New gaming generations spawn unprecedented opportunities to step and slash toward perfection’s direction. The PS5’s advanced capabilities press the start button on new visual and kinesthetic levels of old-fashioned storytelling.
Only releases that were made for or have a significantly different PS5 version made our Top Ten PS5 games list.
10. MLB: The Show '22
The next installment of MLB: The Show arrives March 28
MLB: The Show steps up to the pixelated plate each year to pitch a strong virtual outing for realistic baseball simulations. Players can elect to embark on a 28-year career, run their favorite team, build a Diamond Dynasty that recalls simpler days when trading cards outranked memory cards in coolness, or play as a Negro Leagues legend for the first time upon the latest March 28 release.
Every enduring, sports game formula shows its age at times, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — unless a 100-mph fastball shatters bats or bones.
Laughing and Thinking form a dynamic duo that beats boredom whether playing an Atari or PS5. “Deathloop” cycles grins and thoughts in well-written, well-designed scenarios styled in a twisted Cold War fashion.
8. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Peter Parker weaved a legendary web of heroics that Miles Moraes admirably continues. While Spider-Man: Miles Morales doesn't have the narrative richness of Parker’s PS4 campaign, new visuals and cool combat animations Insomniac’s first effort make up it . That said, Morales still brings the inviting sense of humor and unlikely responsibility those who don the Spidey suit are expected to sling.
7. Wild Hearts
Who said hunting mandates entering scary woods to conquer ferocious beasts for bragging rights? Not PS5 owners! Wild Hearts quickens the pace set by Monster Hunter. The PS5 improves a similar package with a powerful utilization of haptics and adaptive triggers.
6. Astro’s Playroom
Astro’s Playroom fuses the past, present, and future: The game behaves as essentially a tech demo designed to showcase the new DuelSense controller. Levels flood gamers with nostalgia that covers all PlayStation eras. Classic collectibles and clever puzzles incentivize gamers of all ages to strive for completion.
5. Elden Ring
Hidetaka Miyazaki’s unforgiving, throwback style of game development fosters passionate love/hate relationships. Elden Ring created a huge splash last year as his attempt at redefining action-adventure greatness by essentially combining the previous Soulsborne games into a fresh, open-world experience.
George R.R. Martin’s skillful worldbuilding provided a better assist than the writers of Game of Thrones final season mustered. Elden Ring earned Game of the Year honors from the 2022 Game Awards.
4. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Ghost of Tsushima injects the adrenaline rush of nimbly navigating samurai swordsmanship in 2023. Millennials used to Samurai Jack’s aggressive method of blitzing metallic menaces await a steep learning curve. Resilient protagonist Jin Sakai counterattacks through patient parries that admire Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
“Ghost of Tsushima”’s backdrop stuns from the start. Simple blades of grass while cutting down enemies match the view of mowing a real lawn. Mongolian Architecture the equally realistic sun illuminates catches eyes of all who follow the admittedly annoying winds in lieu of a traditional HUD.
Sucker Punch Productions pulled no punches while striking up a PS5 version that completes the breathtaking beauty started on the PS4. Characters lip-sync alongside Japanese voice acting. DualSense augments gameplay by offering trigger resistance in combat and adding immersive nuances to exploration, such as different weights when walking over various surfaces.
Eager eyes water when the sun sets on an emotional story of struggling to uphold traditional moral codes in the stern face of callous change.
Cute cats dominate the hearts of virtual voyagers. Stray scratches the itch for PlayStation's cat lovers to get a fully fleshed feline fix beyond momentary memes. A ‘purrfect’ stray cat adorably explores a dystopian city overrun by robots.
Gamers not in awe of the intriguingly nebulous surroundings laced with BlueTwelve Studio’s indie charm can say “aww” to endless rug scratches and meowing sessions.
2. God of War: Ragnarok
PlayStation’s ultimate tale of personal development amidst Pantheonic destruction culminates in Nordic warfare that hammers home the point that, contrary to popular belief, an overweight Thor cannot be underestimated. The god of thunder clashes with the god of war while the world’s fate dangles by a thread Odin attempts to unravel.
God of War: Ragnarok juggles the same artistically awesome elements that won its 2018 predecessor Game of the Year honors from the Game Awards, alongside a deeper combat system allowing Kratos to feel more like an authentic God of war, rather than the God of ax tosses high-difficulty Kratos disciples were forced to follow last time.
The individualized focus on Atreus polarizes players by debatably spending too much time on slogging missions. Reappropriated time could’ve produced an unrushed closing act that feels more epic. However, nothing low-key exists regarding the immersive tale filled with insightful lessons taught and learned by Kratos and his boy-turning-man.
1. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
“White Wolf” leads the PS5 pack. Geralt of Rivia’s sharp tongue and sharper swords endear players and endanger powerful pests from the quaint, quiet lands of White Orchid, through the pirate’s paradise of Skelliege, and beyond. The jaw-dropping journey spans roughly 88 square miles of a beautiful PS5 landscape enhanced with many visual upgrades from the PS4 version that is already considered one of the greatest games ever made. A bundle of new swords and a lengthy quest based on the Netflix series tops the new sites to see on new-gen hardware.
Arguably the best overall writing in video game history enriches the expansive experience that is often fit for cinema. Versatile dialogue ranging from wonderful wit to scowl-summoning seriousness rivals any Quinton Tarantino classic.
Crossbow shooting pales in comparison to Django’s gunslinging though. Never tangle with a monster too far above level recommendations just because it looked at Triss or Yennifer funny. “Witcher 3” shines at giving gamers a radiant experience, wherever the daunting multitude of choices steers Geralt.
Stuart Stalter is a lot better at writing articles about playing video games than writing in agony while playing Dark Souls. However, he did graduate from the College of Winterhold and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration in real life. You can find him on social media complaining about the Chicago Cubs @StuartStalter"