20. Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS5)

Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS5)
Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS5)
Publisher: Milestone / Developer: Milestone
Release Date: 30th Sep 2021 (USA) / 30th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

If you've ever owned a toy car or two, Hot Wheels Unleashed will hold some appeal. Coming from Milestone, the studio known for its motorbike racing titles like MotoGP and RIDE, this game sees the Italian team go in a brand new direction. This is a colourful arcade racer, pitting those die-cast vehicles against each other on that famous bright orange track across various settings. The handling is excellent and provides some surprisingly competitive and gratifying racing, while the courses are treacherous, winding things that see you driving on the ceiling and through the air. The game is impressively robust too, with a big campaign, split-screen and online multiplayer, a full track editor, and hundreds of cars to collect. If you're a fan of Hot Wheels, or just arcade racing games generally, this is worth checking out.

19. Wreckfest (PS5)

Wreckfest (PS5)
Wreckfest (PS5)
Publisher: THQ Nordic / Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Release Date: 1st Jun 2021 (USA) / 1st Jun 2021 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Few things are more fun than crashing cars: Sony learned that in 1995 with Destruction Derby, a smashmouth PS1 racer that became a cult classic on account of its reckless disregard for motorsport safety. Fast forward to the present day and Wreckfest is a modern reimagining of Psygnosis’s iconic T-bone-‘em-up. Running at 60 frames-per-second, this is far more responsive than its PS4 predecessor, and regular content updates have made the scale of the package anything but a write-off.

18. Overcooked: All You Can Eat (PS5)

Overcooked: All You Can Eat (PS5)
Overcooked: All You Can Eat (PS5)
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Ghost Town Games
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Overcooked: All You Can Eat serves up everything from Overcooked and Overcooked 2 in one delicious meal. All that content has been refreshed and remastered, with online play now spread across both games, and even more DLC added on top. The brilliance of this series is how it forces you to truly work together — if you don't, chaos can quickly take hold, and you'll never get those three-star ratings on each level. It's also extremely accessible, with easy-to-grasp controls and objectives. Looking better than ever on PS5, it's the ultimate way to enjoy one of the best co-op party games in recent memory.

17. Deathloop (PS5)

Deathloop (PS5)
Deathloop (PS5)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: Arkane Studios
Release Date: 14th Sep 2021 (USA) / 14th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

Arkane Studios is known for its immersive sims like Dishonored, and with Deathloop, the developer takes that formula in a bold new direction. Playing as an assassin caught in a time loop on an island filled with disdainful characters, it's your job to eliminate all of them within one cycle, else you'll need to start again. The joy of the game is in slowly figuring out the right sequence of events that need to take place in order for you to crack the code and break the loop. A higher emphasis on action combined with some super fun powers makes this feel like a supercharged Dishonored. The loop mechanic and threat of player invasions provides some tension, and it's all delivered with a fantastic 60s aesthetic.

16. Destiny 2 (PS5)

Destiny 2 (PS5)
Destiny 2 (PS5)
Publisher: Bungie / Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 8th Dec 2020 (USA) / 8th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Bungie's online shooter is still at the top of the pile when it comes to gunplay, although there's no denying that Destiny 2 is a tough nut to crack if you're completely new to the sci-fi sequel. Get stuck in, though, and you'll find an abundance of quality content to chew on. Campaigns, co-op missions, competitive multiplayer — it's a game that feels like it's fit to burst at points, and the aforementioned action is the glue that holds everything together.

15. No Man's Sky (PS5)

No Man's Sky (PS5)
No Man's Sky (PS5)
Publisher: Hello Games / Developer: Hello Games
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

The initially rough reception of No Man's Sky can safely be put to bed. Hello Games has stayed fully committed to its procedurally generated space exploration adventure, fleshing it out with a staggering number of huge updates. Not only does the game look and run much better these days, it's bursting with things to see and do, and that's without considering the 18 quintillion planets waiting to be discovered. The PS5 release is the best version you can play on console, too, with minimised load times, great DualSense support, and rock solid performance.

14. F1 2021 (PS5)

F1 2021 (PS5)
F1 2021 (PS5)
Publisher: EA Sports / Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: 16th Jul 2021 (USA) / 16th Jul 2021 (UK/EU)

F1 2021 is the best and most complete version of the annual motorsport simulator. As expected, it contains all the teams, cars, and tracks from the real-world season, and the in-depth career mode is as engrossing as ever. However, it's the ways the game broadens its appeal that really impress. Braking Point is a great introduction to the world of Formula One, offering not only a fun primer for the proper career modes, but a twist of drama with some cool characters. The addition of Two Player Career and other features make it a more flexible game, letting you really tinker with it to get the experience you want. Oh, and Codemasters' typically excellent handling model is a winner once again.

13. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (PS5)

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (PS5)
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (PS5)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release Date: 17th Nov 2020 (USA) / 17th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

There’s a snobbery among enthusiasts that suggests Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, without tightly animated sprites and mind-boggling button combos, is a lesser fighting title. Be that as it may, few brawlers have the sheer scope and scale of what’s on display here. With an ever-rotating ladder of inventive towers to tackle, a sprawling single player campaign, and an RPG-inspired loot system that lets you tailor all of the title’s characters to your tastes, NetherRealm Studios may not have produced an audience-attracting e-sport here, but it has delivered a damn good time.

12. Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5)

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5)
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

With creator Media Molecule focusing its attention on PS4’s boundless sandbox Dreams, LittleBigPlanet’s whimsical weaved hero deserved his Super Mario 3D World moment. Sackboy: A Big Adventure doesn’t pull up any trees like its predecessors, but is instead a robust co-operative platformer with some memorable musical moments. With a cutesy DIY aesthetic and some surprisingly tight action, it excels in an area that Sony has often been accused of overlooking: fun for the whole family.

11. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS5)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS5)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS5)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: 26th Mar 2021 (USA) / 26th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Essential (Until 6th Sep 2022)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a brilliant remake of two incredibly impactful games. The skateboarding series might have been scraping its knees for a while, but this new version puts it right on track, updating the PS1 classics to modern standards while keeping that old-school, arcadey magic alive. The PS5 version is a great update, too, enhancing the title with super smooth performance, 4K resolution, reduced loading, and some subtle usage of DualSense's features. If you're a long-time fan, this is pure joy.