Whatoplay presents the 10 Best PlayStation 5 titles of 2021. All arranged by playscore. To check the full list, visit our page on all Best PS5 Games.
The web-slinging newbie gets his standalone chapter in the follow-up to Insomniac’s award-winning superhero game. It’s the first of many PlayStation 5 titles coming in the next few years.. Miles Morales feels more like a mini-expansion than a full game. Players can finish it in a day or two, without spending too much time swinging around New York or taking screenshots. It compensates for its short length with a strong self-contained story that pieces together Miles’ role for the future of the series.
This latest Call of Duty entry embraces Black Ops’ popularity, bringing in another chapter of relentless action and government conspiracies. It’s still reliant on its established shooter formula, but hey, if it ain’t broke. Cold War may not be the revolutionary shooter we needed, but it does present a ton of options for any gamer who just wants to shoot stuff. There are intense Multiplayer modes, PvE Zombies, and a campaign mode where you team up with Ronald Reagan. The PS5’s powerful hardware really pushes Cold War’s performance further, even adding a gimmick to its adaptive DualSense controller which makes every shot feel real. A playscore of 8.41.
An old-gen release best experienced on the PlayStation 5. It’s cashing in on the exhilarating breeze of rally titles. This racing game offers plenty of surprises, with hundreds of licenses, a handful of beautiful locales, and a whole lot of white-knuckling fun. Manage the grueling art of rally racing and make your way through 14 unique locations (and more). With so many WRC titles coming out, it’s hard to tell the difference. Either way, the game receives a playscore of 8.46.
Utilizing the PS5’s Solid State Drive, this annual basketball celebration from 2K takes it to greater heights with minimal loading times and smoother frames. NBA 2K21 might be rehashing the same old mechanics since... forever, but there will always be players looking forward to more NBA action. Its improved career mode offers enough incentives to keep players grinding, bringing more replayability to its already packed modes. A playscore of 8.58.
More of a technical demo than an actual game. This free-to-play title comes as a bonus for anyone who miraculously purchased the elusive PlayStation 5. Developed in-house, Astro’s Playroom showcases the many technical innovations the PlayStation 5 has unveiled. The entire journey is a creative way of Sony taking us into the history and evolution of the PlayStation consoles. Since it plays around the DualSense’s major features, it’’s recommended players get to try this game first before jumping to another game A playscore of 8.69.
The first triple-A PlayStation 5 exclusive and a strong system-seller for the console. Demon’s Souls is a gorgeous remake of the pioneering Souls-like title from Hidetaka Miyazaki. Developed by Bluepoint Studios, the same people who perfected Shadow Of The Colossus, it’s exclusively built for the PlayStation 5. The lighting and visuals already feel next-generation and it’s a great start for the console’s long list of titles coming up soon. It’s still insanely hard, but what could you expect from the first Souls game? A playscore of 8.73.
LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy gets his own solo debut. Previous PlayStation owners know that this is all about platforming. Sackboy’s biggest change is in its 3D platforming instead of the older 2.5D perspectives. It’s Sony’s little version of Super Mario 3D. It’s a go-to game recommended for anyone with kids, or little siblings. Unless you want to punish them, then try Demon’s Souls. A playscore of 8.80.
If there’s one way to experience Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed title, it’s to play it on next-gen consoles. Valhalla is a massive game and we are not kidding. Its breathtaking open-world is teeming with activities for you to mess around and explore. Just like Origins and Odyssey, the return of its RPG systems makes gameplay grind-y. Improving your Eivor by buffing those numbers up has become the series’ core loop. Just… don’t get consumed by its dreadful microtransactions. A playscore of 8.82.
The definitive edition of the latest Mortal Kombat game from NetherRealm. It includes all 37 of its characters, both coming from the base game and DLC packs. Not to mention its Story Expansions that flesh out major characters in the expanding MK lore. It’s a solid fighting game to play with friends that’s building upon the foundations of MK’s signature visceral combat. A playscore of 8.96.
Here are the Runners-Up before we reveal the Number One:
14. Watch Dogs: Legion. The third major entry of this hack-tastic series from Ubisoft. Revolutionize a dystopian London using the power of technology. A playscore of 7.85.
13. Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition. The definitive edition of Chaosbane packed with the latest Expansion and bonus content. A playscore of 7.97.
11. Bugsnax. Kinda bug, kinda snack. Feast your eyes on this adorable and weird adventure game from the people behind Octodad. A playscore of 8.26.
1. The best PlayStation 5 Game for 2021 so far is… Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
First-timers, this is the best edition of CAPCOM’s award-winning action game to play. The Special Edition includes all major DLCs and gaming’s iconic katana-wielding weeb, Vergil, as a playable character with his own campaign. The major differences compared to the original release aren’t too obvious. But if you love Ray Tracing, then this is the first taste of the RE Engine being optimized for the PlayStation 5. Gameplay remains as slick and stylish as ever, but it all depends on your combos. A playscore of 8.98.