The best PS5 games to play in 2023 including Hogwarts Legacy

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

The best PS5 games are only just starting to roll in. Thanks to Sony's PlayStation Studios and a host of third-party support, AAA and indie gaming are booming on the latest hardware. These are our favourites on PS5.

Update: Hogwarts Legacy has been added to the list as we begin expanding to a top 25 games.
The best PS5 games list is full of our favourite AAA and indies, first, second, and third-party games on the service. Put together by the TrueTrophies Team, this list has a little bit of everything, but all are a favourite in some way or another. Here are the best PS5 games.

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Here is our methodology. Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean all put together a list of their favourite ten games. They narrowed this down to several that they felt offered a variety of experiences: not just the same old games that fill the same old niches. So, now there are a variety of titles in the best PS5 games list — from open-world action adventures to Soulsbournes, to a roguelike. Games will be added from the corresponding Community poll over the coming months!

Staff picks for the best PS5 games

elden ring overview trailerElden Ring has taken the world by storm

Elden Ring

Lee: As video games continue to become increasingly mainstream, we have started to witness ever more violent and disorienting levels of hype. When we think of the attention and buzz endured by a game like Cyberpunk 2077, and how it needed to simultaneously pull a No Man’s Sky, tease DLC, and receive a Netflix adaptation to lure a fraction of its players back towards its media-frenzied remains, it makes one wonder: is it even possible in the modern era for a game to live up to the hype?

It’s this context that makes it all the more gratifying to say that Elden Ring, in fact, does live up to said hype. It’s the biggest Dark Souls, distilling and hacking off all the fat and lard that hangs from every modern Ubisoft and PlayStation Studios-manufactured open-world blockbuster. It’s huge but never boring, generous but never cloying, hard but never unfair — all this, and with the artfulness of being able to say it’s not trying to be, nor is, for everyone. FromSoftware’s opus gives hope for the modern AAA video game and to play it with lightning-fast loading is more than enough reason to own a PS5.

god of war ragnarokGod of War Ragnarok is one of the best PS5 games

God of War Ragnarok

Kes: If you own a PS5, then you should own a copy of God of War Ragnarok. It's that simple. This is an astonishing game that we love dearly, with a story that batters an embarrassingly large percentage of the other games on our best-of lists. In our God of War Ragnarok review we said that "From the emotionally resonant and gripping yarn that reflects on mature themes, to some of the best combat in video gaming — this is an action-adventure that will define the closing sentences of PS5's opening chapter. Kratos and Atreus' new adventure across the Norse realms is one of PlayStation's best."

No matter how much shirt-pulling the PS4 tries to do on the PS5 version of the game to pull Ragnarok back from its 10/10 potential — there is no doubt that the level that this game is at is well above extraordinary. The story resonates even a month out from the review, with Kratos, Atreus, Mimir, and company filling the screen with their presences and Santa Monica cultivating some of the most satisfying combat ever put together. Fantastic stuff if you love action adventure and an essential addition to your collection.

Horizon Forbidden West

Kes: Horizon Forbidden West needs every superlative you can throw at it to impress on you how what a perfect version of the traditional open world it is. It is gorgeous, gripping, and has gameplay that soars above pretty much everything else on the market. While it sometimes struggles to escape the bonds that have made open worlds a bit samey in the last five years, that doesn't make it any less impressive — just read my Horizon Forbidden West review to know how much so!

The most important aspect, though; is that this is already the PS5 showstopper. It's out on PS4, sure, but Horizon just isn't the same there. The density of foliage, the detail on Aloy's face, the draw distances and the details... it will stun, shock, and frequently leave you gasping at Guerrilla Games' technical brilliance. The story is often very good, though does occasionally struggle to realise its full dystopian sci-fi potential. In addition, the Horizon Forbidden West trophies are a joyride through the game and you will have no trouble with them at all. This is a go-to PS5 game, so please do voyage towards it!


Kes: Returnal is an absolute arcade zinger by best-in-class old-school studio Housemarque. This game oozes quality and deserves to be at the top of your need-to-play list thanks to its perfect melding of arcade and modern gaming sensibilities. You play as Serene, a spacefarer trapped on the planet of Atropos by a nefarious time loop. This gives the developers a chance to build the roguelite genre into an enthralling narrative — you die over and over, resetting every time and playing through the levels again, slowly building in mastery alongside the masterful narrative.

It also allows the team to make sure that all those years of making perfect arcade gameplay in Dead Nation, Matterfall, Super Stardust, and Resogun get put to good use in bursts of pristine bullet-hell action as you try and conquer five stages of chaos in a perfect run. It looks gorgeous with creatures spewing out chaotic, lethal balls of death, but don't let that fool you — this game is hard. The Returnal trophies will have you by the neck, too, especially if you leap into it via PlayStation Plus Extra without realising just how hard it is. This superb game is only on PS5 and all the better for it, it's a stunning showcase and a brilliant game!

Daytona gt7Gran Turismo 7 is one of the best games on PS5

Gran Turismo 7

Kes: More than any other game on this list, Gran Turismo 7 has problems. The economy, even after fixes, is still horrible. Some of the matchmaking is terrible. The ruleset for competitive racing can feel poorly implemented. The endless rolling starts in a single-player are an odd inclusion. However, it is one of the best racing games on PlayStation for a reason. Our Gran Turismo 7 review holds the keys — "This is the definitive sim-racer, and I can offer no higher praise about Polyphony Digital's game than the fact that 'the real driving simulator' will make you fall in love with racing."

On the track, we don't know that you are going to get a better experience. It's like every possible component of racing is factored in. The texture and temperature of the track surface reduce or increase wheel traction, altering how you position your car to the millimetre in an apex while trying to ensure you reduce or increase the length of your gearshifts to get the maximum possible exit speed. It's glorious and nothing, we feel, comes close — though it is unlikely that you will be getting near close to those Gran Turismo 7 trophies which takes an age to platinum. This is an exceptional racer in spite of its problems — a remarkable feat of engineering.


Lee: Delightfully attainable Deathloop trophies aside, what makes Arkane Studios' 2021 FPS hit one of the best PS5 games is how it blends the creativity of the PS2 era with the technical prowess of the new PS5 era. Deathloop is utterly drenched in cool idea juice, blending the zippy action of Arkane's own Dishonored series with the weird scenarios of classic shooters like Timesplitters 2 or XIII, and it works tremendously well.

In merging PlayStation generations old and new, Deathloop proudly proclaims the PS5 era belongs to fun video game design once more. With the dry stability of the PS4 era behind us, games can once more shed the burden of broad appeal and offer us unique concepts and tones without shame. It's a moving statement, though one that wouldn't hold all that much weight had Deathloop's experimental multiplayer and twisty story not also stuck the landing.

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart

Lee: Just before Ratchet and Clank A Crack in Time came out on the PS3, Insomniac Games announced that in order to keep pushing the series’ ever-increasing visual fidelity, it would no longer publish Ratchet and Clank games in 60fps and instead opt for the far-more stable 30fps.

Long-time fans of the series were, admittedly, baffled — wasn’t the whole point of Ratchet and Clank to offer high-octane explosive action? Many critics found themselves silenced when Ratchet and Clank’s PS4 reboot brought the characters into stunning, Pixar-looking life — still, a small chorus of fans continued to question whether good graphics were substantial enough a reason to rob the series of its former identity.

Thanks to the PS5, this is a philosophical debate no longer worth having — Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart merges both camps' desires into a game that is equal parts jaw-droppingly gorgeous and lusciously fast. The action is busy and frantic, the platforming is tighter than ever, and both core gameplay components see a massive increase in challenge and versatility thanks to the addition of a dash move, making it feel like Furi in the arenas and Celeste in the open air. For the first time in a long time, Ratchet and Clank feels utterly big again, and you can thank the PS5 for that.

GhostWire Tokyo

Sean: GhostWire Tokyo is an absolute feast to dive on into and is so well crafted and put together — without a glitch insight we might add — that it is always a surprise when you remember this is a Bethesda IP. Developer Tango Gameworks has done a brilliant job of bringing a variety of Japanese folklore and mythology into an incredible open-world action-adventure game.

All though GhostWire doesn't boast the horror genre category, don't be fooled; this game is utterly terrifying and filled with a plethora of nightmarish enemies that will scare the living daylights out of you. Kuchisake anyone? How about the Lamentation? Horrific. The game creates constant tension and dread whenever these enemies decided to rearer their ugly heads, usually at the worst time imaginable. In GhostWire you take control of Akito Izuki who has the spirit of KK inside of him — which actually saves his life — and he now possesses a variety of awesome magical abilities that he must utilise to save Tokyo and his sister.

The GhostWire Tokyo trophies are also a welcome sight, boasting a fun yet not too taxing platinum trophy called 'GhostWire Tokyoite.' While the collectable trophies may seem daunting — and are the hardest aspect — the game is super helpful in informing you of where everything is on your map. Spirits can be found simply thanks to some gear that increase your search radius and the same can be said for KK's investigation notes. So, go on, give GhostWire Tokyo a go and experience an incredible game with an OST Bethesda needs to release.

Demon's SoulsDemon's Souls is full of big monsters and death... so much death

Demon’s Souls

Kes: Here is a tricky one for the TrueTrophies team, Demon's Souls. What a graphical showcase! What a perfect and term-defining remaster by Bluepoint! What wonderful gameplay and creature design! What a shame that none of us has the courage to play it...

Obviously, this is a game that comes packing challenges and all three of us are pumped to get involved at some stage. Here, though, we are going by recommendations — no one who's played it can stop talking about it and as such, we can't ignore it. This is a game that defined the launch of the PS5 with a stunning graphical, technical, and control scheme overhaul and brought the bones of a literary genre-defining game back into the new age with aplomb. The Demon's Souls trophies aren't the terrible jaunt you would imagine, though that might only be for those that are used to the difficulty levels of a FromSoftware game. utterly fanstastic, then, and one of the PS Plus' best games, to boot.

YakuzaYakuza Like a Dragon puts a smile on our faces

Yakuza Like a Dragon

Sean: Yakuza Like a Dragon serves as a very soft reboot for the Yakuza series. Players take on the role of Ichiban Kasuga, our new protagonist who comes fresh out of an 18-year prison sentence. However, when he is betrayed by his beloved Yakuza boss, Ichiban must take a different path and form new allies, build his own empire, and seek revenge against those who have wronged him. It's quite the over-the-top adventure that we know you will absolutely love. Like a Dragon switches up the combat that we have come to know and enjoy, providing us with a much more JRPG-focused combat system compared to the action-adventure brawler we have come to adore from the series.

Yakuza Like a Dragon trophies are going to put you through the wringer and is going to take some dedication if you want to snatch the platinum trophy 'The New Dragon.' The trophy that is wreaking havoc here is the gold trophy 'Victory of the Millennium,' which asks players to beat the final level of the game where everyone seems to be on steroids and can obliterate you in mere milliseconds. So yeah, it's a bit of a challenge — have you got what it takes to beat it?

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Kes: Kena Bridge of Spirits is a pick from the heart. Its best and worst qualities are exactly the same: it feels like a PS2-era platformer. That gives it a charm that I think is unrivalled on this list and is exemplified by gorgeous art and cinematics, as well as surprisingly tricky combat. However, it doesn't always feel good to play with the gameplay animations sometimes feeling like they were ripped straight from the stock engine templates. The fact that it overcomes this flaw is fascinating and something I obsessed over in my Kena Bridge of Spirits review, ultimately saying that "Kena, the Rot, and the forests will live long in the memory and will keep spirits satiated!"

With updates coming thick and fast to resolve issues, it looks like a lot of the issues with the Kena Bridge of Spirits trophies have been sorted, too. So, we highly advise that you trek through the forests in this indie and get a taste for its charm and whimsy while trying to keep the tears from flowing at its morose but engaging story.

Into the Spider-Verse suitMarvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales packs plenty of electrified punch

Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales

Lee: Fans might look at Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales' reduced scope in comparison to the deafeningly loud arrival of its exceptional PS4 forebear, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and take the opportunity to dismiss Insomniac Games’ first PS5 outing as nothing more than a DLC expansion of sorts. That’s why you need to hear us when we say — if this is what DLC expansions look like, then why are we bothering to make ‘full games’ at all?

Miles Morales takes the rough outline of Marvel’s Spider-Man and trims the fat, leaving an experience with far fewer lows and far more frequent highs. The euphoric web-swinging returns, not to mention the frantic combat — this time with the added complexity of having to juggle a rock-paper-scissors system of gadgets, aerials, and venom strikes. It’s a twist that allows Miles to circle opponents like Ratchet and it makes every encounter just that little bit more engaging.

While it's fair to say the peak highs aren’t quite what they were in Peter Parker’s original outing, the fact that Insomniac got within a hair’s breadth of replicating that magic a second time is a testament both to the talent possessed by the studio, and the quality squeezed into this second Spider-Man outing. Trust us, we’d happily add it to our Best PlayStation DLC list if we could — tragically, a spot on the best PS5 list will have to suffice.


Sean: Sifu is an incredible experience that fulfils the brief of making you feel like an absolute badass as you batter, kick, swing, slash, and demolish your way through a plethora of enemies in this action-adventure game. You take on the role of a martial artist who, as a child, witnesses their father's death at the hands of a murderous group. Now, grown, you are ready to seek revenge on those who have wronged you and avenge your father.

The game has a very unique mechanic, whenever you meet an unfortunate end, a talisman will resurrect you from the dead — for a price, your life. Every time you die, your character will age up, gaining new abilities to take down those pesky foes who are causing you trouble. With each age up, you will lose a portion of your health bar and if you grow too old, you will receive a permanent game over and have to start from the very beginning.

The Sifu trophies are a nice little challenge as well, nothing too strenuous, but they will require a little bit of work and a couple of playthroughs to net everything that you need to accomplish to earn the platinum trophy 'Fist of the Immortal.' We think you'll have an absolutely incredible time snatching up the various trophies and taking down your many foes.

Dead Space Remake may also be coming to PS4!Dead Space Remake is fantastic on PS5!

Dead Space

Dead Space's Remake has brought out the best in the classic horror game starring an engineer named Isaac onboard the OSS Ishimura. The mining ship is in disaster mode after creepy long-limbed creatures called Necromorphs invade after something called The Marker is discovered. It's up to Isaac to use his laser tool to resolve the situation, survive, and keep his mental state in check.

This remake takes the 2008 game and adds a glorious graphical overhaul which ups the ante of the desolate spaceship environment, it'll be your task not to lose your mind. It is satisfying to play, but that creep factor is not only intact but now so overwhelming, that it helps elevate your experience. With that comes some story tweaks and side quests, as well as additional voice acting. While that last element, the additional dialogue, has been the most criticised part of the PS5 game, the rest makes this one of the best horror games outside of Resident Evil in recent years. We cannot recommend this highly enough.


Sean: Here at TT we absolutely love Stray, we gushed over the game in our Stray review. We just love that adorable little feline. Stray follows the story of a cute cat who finds himself lost in a dark and dystopian world, overrun with horrifying nightmares that want to devour him up as an afternoon snack. Thankfully, the world isn't only populated by these monstrosities, tucked away amongst the decaying city walls you will find small communities of robots that are trying to make the best of the dire situation that surrounds them. Now, it's up to you and your little robot drone best friend, to save not only yourself but everyone trapped in this nightmare.

The Stray trophies are also an absolute blast to try and claw up. While there are a few tricky trophies such as 'Can't Cat-ch Me' and 'Sneakitty' that may keep you from the platinum trophy 'All Done,' you will have fun rising to the challenge and there is something quite satisfying about finally beating that awful Zurk chase from the start of the game.

Hogwarts Legacy trophiesHogwarts Legacy has made it to the best PS5 games

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy had to defy expectations to make it to this list — how can a game based on such a massive and globally beloved IP like the Wizarding World possibly meet or exceed expectations? Well, Portkey Games and Avalanche Software managed it with Hogwarts Legacy without the luck of Felix Felicis; this is clearly a game that had to work hard to come out this good. Starting as a fifth-year student at Hogwarts, your custom character will get sorted into a house and begin unravelling a tangled plot that's all about ancient magic. It's a story with the classic Potter-style mystery at its core, and while it doesn't always make sense, the ambience, personality, and British whimsy pull it all together spectacularly.

Indeed, it's really the world of Hogwarts Castle, the grounds, and beyond that will make you want to begin collecting every one of those Hogwarts Legacy trophies. It's gorgeous and well-designed, with the absolute oddity of the castle and villages' architecture offering Hogwarts Legacy's map a totally unique flavour to other open-world games.

Hogwarts Legacy has been delayed on PS4Hogwarts Legacy is beiing played by everyone

Thematically, you have the music to carry you through the game — this is one of the best scores in gaming. The gameplay itself is sold, with movement and magical combat feeling and looking glorious. Exploring caves and finding out more about the world is a delight, though the collectable and open-world MacGuffin hunting fluff is here without any mercy. You will be collecting stuff non-stop and sometimes it can be boring. Everything else in this glorious game makes up for it though — Hogwarts Legacy is a sensational addition to the PS5 catalogue.

Community picks for the best PS5 games
Astro's PlayroomAstro's Playroom makes full use of that DualSense controller

Astro's Playroom

Kes: Astro's Playroom came free with the PS5, sure, but true gamers know that cost isn't indicative of lesser quality. That's why Astro quickly became a massive victor in our community poll with 15.53% of the vote, with fans outright demanding our little robot friend make the cut.

PlayStation Studios' newly formed Team Asobi made a mascot platformer for the new age with Astro's Playroom. With all the basics nailed, it's the little touches like having every tap of Astro's little robot foot register on the DualSense, or having every mecha frog suit spring felt via the triggers, that make the biggest waves. This is a game that loves old PlayStation more than most, paying tribute to even the most secluded crevices of Sony's past gaming franchises and peripherals.

It makes for a game that you love to play, but loves you and your PlayStation fandom right back. That creates a feedback loop that we can't get enough of, and with the game getting packed into the PS5 itself, you really have no excuse not to play one of the best free-to-play games around.

Cyberpunk 2077Cyberpunk 2077 finally makes a best PS5 game debut

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 won't ever get excused for it's appalling launch, but when the RPG from CD Projekt Red makes leaps and bounds of progress with update after update and turns the game into a spectacular first-person RPG you have to acknowledge it. Picking up the community vote, Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 is the kind of dystopia you get lost in without thinking about it. Night City lives and breathes, and as the lead character V slowly becomes more tangled up in it, we reveal more of the beast — from the corpos at the top of the chain to the rags on the underground level.

While mistakes are made with some of the more linear storytelling, you can add a flavour to your choices that help you invest in the game fully. Some of the story missions are big and elaborate, with some really wonderful side characters that you will fall in love with (literally). There is some really dark stuff going on here that genuinely makes you reflect on technological advancement and humanity in a nigh-on Blade Runner-style bit of sci-fi expertise. The core combat loop is a bit dodgy, but as you progress it begins to make much more sense. Likewise, some of the traditional open-world activities fall a bit short, but that doesn't halt enjoyment.

Cyberpunk 2077 TrophiesCyberpunk 2077 is solid on PS5

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently spectacular and with the Phantom Libery expansion promising some massive changes, we think the community knows that this is the right time to begin recommending Cyberpunk 2077 sceptics the game again. It is one of the best PS5 games — don't touch it on PS4 — so be ready to dive into the seedy underbelly of Night City.

Those were our best PS5 games so far! What did you think? Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments below!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus news, and his favourite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and explosive racers — before an evening swim.
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