(Pocket-lint) – The PlayStation 5 is finally here – Sony’s next-generation console brings a brand-new controller (DualSense) and the power to make games that look miles better than anything we’ve seen on a console before.
It might still be young, but there are already a host of superb games to pick up for the PS5, between true next-gen experiences and some of the highlights of the last generation running better than ever before. We’ve gathered the very best for you, right here.
It might be a remake, but this is an unbelievable update to the FromSoftware game that started the Soulslike genre off – a fantastical world peopled by terrifying and dangerous opponents that you must explore oh-so-carefully.
The visuals are astonishing, and anyone who played the original knows to expect some of the most memorable locations and battles in all of gaming. It’s a treat for new PS5 owners.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The first Spider-Man game from Insomniac was an absolute blast, and we’ve got a quick follow-up in the form of Miles Morales, taking on the suit and bringing his own new set of powers to the party.
The visuals are amped up and look simply stunning, while the textbook swinging-and-fighting action is just as fun as last time out, and that’s a heck of a good thing.
The superb conclusion to the most recent trilogy of Hitman games, Hitman 3 looks absolutely beautiful on next-gen, with gorgeous detail and cracking lighting making levels look vibrant and lived-in. You once again take on the role of Agent 47 as he tries to unravel the secrets implied by past games.
If you want a bit of stealth action, and levels that are almost endlessly replayable with different playstyles, this is a great option. In fact, levels don’t really get much more intricately designed than this in almost any game, so be sure to savour it!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The latest in one of gaming’s most titanic franchises, Valhalla is a superb Viking adventure through Norway and England. Playing as Eivor, you’ll lead your people to freedom and settle new lands, while exploring a twisty and memorable story.
The game is absolutely at its best on next-gen, too, with smooth frame rates and much-improved visuals making it a really great showcase of what we can all expect from the PS5 going forward.
Dirt 5 is the first true next-gen racer and brings a range of amazing cars and courses for you to enjoy, harking back to the series’ glory days of Dirt 2 with a light, fun feel.
On PS5 you can play at 120Hz (if your TV allows for it) to enjoy supreme smoothness and total control, while its integration with the DualSense controller is also something that you have to experience to really appreciate. It’s a great way to scratch that racing itch on PS5.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy might not quite have the mascot name-recognition of a Mario or Master Chief, but Sony’s keen to fix that, and this charming platformer is a solid shout in that regard.
It sees you guide the little ragamuffin through loads of themed levels, jumping around and evading peril all the way, with a really nice cartoony sense of fun and visual flair. A great family outing for the new console.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Warzone is still huge, and even with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War new on the scene, the free-to-play battle royale game will be our first-person shooter of choice for the PS5, where you can take advantage of higher-resolution textures to play with a new sharpness.
There’s loads of content still to come for the mode, including a long-awaited new map at some point we hope, so there’s no time like the present to take your first airdrop into Verdansk.
The Last of Us Part 2
A siren song for the PlayStation 4, The Last of Us Part 2 is a masterpiece of storytelling and gut-churning action, and we loved every minute of it on the PS4. Our console, though, seemed to hate it, running the hottest and loudest we ever saw it.
If you want to try Naughty Dog’s latest effort without a console’s fans drowning out the sound, get it running on your PS5 and you’ll have a way smoother and more enjoyable experience, trust us.
This recommendation comes with the bonus that you’ll get it free as part of your PS5 purchase – Astro’s Playroom comes pre-installed on the new console. It’s a fun, and not very long, little romp through some scenarios that serve to showcase what your console, and its fancy new controller, can do.
You’ll get a real feel for the new haptic feedback on DualSense, and the impressive adaptive triggers, too. In short, make sure you check it out, rather than deleting it in favour of bigger games first.
Control Ultimate Edition
One of the best re-releases of recent years has seen the brilliant Control given a shiny lick of paint to take advantage of the PS5’s power – with ray tracing and checkerboard 4K for those who want them, and 60FPS performance for those who prefer smooth action.
That makes it the ideal time to play this superb supernatural thriller, a shooter that goes so far off the rails that by the end of its winding story you’ll be godsmacked at just how far you’ve come. It’s not one to miss, and looks better than ever on PS5.
You’ve got to have at least one sports game, right? FIFA 21 is our pick, the latest in a long line of excellence from EA Sports. This year there are refinements to dribbling and defending alike, and you’ll get a free upgrade if you bought it on PS4.
There’s also been a full next-gen update to really unlock the game’s new potential, bringing higher-fidelity graphics and shaving load times right down, which has made it feel all the more like a new game, and it really pops visually on the more powerful hardware.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.