The PlayStation 4’s success was largely due to its stellar game library, which featured some of the best titles of the past generation. Seven years later, the PlayStation 5 is looking to repeat that success, starting with a strong launch window that moves into 2021.
Sony’s new console has a library advantage right off the bat thanks to the PS Plus Collection, which immediately gives owners access to some of the PlayStation 4’s biggest hits on their next-gen console. For those looking ahead to newer games, Sony has plenty to offer on that front as well.
We’ve put together a handy running list of the best games currently available on PlayStation 5 so you’ll always know what to play next.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel’s Spider-Man was a game-changer for superhero games in 2018. Developed by Insomniac Games, the action-adventure title delivered fluid combat, à la the Batman Arkham series, and delightful web-slinging. Considering its success, it’s no surprise that Sony decided to headline its next-generation launch day with a sequel, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
As the name implies, players control Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker this time around. While the core gameplay is unchanged, the sequel is loaded with style, new abilities, and haptic feedback hanks to the DualSense controller. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a comparatively shorter adventure that can be completed in 8 to 10 hours, but that doesn’t take away from the experience. Anyone who loved swinging around New York City in 2018 will likely enjoy revisiting it here.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Anytime a new console comes out, players are looking for the biggest games they can find that will push their new box to its limits. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is exactly that kind of game. The Viking epic is Ubisoft’s biggest, most ambitious open world game yet, and it’s sure to wow players on sheer scope alone.
There’s no shortage of things to do in the game’s massive re-creation of England. Between raids, settlement building, drinking contests, Viking rap battles, and more, it’s a game that will keep players occupied for a very long time. The campaign itself gets up to to the 60-hour mark and completionists will spend well over 100 hours exploring everything the game has to offer. It’s a perfect game for anyone who’s hoping to buy fewer games with more content now that new releases cost $70.
Read our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review
Console pack-in games can be a mixed bag, but Astro’s Playroom is one worth checking out. The free title is a pseudo-sequel to Astro Bot Rescue Mission, one of the best games VR has to offer. While Astro’s Playroom doesn’t utilize the PSVR at all, it acts as an introduction to the new DualSense controller, showing off how its haptic feedback can work in games.
Cheekily set in the inside of a PlayStation 5, players platform their way through areas based on the console’s design like a cooling fan-themed beach. In addition to running and jumping, the game introduces a slew of mechanics built around feedback. Jump into a spring and players can feel it coil as they press the adaptive triggers down. It’s a very short adventure, and one that’s more or less meant as a tech demo, but it’s not one to miss, especially considering that all PlayStation 5 owners will have it from the get-go.
The “soulslike” phenomenon has spawned countless games over the years, from Bloodborne to last year’s standout Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Dark Souls is often credited with creating the genre of frustrating action games, but that’s not exactly true. The trend started with Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware’s 2009 action RPG. For those who are worried that the game hasn’t aged well in the past decade, the new Demon’s Souls remake for PlayStation 5 restores the game to its former glory.
The new version is still the hyper-difficult game fans of the original grew to love (and hate), but it brings a few new tweaks to the table. A new Fractured mode reverses the game’s map, creating a new mirror mode for the game. New items, weapons, and armor are added to the mix to freshen up fights. There’s even a photo mode, which allows players to better take in the remake’s huge graphical boost. It’s a great starting point for anyone looking for a history lesson into one of gaming’s most polarizing genres.
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