The highly anticipated console, the PlayStation 5 has finally been released. As a result, many are wondering what games are available for Sony’s next-gen console at launch and beyond. Therefore, in this article, we have created a comprehensive review of the best PS5 games.
There are numerous confirmed gaming titles for this new console with many more expected. So, we have included a wide and diverse variety of those PlayStation 5 games covering many different gaming genres. We have also included video trailers of each game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
After dabbling with the future, popular shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield are bringing it back to the good old days. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, in particular, will bring gamers back to the Cold War era.
Thanks to the trailer, we already know what to expect from the latest Black Ops title. Fan favourites such as Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson will all return in this all-new shooter. Their mission? Find out who the Soviet spy Perseus is, who, by the way, is based on an actual person that supposedly successfully infiltrated the US government at the time.
While there’s no word on a release date yet, we’ve already seen enough of the intriguing storyline and action-packed gameplay to get excited.
Adrenaline junkies will surely enjoy this bit of good news. Dirt 5 is the eighth game to carry the Dirt title and judging by the looks of it, it wants to take the highly-praised off-road racing franchise to the next generation.
Unfortunately, we don’t really know much about Dirt 5 just yet. Outside of the early trailers and glimpses, there aren’t a lot of details available on Dirt 5. But, then again, do we really need that? What’s important is that we know this racing game is coming to the PS5.
If something’s not broken, then don’t bother fixing it. Or, at least, that’s how the common saying usually goes. NBA 2K21 is a good example of that. Ever since they started the NBA 2K franchise, 2K Games has gone on to become the de-facto developer of many sports titles, especially when it comes to basketball. They even managed to supplant Electronic Arts, who, for years, had a stranglehold on the basketball sports simulator genre.
Even though the developers have been criticized for not really changing things much up year by year, you can’t really blame them when the formula has consistently worked. For NBA 2K21, you can expect more of the same as that of NBA 2K20.
In fact, one could argue that you could get away with just having last year’s title on your PS4 and updating the roster. Except, of course, it won’t be a PS5 title, as NBA 2K21 will be once the PS5 launches, and by then, the numerous differences will be noticeable, as NBA 2K21 is set to benefit from everything the PS5 has, including haptic feedback, and of course, better hardware.
Already, NBA 2K21 gives players more freedom than before. Case in point, you now have a much more diverse range of motion with the right stick, and shot-stick aiming feels more accurate and lifelike. Not to mention, there are small improvements as well, all of which might sound like optional, but in totality, makes NBA 2K21 well worth getting on the PS5. As an added bonus, playing MyTeam in NBA 2K21 feels a lot less like playing “who can spend more money?”
Arguably the current poster boy of the video game industry, Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Quirky, fun, innovative, and colorful, all the while featuring a surprising amount of depth in gameplay, Fortnite takes all the seriousness commonly associated with shooters and daps on a child-friendly aesthetic with mechanics taken from another popular title in Minecraft to create a game that caters to both the young and old.
There’s no denying it. Fortnite is arguably the most popular video game today. In case you doubt it, you only need to take a look at the numbers, where Fortnite boasts more than 350 million registered players as of 2020. Hate it or love it, Fortnite’s popularity will only continue to grow with the next-generation consoles.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5 Exclusive)
Arguably the most-hyped exclusive to hit the PlayStation 5 at launch, Spider-Man: Morales will see the African-American web-slinger finally take center stage.
Unfortunately Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be more of an expansion than a full release. But, hey, can we really complain? Even though it’s technically not a new title, it will arguably come with an entire title’s worth of new content. Not to mention, being that it’s one of Sony’s premier franchises, we can expect it to help showcase the PlayStation 5 to the best of its abilities.
After all, we’ve already seen Sony use 2018’s Spider-Man title to help prove that the PS5’s SSD is legit. Who’s to say that they can’t improve it even further? Not to mention, with the added processing power that comes with the PlayStation 5, and we can’t just wait for Spider-Man: Miles Morales to arrive, expansion or not.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
After skipping a year for the first time since the first Assassin’s Creed title came out in 2007, Ubisoft has finally unveiled the latest installment in one of the industry’s premier stealth-action franchise. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will take players back to the Dark Ages where they’ll take control of the Viking assassin Eivor.
Similar to the last two Assassin’s Creed titles, Origins and Odyssey, the 2020 title will heavily feature RPG elements. This includes robust character customization options. In addition to this are dialogue options that will decide what will happen next or down the line in the game, for better or for worse.
Of course, at its very core, this is still an Assassin’s Creed title. This means that the requisite leaping, climbing, and stabbing will always be there. The only difference? You’ll be doing it across the four kingdoms of 9th century United Kingdom this time around.
Demon’s Souls (PS5 Exclusive)
A full-on remake of the cult-classic that released way back in 2009 for the PlayStation 3, Demon’s Souls will look to torment gamers once again, albeit now, it’s clad with shiny new armor and more detailed, yet grotesque monsters.
As if that’s not enough, this project is being handled by Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio. A studio that specializes in modernizing older titles, Bluepoint Games is responsible for giving gamers modern takes on old classics such as the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and the Shadow of the Colossus remake, among many other titles.
With such an established name behind it and an already excellent source material, expect controllers to come flying straight to walls once Demon’s Souls arrives on the PlayStation 5.
Godfall (PS5 Exclusive)
A PS5-exclusive title, Godfall is backed by some of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Its publishers, Gearbox, are the same people behind the award-winning shooter-looter Borderlands franchise. Meanwhile, the developers, Counterplay Games, were one of the studios tapped in the creation of hit PS4-exclusive, God of War, which released in 2018.
Judging from the looks of it, Godfall is looking more like Borderlands than God of War. However, it seems to share the same aesthetics as sci-fi looter-shooters Warframe and Destiny 2.
The developers, however, are adamant that Godfall is not a looter-shooter. Instead, they believe that it’ll be the start of a new genre that uses loot-to-win mechanics. Yet, at the same time, they claim that gameplay will reward players for actually knowing how to play the game well rather than just relying on constant, mindless grinding.
Just how exactly Counterplay Games aims to accomplish that, we don’t know just yet. What we do know is that Godfall is set to be one hell of a spectacle. This is largely thanks to the impressive hardware available on the PlayStation 5.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Another cross-generation title from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs: Legion is the third installment in the third-person, action-adventure franchise. However, unlike the first two titles whose stories revolved around a central protagonist, Watch Dogs: Legion will put a twist in that anyone and everyone is a playable character.
Set in an open-world London, the story of Watch Dogs: Legion will reportedly revolve around DedSec, an international hacker group, who are dead set on staging a revolution against the authoritarian regime that has used technology to take control of the United Kingdom.
By design, Watch Dogs: Legion will feature a more dynamic in-game narrative. Instead of a central character, you have dozens of characters to choose from. More importantly, each one will have a fleshed-out story, unique abilities, and a set of missions unique to them.
Also, it seems that Ubisoft has taken a page out of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem franchise where each character can die permanently. With such a potentially gripping narrative and a unique take on the common action-adventure trope, Watch Dogs: Legion is surely a title to watch out for.
Outriders is another title made in the same mold as the likes of Destiny and Warframe. But while similar to Godfall in some ways, Outriders differs in that it is a multiplayer-centric title. Not to mention, it takes on a far more serious tone. It’s also set as a cross-generation title that players will have a chance to play on current-generation consoles and next-generation consoles once it launches.
Outriders’ developers, People Can Fly, is the former Epic Games Poland and helped co-develop Fortnite: Save the World and Gears of War 3. Meanwhile, its publishers are Square Enix.
With that said, Outriders has some pretty big guns behind it (pun intended). Only time will tell if Outriders has the potential to become the Destiny of its generation if not surpass it.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Initially set to release in early 2020, Immortals Fenyx Rising, originally named Gods and Monsters, is Ubisoft’s latest IP. This open-world action-adventure title will put players in the shoes of Fenyx, a red-headed mortal blessed with god-like powers. It is then up to the Fenyx, and the players, to bring order back to a world heavily inspired by Greek mythology after Typhon, a mythical creature said to be the youngest son of Gaea and Tartarus, wreaked havoc.
Immortals Fenyx Rising is already set to release for the PlayStation 4 on December 3. Considering that all PS4 games released past July will have to be compatible with the PS5 as Sony mandated, we expect this title to make its way to the next generation as well. If that’s not enough proof, we do know that Ubisoft has officially confirmed this themselves.
Scarlet Nexus is a futuristic action-RPG by BANDAI NAMCO. It’s set in the far future where humanity has somehow found a way to unlock their innate physic powers and use it to defend themselves against alien beings out for their brains.
If that sounds like a euphemism for zombies in your ears, then you’re not alone. With that said, Scarlet Nexus is boasting some pretty serious pedigree. Although it’s an entirely new IP, taking the lead are the same people behind the critically-acclaimed TALES OF series of games. If nothing else, Scarlet Nexus could be the start of another interesting RPG franchise from the guys over at BANDAI NAMCO.
Just like clockwork, the pandemic couldn’t stop the release of a new FIFA title. Unlike previous FIFA titles, FIFA 21 could very well be the biggest jump for the franchise yet, as it aims to take full advantage of what the PS5 has to offer. This means that, instead of just better-looking graphics and a couple of updates here and there, we should see FIFA 21 make full use of the haptic feedback feature of the all-new DualSense.
Of course, if the gameplay trailer is to go by, there’ll be plenty of new gameplay features arriving with the FIFA 21.
This includes, among many others, a fun mode that lets you do undo events mid-match, and many more.
Deathloop (PS5 Exclusive)
Bethesda Softworks will play the role of publishers to Arkane Studios once again with the release of the timed PS5 exclusive, Deathloop. An extremely intriguing title featuring time-loop elements, the first-person action-adventure title will have players playing both as the hunter and the hunted, or is it the hunter and the hunter? Whichever the case is, Deathloop will be a title to watch out for.
Set in an island where the party never ends, Deathloop will have players taking control of Cult, a man whose goal is to take down eight targets as soon as possible. But, being someone with such a mission, he’s not without opposition. In addition to the enemies he’ll have to take down to get to his targets, he’ll also be chased by Julianna, another character who players will also be able to control. If you loved going all out in Dishonored, rats be damned, then you’ll surely love the more action-oriented Deathloop.
Madden NFL 21
Already available on current-gen consoles, Madden 21 will make its way to the PlayStation 5 at launch later this year. Described as the smoothest and most customizable Madden title yet, Madden 21 made full use of what was available to it for the PlayStation 4. However, once it’s available on the PlayStation 5, expect some things to change.
In addition to faster loading times and access to better hardware, Madden 21 should also benefit from the haptic feedback of the DualSense. Some also believe that Sony will make spatialized audio available in Madden 21 for the PlayStation 5, although that has yet to be confirmed. All in all, Madden 21 is still the best football game in years, and it’s only going to get better for the PlayStation 5.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate brings Mortal Kombat 11 to the PlayStation 5, complete with support for up to 4K resolution. It’ll also come with all of the content that’s been released for the fighting game so far. This includes two Kombat Packs, as well as an all-new expansion, and new characters.
The Nioh Collection
The Nioh Collection will bring the PlayStation-exclusive action RPG franchise to the next generation, complete with support for 4K resolution gaming up to 120 fps and remastered graphics for both titles, and all of the downloadable content that’s been released for both titles so far.
Nioh’s gameplay revolves around well-timed hacks and slashes, as well as knowing when to run, block, dodge, and spring while managing a stamina bar.
Not to be outdone, the latest Battlefield title will also make its way to the PlayStation 5. Battlefield has been one of if not the best realistic first-person shooters for well over a decade, Battlefield 6 could be the best yet as the franchise is expected to return to modern military-based warfare.
However, unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops- Cold War, Electronic Arts nor DICE have released much info about Battlefield 6. The only thing we know so far is it’s set for a 2021 release on the PlayStation 5 and it’s going to be a gorgeous title.
After taking gamers to the middle ages with The Witcher video game series, CD Projekt have now set their eyes on a dystopian futuristic setting with Cyberpunk 2077.
Set in the fictional Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 will let players choose from eight different operatives known as “Edgerunners”. Players will then be able to explore the world with their said operative however they want. Accordingly, any and all decisions the player makes will have both immediate and long-term effects on the game.
We’ve already had multiple chances to see Cyberpunk 2077 in action. This means that gamers can’t just wait to get their hands on it.
Thankfully, the developers have since confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on the PS5. In fact, even better, it’ll essentially be a launch title. The game is set to launch on November 19. This puts its release date just a week after the PlayStation 5 will be made available on November 12.
Rainbow Six Siege
A late bloomer, Rainbow Six Siege didn’t gain much attention when it first came out in 2015. Critics praised it for its tactical and strategical depth, as well as focus on multiplayer. However, many pointed out that it lacked content and a proper progression system to draw in players. As a result, the initial sales were low. But, instead of being discouraged, Ubisoft Montreal worked hard to constantly tweak and improve Rainbow Six Siege over the years.
The result? Nearly five years later, Rainbow Six Siege has evolved into one of the premier tactical online shooters today. Perhaps more importantly, Rainbow Six Siege has become a legitimate esport title. Look to Rainbow Six Siege to continue innovating well into the current decade as it launches on the PlayStation 5.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Initially set for an early 2020 release, Rainbow Six Quarantine has since found itself going MIA. However, Ubisoft seems intent on pushing through with other titles that suffered similar fates. This includes titles such as Watch Dogs: Legion and the former Gods and Monsters game, now titled Immortals Fenyx Rising.
With that said, we should expect Rainbow Six Quarantine to come sooner rather than later. Now, what exactly is the game all about? Rainbow Six Quarantine is essentially the full-game version of Rainbow Six Siege’s limited-time event, Outbreak.
For those that do not know, the Outbreak event saw the game’s Operators fight off an alien parasite. This included an all-new cinematic specifically made for the event. The mode encompassed three lengthy and highly-praised stages.
Ubisoft has not talked much about Rainbow Six Quarantine since last summer. However, there are plenty of rumors swirling about. Chief among them is that the game will take the same approach as Outbreak. The main difference is that the pandemic will extend to a more massive, nationwide scale.
Horizon: Forbidden West (PS5 Exclusive)
Horizon: Forbidden West could’ve taken the take as the most-awaited launch title for the PlayStation 5 if it released along with the next-generation console. It’s quite sad that it won’t, not that anyone’s focusing on that right now though.
The thing is Horizon: Forbidden West was arguably the highlight of the PlayStation 5 games showcase. Although most of the titles showcased the added power of Sony’s next-generation console, it was Horizon: Forbidden West that many felt was able to properly take the leap from the previous generation to the next generation.
Set in a far-future America where everything is as dangerous as it is beautiful, Horizon: Forbidden West will once again feature Alloy as she goes on to explore westward.
Judging from what we’ve already seen so far from Horizon: Forbidden West, it’s clear that the pressure to follow-up one of the biggest surprise hits of the decade hasn’t caught up with its developers, Guerilla Games.
Gran Turismo 7 (PS5 Exclusive)
It’s been seven years since we saw a numbered release for the Gran Turismo franchise, so it was only a matter of time before we saw Gran Turismo release for either the current-generation and the next-generation consoles. Thankfully, we’re going to get it just in time for the PlayStation 5.
Spearheaded by Polyphony Digital once again, we can expect Gran Turismo 7 to captivate us with beautiful graphics. But, more than that, we have even more of a reason to get hyped for this release with the return of a number of classic features, such as Special Events, Driving School, and GT Auto, among others, with a couple of returning modern modes such as GT Sport Mode and Brand Central, among others. With a mix of old and new, Gran Turismo 7 is looking more than just the glorified tech demo that many expected it would be.
The much-awaited sequel to 2012’s Borderlands 2 did not disappoint with its 2019 release. Bringing with it the franchise’s now-signature chaotic gunplay and looting, Borderlands 3 is proof that the franchise has yet to find an equal when it comes to providing shooter fans with a wide arsenal of absurd yet incredibly detailed weaponry.
It also doesn’t hurt that Borderlands 3 gives gamers a replayable 30-hour campaign to toy around in. Considered by many as the best Borderlands title yet, the action role-playing first-person shooter should only get better as it receives graphical improvements and other necessary updates as it makes its debut on Sony’s next-gen console.
Warframe is another proof that perseverance pays in the gaming industry. Launched way back in 2013, Warframe, which remains in open beta, is a free-to-play third-person shooter set in the future where players take control of a race of ancient warriors known as Tanno who utilize the titular Warframes to wage war against the different factions of the planetary system.
Similar to other massively multiplayer online games, Warframe incorporates the use of fixed-level designs with story-specific missions and procedurally-generated levels for other missions.
In time, the developers added large open-world areas, as well as other elements, as the game has continued to evolve and grow in player count. A true free-to-play title, Warframe supports itself through microtransactions. However, players also have the option to grind and play their way to buying expensive in-game items using in-game currency.
Ghost of Tsushima
If it feels like we’re just listing down Sony exclusives released in 2020 at this point, that’s because we are. An open-world adventure title set in Feudal Japan, Ghost of Tsushima will put players in the shoes of Jin Sakai, one of the last remaining samurai living on Tsushima Island at the time.
Highly-received by critics and audiences alike upon its release, Ghost of Tsushima has its July 17 release date to thank. Why? This is because, according to Sony, any and all PS4 games released after July 13 should compatible with the PS5, with patches or remasters made after that date being “strongly recommended”.
Considering its release date falls just days after, it’s safe to say that fans will have a chance to experience Ghost of Tsushima’s already beautiful graphics in all of its next-gen glory on the PS5.
Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon
Technically, Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon is already available. Albeit, only in Japan for the PlayStation 4. Fans eager to play the latest installment in the longrunning Yakuza franchise will have to wait for a while to get their hands on it. How long? Most likely when the PlayStation 5 makes its debut. This is because it’s set to be a launch title for the PS5’s competitor, the Xbox Series X. Just to remind fans out there, Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon will change things up a bit.
Instead of the GTA-like beat-em-up gameplay of the previous Yakuza titles, Like a Dragon will use turn-based style combat with RPG elements thrown into the mix. Also, instead of just one person, you’ll be controlling a 4-person team, which will definitely ruffle up some feathers, or so to speak.
While it’ll definitely take some time to get used to this drastic change in gameplay, there’s no doubt that Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon will be a great game, especially after Famitsu awarded it with a 38/40 score.
There you have it, our list of the best PS5 games confirmed, both on launch and going forward. At this moment, gamers have nothing to worry about. The PS5 will have ample games available at launch and beyond. More importantly, it has its fair share of noteworthy exclusives as well. This list will only continue to grow as the PlayStation 5 supplants the PlayStation 4 as the go-to gaming console for Sony’s avid fans.