What are the Best PS5 Games? Sony’s next-gen console is the new kid on the block, but it’s off to a faster start than any of the Japanese giant’s previous platforms, with a compelling slate of must play software available at launch. As part of our PS5 guide, we’ve compiled the Best PS5 Games that you can play today. If you're planning to take advantage of PS5 backwards compatibility, then you should also refer to our Best PS4 Games guide.

Best PS5 Games by Genre and Type

Below is a compilation of the best PS5 games by genre and type, as determined by our editorial team. We're constantly updating, tweaking, and tuning our lists to ensure they're always as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Best PS5 Games

Below is a full list of the Best PS5 Games. These are the console’s top titles, and the essentials that we believe all gamers should play, irrespective of individual taste or preference.

25. The Nioh Collection (PS5)

The Nioh Collection (PS5)The Nioh Collection (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Team Ninja
Release Date: 5th Feb 2021 (USA) / 5th Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

They may not quite hit the same highs as the Souls games, but the hard-as-nails samurai combat of the Nioh series is well worth experiencing. Here you get both memorable PS4 games, remastered to take full advantage of PS5’s hardware. While the original versions do admittedly stack up well, if you’re yet to experience Team Ninja’s titles, then we’d urge you to give them a try on Sony’s new console.

For more information, read our The Nioh Collection PS5 review.

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24. Bugsnax (PS5)

Bugsnax (PS5)Bugsnax (PS5)
Publisher: Young Horses / Developer: Young Horses
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Bugsnax might have won people over with a catchy theme song, but it's far more than just that. It lures you in with its whimsical style and silly concept, but quickly subverts expectations with surprisingly emotional story beats. Your main tasks in the game are to catch the titular creatures and find out what happened to the leader of an expedition to the island. Figuring out how to capture each Bugsnak is fun, and learning more about the colourful cast will keep you engaged. It's a unique flavour combo, but it works.

For more information, read our Bugsnax PS5 review.

23. A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5)

A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5)A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive / Developer: Asobo Studio
Release Date: 6th Jul 2021 (USA) / 6th Jul 2021 (UK/EU)

A Plague Tale: Innocence is the best kind of surprise: an unexpectedly strong historical outing with a likeable cast of characters and unique stealth mechanics. The fantasy underpinnings may not be to everyone’s tastes – especially as the tale somewhat limps to its conclusion – but Asobo Studio’s outstanding use of the PS5 hardware, including the DualSense, make it a must play for fans of story-based adventures.

For more information, read our A Plague Tale: Innocence PS5 review.

22. Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS5)

Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS5)Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS5)
Publisher: Finji / Developer: Finji
Release Date: 10th Jun 2021 (USA) / 10th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)

A Colorful Tale is perhaps the hit that no one saw coming, but it's a game adored by critics and players alike. You inherit the ability to wield a magical paintbrush, and you explore a cartoon world devoid of colour, able to fill it all in at will. The light-hearted premise is accompanied by a surprisingly touching story, wonderful characters, and some neat puzzles and bosses along the way. This indie adventure is a delight from start to finish.

For more information, read our Chicory: A Colourful Tale PS5 review.

21. WRC 9 (PS5)

WRC 9 (PS5)WRC 9 (PS5)
Publisher: Nacon / Developer: Kylotonn Entertainment
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

The PS5 already has a rock solid racing sim, and it's WRC 9. This officially licensed rally racer gives the DIRT Rally series a run for its money. With all the real world routes and vehicles, an in-depth career mode, and thrilling driving, this will have any racing fan on the edge of their seat. It excels on Sony's new console thanks to excellent DualSense support; you'll feel every bump in the road with the haptic feedback, and the triggers simulate the gas and brake pedals wonderfully. There are lots of ways to play, including online championships, so this should keep petrol heads going until Gran Turismo 7 crosses the line.

For more information, read our WRC 9 PS5 review.

20. Metro Exodus (PS5)

Metro Exodus (PS5)Metro Exodus (PS5)
Publisher: Deep Silver / Developer: 4A Games
Release Date: 18th Jun 2021 (USA) / 18th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)

4A Games' post-apocalyptic adventure feels like it was meant for PS5, with silky smooth performance, great looking ray-traced graphics, and complete DualSense functionality. While some flaws of the original release do persist — those accents! — there's a lot to like about Metro Exodus on Sony's next-gen system. Featuring loads of tense story moments and some super atmospheric exploration, this train ride through the Russian wasteland makes for a memorable journey.

For more information, read our Metro Exodus PS5 review.

19. Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5)

Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5)Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Remedy
Release Date: 2nd Feb 2021 (USA) / 2nd Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

Control pushed the limits of the PS4, delivering an intense third-person romp – but a technically flawed one. This return trip to the unorthodox Old House feels much more at home on the PS5, and while there are some strange difficulty spikes, Remedy’s unique brand of shooting shines throughout much of this engrossing outing.

For more information, read our Control PS5 review.

18. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5)Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Treyarch
Release Date: 13th Nov 2020 (USA) / 13th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

The single player campaign is the reason to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Packed full of top-secret espionage and spy-like action, Treyarch has put together a fantastic lonesome outing that introduces side missions and optional quests to the traditional linear levels of the series. Zombies is an obvious mainstay packed full of secrets and the sort of depth you'd expect from any full-priced release, so much so that multiplayer feels a little too bare-bones this time around. It's basic Call of Duty multiplayer in just about every single respect possible. Serviceable, but not exactly exciting.

For more information, read our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PS5 review.

17. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS5)

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS5)Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS5)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Toys for Bob
Release Date: 12th Mar 2021 (USA) / 12th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

Crash Bandicoot is one of PlayStation’s most iconic platforming heroes, and now that he’s double-jumped onto PS5, there’s no excuse for skipping It’s About Time. This sequel stays true to the series’ origins, but it’s bursting with brand new ideas and jaw-dropping set-piece moments. Running at a flawless 60 frames-per-second in sparkling 4K resolution, this release is at its absolute best on Sony’s next-gen console.

For more information, read our Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time PS5 review.

16. The Pathless (PS5)

The Pathless (PS5)The Pathless (PS5)
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Giant Squid
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 12th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

The Pathless lives up to its name with a gorgeous open world to explore, but it's how you get around that sets this adventure apart. Playing as an archer, firing arrows at targets dotted throughout the map provide you a speed boost, letting you blitz through the natural environments and mysterious ruins with amazing flow. This traversal leads you to discover the secrets of a corrupted world, and you'll solve puzzles and tackle fearsome creatures in your quest to cleanse the land. A beautiful game in many ways, this is quietly one of PS5's best.

For more information, read our The Pathless PS5 review.