Starfield isn’t on PS5 — check out these 3 great space games instead

Are there games like Starfield on PS5? After release on PC and Xbox only, a PlayStation gamer might be missing one of the biggest titles of the year.

Starfield isn’t on PS5 — check out these 3 great space games instead
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson


Are there any games like Starfield on PS5? The answer is easy — yes. It's even an answer that includes some of the best PlayStation games around. All of them contain a space theme, too — making quite a stark difference when compared to our games like Redfall on PS5 list from earlier this year.


Games like Starfield on PS5

What qualifies a game to be 'like' Starfield? Well, we are keeping everything space-themed because Bethesda's latest RPG adventure is an ode to years of sci-fi gaming heritage. It's an open-world adventure, but we aren't keeping our picks hemmed in by genre, structure, or form. Our alternatives could be a linear visual novel so long as it nails that sci-fi theme that puts exploration of the stars first and foremost. So, with that said, here are three alternatives to Starfield to keep your space addiction going.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

If you’re feeling sad about the lack of Starfield on PS5, then why not turn your attention to arguably one of the best sci-fi ventures ever created? Of course, that would be the Mass Effect trilogy. Do you want over-the-top shootouts with hostile aliens? Yes, go on then. An engaging story that spans over three games? Yes, of course! A bounty of choices that shape your character and the world around you? Bloody hell, that sounds great. The ability to romance your favorite teammates? Oh yes, you'll take that as well. Isn't it a good thing Mass Effect does it all so well?

Not only is the series absolutely jaw-droppingly perfect (in my opinion, anyway), but if you pick up a copy of Mass Effect Legendary Edition you’ll have access to three incredibly easy platinum trophies as well! So that’s those Mass Effect trophies, Mass Effect 2 trophies, and Mass Effect 3 trophies all at your fingertips. Seriously, if you have yet to check out the Mass Effect series, what are you doing with your life? Words alone can’t express how incredible of a journey it is to play through these three games back to back. It is simply something you need to experience yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Get to it, soldier!

Contibution by Staff Writer Sean Lawson.

The Outer Worlds

Sometimes, you need other game studios to work on projects to show you exactly how you could achieve more. Obsidian did just that when they made the series-best in Fallout New Vegas, all while Bethesda Game Studios was working on the ultimately fine Fallout 4. Yet then Obsidian went on to make The Outer Worlds. This single-player sci-fi RPG has all the trappings of a Bethesda game with a definite level of humor injected into it. You'll be making a path through a colony spread out across a few hub-world planets trying to put a stop to an evil corporation.

The Outer Worlds trophies will take you around 35 hours or more, but they are a little tricky because of a difficulty trophy that will likely require a second playthrough. With your ability to influence a diverging narrative, create a character, and handle encounters differently — stealth, talk your way through, or all guns blazing — I imagine for most players the second playthrough will have its own rewards. This is an RPG that might not be as massive as Starfield, but it'll give you those traditional Bethesda-style kicks for sure.

No Man's Sky

Those No Man's Sky trophies have changed with every single update Hello Games has thrown at the sci-fi survival adventure — and thank the stars. On launch, the gameplay was so shallow you couldn't even water a houseplant with it. After continuous updates, it's become a beast of a game that has moved well beyond the resource-collecting beginnings. Multiplayer, VR, cargo ships, base-building, horror elements, new ships, an overhauled economy... it goes on.

Seriously, No Man's Sky is the game it thought it was at launch, and it's now well worth delving into. With Starfield delivering large-scale space adventures, No Man's Sky is ready for a universe-wide space adventure in which you make lots of friends and make a planetary base for everyone to party in. It's not perfect, by any means, and if you are after narrative try out something like the wonderful The Outer Wilds, but No Man's Sky is for those who just want to go down the space rabbit hole and never leave.

What do you think of our list of Starfield alternatives? Make sure you check out the games like Zelda on PS5 as well — we want to keep all your gaming preferences satiated. Have you played Starfield? Will you play any of these? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favorite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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