What are the best arcade games on PS5? The arcade may not be the defining destination that it once was in the 80s and 90s, but the spirit of arcade games is very much alive – even on the latest crop of consoles. While you may not need a collection of quarters to play the titles on this page, we’re categorising these releases as accessible and easy-to-play, with plenty of hidden depth.
Arcade games span a number of genres, whether it’s the extreme sports of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 or the forgiving handling model of toy car racer Hot Wheels Unleashed. Almost all of the releases on this list can be enjoyed in both single player and local multiplayer with a friend, and you’ll probably get the most fun out of them playing alongside someone else.
This list has been determined by the Push Square community and will continue to grow and evolve with your ratings and votes. If you have a different opinion on the best arcade games on PS5, then it’s up to you to do something about it: you can use the search box below to find your favourites, or simply click the star next to a game to submit your opinion.
Please do keep in mind that in order to appear on this list a game will need at least 20 ratings, so that may explain why your personal favourite is missing from the leaderboards. Of course, we encourage all of you to vote regularly for the games you’ve played, so that this page can continue to grow and evolve as the PS5’s software selection expands.
With all that said, it’s time to list out the best arcade games on PS5, as voted for by you. Which title do you think will take the top score?
Supermassive Games, the studio behind Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, returns to virtual reality with The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR. This PSVR2 house of horrors is a rail shooter, taking you through the varied locales featured in the developer's Dark Pictures Anthology. Making full use of PSVR2's new features, such as eye tracking to detect when you blink, this game delivers some nasty scares throughout its short campaign. While Rush of Blood is the superior game, thrill-seekers may still get a kick out of this.
As gameplay concepts go, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is not especially complex. This remaster of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe – itself a compilation of Super Monkey Ball and Super Monkey Ball 2’s impressive 300 stages – sees you rolling apes through increasingly challenging environments, collecting bananas and attempting to reach the goal in record time. While this is unquestionably entertaining, the real longevity comes from the Mini Games, which can be played by up to four players, and span everything from soccer through to baseball and much, much more. It’s vibrant and accessible, with a ton of depth – the perfect arcade party game, then.
A game that brings something a little different to the sports genre on the PS5, Riders Republic is a Ubisoft open world game with a cycling/skiing/wingsuiting skin. A massively multiplayer online sandbox, filled with both silly and serious challenges, this game is colossal in scale – something it underpins with its outrageous Mass Race competitions. It can look a little ugly and its too-cool-for-school style will grate, but cycling down mountains at 100kmph is still an exhilarating experience.
One of virtual reality's first breakout hits, Job Simulator remains a real treat on PSVR2. It's a lighthearted, comical game about robots attempting to simulate human behaviour in the work place, putting you in the shoes of an office worker, sales clerk, mechanic, and more. Featuring support for the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers, the game's excellent amount of interactive options will feel better than ever.
11. DIRT 5 (PS5)
DIRT 5 comes from a Codemasters team made up of many Evolution Studios alumni, giving this off-road racer a slight MotorStorm flavour. The festival vibes are alive and well here, with colourful presentation and a great soundtrack providing the background for a varied and fun racing calendar. Unlike its DiRT Rally cousins, this game is unabashedly arcadey, putting the emphasis on sliding sideways through the mud, across the ice, and into clouds of dust. An unintrusive storyline featuring characters voiced by Nolan North and Troy Baker carries you through the single player, while a level editor and some neat multiplayer modes are waiting for you too. A slick, well presented racing game with real energy.