The PlayStation 5 has been around for a little over a year, and the stellar games on the platform are beginning to shine through, with a strong line-up of PS5 titles available to anyone that has actually managed to get their hands on the next-gen consoles amidst worldwide stock shortages.

From first-party exclusives like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart to stellar third-party titles like Deathloop and Returnal, there’s a PS5 title to suit your preference. The trouble is, with so many available, how do you know which are worth your time and money? That’s where we at Tech Advisor come in. 

If you are one of the lucky few to get your hands on Sony’s next-gen console, and you’re looking for the best PS5 games that take advantage of the hardware on offer, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our ultimate list of the best PS5 games available right now. 

Best PS5 Games (2021)

1

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Pros
    • Stunning graphics
    • Fun, lighthearted gameplay
    • Shows off what the PS5 can do
  • Cons
    • Not many side missions

The latest Ratchet & Clank adventure is exclusive to the PS5 platform, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s a perfect showcase of Sony’s new hardware, with nary a loading screen in sight - a particularly impressive feat when you consider you spend much of the game jumping between different dimensions.

Picking up after the events of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus back in 2013, Rift Apart is the perfect blend of amazing Pixar-level aesthetics, tight gameplay and an engaging storyline, but it’ll still play well even if you’ve never played a R&C title before. The title sees the titular duo follow Dr. Nefarious into the multiverse, hopping between wildly varied open worlds in a bid to stop the comical nemesis from taking over everything.

The 15-20 hour campaign is jam-packed, and there’s reason to replay the game, with a variety of cheats and skins unlocked throughout your first playthrough. It’s still very much a Ratchet & Clank game, but considering it’s such a popular format, that’s not a bad thing. 

2

Deathloop

Deathloop
  • Pros
    • Satisfying loop-based gameplay
    • Great gun/power dynamics
    • Great voice acting
  • Cons
    • Hard to keep track of information provided
    • Becomes repetitive at the end

Deathloop, the latest entry from Arkane, is one of the best games available on the PS5 platform right now, blending satisfying gunplay, tactics, a gorgeous open world that changes throughout the day and, of course, plenty of swearing.

Most of that comes from protagonist Colt, who wakes up on Blackreef Island and finds himself stuck in a time loop. If your day restarted every day, you’d probably be cursing a lot too! Colt soon discovers that in order to destroy the time loop, he must kill eight Visionaries on the same day before midnight. It might sound straightforward, but those pesky Visionaries don’t stay in one place all day - and that’s where things get interesting.

It’s down to you to explore the regions of Blackreef Island at various times of day, finding out new information, gaining access to new weapons and upgrading your abilities in order to influence the Visionaries. How do you kill two visionaries when both are in different areas at the same time of day? You’ll have to put your investigative skills to the test in this thrilling FPS. 

Crucially, the gunplay feels super satisfying, and when combined with the variety of abilities, you’ll find new and creative ways to take out the increasingly aggressive inhabitants of the island. 

3

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Satisfying combat mechanics
    • Plenty of fun Easter Eggs
    • Expansive open world
  • Cons
    • Open world can feel empty
    • Repetitive side missions

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the Norse-themed open-world RPG we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s easily one of our favourite recent iterations of the Assassin’s Creed series. Jump into the fur-lined shoes of Eivor the Wolf-Kissed and head to ye olde England to forge alliances, traverse the large and varied open world and even plunder towns and monasteries in a bid to get supplies to enhance your own homestead. 

The story is engaging, with pivotal moments decided by your actions influencing the outcome of the game in unforeseen ways, and being an Assassin’s Creed title, there are plenty of side missions, puzzles to unravel, pagan gods to appease and hallucinatory dream states to explore. 

With a combination of satisfyingly brutal combat, a simplified-yet-effective weapon system, a hugely customisable character and a charming open world filled with mysteries and easter eggs that Brits in particular will appreciate (including a man chasing his pet screaming FENTON!), you’ll likely lose yourself for hundreds of hours in the gorgeous world Ubisoft has crafted.

4

Returnal

Returnal
  • Pros
    • Gorgeous visuals
    • Amazing DualSense support
    • Satisfying gunplay
  • Cons
    • Incredibly difficult
    • Runs can go on for a while
    • Lose progress if you quit mid-run

Returnal will be a bit like Marmite - you’ll love it or hate it - but if you are a fan of the roguelike experience on offer, you’ll lose hours in the gorgeously detailed - yet bleak - world of Atropos.

You play as Selene, who crash-landed on an alien planet and is now stuck in a time loop, bringing her back to the scene of the crash every single time she (or you, the player) dies. It’s a tense, adrenaline-inducing game - especially in the later biomes - as enemies become more complex, deadly and unpredictable. You’re never too far from death in Returnal, and while you might be frustrated initially, you’ll soon embrace the loop. 

Each time you die, everything is randomised; the starting location, the map, the route and even the enemies you’ll encounter along the way, making it near-impossible to pre-empt gameplay even after several runs and helping keep things fresh. The story is engaging and mysterious, and you’ll have to pay attention to small details if you truly want to understand what’s going on at Atropos. 

Story and gameplay aside, Returnal is a perfect title to showcase the technological and graphical capabilities of the PS5, looking and feeling absolutely fantastic.

5

Call of Duty Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Hollywood blockbuster visuals
    • Plenty of multiplayer modes
    • Customisable guns & skins
  • Cons
    • Same Call of Duty formula
    • Short single-player campaign
    • Zombies mode feels basic

Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest in the ongoing series, set around the time of the second world war - or just as it ends, if you’re one of the few people that play the game’s single-player campaign. You should, by the way. While it’s shorter than previous campaigns, it’s a memorable one with great characters and Hollywood-esque visuals that’ll make you sit back and really appreciate just how far FPS games have come in the past 20 years. 

Campaign aside, it’s all about the game’s multiplayer modes - of which there are many - including a fun, but basic, Zombie mode. With 20 maps available at launch, it’s a pretty varied affair with a variety of game modes to choose from, and an updated menu system lets you search for games based on factors like player count.

It’s still very much a Call of Duty multiplayer experience, generally identical to its predecessor with satisfying fast-paced gunplay, killstreaks and plenty of skins to unlock, but considering the formula works, it’s unlikely it’ll change anytime soon.

Still, if you need a good ol’ FPS fix on the PS5, Call of Duty: Vanguard is a great option. 

6

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Varied open world
    • Fun homemade weapons and vehicles
    • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo
  • Cons
    • Gets repetitive towards the end
    • Parkour can be frustrating

The Far Cry series has had a bit of a crisis in recent years, with Far Cry Primal, Far Cry New Dawn and even Far Cry 5 missing the mark, but Far Cry 6 takes things back to basics on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara.

The island is utterly gorgeous, ranging from dense forests to small villages to large cities with skyscrapers (a first for the series!), but its residents are under the thumb of dictator Anton Castillo. Every Far Cry game needs an OTT antagonist, and Castillo is exactly that, forcing the islanders to rise up against him as he desecrates the island and its residents in a bid to create his world-first cancer cure. 

The gunplay is focused around homemade weaponry, which ranges from the cool (like a flamethrower) to the outright crazy (did somebody say CD player gun?), with a great feel and slick movement keeping gunfights feeling fluid and exciting. 

Far Cry 6 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and it can grow repetitive as you make your way across the main regions of the island to help gain support for Libertad and overthrow the dictator, but the gameplay loop is much more compelling than with recent entries in the series, and the game’s co-op makes for great multiplayer fun too. 

7

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Over 75 dinosaurs (inc. flying and water)
    • Movie-themed game mode
    • Well-rounded park sim
  • Cons
    • Steep learning curve
    • Basic single-player campaign

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the follow-on from the first dino-themed park management game, and while it’s still the same core concept, it’s clear that Frontier has listened to the community and implemented a number of improvements this time around.

The dinosaurs are not only more detailed, but there are now flying and water dinos available, with a special dome required to keep flying inhabitants contained - or, at least try to. The interface has been updated, and annoying features of the original - like the power cable system - have been overhauled. This all makes for a more satisfying park building experience, though for new users, it can all be a bit overwhelming.

That’s where the campaign comes in, because it’s more like a giant tutorial. Once you’ve got the basics down, the game’s sandbox mode - where you create the park of your dreams - or the more interesting What If-style Chaos Theory mode, putting you right in the middle of pivotal moments in the five Jurassic movies, offers a more satisfying, intense park management experience. 

If you love the idea of designing your own dino retreats, Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the perfect place to begin. 

8

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Trillions of planets to explore
    • Engaging gameplay
    • Constantly improving via free DLC
  • Cons
    • Rarely bump into other players
    • Some planets are very similar

Though No Man’s Sky had, putting it lightly, a problematic start back in 2016, developer Hello Games has continuously worked on the game for the past five years, with the game in its current state near unrecognisable compared to the original.

No Man’s Sky’s procedurally generated universe, with planet-sized planets full of unique flora and fauna rip for exploring on PS5. There’s [email protected] performance and DualSense support to improve the experience, and the game is ever-expanding both in terms of performance and new features via free expansions too.

There’s even multiplayer support, with a specific game mode that sends the No Man’s Sky community on timed quests in specific galaxies that mean you will bump into other explorers. In such a big universe, seeing someone else is always a memorable experience! 

It’s easily the best space-exploration game available on the platform right now, offering exceptional value for money. 

9

Spider-Man Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
  • Pros
    • Great PS5 hardware showcase
    • Fun storyline
    • Stunning visuals
  • Cons
    • Campaign is very short
    • Not a true Spider-Man sequel
    • Repetitive side quests

If you loved Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4, then you’ll love what’s on offer from the Miles Morales-focused sequel, although it’s closer in scale to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy than an all-new title, with a relatively short campaign that’ll likely leave you wanting more.

The map, core gameplay and themes are much the same as the PS4 game, but focuses on the charismatic rookie web-slinger Miles Morales. With regular Spidey on holiday, it’s down to Miles to patrol the streets of New York, and as you might imagine, things don’t go to plan.

The title makes use of the power of the PS5 to provide a cinematic gaming experience that sometimes feels more like a Marvel movie than a game - and that’s especially so when playing in the game’s fidelity mode, sacrificing 60fps gameplay for a much-improved graphical experience that includes ray-tracing. 

It’s not the most expansive sequel ever, with the same frustratingly repetitive challenges and uninspired side quests as the original, but it’ll suffice if you need a next-gen Spidey fix until the proper sequel arrives sometime in 2023.