22 Mar 2021 9:33 AM +00:00

Best PS5 Games Out Now - What You Need To Play First in 2021

PS5 may have only arrived a matter of months ago, but Sony’s latest console has already built up a fine collection of software.

From third-party juggernauts like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and the next-gen version of FIFA 21, to first-party stunners like Demon’s Souls and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it might have the best early lineup of any PlayStation console in history.

With so many titles to choose from, though, it can be tough to pick your next adventure – but we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the PS5’s finest titles, in alphabetical order, or alternatively, click the links to jump to the game you want to know about first.

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The Best PS5 Games You Can Play Right Now

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

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Ever wanted to be a Viking? Of course, you have, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla takes the series to the age of throwing axes, beards, and drinking contests with aplomb.

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Besides its huge open-world recreation of Britain, it offers the most satisfying combat in the franchise to date, with a focus on aggression – and the ability to dual-wield almost any weapon.

Sail towards our review here.

Click here to buy: Assassin's Creed Valhalla PS5 on Amazon (Was £51.99, Now £39.99)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War may have one of the longest titles in the franchise’s lengthy history, but it’s also one of the most well-stacked in terms of content.

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Its campaign is an excellent tour-de-force across the globe, while multiplayer keeps receiving fresh seasonal content to bulk up its map and mode count. Then there’s a sizeable zombies component that’s as frantic as it is addictive.

Snipe our review here.

Click here to buy: Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War on Amazon (Was £64.95, Now £58.00)

Demon’s Souls

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If you’ve been enjoying dodging, parrying, and dying in any of the ‘Soulsborne’ genres titles, then it’s time to visit the granddaddy of them all. A top-to-bottom remake of the PS3 classic, Demon’s Souls is arguably the most beautiful game on this list.

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Running at a smooth 60 frames-per-second, and introducing players to the inimitable world of Boletaria, it’s a dark, foreboding adventure that begs to be played – just be prepared to die a lot.

Read our review here.

Click here to buy: Demon Souls PS5 on Amazon (Was £64.99, Now £62.99)

Destiny 2

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Ok, it’s not a new game, but Destiny 2 is free to download and start playing on the PlayStation Store to see if you like it. Bungie’s shooter/MMO hybrid is a blast with friends, and its famously long loading times have been cut down considerably thanks to the PS5’s SSD.

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On top of that, it now runs at a beautiful 60 frames-per-second as standard, with 120 FPS support in player-vs-player modes. As far as freebies go, this is one not to be missed, but you can buy the Beyond Light expansion, too.

Read our beginner’s guide here.

Devil May Cry V: Special Edition

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If you thought Dante and co looked slick on last generation hardware, then you haven’t seen anything yet. Devil May Cry V’s Special Edition is by far the best way to experience Capcom’s monster-slaying adventure.

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Adding a new playable character in Vergil (taking the total to four), up to 120 FPS gameplay and ray-traced reflections, the game is well worth double-dipping if you’ve played already.

Combo this page with our review here.

Click here to buy: Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition PS5 on Amazon

FIFA 21

You know what it is – it’s FIFA. It’s virtual players kicking a virtual ball around a virtual pitch, but the series’ debut on PS5 has more going for it than you may have anticipated.

With a more realistic new look (and some stunning player recreations), new crowd and stadia atmospheres, and even Dualsense support to show when players are running out of steam, it’s the best way to play the beautiful game.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Sure, it’s not a fully-fledged sequel, but Miles Morales offers more of the same and then some (especially if you pick up the bundle with Spider-Man Remastered included).

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Miles is instantly loveable, has some exciting new abilities to play with, and his interactions with characters around him are genuinely touching. It also looks incredible, with ray-traced reflections helping Manhattan absolutely leap off of the screen.

Swing over to our review here.

Click here to buy: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 on Amazon (£47.99)

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen

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2K was one of the first publishers to confirm that they’d be charging full price for a next-gen version of its premier basketball game, and above all odds, it feels justified.

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From beads of sweat to player tattoos, to the AI of dozens of non-playing characters in the stands and on the sidelines, this is a true next-gen version of virtual basketball – and it plays just as well.

Dribble over to our review here.

Click here to buy: NBA 2K21 PS5 on Amazon

Planet Coaster

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Ever wanted to manage your own Theme Park? It’s not as easy as it seems. Offering a sizeable career mode that’ll have to fixing up ailing parks or a sandbox to create your dream rollercoaster without worrying about irritants like safety concerns or funding.

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Feeling particularly psychotic? You can crash your coasters, too, but we wouldn’t expect repeat attendees.

Check out our review here to find out why it’s worth the price of admission.

Click here to buy: Planet Coaster PS5 on Amazon (£38.88)

We’ll be updating this list throughout the console’s lifecycle, so be sure to check back.