Whatoplay presents 25 of the best PlayStation 5 single-player games so far. All arranged by playscore. To check out our full list, visit our page on all the best PS5 single-player games.
We open this list with a bang. Activision’s first-person shooter returns to its Black Ops storyline and introduces a whole new single-player campaign. Expect explosive action-sequences and vast government conspiracies set during the early days of the Cold War. It has a playscore of 8.42.
24. SCARLET NEXUS
The latest action-adventure game from Bandai Namco. It’s pretty much your standard BaMco title. Use your Psionic abilities to quell a mysterious otherworldly threat. There’s fluid movement, stylish action, and cute anime characters. With the DualSense controller, you get to control the environment with the Adaptive Triggers. A playscore of 8.44.
A fresh new entry in the Life is Strange universe. This time around, play as Alex Chen who moves to Haven Springs, Colorado in search of meaning. Use her superpower of empathy to help the locals overcome their traumas. In 5 episodes and 1 special chapter, True Colors presents us with a fascinating world, a spellbinding soundtrack, and a cast of loveable characters. A playscore of 8.45.
A demolition derby racing game from THQ Nordic. Be the king of the road by turning old cars into your own metallic monsters. It’s a game packed with so much destruction you can see debris flying in every epic collision. Enjoy a no-holds barred racing experience where the goal is simply to destroy and dominate the racing field. A playscore of 8.45.
The post-nuclear world of Moscow beckons in this third and final installment of the immersive first-person shooter adventure from Deep Silver. The unforgiving and irradiated wasteland is more dangerous than ever. Grab a backpack and survive the many horrors that plague this infested hellhole. A playscore of 8.46.
The standalone expansion to Unknown Worlds’ underwater exploration game. A survival game to some, a horror game to others. For the first time in the series, Below Zero has a linear story to tell. It introduces a revamped weather on the dreaded planet with more terrifying underwater creatures in the abyss. A playscore of 8.52.
19. The Pathless
Annapurna Interactive and Giant Squid’s big-budget action-adventure takes inspiration from the iconic Legend of Zelda series. The Pathless is an open-world playground where you explore a broken world with your pet eagle. Movement is seamless with its simple controls, making maneuvering and shooting arrows feel so good. A playscore of 8.53.
This is Ubisoft’s attempt at another open-world IP that’s not Assassin’s Creed. Somehow they succeeded. It introduced a whole new universe starring the Greek Pantheon while clearly taking notes from Nintendo’s beloved Zelda franchise. Lead Fenyx in exploring a now-broken world with forgotten gods and goddesses. A playscore of 8.57.
Housemarque's latest and the most ambitious IP earned them a spot on Sony's list of partner companies. It's a roguelike like no other. It challenges you to escape a crazy Lovecraftian planet and break the never-ending cycle of life and death. As a PS5 exclusive, it's optimized for the console. Use the Adaptive Triggers to shoot and zap foes with ease. A playscore of 8.64.
16. Tales of Arise
The 17th main entry of the Tales series is the biggest Tales game to date. Meet a cast of loveable characters and save their world from despotic rule. The Linear-Motion Battle system has been completely revamped to give you faster and more fluid action. Each character holds their own weight in your party and your journey. A playscore of 8.66.
Remedy Entertainment’s fresh IP after their successful Alan Wake series. Control takes a step into new territory with more supernatural shenanigans. Step into Jesse Faden’s shoes and uncover the mystery burning inside the Oldest House. Use a variety of telekinetic abilities and manipulate the surreal world around her. A playscore of 8.70.
This Yakuza spin-off doesn’t have the familiar tone of the series. Judgment is pretty serious for a game set in the same universe, but it did generate a whole new fanbase and introduced us to a fascinating set of characters. One thing remains though, the combat is still pretty engaging. Use your fists and take down thugs in frenetic street brawls. A playscore of 8.75.
13. Astro's Playroom
Asobo Studios’ big-budget tech-demo for the PlayStation 5 doesn’t feel like a tech-demo at all. Built in-house in Sony’s offices, this is the first game any new PS5 owner should try. Astro’s journey is all powered by the DualSense controller. Make your way around its many levels and feel the power of its Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers, and more. A playscore of 8.75.
There’s more to this standalone DLC from Insomniac’s award-winning open-world adventure. It’s a character study of the newest member of the Spider-team, Miles Morales. This expansion opens new doors for the inevitable Spider Man sequel where they face off against Venom. A playscore of 8.77.RPG series takes us into the realm of the Norsemen. Its open-world is gorgeous and its single-player campaign has a crap ton of activities that can net us hours and hours of fun. New story expansions are coming out soon as well, taking us into even more impressive historical territories. A playscore of 8.78.
10. HITMAN 3
The final chapter of Eidos Montreal’s stealth-action series. Travel around the world in search of your targets and fulfill a laundry list of objectives. Each mission requires different kinds of strategy and it’s all up to you whether you want to go guns blazing or pure espionage. A playscore of 8.78.
A soft-reboot of SEGA’s famed Yakuza series. This new storyline features a set of fresh characters and more urban jungles to explore. Like A Dragon throws away the real-time combat of the old Yakuza titles in favor of a more strategic turn-based combat. The only thing that remains is the wacky humor in-between its serious moments. A playscore of 8.79.
The village of horrors is a nightmare fuel to many and CAPCOM’s latest RE title isn’t afraid to scare the crap out of us. Ethan Winter’s latest chapter is his most emotional AND terrifying adventure yet. Meet tall lady vampires, blood-sucking werewolves and all forms of abominations unknown to man. A playscore of 8.83.
If you missed out on Team Ninja’s souls-like action-RPG, this is the collection for you. With the two main installments, plus all of the DLCs and updates, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the journey around Yokai-infested Nippon. The combat is challenging as always, but that’s the beauty of it. A playscore of 8.88.
Return to Midgar in this definitive VII Remake experience. If you let the PS4 version fly under your radar, don't make the same mistake on the PS5. Aside from its improved visuals and frame rates, Intergrade introduces a whole new story chapter dedicated to everyone’s favorite Wutai ninja, Yuffie. It has a few surprises for those die-hard VII fans as well. A playscore of 8.91.
After a decade since the last main entry, Dante and Nero made their much awaited comeback. In this fifth installment, they’re met with a strange new character with a familiar motivated face. This edition is an improvement on almost everything it had to offer: better framerates, visuals and additional game modes. A playscore of 8.95.
A PlayStation 5 upgrade for Sucker Punch’s gorgeous open-world action-adventure. Jin Sakai returns in more HD form than ever. In addition to new-gen visuals, the Director’s Cut offers a whole new island to explore. Iki Island is home to many mysteries and it’s up to us to find them in every nook and cranny. A playscore of 9.03.
Bluepoint Studios’ latest project that put their studio in Sony’s crosshairs. This is a Remake of the genre-defining title from Hidetaka Miyazaki, the man behind the popular Dark Souls series. Demon’s Souls is pretty much the same as it was in 2009, but with Bluepoint's expertise in lighting and textures, it feels brand new again. A playscore of 9.25.
The latest adventure of Insomniac’s Lombax and Robot duo. Rift Apart is a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and it wasn’t kidding about its zero-loading times. The gameplay is as fast-paced as ever with more guns at your disposal. The addition of a new character doesn’t really mean that much, considering every journey ends on the same path. The many planets to explore are a sight to behold though! A playscore of 9.28.
Indie studio, Supergiant, has been breaking record after record with this award-winning roguelike adventure. Once again Zagreus takes the crown on the PS5. With the help of his uncles and aunties from the Greek pantheon, make your way through the Underworld’s brutal foes and escape from your Daddy Hades. It receives a playscore of 9.29.