All Best PS5 Exclusives, All PlayStation Studios Games, PS5 exclusive games – Just what are the best PlayStation 5 exclusive games? With Sony’s next-generation console promising a massive leap in graphical fidelity over the PlayStation 4, superior haptic feedback via the DualSense controller, industry beating 3D audio and next to zero loading times thanks to its lightning quick SSD solution, we’ve put together an ongoing list of all the PlayStation 5 exclusives from Sony’s PlayStation Studios and what we think of them.
All PS5 exclusive games in this guide:
Best PS5 Exclusives – Astro’s Playroom
Confirmed as a pack-in title with every PlayStation 5, Astro’s Playroom is a gorgeous platformer that looks to showcase the console’s DualSense controller. As such, players can expect to feel every leap, bounce and roll through the haptic feedback enabled by Sony’s next-generation controller. Oh and Astro’s Playroom is completely free for every PlayStation 5 owner too!
Best PS5 Exclusives – Demon’s Souls
Look, there’s no getting around it – Demon’s Souls is the best game you can get on PS5 right now. A from the ground up full remake of From Software’s PS3 game of the same name, Demon’s Souls looks every bit the sort of next-generation action RPG one would hope. Challenging, beautiful and with hours upon hours of gameplay, Demon’s Souls is a must for fans of the Dark Souls games and well, just games in general. It doesn’t get much better than this PS5 exclusive.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Destruction AllStars
An unholy mash-up of Destruction Derby and Overwatch, Destruction AllStars brings smashmouth vehicular combat and competitive hero multiplayer to PlayStation 5 in a way that many of us never knew we wanted. One to keep an eye on – Destruction AllStars was also part of the February 2021 PlayStation Plus line-up, too.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Final Fantasy 16
- Release date – June 22, 2023
- Genre: JRPG
- Developer: Square-Enix
- PlayStation Universe review score: N/A
Representing a complete left turn from what Square-Enix accomplished with the open-world, bro-trip shenanigans of Final Fantasy 15, Final Fantasy 16 instead puts the series into more familiar ground, putting the player at the heart of a global conflict between nations over powerful Crystals and the titanic Eikon (essentially, summons) that they enable. That, however, is where many of the similarities end however. Designed from the ground up with the PS5 in mind, Final Fantasy 16 takes a much more adult approach to its darker fantasy narrative, alongside a reworked real-time combat system, Final Fantasy 16 allows players to take direct control of Eikons (summons) for the first time in the series history, resulting in some truly titanic battles. Final Fantasy 16 is shaping up to be one of the best entries the series has ever seen, not to mention a PlayStation exclusive for the ages.
Best PS5 Exclusives – God of War: Ragnarok
God of War: Ragnarok is the perfect sequel. A carefully iterative offering that beautifully maintains the essence of 2018’s PlayStation 4 Game of the Year while making meaningful improvements to augment its already stellar combat and progression systems, God of War: Ragnarok is a meaty and deeply emotional epic that effortlessly secures its place as one of the best games on PS5 and a sure-fire Game of the Year candidate (spoiler – it won overall GOTY for 2022 in addition to other awards).
Best PS5 Exclusives – Gran Turismo 7
Though Gran Turismo 7 certainly carries the baggage of some of the weaker elements from previous games, a steadfast return to the generous single-player campaign offerings of old, together with a significantly upgraded visual presentation and most importantly a deeply felt love for cars that bleeds through every aspect of the game all ensures that one single statement is true – Gran Turismo is back. Make no mistake, Gran Turismo 7 isn’t just one of the best PS5 racing games, but also one of the best PS5 games money can buy. Period.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West not only furthers the narrative of one of PlayStation’s most recognisable icons, but also manages to reassure PlayStation gamers of the rude health of PlayStation Studios sterling reputation for creating stunning first-party, single-player adventures. A beautifully crafted open world adventure sequel that has our heroine Aloy fighting with not only a range of vicious machines, but a new and very deadly human enemy, in every way that it can be, Horizon Forbidden West is Horizon Zero Dawn 2.0 and while I might crave some more variety in its open-world activities, Guerrilla Games has nonetheless crafted a triumphant sequel that earns its place among the very best that PlayStation Studios has to offer.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A standalone adventure that is roughly the same size as Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales puts players in the shoes of Peter Parker’s super-powered protege as he swings, thwips and smashes his way through the bad neighbourhoods of New York City. A PlayStation 5 continuation of Marvel’s Spider-Man from 2018, that was widely regarded as one of the best PS4 exclusives ever released? Yes please.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
The definitive version of the 2018 release, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered not only boasts all of the DLC ever released for the game but also a stunning visual overhaul that includes additional visual detail and ray tracing at 60 frames per second. If you’ve not played Marvel’s Spider-Man before, this is absolutely the place you should start.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
No other game in this list uses the PlayStation 5’s screamingly fast SSD solution quite as well as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, as players once more take control of the titular lombax and his robot buddy, though this time they find themselves falling through inter-dimensional portals at speed. One time you could be grinding a futuristic hoverboard over a massive cyberpunk metropolis and then within a split second, you could find yourself speeding down a snowy mountain. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is seriously impressive and a true return to form for the long running series.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Returnal
A stunning third-person shooter with roguelike elements, Returnal comes to PS5 courtesy of Housemarque – the very same studio which graced the PS4 with Resogun at its launch back in 2013. As a pilot stranded on an ever-changing alien world, players find themselves stuck in a time loop where with every death they find themselves resurrected as they attempt to find a way to escape from the cursed planet. Boasting the most stunning visuals to ever come out of Housemarque, Returnal is one of the better exclusives available for PlayStation 5 to say the least.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Blessed with his very own game, LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy gets his very own big adventure on PlayStation 5 and what a stupendously entertaining affair it is. Sackboy: A Big Adventure combines wholesome characters and story with pixel-perfect platforming and an abundance of character to create one of the best platformers you can get on PS5, or well, anywhere else. If you like platformer games, you really don’t want to miss out on Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Best PS5 Exclusives – The Last Of Us Part I
There’s no denying that The Last of Us Part I might be a tough sell to folks who expected a reworked content offering in line with the overhauled audiovisual presentation and other technical advances. For those with accessibility needs, the lucky few who have yet to experience The Last of Us or even just the number of players who want to immerse themselves in the ultimate form of Naughty Dog’s opus, The Last of Us Part I makes a more than compelling case for its existence and stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games on PS5.
Best PS5 Exclusives – Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection
Whether you’re experiencing these stunning games for the first time or are returning for another playthrough, emboldened by the technical facelift that the PlayStation 5 provides, Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection brings together two absolute banner PlayStation exclusives into a delectable and unmissable package that serves as a timely reminder that Nathan Drake and company have been long missed. Uncharted 5 when, Sony?