16 best PS5 exclusive games including Spider-Man 2, God of War & more

16 best PS5 exclusive games including Spider-Man 2, God of War & more
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Joshua Boyles

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22nd Dec 2023 15:42

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The PS5 already has plenty of games worthy of being some of the best PlayStation exclusives, despite only releasing in 2020. Whether you've owned Sony's latest system from launch or you want to see what's out there after buying your own, there's absolutely no shortage of critically acclaimed titles to add to your library.

So, let's dive right into the greatest exclusives on the PS5 that you can play in 2024.

How we chose the best PS5 exclusives

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As is the nature of cross-platform releases at the moment, there are only a handful of actual 'PS5 exclusive' titles out there, leaving most of the picks on this list as PlayStation exclusives as opposed to one platform specific.

Furthermore, due to Sony's foray into the PC market, a number of these games are now available on PC, but that does not disqualify them from this list. To appear here, each game should not be available on Xbox or Nintendo consoles, and have a distinguished PS5 release that serves as the definitive edition of the game.

Best PS5 exclusive games in 2024

Honourable mention - Stray

Key art of Stray, one of the best PS5 exclusive games
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Stray details & key features:

  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Play as a cat (what more could you want?)
    • Stunning graphics and ambient soundtrack
    • Unique puzzles only a cat could do

Stray has been recategorised as an honourable mention, as it has recently made its debut on Xbox. If you’ve ever fantasised about being a cat in a cyberpunk city, then Stray is the game for you.

As described, you play as a ginger cat that must traverse through a hostile environment to uncover the secrets of this dark world. Along the way, you’ll make plenty of friends and complete all sorts of missions and side quests. All in all, it's a cute cat in a futuristic sci-fi adventure that is a wonderful PS5 exclusive experience. Purrfection. 

#16 - Ghosts of Tsushima: Director's Cut

Key art showing Jin crouched behind two foes in Ghosts of Tsushima
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Ghost of Tsushima details & key features:

  • Release date: 2021
  • Key Features:
    • Assassin's Creed-style gameplay
    • Emotional side-stories
    • Sword-based combat

For years, players have dreamed of playing an Assassin’s Creed game set in Feudal Japan. While that game is now finally on the way from Ubisoft, Sucker Punch Productions ended up beating them to the punch - creating one of the best PS5 exclusives too in the process.

Ghost of Tsushima is as close to a Fedual Japan Assassin’s Creed game as you can get, featuring incredible sword-based combat, lots of stealth, and plenty of collectables to uncover. This is all whilst set on a stunning island with loads of captivating characters and emotional stories to experience.

#15 - Horizon Forbidden West

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Horizon Forbidden West details & key features:

  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Enhanced graphics
    • Fantasy crossed with Science-Fiction
    • Robot Dinosaurs
    • Well-written sequel

Next up, another open-world title, this time from the team at Guerilla Games. If we were to pitch a game to you that featured robot dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic setting that bordered on high fantasy, you could hardly say no, right?

Well, that’s exactly what Horizon Forbidden West is. You’ll play as Aloy as you explore what remains of Western America, almost a thousand years after a disaster put the human race on a very different path. That’s all we’re saying for now - you’ll have to play the game to learn the rest of the story.

If you love open-world games or just want a game to sink hours and hours into, then Horizon Forbidden West will easily be one of the best PS5 exclusives to play. Also, if you buy the Complete Edition at a slightly higher price tag, you'll be treated to a plethora of extra content in the Burning Shores DLC.

#14 - Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure details & key features:

  • Release date: 2020
  • Key features:
    • 3D platformer
    • Family-friendly
    • Iconic character

Switching lanes a bit, we have a 3D platformer that’s fun for all the family. Sackboy has been a staple character of PlayStation-exclusive titles for years, and he’s finally made the jump from 2D to 3D.

In Sackboy: A Big Adventure, you and a friend can co-op your way through this entire game whilst collecting new costumes, solving all sorts of puzzles, and enjoying some of the best-designed levels we’ve seen in this generation so far.

If you're looking for a PS5 exclusive that is easy to play if you're new to gaming, or just want to have lots of fun with a great family game, then Sackboy: A Big Adventure is the one for you.

#13 - Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Nathan, Sam Drake, and Sully in the Uncharthed: Legacy of Thieves collection, one of the best PS5 exclusive games
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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection details & key features

  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Final games in the series
    • Plenty of puzzles to solve and tombs to raid
    • Two games in one

When it comes to gaming icons exploring tombs, two names spring to mind. But while Lara Croft has made her way to other consoles, Nathan Drake has stayed firmly on PlayStation and this collection of his final titles in the Uncharted series is the perfect swansong.

By combining Uncharted 4 with Lost Legacy, the Legacy of Thieves Collection is two games rolled into one, and creates a definitive and finely crafted duo of daring adventures.

#12 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade details & key features

  • Release date: 2021
  • Key features:
    • Enhanced version of the iconic remake
    • First part of a remake trilogy
    • New adventures playing as Yuffie

Undoubtedly, Final Fantasy 7 is a classic that has remained in the hearts of gamers for generations. When the long-awaited Remake was released on PS4, it was only a matter of time before it was ported over to the PS5.

However, this wasn't just any port. Featuring enhanced graphics, Haptic Feedback and a whole new Intermission chapter that allowed you to play as Yuffie Kisaragi, Final Fantasy Remake Intergrade became the definitive way to play this version. With Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with Cloud and Yuffie in the cities and slums of Midgar.

#11 - Astro's Playroom

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Astro's Playroom details & key features

  • Release date: 2020
  • Key features:
    • Comes pre-installed on the console
    • Demonstrates PS5 features
    • Pays homage to PlayStation titles

Astro's Playroom immediately emerges as one of the best PS5 exclusives that you can play once you pick up your console as you don't even need to pay for it. The excellent platformer comes built-in with every PlayStation 5 that Sony sells and ideally should be the first game you boot up.

It offers an outstanding demonstration of the new PS5 features like haptic feedback, lightning-fast load times, and stunning graphics. If you want to show off your console to a friend or even just yourself, then Astro's Playroom is the title you'll want to boot up.

#10 - Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales details & key features

  • Release date: 2020
  • Key features:
    • Bridges the gap between the first and second games
    • New combat mechanics and haptic feedback
    • New story centred exclusively on Miles

There are few superheroes more iconic than Spider-Man, and some of the best web-slinging games are exclusive to PS5. While many gamers laud the original Spider-Man PS4 game as the one to play, Miles Morales is arguably a more enjoyable title for some.

For starters, the electrified combat system makes Miles a joy to control, both whilst traversing the snow-filled streets of Christmastime New York and fighting crime. In addition, his story shows a different side to both his character and the city he lives in. Spider-Man (2018) may be grander, but Miles Morales is more personal.

Plus, if you want to enjoy the story of the latest game in the series, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, having Miles Morales' namesake game to bridge the gaps makes seeing the next steps in his arc all the more exciting.

#9 - Gran Turismo 7

Key art of driving a car in Gran Turismo 7, one of the best PS5 exclusive games
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Gran Turismo 7 details & key features

  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • PSVR2 compatible
    • Stunning graphics
    • Vast collection of cars

Let’s shift things into fifth gear - if racing games are your passion, then there’s one clear option for you to try: Gran Turismo 7. Featuring an impressive collection of both cars and tracks, this is a motorhead's dream game.

What’s more, Gran Turismo 7 is instantly one of the best-looking games on PS5, boasting stunning graphics that are rendered in 4K and 60fps in most situations. If you’re lucky enough to own a PSVR2 unit, this game can be played entirely with the headset, too.

#8 - Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

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Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart details & key features

  • Release date: 2021
  • Key features:
    • Fast movement thanks to SSD
    • Second instalment of the reboot series
    • Technically impressive

Of all the games on this list, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart may be the most technically impressive. Utilising the super speedy SSD technology, this game lets you zip around the game world at lightning speed with the use of portals.

Returning not only beloved PlayStation characters, but also introducing a few new ones, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is easily one of the best PS5 exclusive games that you can play in 2023, making full use of the new console's excellent hardware.

#7 - Returnal

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Returnal details & key features

  • Release date: 2021
  • Key features:
    • Ambient soundtrack
    • Roguelike mechanics
    • Space adventure with alien visuals

If you love roguelikes, then Returnal is the perfect PS5 exclusive for you to pick up. Serving as one of the few PlayStation games right now that you can only play on the PS5, Returnal offers a gruelling space adventure about uncovering the mysteries of an uncharted planet.

Loop upon loop will give you new tools and tricks to take down Returnal's many dangerous foes, and this game can easily eat up your nights as you sit there saying to yourself 'Just one more run'. If you love the horrors of space, then Returnal will be the right pickup for you.

#6 - God of War: Ragnarok

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God of War: Ragnarok details & key features

  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Combat is as fun as ever
    • Concludes the Norse-saga
    • Epic story and performances

Released just last year, God of War: Ragnarok is the sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War game from 2018. Continuing the story of both Kratos and Atreus, this game will see you traverse all nine of the Norse realms, encountering plenty of other gods and monsters along the way.

If some of the best third-person combat and a jaw-dropping narrative is something that tickles your fancy, then God of War: Ragnarok is an excellent PS5 exclusive game for you to consider. If you end up loving the game as much as we do, you can even treat yourself to the free post-game Valhalla DLC that was announced during the 2023 Game Awards. 

#5 - Demon’s Souls

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Demon's Souls details & key features

  • Release date: 2020
  • Key features:
    • Challenging yet fair combat
    • Particle effects to showcase PS5 graphics
    • Remake of the genre-defining game

Elden Ring was released in 2022 to a ridiculous amount of praise - and for good reason. However, have you ever wondered about the very first Soulsborne game developed by FromSoftware?

Demon's Souls was originally released back in 2009, but this remake from 2020 shows a version of the game that was completely rebuilt from the ground up. If you've fallen in love with the challenging yet fair combat that the Souls series has come to be known for, then Demon's Souls will certainly be one of the best PS5 exclusives that you can play right now in 2023.

#4 - Death Stranding Director's Cut

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Death Stranding Director's Cut details & key features

  • Release date: 2021
  • Key features:
    • Intriguing story
    • Relaxing when not in combat
    • Sweeping landscapes

While it might not be for everyone, Death Stranding Director's Cut is the definitive way to play one of our favourite titles, and easily one of the best PS5 exclusive games out there right now.

Death Stranding was already a phenomenal visual achievement back on PS4, but with the upgrade to 60fps in stunning 4K visuals, it doesn't get much better than this. If you love grand narratives, and find the prospect of walking across a post-apocalyptic wasteland appealing, then you should pick up Death Stranding Director's Cut for more.

#3 - Marvel's Spider-Man 2

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Marvel's Spider-Man 2 details & key features

  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features:
    • Juiced-up web-swinging through the Big Apple
    • Plenty of cameos from the extended Spider-Man universe
    • Stunning story with relatable characters

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 brings together Peter Parker and Miles Morales in one bombastic outing. Facing off against both Kraven and Venom, while also coming to terms with their own personal quandaries, playing as these two Spider-Men has never felt better.

To get the most out of this game, you'll likely need to play the previous two Spider-Man games before it. We're not complaining, though - those are also two fantastic Spider-Man experiences in their own right, and will only hype you up to learn more about the story of this exciting Marvel universe.

#2 - Final Fantasy 16

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Final Fantasy 16 details & key features

  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features:
    • Epic Eikon fights
    • Pet Torgal (he is a good boy)
    • Strong fantasy narrative

The latest mainline entry in the iconic JRPG series, Final Fantasy 16 has quickly rocketed to being one of the most critically acclaimed games of the year so far.

Along with the remake of Final Fantasy 7, the PS5 is quickly becoming the console that can best showcase how far the series has graphically come. Utilising the DualSense's Haptic Feedback for some intense kaiju-sized fights, Final Fantasy 16 is the PS5 at its peak, and a fantastical adventure that shouldn't be missed - especially now the Echoes of the Fallen DLC is out with more on the way..

What is the best PS5-exclusive game in 2024?

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Our pick for the best PS5 exclusive game in is The Last of Us Part 1, which remains one of the best games ever a decade after its initial release. While there were some questions surrounding the need for this remake - as we highlighted in our review - it still stands tall as our number one choice, especially if you've never had the chance to play it before.

If you’ve just finished watching HBO’s incredible adaptation of The Last of Us, then why not pick up the game where it all began? While the original game was first released way back in 2013, this version of The Last of Us is a stunning remake crafted for the PS5. 

The Last of Us Part 1 includes all of the same story content that the original did, and may even provide a little more context to some of the scenes from the show - with its remade graphics making it look like a PlayStation 5 original.

Featuring stealth and action gameplay that pits you against humans and clickers alike, The Last of Us Part 1 has it all, and it looks stunning on PS5.

If you're keen to learn more about all things PlayStation, then make sure to check out our dedicated page for all of the latest news and guides.

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Joshua is the Guides Editor at GGRecon. After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism, he previously wrote for publications such as FragHero and GameByte. You can often find him diving deep into fantasy RPGs such as Skyrim and The Witcher, or tearing it up in Call of Duty and Battlefield. He's also often spotted hiking in the wilderness, usually blasting Arctic Monkeys.

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