The PlayStation 5 is nearly 18 months old, so what does Sony’s most powerful console have to show for its time in the sun? While the PS5 launched with a decent but modest array of titles, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls, its library is slowly but surely being bolstered by more original, cutting-edge games. Some, e.gexclusive to the console, while the PS5 brings some of its biggest hits to the PS4 and .
The latest addition to this list is the popular adventure puzzle game that launched on July 19. There isincluding the Last of Us remake, Overwatch 2, and the game of the year, God of War Ragnarok.
Not all of the PlayStation 5 games on this list are for everyone, but there’s absolutely something here for gamers of all tastes.
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Guerilla Games may have a cursed release planned. Horizon Zero Dawn was great, but it was quickly eclipsed by one of the best games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. always. When Horizon Forbidden West came out, it was followed a week later by Elden Ring, which took all the oxygen out of the gaming world for at least a month.
But don’t count Aloy out. His second adventure is visually stunning and continues to explore the compelling world created by the first game (even if some of the characters still feel like cardboard cutouts).
The game introduces a new Pullcaster hook that opens up new forms of platforming as well as the dynamics of several underwater levels. It also has new weapons and new vehicles to destroy. Give Aloe a chance.
Arkane Studios’ Deathloop delivers the most inventive first-person action game of 2021, bringing the thrilling open-ended, action-packed stealth gameplay from the Dishonored series into a time loop. Exploring the island of Blackreef as the cunning and equally hilarious Colt showcases Deathloop’s masterful handling of comedy and weird, ultra-violence.
Many of the encounters you’ll encounter will have you amazed at how far you can push the intricate design of its clockwork world to kill key targets and break the endless loop. But when you add another player who can invade your game in the form of Colt’s ex-girlfriend-turned-rival Julianna, Blackreef Isle becomes an impromptu multiplayer arena that sees one player hunting another. Deathloop is a must have PS5 game.
See CNET’s full review.
In 2019, Untitled Goose Game showed that he can wreak havoc as a rogue bird. In 2022, BlueTwelve Studio developers allow players to inhabit the body of a stray cat to return home. In Stray, you control a cat found in a futuristic, neon-drenched city inhabited by robots and several carnivorous aliens.
GameSpot’s Alessandro Barbosa wrote in his review of the game, “It’s rare for a game to offer us an entirely new perspective on how to experience a familiar environment, and even rarer for its entire mechanics to be so confidently designed around it.” in which he gave Stray a score of 9/10. “It’s a consistently satisfying adventure with a charming story of camaraderie that rarely misses a beat throughout its well-paced runtime.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet & Clank series is synonymous with the PlayStation brand, and even after nearly 20 years of games, Rift Apart remains one of the best entries in the series.
Rift Apart leans heavily on the series’ tried-and-tested action-platforming formula with heavy doses of high-end weaponry, but the final game features one of the strongest stories the franchise has ever seen, offering a plot that appeals to longtime fans and newcomers alike. to watch
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a great showcase for what the PS5 can do with levels built around the console’s super-fast hard drive, and it’s also made us even more excited about the future of the series.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade
The 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake seemed almost too good to be true. Revisiting the world of Final Fantasy VII and seeing the classic party of heroes in a new and visually stunning light was a surreal, exhilarating experience. It managed to live up to its moniker of being just another remake, and it was truly one of the best role-playing games of the year. However, the catch was that this is only part of a bigger story and we will have to wait a while before we get a glimpse of the next part.
Still, Intergrade on PS5 served as a great way to hold players over until then. Along with an impressive visual and gameplay upgrade for FFVII Remake, Intergrade has also added a new PS5-exclusive story expansion that focuses on FFVII’s quirky ninja Yuffie and her journey to Midgar. If you own a PS5 and haven’t had a chance to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake yet, then check out Intergrade.
No PlayStation generation is complete without a Gran Turismo game. While Xbox owners rightfully boast of their access to the monstrous Forza franchise, it’s been nine long years since Gran Turismo 6 launched on PS4.
Gran Turismo 7 help. It’s what fans of the franchise have been waiting for: A precision driving simulator that looks stylish. The game has drawn some criticism for its use of microtransactions, but if you’re a racing fan who can overlook some microtransaction goods, Gran Turismo is a no-brainer.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Another look at the PS4 game is the director’s work for Ghost of Tsushima, an open-world samurai action game from the creators of the Infamous series. What makes the PS5 release a clear improvement over the original is that in addition to having the Two Islands expansion, which adds over 5 hours of new story content, it also gives the base game a significant performance boost.
With increased framerates, faster loading, and improved technical specs running at native 4K resolution, this upgraded edition makes Tsushima Ghost: Director’s Cut the definitive way to experience developer Sucker Punch Productions’ visually stunning and carefully crafted open-world game on PS5. .
2021 has seen a number of odd games within a time frame, and PS5 exclusive Returnal still stands as one of the oddest games of the year.
Combining fast-paced third-person action gameplay with the unpredictability of a casual role-playing game, Returnal finds its protagonist Selene wandering an alien planet full of hostile creatures and mysterious artifacts detailing a cataclysmic event that somehow connects to her. . Its plot feels like a carefully calculated mash-up of films like Prometheus and Edge of Tomorrow, but Returnal’s story and presentation give it a unique flavor.
Running and shooting your way through Returnal’s many ruins with strange alien weapons offers some of the most satisfying and thrilling shooters of the year, and makes you want to take another spin on the planet.
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One of the most remarkable trends of the last 10 years has been this rise super hard the game. Much of this is attributed to the success of Dark Souls by FromSoftware, which hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. But Dark Souls itself was a spiritual successor to FromSoftware’s acclaimed 2009 game Demon’s Souls. .
Now Demon’s Souls has a second life on PlayStation 5, as it is the best game on the platform. It has a rating of 92 on Metacritic and a 9 out of 10 from GameSpot. It’s billed as a faithful remake of the 2009 classic, but improving it with better action and modernizing it with graphics that showcase what the PS5 is capable of.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, an expansion of 2017’s Spider-Man, you can wear a backpack where a small cat wearing a Spider-Man mask comes out and attacks your enemies.
We do not think there is any need to expand further.
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To put it charitably, Astro’s Playroom is a glorified tech demo. Charitably speaking, a glorious tech demo.
Designed to showcase what the PlayStation 5’s Dual Sense controller is capable of, Astro’s Playroom comes free with the PlayStation 5. “Free tech demo” doesn’t scream “must play,” but Astro’s Playroom has earned strong acclaim for being full of smarts. to previous PlayStation games and, more importantly, because it’s fun to play.
Astro’s Playroom makes no attempt to hide that it’s just an excuse to show you what the gamepad can do. But as GameSpot’s Mike Epstein wrote in the release, it imagines a world you want to see and explore.
A third-person action game that’s almost primarily about flow and movement, Pathless is a joy to play every second you have the controller in hand.
It’s available on other platforms, including the iPad, but I’d argue it’s best played on a current-gen console like the PS5, where the visuals and framerate reflect the elegance of the game’s design.
You can read our full review here.
Hitman 3 completes the rebooted Hitman trilogy that began with 2016’s title of the same name, and it does so with a bang. Hitman 3 received a 9/10 from CNET sister site GameSpot, thanks to its excellent level design, improved story, and replayability. This last attribute is the key. Hitman may be about conspiracies, but it’s more of a puzzle game than an action game, and you’ll have to play each level multiple times to see all the creative ways Agent 47 can take down the bad guys.
The game is available on both PS4 and PS5, among other consoles, but the PS5 version features 4K, 60fps gameplay and improved haptic feedback thanks to the DualSense controller.
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This is a bit of a “duh” inclusion, but we can’t help but include the Elden Ring. It’s one of the most ambitious RPGs ever made, and probably has the most impressive world of any game that doesn’t have Breath of the Wild in the title.
To be sure, the Elden Ring is not for everyone. It’s really hard and it is indeed long. But if you have 100 hours to invest over a few weeks or a few months, it will give you one of the best gaming experiences you can get on any console right now.