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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Best PS5 games: the PlayStation 5 games you need to play

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If you are one of the fortunate few who, after it released in early November, have snagged a PlayStation 5, congratulations. It has been no easy feat to secure a next-gen console, particularly Sony's, and there is no telling when buying one would not entail an insane online rush that is essentially no different from a chaotic lottery.

If you've secured your PS5, you're probably wondering just what you should do on it. Next-gen consoles are rarely released with rich libraries of new titles, after all. Instead, game console manufacturers tend to reserve a number of launch games to keep over the early adopters until at least one year or so into the life cycle of the product, when new title production really begins to pick up.  
The good news is that both Microsoft and Sony's new consoles are backward-compatible with the last hardware generation. That means you have a lot of older games available to you and cross-gen ones, some of which have been adapted for the faster solid-state drive and more powerful processor of the new hardware. And it's worth noting that Sony has some console exclusives, all of which, if you're a new PS5 user, are must-play games.

Here is a breakdown of the nine best games to enjoy during the holiday season on your new console.  
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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition:

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A standalone follow-up to the excellent 2018 Spider-Man remake of Insomniac Play, Miles Morales has a lot going for it. For the PS5, it was natively developed, meaning its graphics are breathtaking, and it takes full advantage of the benefits of the new hardware. So, with a newly added "Performance RT" mode that achieves ray tracing at 60 frames per second, it has virtually non-existent load times and a full range of performance and visual modes that you can use to customize your experience.

It is also the first major studio game to feature the Black superhero in the role of Spider-Man, and in addition to being such a blast to play, its stellar scripting and cinematic cutscenes make it a worthy narrative follow-up to the original. Plus, a fully remastered version of the 2018 release includes the ultimate edition, now with the ability to save your PS4 file.

Demon’s Souls:

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Demon's Souls of FromSoftware holds a special place in the hearts of fans of FromSoftware everywhere. It was the first of several Souls games, setting up the Japanese studio as a producer of some of the most punishing and captivating action RPGs ever made. The remake, by Bluepoint Games studio, holds the distinction of becoming one of the only next-gen exclusives at launch, and its spectacular visual makeover helps bring to a new canvas the special and violent fighting of the 2009 classic.

Astro’s Playroom:  

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In one of the very few next-gen-only launches to arrive this fall with the PS5, Astro's Playroom joins Demon's Souls. For any user, it is preloaded on the console, so you don't have to pay for it or even download it. As soon as you boot your computer up, it's ready to go. And fittingly, in sweet video game form, it's almost a love letter to both the PlayStation platform and the PS5 itself.

The game takes place within the new console's innards, with various areas devoted to different components of the PS5 and different parts of the game serving as a tech showcase for the amazing new DualSense controller. But that doesn't mean playing in the Astro Playroom isn't fun. Really, it's a blast, and you can regard it as something more than just a preloaded demo.    


Bugsnax | We Are What We Eat! | PS5, PS4, PC, Mac 

Bugsnax, best known for producing Octodad: Dadliest Catch, is the latest cryptic oddity from indie developer Young Horses. It's better described as an island full of snack-like creatures like strawberries with eyes and caterpillars made of waffles, somewhere between Pokémon and a regular adventure game.

The game is an odd one, but given its topic, it's also got an exceptionally engrossing plot. There are also several things to keep you occupied, the most important of which is to collect up to 100 species of edible bug creatures. Bugsnax was a free launch-day PS5 release close to Astro's Playroom, thanks to a deal between Sony and Young Horses that made it part of the subscription package for PlayStation Plus. Until January 4, 2021, it is still available as part of the subscription (or $25 without PS Plus), so act quickly to claim it if you are interested in taking a visit to Snaktooth Island.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla:

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest game in a massive historical fiction series by Ubisoft pitting secret orders against each other in a bid for world domination... Oh, or something. Okay, so the show is just no longer about the assassins versus the Templars, and that's just perfect. With excellent results, the last two games in the franchise, Origins and Odyssey, tackled ancient Egypt and Greece; critics praised the latest open-world RPG approach from Ubisoft that made these games even more massive and immersive than they used to be.

Now, with a Nordic tale of vengeance set during the Viking age, Valhalla is here, and it's equally fantastic and immersive. It's also one of the few major cross-gen studio games to come in time for the launch of the PS5. Ubisoft has introduced some much-needed patches to boost its performance and make it feel more next-gen, just like many of the other games for the new consoles.  

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