20 Best PS5 Games in 2021

The highly anticipated console, the PlayStation 5 has finally been released. As a result, many are wondering what the top games are for Sony’s PS5 next-gen console. Therefore, in this article, we have created a comprehensive list of the best PS5 games you can play now.

We have made sure to include a wide and diverse variety of great PS5 games covering many different gaming genres. This list is a resource for those looking for the best PS5 games they can play now and will be updated frequently as more games are released.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War

Release date: November 13, 2020 | Developer: Treyarch and Raven Software | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is the latest installment in Activision’s long-running first-person shooter series. In the single-player campaign, you’ll take control of CIA officers, Russer Adler. Along with franchise staples such as Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson, you’ll hunt down USSR extremist group members.

Of course, as with every other Call of Duty game, the main draw here is the multiplayer. Black Ops – Cold War is integrated with the Call of Duty: Warzone ecosystem and it supports both cross-play and cross-progression. The multiplayer itself is also a mix of both classic game modes and new ones, including “Fireteam”, which is an all-new mode with 40-player support.

Black Ops – Cold War runs better than ever on the PS5 as it supports native 4K resolution and 60 frames per second in Resolutions Mode. For better performance, you can switch to Performance Mode to increase the frame rates to 120 frames per second with a slight hit to the resolution.

Demon’s Souls (Exclusive)

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

Demon’s Souls makes dying look great. The remake of the classic action-adventure game, 2020’s Demon’s Souls faithfully recreates the original’s unforgiving challenge and unapologetic difficulty to make it feel like you’re always fighting for your very life with each encounter.

As a remake, 2020’s Demon’s Souls adds newer stuff to the game as well. This includes a laundry list of improvements such as more loot, better textures, audio, and brand new motion capture. These combine to make you look forward to every trip to the land of Boleteria.

Speaking of improvements, Demon’s Souls biggest upgrade is in its visuals. The Cinematic Mode is arguably the best way to enjoy the game as it ups the resolution to a native 4K while maintaining it at 30 frames per second.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Exclusive)

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

Rift Apart is a technical showcase through and through. The first new adventure of the titular duo in almost a decade utilizes every square inch of next-gen nicety afforded to it by the PS5. This includes the proprietary SSD that eliminates any transition as you travel in between dimensions and the DualSense, which helps immerse you in a game where everything you do feels different and unique.

The decision to open up the world of series filled with linear action platformers allows Rift Apart to stand out in a franchise with more than its fair share of quality games.

The best part here is that Rift Apart lets you choose how to experience it on your PS5. It comes with multiplayer gameplay settings. Each one caters to gamers of particular tastes, regardless of whether you prefer more eye candy or better framerates or if you like a little bit of both.

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade (Exclusive)

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

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade is arguably the first PS5-exclusive “director’s cut” to be released. This next-gen collection improves on the base game by a significant margin. It reworks all the important textures and even the subtle ones, adds more effects for better graphics, and drastically improves loading times to the point that they become close to non-existent.

With an all-new photo mode, as well as an optional 60fps performance mode and a 4K30 graphics option, Intergrade is the definitive way to experience 2020’s remake of the classic Final Fantasy RPG.

In addition to the aforementioned improvements, Intergrade also comes with a Yuffie-centric DLC episode. It puts players in the shoes of the fan-favourite character, Yuffie Kisaragi. The story runs parallel with Cloud Strife’s adventures with the rest of the gang and comes with a slightly reworked battle system.

Destiny 2

Release date: December 8, 2020 | Developer: Bungie | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on PlayStation Store

The PS5 version of Destiny 2 is a good example of how to take advantage of an opportunity. As a first-person shooter, Destiny 2 on consoles was gimped by the lack of hardware performance. This helps fix that by giving the community the same satisfying gunplay but now at a smooth 60 frames per second with an option to raise the frame rates to triple digits.

With virtually zero loading times, much more content than when it did at launch and even more coming, the next-gen version of Destiny 2 is a crowd-pleaser that should only get better with time.

Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

Release date: June 8, 2021 | Developer: Arc System Works | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Guilty Gear – STRIVE- is the best fighting game for both casual fans and hardcore players. The former is especially important as it is what lands it on our list of the best PS5 games that are available right now.

What separates -STRIVE- from its predecessors is how it makes the gameplay more accessible than ever. It’s still a very technical game with tons of nuances. However, -STRIVE- might just be the first game in the franchise where you can take anyone that has little fighting game experience and they’ll still have a good time. Perhaps the best part here is that -STRIVE- has fully functional online multiplayer right from the start.

Fortnite

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Epic Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

At this point, Fortnite isn’t just a sandbox open-world battle royale shooter. It’s a complete gaming experience that has its own game-creation modes for the more creative players. There are also the occasional concerts held in-game by popular artists like Travis Scott and Ariana Grande, among others.

On the PS5, this experience is truly next-level. The PS5 update for Fortnite improves the game’s textures and eliminates the loading screens. There’s also the option to play the game at 120 frames per second at 4K resolution.

Hitman 3

Release date: January 20, 2021 | Developer: IO Interactive | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Hitman 3 gives the World of Assassination trilogy a proper conclusion. It is a polished sandbox shooter game that literally gives you the gun and points you to a target but couldn’t care less about how you take the said target out.

Because there are literally dozens if not hundreds of ways to accomplish each mission, Hitman 3 potentially has limitless replay value. This is especially true on the PS5. The chance to play the game in 4K resolution with 60 frames per second support is life-changing. Hitman 3 also features DualSense support to make every time you pull the trigger on your target feel as much like the actual thing as any game could.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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

Miles Morales trimmed down on the filler content from 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, which resulted in a more relatable and emotional story that’s filled with interesting characters. Also, by doing so, the sequel had fewer repetitive tasks and missions that did little to nothing in terms of world building nor connected to the main storyline.

The more streamlined approach to Miles Morales might have cut down on playing hours, but it made up for it in sheer quality. On top of this, Miles Morales had a more nuanced combat system and was released on a more powerful console. The resulting product has been nothing short of amazing.

Miles Morales can run at 60 frames per second with ray-tracing and 4K resolution on the PlayStation 5, which, if nothing else, makes the game look more spectacular when compared to its older brother while also playing better at the same time.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla builds on the gameplay systems introduced in the last two games, implementing some welcome improvements and refinements. All of these subtle changes result in Valhalla being one of the most polished Assassin’s Creed games to date.

As far as anything major, Valhalla doesn’t try to change the formula much. However, it does boast one of the series’ largest maps to date. The game is filled with so much stuff to do that it’s become a pain point. Many are criticizing Valhalla for having far too much content for its own good.

On the PS5, this isn’t as big of a problem. The PS5 version of Valhalla makes the open world look and feel so much more amazing. The resolution is sharper (4k resolution) and the frame rates are higher (60 frames per second). The lack of loading screens is also a nice touch that creates a grossly engrossing gaming experience that should be feel overly familiar for fans of the franchise.

Returnal

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

Trying to enjoy Returnal as a standard third-person shooter game is an exercise in futility. It’s a full-on roguelike dressed as a AAA title. The game comes complete with all the eye candy with next-gen graphics at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. It even supports the DualSense controller. Yet, indie game fans will feel familiar with how the game plays.

As a challenge and atmospheric gaming experience, Returnal checks all of the right boxes. However, to fully enjoy it, you’ll need to drop all your preconceived notions of how to enjoy the game. You’re not playing it to get to the end. You’re playing Returnal for its cyclical nature that’s made so much more enjoyable by its satisfying combat system and movement.

Returnal isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s different and every time you play Returnal is a brand-new experience as well. It’s this nature that makes Returnal one of the most divisive and best PS5 games in 2021.

Astro’s Playroom

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Team Asobi | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on PlayStation Store

Astro’s Playroom is a fantastic game that is more than just a tech demo. It’s a platformer that has no business being this good yet it is and more. It is also free to play with your PS5 console and you lose nothing trying it out.

This 3D platformer is a legitimate game of the year contender. It takes the very simple premise of introducing what the PS5 is made out of, the history of the PlayStation brand, and the capabilities of the DualSense controller, to deliver a true next-gen experience that’s impossible to replicate on any other console. Every level in Astro’s Playroom is uniquely designed so that no two levels ever feel and play the same.

The Pathless

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

The Pathless is an open-world action-adventure game that feels and looks awfully familiar. But, in a market full of similar open-world titles, The Pathless separates itself by taking notes from the genre greats and doing something unique with it. Case in point, it does away with everything that you’d expect from an open-world game.

The Pathless doesn’t give you a minimap, fast travel, player death, normal enemies, NPCs, and vehicles. It’s just you, a bow and arrow, your eagle companion, and the occasional bosses, as well as a world filled with interesting and clever puzzles.

Control: Ultimate Edition

Release date: February 2, 2021 | Developer: Remedy Entertainment | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

When it was first released in 2019, Control treated fans to a unique atmospheric third-person shooter title that had satisfying shooting and combat with some supernatural horror elements. Two years later, Control: Ultimate Edition takes that very same game and gives it an unnecessary but very welcome facelift.

Part sci-fi and part horror adventure, Control: Ultimate Edition removes all the technical issues that made Control unbearable to play in last-gen consoles at times. It replaces those problems with lighting fast loading times, better-looking textures, and smoother frame rates. The addition of Ray Tracing is also a nice touch.

With two post-launch DLCs bundled together with Control: Ultimate Edition, this is the best way to experience Control.

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Capcom | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Devil May Cry V was one of the best hack & slash games ever. The next-gen Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes it even better. The stylish action game gets a lot of superficial upgrades for this next-gen release. This includes the ability to play the game at 4K resolution and at 120 frames per second.

The Special Edition isn’t just pure eye candy either. It also adds several new modes for fans. It even brings long-time series baddie and hesitant-ally, Vergil, as a playable character.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Sumo Digital | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

In a world full of mature and gory titles, Sackboy: A Big Adventure delivers a more child-friendly take on platformers. It features one of the most recognizable PlayStation mascots in Sackboy and takes him through a wonderfully crafted world.

Gamers looking for a challenge will find none of that here. This is a more relaxing experience geared towards younger gamers. It’s colorful, fun, and non-violent. The only real flaw here is that it doesn’t support DualSense as much as you’d think it should.

Resident Evil Village

Release date: May 7, 2021 | Developer: Capcom | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Resident Evil: Village builds on what Biohazard did, which was to take a rather bland protagonist, take a risk, and build a colorful (albeit horrific) world around him. However, unlike its predecessor, Village eschews the survival-horror bit for more action sequences. Thankfully, it has none of those boulder-punching shenanigans.

With just a tiny bit more action to it and a much more open world for players to explore, Village is a slow-burner that goes full throttle by the time that you get to the halfway point of the game. Add the harder difficulties for maximum replay value, New Game+, as well as Mercenaries mode, and Village becomes an instant classic.

On the PS5, Village is a no-brainer. Even though it’s well-optimized to run well on older consoles, it is on the PS5 where it really shines. The game runs beautifully at 4K resolution and 60 fps on the PS5, allowing you to feel the full breadth of the game’s horror elements.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Vicarious Visions | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was a successful 900 on the last-gen consoles. On the PS5, it’s no different, except that it’s prettier and smoother.

The subtle PS5 improvements solidify the game’s hold on the fictional title of the best skateboarding game of all time. The cleaner next-gen visuals, support for 120 frames per second, and support for the DualSense, as well as virtually nonexistent loading times, warrant a replay on the PS5.

DIRT 5

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

DIRT 5 on the PS5 is the final release build to the PS4 version’s beta. The game was designed with the PS5 in mind and it shows. It takes the enjoyable arcade racing simulation game and gives it much more polish. Although you’ll need to have a 4K 120Hz television to really see the difference, DIRT 5 on the PS5 is also the kind of game that warrants such an investment.

In case you’re more of a casual gamer who only wants to enjoy the game’s entertaining career mode and run a few laps, that’s okay too. The DualSense features make racing in DIRT 5 on the PS5 feel much more immersive.

You’ll feel every bump in the road as you try and race through the game’s ten racing environments that were inspired by real-life locations.

Disco Elysium – The Final Cut

Release date: March 30, 2021 | Developer: ZA\UM | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on PlayStation Store

Disco Elysium is what happens when you take a traditional pen-and-paper RPG, marry it with some good old noir-detective fiction, and give the reins to a drunk genius. It throws a lot of things on the proverbial wall, but for some reason, all of them stick. The protagonist, who doesn’t know who he is or where he’s from, is a draw-in and on itself.

The Final Cut on the PS5 is less about the graphics improvements (although that is welcome) and more about the added content that comes with the new edition. It’s a true expansion that adds full voice acting and new quests, among others. This creates a more fully realized version of Disco Elysium that fans never knew was necessary.

If you thought crafting your detective’s identity from scratch was fun on the PS4, you should try playing the game again on the PS5 with The Final Cut.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, these are the best PS5 games you can play now. At this moment, gamers have many titles to choose from when it comes to the PS5. They also have a fair share of noteworthy PS5 exclusives to choose from 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.

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