PS5 launch games: All the PlayStation 5 titles you can buy now
The PS5 has more than Demon's Souls and Miles Morales.
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Super hard action adventure games are now described as "like Dark Souls but." Demon's Souls was the precursor to Dark Souls, released by From Software back in 2009, two years before the studio hit big with Dark Souls. Demon's Souls is now being remade exclusively for the PlayStation 5.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure takes the hero from LittleBigPlanet and gives him a more traditional 3D platformer. Developed by Sumo Digital, the team behind LittleBigPlanet 3 and Forza Horizon 2, this game will be worth playing if it has half the charm of LittleBigPlanet.
Godfall is a new IP, and it looks gnarly. Set in a fantasy world and published by Gearbox, which develops the Borderlands series, it's an action RPG that puts you in control of one of the last members of the elite Knights Order. We don't know a whole lot about the game or its story yet, but it looks like it has plenty of potential.
In Bugsnax, you play an investigative reporter who travels to a mysterious island that, a source tells you, is inhabited by half-bug half-snack creatures. When you get there, you find that your source has gone missing. This colorful adventure game is from the same developers who brought you Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which means it's likely to be quirky, funny and just a touch strange.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked! All You Can Eat crams together Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and all the DLC for both games, upgrades all of that to 4K and 60 frames-per-second gameplay, and drops it on the PS5 on launch day.
Astro's Playroom is a cutesy platformer that comes loaded onto every PS5 console. It's essentially a tech demo that'll show you what the PlayStation 5 hardware -- both the console itself, as well as the DualSense controller -- is capable of. But "tech demo" may be underselling it, as its predecessor, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, is highly regarded.
Twisted Metal this is not, but vehicular mayhem is making its way back to PlayStation. This exclusive, from Lucid Games, is an automotive combat game that takes place in huge arenas in which you'll destroy each other for the pleasure of millions.
In 2016 Abzû launched and hypnotized many with its art style. Now its developer, Giant Squid, is launching its follow up game, The Pathless. Following an archer's journey through a forest, it looks similarly dazzling.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes you to 873AD, when the Vikings begin expanding into England and Europe. It's launching on Nov. 10 on every other console, with the PlayStation 5 version releasing alongside the console on Nov. 12.
NBA 2K21 is already playable on current-generation consoles, but makes the jump to the PS5 on Nov. 12. Slightly controversially, it'll cost you an extra $10 on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Borderlands 3 is coming to both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on their respective launch days. It takes the PS4/Xbox One version and kicks it up to 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second. More importantly, there'll be gameplay upgrades: The inclusion of local split-screen co-op play, a new game mode, and added skill trees for all character classes. Best of all, if you already own it on PS4 you can play it on your PS5 for free.
Fortnite is coming to both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Epic Games says the game will be optimized for its launch on next-gen hardware and will next year migrate from Unreal Engine 4, the architecture it's currently built on, to Unreal Engine 5 sometime next year. That'll be where the big changes come.
No Man's Sky: The Next Generation
If you missed No Man's Sky back at its 2016 launch, now may be a smart time to give it a whirl. The game, which received a lukewarm reception upon release, has been drastically improved over the years. The version for PlayStation 5 coming out at launch features improved graphics, 4K resolution and 32-player multiplayer. You'll get a free upgrade if you already own the PS4 version.
Maneater is an RPG game in which you take control of a shark, eat humans and destroy rival oceanic carnivores. It launched back in May for current-gen consoles, where it received some solid feedback for being a fresh idea, and now it's getting a next-gen brush up for the PS5 at launch.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Some good news: If you own Destiny 2 on PS4, you'll get a free copy of the game on PS5. More good news: Beyond Light, a major expansion for Destiny 2 that Bungie says will mark a new era for the franchise, will be available on launch day.
OK, technically this isn't a launch game. But it's close enough: Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War hits the PlayStation 5 on Nov. 13, a day after the console's release. That's the same day it launches on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.
Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 is getting the same treatment as the likes of Borderlands, with a version optimized for Xbox Series X. Like Borderlands 3, it'll use Smart Delivery to upgrade copies already owned on PS4. Good timing too, as a new character pack includes freakin' Rambo. Unfortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 won't be available on day 1, but rather starting Nov. 17.