What are the best PS5 exclusive games? Home to a strong first-party offering thanks to PlayStation Studios, the PS5 is already building a solid list of exclusive titles you won't find anywhere else. From third-person adventures to tough-as-nails combat-focused titles, Sony has various different genres covered on its new machine. As part of our Best PS5 Games compilations, we've put together the Best PS5 Exclusive Games. If you're planning to utilise PS5 backwards compatibility, we recommend referring to our Best PS4 Exclusive Games guide.
Best PS5 Exclusive Games
Listed below is what we consider to be the Best PS5 Exclusive Games. These titles excel in their chosen genre and cannot be played on other consoles or PC. That includes PS4; we're keeping this list purely PS5 exclusive.
As we look to the future, other PS5 exclusives games that could make it onto this list include Marvel's Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games, 2023), Marvel's Wolverine (Insomniac Games, TBD), and Season (Scavengers Studio, TBD).
There's a reason Demon's Souls managed to become part of the gaming zeitgeist for a decade: it's a truly special, outstanding game. The FromSoftware classic is back to punish a new set of gamers and returning veterans with an updated romp through Boletaria that looks sublime on PS5. This is the same exact adventure as you remember it enhanced in all its glory; the same levels, gear, and brutal gameplay. Some enemies are now designed to be even more imposing, but the bosses are as challenging as ever.
Demon's Souls on PS5 is a gaming classic updated for the new era, and it's a privilege to experience it looking and playing so good. A PS5 collection isn't complete without Demon's Souls.
For more information, read our Demon's Souls PS5 review.
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Look no further than Astro's Playroom for a demonstration of what the PS5 DualSense controller can achieve. So much more than a tech demo, Team Asobi managed to both showcase what the new PS5 features are all about and create an enjoyable platformer that pays homage to the brand's past all at once. And the best part is it's completely free and pre-installed on every single PS5 system.
You'll never forget the moment you come across the adorable Astro Bot's acting out a scene from one of your favourite PlayStation classics; it's a special way to kickstart the PS5 generation. You might have picked up some big titles alongside your flashy new system, but set aside a few hours for Astro's Playroom and experience true gaming enjoyment.
For more information, read our Astro's Playroom PS5 review.
Few games feel better to play than Returnal. Its rogue-like gameplay loop can be considered an impressive feat on its own, but developer Housemarque goes above and beyond by making the PS5 DualSense controller feel like an actual extension of your own arm. Fast-paced shooting feels phenomenal, navigating the otherworldly environments is a breeze, and the unique enemy designs live long in the mind. Outstanding boss fights on top present many of the game's high points, but in all, Returnal is simply an incredible title to play and marvel at. Even if you're not a fan of the rogue-like genre, this is an essential playthrough.
For more information, read our Returnal PS5 review.
With those re-releases out of the way, it's time to get back to the original titles coming out of Sony. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart brings back the dynamic lombax and his robotic buddy and partners them with brand new character Rivet. The three of them have to do the usual thing of saving the galaxy, which in turn takes them to a load of colourful new planets. Its gameplay loop is reminiscent of past entries, but Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart sets itself apart with special rifts that transport you through different parts of the known universe in flashes of a second. Putting the PS5 SSD to work, it's a feel-good adventure that everyone can get to grips with.
For more information, read our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PS5 review.
Talk about taking the no thrills route, Sony! Marvel's Spider-Man was another excellent game on PS4, but it has been remastered for the new generation complete with a brand new face for protagonist Peter Parker. Not many remasters can claim they did that, right? In all seriousness, while Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered, doesn't include any new content, it's a meaty package for a brand new PlayStation player, complete with all three pieces of post-launch DLC. One of the best Spider-Man games ever just got even better on PS5.
For more information, read our Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered PS5 review.
Do you agree with our list? Are these the Best PS5 Exclusive Games? Which one is your favourite? Check out our Best PS5 Games compilations through the link and let us know what your own picks are in the comments below.