While there are thousands of games that can be played on PS5 through PS5 backward compatibility, very few are specifically designed for Sony's newest powerhouse. We've rounded up the very best games you can play on PS5 today and split them up by genre so that you can easily browse what interests you most. From RPGs to multiplayer games and free-to-play, we've got you covered.
For this list, we've tried to stick with newly released games with PS5 versions or updates to take advantage of its extra power. Rest assured, it's not an exhaustive list of everything available on the system right now. For that, you'll want to check out the best PS4 games. As more games are released in the coming months, we'll branch out and add more categories.
Best PS5 RPGs
Role-playing games have stood the test of time and are continually some of the most popular on the market. Unfortunately, there aren't a ton of RPGs designed for PS5 at the moment, but the few that are are well worth your time. And if that isn't enough for you, the PS4 has a huge back catalog of RPGs to peruse.
FromSoftware has plenty of experience between the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, so it's no surprise that Elden Ring is phenomenal. In collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring is set in the Lands Between, where players take on the role of a Tarnished in an effort to repair the titular Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord.
Elden Ring somehow lived up to its enormous hype, delivering a stunning world that players could get lost in for hundreds of hours. We gave Elden Ring a perfect 5/5 in our review, stating, "Elden Ring is a masterclass in open-world game design. FromSoftware has poetically fashioned a gorgeously haunting universe that begs to be explored. It's a quintessential action RPG and an obvious contender for game of the year."
After the Elden Ring shatters and Queen Marika the Eternal takes control of the land, its up to players to explore the sprawling region of the Lands Between and gather the pieces. Like any good FromSoftware game, this will surely test your abilities.
Originally developed by FromSoftware, Demon's Souls was the 2009 precursor to Dark Souls, which would go on to jumpstart an entire genre of Souls-likes. Set in the Kingdom of Boletaria, players embark on a journey to defeat King Allant, who has awakened an ancient evil and its demon army. As you can expect, the combat in Demon's Souls is extremely challenging, and there are no difficulty settings to turn it down. You "git gud," or you die trying. Over, and over, and over.
Bluepoint completely remade Demon's Souls as a PS5 launch title, and the attention to detail is immediately apparent, as we noted in our review. While staying true to the original vision, its graphics are overhauled to meet today's standards. With some quality-of-life fixes and minor changes here and there, Bluepoint ensured it left any old jank in the past. What remains is an excellent remake, possibly one of the greatest ever done. It's more action-RPG than a straight-up RPG, but it still fits the bill.
The Demon's Souls remake wowed everyone and instantly became an example of a game remake done right. Brush up on your combat skills because the experience is going to be unforgiving.
Genshin Impact has an enhanced PS5 version alongside its PS4 backward compatible edition. This action RPG is set in the fantasy world of Teyvat, home to seven regions that worship gods known as Archons. After your character becomes trapped in Teyvat, it's up to you to reunite with your twin, who has been taken by one of the gods, all the while helping the people across the lands with their own conflicts.
Though it is free-to-play, Genshin Impact has gacha mechanics, a way to monetize the game and subsidize development. I know microtransactions are a dreaded practice that many people hate, but they're not as bad as they sound on paper here as we noted in our review.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher is one of the most acclaimed RPGs out there; spawning from a popular book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and eventually turning into a Netflix series. The games are their own beast, and none are quite as beloved as The Witcher 3. Releasing back in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the culmination of years of work, leading to one final battle with Geralt and Ciri against the Wild Hunt. It and its expansions are considered some of the greatest games ever made.
In a fantasy world inspired by Slavic mythology, The Witcher 3 features fantastic monsters and magic across a vast open world full of mysteries to uncover and towns to explore. Your choices as Geralt affect the outcomes of the narrative, including which characters survive the whole ordeal. With dozens of hours of gameplay, it's easy to get lost in the world that CD Projekt RED has so carefully crafted.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Geralt and Ciri face their toughest fight yet against the Wild Hunt, but they're not without aid from some powerful friends. Explore the Continent and learn exactly what it means to be a Witcher.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Starting as an action/adventure stealth series, Assassin's Creed has morphed into a full-blown RPG with recent entries like Origins and Odyssey. Its latest mainline game, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, doubles down even further and lets players live out their Viking fantasies in England during the Dark Ages. With constant strife ravaging Norway, our hero sets sail for the shores of England, but its current king and citizens are none too kind to these foreigners.
Players choose between a male or female Eivor, which can be customized with different tattoos and hairstyles. Like its predecessors, Valhalla allows players to equip a bevy of weapons, including the option to dual-wield two shields. There is also a large, branching skill tree and over a dozen abilities to unlock. No two Eivor's will be the same, so personalize them to your playstyle and start raiding.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Anyone can be an Assassin, even a young Viking raider looking for glory and honor. Take up your sword and shield and get ready for an exciting adventure across England in the middle ages.
Skyrim Anniversary Edition
It's the game that just won't quit. As much as people complain about Skyrim being re-released for the millionth time, it wouldn't happen if people didn't keep buying it. And people keep buying it because Skyrim is still so good. Exploring its many dungeons and getting lost in dozens of side quests never gets old. Whatever magic ingredient Bethesda added to its RPG formula obviously worked, and that's a good thing considering it will be years before we see The Elder Scrolls 6 (though not on PS5).
Skyrim Anniversary edition is the same game you know and love, with a bunch of extra goodies. Complete with expansions like Hearthstone, Dawnguard, and Dragonborn, the Anniversary Edition also includes new Creation Club content and fishing. So pick up your weapons once again and play through a host of new quests with new rewards to earn. Best of all, those who already own the Special Edition can get a discounted upgrade to the Anniversary Edition.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim has proven once again that it's here to stay with its Anniversary Edition. This will likely be the last Elder Scrolls that people can play on PS5 now that Xbox owns Bethesda, so make the most of it.
The Nioh Collection
The Nioh Collection contains remastered editions of the first and second games in the action-RPG series. Nioh follows an Irish samurai in Japan during the 1600s (though a fictionalized fantasy version), with gameplay similar to Dark Souls. Nioh 2 is a prequel that takes place during the late 1500s starring a half-yokai, a Japanese demon, working to take down the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Both games support 4K resolution at an incredible 120FPS, some of the very few titles that support such high frame rates. Each also comes with all major DLC, a total of six expansions. Like other games being updated for PS5, they also support DualSense features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
The Nioh Collection
Like Dark Souls or Sekiro? You'll want to check out the Nioh series. With its collection on PS5, you can get both games and all DLC in one place and play at 4K resolution. That's a pretty sweet deal.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
When you think of JRPGs, one of the most iconic and acclaimed series that comes to mind is Final Fantasy. Square Enix decided to deliver on fans' wishes and remake Final Fantasy 7, which many consider the best entry in the franchise. Its remake was outstanding, and it was only made better on PS5 when Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was released. Not only did it include PS5 optimizations, but it also added some fun DLC starring Yuffie.
Any RPG fan owes it to themselves to play Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. We raved about it in our review because it retains everything that made the original so great, while modernizing it for today's audiences with new gameplay mechanics. That's a hard feat to achieve when the balance is so delicate, and Square Enix made it look easy.
Best PS5 Action/Adventure Games
Action/adventure can mean many things to different people, especially when the genre frequently borrows from others. It's easy to define Assassin's Creed Valhalla as an action RPG, for instance. Whatever the case, action/adventure titles make up a bulk of the AAA market today outside of shooters, and there are plenty of great ones on PS5.
Horizon Forbidden West
Considering how amazing Horizon Zero Dawn was, it was always going to be a tough act to follow. Guerilla Games was certainly up for the challenge, though. Not only did the studio craft a worthy sequel to one of the greatest games ever made, it further developed Aloy's character and the world of Horizon in meaningful ways, adding new machines and jaw-dropping lore. Any PlayStation fan of fans of adventure games owes it to themselves to play this one. We tested out this great title and absolutely enjoyed the gameplay.
Taking place a few months after Zero Dawn ends, Horizon Forbidden West sees Aloy in a race against time to prevent a cataclysmic event from destroying the planet. In order to save everyone, she journeys out to restore GAIA, a benevolent artificial intelligence that should be able to repair Zero Dawn's terraforming system. Little does she know what awaits her on her adventure.
Horizon Forbidden West
Aloy's latest adventure is her best yet, proving that you can take near-perfection and make it even better, improving it in ways that you may not have even thought of. This one will go down as an all-time great, and it sets up a sequel that should keep fans excited for more.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima was already one of the most acclaimed games on PS4 when we reviewed it, and it became even better with the Director's Cut on PS5. Adding a new location with Iki Island and a host of DualSense features, Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut gives those who've already played on PlayStation 4 some great reasons to hop back in. Tsushima is just as beautiful as ever, and the combat is just as excellent as you'd remember.
When Mongols are on the shores of Tsushima island, samurai Jin Sakai must do anything he can to save his people, even if it means going against everything he's learned his entire life. Ghost of Tsushima is often described as Assassin's Creed in Japan, so fans of the aforementioned series will feel right at home here.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection combines Uncharted 4 and its standalone expansion Lost Legacy remastered for PS5. The collection features three graphics modes: Fidelity Mode (favoring 4K resolution and 30FPS), Performance Mode (targeting 60FPS), and Performance+ Mode (targeting 120FPS at 1080p). These games already looked incredible on PS4, and now they're even more stunning on PS5, as we wrote in our review.
Uncharted 4 sees Nathan Drake on his last adventure as he teams up with his long-lost brother to find pirate Henry Avery's treasure. Their journey takes them across the globe and on the paths of some ruthless enemies. The Lost Legacy stars Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross searching for the Tusk of Ganesh in India, crossing paths with a local warlord.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Play through Nathan Drake's final adventure and then set off on a new journey with Chloe and Nadine in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, featuring improved graphics and resolution for PS5. Naughty Dog is at the top of its game in this series.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is easily one of the best entries in the franchise to date. The long-running series from Insomniac features a Lombax named Ratchet fighting evil alongside his robot buddy Clank. Rift Apart introduces some new characters into the fold, like Rivet, Ratchet's dimensional counterpart who's a freedom fighter against the evil Emperor Nefarious.
When Clank gifts Ratchet a Dimensionator hoping that he'll find other Lombaxes, things go awry. Instead, they end up in another dimension. In our review of the game, we said, "Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is this year's summer blockbuster on PS5. Taking players through diverse and gorgeous worlds with excellent combat and platforming, Rift Apart is a ton of fun to play."
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Play as Ratchet or Rivet in this dimension-hopping adventure as you attempt to stop Doctor Nefarious from destroying the multiverse. With your friends at your side, there's nothing you can't do.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Insomniac's Spider-Man was released a few years ago, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better superhero game. It sits right up top alongside the Batman Arkham series as many people's favorite. Since Insomniac knocked it out of the park, it was only inevitable that it'd make a follow-up. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which we tested out and loved, isn't a full sequel, but it is a standalone adventure set in the same universe after the first game's events.
With Peter Parker on vacation, Miles Morales takes up the mantle of New York's friendly neighborhood, Spider-Man. When Harlem comes under attack by an energy corporation hell-bent on ruining the city for its own gain, Miles suits up to take them down with the help of a few friends. The city is fully explorable and features new suits, skills, and activities to complete.
Guardians of the Galaxy
After an understandably lukewarm response to Marvel's Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy needed to knock it out of the park... and it did. Much like the movies, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy captures the same heart and humor in an unforgettable adventure across a galaxy decimated by a massive war. Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax, and Groot are on a job to exploit the situation, but things don't turn out as planned as they cause more chaos than they could have imagined.
Guardians of the Galaxy is exactly what it needed to be: A single-player experience focusing on a strong narrative. It doesn't have multiplayer, and there are no microtransactions to speak of. This tighter focus and its excellent delivery are what make it one of the best PS5 games today.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Join the Guardians of the Galaxy on a brand new adventure against the Universal Church of Truth after a job goes awry. Its stellar single-player campaign is something Marvel fans should definitely experience.
Control: Ultimate Edition
The weird horror game from Remedy, which ties into the Alan Wake franchise, has its own quirks. Control is set in the Oldest House, a brutalist building that houses a secret government agency, the Federal Bureau of Control (hence the name). It's here that the paranormal becomes reality as you fight your way through otherworldly enemies in the hopes of finding your brother.
Control on PS5 features two graphics modes, one that boosts performance to 60FPS and one that turns on ray tracing effects at 30FPS. No matter which you choose, you're looking at a 1440p resolution that outputs at 4K. What's cooler here is that you can change these modes whenever you want in the display settings without quitting the game and loading from the main menu like with most other titles. As a cherry on top, the loading in Control on PS5 takes less than 10 seconds usually, far faster than what it was on PS4.
Remedy's weird horror title became an instant classic in 2019. Experience it for yourself on PS5 with drastically reduced load times. Explore the Federal Bureau of Control and stop the otherwordly Hiss from taking over.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
It's probably getting old to hear Immortals Fenyx Rising called a Breath of the Wild clone, but the comparisons are apt. It plays like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild meets Assassin's Creed Odyssey, taking the gameplay and art style from the former game and utilizing more of the Greek mythology featured in the latter. Mix in a ton of humor, and it seemed destined for success, something we noted in our review.
After Typhon escapes from Tartarus and vows to enact revenge on the gods, a young Greek hero washes up on the Golden Isle to find it in disarray. To defeat Typhon and his minions, you'll need to find the gods and help them restore their full powers. Immortals Fenyx Rising features several locations based on the Greek gods and has a slew of mythology enemies to take on. So not only can you flex your combat skills, but there are plenty of puzzles to solve as well.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Take on mythological creatures and save the gods in this epic Greek tale. Inspired in parts by The Legend of Zelda and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, it's a whole lot of fun that hopefully inspires some potential sequels.
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky was bad when it launched... and then it wasn't. With nearly unending support and a drive to make the game live up to its full potential, Hello Games worked night and day to deliver significant content updates and quality-of-life fixes that drastically improved the game. What remains is an excellent game that was recently enhanced for PS5 with more populated, denser worlds, improved resolution and framerates, as well as adaptive trigger support.
Boasting a procedurally-generated universe with over 18 quintillion planets (not a typo), No Man's Sky allows players to explore the vast wonders of the universe. From hostile planets with boiling temperatures and acid rain to more temperate, tropical climates, there's no shortage of things to discover. Collect resources to build bases and acquire better ships as you fly across the skies.
Watch Dogs: Legion
The Watch Dogs series went from Chicago to San Francisco before ending up in London for Watch Dogs: Legion, which sees the developers tackle a post-Brexit dystopia ruled by a militaristic surveillance state (so, you know, not far off from real life). To mix up the formula, Ubisoft made it so that anyone can be a playable character; from beekeepers to elderly grandmas. There is no such thing as an NPC here. Instead, each character has unique traits and skills that they bring to the table, helping DedSec root out corruption across the city.
Like previous entries in the series, it's all open-world and features a host of activities to do and gear to unlock, making it a fun title, as we wrote about in our review. To accommodate more players, it offers plenty of avenues to complete missions based on your playstyle. So whether you're a brawler, want to go in stealthier, or run in spraying paint on everything, you can do it.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Travel across the pond and help DedSec take down the surveillance state that has arisen in post-Brexit London. Let's be honest, it's practically real life at this point. And you don't need to play the first two games before picking it up.
Best PS5 Shooters
Whether in first or third-person, there's something special about a good shooter. You can slay demons from hell, obliterate an army of aliens, mow down enemy soldiers — there's no shortage of what you can do and what monsters you can kill. No matter the case, you'll end up being the hero in any of these fantastic shooters on PS5.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox's Borderlands series has long been considered to be one of the best on consoles, and the studio put a fresh spin on it with Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. Inspired by Borderlands 2's excellent Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, Wonderlands is a D&D-flavored adventure featuring the franchise's signature brand of humor and a whole lot of guns.
With the ability to customize your playable character for the first time, multiclassing, a dedicated melee system, and spells that replace grenades, there are plenty of new mechanics to keep it fresh. If Borderlands 3 felt like too much or the influencer humor wasn't your thing, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands feels like a breath of fresh air.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Step into a new game of Bunkers & Badasses and take on the Dragon Lord to save all of the Wonderlands. Between six character classes and the ability to multiclass later in the game, there's a lot of replay value in this package.
When we tested out Deathloop, we found that it is Arkane at its best, creating an immersive sim that blends action/adventure gameplay with first-person shooting. The stylish world of Deathloop and its island of Blackreef will instantly draw you in. If single-player isn't enough for you, it also offers a multiplayer mode that allows you to invade other people's games.
Stuck in a time loop, your mission is to take out eight targets before the day is over. These Visionaries, as they're called, rule the island, attempting to hold an eternal party with their legion of loyal cultists. But breaking the loop won't be easy. Arkane has always described this as a murder puzzle, and you'll die over and over before you can put the pieces together and get that one perfect loop. Oh, and you have an assassin that's hunting you down.
Colt only has 24 hours to kill eight targets, but he's done this before. Explore the island of Blackreef and learn all of its mind-bending secrets in Deathloop, Arkane's self-described murder puzzle.
Borderlands 3 is the latest and greatest from Gearbox Software, taking the role-playing shooter across the galaxy to new planets and locales. Somehow topping itself from what it pulled off in Borderlands 2, Gearbox created over a billion procedurally-generated guns with unique parts and features depending on their brand. Melt faces with exploding lasers, freeze your enemies to death, or just use a gun that plays metal music or screams when you use it because, why not? In our testing of the game on Xbox, we loved it for these fun mechanics.
Supporting up to four-player co-op and coming with dozens of hours of content — not even accounting for its amazing DLC — it almost feels like there are never-ending amounts of fun to be had. When you combine this with the brand's signature sense of humor and art style, it becomes a fantastic game to play all around.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Say what you want about the Call of Duty series, but Treyarch knows how to make a good shooter. The gunplay is second to none, and Black Ops Cold War keeps it a bit more grounded than other recent entries in the series by setting it during the 1980s. In addition to a single-player campaign, it also has new and returning multiplayer modes, along with the popular Zombies mode.
Recruited by a top agent from the CIA, your character goes on a mission to stop the Russian operative Perseus, a person based on a real-life spy whose existence is argued to this day. In any case, he's real in Black Ops Cold War, and President Ronald Reagan approves the mission that sends you around the world to neutralize this threat. Your loyalties will be put to the test in this campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Set between Black Ops and Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tasks players with fighting for their country to take down the Russian threat that looms with the Cold War. Good luck, soldier.
Slay the forces of Hell and rip and tear your way through hundreds — possibly thousands — of demons in DOOM Eternal, a follow-up to the soft reboot of the series that id Software released a few years ago. With Earth overrun by demonic forces, it's up to you as the Doom Slayer to take down the Hell Priests and Khan Maykr, an evil being hell-bent on destroying all of humanity.
The Doom Slayer is up against the usual arsenal of baddies, some iconic faces returning alongside some new ones. DOOM Eternal puts a significant focus on fast and frenetic gameplay, encouraging players to push forward and eliminate enemies through brute force while also managing their resources. The guns at your disposal certainly help, like the combat shotgun and BFG 9000. That not enough for you? There are melee weapons like chainsaws and a retractable Doomblade, too.
Nothing is quite as satisfying as using a combat shotgun to destroy the demonic forces of Hell. That's exactly what DOOM Eternal offers up, so grab your favorite gun and start tearing your enemies to shreds.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Destiny 2 may have a competitive multiplayer mode, but its bread and butter is its PvE gameplay and co-op. Its fifth major expansion, Beyond Light, further enhanced this experience, tasking players to travel to Europa to stop an imminent threat against the Traveler. Bungie has cycled out some guns and locations in Beyond Light to keep the install size down, but it plans on rotating them in and out of its content vault.
The PS5 upgrade includes true 4K at 60FPS gameplay, with its Crucible multiplayer mode set to a whopping 120FPS. You may have to play it for yourself to see how beautiful it looks and how well it performs, but it's sublime. This next-gen update also added a FOV slider, and at some point, Bungie added cross-play in 2021 so that Xbox, PlayStation, and PC players can finally all play together.
Best PS5 Multiplayer Games
Gaming is a more social activity than ever, and nothing makes that as evident as the rise of multiplayer. Whether you're sitting next to a friend on the couch or playing with someone from another country, multiplayer games bring people closer together (if you ignore some toxic trolls on voice chat, but I digress). Multiplayer can be a force for good, connecting people and allowing them to have fun when they can't go outside. These are just a handful of the best multiplayer games on PS5.
Despite being initially released in 2018, Among Us took the internet by storm in 2020 thanks to Twitch and YouTube. At the time it was only available for PC and mobile, but due to its success, it's made its way to PlayStation 4 and 5. This social deduction game is perfect for large groups of people, supporting up to 15 players in online multiplayer.
Among Us tasks players with figuring out who among them is an Imposter and killing the others on the map. Crewmates set out to complete tasks without getting murdered while the Imposter attempts to sabotage them without getting caught. It's an incredibly simple premise that makes for some very fun gameplay.
Apex Legends is Respawn's answer to Fortnite. Instead of battling until one person remains, Apex Legends is more of a team sport. Sixty players, each in teams of three, battle it out with unique characters who have their own skillsets and abilities. To make it even cooler, it's set within the same sci-fi universe as Titanfall, another property by developer Respawn Entertainment.
Like Fortnite, Apex Legends features microtransactions, battle passes, and new seasons of content to keep the experience fresh for players. However, if Fortnite isn't your cup of tea, Apex Legends changes up the formula just enough to maybe be your battle royale of choice.
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege lives and dies by its multiplayer, so it's a good thing Ubisoft continually supports it with new seasons of content. There are a handful of modes spanning PvE and PvP scenarios, with one of the most popular being Terrorist Hunt and the competitive Hostage, Bomb, and Secure Area missions. There are nearly 60 playable characters, called Operators, who bring their own attributes and skills to the battlefield.
Given its success, Ubisoft isn't slowing down with Rainbow Six Siege anytime soon. The company announced a player count topping 60 million last year, and it only seems to grow. Its yearly passes usually include new Operators, VIP perks, skins, gear, and more.
Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege delivers outstanding multiplayer gameplay, with new seasons of content being added every year. It doesn't look like there's an end in sight anytime soon, so get in on the action.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Not to be left out of the battle royale fun, Call of Duty has its own version, Call of Duty Warzone. Up to 150 players can compete in a match, with some limited-time modes allowing for a whopping 200 players to enter the battlefield at once. Because this is a Call of Duty title, you can bet it has some of the best gunplay in the business, Warzone being developer by season pros Infinity Ward.
Besides its name and graphics to differentiate it from Fortnite and Apex Legends, it's a mostly typical battle royale with a shrinking map. What's nice, though, is that it features cross-play if you log in with an Activision account, letting people on Xbox and PlayStation play with one another.
Almost nothing can stop the domination of Fortnite. Continually one of the most-watched and most-streamed games on Twitch, there's no stopping what Epic can do with its free-to-play battle royale. The company keeps supporting it with new battle passes and seasons of content, ensuring millions of players hop on every day.
The battle royale throws 100 players onto an island to fight and be the last person standing. It has an instantly recognizable art style and keeps teaming up with companies like Disney and Warner Bros. to introduce new cross-over events, characters, and more. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan even streamed one of his movies in the game, and Travis Scott performed a concert. It's a cultural phenomenon that has brought countless people together.
Best PS5 Games for Kids
Not every game is child-friendly. I'd wager many of the most popular holiday releases tend to be rated T or M more adult audiences. Thankfully there are still plenty of options for the younger crowd to enjoy. The PS5 launched with some amazing games for kids, and I only expect more as the years go on. So here are what we consider to be some of the best PS5 games for kids.
From the developers behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch comes Bugsnax, another zany title that introduces players to the titular Bugsnax creatures. Part-bug, part-snack, these creatures wander around Snaktooth Island just waiting for you to photograph and capture them. These tasty little treats can then be fed to the local Grumpuses in the area, transforming parts of their bodies based on what they ate. Yes, it's kind of horrifying for such a cute game, but we loved it in our review.
On top of cataloging these creatures, you have a dual motive for traveling to Snaktooth Island. Famed explorer Lizbert Megafig seems to have gone missing, and it's up to you to uncover what happened. Trust me when I say that it's a lot weirder than you may think, even for a game about half-bug, half-snack animals.
Journey to Snaktooth Island and capture over 100 of these cute/creepy part bug, part snack creatures. There's a mystery waiting for you to uncover, so get your camera ready. Its Isle of Bigsnax expansion adds another few hours of playtime with gigantic Bugsnax for people to study.
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Astro's Playroom is a sequel to the VR title Astro Bot Rescue Mission, but you don't need to worry about needing a VR headset to play it. Astro's Playroom is a 3D platformer meant to showcase the capabilities of the DualSense controller, and it comes pre-installed on every PS5 console. It takes full advantage of its haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, allowing you to truly feel your actions in-game, creating a more immersive experience than ever, as we noted in our review.
Astro's Playroom is also filled to the brim with PlayStation nostalgia. Not only is each of its four main areas based on a section of the PS5 (GPU Jungle, SSD Speedway, Colling Spring, and Memory Meadow), but these sections also have hidden items and Easter eggs from PlayStation's past to collect, like the PS3 controller and other accessories over the years.
Astro's Playroom is free with every PS5, a charming platformer that capitalizes on PlayStation nostalgia and acts as a tech demo for the revolutionary DualSense controller. Once you feel those adaptive triggers, you can't go back.
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Sackboy: A Big Adventure
While not developed by LittleBigPlanet creators Media Molecule, which has since moved on to Dreams, Sackboy: A Big Adventure managed to capture the series' charm thanks to the work of Sumo Digital. Sackboy is enjoying his time in Craftworld, but when the villainous Vex disrupts the peace and threatens to destroy Craftworld and everyone in it, it's up to Sackboy to save the day.
Unlike LittleBigPlanet, which focused heavily on user-created content, Sackboy: A Big Adventure features dozens of levels designed by Sumo Digital. These can either be played solo or with up to four players in co-op. Our Sackboy: A Big Adventure review called it "the PlayStation version of Super Mario 3D World," which is "absolutely deserving of a place in any gamer's library."
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy is back in a new 3D platformer to save Craftworld from the evil Vex and his Topsy-Turver machine. Play through dozens of levels and earn collectibles to customize Sackboy in style.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Traveller's Tales is the premiere LEGO video game developer with dozens of titles under its belt, and when it came to rebuilding the world of Star Wars, it was more than up to the task. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga encompasses all nine of the main films, taking players through the prequel, original, and sequel trilogies as they watch Anakin Skywalker's rise and fall, Luke's journey to end the Empire, and Rey's adventure to discover herself and stop the First Order.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has nearly 400 playable characters that can be unlocked along with 45 main levels and fully explorable planets. When it comes to games for kids, it doesn't get much better than this. And if you've already played LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, you'll be happy to here The Skywalker Saga was built from the ground up and isn't simply a port of those levels.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Play through all nine movies and re-experience one of the greatest tales ever told in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The team built it from the ground up so those who've played The Complete Saga will find it an entirely new game.
Best PS5 Horror Games
Horror games come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether you're looking for psychological horror, slashers, supernatural thrillers, or something in-between, the horror genre encompasses a lot. Unfortunately, the PS5 hasn't seen too many top-tier horror games yet, but it has a couple at the moment that are excellent.
A spiritual successor to Until Dawn, The Quarry stars a group of camp counselors whose summer fun goes awry when they get stuck overnight and have to contend with supernatural forces attempting to pick them off one by one. Much like Until Dawn, player choices determine who lives and who dies.
In our review of The Quarry, we said that it "elevates the blueprint popularized by previous titles like Until Dawn while showcasing gorgeous visuals, fantastic character performances, and an engaging overarching narrative. This is a well-crafted modern love letter to classic campy horror." If you're a fan of slashers and Supermassive's anthology series didn't grab you, The Quarry might just reel you back in.
Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village made waves when it was first announced, partially because of Lady Dimitrescu, who the internet lovingly dubbed Tall Vampire Lady. However, she's only one part of a much larger game, but Capcom knew how to market Village right. She and her three daughters constantly stalk you around the castle, and there are plenty of scares to be had, but that's just that one section.
Village follows Ethan Winters after the events of Resident Evil 7. When Chris Redfield barges into his life and turns it upside down, Ethan ventures to a mysterious European village where Lycans, vampires, and other unsightly creatures rule. Our review noted, "Resident Evil Village takes everything you loved about the franchise and combined it with some homages to classic and modern horror to create something unique in video games today. It's an absolute spectacle, showing off the best of the RE Engine and the PS5 as a bonus."
Resident Evil Village
Horror fans owe it to themselves to play Resident Evil Village on PS5. It's an excellent addition to the iconic series and brings plenty of scares, especially on one level in particular.
Alan Wake Remastered
It's not a lake. It's an ocean. Those are the final words spoken in Alan Wake, and fans have been clamoring for a sequel to the cult classic ever since. While we learned a little more about Alan Wake in Control's DLC, he'll certainly have more to say in the upcoming Alan Wake 2. This is the first time that Alan Wake has made its way to PlayStation platforms, originally published as an Xbox 360 exclusive.
Alan Wake stars as the titular writer, traveling to Bright Falls with his wife and hoping to overcome a severe case of writer's block. Not everything is as it seems, though, and Alan's nightmares appear to come to life, tormenting him and capturing his wife. When the Dark Presence trapped within the lake attempts to escape, Alan must do whatever he can to stop it.
Twin Peaks fans should feel right at home with Alan Wake. The classic has been remastered for PS5, letting everyone experience the chilling story for the first time on PlayStation.
Returnal surprised everyone when it arrived. Coming from Housemarque, the developer of Resogun, it proved that the studio could do cinematic games that stand tall among the AAA crowd. What's better is that it takes full advantage of the PS5 DualSense controller, utilizing its haptic feedback and adaptive triggers for an engaging experience.
This roguelike features a time loop where you control an astronaut who crashes on a strange alien planet. It's brutally difficult but equally as gorgeous and fun. Just be careful because as soon as you die, you're sent back to the beginning. Our Returnal review called it a "mesmerizing blend of action and psychological horror," one that comes packed with impeccable roguelike gameplay, a surprising story, and gorgeous visuals.
Roguelikes aren't for everyone, and neither is Returnal. But if you're a fan of the genre, then you'll be treated to an excellent — if horrifying — experience. It's free DLC even brings co-op to the table. Good luck.
The best of the best
There's no shortage of games to play on PS5, so hopefully this list helps you narrow down your choices. And with major AAA games and excellent indies always on the horizon, it will continue to grow over the years. If you happen to see one of your favorite games not on the list anymore, that just might mean that it lost its spot to another title — not that it's suddenly bad.
And now that you've bought a library of PS5 games, let's just hope that the next console several years from now supports backward compatibility.
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