Top 10 Best PS5 Games You Need to Have in Your Collection in 2021

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2021-07-19 11:57:04

Unfortunately, PS5 availability is still limited, even though the console was released toward the end of 2020. However, those lucky to have it can already choose between hundreds of games, not counting backward compatible titles. As the game prices are higher than ever, this also means that you have to be careful about which ones you want to purchase. While some of the titles on the list are available on other platforms such as Xbox Series X or PC, they are the best on the excellent PS5 controller. Finally, we won't mention any PS4 games, including those that got certain upgrades. That's because they are still last-gen games that aren't showcasing the true potential of the PS5 hardware. 

10. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Enjoy the first ten minutes of the cute action in Sackboy: A Big Adventure

As a launch title for PS5, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is also available on PS4. Still, this is a native PS5 game, meaning that higher resolution isn't the only upgrade. There are also some additional effects, which include grass and realistic leaves physics. Nevertheless, while this is a brilliant-looking game, the advantage over the PS4 version is smaller than we expected.

Still, the PS5 version is worth buying because of the way it utilizes the DualSense controller. This ensures different resistance depending on the surface, while adaptive triggers will let you feel how Sackboy struggles when lifting heavy objects. Much more importantly, the levels are creative, with so much content that will make you re-do them. While the main story is single-player only, there are also co-op challenges for up to four people.

9. NBA 2K21

No one expected that NBA 2K21 will be this good on the PS5

This one surprised us, but NBA 2K21 is not only a cheap upgrade over other versions. While drastically improved loading is the first thing you'll notice, it's also easy to spot massive graphical advances. Although we expected more detailed players, we also got better-animated crowds and pretty much everyone on the sidelines. The cumulative effect this creates is a much better atmosphere and immersion, so essential in sports titles. Furthermore, there's an additional broadcast team, making sure we won't hear the same old lines after a couple of games.

What's even more surprising is the evolved gameplay. For example, the movement is much more precise, helping you skip the frustration when playing defense. Plus, drawing offensive fouls is finally a viable option. Even though the story mode is almost the same, My Player now features a city so massive that you'll have a hard time exploring it all! Still, leveling up your character is painfully slow, as the developers would love you to invest in microtransactions. With all other modes expanded (including WNBA), this is almost like a new game! Overall, NBA 2K21 easily beats FIFA as the best sports title on the PS5, making a smooth transition on the more powerful platform.

8. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

This is what makes Final Fantasy VII on PS5 the best version so far

The worst thing about Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is its confusing name! This is an upgraded PS4 version of the game, which also includes PS5 exclusive Episode Intermission expansion. Although most upgraded PS4 releases only provide us with better resolution and framerates, this one goes beyond that. Even though we expected faster loading, we are talking about the massive reduction from 20 to just a couple of seconds! Finally, the special effects are way more advanced, while textures are both cleaner and also detailed. Everything here looks like a genuine PS5 game instead of an upgrade.

As for the gameplay, the original release was already doing a fine job with its fast action gameplay and lots of content. However, this expanded version adds optional turn-based combat, like in the original PlayStation classic. As for the Episode Intermission, it reintroduces a fan-favorite female ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she takes the central stage. While side missions can be repetitive, the PS5 version of the remake is the best Final Fantasy game in a long time. Plus, it's the best JRPG on the console, with content you can't find anywhere else.

7. Astro's Playroom

Astro's Playground deserves more attention

A long time ago, some consoles like the Sega Master System came with an integrated game that showcased the system's power. Even though Astro's Playroom offers maybe four or five hours of gameplay, it still represents much more than your typical demo. Despite graphics having moments of brilliance, the title is much better at demonstrating the capabilities of the DualSense controller.

This means you'll blow into the microphone to create the wind in the game, feel the difference between walking on different surfaces, and carefully use adaptive triggers or even forgotten SIXAXIS features. However, this wouldn't give it a place on our list if Astro's Playground wasn't a genuinely fun experience you'll want to complete. We bet this is the game that made many decide to invest in PS5!

6. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village got us all obsessed with Lady Dimitrescu

While Resident Evil VII made the series exciting again, Village is expanding the mythology, sending us to a mysterious town somewhere in Romania. The best part of this multiplatform title is the gameplay variety and the excellent atmosphere. Plus, Capcom knew how to advertise the game, as everyone was talking about a gigantic villain, Lady Dimitrescu. In essence, the game is still a survivor horror, although it's geared toward gunplay later in the later stages.

As for the PS5 version, what makes it the best one is that it looks stunning when ray tracing is enabled, keeping the high frame rates and performing identically to the more powerful Xbox Series X. While we've seen games that better use DualSense, every weapon feels different thanks to its adaptive triggers. Even though it may not be the best in the series, Resident Evil Village is still a fantastic experience - if you are not afraid to play it!

5. Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered PS5 improvements are worthy of the investment

Unlike was the case with many other games, Sony decided not to offer a free PS5 upgrade for Marvel's Spider-Man. Instead, they remastered the game, making use of everything the console has to offer. This is still the same brilliant title that allows you to explore New York City, combining story missions and somewhat repetitive optional tasks.

While the gameplay remained the same, the graphical improvements are apparent and include ray tracing in fidelity mode. The characters are not only more detailed but also realistic, thanks to better lighting and facial animation. DualSense is put to best use as you swing over the city since you feel trigger resistance and haptic vibrations with the appropriate sound coming from the speaker. As a bonus, this version also integrates all DLCs, adding another ten hours of gameplay. Even if you've played the PS4 edition, this one is still worthy of your time and money.

4. Returnal

Dying is a part of the experience in Returnal

As a title developed for a single console, Returnal could use all its resources. The new platform inspired the developers Housemarque to try something different with gameplay, putting you in a time loop situation. In essence, every time you die, you'll get back into a remixed version of the world, with partially changed structure and enemies. While there are some puzzle elements, Returnal is still a challenging shooter where you'll experience tons of different weapons. As you use them, they'll become more effective, and you'll feel the difference on DualSense.  

In addition, adaptive triggers function like pressure-sensitive buttons in early Metal Gear Solid games. This means that when you push them slightly, you'll activate focused aiming, but going all the way enters alt-firing mode. Haptic feedback helps you immerse further as you'll sense the world around you, like when it rains. It's not all cosmetic, as you'll feel the unique pulse, letting you know that your weapon has fully recharged. There's so much more, but we'll let you discover it as you enjoy 4K resolution, 60 fps, and partial ray tracing. If only the environments were a bit brighter to showcase graphics further.

3. Demon's Souls (2020)

Demon's Souls is a massive upgrade of the original

Demon Souls was one of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives, setting the standard for Dark Souls and Bloodborne series. Keeping up with the tradition, Demon's Souls remake is a PS5-only launch title, and it will likely stay that way for a long time. The developer Bluepoint Games made the smart move by modifying gameplay, but only to make it more in line with the later Souls games. Still, this remains a challenging experience, as there's no way to choose the difficulty level. While the series lovers will jump for joy because of it, if you are a beginner, know that you'll die many times before you start figuring things out.

Despite being a launch game, Demon's Souls still looks gorgeous on gaming TV, even without ray tracing. The title manages 4K@60 fps while making small sacrifices, but you can enjoy even better graphics at 30 fps. While the DualSense usage is limited, it has a gameplay value since it will help you parry enemy attacks. Oh, and when you cast a spell, you'll feel it! 

2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Miles Morales is stunning in fidelity mode

While Marvel's Spider-Man is terrific, Miles Morales takes things to another level! As Peter Parker is out of town, a young man needs to take care of the business. However, while the gameplay is indeed similar, the main character still manages to feel unique. This is because of his special abilities, but also his more nimble physique. Still, as everyone can see that he is not the original Spidey, your task is to help him earn New Yorkers' respect. As this isn't a full-priced game, it's not surprising that the main story is pretty short.

Even though you can play Miles Morales on PS4, the technical advantages of the PS5 version are tremendous. The system's power enables 4K resolution combined with ray tracing, resulting in almost photorealistic graphics at the time. Oh, and the loading times? You won't even notice them! Finally, even if this wasn't PlayStation exclusive, the PS5 version would be our choice because it uses DualSense. For example, subtle haptic feedback acts like a Spider-Sense, letting you know from which direction the attack is coming. Also, you'll feel the tension as you swing around the city, which significantly helps the immersion.

1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

It's hard to believe that this is real-time gameplay but it is!

If you've never played Ratchet & Clank, now is the perfect time to change that! This is a futuristic action platformer/third-person shooter series, and Rift Apart keeps up with the tradition. One of the most significant additions is Rivet, Ratchet's female counterpart, both heroic and funny. What makes the game fun is a spectacular narrative associated with Pixar's animated hits and varied gameplay. Main characters have a massive arsenal for both defense and offense, giving you so many options. The effect is even more pronounced thanks to detailed haptic feedback and the sound coming from the DualSense controller.

Rift Apart is a PS5 exclusive title that wouldn't be possible on PS4. Here we're not even talking about the graphics, even though they are stunning, with ray tracing support at 60 fps. It's all about how the game uses its super quick SSD, as you can switch between parallel dimensions without breaking the immersion. While you'll probably complete the campaign in 20 hours, there is an additional challenge mode to enhance your weapons further and test your skills. No matter if this is your favorite genre, as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the absolute best showcase for the PS5.

While not all of these games are for everyone, they all perfectly represent the power of PS5 hardware, including its DualSense controller. However, much more importantly, they are all fun experiences, often implementing mechanics that were impossible on the previous console generation. We'll keep updating this list as new software keeps coming!

What are some of your favorite PS5 titles? How vital is DualSense controller to you? Leave us a comment below!

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