Find Something New To Play With 14 Of The Best PS5 Games For Every Taste
The PlayStation 5 brings heaps of new power to its excellent and ever expanding-library of games, making them all look better than ever, whether they launched on the console itself, bridged the gap between the last and new-generation, or are big remasters of classic games. With its DualSense controller, haptic feedback is a big addition to even the most classic of games, making this fun catalog feel fresh and dynamic no matter what your favorite genre is.
With the PS4’s library to fall back on and an ever expanding collection of newer releases, the PS5’s game library is already expansive, making it hard to pick the best of the best. But whether you like horror, action, Esports or anything in between, there’s something for you. These are the best games for PS5 you can buy today.
Best Horror game for PS5
Resident Evil Village
With almost universal praise, Resident Evil Village is one of the most beloved horror games released in recent years, and one of the best Resident Evil games ever made. It combines the vivid horror storytelling of Resident Evil VII with the beloved combat and structure of Resident Evil IV, with some iconic characters and gorgeous set pieces setting the mood perfectly. It doesn’t have the best puzzles in the series and the boss fights aren’t to everyone’s tastes, but it’s a supremely polished horror/action experience, making it one of the very best games you can play on the PS5.
Best Remake For PS5
The first game in the iconic series, Demon’s Souls is a classic to many and a game that is on more than one to-beat list. With this remake released for the PS5, it’s easier than ever to get to grips with this fantastically difficult, and now, fantastically good looking game.
One of the true pioneers of the eponymous “Souls-like” genre, Demon’s Souls is far from an easy game, but enjoys that same addictive gameplay loop that so defines the series. If you have the skills and the energy to take on some of the devilishly difficult boss monsters and the oppressive atmosphere, Demon’s Souls on PS5 is an absolute treat.
Best Fighting Game For PS5
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t quite as cutting edge as some of the other PS5 games on this list, having released on the previous generation first, but this Ultimate Edition includes all of the DLC, skins, and extra characters, providing a total of 37 playable characters. That includes special releases like Robocop and John Rambo, the latter of which is voiced by original Rambo actor Sylvester Stallone.
The PS5 version is also enhanced with 4K resolution support, improved visuals and much faster loading times thanks to the use of the PS5’s internal SSD. It’s not a completely new game, but its classic Mortal Kombat action with a bevy of new characters and locations makes it the best fighting game on PS5 right now.
Best PS4 Game For PS5
God of War
God of War was a console generation defining game. Its aesthetic was gorgeous, its combat intense and challenging, and its story was heartfelt and expressive. It received almost universal praise for practically every aspect of its creation, from the art direction to the level design, and it still holds up even on a new-generation console.
Taking on the role of Kratos, the former Greek God of War, you and your son Atreus, have to travel to the highest peak of the nine realms, facing off against terrifying gods and monsters on the way. It has intense action and light roleplaying elements that combine with a good narrative for a sublime gaming experience.
God of War is very much a PS4 game, but it looks just as good on the PS5. And it loads faster, making it a more seamless game to enjoy.
Best Racing Game on PS5
World Rally Championship 9
Another PS4 crossover, World Rally Championship 9, or WRC9, is a fantastic rally sim, and an excellent racing game in general. It expands upon its predecessors and pedigree, with more tracks, more cars, and improved visuals, with smooth 60 FPS gameplay at 4K.
Although it’s a great game to play with a racing wheel, Kylotonn has done a great job leveraging the new DualSense controller’s haptic feedback for a racing experience like no other. The trigger “pedals” have resistance where they should, and gear shifts give you a satisfying clunk with each shift. It’s one of the best games for the PS5, giving you a racing experience that lets you feel the roads and tracks beneath your wheels.
Best Challenging PS5 Game
Returnal is one of the best PS5 games locked exclusively to the Sony platform, with many of its other greats making the leap to PC now, in the future, or even stretching across to Microsoft’s console too. It’s a dastardly difficult roguelike, sci-fi experience, with some exciting gameplay elements, and gorgeous visuals, all wrapped up with some existential dread. What’s not to love?
After you crash land on an alien planet, you have to contend with flora, fauna, truly horrifying moments from your past and the intricacies of time loops. It’s a mind bending, often challenging shooter experience that will leave even hardcore gamers wanting more.
Best Esports game
Fortnite is free to play on every platform and you can download it from the PlayStation store directly. It’s the most popular Battle Royale game in the world right now and with good reason: it’s fast, frantic, combines building with third person shooter action in a sublime way and its ever evolving world map means there’s always something new to play with.
The new weapons, characters, skins, and unlocks all make Fortnite a great game to return to round after round, even if winning any match is extremely difficult. If you want to play as any of a number of DC heroes and villains, check out the Fortnite Last Laugh bundle for some fun options.
Best Action Game For PS5
Devil May Cry 5
The Devil May Cry series has given us some of the best action games on the PlayStation in multiple generations, and the fifth entry now spans two, offering fantastic gameplay to PS4 and PS5 gamers. This Special Edition brings a new character, Virgil, to the playable roster, and by all measures he could be the most fun Devil May Cry protagonist yet, with extreme bravado and a combat style that rewards light roleplaying.
The PS5’s new power is used to great effect, delivering butter smooth gameplay with 4K resolution and ray tracing enabled, and the game even has a new Legendary Dark Knight mode for returning players. It gives a huge challenge to experienced DMC gamers, making this one of the best PS5 games to buy even if you’ve played it before.
Best Open World Game for PS5
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition – PlayStation 5
One of the PS5 launch titles that was used to showcase the sheer speed of gameplay that the new hardware allows, Spider-Man Miles Morales builds upon the success of its predecessor in a big way. It’s a smaller story than its base game, but a more intimate one, and with the full 60 FPS support and new visual effects, the New York City in this game feels more alive than ever—especially while you swing past it at breakneck speed.
It’s the perfect world to explore, with extensive free roam options for traversing the city and a limited HUD helping you feel immersed in whatever takes your fancy. The expansive draw distance really makes the views at the tops of the tallest buildings worth chasing too.
Best Shooter For PS5
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Standard Edition – PlayStation 5
If you like your shooters arcade like and backed up by a great single player story—or training mode for multiplayer as some people treat it—then Call of Duty has always been a great franchise for you. CoD: Black Ops Cold War is a real mixed bag of content that has something for everyone. It combines the typical set-piece-driven campaign mode with some exciting spy thriller elements, with a solid, fast-paced multiplayer mode and the ever-fun cooperative Zombie survival experience.
If you like digging into the campaign, you’ll find some intriguing puzzle and strategic elements that aren’t always a big part of CoD gameplay, though the multiplayer is as run-and-gun-frantic as ever, with heaps of unlocks and ranks to work your way through. Black Ops Cold War also looks fantastic on the new-generation consoles, making it one of the best shooters on PS5 right now.
Best Action Adventure PS5 Game
Control: Ultimate Edition
Control may have been used as the poster-child for Nvidia’s ray tracing and DLSS technologies, but it’s still an amazing game on the AMD-GPU-driven PS5, and the ultimate edition really hammers home its strengths, making this one of the best releases of Control yet.
Putting you in the shoes of the director of a shadowy organization that has to deal with a sizeable outbreak of supernatural elements, the Ultimate Edition lets you work through the base Control experience, as well as both The Foundation and AWE expansions. Thanks to the power of the PS5, this release also includes locked 30 FPS ray tracing mode or the option of a smoother 60 FPS gameplay experience without ray tracing—both rendered at 1440p. Depending on your playstyle and aesthetic preference, you’ll get a slightly different looking and feeling Control experience, but both look gorgeous, and offer a fantastic way to experience The Federal Bureau of Control for the first (or second) time.
Best Narrative RPG For PS5
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
Disco Elysium is a unique game in the RPG genre that goes heavy on the narrative, while giving you deep customization options that come straight from complex board games and tabletop RPGs. If you like to really get into the role of your character, though, and like your games to have a taste of self-loathing and existentialism, then Disco Elysium could be the game for you.
You’re a drunk detective just trying to get through the day, without even the ability to stop grinning like an idiot. You’ll investigate crimes, deal with local labor unions, and barter with the locals to try and keep a roof over your head. You’ll do it by leveraging your uniquely rolled and chosen stats to perform every action from persuading those you’re interrogating to making a jump over a wall. It’s a unique experience that is only enhanced by this gorgeous physical edition from IAM8Bit.
Best COOP Game For PS5
It Takes Two
It Takes Two wasn’t made for the PS5, but it’s still the best cooperative experience for couples and those who really want to work together to achieve a goal. Playing as two parents who have decided to divorce but are forced to work together by their daughter’s anthropomorphic dolls, it’s an experience that can be quite hard hitting for parents or those who have gone through rough patches in their relationship, but it could be a cathartic one too.
Combining gorgeous visuals with unique powers and abilities—all designed to complement one another in the spirit of working together towards a shared goal—It Takes Two is the epitome of everything a cooperative game can be, and that makes it one of the best games for PS5 you can buy today.
Best Retro Classic For PS5
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
The original Tony Hawk 1 and 2 games are some of the best sports games ever made, let alone the best skating games, so the fact that they’re back and remastered for PS5 is a treat for gamers new and old. The games look better than ever on the new PS5 hardware, and the implementation of the DualSense feedback gives tangible feel to the game that just wasn’t there before.
The arcade skating elements are still as you’d expect them, with heaps of challenges to complete, and a solid campaign mode with heaps of tricks to unlock and learn. They’re expanded with new objectives and an improved Create a Park mode, letting you build the perfect arena to show off your skills in. With smooth performance and the same great gameplay of the original PSX launches, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 is easily the best retro classic game on PS5.