1. Spiderman Miles Morales
This standalone expansion, while not a full-fledged sequel, sends Peter Parker on vacation and leaves his youthful spider-apprentice Miles Morales in charge of New York. New York has been beautifully coated with snow, festive cheer, and next-gen polish, building on the rock-solid foundations of Insomniac's original game. The enhancements aren't just visual, though: the titular hero has a few more spider-powers than Peter Parker, and these are expertly adapted into new gameplay concepts that, while not reinventing the wheel, do enough to make it feel fresh - sometimes literally, due to the DualSense controller. Miles Morales' tale has just as much appeal and emotion as its predecessor, if not more. It doesn't have as extensive a campaign or as many colorful adversaries as 2018's Spider-Man, but it has just as much charm and heart. The motto "Be Greater" sets a high threshold, but Miles Morales soars right over it. There's no excuse not to acquire the ultimate edition and Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered if you're a fan of Miles Morales but somehow missed out on or want to revisit his predecessor. We put MSMR on this list as a single game because it was such a terrific port, but given the breadth of games we want to highlight on the PS5, as well as its limited availability as part of Miles' special edition, we chose to pair it with our recommendation here. Since the release of Miles Morales, Insomniac has announced two new games: a Spider-Man sequel that follows Peter Parker and Miles Morales' adventures, as well as a Wolverine game.
Returnal is something of a trailblazer. Roguelikes have long been a popular genre in the indie market, with titles like Spelunky 2, Dead Cells, Enter the Gungeon, and The Binding of Isaac leading the way, but nothing exactly like Returnal has ever been seen in the AAA space. Housemarque's skill in furious, bullet hell, arcadey shoot-em-ups is combined with sophisticated roguelike mechanics and a dark, terrifying atmosphere in Returnal, resulting in unforgettable experiences. Returnal's one shortcoming when it first came out was the inability to pause and save your progress during long plays, but that's been fixed now, and it's hard to find flaws in this immensely bold and ambitious take on the AAA roguelike. On March 22, Returnal: Ascension, a free update that includes campaign co-op and a new survival mode, was released, bringing even more content.
3. Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, as Insomniac's first fully exclusive PS5 game, is a magnificent display for what Sony's next-gen platform is capable of, due to a series that was almost made to take advantage of all the new bells and whistles. Whether you're fresh to the duo's exploits or have been a fan since the PS2 era, there's plenty of charm to be found in both returning and new characters like the fantastic Rivet and Kit. The fun and surprisingly poignant plot is at the heart of a theme park-style trip across a variety of extraterrestrial planets that are brilliantly realised in both depth and clarity of detail while operating smoothly on the PS5. From the funny Topiary Sprinkler to the devastating Executor, Rift Apart has one of the strongest weapon suites in the franchise, all of which make excellent use of the DualSense's haptics and adaptable triggers. Ratchet and Clank may be one of the longest-running Sony properties currently receiving new instalments, but if Rift Apart is any indicator, there's still plenty of life, humor, and brilliant action to be had.
4. Demon Souls
With the PS5 version of Demon's Souls, Bluepoint Games had great expectations to meet. It served as the first significant presentation of what a dedicated PS5 game of this scope may look like, as well as a much-anticipated remake of a popular and historic game. Thankfully, Bluepoint delivered, and Demon's Souls is not only stunningly beautiful, but also remarkably loyal to the source material. It's without a doubt one of the console's most in-depth, richest, and toughest experiences.
5. Astros playroom
The DualSense Controller is one of the PS5's most distinguishing features, with nuanced haptic feedback and carefully placed adaptable triggers creating a unique degree of immersion. Astro's Playroom, which is – quite literally – created to show off the Dualsense controller's capabilities, is the best place to see it. This would-be tech demo, however, is a terrific game in its own right, with a delightful series of worlds to explore, each celebrating a different aspect of the PS5 and the many eras of PlayStation software and hardware. Astro's Playroom reminds gamers why they love PlayStation while also encouraging them to fall in love with it all over again. Its strong platforming, enjoyable environmental puzzles, and fascinating variety of goodies will have you chasing the platinum in no time.
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