resulting in different story beats. 

The chaotic gameplay is as enjoyable as the narrative and has something for everyone, with strategy, shooting and over-the-shoulder brawler mechanics all thrown in. This is a great single-player adventure to take on, and the replayability factor means you will definitely get your money’s worth.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Hitman 3

A fantastic hitman sandbox

Pros

  • Maintains and improves upon an already brilliant gameplay formula
  • A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy’s narrative
  • Provides Agent 47 with a new set of fantastic levels to explore
  • Tone remains a great mixture of slapstick comedy and spy thriller

Cons

  • Some missions can feel overly linear and unsatisfying

The accomplished conclusion to IO Interactive’s stealth trilogy, Hitman 3 is packed full of murderous shenanigans that will keep you on your toes. The PS5 brings this game to another level, loading in seconds and giving Agent 47 the most polished look he’s had in years. 

The vast amount of choice in this game is obviously a massive plus; do you want to stealthily creep up on your enemies, or run in guns blazing? Not to mention the obvious hilarity of no one noticing of the worlds most famous assassins, head barcode tattoo and all, wondering through fancy events. 

The interesting variety of gameplay options and serious spy overtones make this game a blast and a satisfying conclusion to an innovative trilogy. If you’ve been hankering for hitman shenanigans, this is definitely one of the best PS5 games to scratch that itch.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Hitman 3 Review

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Do games play better on PS5?

It depends on the game. Some games will load faster with the PS5, while also having improved graphics, but it needs to be a dedicated PS5 game (or at least received a PS5 update) in order to benefit from these upgrades.

Why are there so few PS5 games?

The PS5 only launched in the end of 2019, while there have been numerous game delays due to Covid-19, but plenty more games are expected to launch in 2022.

Can I play PS4 disc games on PS5?

Yes, as long as you purchased the PS5 with a disk drive.

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