Top 10 Best PS5 Games You Need to Have in Your Collection in 2022

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2022-05-10 17:51:28

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 titles, not counting backward compatible ones. As the game prices are higher than ever, this also means you have to be careful about which ones you want to purchase. While some of the titles in our top ten list are available on other platforms such as Xbox Series X or PC, they are the best-enjoyed on the excellent PS5 controller. Finally, we won't mention any PS4 games, including those that received upgrades. That's because they are still last-gen games, not showcasing the true potential of the PS5 hardware.

10. 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, feel the difference between walking on various surfaces, and carefully use adaptive triggers or even forgotten SIXAXIS features. However, this wouldn't give it a This means you'll blow into the microphone to create the wind, feel the difference between walking on various 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!

9. Returnal

Dying is a part of the experience in Returnal

As a title developed for a single system, 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.

8. Tales of Arise

Fast, furious and gorgeous - Tales of Arise is hard to overlook

The Tales series debuted on Super Famicom in 1995, producing tens of sequels, spin-offs, and even anime series. However, while recent games were solid, they didn't attempt to innovate. Yet, that all changes with Tales of Arise. Everything here looks fresh, starting from the graphics, as the series moved to Unreal Engine 4. While the game looks stunning even on PS4, PS5 adds much cleaner textures and better resolution, locked at 60 fps. Even more importantly, the world design is gorgeous, stimulating you to explore it further.

As the combat is such a crucial part of this 50-hour adventure, we are glad it's been radically improved. Now, everything feels like a modern action title, similar to the latest Devil May Cry games. This means that battles are fast and fluid, but you still have traditional arts and special moves. The boss encounters also seem fair, as they don't massively increase the difficulty. Finally, characters will make you genuinely care about them as you progress the story. Even if JRPG is not among your favorite genres, Tales of Arise is still a game you need to experience.

7. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

It's not a u huge upgrade over PS4 edition, but Ghost of Tsushima is still looking brilliant on PS5

So, are you more into samurais or ninjas? In Ghost of Tsushima, you can be both at the same time! Based on the historical Mongol invasion of Japan, the game tells a story about the last samurai on Tsushima island. Knowing that he'll die if he fights honorably, he decides to do anything to save his people and the country. In the age of casual gaming, the Ghost of Tsushima is a pleasant surprise, as every enemy can quickly kill you.

Consequently, you'll have to know when it's better to stay in the shadows and take out your enemies one by one. Still, there's an easy mode for those with less time and patience to fully conquer the gameplay. This Director's Cut adds more content to the game, so you can visit and explore Iki Island. Furthermore, the PS5 edition offers 3D audio, DualSense integration, higher resolution, and much quicker loading. Even though this is still a PS4 remaster rather than an authentic PS5 game, you can't miss it.

6. 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 while. 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 are no difficulty levels. While the series lovers will love that, 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. The title manages 4K@60 fps while making small sacrifices, but you can enjoy even better graphics at 30 fps. The only thing missing is ray tracing. 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! 

5. Gran Turismo 7

All the basic info about the game!

It took Polyphony Digital almost a decade to develop the official sequel to Gran Turismo 6! In the meantime, we got Gran Turismo Sport, which was geared toward online gaming. Yet, while Gran Turismo 7 is inspired by it, it's still a unique experience. The single-player content is the most significant improvement, as GT7 brings back the classic campaign mode. Yet, this time it all revolves around GT Café, where you'll receive new missions.

While winning the races is still a priority, you'll also need to pass license tests. Additionally, in mission mode, you'll experience unique challenges. Finally, you can tune your vehicles to the smallest detail while used cars dealership returns. The online mode is slightly enhanced over Gran Turismo Sport, but the automatic penalty system still needs work. While GTS suffered a launch disaster, GT7 is already solid. Brilliant graphics and excellent DualSense support are the cherries on top.

4. Elden Ring

Fight the right opponents to make your experience less frustrating

Souls-like games are still incredibly popular, despite the frustration they cause. Yet, while they are challenging, there are almost no cheap deaths. Therefore, you'll enjoy improving yourself, and beating a boss brings such satisfaction! While Elden Ring follows the same path, it benefits from the story and the world by "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin. There's so much to see and explore, and you'll enjoy every minute of it!

Traditionally, you are in complete control over your character. Therefore, you can choose between plenty of weapons and magic attacks, defining your playstyle. Crafting also plays a significant role, and you'll always know where to find the required resources. While the Elden Ring won't hold your hand, you won't ever feel lost. If you love FromSoftware titles, this might be your favorite!   

3. 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 feels unique. This is because of his special abilities and his more nimble physique. Still, as everyone can see that he's 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 of how 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.

2. 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 so enjoyable is a spectacular narrative associated with Pixar's animated hits and varied gameplay. Main characters have a massive defensive and offensive arsenal, 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. It doesn't matter if this is your favorite genre - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the absolute best showcase for the PS5.

1. Horizon Forbidden West

Gorgeous and fun, Horizon Forbidden West is a must

While Horizon Forbidden West is also on PS4, the PS5 edition is an obvious choice. Despite its glorious beauty, the game provides a 4K@60 fps experience and fast loading times. Luckily, this isn't only a technical showpiece, as every other element is on a similar level. Yet, if you played the original, you'll notice that the developers haven't made radical changes.

Instead, there are plenty of subtle improvements making the gameplay better. Forbidden West is one of the best single-player experiences, as it tells a hard-hitting story that won't leave you indifferent. There's so much to do here, yet you won't feel overwhelmed and lost. While you can enjoy this title without playing the previous one, we strongly recommend you experience the original!

While not all of these top ten games are for everyone, they all perfectly represent the power of PS5 hardware, including its DualSense controller. Plus, you can earn money if you are good at some of them. However, much more importantly, they are all fun experiences, often implementing mechanics impossible on the previous console generation. We'll keep updating this list as new software keeps comingincluding GTA 6!

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

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