It’s been hard to find PlayStation 5 systems since the system’s launch back in late 2020. Global shipping issues, combined with widespread retail store closures and high demand from customers, pushed the PS5 into extreme unavailability. For the past year and a half, it’s been difficult to find a PS5 for MSRP. Resellers and scalpers have been charging exorbitant prices on secondhand sites like eBay.
If you have recently gotten your hands on a PS5, though, congratulations! You’re now up to speed with the latest generation of home consoles. You’re probably itching to see what exclusive games you’ve missed since the end of 2020. Here’s the good news: You’ve now got a huge stockpile of games to start digging into right away.
Today, we’re looking at the ten games every new PS5 owner should play right away. These are exclusives or games upgraded to take advantage of the PS5’s impressive graphical capabilities. Are you ready to step into the next generation of gaming?
The first game you should dive into once you get your PS5 out of the box is Astro’s Playroom. This zippy little 3D platformer comes pre-installed with every PS5 and puts your system through its paces in short order. Astro’s Playroom takes players on a short tour of the “inside” of their new system, playfully reimagining things like the GPU and cooling fans as sprawling platformer levels.
The result is both adorable and addictive, and you’ll likely blast through this delightful little game. It’s not terribly lengthy, making it a perfect appetizer for your time with your PS5. It’s also an excellent showcase for the DualSense controller.
Astro’s steps reverberate through the controller, showing off the HD rumble capabilities in the new gamepad. You can also control the little robot using motion controls in some sections. This game is free, so it’s worth a try!
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most iconic PlayStation games of all time. It’s a beloved turn-based RPG that tasks players with protecting the world of Midgard from the devious SHINRA Corporation. Rebels led by Cloud Strife, the game’s protagonist, take the fight to the Corporation in order to protect their world.
The latest version of the FFVII Remake, which is subtitled Intergrade, updates the gorgeous PS4 remaster of the game for PS5. It sports gorgeous graphics, addictive RPG combat, and a thoughtfully reimagined plot. It’s a must-play title for returning players and newcomers alike.
Intergrade will also show you what your new PS5 is capable of. It’s a jaw-dropping game, full of photorealistic graphics and stunning cutscenes. The system keeps a stable 60 FPS even as the combat gets frenetic and the screen fills with enemies. This is a true next-gen experience!
Horizon Forbidden West
The sequel to 2017’s excellent Horizon Zero Dawn, Forbidden West continues the story of Aloy as she battles to defend the post-apocalyptic civilization she knows and loves. This new entry sports numerous upgrades over its predecessor, including the addition of an addictive new paraglider that makes traversal a breeze. Every game should have a paraglider.
Speaking of things every game should have, this game sees the iconic robotic dinosaurs from the first game return. That’s right, you get to hunt giant robot dinosaurs with a bow. If that’s not enough to make you excited to play this game, I don’t know what to tell you.
This game, like Zero Dawn, splits its focus between open-world exploration and a deep, sprawling narrative. Fans of the first game will find plenty to love with this new entry.
Deathloop is like a cross between a James Bond movie and Groundhog Day. The protagonist, Colt, awakens on a bizarre island without any knowledge of how he got there. He learns that a dangerous cabal of assassins runs the island and that he’s stuck in a time loop until he manages to defeat all eight of them in a single day.
He’s outgunned, outnumbered, and frankly outmatched by his opponents. However, he has one advantage they don’t: He can remember what happens between loops. As such, he’s able to attempt his one-man assassination marathon as many times as he needs to until he gets it right.
Deathloop is a creative game that is as fun to play as it is to think about. Plotting your course across the island and tackling each of its assassins is just as fun as putting your plan in motion.
Spider-Man is one of the best comic book video games ever created. It’s a soaring game that allows you to finally cut loose through New York City as Peter Parker, and it tasks you with bringing down some of Spidey’s most iconic villains. It was a triumphant achievement of technological excellence on the PS4 in 2018, and its enhanced PS5 port takes that to the next level.
The PS5 version of the game is visually stunning, allowing players to choose between silky-smooth 60 FPS performance or eye-catching ray-tracing techniques. Either way, the game is breathtaking in action, and it’s easily one of the best experiences on PS5.
It’s just so fun to be Spider-Man, swinging through the city and stopping random street crimes. It feels like a comic book that has come to life in the best possible way.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet and Clank franchise has been going strong for over 20 years now, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. The latest entry, Rift Apart, came out for PS5 last summer, and it’s a joyous celebration of everything the series has done right over the past two decades. Rift Apart sees Ratchet and his robot pal Clank thrust into an alternate universe where their archnemesis, Dr. Nefarious, has conquered the world.
The game’s bright graphical style and buttery-smooth animations are downright awesome to see in action. It’s one of the best-looking video games ever made and one of the strongest arguments in favor of owning a PS5 system. The gameplay is also punchy, fast-paced, and as fun as always. This is a must-play for any PS5 owner.
Destiny 2 is a strange game. It’s always shifting and evolving, so returning players can always look forward to new weapons, enemies, and story twists. It’s also frustrating because players who step away from the game for a while and then come back can feel left out and far behind their peers.
However, if you’re willing to work with it, Destiny 2 can be one of the most rewarding video games around. There’s something ineffable about the game’s sublime gunplay, and landing that perfect headshot always just feels right.
The PS5 version of the game is the definitive experience. It’s gorgeous, it encounters almost no performance issues, and it loads massive dungeons in the blink of an eye.
Returnal is a tough video game in a lot of ways. It’s difficult to progress through this brutally challenging third-person shooter, and the game itself constantly taunts the player by suggesting the protagonist, Selene, is doomed to repeat her failures on the foreboding planet Atropos ad infinitum.
However, players who wrestle with the game and get to the bottom of its bizarre story and challenging gameplay will find something torturous and beautiful under the surface. The game is equal parts Metroid Prime and Aliens, and it’s full of haunting xeno-gothic imagery that will lurk in the back of your mind for years to come.
It’s also one of the most advanced showcases for the DualSense controller. When players step into rainy areas, the controller rattles and plinks with each drop. Enemies who shake the earth as they arrive to face you will cause the controller to practically start doing backflips in your hands. It’s an immersive experience that pulls you that much deeper into the game’s atmospheric world.
Elden Ring isn’t a PlayStation exclusive, but it’s best if you play it on a PS5. The game is very technically demanding, so it’s tough to get it to run smoothly on PC. If you’re looking for the best performance for Elden Ring without spending thousands of dollars on an expensive GPU, you should get it on PS5.
Elden Ring is a challenging but extremely rewarding game that asks players to learn its idiosyncrasies. Players need to be patient, deliberate, and careful to succeed in the Lands Between.
Those who adapt to challenge Elden Ring’s nastiest monsters will find themselves victorious in a game that rarely respects your time but always respects your efforts.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the half-sequel, half-DLC spawn of Spider-Man, is an unparalleled video game. It’s easily the best game on PS5. Players take the role of the title character, Miles, as he battles to keep his home neighborhood in Harlem safe from villains.
This game’s plot emphasizes the “neighborhood; part of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, showing Miles going out of his way to be part of his community. This take on the character is refreshingly modern while also embracing Spider-Man’s origins as a street-level superhero.