The best PS5 exclusive games 2024

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If you’re looking for the best PS5 exclusive games, you’ve come to the right place. The PS5 is home to brilliant exclusive games, some of which have gone on to be released on PC. While this is the case for many of them, some of these games once belonged exclusively to the PS5.

If you want other PS5 games, read our list of the best free games on PS5 and the best FPS games on PS5. Now, on to the best PS5-exclusive games.

Returnal

Returnal is a third-person shooter roguelike game where you fight through different chambers. As far as action games go, this one is high-octane action in the best ways. The story follows Selene, a survivor of a crash-landing on an alien planet as she struggles to survive the horrors that await. Every time you die in Returnal, the story progresses alongside it with more meaningful changes happening each cycle and the more progress you make. There is tons of freedom for your builds, and while it’s not the same level as Hades, it has a much different aesthetic and vibe. Make sure you read our review of Return to get a better idea.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The PS5 exclusive Spider-Man games are phenomenal. Sony and Insomniac took was was best from the original Spider-Man 2 game where you could free-roam New York City and web-sling to your heart’s desire. With updated graphics, a fun story and characters, and more web-slinging through the streets as Miles Morales, this game is a must-play for any Marvel fan. The Miles Morales version is an expansion of the original Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, following the story of Miles following the events of the Spider-Man game. Our review of Spider-Man: Miles Morales praised the exploration and the representation of Miles.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet and Clank came back in a big way with the stunning release of Rift Apart. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart had its debut on the PS5 as an exclusive, but eventually moved to PC. It is the latest in the Ratchet and Clank series, giving more guns and mayhem than ever before. Not to mention the third-person exploration and level designs are incredible – if you’ve been missing Ratchet and Clank or just want to jump into your first one, then this is perfect. In our review of Rift Apart, we loved the visuals, worlds, and outrageously fun weapons.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West continues the story of Aloy from the first game. In this sequel, you get to explore a whole new open world with new monsters, systems, and gameplay tweaks you’d expect to see in a sequel. The core gameplay is the same where you travel the open world and take on quests, getting more gear and new upgrades as you go. This is a direct sequel, so you will be front-loaded with spoilers from the first game if this is the first one you play. In our review of Horizon Forbidden West, we loved the new area and exploration.

God of War Ragnarok

The God of War reboot did wonders for the image of the series. Moving on from the ridiculously annoying and outdated trope of the incredibly angry man screaming at things as he breaks everything has been replaced by a much more mature and reserved Kratos. God of War Ragnarok is a direct sequel to God of War on PS4, so you might want to pick that one up first. You play as Kratos again in a third-person action game – which, by the way, has incredibly fun combat – and explore the Norse realms with your son on a quest to understand and live during the end times of Norse mythology. In our God of War Ragnarok review, we had a great time with the compelling story and brilliant combat.

Final Fantasy XVI

Before you play Final Fantasy 16, you should know that it is more of an action game than anything else. It is ultimately unrecognisable as a core Final Fantasy game, with no job system or party member mechanics to speak of. With that said, Final Fantasy 16 is action-focused and extremely cinematic. Your mileage may vary with the combat depending on how much you like Devil May Cry, but the story is undeniably brilliant, well thought-out and extremely dense. The world has a ton of life and the flavour text on nearly every item helps you feel fully immersed. While our review of Final Fantasy 16 was mixed due to the central character and the unending stream of pointless side quests, we praised the combat and world-building.

The Last of Us Part 1

The Last of Us took the world by storm when it was first released on PS3, and it has kept a tight grip on everyone ever since. While the story is fairly cookie-cutter, it is executed extremely well and the combat is enjoyably brutal. You play Joel who is escorting a young girl called Ellie across a post-apocalyptic America in the hopes of bringing a cure to the zombie virus. The Last of Us Part 1 is a PS5 remaster of the original game with enhanced graphics and fidelity, making it the best way to experience the game. In our review of The Last of Us Part 1, we praised the improved visuals and the overall enhanced gameplay experience with the PS5 version of the game.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Ghost of Tsushima stands the test of time as one of the greatest PlayStation-exclusive games out there. Initially released for the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima has a PS5 upgrade which enhances the graphics and adds new content to the game. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world epic, and one of the best samurai simulation games you’ll ever experience with deadly sword combat, gorgeous aesthetics, and extremely enjoyable exploration. There is also a multiplayer mode shipped with the game, which is brutally tough and fun in equal measure. We couldn’t say enough good things about Ghost of Tsushima in our review of the game. Give it a read to find out what makes it so brilliant.

Demon’s Souls

Before Elden Ring, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne, there was Demon’s Souls. While the PS5 exclusive version of Demon’s Souls is a remake made by a different studio than FromSoftware, the original game is untouched. The biggest change is the graphics and animations, all of which look gorgeous on the PS5. In Demon’s Souls, you tackle levels that have multiple stages where you loot, fight tough enemies, level up using souls, and tackle challenging bosses. If you never played the original on PS3, this PS5 remake is the best way to experience Demon’s Souls. Make sure you read our Demon’s Souls review to see why it is so impressive. We loved the visuals and combat especially.

That does it for our list of the best PS5 exclusives. Elsewhere on the PS5, you have plenty of other games and genres at your fingertips, so make sure you read our lists of the best open-world PS5 games and the best action games on PS5.

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Jack Webb

Jack Webb is a guides writer for VideoGamer.