Looking for the best PS5 games to play right now? We don’t blame you. Those who have picked up (or are planning to pick up) a PlayStation will be looking to fill their new console library with a selection of fantastic titles. PS5 games currently range from family-friendly adventures with fun mascot characters to third-person brawlers with gorgeous graphics. Whether you want an exciting showcase of the PS5’s DualSense controller and its abilities or a new action-packed first-person shooter to play through, the PS5 has something for you.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Whether you’re sailing onto the shore or ransacking a village, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla recreates the Viking age with aplomb. If you’re a fan of Nordic folklore or simply enjoy plunging an axe into the chest of another man, Valhalla promises to deliver. There’s a variety of activities to complete in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including “Viking rap battles” in the form of flyting, naval combat, settlements, and conquest battles. It’s an expansive title with plenty to challenge players with.
Astro’s Playroom is the best pack-in game since Wii Sports, as it perfectly showcases what Sony’s new system can do. From the sumptuous, crystal clear 4K visuals, to the pleasing 3D audio, this is a gem of a platformer, and it’s installed on every PS5. This game is the best showcase for the console’s DualSense controller. It utilises haptic feedback to simulate sensations like walking on sand or the feel of blowing wind, while the adaptive triggers create a new form of feedback, with tension to mimic things like pulling the string on a bow or stretching out a spring.
A true PS5 exclusive, Demon’s Souls is arguably the best looking game on PlayStation 5. From the spectacular lighting and hulking bosses to its phenomenal texture detail, it’s a gorgeous sight to behold. Demon’s Souls is famously difficult, with dark fantasy elements, frustrating battles, and fulfilling moments that feel like conquering the world when you complete them. It also incorporates multiplayer elements into its single-player game in an ingenious way.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A sequel that’s more akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of scale, Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales puts you in the Adidas-branded sneakers of the charismatic and rookie web-slinger, Miles. With Peter Parker off on holiday, it’s up to Miles to take over the stewardship of New York, and predictably, his first week on the job doesn’t go smoothly.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales delivers a blockbuster, cinematic experience that easily rivals Hollywood’s best. The game’s fidelity mode shows off the power of ray-tracing (realistic reflections and lighting), and there’s a silky-smooth 60fps performance mode, too. If you loved the first Spider-Man game, or simply want to experience yet another excellent PlayStation exclusive, you don’t need to look much further than Miles’ debut outing.
The Pathless’ influences are clear; playing it feels like running through a mashup of Journey and the works of Fumito Ueda, with just a little bit of Breath of the Wild thrown in. Even then, it has its distinct feel that’s worth checking out. The game puts you in the role of a young adventurer tasked with eliminating mysterious darkness that’s covering the land, but the way you do so is pretty novel.
The Pathless is all about movement: you shoot arrows at diamonds littered across the sky, which give you the energy to zip across the desolate landscape in search of towers and ruins that house useful artifacts. Just getting around is fun. But that focus on momentum is buoyed by some clever environmental puzzles, absolutely gorgeous landscapes, and heart-pounding boss battles.