The best PS5 exclusive games, ranked
The PlayStation 5 was released on November 12, 2020, and offered gamers attractive features such as faster loading times, the impressive DualSense controller, and the promise of truly next-gen exclusive games. Early console exclusives included Deathloop, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade expansion.
However, we’re only looking at true exclusives here, those that can only be purchased and played on the PS5. Here are the games you should seriously consider once you’ve booted up your console and are ready to dive into the world of enhanced graphics, fast loading times, and innovative controller effects.
5 Destruction AllStars – Fast and Furious
It’s a shame that there is a lack of vehicular combat games available these days. The genre was immensely popular in the late 90s, but quickly became oversaturated with games and almost died out altogether. Sony tried to breathe new life into the genre with Destruction AllStars, but it ended up crashing and burning with its concept.
Destruction AllStars has almost everything it needs to be a hit. The diverse roster of characters is compelling and unique, and each pilot has their own unique abilities and vehicles. While the game was originally advertised to be sold at full price, Sony instead offered it free to PlayStation Plus subscribers for the first two months after release. Unfortunately, the free price and interesting characters couldn’t save the game from its disappointing gameplay and bland stages.
4 Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart – Dimension Breaking Fun
There is a major leap in quality from the latest entry going forward. From now on everything goes from very good to excellent, and can be worth your time and money. If you’ve enjoyed PlayStation games long enough, chances are you’ve played a Ratchet and Clank game. The pair have appeared on all platforms since their debut in 2002, and their PS5 adventure is one of their best yet.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a fantastic third-person action game, full of wonderful characters in a well-written and captivating story. Not only is it fun to play, but it’s able to show off the power of the PS5 in a way that cross-generation games like Horizon Forbidden West can’t. Its stunning visuals are one thing, but the way the game implements the PS5’s reduced load times to teleport you between dimensions during gameplay is truly magical.
3 Astro’s Playroom – Say Hello to Your Boyfriend
Once you finally have your PS5 at home, it will take some time to download the majority of games you purchased with it. Fortunately, the console comes pre-installed with one of its best games, which you can play right away while you wait. Astro’s Game Room is so much fun that once you’ve finished installing your other games, you might not want to leave its vibrant and creative world.
Although a short experience, Astro’s Playroom is packed with exciting levels, stellar music, and a fascinating look back at the history of PlayStation consoles. Astro Bot is one of Sony’s most lovable mascots, and guiding him through gorgeous levels is an absolute delight. The best part of the game, however, is how it uses the DualSense controller’s many features – such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers – to create an immersive platformer like no other.
2 Return – Lost in Space
If you’re looking for a darker or more cerebral experience, with challenging but rewarding gameplay, Returnal is a compelling roguelike game with an interesting take on 2021’s favorite mechanic, time loops. You play as Selene Vassos, an astronaut stranded on a deadly planet who may also hold the secret to her past. The combination of psychological horror and intense action weaves together beautifully to produce an unforgettable experience.
On its own, Returnal is a fantastic game, but it might not perform as well if it wasn’t developed exclusively for the PS5. It’s a tough game that can result in a frustrating amount of playthroughs, but being able to instantly respawn lessens that feeling. Returning is also a visual feast during combat, as enemy aliens shoot colored energy balls at you. If you don’t have it yet, this is definitely the one to put on your shopping list.
1 Demon’s Souls – A classic reinvented
When Demon’s Souls first came out on PlayStation 3 in 2009, it was loved by the few people who played it, but couldn’t stand on its own. Over time, its spiritual successors grew in stature, and eventually the Souls series and their spinoffs became some of the most popular and anticipated games of the generation. When Sony announced that Bluepoint Studios would be remaking the oft-overlooked original, fans couldn’t have been more thrilled.
The Demon’s Souls remake launched alongside the PS5 in 2020 and still remains the best exclusive in its library. It features new weapons, armor, and an improved character creator, among other quality-of-life improvements. Its stunning graphics and incredible gameplay create an immersive adventure in a world full of secrets and beautiful bosses. Demon’s Souls remains the best showcase of the PS5’s potential and a must-have for anyone lucky enough to own the console.
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