12 Best PS5 Exclusives in 2021

Sony has been killing it with its exclusives for the better part of the past two decades. From The Last of Us to Bloodborne and God of War, as well as everything in between, gamers are flocking to Sony’s consoles because of its lineup of exclusive titles. It doesn’t look like Sony intends to change things with the PS5.

With the release of the Playstation 5, it’s evident that Sony is trying to position it as the console to beat pertaining to the numerous exclusive games they have announced. 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 View on Amazon

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.

Demon’s Souls

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

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 View on Amazon

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.

Astro’s Playroom

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

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.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Release date: April 6, 2021 | Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty for the PlayStation 4 gave younger and older audiences alike a more modern take on the classic PlayStation title, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey. Oddworld: Soulstorm will look to do the same for the PlayStation 5.

A remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, the modern remake of the age-old platformer will see Abe continue his quest to upend the overlords who have long capitalized on the free labor of him and his fellow Mudokens.

The PS4 remake was certainly a breath of fresh air. It was a while since most gamers saw that kind of mix of gameplay between 2.5D platforming with resource management, as well as with environmental puzzles thrown in. Look for more of the same with Oddworld: Soulstorm, with just about enough new features to make it feel like it belongs to modern times.

Returnal

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

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 View on Play Station

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+ View on Amazon

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+ View on Amazon

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 View on Amazon

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+ View on Amazon

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.

Guilty Gear -STRIVE- 

Release date: June 11, 2021 | Developer: Arc System Works | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Guilty Gear -STRIVE- is the latest sequel to Arc System Works’ popular fighting game series. It will mark the first game in the franchise to support the PlayStation 5 launch. It was made using Unreal Engine 4 and will come with new gameplay mechanics, including, but not limited to, Wall Break.

-STRIVE- will run at a native 4K resolution at 60 fps on the PlayStation 5 and will be a direct sequel to Xrd. The single-player campaign will see Sol Badguy’s story coming to an end with the events of the game being primarily sent in the United States of America.

Conclusion

Even if the PS5 hasn’t been out for more than a year yet, Sony has done a mighty good job of keeping audiences satisfied with an impressive list of exclusives. There are enough exclusive games for the PS5 to satisfy everyone. 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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