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Best PS5 Games: The top 10 games to buy for PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 has officially been out for more than a year, with each new month offering up more incredible titles, ranging from first-party blockbusters to hidden third-party gems. But what are some of the best PS5 games that you can buy right now?

We’ve reviewed a lot of PS5 titles over the last two years, so we decided to bring together all our collective knowledge to give you the cream of the crop, so you know exactly what’s on offer next time you’re perusing the PlayStation Store.

We’ve tried to keep this list as varied as possible, with terrifying titles like Resident Evil to the family-friendly Ratchet and Clank, so there should be something here for everyone.

And that’s before we even get into the games that haven’t reached shelves yet, like God of War: Ragnarok, which will launch as a PlayStation exclusive.

But if you’re interested in what you can play right now, here are our picks for the top 10 best PS5 games that we’ve reviewed so far.

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Elden Ring

A fantastic, but brutally difficult open-world game
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Pros

  • Giant open world to explore, full of things to discover
  • Rewarding and punishing combat
  • More content than most players will ever need
  • Open-class development tree that’s ripe for tweaking

Cons

  • Some fights are very difficult

If you’re looking for a brutally difficult challenge, the Dark Souls trilogy has long been known as the best option. Elden Ring is the latest entry from FromSoftware, but has ditched the weaving, linear levels in favour of an open-world map to make it feel more like Breath of the Wild and Skyrim.

Now you can venture through optional dungeons to discover useful loot, or encounter massive beasts to slay that will reward you with a bounty of experience points. Elden Ring supports multiple playstyles too, whether you want to sneak through bushes for a high-damage backstab, or blast foes from afar with all of your magical spells or hand-crafted bolts from a crossbow.

Elden Ring is just one of the best PS5 games available, but it’s also set to become one of the greatest games of the generation. As long as you’re happy to contend with the high difficulty, this RPG is a must-play.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Elden Ring review

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

A fantastic adventure for players of all ages
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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

Gran Turismo 7

Fast-paced and fantastic looking racing game
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Pros

  • Accessible and engaging campaign
  • Wide range of features and customisation
  • Excellent handling with PS5 DualSense controller
  • Great visuals and sound

Cons

  • Rolling starts feel outdated
  • A.I drivers not the most competitive
  • Some won’t like ‘pay-to-win’ aspect of in-game credits

Gran Turismo 7 is one of the more accessible entries into the racing simulator series, with a massive breadth of features and an excellent driving experience that anyone can get into. Handling is excellent with the DualSense controller, with fantastic handling and weight to each car you can drive.

The PS5 offers up amazing visuals, with our reviewer noting a high level of detail to the car interior and exterior, especially in the likes of photo mode where ray tracing is activated. There’s a clear love for cars in this game too, as you can chat to characters in the Café about the history of carious vehicles. And if you’re not a car fanatic, you may well become one after playing Gran Turismo.

You can also race online with friends, with a new Meeting Place feature that allows racers to join and race in a more casual environment. Sportsmanship ratings also ensure that users will drive with respect and that you’re paired with people who have a similar skillset, giving a sense of parity and fairness. If you’re into hyper-realistic racers, this is one of the best PS5 games you can buy.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Gran Turismo 7

Deathloop

A time-bending thriller
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Parkour platforming, and zombie-slashing fun
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Pros

  • Parkour platforming is incredibly fun
  • The open-world city is a great playground
  • Your decisions shape the story
  • Great cast of characters

Cons

  • Combat is hit and miss
  • Immunity timer will be divisive
  • Not scary enough for horror fans

Dying Light 2 may look like your average zombie slasher on the surface, but it actually offers far more thanks to its excellent parkour system that’s reminiscent of the platforming in Mirror’s Edge. Chuck in hordes of zombies that will pursue you after dark, and it becomes one of the most enjoyable zombie game in recent memory.

There’s also a great story and cast of characters here, as you must help two warring factions in their bid to seize control of the post-apocalyptic city. Your decisions can have major consequences for some of the characters too, providing pangs of guilt or sighs of relief as the story unfolds.

There are some minor issues here, such as repetitive combat and its subdued horror, but if you just fancy slicing off zombie limbs and exploring the post-apocalyptic city, then you’re in for a treat.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Dying Light 2 Review

Horizon Forbidden West

Fantastic open-world game
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Pros

  • Huge number of machines to fight
  • New upgrade system has rewarding gameplay loop
  • Map is packed with a variety of biomes
  • Story takes a fascinating new direction

Cons

  • Platforming often feels clunky
  • Multiple irksome technical issues

Horizon Forbidden West is a fantastic sequel to the Horizon Zero Dawn, featuring lots of new machines to hunt, as well as bigger and better upgrade system with a highly satisfying gameplay loop reminiscent of the Monster Hunter series.

The open-world looks incredible on the PS5, with a variety of distinctive biomes to explore from dense rain forests to sweeping deserts. Forbidden West also features an intriguing story, plunging even deeper into the sci-fi rabbit hole.

There are a few weaker elements to the game, as combat with humans is still a bore, while the platforming can feel clunky and frustrating. But those flaws are easy to forgive when it’s so much fun taking down a robot T-Rex with nothing but a quiver of arrows.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Horizon Forbidden West Review

Miles Morales – Marvel’s Spider-Man

A short but sweet Spider-Man adventure
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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

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FAQs

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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