2020 was a wild and tumultuous year. It was a period filled with wildfires, potential world wars and a deadly pandemic; and those were just the first three months!
The year had some epic moments – take a trip down the best memes of 2020 if you need reminding – and one of those moments was the launch of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 console.
When the highly anticipated next generation console dropped, gamers everywhere wasted no time in getting their copies of the device. The launch was so successful that the PS5 broke the US sales record for most console sales in a launch month when it was released in November 2020.
Despite a shortage of units which saw demand heavily outstrip supply, the Playstation 5 was still able to upstage the previous record which was held by its predecessor the PS4. This is due to the massively positive reviews of the console. Some of the highlights include a new thrilling DualSense controller, significantly faster game load speed and a more streamlined user interface than the PS4.
Even though the console is still in its infancy, the array of exclusive titles, third-party games and backward compatibility means PS5 owners have no lack of options to choose from. So if you own a PS5 and are wondering what games to pick or even if you’re just curious, stick around as we present the best PS5 games released so far.
10. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The Call of Duty series is one of the most iconic game franchises out there. From the riveting gameplay, to the well-written storylines that give you the feel of an actual soldier, Call of Duty rarely disappoints.
But what exactly makes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War worth buying?
Well for one thing, the PS5 version takes full advantage of the DualSense adaptive controller to deliver full immersion and realistic recoil recreation. It is also backed up by excellent visuals that make full use of the PS5 console’s significantly improved GPU.
Pros: Addictive and immersive gunplay, fantastic execution of Multiplayer, zombie mode, 120fps gameplay for the first time on a console, an enjoyable spy thriller story, appearances of many iconic characters presents a nostalgic treat.
Cons: Campaign feels underbaked. Narrative isn’t fleshed out enough to be worthwhile. Multiplayer is lacking somewhat ahead of the first season. Minor launch issues.
9. The Pathless
The Pathless is a beautiful open-world game developed by the creators of ABZÛ. It is a mythic adventure game about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest.
In The Pathless, you will become the Hunter, a master of archery who travels to a mystical island to dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world. You will forge a connection with your eagle companion as you hunt corrupted spirits, explore misty forests full of secrets, solve puzzles in ancient ruins, and test your skill in epic battles.
Pros: An incredible art style and visuals, fun boss fights, relaxing puzzles and a very interesting movement system. Besides looking spectacular, The Pathless takes advantage of the PS5’s DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers to replicate the feeling of pulling on a bowstring.
Cons: There’s only a handful of puzzle types for players to encounter and these can feel repetitive by the end.
This is a creature catching adventure game and an extremely weird one at that, but the weirdness is one of the things that make it so enjoyable.
In this game, you are sent to investigate bugsnax (sentient, food-based lifeforms that transform the bodies of those who eat them). You will split your time between catching the delicious creatures, helping the residents of Snaxburg and investigating the disappearance of the adventurer who invited you.
This game is a fantastic blend of bizarre and brilliant. The story, gameplay and graphics all mix together perfectly.
Pros: Players get to take control of core mechanics in a satisfying manner while catching the creatures. Presents an adorable and bizarre world. Employs creative use of the DualSense controller. The creatures are extremely cute.
Cons: Trial-and-error gameplay can be frustrating at times. Each habitat is surprisingly robotic once you learn how things work.
7. Dirt 5
Get behind the wheel of an eclectic and exciting roster of cars and take a trip around the world to race on over 70+ unique routes across 10 different global locations in stunning environments complete with dynamic weather and time of day.
World-renowned voice talents Troy Baker and Nolan North head up the cast of Dirt 5‘s story-driven career mode. Local split-screen of up to four players on offline modes, including career, makes Dirt 5 the perfect couch multiplayer racing game as you battle for position with your friends.
Capture your biggest jumps and best moves with a detailed photo mode, and show your creative flair with dirt’s deepest ever livery editor for all cars. This is a real life simulation you want to get your hands on.
Pros: Off-road racing is incredibly fun. Large number of terrains provide varied courses. Bright and colourful visuals. Tons of replayability with various modes
Cons: Next-gen upgrades aren’t ground breaking. Audio glitches are present.
6. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
This PlayStation exclusive is a game that is perfect for families thanks to its child-friendly nature and four-player local co-op.
In Sackboy, our hero visits different planets—all with unique themes— to foil the plans of the evil villain named Vex and has loads of fun along the way. The game is packed with ingenious level design and a bonus that lets you collect bells to buy new adorable outfits for your sackboy.
It’s obvious this game was built with love, and though it may be one for the kids, it’s a beautiful game that will make your day if given a chance.
Pros: Great fun both alone and with friends. Immense amount of level design across its many worlds. Musical levels are a brilliant mixture of rhythm and platformer. A cute and charming game overall.
Cons: Extreme childlike tone may be overbearing at times.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions. It was originally developed for the PS4. However, the PS5 version brings more features to the table.
In this open-world game, you will play as Jin Sakai, a samurai on a quest to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. It features diverse regions, such as country-sides, fields, forests, villages, farms, mountainscapes, and other landmarks that showcase the marvel of late 13th century Japan.
Ghost of Tsushima continues to receive praise for its incredible visual showcase and amazing open world for players to explore. The combat and exploration in the game are extremely satisfying and complement a robust campaign with a collection of very likeable characters.
Pros: Beautiful open world to explore, immersive action, rewarding gameplay.
Cons: The main narrative is a little boring and predictable. Lacking in challenge even on the hardest difficulty.
4. Astro’s Playroom
Astro’s Playroom is a free game that comes pre-installed on the PS5. It acts as part tech-demo for the DualSense controller and part Playstation exclusive but it is still a stellar game in its own right.
Apart from being a great way to get to know the new DualSense adaptive triggers and explore the haptic feedback, it is a fun and addictive experience that showcases the PS5’s new technical highlights as you journey through the Playroom.
Pros: A cute, inventive and endlessly joyous showcase of PlayStation 5. Shows what the DualSense will be capable of in the new generation. Explores the history of PlayStation with untold love and detail. All four stages are filled with bright and imaginative ideas.
Cons: Too short.
3. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The historical murder series is back with Valhalla being the 12th major installment and it comes with a bang.
Valhalla is an open-world adventure that follows a Viking named Eivor, who finds himself stuck in a conflict between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. The game is split into a variety of different missions and optional activities with an engrossing setting that pulls players in.
It contains a wide selection of weapons, gear, and has been praised for its extreme and accurate portrayal of the Viking age.
So if you’re a fan of Nordic folklore, this game is for you. And if you’re an individual that just enjoys life’s simple things – like hacking your enemies in the chest with an axe – then Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a must play!
Pros: Engaging viking-style combat. Excellent RPG level progression. Medieval England is gorgeous and a joy to explore.
Cons: Little focus on stealth. Game crashing issues are prominent.
2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
While this is not a full-blown sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man, the game delivers an electric follow up to the 2018 hit. This PlayStation exclusive delivers a cinematic experience with incredibly detailed visuals and a silky smooth 60fps performance mode that showcases that feel-good web swinging it offers in style.
With Peter Parker off on holiday, you’ll be playing as the charismatic rookie web-slinger Miles Morales. This time it’s up to Miles to protect New York City.
As you would expect, there will be lots of challenges and fluctuations that will come your way to make the job more difficult than it seems.
Sadly, the DualSense implementation is fairly limited, but it makes up for this deficiency with incredibly fast load times that gives a significantly better gaming experience when compared to the PS4 version.
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.
Cons: The campaign is a little too short for the price of the game.
1. Demon’s Souls
One of the finest and most challenging games on PS3 returns with an incredible remake.
Entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced, this remake introduces the horrors of a fog-laden, dark fantasy land to a whole new generation of gamers. Those who’ve faced its trials and tribulations before can once again challenge the darkness in stunning visual quality.
Apart from the addition of several new features, the game showcases massive visual gameplay improvements. It also introduces tweaks to the original that fans of the PS3 version would appreciate and new players would be curious to explore.
Pros: Stunning visuals, fast loading, haptic feedback and immersive 3D audio. Combat is brutal, unforgiving and wonderfully satisfying. Open world exploration is thrilling.
Cons: DualSense implementation can be underwhelming.
2021 is definitely a year for PS5 gamers as multiple exclusives and third-party originals are already in development.
With games like Resident Evil Village, Far Cry 6 and Gotham Knights releasing this year; and Cyberpunk 2077 getting mods this January and February, it’s safe to say that the list will definitely go through some interesting changes.