The PlayStation 5 finally launched not too long ago and, with it, plenty more PS5 games for the new console. However, with the massive library of games in the PlayStation Store, you may be overwhelmed by the staggering number of choices available. With many of these choices being top-tier games with long histories and franchises, it can be difficult to choose which ones to start playing. That’s why we’re here: let us help you narrow things down and with our list of the 20 best upcoming PS5 games you can buy for your console.
20 Best PS5 Games in 2021
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, then Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a must-play game. Through this game, you will experience the world of Vikings and their invasion of Britain in 873 AD.
Weather the storm between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order as a Viking named Eivor. This game is another open-world title that’s filled with exciting battles, missions, and various in-game activities. If you’ve ever wanted to live as a Viking, this is one of the best PS5 games to play.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Whether you’re a fan of Call of Duty or not, you certainly shouldn’t miss the latest installment to grace the franchise. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has a new single-player campaign that is focused on the Cold War of the 80s. Join the task force employed by the president as you engage in an action-packed mission following the Iran hostage crisis.
If you’ve played Call of Duty: Warzone before, you’ll find this game’s multiplayer mode familiar. This game amps things up with better gameplay and graphics, along with the return of Zombies mode. Shooter-type PS5 games don’t get any better than this.
Cyberpunk 2077 took the world by storm not only because of the multiple issues it had when it was launched—it’s genuinely a great game. Every inch of this game is beautiful with stunning graphics that work to immerse you into its environments. Moreover, since it is an RPG, your experience of the game’s open-world is shaped by various critical choices that you make throughout the course of your gameplay.
Choose wisely, as your character’s fate will ultimately culminate in one of many endings that this game has—this adds to the stakes. Cyberpunk 2077 is also available on other platforms. but with the PS5’s graphical capabilities, you can be assured that it’s among the best PS5 games you can play.
If you’ve played the Dishonored series before, you’ll no doubt be familiar with its game developer Arkane Studios. Arkane Studios is here to bring you Deathloop, a stealth-based shooter that requires both brains and skills.
In Deathloop, you play as a man who’s perpetually stuck in a time loop. Unfortunately, he is being hunted by customers who are out for his blood. It’s up to you to help him find a way to break out of the loop, or risk being stuck forever.
Dying Light 2
Techland’s long-awaited title, Dying Light 2, was originally going to release on the PS4 in 2020. However, due to huge delays in the release, it’s now officially coming to the PS5.
Dying Light 2 is set 15 years after its predecessor, boasting the same exciting combat against zombies and a parkour system that defined the first game. However, this time around, things get more difficult as people begin to sink into hopelessness amidst the apocalypse.
The Elder Scrolls 6
It’s been a while since the Elder Scrolls 6 trailer was revealed and, boy, it was one heck of a trailer. Although it’s not known when Elder Scrolls 6 is going to be released, it’s highly likely that it’ll come to the PS5 as an open-world game.
Given that it’s been almost 10 years since Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, a sequel for the long-running Elder Scrolls franchise is long overdue.
Far Cry 6
PS5 games come in all shapes and forms, exploring many themes that we might not see in real life. Far Cry 6 is one such game, and it’s set in a dictatorship fraught with war this time
Expect to see familiar faces like Giancarlo Esposito, the star villain of the franchise, popping up in Far Cry 6. Follow the guerrilla fighter Dani Rojas as he attempts to lead the rebellion against the dictatorship and free the people. Apart from the likely single-player-only campaign, you can also play in co-op mode to accomplish side quests.
The world of sports is fun and exciting, but not everyone is physically able or want to compete in professional sports.
That’s why PS5 games like FIFA 21 exist: to bring sports right to your seat. The new game features better and faster gameplay, making the experience more realistic. If you’re a fan of virtual sports, this game is certainly one to check out.
Final Fantasy XVI
There’s a reason why the Final Fantasy franchise has existed for so long. By the looks of the trailer, we understand why, too. Final Fantasy XVI releases this year and it’s already looking like one of the best PS5 games.
From what we’ve seen so far, it appears that the world is grittier while still retaining its roots in Final Fantasy. Furthermore, Final Fantasy XVI is a PS5-exclusive (at least for now), meaning that you’ll enjoy the prestige of having experienced the game first on launch.
Grand Theft Auto V Enhanced
The Grand Theft Auto series has been running for seven years and is still very much alive and kicking. If you’re a Grand Theft Auto fan, then you’ll be glad to know that Grand Theft Auto V Enhanced is coming to the PS5. It features the same things you love and know from Grand Theft Auto V.
Expect the standard enhanced and optimized gameplay on your PS5, and you can also look forward to the new content that the developers have promised for the new version. This is the game to get while you wait for the announcement of Grand Theft Auto VI.
The wizarding world of Harry Potter has a thriving fan base and we can see why. It’s a world full of magic and fun with many dedicated fans learning about the world and expanding on it. Despite previous attempts, no Harry Potter game has succeeded in capturing the hearts of fans. This is why we place much hope on the shoulders of Hogwarts Legacy.
From what we’ve seen in the trailer, Hogwarts Legacy looks to be a very promising game due to its RPG open-world gameplay set in the world of Harry Potter. The best part? You get to create your own character and live out your dream as a wizard or a witch and embark on a magical journey in Hogwarts.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Horizon: Zero Dawn made the PS4 a worthy purchase. It is thus natural for us to expect its sequel to be the same for the PS5. Horizon: Forbidden West looks to be a worthy successor to the previous game.
This time, the player travels to the Forbidden West—the place where a plague starts. If the first game is anything to go by, this sequel will be one of the best PS5 games.
Little Devil Inside
Kickstarters are great because of how easily you can find funding for a great idea. That’s how Little Devil Inside started back in 2015. Now, it already has a reveal trailer and is slated for release as a PS5-exclusive. This indie RPG survival game looks intriguing based on its art style alone, which is a combination of cartoony and frightening.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The original Marvel’s Spider-Man was a hit and its sequel Miles Morales is shaping up to be another one. This time, players will follow Miles Morales as Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker. As Miles, you’re not the advanced hero that Peter Parker already is. Instead, you’re a novice who’s still clunky and learning the ropes. Follow Miles as he takes on various villains and learns what it means to be Spider-Man.
There’s more to being an NBA fan than just following and watching the NBA games. Sometimes, people like to live it out by being a player to immerse themselves in the franchise. Year after year, a new NBA game comes out, and NBA 2K21 is just as anticipated as its predecessors. This time, we anticipate better animations with more realism in both movement and graphics.
First, we had Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey and its remake, Oddworld: New & Tasty. Then, we had Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus and now the upcoming remake, Oddworld: Soulstorm. Like New & Tasty, we expect to see similar mechanics in the new Oddworld remake. This includes the 2.5D platformer gameplay, puzzles, and resources that marked the first remake. Hopefully, we’ll find even fresher and better gameplay in the new game that can separate it from New & Tasty.
There are many action-packed shooter PS5 games, but they rarely feature a co-op RPG mechanic to go with it. Thus, it’s no surprise when Outriders’ teaser caught people’s attention. Outriders is set in Enoch, a world that humans try to conquer. Unfortunately and also unsurprisingly, the humans have wreaked havoc on Enoch instead. You and your friends play as the heroes, combining your weapons and superpowers to win the battle.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
If you enjoyed the original Ratchet and Clank, then you might want more from the franchise. That’s why Insomniac Games has gone on to create the sequel Rift Apart. With this new game, you can instantly travel between worlds. Enjoy the intricately crafted physics of this third-person shooter as you seamlessly switch dimensions on the fly and ultimately achieve your end goal of defeating the evil robot emperor.
Resident Evil 8: Village
Resident Evil is a beloved franchise with millions of fans globally. Its most recent iteration, Biohazard, reassured people why they simultaneously love and hate Resident Evil: it’s both fun and terrifying.
The new sequel, named Village, looks to take the same path, terrifying players out of their seats. Its events take place three whole years after the previous game with familiar characters and a mysterious new place. Judging by its trailer and track record, it has the potential to be one of the best PS5 games, especially for horror fans.
Watch Dogs Legion
Yes, the pandemic delayed it greatly, but we expect Watch Dogs Legion to finally release on the PS5. It’s a co-op RPG hacking game that allows up to four players, making it great for groups of friends. With your team of different characters, you can explore open-world London and hack to your heart’s content.
Best PS5 Games: Takeaway
Many PS5 games will be released on Sony’s newest console, and because it’s new (or because there’s a big library), it can be hard to decide where to begin. There’s not much cause for worry, however, as the PlayStation is known for its history of long-time franchises that deliver top-tier gameplay every time. From Final Fantasy to Assassin’s Creed, there’s a whole world of PS5 games that are worth both your time and money.
Moreover, the onset of certain indie and one-off titles that turn heads is both surprising and refreshing for long-time players. If you have a PS5, make sure to check out each one on the list. Just remember to still sleep and eat!