13 Best PS5 Exclusive Games in 2022

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Sony has been killing it with its exclusive games for the better part of the past two decades. Exclusive titles such as The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and God of War, as well as everything in between, have been a primary reason why Sony’s consoles have strong sales consistently. And It doesn’t look like Sony intends to change things with the Playstation 5 in terms of the large number of exclusive gaming titles they have available.

It’s evident that Sony is trying to position the PS5 as the console to beat when it comes to exclusive games. As a result, we have created this comprehensive list of the best PS5 exclusives. Moreover, these PlayStation 5 exclusive games are all currently available for you to play right now.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Insomniac Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Spider-Man’s been one of the most prominent figures across multiple generations of the PlayStation console since Sony acquired the rights to the character. As such, many half-expected spidey to come swinging his way into the PlayStation 5. What many did not expect, however, was that it was going to be a launch title.

Easily one of the biggest exclusives confirmed for the PlayStation 5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is actually more of an expansion than a new full release. But, before you get your pitchforks out, keep in mind that this is an “expansion” in the same sense that Bioshock Infinite, Burial at Sea, and Blood and Wine were considered DLCs even though they felt like actual sequels.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, as the title suggests, will prominently feature African-American Miles Morales as its central character, and will come with a number of enhancements to the core gameplay and graphics, taking full advantage of the superior hardware offered by the PlayStation 5.

Deathloop

Release date: September 14th, 2021 | Developer: Arkane Studios | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Deathloop embodies the core elements of being an assassin/ hitman. After all, Deathloop comes from Arkane Studios— the creators of the well-respected game, Dishonoured. You will control a cool and skillful protagonist named Colt. He is fighting with time itself as he finds himself stuck in a time loop. To make things more nerve-wracking, Colt has a ticking deadline on him to finish his mission and break the time loop once and for all. Deathloop will put you in a state of adrenaline as you have only till midnight to assassinate eight visionaries— should you be unsuccessful; it’ll negatively impact the loop. The game introduces an equally charismatic antagonist, Julianna Blake who is just as competent as your main character— not to mention, she is one of the eight visionaries. 

The game’s launch could not have been more successful. Having already two gaming awards, Deathloop also received a ten out of ten from IGN. It is a must recommend for anyone who enjoys first-person shooters and… assassins. 

Demon’s Souls

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Bluepoint Games | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

A remake of one of the most underrated games of its generation and the progenitor of the Soulslike genre, 2020’s Demon’s Souls makes dying helplessly over and over again look so good. The game is a faithful recreation of the 2009 cult classic, from the hardcore action to the steep learning curve that makes each encounter feel like a final boss fight.

While the game carefully recreates the original formula, the remake adds modern niceties like better motion capture, textures, and audio. Not to mention, there are new items, armor, and weapons to loot, as well as several quality of life improvements without making each visit to the land of Boleteria any less difficult.

As the icing to the proverbial cake, Demon’s Souls lets players choose from two equally impressive visual options. Those who’d like to die a pretty death can opt for the Cinematic Mode (native 4K at 30fps). Meanwhile, those who’d like to improve their chances of living with a minimal hit in graphical fidelity can choose Performance Mode (dynamic 4K at 60 fps).

Godfall

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Counterplay Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Yeah, so Godfall was one of the titles that we know would launch along with the PlayStation 5, but that didn’t really stop it from being one of the most hyped games at the PlayStation 5 showcase. After all, what’s more fun than bashing and slashing your way through grotesque brutes of monsters than doing so in style?

A game that’s looking to be like Devil May Cry meets Borderlands, this looter-slasher will see players swap between those glorious armor sets known as Valorplates so that they can transform into unstoppable killing machines. The goal? To become powerful enough to kill Macros, who is an actual god.

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

Release date: November 8th, 2019 | Developer: Kojima Productions | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

The game, whose cast shocked the world. Starring many renowned actors and actresses such as the Protagonist Sam played by Norman Reedus, Cliff by Mads Mikkelsen, and Fragile by Lea Seydoux. The Director Cut was launched to do justice to the earlier launch of the game that received mediocre ratings.

Now better optimized to deliver improved visuals and performance. Not to mention, this edition supports the haptic feedback of PS5 and is packed with extra missions. To encapsulate, this final upgrade for PS5 doesn’t revolutionize the weak nooks of the game completely, but it is certainly efficient with the helpful addition of tools to refine the gameplay. 

Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: February 18th 2022 | Developer: Guerrilla Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

As the new emerging threat decays the land and endangers the very lives of the people surrounding Aloy, she ventures to the Forbidden West for the sincere and heroic purpose of eradicating the evil spreading. The name, “Forbidden West” serves as the perfect foreshadowing of the arduous journey that awaits our favorite female protagonist. No heartfelt dialogue will persuade the adamant Rebel leader, Regalla— incessant war and war-like machines will prove to be obstinate obstacles.

Horizon Forbidden West Is here to uphold the promises established in Horizon Zero Dawn concurrently with riveting addons to intensify the action-packed experience of this sequel. Developers have kept a keen eye on the previous pitfalls of the game; they went on to refine the pace of the storyline, and quality of cut scenes and overcame any former forms of imperfections. Long story short, Forbidden West delivers an efficient punch to everything we cherish about Horizon. The combat feels crispier with the addition of newer weapons and versatile ammunition that’ll help you strategically take down large hostile bodies. The difficulty level is up to par with player satisfaction and will have you engrossed in conquering the Forbidden landscapes. Whenever the escapade starts to feel lonesome, you will keep running into familiar faces of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Astro’s Playroom

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: SIE Japan Studio | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone 10+

Astro’s Playroom takes gamers on a literal trip through the insides of the PlayStation 5 and everything that has led up to it.

This whimsical platformer takes place across four worlds that are based on the components that make up the PS5. It uses clever twists on gameplay to introduce gamers to everything that the PS5 can do. Each subsequent level in Astro’s Playroom builds on the previous one, injecting new ideas, and taking place in completely different areas to help keep the game feeling fresh and exciting throughout its short run.

As a technical showcase and lesson on the history of the PlayStation 5, Astro’s Playroom delivers a truly unique journey.

Returnal

Release date: April 30, 2021 | Developer: Housemarque | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Returnal takes a mechanic that is usually reserved for indie titles and smaller games to create a premier-tier title worthy of inclusion in the PS5’s short but excellent list of exclusive titles. It is a third-person shooter with roguelike gameplay where players have to navigate an ever-changing planet where nothing stays the same whenever you die.

The sci-fi adventure forces players to learn patterns and adapt on the fly to survive. All the while, it draws gamers in by showing them minute details of a creative story where nothing is quite what it seems. The reward comes in overcoming each challenging boss and powerful enemy, as well as fighting out what truly drew players into such a hostile planet.

Speaking of subtle details, Returnal uses subtle raindrop haptic pulses that make the rain in the game feel amazing. Meanwhile, the immersive 3D audio of the PS5 helps bring life to the alien world around you and makes it easier to position yourself, as well as navigate through the environment in the middle of battles.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Release date: April 30, 2021 | Developer: Sumo Digital, XDev | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Who here misses Little Big Planet? The puzzle-platformer was once a staple of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, among others. However, after the release of LittleBigPlanet 3, Media Molecule seems to have decided to move on to different things, which is a shame, because most people probably wouldn’t mind having more level-design creation titles to tinker around with. Luckily, the franchise lives on in one of its most recognizable faces with Sackboy: A Big Adventure for the PlayStation 5.

A 3D platformer, which is a first in the franchise, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a self-explanatory title. It’ll see the titular Sackboy go out and explore the world on his own, and since this is still a LittleBigPlanet title, we can expect to have a lot of fun playing on our own and with friends alike.

The Pathless

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Giant Squid | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone 10+

Set in an island ravaged by some unknown curse, The Pathless is an indie action-adventure title that tasks players with the goal of cleansing the vast terrain of whatever’s ailing it. To do this, players will take control of a talented master archer. They’ll be aided by an eagle throughout their journey. The eagle can learn new abilities and carry the Hunter to places she otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.

The Nioh Collection

Release date: Feb 5, 2021 | Developer: Team Ninja | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

The Nioh Collection takes two of the best games for the PS4, cranks its graphics and performance up to 11, and compiles both of them, including the extra content, into one bundle. The result is a PS5 exclusive title that makes these two Soulslike games worth revisiting or playing for the first time if you have not played a Nioh game before.

As part of the improvements, both Nioh and Nioh 2 will support 4K resolution and up to 120 fps gameplay, as well as the ability to transfer your save data from the PS4 version so you don’t have to grind again from the beginning. Although we wouldn’t blame you if you did so anyway if only for the sake of the challenge.

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade

Release date: Feb 5, 2021 | Developer: Team Ninja | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade expands on 2020’s remake of the original PlayStation classic title. The PS5-exclusive bundle comes with a brand-new Yuffie-centric episode with events that run parallel with the base game. The DLC sees the fan-favorite character infiltrate the Shinra building while working side by side with Avalanche HQ.

As for the base game itself, the new battle system is a welcome surprise for fans of the standard turn-based battles. It blends the best parts of the older game’s combat system while also modernizing it. Meanwhile, the expanded stories and moments on each character are much appreciated. This allows gamers to develop a closer bond with Cloud and co.

As a PS5-exclusive title, Intergrade introduces two new settings (Graphics Mode and Performance Mode), as well as a Photo Mode. Meanwhile, the gameplay has also been updated, with haptic feedback integration making each swing feel heavier and the adaptive triggers transforming the bike racing segments into something you’ll look forward to doing.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Release date: June 11, 2021 | Developer: Insomniac Games | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone 10+

As the nth game in the PlayStation-exclusive series, Rift Apart stands out from its predecessors and other games on the market by giving gamers their first definitive next-gen taste for Sony’s new platform. It is what happens when developers make a game exclusively for the PS5.

Rift Apart is the titular duo’s latest adventure. It doesn’t just take them through galaxies this time around. Instead, the game takes full advantage of the PS5’s proprietary SSD to let gamers travel seamlessly in between dimensions through its multiple expansive and varied levels. The thrilling combat system is made even more immersive thanks to the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

Add memorable characters and multiple gameplay settings (Fidelity Mode, Performance Mode, and Performance Mode RT), Rift Apart creates a gaming experience that just isn’t possible on any other console.

Conclusion

So far, Sony has done a mighty good job of keeping audiences satisfied with an impressive list of PS5 exclusives. Currently, there are plenty of options to choose from that satisfy most gamers as you can see from the list above. Not to mention, as developers become more confident about making exclusive titles for the new console, we can only expect the PS5’s exclusive library to grow.

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