The PlayStation 5 is upon us, bringing us next-generation visuals, faster load times, and a slew of new features that are sure to blow your socks off. Of course, all of these features are welcome, but the real stars of the show are the PS5’s games. What good is a new console if there are no games to play on it? Luckily, Sony’s next-generation system has you covered with lots of exclusives, ranging from wacky family-friendly adventures to experiences of superhuman proportions, and even challenging action RPGs.
Since the PS5 is so new, its list of exclusives isn’t massive, but there are still several you absolutely need to check out. In this guide, we’ll round up the very best exclusive games the system has to offer. The PS5’s exclusive library will undoubtedly grow throughout its lifecycle, and we will update this article accordingly, as more games come out. These are the best PS5 exclusives.
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What more needs to be said about Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales? It’s built on the foundation of the first game and tells the story of Miles Morales, who serves as Peter Parker’s protégé. Morales is an Afro-Latino who was also bitten by a radioactive spider, though his powers are slightly different from Parker’s. He can turn invisible and use his venom strike powers to paralyze his foes. This brings a welcome change of pace and offers a new take on the established formula — while holding us over until the proper sequel.
Miles Morales picks up where the first game left off and takes place in New York City, with a focus on Harlem. It’s a shorter game that is said to be completable in around 15 hours or so — perfect for those wanting a more condensed experience. This is a fantastic game to pick up with your PS5 because it appeals to an audience of all ages. Who wouldn’t want to swing around New York City, saving lives as Spider-Man? It’s also less expensive than a traditional AAA game, coming in at $49.99 instead of $59.99 (or in some cases, $69.99).
The great thing about Astro’s Playroom is that it comes bundled with each and every PS5 console at no additional cost. This platformer is meant to showcase what the PS5 — and more importantly, what the DualSense controller — can do, following in the footsteps of its PSVR predecessor, Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Only you don’t need a PSVR headset to enjoy Astro’s Playroom.
In it, you’ll be jumping, exploring, and taking out enemy robots — very much in the style of Nintendo’s best platformers. It’s a pack-in, so there’s no excuse to skip out on this one, especially since it’s not terribly long and is easy to get into.
From the studio that brought us Octodad: Dadliest Catch comes Bugsnax, a game that has garnered a lot of attention thanks to its catchy song that played during its initial trailers. But judging by its reviews, it’s so much more than just a meme. This narrative-driven first-person adventure game is full of charm and personality, giving you the ability to collect and eat Bugsnax across the game’s island.
Many have compared it to Pokémon Snap, as you must collect as many Bugsnax around the island as you can — giving you an easy-going adventure to take part in. It’s certainly not the most stunningly beautiful game on the PS5, but its story has a lot of heart, and at the very least, it does something different. Better yet is that Bugsnax is a PS Plus game, meaning you won’t have to spend additional cash to get your hands on it as long as you’re a subscriber.
Aside from Astro’s Playroom, there’s one more platformer you can try out when you get your PS5, and that’s Sackboy: A Big Adventure. This takes the beloved character from the LittleBig Planet games and throws out all the creation functionality — instead doubling down on a linear 3D platforming experience for the whole family. It features lots of puzzles, tons of platforming, and beautiful visuals, all playable in local co-op (with online multiplayer coming later down the line).
Again, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is recommended for those who want something everyone can play, so if you’re a parent or someone looking to enjoy a fun platformer to play with loved ones, this is the game to get with your PS5.
Perhaps you’re looking for a single-player open-world adventure. If so, The Pathless will likely be right up your alley. In it, you play as a Hunter who specializes in archery, and you’ll use your bow to take out corrupted spirits across an open world. Exploration and combat are key in this game, but its stunning, vibrant art style should not be ignored. The Pathless is created by the team that brought us Abzû, and the two share a lot in common from a visual perspective.
This game seems like it will be a mix of Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn, only on a smaller scale. Though, considering the ridiculous number of games coming out this holiday season, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Don’t sleep on this one!
Adding this game to the list might be cheating since it’s technically a timed exclusive, but for at least the next six months, you’ll only be able to play Godfall on PS5. Referred to as a looter-slasher, Godfall mixes action RPG elements with loot mechanics popularized by games like Destiny. Except it won’t feature a shared world like you might be expecting. It focuses on melee combat, similar to what you’d find in Ninja Gaiden or Monster Hunter, with an emphasis on fluidity.
Godfall is playable in co-op with up to three players and features lots of different loot, gear, weapons, and classes to try out. This seems like it will be one to grab if you’re looking for something a bit more intense and action-oriented — falling somewhere between the likes of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls in terms of difficulty.
Speaking of Demon’s Souls, this is one of the highlights of the PS5, showcasing absolutely stunning visuals made possible by Sony’s new system. This comes to us courtesy of Bluepoint Games, the team that developed the beloved Shadow of the Colossus remake, and from what we can tell, Demon’s Souls seems to be the company’s most ambitious project yet. While the level design, enemy placement, mechanics, and even movement cadence remain intact, the remake features 4K visuals built from the ground up, making it one of the most impressive-looking games ever to release on a console.
It also comes with many quality-of-life improvements that make it easier to jump into, as well as slightly updated animations, and more customization options in its character creation mode. The main goal with Demon’s Souls on PS5 is to stay true to the original, while offering an experience that feels next-gen, and from what we’ve seen, it absolutely delivers on that front. Though, as with all Souls games, Demon’s Souls is tough and won’t be for everyone. Despite that, now is a great time to jump in, as it will be ripe with an online community to help you take down bosses, and is streamlined in many ways.
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