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

The PlayStation 5 is about to hit its second birthday, and within that time a multitude of titles have become available. But which games should you be investing in?

We have an enormous amount of experience with PS5 titles, from smaller indie gems all the way to massive blockbuster titles, like the newly released God of War Ragnarök. Since we have all this experience, we decided to bring together all our collective knowledge so you know which games are really worth your time.

We’ve kept this list as varied as possible since we know that every gamer will have specific tastes when it comes to style and genre. There are terrifying titles from the Resident Evil series here, as well as family-friendly titles like Ratchet and Clank, so there should be something that everyone can enjoy.

And if you’re interested in spreading your wings out further than the PS5 console, you should check out our best PS4 games list, best Switch games list, best Xbox Series X/S games list and best PC games, for even more recommendations.

Without further ado, here are some of the best games you can play right now on the PS5, all tried and tested by our team of experts so you know you’re getting the best advice.

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God of War Ragnarök

Best story-driven action-adventure game
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Pros

  • Epic story with a deeper dive into Norse mythology
  • Combat is just as brutally fun as before
  • Atreus as a playable character is a welcome addition
  • Looks phenomenal on the PS5

Cons

  • Frustrating difficulty spikes
  • Lots of backtracking in game’s latter half

God of War Ragnarök scored a hugely impressive 5-stars from us at Trusted Reviews. It’s a spectacular sequel that keeps the same ultra-satisfying combat as its predecessor, God of War. We loved the story and how it delves deeper into Norse mythology, allowing players to visit all nine of the Norse realms.

Thor and Odin debut as fantastic villains; each with their own distinctive personality, these antagonists feel more nuanced and developed than the villain from the last game, Baldur, and we loved how complex and emotional story beats in this game develop. Characters from the original game also make an appearance, giving the game a larger-than-life feeling.

The PS5 also brings this title to new levels, with our review noting how much detail is present throughout the game, with individual hairs in Kratos’ beard being visible. You can play it in 4K at 30 or 60fps and it allows for a 120Hz refresh rate, provided your monitor/TV supports such speeds.

If you liked the first God of War game, then you’re definitely going to love this. Despite the combat feeling mostly the same, the storyline and ability to play as Atreus breathe new life into this title.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: God of War Ragnarök

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

The Last of Us Part 1

Best remake of a PlayStation classic
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Pros

  • The Last of Us has never looked better
  • Improved lighting and attention to detail
  • Still an incredible story that’s worth revisiting
  • Tons of accessibility features

Cons

  • £70/$70 price tag is questionable
  • Very few of Part II’s gameplay upgrades have been utilised here

Even though its presence marks the second time that Naughty Dog’s iconic title has been repackaged and served up to players, The Last of Us Part 1 still manages to be a must-have title for any PS5 owner by doing justice to the game’s original vision.

We were massively impressed by the massive graphical overhaul from the original. The visual boost allows Part 1 to not only tell a more believable story through its upgraded cutscenes and character models, but to also inject an absurd amount of detail into the world itself. We found ourselves more frequently distracted by the amount of care afforded to the game’s level design.

While we were disappointed by the fact that the gameplay is largely unchanged from its source material, Part 1 will no doubt find a new audience thanks to its ingenious accessibility features. With a huge amount of control over how the game’s core elements are portrayed from an audio/visual perspective, there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: The Last of Us Part 1 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 various 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 enemies 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

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The best co-op game
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Pros

  • Enough content to last for weeks on end
  • Massive levels to explore
  • Revamped combat keeps you more engaged
  • Co-op is an absolute blast

Cons

  • Space battles are a bit mundane
  • Camera sometimes gets in the way

Looking for a more family-friendly game? Then the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an excellent option, especially considering you can pair up with a second player on your adventure through all nine main films in the Star Wars series, from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker.

While Star Wars fans will be treated to oodles of fan service, this game is also welcoming to newcomers of the franchise with lots and lots of rib-tickling jokes. There are plenty of puzzles to solve and hidden collectibles to discover, while we found that the revamped combat makes smashing up Lego characters twice as fun as previous entries.

We were also impressed by how great the visuals look, especially on the PS5. Classic Star Wars locations have been remade in Lego with wonderful details, with the underwater city of Otoh Gunga looking particularly dazzling.

The Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga can of course be played in single player, but we recommend pairing up with a friend or family member for the best experience, and spend hours laughing at all the various gags.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 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 a 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 at 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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