Best PS5 Games 2021

Do you own a Sony PlayStation 5? We've created the ultimate and most important list of the best PS5 games to play right now.

If you’re shopping around for the best PS5 games to play right now, we’ve got you covered with the greatest titles Sony’s fifth-generation console has to offer.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best PS5 games to play in 2021, including the best PS5 games at launch and the best PS5 games out now.

We’ll be covering a wide selection of genres ranging from RPGs to platformers and everything in between, so something is bound to catch your eye.

Lastly, we’ll be updating this list with new titles in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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As far as console pack-ins are concerned, Astro’s Playroom is an all-around fun 3D platformer that does a great of showcasing the PS5’s hardware capabilities.

It focuses on the titular bot Astro as he goes on an adventure spanning four unique worlds themed after various PS5 components, such as GPU Jungle and SSD Speedway.

Each world has four levels that offer platforming gameplay designed to take advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and touchpad.

It also includes tons of collectibles and references to older Sony games and consoles, namely areas inspired by the startup sequences of the original PlayStation through to the PS4.

Aside from being one of the most meme-able games of 2020, Bugsnax is actually a pretty fun adventure-puzzle game with an exciting story that will see you through to the end.

In it, you play as a journalist tasked with looking into the mysterious Snaktooth Island to sleuth out why its inhabitants have gone missing.

During your adventure, you’ll meet a diverse cast of characters who will show you the ropes for catching adorably delicious creatures called Bugsnax.

Clocking in at around 10-12 hours for the main story, Bugsnax can be beaten in just a few sessions and is worth checking out solely for the twist it presents at the end.

The Pathless comes from the same team who brought us Abzu and features similar themes relating to the connection between humans and animals.

You play as a hunter who must find a way to lift the curse put on her home island by combining her archery skills and incredible speed to shoot talismans scattered across the world.

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Additionally, the Hunter is joined by an eagle companion who can carry her while flying and assist with solving various puzzles.

It’s another excellent showcase of the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which assign a satisfyingly tactile feel to drawing and firing your bow and arrow.

The LittleBigPlanet series has historically always been a good pick for some wholesome platforming fun and even supported local and online multiplayer throughout its lifespan.

The PS5 gets a worthy successor in the form of Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which sees the series’ mascot embarking on a larger-than-life adventure to save Craftworld from the villainous Vex.

Players have more options for customizing their Sackboy than ever before, and the switch from 2.5D to full-on 3D platforming allows for extraordinary new abilities, mechanics, and level designs to emerge.

The best part is the entire story can be beaten in co-op with up to four players locally or online, with certain levels requiring a set number of players to complete.

Slated as a launch title for the PS5, 2020’s Demon’s Souls provides a much-needed update to one of FromSoftware’s most pivotal titles.

Initially released for the PS3, it sees you on a heroic quest to save the kingdom of Boletaria from an evil being known as the Old One.

The remake was developed by Bluepoint Games and introduces quality of life improvements such as better performance and graphics.

What’s so great about this remake is that it plays nearly identically to the original, from the layout of environments to the challenging combat; it’s all exactly how fans remember.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a follow-up to Insomniac’s game that shifts focus from Peter Parker to his young apprentice, Miles Morales.

With Peter missing in action, Miles is forced to step up and fulfill his web-slinging duties to keep New York City safe.

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The sequel maintains the open-world design of the first while telling an original story in which Miles learns to harness his powers and comes to grips with his new responsibilities.

Releasing with the PS5, Miles Morales is the first Spider-Man game ever to launch alongside a new console.

The latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise sees you exploring 9th century Britain from the perspective of Eivor, a Viking raider in search of a new home for his/her people. 

Eivor’s quest eventually leads them to become entangled in the Templars and Brotherhood’s ongoing battle.

Although Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is mainly structured around completing story missions and sidequests throughout the open-world, you can always run-off and do some unscripted exploring.

The game also revisits and expands upon previous AC games’ settlement systems by letting you construct buildings and fund settlement projects using stolen resources from enemy camps.

Although the Dirt series has always targeted hardcore racing sim fans who like to get nitty-gritty with realistic handling, acceleration, and weather, it can still be enjoyed casually with a few modifiers.

Dirt 5, in particular, is a solid entry to the series and sports the best-looking graphics of any of its predecessors to date, especially running on the PS5.

Gameplay sees you participating in off-road races around the globe with dynamic weather conditions and seasons that impact your car’s performance.

Besides a narrative-focused career mode, Dirt 5 features local and online multiplayer with support for four-player split-screen.

While Godfall may not be one of the best looter shooters (or looter slasher to be more accurate) of all time, its high fantasy setting and action-packed gameplay loop are definitely worth a try on PS5.

It includes five distinct weapon classes to pick from, including longsword, dual blades, polearm, hammer, and great sword.

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Each class is centered on equipping powerful armor sets called Valorplates, which can be further customized with special modifiers.

Godfall’s campaign was designed to be replayed on higher difficulties in exchange for better loot and features drop-in drop-out online co-op for up to three players.

Control carries over many of the same themes and mechanics found in previous Remedy games such as Quantum Break and Alan Wake while presenting its own deeply-engrossing sci-fi lore. 

In it, you control Jesse Faden, a woman equipped with supernatural abilities and a shape-shifting gun called the Service Weapon.

Faden is tasked with traversing a secret government agency and reclaiming it from a race of paranormal beings known as the Hiss.

The Ultimate Edition includes the base game and its AWE and The Foundation expansions, along with a free PS5 upgrade that allows you to run the game in either Graphics or Performance mode.

Set five years after DMC 4, Devil May Cry 5 tells a brand new story from the perspective of three playable characters.

This time around, Dante is joined by a demon hunter with a retractable arm named Nero in addition to V, a client of Dante’s who can summon animal familiars to battle on his behalf.

The trio set off on an adventure to defeat the Demon King Urizen before he can wipe out the entire mortal realm.

DMC 5: Special Edition introduces Vergil as a new playable character and a host of graphical options such as ray-tracing and 120 fps performance and new Bloody Palace and Legendary Dark Knight modes.

If you just picked up a PS5, take the opportunity to revisit God of War or experience it for the first time in preparation for its upcoming sequel, God of War: Ragnarok.

The game sees you stepping into the shoes of Kratos – aka the Ghost of Sparta and literal God of War, as he goes toe-to-toe with Norse mythology’s pantheon of gods.

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Having rid himself of his Blades of Chaos, Kratos wields the magical Leviathan Axe for most of the game with assistance from his son, a skilled archer named Atreus.

The PS5 version was recently updated to support 60 fps performance and checkerboard 4K resolutions that make the look 2018 game look like a 2021 release.

While it may have been designed for the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima feels right at home on the PS5, where its gorgeous open-world can truly come to life.

In it, you play as a samurai who’s forced to toe the line between sacred traditions and new combat strategies in order to defend Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.

On PS5, the game gets a significant graphical boost, running at a cool 60 fps with high dynamic range on supported 4K HDR displays.

These upgrades are most noticeable during combat and exploration, providing players with a higher level of responsiveness and elevating the quality of cut-scenes and environments.  

Hitman 3 is the final entry in IO Interactive’s World of Assassination trilogy and smooths its predecessor’s rougher edges for more stealth sandbox hijinks.

Its story builds off of the events of the last two games and follows Agent 47 and his team as they wipe out the leaders of a secret world-controlling organization called Providence.

New features such as permanent shortcuts and PSVR support help streamline and broaden the gameplay possibilities at players’ disposal.

The base game includes six new levels: Dubai, Dartmoor, Berlin, Chongqing, Mendoza, and an epilogue set in Romania, and players who own Hitman or Hitman 2 can import their progress to the PS5 version.

The latest entry in the iconic first-person shooter takes advantage of the PS5’s new hardware and controller in several ways to create a more engaging gameplay experience for users.

This includes harnessing the DualSense’s adaptive triggers for realistic weapon recoil and much more immersive gunplay.

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Additionally, the PS5 version of Black Ops Cold War supports 120 fps performance natively, a notable first for the Call of Duty series when it comes to console. 

Lastly, fans can look forward to years of content in the form of new maps, expansions, zombies, and competitive online multiplayer modes.

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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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