3) start playing
You could easily spend hours tinkering with the PS5’s features and settings, but at some point you’ll want to play some games. Fortunately, the PS5 has a healthy catalog of them – and there really is something for everyone. We’ve picked some of our favorite exclusive titles below to get you started, plus a few PS4 classics that you should definitely play on PS5 if you haven’t already.
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Astros playroom (£ free)
The first game you should start is Astro’s Playroom, which comes pre-installed on every newly purchased PS5. It’s an insanely happy and colorful 3D platformer that makes brilliant use of the innovative DualSense controller and its various functions, while at the same time paying tribute to the 25-year history of PlayStation with some adorable robotic plays. For those who want to see it all, you can easily play through in a few sessions after around five hours, and there is no better game to demonstrate the potential of the new pad.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (£ 33)
Dress up as the city’s new webhead, Miles Morales, in this festive mini-sequel to the brilliant 2018 Spider-Man game. With Pete on his jollies, it’s up to Miles to keep an eye on New York, and predictably it won’t take long for things to get out of hand. Miles Morales is just as fantastic fun as the previous game and looks amazing on the PS5, whether you’re playing in the standard 30fps “Fidelity Mode” with ray tracing and advanced lighting effects, or in the 60fps “Performance Mode”. We recommend trying at least the latter to achieve a super smooth swing. Buy it from Game here
Demon Souls (£ 40)
You have a nice new pad there. It would be a shame if you tossed it out the nearest open window in a froth of anger, wouldn’t it? That’s always a risk when playing a Souls game, known for its hardcore difficulty and punishing approach to progression. They’re also some of the greatest, most rewarding video games of all time, according to many, and Demon’s Souls is the one that started it all, from scratch for the PS5. It looks so good on Sony’s new console that you might not mind fighting the same boss ten times before figuring out how to emerge victorious. Buy it from Game here
Sackboy: One Big Adventure (£ 35)
The LittleBigPlanet franchise star now has a 3D platformer to call his own, and what a good one. Our costume-loving Hessian hero’s quest to rid the bagfolk of the evil Vex takes him into numerous handmade worlds, all of which look great in shiny 4K, and while there’s nothing particularly original here, it’s never less than pleasant. And without spoiling anything, the use of licensed music from A Big Adventure makes for some of the scariest gaming moments we’ve had all year. The fact that everything can be played in co-op is the icing on the cake. Buy it from Game here
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (35 €)
Ubisoft’s Viking Epic is a cross-generational, multiplatform game, but it’s best played at a glorious 60fps on the new hardware. If you’ve played any of the recent Assassin’s Creed entries, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. The game, which largely takes up a Dark Ages England, is amazingly enormous in both size and scope, and since you’re piloting a heavily armored and not remotely subtle Viking warrior, it represents probably the most distant clandestine roots from the series. But we’ve already lost dozens of hours on Eivor’s adventure and we don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Buy it from Game here