20. Judgment (PS5)

Judgment (PS5)Judgment (PS5)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 23rd Apr 2021 (USA) / 23rd Apr 2021 (UK/EU)

It may have launched on PS4 not long before this PS5 port, but Judgment is so good that it deserves every chance at success that it can get. This Yakuza spinoff puts you in the sneakers of Takayuki Yagami, a private detective living in the heart of Kamurocho, a fictional red light district that's always teetering on the edge of chaos. Tangled up in a series of brutal murders, Yagami is forced to dig deep into the city's criminal underbelly, resulting in a truly gripping story. With a brilliant cast of characters, a great combat system, and a map that's stuffed with fun distractions, Judgment is right up there with the absolute best that Yakuza has to offer.

19. Death's Door (PS5)

Death's Door (PS5)Death's Door (PS5)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Acid Nerve
Release Date: 23rd Nov 2021 (USA) / 23rd Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

Death's Door isn't doing anything particularly original, but everything presented here is just so well crafted. The game is an isometric action adventure, starring you as a reaper crow who must venture out and calm the lost souls that haunt the land. The world created here is a fascinating one, designed in an almost Dark Souls-like way; it intertwines with itself and pockmarks each area with baddies to fend off. The combat is straightforward but satisfying, and the presentation is really strong throughout. It might not break the mould, but this unassuming game puts its best talon forward.

18. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS5)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS5)Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS5)
Publisher: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM
Release Date: 30th Mar 2021 (USA) / 30th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

Disco Elysium stands as a truly great achievement in role-playing. Attempting to crack a dangerously suspicious murder case as an amnesiac cop, you're tasked with interrogating the locals while trying to work out just who the hell you're supposed to be. Engrossing from start to finish, Disco Elysium is built on a foundation of fantastic writing and brilliant characters, as you carve your own unique path through the atmospheric city of Revachol. Its methodical pace won't be for everyone, but if you're looking for a deep and brain-bending RPG, you won't find anything better on PS5.

17. Hitman 3 (PS5)

Hitman 3 (PS5)Hitman 3 (PS5)
Publisher: IO Interactive / Developer: IO Interactive
Release Date: 20th Jan 2021 (USA) / 20th Jan 2021 (UK/EU)

The culmination of a generation of effort from the highly talented Danish developer IO Interactive, Hitman 3 is not only a sensational stealth game on its own – but it also compiles all of the locations from the World of Assassin trilogy, bringing them under one umbrella for near limitless espionage. The series blends large, intricately designed sandbox stages with clockwork-like gameplay, which is open to manipulation in any way you see fit. Your objective in each mission is to murder your marks without being spotted – and how you go about it is entirely up to you. A truly unique and flawlessly designed experience.

16. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5)Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Eidos Montreal
Release Date: 26th Oct 2021 (USA) / 26th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

A superhero game from Square Enix is enough for hardcore PlayStation players to proceed with caution after Marvel's Avengers, but developer Eidos Montreal has done Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy proud with a faithful, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable campaign based on original storytelling. It's a meaty one too, lasting north of 20 hours. The characters of Drax, Groot, Rocket, and Gamora are just as you remember them from the Marvel movies, and even Star-Lord performs valiantly despite the lack of a Chris Pratt face scan. Combat is deep and engaging, exploration is limited but fun, and dialogue is top-notch.

15. Death Stranding Director's Cut (PS5)

Death Stranding Director's Cut (PS5)Death Stranding Director's Cut (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: 24th Sep 2021 (USA) / 24th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

Death Stranding Director's Cut takes the truly unique "strand game" adventure and dials things up a notch for PS5. Hideo Kojima and his team created a haunting and strange world with the original game, tasking players with traversing a desolate and dangerous landscape to make deliveries. It shouldn't work, but it does — every step you take can be a risk, and this need to watch your footing is an interesting way to create tension, especially when those nasty BTs show up. Director's Cut enhances the experience with improved graphics and performance, DualSense support, 3D audio, and a range of new content.

14. Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5)

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5)Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 2nd Mar 2021 (USA) / 2nd Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

Yakuza: Like a Dragon barely feels next-gen as it’s very much rooted by Ryu ga Gotoku Studio’s dated engine and game design principles, but it’s bursting with personality and one of the most varied releases on this list. At its core, it’s a traditional role-playing game built around an engaging and relatable party of core characters, but it’s so much more: this small but densely populated open world harbours go-karts, an entire business management minigame, and more wacky side-quests than you can shake a massage wand at. This is one of the most unique and time consuming titles on PS5.

13. Resident Evil Village (PS5)

Resident Evil Village (PS5)Resident Evil Village (PS5)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 7th May 2021 (USA) / 7th May 2021 (UK/EU)

For a franchise that has no shortage of experimental entries in its back catalogue, Capcom knows how to make a traditional Biohazard campaign when it wants to. Resident Evil Village adopts the first-person perspective of Resident Evil 7, but this time offers a confident and familiar romp through a sinister Romanian village. With an eclectic cast of curious – but occasionally underdeveloped – villains, the true character of this sequel is the setting itself, which harbours countless secrets and some truly memorable moments.

12. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PS5)

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PS5)Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PS5)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 10th Jun 2021 (USA) / 10th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)

There's no denying that Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the best Final Fantasy games in years, and Intergrade is the icing on the cake. Yes, it's only one part of the story, and yes, a few of the, er, changes are going to annoy some fans forevermore, but there's a healthy helping of Final Fantasy VII magic at the heart of Remake. Whether it's in the way that the characters have been re-realised or the outstanding boss fights (and excellent combat system), charging through Remake is a rewarding experience — especially if you're big on nostalgia.

11. Hades (PS5)

Hades (PS5)Hades (PS5)
Publisher: Supergiant Games / Developer: Supergiant Games
Release Date: 13th Aug 2021 (USA) / 13th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

Bored of his immortal life in the Underworld, Zagreus takes it upon himself to escape the reaches of his godly father. In the brilliant roguelike Hades, you'll aid the prince in his attempts to reach the surface, engaging in countless runs through the ever-shifting realms. With each death comes plot development, however; a story is expertly interwoven with the gameplay loop, giving you a small taste of what each character has been up to before you dive back into the dungeons once more. With slick, fast-paced combat, an endless variety of perks and power-ups to try, and an escalating challenge for those that stick around, this is a fantastic action game that makes the most of its looping structure.