PlayStation Gamers Unite
Gamers: we’re only a few weeks away from the PlayStation 5’s second birthday. Scalpers and shortages aside, Sony’s ninth-generation machine has been providing a new wave of memories for gamers worldwide.
From Ratchet and Clank, to Miles Morales’ first big-screen adventure, to Horizon’s sequel, the PS5 has been nothing short of jam-packed with goodies. Even if you don’t like the newest titles, plenty of oldies have gotten some updated love.
There’s something for everyone on the PS5, and if you’re out of the loop due to shortages, here’s what you might’ve missed.
Here are five of the best PlayStation 5 games you can play right now… or whenever you get a PS5!
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Not trying to rub it in, but the PS5 launch brought two heavy hitting titles. Players visited the kingdom of Boletaria in a remake of Demon’s Souls while others swung through New York fighting crime.
I missed out on Demon’s Souls because I can’t beat games without the fabled “journalist difficulty”. However, I did not miss out on the spin-off sequel to 2018’s mega-hit, and boy was it so damn good.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales picks up directly after 2018’s title with Miles coming into his role of Spider-Man. It was rather short, but it was more about the showcase of what the PS5 could do.
Load times were blazing fast, the new haptic feedback on the controller made you feel like Spider-Man as you swung through the streets, and Miles Morales received a much-needed makeover in his debut title.
There’s a lot to breakdown here, but to sum it up, this was a master class showcasing what the PS5 could do.
PC players will get their hands on it soon and be able to mod away. However, PS5 players, get on this right now.
This is one of the top PS5 games you can play right now.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Two Insomniac Games in the same list? Yes.
If you’ve been a PlayStation gamer for a while, you know plenty about Ratchet and Clank. For twenty years, the Lombax and mini robot duo have brought endless waves of memories and have become Sony’s most consistent title.
You know, since they don’t love Sly Cooper and Jak & Daxter.
Sob story aside, Rift Apart continued Insomniac Games’ trend of pushing every PlayStation console to its limit while delivering a worthy sequel after a 8-year hiatus.
Much like the previous title in this list, Rift Apart was a technical spectacle. Ratchet and Clank looked better than ever on the PS5 and so did the planets they explored in their journey to save space and time from Dr. Nefarious.
It helps the game was fabulously well-done. New whacky weapons, a good story, and the introduction of new heroines Rivet and Kit highlighted the sixteenth entry in Insomniac Game’s series.
It’ll likely be some time before we see a new game in the Ratchet and Clank series since Insomniac is very busy making its own version of the MCU. For now, check out the heroes’ finest hour and one of the best games for PS5.
This is just my opinion, but I’d argue that Housemarque took many gamers by surprise when Returnal launched last year.
After years of working on a variety of different titles, Returnal was something pretty unique. Combining roguelike and third person, players were treated to an experience of a lifetime.
At least, that’s the nicest way of putting it.
Upon booting up Returnal, it became evident players were in for a ride. Challenging yet satisfying combat, blazing visuals, and more are just a snippet of what to expect in Returnal.
If the challenging aspect scares you, fear not. The developers have made the game slightly easier since its launch.
Housemarque has also been hard at work updating the title as well. The latest update introduced a survival mode with co-op.
If you can navigate the dangerous challenges that lie ahead, Returnal is a phenomenal title to pick up for the PS5.
Horizon Forbidden West
As much as I’d love Guerrilla Games to go back to making Killzone, I have to admit one thing.
For a new concept coming from the Killzone squad, the Horizon series is pretty phenomenal.
It’s been five years since Horizon Zero Dawn ushered in a new wave of gaming for PlayStation gamers. The first entry boosted Sony’s massive portfolio of single-player titles while becoming one of the best games on the last-ten console.
Horizon Forbidden West ups the ante in every single way.
New machine foes and rival clans roam the West coast and challenge Alloy’s journey to save Earth. Everything is bigger and better in Guerilla Games’ second outing.
Forbidden West is a marvel, and I’m not talking about the MCU. Fans will have plenty to look forward to with the upcoming TV adaptation on the way.
While you wait, be sure to check out one of the best games on the PS5.
Every “Remake”/PS5 Boosted title
Alright, this may seem like a cop-out answer, but hear me out.
When the PS5 first launched, it became very evident that nothing “new” was going to grace the platform. A lot of the “launch titles” were just updated versions of games that were released days ahead of the PS5’s Nov. 20 launch.
However, if you missed any of the games that were released in the months leading up to the launch, you were in for a treat. Many of the PS4’s swan song titles were receiving massive boosts in performance to match the PS5.
I’m here to tell you, those bumps in specs were incredible. It was a great way to ease the pain of spending $500 on a console while you wait for Black Friday deals or to fill the void until something major is released.
Here are a few of the titles that received massive boosts including 60 FPS and much more:
- The Last of Us Part 2
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Days Gone
- God of War
On the flip side, a ton of games have received remakes and have been released to much praise. The Last of Us Part 1 is the latest, and despite how we feel about it, it has been a success.
Speaking of, did you hear Horizon Zero Dawn might be next?
Anyways, the launch window was a bit dry for the PS5. Couple that with the slew of games that were released beforehand, and you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.