The PlayStation, which debuted in 2020, appears to have a promising future in 2021. New Horizon and God of War games are set to arrive at the end of the year, and the next few months will see the arrival of an improved Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the intriguing Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do.
Demon’s Souls and Spider-Man: Miles Morales were the two most popular games released alongside the console. Aside from that, there are some excellent multiplatform games that have been ported to the PS5. However, this list excludes modified PS4 games such as Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition.
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Hitman 3 is the year’s first major game, and it’s a good one. Thanks to its excellent level design, an improved plot, and replayability, Hitman: Absolution completes the rebooted Hitman trilogy, which started with the eponymous 2016 release. That last characteristic is crucial. Hitman may be about assassinations, but it’s more of a puzzle game than an action game, and you’ll have to replay each level to see all of the inventive ways Agent 47 can get rid of bad guys.
The game is available on both the PS4 and PS5, as well as other consoles, but the PS5 version features 4K, 60-frame-per-second gameplay, and enhanced haptic feedback thanks to the DualSense controller.
The emergence of the super-hard game has been one of the most noticeable phenomena of the last ten years. Most of this can be attributed to the popularity of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls, which was released in 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, Dark Souls was a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, a highly regarded game released in 2009 by FromSoftware.
And now Demon’s Souls has a new lease on life on the PlayStation 5, where it is widely regarded as the best game on the system.
It’s been praised for faithfully remaking a 2009 classic while enhancing it with better movement and modernizing it with visuals that showcase what the PS5 is capable of.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, an update to 2017’s Spider-Man, you will wear a backpack that pops out a tiny cat wearing a Spider-Man mask and fights your enemies.
I don’t believe I need to elaborate anymore.
Since Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales, the PS5 has had a dearth of exclusives. Returnal’s publication in late April changed that. It’s a game with a big budget and a lot of beauty, and it’s a perfect demonstration of what the PlayStation 5 can do graphically. It’s a roguelite, which means you’ll restart from the beginning any time you die, although with new skills. And you’re going to die a lot. It’s a difficult game that may not be for everybody, but it’s sure to gain a cult following.
Astro’s Playroom, to put it mildly, is a glorified tech demo. To put it mildly, it’s a fantastic technological demonstration. Astro’s Playroom is a free PlayStation 5 game that demonstrates the capabilities of the Dual Sense controller. “Free tech demo” might not scream “must-play,” but Astro’s Playroom has gained widespread praise for being packed with clever homages to previous PlayStation games and, more importantly, for being enjoyable to play.
Astro’s Playroom makes no effort to disguise the fact that it exists solely to demonstrate the capabilities of a gamepad. However, it conjures up a world that you will want to see and discover, according to GameSpot’s Mike Epstein.
The Pathless is a third-person action game that is almost entirely concerned with flow and movement. It is a joy to play every second you have the controller in your hand.
It’s available on other platforms, including the iPad, but I’d argue that it’s better played on a current-gen console, such as the PS5, where the graphics and frame rate reflects the game’s slick design.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
LittleBigPlanet’s mascot is here to have a more substantial platformer than the cute-but-short Astro’s Playroom. Sackboy: A Big Adventure abandons the level design that was central to LittleBigPlanet and instead focuses solely on 3D platforming. However, the vibrant graphics and charm remain.
No, it’s not a Mario-level platformer, but it’s accessible fun for anyone with a PlayStation 5.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is not unique to the PlayStation 5, but it is arguably the biggest game on the console. I mean it literally: this is a massive game. The main quest will take you over 50 hours to complete, and there is plenty of other interesting Viking stuff to see on the side. With 4K, 60-frames-per-second gameplay, the PS5 version makes raiding England more fluid.