Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

The PlayStation 5 was released in November 2020, but is still incredibly hard to get. The chip shortage makes it nearly impossible to log into your favorite store’s site and order one. In other words, among the undoubtedly huge amount of people who want a PS5, very few today can get one.

But if you’re one of the lucky few who just got one (or hopes to get lucky soon), or you have a friend who managed to score one, we’ve put together a list of great PS5 games to play. this holiday and beyond. If you follow our recommendations, you’ll have so much gameplay to enjoy that you probably won’t need any more until early to mid-2022 – here’s the release window for Sony to launch its highly anticipated Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok.

So here are eight great games for your PS5.

death loop

death loop

death loop
Image: Bethesda Softworks

In this first-person shooter developed by Arkane of dishonored and Prey fame, you take control of Colt, who is trying to escape from an evil time loop. He doesn’t remember much about himself at first, where he is or what he’s trying to do, but you’ll discover the game’s many secrets and learn how to take back control.

death loop feels fresh despite it being yet another adventure in time, with some of your progress resetting after each run. The firefight is fun, and the difficulty will probably keep you gripping the controller, but it’s not too hard. It uses the adaptive triggers and haptics of the DualSense controller to provide a more tactile experience.

This game usually costs $60, but recent sales have brought prices down to $40 or below, so keep an eye out for offers.

A complicated mystery that’s also a great action game


Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

If you’re looking for a game that will give you an instant pat on the back for your investment in the PS5, grab the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. It comes with the expansion that lets you control Miles Morales, but it also includes a 2017 remastered ready-made PS5 version Marvel’s Spider-Man. It’s just fantastic value for money and easy to recommend as it’s so much fun swinging from building to building.

If you are one of the Batman: Arkham games, you should quickly feel at home with the controls and combat of these Spider Man spell. There’s a lot of fun to be had while traversing this fictional depiction of New York City, and the free fights will blow your mind at all the cool combos Peter Parker and Miles Morales can make.

This bundle originally released for $70, but recent sales have lowered the price to around $50. Don’t worry if you’re paying full price for it, though, as you’re essentially getting two games in one package.

There’s a lot of fun in traversing this fictional image of New York City


Return

Return

Return
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Return is a third party action shooter that is difficult yet rewarding. The game’s design makes you play the same stages repeatedly, dodging waves of bullets (presented in a tantalizing bullet-hell fashion) and trying to get the upper hand over tough enemies. It may feel like a grind at first, but you build up knowledge, perks and interesting weapons that should keep you motivated.

This game emphasizes fast movements and very deliberate use of your in-game skills and items, so despite what the game visuals might imply, it’s not just a run-and-gun affair (although it may feel more like a if you are doing) better in the game). In addition to fun gameplay, Return has some of the most striking art designs in a recent game, and the sound delivers some terrifying tunes.

This game debuted for $70, but you can sometimes find it for around $50.

A roguelike third-person shooter that puts you in the shoes of Selene, an astronaut tormented by a seemingly never-ending loop of time.


Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The latest from Insomniac Games Ratchet & Clank adventure was built specifically for the PS5 and as such the graphics have moved even further in the direction of Pixar movies, with expressive characters and incredibly detailed environments. Of course it shares the DNA with those who are older Ratchet & Clank games, so you can still expect a fun, light-hearted romp where you perform wild stunts and upgrade an insane assortment of weapons. Unlike many of the games on this list, tear apart is a solid game for people of all ages to play, and it’s fun enough to just enjoy watching someone else play through it.

This game normally costs $70, but in recent sales it is available for just $50.

A fun, light-hearted romp where you perform wild stunts and upgrade an insane assortment of weapons.


FFVII Remake Intergrade

FFVII Remake Intergrade

FFVII Remake Intergrade
Image: Square Enix

Square Enix’s faithful but exhaustive overhaul of Final Fantasy VII has arrived on PS5 with the Intergrade update that includes an expansion focused on the Yuffie character (that expansion normally only costs $20). For returning fans of FFVIIThere’s a lot to enjoy here, with many of the same story beats from the original 1997 version being returned with a fresh coat of PS5-grade polish. Keep in mind, though, that this title doesn’t cover all of the events that take place in the original game (it ends when you leave Midgar), but it’s still a fantastic adventure that will last you tens of hours – even more, if you plan to to play the expansion.

This game has seen some hefty price drops lately, sometimes costing around $40.

A faithful but exhaustive revision of Final Fantasy VII


Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Originally released for PS4, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is the definitive edition of the game that both takes advantage of PS5 features (including DualSense haptics and adaptive triggers, as well as making full use of the additional graphics horsepower) and includes the new Iki Island expansion that is packed with new missions and enemies.

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world, third-person sword fighting game in which your character tries to prevent the Mongol invasion of Japan. Born into a family of samurai, the story highlights your character’s journey to exact revenge and save innocent lives.

This game debuted for $70, and since it was released recently, you may not find many deals. That said, it has dropped in price to $50 a few times.

An open-world, third-person sword fighting game where your character tries to prevent the Mongol invasion of Japan.


Astro’s playroom

Astro's playroom

Astro’s playroom
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Astro’s playroom is the easiest game to recommend playing on your PS5 as a free copy is included with your console purchase. Designed by PlayStation Studios, this action platformer resembles a 3D Mario adventure game where you have to run through cleverly designed levels and collect some fun PlayStation artifacts along the way. It’s a relatively short game, with experienced players only needing a few hours to beat. But for those new to games, this is the perfect title that should keep them busy for a while.

This is like a 3D Mario adventure game where you have to run through cleverly designed levels.


Demon Souls

Demon's Souls for PS5

Demon Souls
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony’s PlayStation Studios has produced a full remake of FromSoftware’s now-classic Demon Souls, which was originally released on PS3. Featuring all-new visuals and a revised soundtrack, the PS5 version loads super fast and runs like a dream. If you have a penchant for difficult games that require patience and creative thinking (at worst, like this one.) souls can beat games, you can feel a grind), you will love this game. There’s a lot of freedom in how you choose to build out your character’s strengths, as well as how you approach the many phases of the game.

This title released for $70, but in recent sales it has dropped to about $50 or so.

A full remake of the now classic from FromSoftware Demon Souls


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