By Jennifer Locke published 18 days ago
The very best PS5 games that you can play today.
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While there are thousands of games that can be played on PS5 through PS5 backward compatibility, very few are specifically designed for Sony’s newest powerhouse. We’ve rounded up the very best games you can play on PS5 today and split them up by genre so that you can easily browse what interests you most. From RPGs to multiplayer games and free-to-play, we’ve got you covered.
For this list, we’ve tried to stick with newly released games with PS5 versions or updates to take advantage of its extra power. Rest assured, it’s not an exhaustive list of everything available on the system right now. For that, you’ll want to check out the best PS4 games. As more games are released in the coming months, we’ll branch out and add more categories.
BEST PS5 RPGS
Role-playing games have stood the test of time and are continually some of the most popular on the market. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of RPGs designed for PS5 at the moment, but the few that are are well worth your time. And if that isn’t enough for you, the PS4 has a huge back catalog of RPGs to peruse.
FromSoftware has plenty of experience between the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, so it’s no surprise that Elden Ring is phenomenal. In collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. Elden Ring is set in the Lands Between where players take on the role of a Tarnished in an effort to repair the titular Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…Android 12L PreviewWhat is Android 12L? On phones it’s a minor upgrade, but on tablets and foldables it’s a huge deal. Here’s what’s new!0 seconds of 1 minute, 0 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
Elden Ring somehow lived up to its enormous hype, delivering a stunning world that players could get lost in for hundreds of hours. We gave Elden Ring a perfect 5/5 in our review, stating, “Elden Ring is a masterclass in open-world game design. FromSoftware has poetically fashioned a gorgeously haunting universe that begs to be explored. It’s a quintessential action RPG and an obvious contender for game of the year.”
After the Elden Ring shatters and Queen Marika the Eternal takes control of the land, its up to players to explore the sprawling region of the Lands Between and gather the pieces. Like any good FromSoftware game, this will surely test your abilities.
Originally developed by FromSoftware, Demon’s Souls was the 2009 precursor to Dark Souls, which would go on to jumpstart an entire genre of Souls-likes. Set in the Kingdom of Boletaria, players embark on a journey to defeat King Allant, who has awakened an ancient evil and its demon army. As you can expect, the combat in Demon’s Souls is extremely challenging, and there are no difficulty settings to turn it down. You “git gud,” or you die trying. Over and over and over.
Bluepoint completely remade Demon’s Souls as a PS5 launch title, and the attention to detail is immediately apparent, as we noted in our above linked review. While staying true to the original vision, its graphics are overhauled to meet today’s standards. With some quality-of-life fixes and minor changes here and there, Bluepoint ensured it left any old jank in the past. What remains is an excellent remake, possibly one of the greatest ever done. It’s more action-RPG than a straight-up RPG, but it still fits the bill.
The Demon’s Souls remake wowed everyone and instantly became an example of a game remake done right. Brush up on your combat skills because the experience is going to be unforgiving.
Genshin Impact has an enhanced PS5 version alongside its PS4 backward compatible edition. This action RPG is set in the fantasy world of Teyvat, home to seven regions that worship gods known as Archons. After your character becomes trapped in Teyvat, it’s up to you to reunite with your twin, who has been taken by one of the gods, all the while helping the people across the lands with their own conflicts.
Though it is free-to-play, Genshin Impact has gatcha mechanics, a way to monetize the game and subsidize development. I know microtransactions are a dreaded practice that many people hate, but they’re not as bad as they sound on paper here as we noted in our review of the title.
Genshin Impact is a wonderful fantasy RPG that anyone can play for free on PS5. Should you want to try your luck and get new characters and gear, you can spend some money on its microtransactions.
Download from: PlayStation
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher is one of the most acclaimed RPGs out there, spawning from a popular book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and eventually turning into a Netflix series. The games are their own beast, and none are quite as beloved as The Witcher 3. Releasing back in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the culmination of years of work, leading to one final battle with Geralt and Ciri against the Wild Hunt. It and its expansions are considered some of the greatest games ever made.
In a fantasy world inspired by Slavic mythology, The Witcher 3 features fantastic monsters and magic across a vast open world full of mysteries to uncover and towns to explore. Your choices as Geralt affect the outcomes of the narrative, including which characters survive the whole ordeal. With dozens of hours of gameplay, it’s easy to get lost in the world that CD Projekt RED has so carefully crafted.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Geralt and Ciri face their toughest fight yet against the Wild Hunt, but they’re not without aid from some powerful friends. Explore the Continent and learn exactly what it means to be a Witcher.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Starting as an action/adventure stealth series, Assassin’s Creed has morphed into a full-blown RPG with recent entries like Origins and Odyssey. Its latest mainline game, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, doubles down even further and lets players live out their Viking fantasies in England during the Dark Ages. With constant strife ravaging Norway, our hero sets sail for the shores of England, but its current king and citizens are none too kind to these foreigners.
Players choose between a male or female Eivor, which can be customized with different tattoos and hairstyles. Like its predecessors, Valhalla allows players to equip a bevy of weapons, including the option to dual-wield two shields. There is also a large, branching skill tree and over a dozen abilities to unlock. No two Eivor’s will be the same, so personalize them to your playstyle and start raiding.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Anyone can be an Assassin, even a young Viking raider looking for glory and honor. Take up your sword and shield and get ready for an exciting adventure across England in the middle ages.
Skyrim Anniversary Edition
It’s the game that just won’t quit. As much as people complain about Skyrim being re-released for the millionth time, it wouldn’t happen if people didn’t keep buying it. And people keep buying it because Skyrim is still so good. Exploring its many dungeons and getting lost in dozens of side quests never gets old. Whatever magic ingredient Bethesda added to its RPG formula obviously worked, and that’s a good thing considering it will be years before we see The Elder Scrolls 6 (though not on PS5).
Skyrim Anniversary edition is the same game you know and love, with a bunch of extra goodies. Complete with expansions like Hearthstone, Dawnguard, and Dragonborn, the Anniversary Edition also includes new Creation Club content and fishing. So pick up your weapons once again and play through a host of new quests with new rewards to earn. Best of all, those who already own the Special Edition can get a discounted upgrade to the Anniversary Edition.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim has proven once again that it’s here to stay with its Anniversary Edition. This will likely be the last Elder Scrolls that people can play on PS5 now that Xbox owns Bethesda, so make the most of it.
The Nioh Collection
The Nioh Collection contains remastered editions of the first and second games in the action-RPG series. Nioh follows an Irish samurai in Japan during the 1600s (though a fictionalized fantasy version), with gameplay similar to Dark Souls. Nioh 2 is a prequel that takes place during the late 1500s starring a half-yokai, a Japanese demon, working to take down the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Both games support 4K resolution at an incredible 120FPS, some of the very few titles that support such high frame rates. Each also comes with all major DLC, a total of six expansions. Like other games being updated for PS5, they also support DualSense features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
The Nioh Collection
Like Dark Souls or Sekiro? You’ll want to check out the Nioh series. With its collection on PS5, you can get both games and all DLC in one place and play at 4K resolution. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
When you think of JRPGs, one of the most iconic and acclaimed series that comes to mind is Final Fantasy. Square Enix decided to deliver on fans’ wishes and remake Final Fantasy 7, which many consider the best entry in the franchise. Its remake was outstanding, and it was only made better on PS5 when Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was released. Not only did it include PS5 optimizations, but it also added some fun DLC starring Yuffie.
Any RPG fan owes it to themselves to play Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. We raved about it in our review because it retains everything that made the original so great while modernizing it for today’s audiences with new gameplay mechanics. That’s a hard feat to achieve when the balance is so delicate, and Square Enix made it look easy.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Remakes don’t get much better than this. It may only be the first part of the beloved classic, but Final Fantasy Remake Intergrade was a thrilling experience from start to finish, perfect for new and old fans alike.
Buy from: Best Buy
BEST PS5 ACTION/ADVENTURE GAMES
Action/adventure can mean many things to different people, especially when the genre frequently borrows from others. It’s easy to define Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as an action RPG, for instance. Whatever the case, action/adventure titles make up a bulk of the AAA market today outside of shooters, and there are plenty of great ones on PS5.