The 14 best PlayStation 5 games

a female Eivor swings a weapon while fighting a group of enemies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla beginner’s guide

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla beginner’s guide

Astro jumping in Cooling Springs in Astro’s Playroom

A player stands in front of burning wreckage in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Woods stands in front of a fire in Black Ops Cold War

Woods stands in front of a fire in Black Ops Cold War

confronting a giant glowing enemy in Demon’s Souls (remake)

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Demon s Souls 20201113110239

Destiny 2 Europa Beyond Light

a team of six Guardians running through straw-colored grass in Destiny 2: Beyond Light

a team of six Guardians running through straw-colored grass in Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Vergil using Mirror’s Edge in Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

V, Nero and Dante walk stylishly in key art for Devil May Cry 5.

V, Nero and Dante walk stylishly in key art for Devil May Cry 5.

A car in Dirt 5 speeds through a snow and lightning storm

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dirt 3 screenshot

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers shouting in NBA 2K21 on PS5/Xbox Series X

Trae Young sizes up defender Giannis Antetokounmpo at midcourt in NBA 2K21

Trae Young sizes up defender Giannis Antetokounmpo at midcourt in NBA 2K21

Spider-Man swinging through the streets in Spider-Man: Miles Morales

an unmasked Miles Morales wearing the Spider-Man suit in Spider-Man: Miles Morales

an unmasked Miles Morales wearing the Spider-Man suit in Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Watch Dogs: Legion Recruitment Talker

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Watch Dogs Legion

Selene looks downcast in Returnal

Space pilot Selene, sporting several parasites in Returnal

Space pilot Selene, sporting several parasites in Returnal

The new Lombax character from Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet in his Carbonox armor holding the Pixelizer in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet in his Carbonox armor holding the Pixelizer in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

A man in a golden skull mask prepares to conjure a monster in Kojima Production’s Death Stranding

Norman Reedus standing in a white room in Death Stranding

Norman Reedus standing in a white room in Death Stranding

Colt kicks an enemy in Deathloop

Julianna aims a gun in Deathloop

Julianna aims a gun in Deathloop

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What are the best games on the PlayStation 5? If you’re among the lucky few who’ve obtained Sony’s new console (which is still suffering from supply and shipping issues) you’ll be wondering what to play. This is a living list of the best video games available on the platform, to be updated as more games come out.

Our recommendation lists here at Polygon ordinarily contain 22 games, because it’s a solid number that can encompass many different kinds of games. This list doesn’t have 22 picks because, well, the PS5 is still young. However, it does have backward-compatibility with PlayStation 4 games, so our list of the 22 best PS4 games will also serve you well.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

a female Eivor swings a weapon while fighting a group of enemies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Image: Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is securely a role-playing game with a stealth influence, instead of the other way around. It allows the player to enact both large-scale battles and quick assassinations while hidden within a crowd. The Vikings, too, introduce their own expression of stealth in their raids, where narrow longships sneak up to encampments to attack without warning. Eivor has an assassin’s blade, a gift given to her from Sigurd. Hers, though, is not hidden — she wears it atop her cloak, because she wants her foes to see their fates in her weapon. […]

Valhalla’s most intriguing story is one about faith, honor, and family, but it’s buried inside this massive, massive world stuffed with combat and side quests. That balance is not always ideal, but I’m glad, at least, that it forces me to spend more time seeking out interesting things in the game’s world. — Nicole Carpenter

Read our full review

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla beginner’s guide

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla beginner’s guide

| Image: Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft via Polygon

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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