With the release of the Playstation 5 back in November, it’s really felt like we’ve hit a new era of consoles. Its predecessor was certainly a trendsetter too, and some of the best games on the market were Sony exclusives, with bargains better than even Thunderbolt casino bonuses.
Some of these games were simply a better experience on the Playstation 4. The graphical fidelity available was certainly the best around and by far beat out the X-Box One and the WiiU in terms of raw graphical power.
Whatever Sony’s doing, they’re doing it right because the Playstation 5 is once again the top of its game in the console wars. While the X-Box Series X is certainly a good machine, it’s brick-like aesthetic and lack of exclusivity deals left a lot to be desired. I mean, I’m not saying that more games should be exclusive to a console, but could Microsoft at least try to give me a reason to not stick with my PC?
The Nintendo Switch at least manages to prove its worth by being the only handheld console on the market worth buying since the PSP and the Playstation Vita went out of production ages ago, and no one else has really entered that niche.
So Sony has put their prowess to good use, and game studios have taken notice! So here are 6 games for the PS5 that you cannot miss out on in 2021!
6) Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Can you believe that the original Final Fantasy VII is nearly twenty-five years old? Actually, now that I’m looking at some screenshots… yeah, I can totally believe that.
Widely believed to be the best title in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy VII’s remake was finally released back in 2020- and it was well worth the wait. All the fan-favorite characters are back, including Cloud, Tifa, and Garret, and looking better than they ever have! The gameplay has been reworked from the ground up, with the familiar zones adapted from the original in glorious 3D, instead of the prerendered images the original game used.
On top of all that, the Final Fantasy VII remake has one of the best adaptive soundtracks I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to, and the eye-candy is only improved on the PS5!
5) Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales
While Marvel’s Spiderman originally released for the PS4, the Miles Morales sequel launched for the PS5, and it really takes advantage of the new hardware. Marvel’s Spiderman is probably the best Spiderman game released to date, with some of the most fluid web-swinging and punchy, Spiderman-action around. It’s got everything that would make a Spiderman fan go squee! Unlockable suits, references to the 1960s cartoon, J.J. Jameson’s talk radio show blasting through your ears while you web swing, Mary Jane and Spidey together, unlockable suits, and a huge chunk of Spiderman’s famous rogue’s gallery. Miles Morales only builds on the formula, with new powers, sleeker graphics, and new adventures to boot.
By the way, this is probably the most active and lively sandbox of New York in any game I’ve seen. It looks amazing too, and with the RTX reflections, it looks downright stunning. There’s so much detail, and the fact that it doesn’t set the PS5 on fire is a testament to both the developers and the PS5 itself.
4) God of War 4 & Ragnarok
God of War 4 is considered to be one of the best games out there for the PS4 and topped many people’s Game of the Year lists when it came out in 2018. It’s not unjustified either. God of War 4 had some of the best graphics available on the PS4, with solid gameplay and a heartwarming story to boot.
Now a new update has made it available for the PS5, and it looks stunning. It’s everything its PS4 version had, but better. The PS5 version runs at 60 FPS and a beautiful checkboard 4K resolution (2160P).
Its sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, will be built and designed from the ground up for the PS5, which will really enable it to take advantage of the new hardware and push the console to its limits. Not much has been released about it yet, save for a teaser trailer that dropped last September, which has fans hyped to no end.
3) Hogwarts Legacy
There have actually been a whole bunch of different Harry Potter games since the franchise exploded in the 1990s. Considering just how successfully Harry Potter is, it’s really surprising then that there haven’t been more Harry Potter games, and the majority of what we do have are mostly shovelware more interested in cashing in on the name than creating an interesting game.
I know that Hogwarts isn’t exactly known for being very child-safe or logical, but why do so many of the video games have the Students run through dungeons and death gauntlets involving bottomless pits harrowing parkour, and death traps that would scare away Indiana Jones? Funnily enough, the best Harry Potter game on the market is probably the LEGO one…
But will it stay that way? Hogwarts: Legacy is releasing for the PS5, and it looks like it fully intends to claim LEGO’s crown. Set in the 1880s, we’ll get to play a version of Hogwarts never before seen in either book or film, and explore the wizarding world with easily the best graphics any Harry Potter game has ever had (can it be called a Harry Potter game if it’s set a hundred and ten years before he was born?). Unfortunately, it’s been delayed until 2022… but that’s okay… it’s okay… I’m not upset… YOU’RE upset…
2) Hitman 3
Now, before I can’t talk about this illustrious game, I do have to make a small disclaimer on behalf of the developers. Despite its title, Hitman 3 is actually, like, the eleventh Hitman game. What is it with computer people being unable to count? If it was up to Valve, no one would know how to count past 2, and if it were up to Microsoft, we would count our fingers like 1, 2, 95, 2000, XP, 7, 8, 10…
But that’s an aside. Hitman 3 is the third in the recent reboot trilogy of Hitman titles and returns more or less unchanged from its two predecessors. It’s got everything that makes these games fun: huge sandboxes, colorful disguises, and a hilarious variety of ways to murder people. On the PS5, it has all this and more, rendered in the highest fidelity graphics this franchise has ever seen. While the plot of the Hitman games leaves a lot to be desired, the Hitman games are a blast, and I’m more than hyped for IO Interactive’s James Bond game whenever that comes out.
1) Demon’s Souls
Whoo, boy, here’s a title I’ve just been itching to talk about.
From software exploded into the mainstream of the video game industry with its hugely successful and popular title, “Dark Souls”, back in 2011. Dark Souls got gaming notoriety and fame for being exceptionally difficult and challenging during a market era when most game studios were trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Dark Souls was a game for Gamers that refused to hold its players’ hands and demanded some real investment and effort on the player’s part.
But before Dark Souls, however, was Demon’s Souls. Demon’s Souls was Dark Souls before Dark Souls was a thing. It was the seed that sprouted the Soulsborne franchise and wider Souls-Like genre of video games that’s only now coming into its own.
It had everything that would eventually become the masterpiece, such as the stamina-based combat, limited healing, great verticality, and level design, and bosses that will leave your controller shattered against the far wall.
However, Demon’s Souls is over a decade old (it was released in 2009), and it has not aged gracefully. It bears the clunkiness of the PS3 era and the muddied, washed outlook of a lot of the games of its time. I wasn’t sure what to think when I heard it was getting a remake since Fromsoftwares Remaster of the 2011 Dark Souls left a lot to be desired.
However, I needn’t have worried. Demon’s Soul’s remake was put into good hands- namely, someone else. Bluepoint Games led this project, and they really put in the effort. Demon’s Souls for the PS5 is immaculate.
Not a single detail was overlooked. Every mechanic, every zone, every enemy and boss fight was examined and reviewed to the smallest detail. Everything has been remodeled, textured, and rigged while still being tremendously faithful to the source material. The clunkiness of the original game was pulled out while still retaining everything that made it fun in the first place and without losing its own identity by just imitating the Soulsborne games that came after.
And all that effort clearly paid off. Demon’s Souls isn’t just an immense upgrade on the original, but it’s easily the best PS5 title on the market. Hands down. There isn’t a single game that beats it in gameplay, graphics, or story (if you’re into the way Fromsoftware tells its stories, that is). In my opinion, if you want a definitive example of a next-gen video game, then look no further than Demon’s Souls for the PS5.