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There's a brand new entry on our best PS5 games list this month, and that's Arkane's brand new game, Deathloop. Take yourself on a trip to Black Reef and experience the time-looping puzzle that the Bethesda studio has created.
Elsewhere on this list, you'll find the games that really showcase the features and capabilities of Sony's latest hardware, from graphics to performance, reduction of loading times and impressive DualSense controller implementation.
The quality of the PS5 launch games back in November has definitely helped the strength of the best PS5 games list, along with the standard of the PS5 exclusives released so far. Although, judging by the entries on our upcoming PS5 games list it's going to get busier soon too.
While finding any PS5 stock is still quite the challenge, this collection will do nothing apart from make you more focused to get your hands on one. Whether you want a shot of pure, extra-strength joy from Sackboy: A Big Adventure, a demon challenge from Demon's Souls, or to feel like a hero in Spider-Man: Miles Morales you'll find all that and more on this list of the very best PS5 games that are out now, including a good selection of the PS5 launch games.
12. The Pathless
The Pathless is basically modern art, but it would be a damn crime if you just looked at it instead of playing it. As an archer on a mystical island, all you have to save it from the darkness is your bow, and a trusty eagle companion. The game has a wild system that combines zipping gracefully though the world with pulling off perfect archery shots, and you'll soon be performing acrobatics that put Cirque Du Soleil to shame. The DualSense's haptic feedback means you can actually feel the tension building in your bow as you aim your shots, and it feels so natural you'll wonder how we ever played games without it. The Pathless is another hit for publisher Annapurna, which has made a real name for itself in finding the best and brightest indie titles, and its latest does not disappoint.
The battle royale behemoth has arrived on PS5, and Fortnite looks glorious, with 4K support and up to 60 FPS in all game modes on PS5. Loading times have been reduced, which is perfect for when you just want to get back to winning, and the game world's physics have had a tweak that would make your old professor proud. Even better, the game supports those sexy adaptive triggers, so you'll feel the difference when you pick up ranged weapons like the Pistol, Suppressed SMG, and Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. All the action you know and love it still there, it's just had a serious next-generation upgrade.
This creature catching adventure is one of the weirdest games you'll ever play, but you'll enjoy every crazy moment of it. Sent to investigate Bugsnax - sentient, food-based lifeforms that transform the bodies of those who eat them - you split your time between catching the delicious darlings, helping the residents of Snaxburg and investigating the disappearance of the adventurer who invited you. Building your Bugsnax collection is no mean feat, requiring patience, strategy, and a surprising amount of condiments. Use ketchup to lure creatures into traps, a trip rope to catch cookies, and a launch pad for those hard to reach flying morsels. The story gets surprisingly dark but is always funny, and if the tension ever gets too much you can always feed a Strabby to one of the locals to turn his foot into fruit.
9. Astro's Playroom
Diving into this little toy box of technical wizardry is a no brainer, it comes installed on your PS5. Don't discount it just because it's free though, as well as being a great way to get to know the DualSense's new adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, it's a charming game in its own right. Pilot a glider, climb like a monkey, shoot ball guns in space, fight monsters and find collectibles, and enjoy some cheeky nods to PlayStation history along the way. Explore and you'll find artefacts like UMDs and the original PlayStation, puzzle pieces, and collect coins to have fun with a gachapon machine. It's a great showcase for the machine's new technical highlights, and gives you something to do while the next game on your play list downloads.
8. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
The historical murder series is back with a bang with Assassin's Creed Valhalla, putting your in the fur-lined shoes of Viking clan leader Eivor. Build a new settlement in ye olde England, bring down kings to forge alliances, and travel with your longship crew to plunder the towns and monasteries of Mercia. This will stand as one of the great entries in the Assassin's Creed series, thanks to complicated hero Eivor, the brutal combat, and the wealth of customisation options that cover everything from your fighting style to your face tattoo. There's rarely been a better match for the universe's lore than the Viking legends either, so you can expect some very interesting tangents as you explore the mysteries of Anglo Saxon England, try to appease the pagan gods, and go on special dream quests. There's a reason the world has been obsessed with Vikings since they first went pillaging, and Valhalla only makes us love them more.
7. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut
The PS5 release of the Ghost of Tsushima is well worth diving into, even if you've played it through on PS4. The PS5 version upgrades the game to offer 4K graphics running at 60fps, wonderful DualSense features, and 3D Audio support. The Director's Cut itself, adds the new Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island expansion, which is a fantastic new side-story set in an entirely fresh location. You'll learn more about hero Jin, meet new friends (and foes), and be able to engage with some new side content - including adorable critters. It's quickly solidified itself as one of the best PS5 games.
6. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
A perfect platformer packed with delights and surprises, and absolutely stuffed with charm. In Sackboy: A Big Adventure our titular hero visits different planets - think themes like jungle or the sea floor - to foil the plans of the evil Vex (voiced by Richard E Grant) and has lots of fun along the way. As well as looking like a party in a craft store the game is packed with ingenious level design, giving you sticky feet so you can walk up walls, levels that move in time to music, and fun tools like boomerangs and grappling hooks. As a bonus you can collect bells in the game to buy new outfits for your Sackboy, from cute tigers to mix and match punk witch mountaineers. There's no part of this game that hasn't been built with buckets of love and a cheery smile, and it shows in every secret corner, ingenious enemy and piece of fluff. Whether you're getting it for your child, or your inner child, it'll make your day.
5. Demon's Souls
Dying horribly at the hands of a soulless monster has never looked so good. The 2009 cult classic, Demon's Souls, has been completely remade for the 4K age, and is one of the best looking games on the new PS5. The motion capture, textures, and audio might all be new, but the hardcore action is utterly faithful to the original, offering the same brutal learning curve and sense of monumental achievement with every victory. FromSoftware's original formula has been respected, but there are some new tweaks too, new items, armor and weapons to covet, a change to the amount of healing grass you can carry, and new consumable Grains that offer buffs as you adventure. Whether you're a veteran warrior or visiting the land of Boletaria for the first time, there's something special to discover in this iconic adventure.
Returnal certainly won't be a game for everyone, but there's no denying how well it demonstrates the technological and graphical capabilities of the PS5. This challenging roguelike looks - and feels - absolutely fantastic. Between the haptic feedback bringing the rain of Atropos to your very fingertips through the controller, or the visual splendor of neon against a monotone world, it's all utterly gorgeous - if a little bleak at times. Like other roguelikes, the moment you die in Returnal, the loop begins again, with our heroine Selene trying to figure out exactly what's going down on this alien planet. Gain new upgrades, discover new weapons and alien tech, and work your way through the various biomes to reveal some of the truths behind the loops.
Arkane's latest is another triumph, with Deathloop offering up a murderous puzzle box for players to break open and figure out. Launching as a timed PS5 exclusive, Deathloop is one of those rare games that surprises you, playing out nothing like any of us expected. Lose yourself trying to figure out the mystery of how to kill eight targets in a single day, where all move around the world of Black Reef living their lives - and rudely not just staying put so you can kill them. The more you play and experience the loop, the more you learn, and the more you understand about this strange little time-looping world.
2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The next generation of Spider-Man, both technically and narratively, is packed with comic book adventure, heart and soul, and plenty of that oh so satisfying swinging through New York. As the attention switches from Peter Parker to Miles Morales, so does the action, with focus moving to his home turf of Harlem, and a whole new set of teen turned superhero problems. Miles has some new powers this time around, like the bioelectric venom, and the haptic feedback of the DualSense makes them even more satisfying to dish out to criminals and ne'er-do-wells. Spider-Man: Miles Morales manages the tricky task of delivering a story that Venom punches you right in the heart, but is also a place that you want to escape to after a long day in the real world. Thanks mainly to Miles' charm, and that sweet swinging, Spider-Man: Miles Morales pulls it off so well you'll wish Peter Parker a happy retirement without even a tear in your eye.
1. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is at the top of our best PS5 games for two reasons. Not only is it the best Ratchet and Clank adventure yet, with our heroic duo taking us on an utterly memorable journey with some new friends, but it is also a powerful demonstration of what the PS5 can do. Doctor Nefarious has been at it again, stealing the Dimensionator and ripping holes between dimensions. Ratchet and Clank are split up, flung across the universe through time and space, and enlist the help of fellow Lombax, Rivet, to help stitch the universe back together. Flying through time rifts is utterly seamless, with not a loading screen in sight, and the haptic feedback on the DualSense, along with those adaptive triggers, are used brilliantly. Ratchet and Clank has never looked, played, or been better.