The Best PS5 Games Of All Time

The PlayStation 5 came out swinging with some fantastic launch titles back in 2020, and while the console was hard to get a hold of for quite some time, we now have a whole selection of growing titles to delve into, each of which offers a unique and expansive experience on Sony’s home console.

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However, while there are more and more games out there, which ones are the best to jump into? Whether you’ve just got your hands on a PS5, or you’re looking for that next great game to try out, here are some of the best PlayStation 5 games of all time.

Updated October 16, 2023 by Quinton O’Connor: We’ve added a couple more big suggestions to our growing list of great PS5 games.

13 The Last Of Us: Part 1

Ellie from The Last of Us Part 1

The world knows of The Last of Us. Making a huge impact upon its first release in 2013, the name received both a sequel and an HBO TV adaption, both of which were successful. Alongside both of these, we also got The Last of Us: Part 1 – a remake of the original game, utilizing the new engine and modern graphics on PS5.

Whether you have played it yet or not, The Last of Us: Part 1 on PS5 is a fantastic experience that pulls you in with that modern feel, all still while telling that gripping story that had fans hooked from the very beginning. Bold, beautiful, and masterfully told, it is an experience that every PS5 owner should have.

12 Hades

Zagreus overlooking the underworld in Tartarus in Hades

Supergiant Games has given us great titles in the past, such as Bastion and Transistor, but Hades in particular took the world by storm. Taking the role of Zagreus, son of Hades, you will be relentlessly battling your way up and out of the Underworld.

As a roguelike, everything will change and you’ll need to rely on gear, upgrades, and generated abilities in order to reach further and further in each run. When you die, you awaken back at the start. With excellent characters and even better gameplay, Hades is a fan favorite, and one of the best experiences to grab on PS5.

11 Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West Aloy riding on a machine

Following up on 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West sees Aloy travel to the western shores of America to face a rising threat amongst the machines that brought the world to ruin once before.

With the Burning Shores DLC expanding this adventure even further in the same way the Frozen Wilds did in Zero Dawn, there’s no reason not to pick up your bow and venture out into this game. Also, it still stands to be one of the best-looking games on PS5, with scenery that will have you enamored.

10 God Of War: Ragnarok

Kratos attacking a Dreki Monster flying at him in God of War Ragnarok.

Following up on the soft reboot of 2018, God of War: Ragnarok continues the tale of father and son, Kratos and Atreus, as they do all they can to prevent the coming of Ragnarok – the end of all things.

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As they travel the realms of Norse Mythology, this sequel expands upon what the 2018 title offered, while polishing what made it great. If you loved God of War, then you have every reason you need to dive into this climactic continuation.

9 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

A screenshot showing Miles Morale in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Another launch title for the PlayStation 5, this standalone spin-off sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man saw Miles Morales take on his first solo adventure. As soon as Peter Parker decides to take a little vacation, all hell breaks loose – because of course it does – so it’s up to Miles to save New York.

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Set in the holidays, this game is not only just as fun and exciting as the original game, but is gorgeous – snow, lights, and lots of sparking electric powers and weapons mean the particle effects are on another level. Even if you’re not a big fan of Marvel, Miles Morales remains a fantastic experience that won’t keep you for too many hours.

8 Final Fantasy 16

final fantasy 16 clive cover

Darker, and dare we say edgier, than any other entry in the beloved long-running franchise, Final Fantasy 16 follows protagonist Clive Rosfield (excellently played by voice actor Ben Starr) on a quest for revenge. Along his way, he’ll meet and reunite with enough fantastic characters to reshape his brooding philosophy, transforming into one of the best heroes the series has to offer.

Final Fantasy 16 is purely an action-based affair, going well beyond even Final Fantasy 15 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake in this regard. If that’s not your cup of tea, you might want to pass – though at least find a way to watch the cutscenes, because its climactic setpiece moments are almost ridiculously gorgeous.

7 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Rivet hovering towards action in Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart

With Miles Morales wrapped up, Insomniac Games put its focus into bringing us the next entry in the Ratchet & Clank series with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. This iconic duo was set for an adventure through parallel universes, introducing new characters in Rivet and Kit.

In what feels like playing a flashy and eventful Pixar movie, this game will have you traveling to awe-inspiring locations and battling enemies through rifts and tears in the universe, showing off the speed of the PS5’s SSD. If you’ve never played a Ratchet & Clank game, this is the perfect place to dive in.

6 Demon’s Souls

The slayer of demons standing outside a towering building in Demon's Souls PS5

One of the launch titles for the PS5, and an incredible remake of an already incredible-yet-underplayed game, Demon’s Souls gave people the chance to return to the roots of the Soulslike genre in a first next-generation experience. With visuals that are still mostly unrivaled years on, this game is one that everyone should try out.

You might be put off by the namesake, knowing the difficulty of the Dark Souls series, but the experience is worth the trial. Making the most of the graphical power, utilizing the DualSense controller, and giving off an atmosphere unparalleled, Demon’s Souls is a must-play.

5 Ghost Of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Ghost of Tsushima cover art depicting Jin staring at his mask in a white field, surrounded by red petals

A story and a piece of art that remains true to the classic Samurai movies many of us watched when we were younger, Ghost of Tsushima takes us to the Mongolian invasion of Japan, and the Director’s Cut brings the experience even further on PS5.

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Playing as Jin Sakai, you must decide how far you’re willing to go in order to save the island of Tsushima – stand by your teachings and fight with honor, or set that all aside to become the Ghost and fight in the shadows to win. In a gripping and gritty tale, Ghost of Tsushima easily remains a must-play.

4 Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Leave it to Square Enix to subtitle something ‘Intergrade’. When Final Fantasy 7 Remake hit PlayStation 4 back in mid-2020, it was largely a very pretty game, but it was also just begging for a next-gen remaster to smooth out the rougher textures and offer a sublime 60 FPS experience. Lo and behold, here we are – and it touts a two-chapter DLC episode starring Yuffie Kisaragi, too.

If you’re gearing up to play Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth come February, you’ll want to play its predecessor at least once for the trilogy’s story kickoff. And, if you’ve played Remake, but only on PS4, it’s well worth a second look.

3 Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal: Official Art of Joker Posing Behind The Logo

A fantastic game that many will know now, Persona 5 Royal on PS5 expands upon the original experience with new content, a new character and storyline, and a fresh way to experience this gripping tale. As a group of high school students acquire the ability to change the hearts of those corrupt, they form a team – The Phantoms – to help those who do wrong see the light and come to justice.

Managing your day-to-day life with that of a Phantom Thief can be a challenge, but that’s what makes this game so great. Balancing the mundane schoolwork and friendships with getting stronger and exploring the Metaverse, you’ll not want to put this one down any time soon.

2 Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

A isomatric view of a dirty room with a half naked man grabbing his head in the middle

A critically acclaimed point-and-click RPG that set a new standard in the genre, Disco Elysium sees you take the role of a detective working on a murder case – however, he also has no memory of who he is or how he got where he is. Uncover the mystery of the crime, while uncovering the mystery of your own sense of reality.

If you love detective stories, creepy undertones, and the utterly bizarre, then this game will be right up your alley. With a focus on investigation, plenty of dialogue – internal and external – and a slow burn to the plot, this is a game everyone should play.

1 Elden Ring

screenshot of player on torrent the horse while fighting a dragon with the Erdtree golden leaves in the background

As a successor to the Dark Souls series, and the Soulsborne games as a whole, FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is a game that took the industry by storm. Essentially Dark Souls 4 x Breath of the Wild, this game brought so many fans and newcomers alike to the genre, and people loved it.

Set in The Lands Between, a huge open world for you to explore, Elden Ring will have you facing down incredible bosses, exploring the deepest dungeons, and deciding the fate of a fractured world.

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