Top 10 Games for PS 5
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While supply shortages continue to restrict entry into the next console generation, those lucky enough to secure a PS5 have a solid launch window lineup to explore. To help you sort through the dozens of next-gen games already released, IGN's staff and contributors have curated a list of the ten best PS5 games you can play right now.

Between exclusive launch titles, third-party games, and backward compatibility on PS5, there's a lot to choose from — some make excellent use of the DualSense controller’s innovative haptic feedback, others will make your gaming TV shine with 4K gameplay, and some are just plain great games. Without further ado, here are our initial picks for the ten best PS5 games.

8. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Top 10 Games for PS 5
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While Sackboy: A Big Adventure foregoes the creation side of the LittleBigPlanet series, its focus on being a fun, charming platformer pays off in a delightful adventure that can be played both solo or co-op. Sumo Digital's level variety keeps things fresh, so one moment you're riding a train through a moving level that has you occasionally jumping off to grab collectibles, while the next you're grooving through a level set to Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk (yes, really).

The humor is cheeky, particularly when playing in co-op – you can help your teammates or just slap them with a fish. And – as with most games we've seen on PS5 – it's a visual treat. Sackboy looks great; the different fabrics and accessories on each of his customizable costume pieces dazzling thanks to the new system's improved graphical capability. Sackboy received two DICE Award nominations, including a nod for Family Game of the Year.

7. The Pathless

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The Pathless marries a simple-but-elegant (and completely engrossing) movement mechanic with a gorgeous open world. Running, jumping, and gliding through developer Giant Squid's forests, rocky plateaus, and snow-capped mountains is a treat thanks to the main bow-and-arrow gameplay relying less on precision accuracy and more on empowering you to carve a fun path through the terrain.

It's a world that encourages exploration and satisfies your curiosity, making the destinations you reach as fun as the journey itself thanks to a host of clever puzzles. Add in a handful of boss battles that are part epic chase scene and part Zelda-esque showdown – all backed by a moving, epic score – and you've got one of the most intriguing launch titles on the PS5.

The Pathless received a DICE Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in in Original Music Composition, IGN noted.

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6. Bugsnax

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This creature catching adventure is one of the weirdest games you'll ever play, but you'll enjoy every crazy moment of it. Sent to investigate Bugsnax - sentient, food-based lifeforms that transform the bodies of those who eat them - you split your time between catching the delicious darlings, helping the residents of Snaxburg and investigating the disappearance of the adventurer who invited you.

Building your Bugsnax collection is no mean feat, requiring patience, strategy, and a surprising amount of condiments. Use ketchup to lure creatures into traps, a trip rope to catch cookies, and a launch pad for those hard to reach flying morsels. The story gets surprisingly dark but is always funny, and if the tension ever gets too much you can always feed a Strabby to one of the locals to turn his foot into fruit, Gamesradar sited.

5. Spider-Man Remastered

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Marvel's Spider-Man was already one of the best superhero games ever made, but the PS5 remaster elevates it to a new level. Insomniac's visual updates don't look slight in any way - the entire relighting of New York City (along with upgrades to facial animation) brings the look of the adventure up to par with the brand-new Miles Morales.

The addition of ray tracing with 4K resolution and HDR support makes any time of day so beautiful that you'd be forgiven for forgetting this wasn't running on code originally developed for the PS5. Add in the quality of life improvements Spidey got post-launch, new accessibility options, photo mode updates, and all the DLC episodes, and this is the definitive way to play one of the PS4's best games.

4. Astro's Playroom

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The DualSense is one of the most defining characteristics of the PS5, as the nuanced haptic feedback and strategically used adaptive triggers create a level of immersion that feels genuinely special. Nowhere is that tech better showcased than in Astro's Playroom which is – quite literally – designed to show off the capabilities of the Dualsense controller.

But this would-be tech demo is also a fantastic game in its own right, with a delightful set of worlds to explore that all celebrate a different facet of the PS5 and the different eras of PlayStation software and hardware. Astro's Playroom reminds players why they've loved PlayStation while giving them a reason to fall in love all over again. Its solid platforming, fun environmental puzzles, and enticing set of collectibles will have you gunning for the platinum and getting it in no time.

Astro's Playroom took home two of IGN's end-of-year awards: Best Platformer and Most Impressive Feature in Games. It will also compete with Sackboy for the DICE Award's Family Game of the Year.

3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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There are 3 reasons to buy it: Funniest game in the series, Eivor is brilliant protagonist, Every hub bursts with life. Whether you're sailing onto the shore or ransacking a village, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla recreates the Viking age with aplomb. If you’re a fan of Nordic folklore or simply enjoy plunging an axe into the chest of another man, Valhalla promises to deliver.

The game targets 60fps on PS5, and promises improved load times over the PS4 version. If that wasn't enough, there are drinking competitions were you try to drink your opponent under the table. Skål, Techradar expressed.

2. Demon's Souls

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One of the more anticipated PS5 games releasing on the next-gen, Demon's Souls is actually a remake of a game from the PS2, bringing modern graphics to a fan-favourite title.

Demon's Souls has been rebuilt from the ground-up by Bluepoint Games in the same vein as 2019's Shadow of the Colossus remake, with a few extra twists for Souls-Borne fans to enjoy, as well as the impressive ray-tracing and graphical overhaul.

This is the only FromSoft game we will get between now and Elden Ring, but we think we can get by if it's going to be an improvement on the classic, Digitalspy cited.

1. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Though not a full-blown sequel, this standalone expansion sends Peter Parker on vacation and leaves his young spider-apprentice Miles Morales to look after New York. Building on the rock-solid foundations of Insomniac's first game, New York has been gorgeously blanketed with snow, holiday cheer, and next-gen polish.

The improvements aren't just cosmetic, however – the eponymous hero has a few more spider-powers at his disposal than Peter Parker, and these are cleverly adapted into new gameplay mechanics that, while they don't reinvent the wheel, they put enough of a spin on it to make it feel fresh - sometimes literally, thanks to the DualSense controller. It doesn't feature as robust of a campaign or as many colorful villains as 2018's Spider-Man, but Miles Morales' story has just as much charm and heart as its predecessor, possibly more. Its tagline of "Be Greater" set a high bar, but Miles Morales somersaults over it with ease.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales was nominated for IGN's Game of the Year 2020 and five DICE Awards, including Action Game of the Year.

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