The best PS5 games of 2022 (2023)

Since the launch of the Playstation 5 in 2020, there haven't been too many games developed for Sony's newest generation console. But just because the quantity of games is low doesn't sacrifice the quality of the games currently on the market.

Finding the right game is tough, and frankly, at $70 per game, you don't want to wind up purchasing a game you won't enjoy. So here are ZDNET's top games currently out for the Playstation 5.

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Pros & Cons

pros

  • Lots of story-mode content
  • Different graphic settings to enhance your experience
  • Amazing visuals

cons

  • Lead character is somewhat dull
  • Story can be predictable at times

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File Size: 63.9 GB | Release Date: 7/17/2020|# of Players: 1

This open-world adventure game holds Jin Sakai, the main character, roaming the land in hopes he will be able to reclaim Tsushima. After the Mongols defeated the samurai forces, Jin has to make a major decision on what he wants to do.

With over 45 hours of story content with side-quests, this game keeps gamers busy and tells an incredible story that will make the controller hard to put down. Much like the Assassin's Creed franchise, this game is inspired by true events, but fictional events are added to assist the gameplay.

Pros & Cons

pros

  • Same game, but incredible technology enhancements
  • Phenomenal graphics

cons

  • Some changes are deemed unnecessary by critics

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File Size: 79GB | Release Date: 9/2/2022| # of Players: 1

One of the most popular games on Playstation 4 has now made its debut on the PS5. For those who have yet to play The Last of Us, now is the best time to do so with incredible improvements over the PS4 version.

After a pandemic rummages through the US, the protagonist, Joel, must find Ellie, a 14-year-old girl from a military quarantine zone. But, what seemed like a small job at first turned into a long, hard trip for Joel as he makes his way across the country.

Pros & Cons

pros

  • Loads of content included with the game
  • Incredible graphics
  • More to the game than just racing

cons

  • Frame rate can be low at times
  • Not every track has rain

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File Size: 110 GB | Release Date: 3/4/2022 | # of Players: 1-20

When it comes to most racing simulators, you probably think of iRacing, Factor, or Assetto Corsa as the most realistic. With the newest installment of the Gran Turismo franchise, you get an authentic racing experience on the console.

The biggest problem with most console racing games is the AI, or the "computer" as some call it. Gran Turismo has developed an AI system called GT Sophy which hasn't been able to be beaten by even the best sim-racers on the game. With an AI as competitive as GT Sophy, offline racing will get a major revamp in this historic franchise.

The game contains tracks from Daytona International Speedway, the home of the Daytona 500, to Mount Panorama Circuit, otherwise known as Bathurst. A racing game this advanced hasn't been seen on Playstation 5 yet, but this game could be a classic for years to come.

Pros & Cons

pros

  • Much-improved franchise mode
  • Skill-based passing makes its debut

cons

  • Gameplay commentary is the same it has been for years
  • Gameplay and graphics haven't changed from the last version

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File size: 50GB | Release date: 8/19/22 | # of players: 1-4

Electronic Arts, otherwise known as EA, is the leader in the gaming industry when it comes to sports games. While the company typically hasn't had the greatest reputation with its loyal fan base, this edition of Madden is changing the path.

Madden NFL 23 sees a much-improved franchise mode with players now showing how much they want to stay with the team. Additionally, you are able to scout college athletes more in-depth and can even download user-created rosters from the cloud to scout real college players in the game. Other game modes like Ultimate Team and Play Now haven't changed much, but they don't really need to be changed.

While yes, this Madden game is just another installment of the historic franchise, this game is worth getting. EA listened to their fans, or critics, and made the necessary changes to create another great game.

Pros & Cons

pros

  • Over 20 maps in multiplayer
  • Cross-platform play

cons

  • World War II setting seems to bore players
  • Hard to tell enemies apart from allies in online multiplayer

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File Size: 64.13 GB | Release Date: 11/5/2021 | # of Players: 1-48

The Call of Duty franchise is quite impressive. Since the first game of the series was made in 2003, over 400 million people have purchased a Call of Duty game.

While the past few years have featured very futuristic games with jetpacks and mega-jumps, Call of Duty: Vanguardthrows it back to World War II, which has been a major reason this installment didn't meet the developer's expectations.

But, the multiplayer is far improved from Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold Warwhich was released in 2020. Ultimately, if you're looking for a new FPS and love the Call of Duty games from the past, this is for you.

What is the best PS5 game right now?

Ghost of Tsushima is the best game available on Playstation 5 currently due to its incredible amount of story content and unbelievable visuals.

Here's a table of everything you need to know about these games.

Best PS5 game

Price

Avg. time to beat story

Storage required

Ghost of Tsushima

$69.99

45 Hours

63.9 GB

The Last of Us Part 1

$69.99

16 Hours

79 GB

Gran Turismo 7

$69.99

33.5 Hours

110 GB

Madden NFL 23

$69.99

N/A

50 GB

Call of Duty: Vanguard

$44.99

8.5 Hours

64.13 GB

Which is the right PS5 game right now for you?

Finding the right game to fit your interests is tough. Consider these suggestions before purchasing your new game.

Choose this PS5 game…

If you want…

Ghost of Tsushima

A historic story game with lots of content

The Last of Us Part 1

A remastered version of one of the most popular games of all-time

Gran Turismo 7

A realistic racing simulator on console

Madden NFL 23

An advanced sports game

Call of Duty: Vanguard

A classic FPS with advanced graphics and detailed maps

How did we choose these PS5 games?

Included in this list are games that'll satisfy everyone's cup of tea. From sports games to incredibly long story games, this list has it all.

When choosing these games, we looked at features, story length, as well as popularity. In addition, I personally played both Gran Turismo 7 and Madden NFL 23 and loved my experience on both of them.

There really are games for everyone on the newest Playstation. With today's technology, you can't go wrong with any of these titles.

Where can I get a PS5?

Due to a chip shortage that developed in 2020 and is continuing today, the newest Playstation is still in high demand but low supply. Walmart, Amazon, and Playstation Direct typically have them, but you must act fast because they sell out in seconds.

Can I use PS4 disks on a PS5?

Yes. The PS5 is backwards-compatible meaning you are able to use PS4 disks in your PS5.

Are there alternative PS5 games worth considering?

There are plenty of games out there and these five might be the right ones for you. Here are some other games that didn't make the cut but are still incredible titles.

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