With the release of traditionally PlayStation-exclusive games to the PC, there are no PlayStation games that are truly “exclusive” within the ambit of the console wars’ definition anymore, subject to exceptions. Only Nintendo remains the sole console maker that does release its game in hardware that they control.
This list is a run-down of games that are console-exclusive games that available on the PlayStation 5, here’s our top picks!
1. Astro’s Playroom
Astro’s Playroom is on top of this list, not just because it’s actually a great game but rather for the reason that it is one of the that technically, by definition, if we are being pedantic, a PS5 exclusive game. Other games appear on other platforms, not just non-console platforms like on PC, but also in other PlayStation hardware like Demon Souls, as a PlayStation 3 game, or Ghost of Tsushima on PlayStation 4.
Any how Astro’s Playroom is a charming and fun platformer that serves as a showcase for the capabilities of the PS5’s DualSense controller. Its bright and colorful visuals are a treat to the eyes, and the various levels are full of creative and innovative uses of the controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
While Astro’s Playroom may not be a traditional “must-have” game, it is an excellent showcase of the PS5’s unique features and a fun and enjoyable experience in its own right. It’s also the only PS5-exclusive game, so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something to play on your new console. Overall, Astro’s Playroom is a great game for those looking for a fun and creative experience that utilizes the PS5’s new features.
2. Demon’s Souls
Demon’s Souls, the remake of the PS3 classic, is a masterclass in difficult, atmospheric action RPGs. As the foundation of the “soulslike” genre, it sets a high bar for all other games which emulate its core mechanics. The game’s level design is tight, its combat is challenging but fair, and its atmosphere is absolutely unforgettable.
In this remaster, the graphics have been completely overhauled and are now on par with the best-looking games on the PS5. The new performance mode allows the game to run at a smooth 60fps, which makes the already tight combat feel even more responsive. No more Blightown PowerPoint presentations.
The online component has also been updated and now allows for more seamless integration of other players into your game. Demon’s Souls is a must-have for any fan of challenging action RPGs and is a shining example of how a remake should be done.
3. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PS5 is a highly detailed and polished game that offers tight and responsive gameplay. Players take on the role of Miles Morales, a black teenage superhero who must navigate the streets of New York City as he learns to master his powers and become the new Spider-Man.
One of the standout features of the game is its fluid and dynamic combat system. Players have access to a wide variety of moves and abilities, such as web-slinging and electric blasts, that can be used to take down enemies in creative and satisfying ways. The game also features a number of stealth mechanics, allowing players to take a more subtle approach to combat if they choose.
The game’s visuals are absolutely stunning, with detailed character models and highly realistic environments that really bring the city of New York to life. The use of the PS5’s hardware also allows for some truly impressive special effects, such as ray tracing and adaptive triggers, that add to the overall immersion of the game.
In terms of story, the game picks up where the previous Spider-Man game (number 13 in this list) left off and sees Miles taking on new challenges and facing off against new villains. The game also delves into Miles’ personal life, exploring his relationships with his friends and family and how they influence his development as a hero.
4. Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 for the PS5 is a racing simulation game that takes players to new heights with its stunning graphics and realistic gameplay. The game features a wide range of cars, from classic models to the latest supercars, and allows players to experience the thrill of racing on some of the most famous tracks from around the world.
In addition to its visual prowess, Gran Turismo 7 also excels in its simulation aspect. The game offers a wide range of options and settings that allow players to customize their driving experience to their liking, whether they prefer a more arcade-like experience or a more realistic simulation. The game also offers a range of different control options, including the use of a wheel and pedals, so players can find the perfect setup for their preferences.
Another great feature of the game is the variety of gameplay options it offers. From the traditional single-player mode to the online multiplayer mode, to the custom race events, and much more. The game also features a robust livery editor, allowing players to create and share their own custom car designs.
5. God of War Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok is a must-play for fans of the series and action-adventure games in general. The game picks up right where the 2018 reboot left off, throwing players into a non-stop action-packed journey. The story is satisfying and well-told, with phenomenal acting that immerses players in the characters’ emotions. The banter between characters is well-done, adding to the tension and drama without ruining the serious moments. The game is filled with memorable moments that keep one-upping themselves, and the side content is worth completing, adding more to the game’s story and lore. The game has improved on the common criticisms of the 2018 reboot, such as repetitive boss fights and a lack of enemy variety.
6. Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Zero Dawn was a revolutionary game when it was released on PlayStation 4 in 2017. Its depiction of a post-apocalyptic world overrun by machines and reclaimed by nature was visually stunning. The game set a new standard for video game graphics and left players wondering just how much further the industry could push the boundaries of realism.
Horizon Forbidden West continues to raise the bar, offering players an even more breathtaking experience. From the very beginning of the game, players are awestruck by the level of detail and care put into every aspect of the game’s landscape and environment design. It also is incredible how great the action sequences are.
7. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is a bundle of two amazing games, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The first game follows the story of Nathan Drake as he embarks on a treasure hunt to save his long-lost brother’s life. The second game, on the other hand, features Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they work together to uncover an ancient artifact and keep it out of the hands of a warmonger. Both games have stunning visuals and exceptional lighting, making the gameplay experience truly immersive.
One of the best things about the Uncharted series is its ability to draw you in and keep you hooked. Naughty Dog is a master at storytelling, and the pacing, mood, and cinematic style of the games are sure to grab your attention from the very beginning. Incorporating game mechanics into the “flashback” scenes with Nathan and his brother is a great idea, and it feels natural. The characters are well written and the voice acting is fantastic, making it easy to feel emotionally connected to them.
8. Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
The Director’s Cut of Ghost of Tsushima includes a new story mode called “Ghost Mode,” which focuses on stealth gameplay and removes the mini-map and HUD for a more immersive experience. It also includes a new “Lethal” difficulty mode for players who want an even greater challenge.
Additionally, the Director’s Cut features a photo mode with new filters and frames, and the ability to play the game in Japanese with English subtitles.
Director’s Cut of Ghost of Tsushima offers players a new way to experience the game with the addition of Ghost Mode and Lethal difficulty, as well as some new features like the photo mode and the ability to play in Japanese. These additions definitely give players an additional reason to revisit the game.
9. Final Fantasy VII Intergrade
Final Fantasy VII Remake is a modern take on the classic RPG game, featuring updated graphics, game mechanics, and an expanded story that delves deeper into the characters. The game is set in a small portion of the original game’s world and features detailed character models and environments that bring the world of Final Fantasy VII to life in a way that was not possible before. The Yuffie DLC adds a new playable character and an interesting story that provides a new perspective on the events of the main game.
The Yuffie DLC for Final Fantasy VII Remake introduces several changes to the gameplay compared to the main game. Firstly, Yuffie is a new playable character with her own unique abilities and weapons, such as her agility and shuriken-throwing skills, which provide a new and exciting dynamic to battles. Additionally, the DLC introduces new enemies and boss battles, offering a fresh challenge for players.
The story of the DLC also provides a new perspective on the events of the main game, which expands upon the world and lore of the game. Furthermore, the DLC offers new side quests and items, giving players more opportunities to explore the game’s world. Overall, the Yuffie DLC offers a great new experience for players, with new gameplay elements, characters, and story that enhances the main game
10. Destruction Allstars
Destruction Allstars is a fast-paced, action-packed game that is exclusive to the PlayStation 5. Destruction Derby in the modern era is the most succinct description of this game.
Destruction Allstars features high-speed vehicular combat, with players taking control of a variety of characters, each with their own unique abilities and vehicles. The game’s destruction-based gameplay is similar to other titles in the genre such as Burnout and Twisted Metal, but it adds a new twist by including a parkour-style movement system for players to navigate the arena on foot.
11. The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II on the PS5 is a stunning experience, offering a significant upgrade over its original release on the PS4. One of the most notable changes is the increase in visual and performance quality, with the game running at 60 FPS and featuring improved graphics, lighting, and textures. This results in a more immersive and lifelike experience, with the game’s post-apocalyptic world feeling even more realistic and detailed. The game’s sound design has also been improved, with better spatial audio that creates a more immersive environment. Another change is the addition of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, which adds a new level of immersion by making the player feel more connected to the game’s actions and environment.
12. The Last of Us Part I
The Last of Us Part 1 is a magnificent remake that showcases the capabilities of the PlayStation 5. It’s a game that is worth revisiting, even if you’ve played it before, as it offers a new level of immersion and gameplay improvements. The game’s art direction is beautiful, and it’s clear that Naughty Dog put a lot of effort into making it a showcase for the PS5. While there are some slight gameplay changes, they are well-balanced and make the game feel more fluid. The controls, especially the DualSense controller, add a new level of immersion and make the game feel more realistic.
13. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
The Spider-Man Remastered for the PlayStation 5 is a true testament to the power of next-generation gaming. The game’s visuals have been completely overhauled, featuring stunning 4K resolution, improved textures, and a higher frame rate, making the game look better than ever before.
One of the most talked-about changes in the remastered version of the game is the replacement of the face actor for Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While some players have criticized this change, this criticism is mostly superficial. The new face does not take away from the overall experience of the game and does not affect the story or the gameplay. Spider-Man is masked anyway.
Additionally, the game also features new suits and new trophies. The game’s photo mode has also been updated, allowing players to capture even more stunning shots of their favorite moments.
14. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a great evolution from the LittleBigPlanet games on PS3. The game has the same charming and whimsical aesthetic, but with a more fleshed-out 3D platformer gameplay. The level design is top-notch, with a good variety of challenges and obstacles to overcome.
One of the biggest changes from the PS3 games is the shift to a more traditional 3D platformer gameplay, rather than the physics-based, create-your-own-levels approach of the LittleBigPlanet games. This allows for a more focused and polished gaming experience, with tight controls and a good sense of momentum.
15. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank: Rift ApartIt is a PlayStation 5 exclusive that takes players on an interdimensional adventure through colorful and imaginative worlds. The dimension-hopping mechanic is a new feature that allows players to seamlessly travel between different dimensions.
A new playable character for the franchise which started way back in the golden age of PlayStation 2, Rivet, adds a new layer of gameplay and a new perspective to the story. The game is filled with memorable characters, humor, and an engaging story, making it a must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike.