Best PS5 games: the PlayStation 5 games you need to play

Game Reviews by Tech Radar

The best PS5 games to play right now.

As the PlayStation 5 nears its one-year anniversary, the best PS5 games list is starting to take shape. If you’re one of the lucky console hunters that have managed to pick up a coveted PS5 in those rare in-stock moments, then you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a wealth of unmissable games already available to you on Sony’s latest hardware. This is where to find them.

From incredible first-party exclusives, like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, to third-party blockbusters, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, there are PlayStation 5 games to suit every taste, preference, experience level and mood – and the offering only looks to grow in the future.

However, the plethora of PS5 games available right now can make it difficult to decide which are worth your valuable money and time. So we’re here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up the best PlayStation 5 games available right now, and we’ll continue to add to this list as more hotly-anticipated games release in the future, with the likes of Final Fantasy 16Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok among the new PS5 games we expect to join our list.

You can also revisit some of the best PS4 games, too, many of which look and run better than ever before on the next-gen PS5, like God of War, which received an update that added 60fps support. 

Not sure where to begin? Below, you’ll find our selection of the top PS5 games that you need to play right now. While some of these games are brand new for the platform, others from the PS4 era have undergone a next-gen upgrade for release on the PlayStation 5. Read on for our list of the best PS5 games, and head over to our roundup of cheap PS5 game deals for big savings.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Whether you’re sailing onto the shore or ransacking a village, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla recreates the Viking age with aplomb. If you’re a fan of Nordic folklore or simply enjoy plunging an axe into the chest of another man, Valhalla promises to deliver.

The game targets 60fps on PS5, and promises improved load times over the PS4 version. If that wasn’t enough, there are drinking competitions where you try to drink your opponent under the table. Skål!

Astro’s Playroom

Astro’s Playroom is the best pack-in game since Wii Sports, as it perfectly showcases what Sony’s new system can do. From the sumptuous, crystal clear 4K visuals, to the pleasing 3D audio, this is a gem of a platformer and it’s installed on every PS5.

It’s the way Astro’s Playroom shows off the DualSense controller, though, that really steals the show. You’ll feel sensations that you didn’t know were possible before thanks to Sony’s new haptic feedback and adaptive triggers tech, such as what it feels like to walk along different surfaces or fire a Gatling gun. It’s a surreal, magical experience, and we recommend booting up Astro’s Playroom first before you play anything else. It might be free, but it’s genuinely a top PS5 exclusive.

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