The best PS5 games including Sackboy, Horizon and Spider-Man Miles Morales
The best PS5 games including Sackboy, Horizon and Spider-Man Miles Morales

Every seven years or so, an exciting moment happens in the video games industry: the arrival of newer, more powerful consoles that push gaming to the next level. For Sony PlayStation fans, that time has arrived with the release of PlayStation 5 (a.k.a. the PS5). Sony still believes in traditional console generations, meaning that most games coming to PS5 will not work on their current console, the PS4.

If you’re thinking of buying the new console (or you’ve already made the splurge!), you’ll need to know what PS5 games to get for your shiny new machine. To help hone your search, we went deep on the games now available and those being released to Sony PS5 in 2021—and picked our 27 favourites.

[Editor’s note: The below release windows are subject to change by the game publishers at any time.]

Battle scene from Marvel's Spider Man: Miles Morales PS5

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Insomniac Games and Marvel | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Peter Parker swung onto PS4 in Marvel’s Spider-Man a couple of years ago (making web-slinging sales records in the process!) and now it’s time for Miles Morales to leap into the limelight. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-packed standalone superhero game set in PlayStation’s Marvel Universe and is exclusive to PS5. Miles Morales was one of PlayStation’s centrepiece launch titles in 2020.

Scene from Sackboy a Big Adventure PS5

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Sumo Digital | Release Date: November 12, 2020

The adorably cute Sackboy returns on PS5 in a new 3D-adventure game for up to four players. Suitable for all ages, Sackboy’s latest journey has him and pals travel through landscapes created out of fabrics where you must bounce, slide and swing your way to victory. If you’re looking for a fun title to play with the fam on your weekly Friday games night, this could be it.

Battle scene from Demon's Souls Remake

Demon's Souls Remake

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games | Release Date: November 12, 2020

If you or someone in your family likes a challenge, Demon’s Souls Remake is the perfect game to consider. This eerie and terrifying demonic world will push your gaming skills to the limit as you face off with incredibly strong (and sometimes huge) monsters in tense battles. We also recommend checking out Bluepoint Games’ last title, Shadow of the Colossus (which is also quite difficult!).

Cars from Dirt 5 PS5

Dirt 5

Publisher: Codemasters | Developer: Codemasters | Release Date: November 12, 2020

If racing realism is more your family’s thing, the next entry in Codemasters’ off-road racing series, Dirt 5 (this PS4 version runs on PS5), is right up your lane. It promises to bring high-powered vehicles and stunning locations, along with a story-driven career mode and online play with family and friends. Dirt 5 could be the best showcase of PS5’s graphics and specs.

Scene from Assassin's Creed Valhalla PS5

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Another year, another Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft. This time, Ubisoft Montreal is taking us back to 873 AD to experience an epic story of the Viking expansion to Anglo-Saxon England. Playing as either a female or a male Viking leader, your mission is to conquer England (by force or using stealth) and establish settlements for your clan. You can also prep by playing back-catalogue titles like Assassin’s Creed: The Enzio Collection or Assassin’s Creed Unity on your new PS5. (PS5 has backwards compatibility, meaning it can run most PS4 games!)

Scene from Watch Dogs Legion PS5

Watch Dogs Legion

Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft Toronto | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Another made-in-Canada Ubisoft title (hello, Toronto!), Watch Dogs Legion takes place in a fictionalized near-future version of London, England. What’s neat about this game is you can recruit any character to your cause—from elite hackers to military-trained experts to, well, any random civilian walking the streets. Nobody is off-limits, so get creative and prepare yourself for an outrageous time.

Basketball scene from NBA 2K21 PS5

NBA 2K21

Publisher: 2K Sports | Developer: Visual Concepts | Release Date: November 12, 2020

If your family is big on shooting hoops (let’s go Raptors, let’s go!), then NBA 2K21 could be just your thing. Using the PlayStation 5’s ultra-fast solid-state drive (SSD), the game will load within two seconds—an unheard of speed for a game console.

Scene from Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War PS5

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Publisher: Activision | Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software | Release Date: November 13, 2020

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a must for any first-person shooter gamer in your family. The game is a direct sequel to Black Ops, one of the most popular Call of Duty games ever, and takes place in the early 1980s Cold War. In addition to the signature precision gameplay that defines this franchise, Black Ops Cold War features three robust modes including Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies. With all this content, your gamer will be busy for months unravelling the Soviet’s plot to destabilize the planet and saving humanity from the invading Cold War–era zombies.

Scene from Hitman 3 PS5

Hitman 3

Publisher: IO Interactive | Developer: IO Interactive | Release Date: January 20, 2021

For all the would-be spies in your family, Hitman 3 is sure to satisfy with its James Bond-style gameplay. As Agent 47, you’ll complete contracts and take out targets in exotic locations, including a posh skyscraper resort in Dubai and a lavish family manor in Dartmoor, England. Like in previous Hitman games, you’ll also be able to steal outfits to blend in and sneak your way closer to the enemy’s location.

Battle scene from The Nioh Collection PS5

The Nioh Collection

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Koei Tecmo | Release Date: February 5, 2021

The Nioh Collection is perfect for fans of Dark Souls craving their next haunting adventure. This two-in-one collection sets you in a nightmarish version of Sengoku-era Japan where you must master the samurai arts in Nioh, then let loose your inner demons in Nioh 2. Both games are fully remastered and enhanced for PS5, supporting 4K resolution, smooth 120-frames-per-second gameplay and ultra-fast load times. Even better? The collection includes all six major expansions for even more value and game time.

Character from Destruction AllStars PS5

Destruction AllStars

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Lucid Games | Release Date: February 2021

If you were to combine Fortnite, Rocket League and Destruction Derby, you’d get Destruction AllStars by Sony. It takes vehicular combat to the next level with high-flying aerial flips, explosive action and a warzone arena filled with the zaniest obstacles we’ve ever seen in a racer.

Scene from Returnal PS5

Returnal

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Housemarque | Release Date: March 19, 2021

Imagine crash landing on a hostile alien planet where you continuously experience the cycle of death and rebirth. Every time you wake, the world has changed, forcing you to regain your bearings. It sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? That’s Returnal, the first big-budget AAA game from Housemarque, a studio famous for PlayStation titles like Super Stardust HD and Alienation.

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Characters from Outriders PS5

Outriders

Publisher: Square Enix | Developer: People Can Fly | Release Date: April 1, 2021

If you’ve got a sci-fi buff at home, Outriders could be the game they’ve been waiting for. It’s set in a bleak futuristic universe where a team of human Outriders attempt to settle the plant Enoch only to discover it’s filled with hostile alien lifeforms. This three-player game features online co-op and lets your squad choose between four powerful character classes, each with unique abilities. They include the tough, frontline Devastator, the fire-wielding Pyromancer, the gadget-master Technomancer and the unpredictable Trickster. While we’ve yet to play Outriders, it certainly looks fun—especially for gamers who are into destructive powers and dominating the battlefield.

Explosion scene from Deathloop PS5

Deathloop

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Developer: Arkane Lyon | Release Date: May 21, 2021

Deathloop for PS5 is like Groundhog Day meets Kill Bill. You play as an assassin tasked with taking down eight key targets before midnight. The catch? While you’re busy hunting, a rival assassin is out to get you—and if they do, you have to replay the day all over again.

Battle scene from Ratchet Clank: Rift Apart PS5

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Insomniac Games | Release Date: First half of 2021

Have you ever wanted to jump between space dimensions at the snap of your fingers? Well, now you can in the family-friendly Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart coming to PlayStation 5. This colourful adventure sets Ratchet and his comedic robot buddy, Clank, on an intergalactic platforming trip through time and space. You’ll be able to instantly warp between worlds in real-time (how cool is that?) as you explore these stunning spaces… and uncover the identity of a new female Ratchet look-alike.

Scene from Astro's Playroom PS5

Astro's Playroom

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Japan Studios | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Speaking of lovable mascots, Astro Bot is right up there with Sackboy, Ratchet and Clank. While his first outing was PlayStation VR exclusive, Astro’s Playroom will be available to everyone as a free game packed with every PS5 console. The game contains four worlds and highlights the PS5 console’s 3D audio, plus the PS5 controller’s haptic feedback (think advanced controller rumble) and adaptive triggers (which let you feel tension while performing actions like drawing a bowstring). How’s that for a PS5 console bonus?

Scene from Observer System Redux PS5

Observer: System Redux

Publisher: Bloober Team | Developer: Bloober Team | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Starring Rutger Hauer (famous for his role in Blade Runner), the cyberpunk thriller Observer: System Redux is now available on PS5. It’s an enhanced version of the award-winning game Observer (which was released on PS4 in 2017) and features improved graphics and extra story content. System Redux tells the tale of detective Daniel Lazarski, who’s investigating a case involving his estranged son. If you or someone in your family loves horror, you’ll find plenty of chills in this terrifying detective game.

Scene from Bugsnax PS5

Bugsnax

Publisher: Young Horses | Developer: Young Horses | Release Date: November 12, 2020

Bugsnax and its catchy theme song immediately went viral after the PS5 Showcase event because it seemed almost too funny. In this kid-friendly game, you work as a newspaper reporter investigating the strange Snacktooth Island where legendary half-bug, half-snack creatures live. Anyone who eats a bug will get one of their body parts turned into a snack—like strawberry hands or hot dog ears. Foodies are in for a real treat with this game.

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Scene from Kena Bridge of Spirits PS5

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Publisher: Ember Lab | Developer: Ember Lab | Release Date: March 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits from the animation studio Ember Lab looks like a Disney Pixar film come to life. This charming action-adventure game lets you become a spirit guide who must find and collect cute, fuzzy companions called the Rot (that eat decaying matter as food, ew).

Scene from Oddworld Soulstorm PS5

Oddworld Soulstorm

Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants | Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants | Release Date: Spring 2021

Here’s another quirky game coming to PS5: the platformer Oddworld Soulstorm set in a sci-fi, dystopian industrial world. You play as Abe, a creature who must escape captivity, free his enslaved species and ignite a revolution. The cinematic storytelling looks superb with lots of twists and dramatic moments to keep you hooked. What really sets this game apart, though, is the highly explosive 2.5D environments that crumble to pieces with startling ka-booms!

Scene from Gran Turismo 7 PS5

Gran Turismo 7

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Polyphony Digital | Release Date: First half of 2021

What’s the most popular game series in PlayStation history? While it’s tempting to say buzzy ones like God of War or The Last of Us, Sony’s Gran Turismo grabs the checkered flag. The next entry in this hugely popular racing series is coming to PS5, and it promises to deliver photorealistic graphics and lifelike recreations for some of the most iconic racing tracks on the planet. (For the ultimate driving experience, consider picking up a PS5 racing wheel, too!)

Underwater scene from Horizon 2: Forbidden West PS5

Horizon 2 Forbidden West

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Guerrilla Games | Release Date: Second half of 2021

Horizon Zero Dawn was a resounding hit on PS4 and introduced us to Aloy, an outcast fighting for survival in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world inhabited by machines. Now she’s back in Horizon Forbidden West, an all-new title where she travels to 31st-century versions of California, Utah and Nevada. This action role-playing game will showcase the PS5 graphics with breathtaking scenery and dozens of new machines, some even based on turtles, boars and woolly mammoths.

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Stray

Publisher: Annapurna | Developer: BlueTwelve Studio | Release Date: 2021

Cats. The internet is obsessed with them. Movie critics? Perhaps not so much. But now it’s time to give gamers a chance. In Stray on PS5, you’ll become the sweetest little cat that finds itself in a scary, futuristic walled city inhabited by robots. You’ll need to use your animal instincts to find your way home inside this mysterious cybercity. As if being a cat isn’t cute enough, you’ll also wear a teeny-tiny backpack to carry your feline belongings.

Character from Resident Evil Village PS5

Resident Evil Village

Publisher: Capcom | Developer: Capcom | Release Date: 2021

Capcom’s ever-popular zombie series returns on PS5 with Resident Evil Village (a.k.a. Resident Evil 8). It’s not a game for the faint of heart since, like Resident Evil 7, it features a first-person perspective. That means you’ll come face-to-face with terrifying creatures in a village full of werewolves and other monstrosities. If you have a Resident Evil fan in your house, Village is the game to get—just don’t tell them our cop hero, Chris Redfield, now appears to be the bad guy.

Fight scene from Quantum Error PS5

Quantum Error

Publisher: TeamKill Media | Developer: TeamKill Media | Release Date: 2021

Speaking of the horror genre, here’s another game to play after the kids have gone to bed. Quantum Error is a “cosmic thriller” tentatively set to hit the PS5 in 2020—although it could shift into next year. While details on this game are scarce, it has hauntingly beautiful visuals, plus high-impact gameplay that’s like Doom Eternal meets Dead Space.

Fight scene from GhostWire Tokyo PS5

GhostWire: Tokyo

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Developer: Tango Gameworks | Release Date: 2021

While there are restrictions on visiting Japan right now, we’ll soon be able to travel there virtually through Bethesda’s GhostWire: Tokyo. Set in a corrupted version of Tokyo that’s overrun with supernatural beings, this psychological thriller PS5 game is from Shinji Mikami—the creator of Resident Evil. In the game, you’ll get flashy spectral abilities to fight the paranormal threats and discover why citizens have started disappearing.

Scene from Recompile PS5

Recompile

Publisher: Dear Villagers | Developer: Phigames | Release Date: 2021

If you want an artsier adventure, the 3D platformer Recompile might hit the spot. It’s a Metroidvania game, meaning it features a vast, interconnected world with numerous branching paths to explore. The narrative is dynamic (it changes depending on the route you take), and the game has multiple endings, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

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