Best PS5 games – March 2023
The PS5 may still be somewhat new and that means there aren’t a large number of PS5-only games out for it yet, but there are plenty to get players started, and we decided to put together a list of the best PS5 games worth your money if you own the console, or plan to get one soon. Should you have been on the receiving end of one for a gift or if you’ve had one since launch day, or any time in between then and now, these are the best PS5 games that the console has to offer you at this point in time.
Keeping that in mind, this list is subjective and it’s going to be rotating with new PS5 games that we feel are the best options as more and more come out. The list will rotate mostly on a monthly basis. That said, if you’re not quite sure what to get for your new console, or for the person you picked up the new console for as a gift, this handy guide can help.
Top 10 Best PS5 Games – Summary
Below is a small summary table of the list of the best PS5 games we’ve selected. If you’re short on time and just want to see which games to check out, the table below has them all listed along with buy links.
Below the summary table you’ll find the complete list with short descriptions of each game. As well as links to buy the physical copies of some of the games and PSN store links of the digital-only ones.
|Game||Price||Where To Buy|
|Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade/Episode INTERmission||$20-$70||Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Newegg, Adorama, PlayStation Store|
|Trek To Yomi||$19.99||PlayStation Store|
|Elden Ring||$59.99||Amazon, Adorama, GameStop, Newegg, Target, Best Buy|
|Yakuza: Like A Dragon||$59.99||Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, PlayStation Store|
|Stray||$29.99 (Free with PS Plus Extra & Premium)||PlayStation Store|
|Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII Reunion||$49.99||Amazon|
|Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II||From $69.99||Amazon, PlayStation Store, & Various Other Retailers|
|Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart||$69.99||Amazon, GameStop, Newegg, Target, Best Buy, Adorama, PlayStation Store|
|Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy||From $39.99||Amazon and Various Other Retailers|
|Demon’s Souls||$69.99||Amazon, B&H, Target, Best Buy, PlayStation Store|
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade/Episode INTERmission
The original Final Fantasy VII Remake launched in 2020, but this year Sony released the upgraded version of the game for PS5. Titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the game is no different from the original when it comes to the actual content within the game. You do however get upgraded visuals and a faster frame rate option thanks to the PS5 hardware.
More importantly though, Intergrade comes with the new Episode INTERmission DLC which is new content. In this DLC you get to play as two new characters. Yuffie and Sonon. Though Sonon is more of a backup character and you can’t directly control him the way you can with Barret, Tifa, and Aerith as the main controlled character.
If you don’t already own the PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, then you can pick up the Intergrade version which comes with the Yuffie DLC as part of the bundle. If you do own the PS4 version, you get to upgrade to the PS5 version for free. You then pay just $20 for the Yuffie DLC.
In Episode INTERmission, you set out as Yuffie, coming to Midgar while working with Avalanche to infiltrate Shinra and steal its powerful new Ultimate Materia. It’s a wild and crazy ride that is definitely worth experiencing. Especially if you’ve played the original Final Fantasy VII from the 90s and you want a super dose of nostalgia.
Trek To Yomi
Trek To Yomi puts you in the shoes of a young samurai named Hiroki who is bound by duty to protect his village and the people he loves. Throughout his journey, Hiroki must deal with the tragedies of loss and confront the evils that will test his honor. Before finally deciding the path of his future.
Crossing between life and death is a big theme throughout the game. And its inspirations taken from Japanese Shinto mythology play a heavy role in telling Hiroki’s story. Featuring stylish sword combat, cinematic presentation, and multiple difficulty levels, Trek To Yomi is a gift to PlayStation owners wrapped with neat little bow. It also feels like a love letter to Akira Kurosawa films. Maybe more so than Ghost Of Tsushima (one of my personal favorite games) with its Kurosawa mode.
The game also features numerous collectible items that offer an enrichment to the lore, as well as enjoyable puzzles to mix up the gameplay and provide a brief break from the challenges of sword combat. Plus, at $20 this is definite must-have game.
Elden Ring is the latest FromSoftware game coming from Bandai Namco. Which means if you’re up for a brutal challenge then this is the game for you. Those who loved previous FromSoftware games will also want to check it out if they haven’t already done so.
Like those past games, Elden Ring delivers you up to a smattering of difficult boss fights and powerful weapons and armor. Unlike those past games though, Elden Ring takes place in a massive open world environment. Which means you can explore a lot more and doing so is encouraged. Because you never know what you might find. For many, this is easily going to be 2022’s game of the year. And it would be well-deserved. As this is definitely one of the best PS5 games to play right now.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Yakuza: Like A Dragon is the latest game in the long-running RPG series from SEGA. While it has been out for months in the US and more than a year in Japan, the PS5 version of the game just launched on March 2, making it a perfect game for this list.
This version takes advantage of all the upgrades and enhancements the PS5 has to offer. So expect better visuals and better frame rates. The story follows a completely new protagonist named Ichiban Kasuga instead of the well-known (and loved) Kazuma Kiryu.
It also takes a slightly different approach to combat. Moving from the action-based beat ’em up style combat to a turn-based style combat that is generally seen with JRPG titles. It still carries many of the same quirks as other Yakuza titles though.
So you can rest assured that it hasn’t abandoned the loveable weirdness that helped make those games so popular among fans. There’s also 15 mini-games that are absolutely worth playing if you need a departure from the main game every now and then. Which means you will have PLENTY of hours of gameplay with this title.
The entire game can be played solo, but it does also feature online play, which you will need a PlayStation Plus subscription to access.
Stray is a game in which you play the role of a stray cat who is trying to make it back to its family. During your adventure you’ll meet unlikely companions in a long-forgotten city who just might be able to help you accomplish your goal. Filled with mystery, intrigue, and wonderfully relaxing gameplay, Stray lets you see the world through the eyes of a cat in ways you never knew you wanted.
From climbing buildings to sleeping the day away, there’s lots to love here for cat fans. You’ll even stumble upon playful elements that make the whole experience even more worthwhile. Like a trophy where you get your head stuck in a paper bag after investigating what it is. At $30 (or free if you have PS Plus Extra or Premium), Stray is a must-have game for PS5.
Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII Reunion
- Price: From $49.99
- Where To Buy: Amazon
Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII Reunion is an absolute must-have game for PS5 owners. Released on December 13, this installment in the Final Fantasy series is a prequel to the Final Fantasy VII story. And if you’re planning to play Final Fantasy VII Remake, you definitely want to play this as well. While we personally feel players should experience the original Final Fantasy VII first, chronologically this game comes first.
But honestly, play them in any order you want. Just play this game. Crisis Core follows the story of Zack Fair, an up and coming member of SOLDIER who wants to be the hero. Fans who never got the chance to play the original Crisis Core on PSP, will finally get to see what people have been talking about all these years.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II
From the riveting campaign to the high-octane multiplayer, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is one of the best games on PS5 right now. Naturally, most people buy this game for the multiplayer. And it’s easy to see why this year. It’s insanely good. For starters, Infinity Ward has revamped the weapons system to include a varied and customizable weapon collection. You can add on all kinds of attachments like before, but now it feels like there’s more of them. You can even tune attachments to adjust the level of benefits they give your loadout.
On top of all that, unlocking and leveling weapons seems to be a lot easier than before. And if you’re not someone who plays this game 24/7, there’s always going to be something to unlock for a long time. Pair that with a good collection of modes, solid gun play, and an upcoming season one with the battle pass and even more new modes, and you have a real winner here. Call Of Duty is back and at the top of its game. This is the pinnacle of multiplayer shooters.
Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart is a must-play game even if you’ve never played any of the previous titles in the franchise. For one, it makes use of the cool new features on the DualSense controller. Something which not many games on the PS5 currently do.
Beyond that though, it’s just a fun game to play. There’s a wonderful story and gameplay overall leaves you feeling satisfied. It’s a title you can dive into and easily go blow through hours of it. Losing track of time because of how much fun you’re having.
Your job is to stop an interdimensional robot who aims to destroy cross-dimensional worlds. You’ll acquire new weapons and power ups that weren’t feature in previous games, and there’s even a gun which can bring items into the game world from other dimensions. Like the giant robot dinos from Horizon: Zero Dawn.
This is also a game that’s rated E for Everyone, which means it’s a cool game for players of a younger age. Compared to a lot of other games on this list, which are really not kid-friendly.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
This was hands down one of the best games of the year and certainly one of the most fun. If you haven’t played it yet, it’s highly recommended for the endearing story alone. While this is a game about fictional super heroes who defend the galaxy from otherworldly threats, it’s also a story about friendship and the bonds that you forge. And how you grow alongside each other to build even stronger bonds.
Of course, there’s some really excellent combat in the game too. And while it might not be as challenging as some prefer, there’s enough of a challenge to keep you on your toes. Overall, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was a wild ride through space that delivered fun of epic proportions. Which is why we gave it a glowing review.
Normally this game costs $60, but Amazon currently has it on sale for $40. So now is the time to pick it up.
Rounding out our list is probably the best PS5 game out right now. And is likely to be one of the best PS5 games of the console’s life cycle.
This version of Demon’s Souls is a faithful remake of the original that released for the PS3. And although there have been a few changes here and there, such as the overhauled graphics and a handful of different things like in-game items that weren’t available before, most of the game stays true to the original.
Combat is still punishing. And each encounter you finish is immensely rewarding. If you fancy the difficult games that come with a deep sense of accomplishment in knowing that it will be too hard for some to complete, don’t miss this one.
Once you get the hang of things, combat is extremely fun and you’ll no doubt spend hours replaying the game with new classes or trying out new tactics to beat certain encounters. Not to mention seeking out new and powerful gear to help you on the crazy journey of trying to get a platinum trophy.