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10 SONY PS5 GAMES YOUNG GAMERS NEED TO PLAY


A PlayStation 5 propped up against magenta and blue lights.

PlayStation 5 has led the charge when it comes to next-gen consoles. It has the Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch beat as far as high dynamic range (HDR) graphics go—so it’s no surprise that PS5 keeps flying off the shelves.


Apart from the exquisite HDR graphics, Sony PS5 offers a range of exclusive and non-exclusive games on offer that have evolved alongside the console. As developers have ironed out the kinks in the now three-year-old consoles, the gaming experience has improved for both amateur and seasoned gamers.


Alas! We’re not here to review how the console has improved over the years—you can find that in our online gaming reviews section. We’re here to see which games on this opulent obelisk you can play to make the best of its 4K visuals and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it load times.


Today, we'll focus on the razzmatazz of the top-notch Sony PS5 games worth every minute of your gaming time.



Demon's Souls

Get ready to challenge your skills and your patience because Demon's Souls is here to push you to the limit. Set in the imaginary kingdom of Boletaria, Demon’s Souls is shrouded in all the darkness and chaos that makes these action role-playing games so good.


You'll play the chosen one, on a mission to face monstrous demons and bring light back to the world. Shadow and Bone, anyone? Slightly kitschy plot notwithstanding, this video game doesn't hold your hand; it's all about skill, strategy, and grit—the survival of the fittest and all that.


The breathtaking graphics and intense combat will have you on the edge of your seat. It's not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are totally worth it. Get ready to get good before the going gets tough.



C-Smash VRS

C-Smash VRS game characters immersed in a virtual squash match in space, featuring the C-Smash VRS logo.
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Do you like playing or watching squash? Do you enjoy your fair share of space facts? If you like one or both of those things, you and your friend are in for a treat with C-Smash VRS, a game that lets you play squash in space!


It is the perfect fusion of squash and Breakout for PlayStation VR2, offering an exhilarating experience where precision is everything. Using the advanced motion controllers, you'll feel every nuance of your swings, making it an immersive workout.


Though it demands some space and online play can be tricky, the haptics and stylish aesthetics more than make up for it. With replayable challenges and additional content on the horizon, C-Smash VRS is a must-have for those who own a PSVR2 headset, delivering a modern take on classic gameplay and highly personal experiences.



Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy runs through a zany, colorful world, surrounded by other curious characters.
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Sackboy: A Big Adventure is all about fun with friends. It features Sackboy, who is on a quest to stop the evil Vex and save the world. But the real fun begins when you play with friends.


Grab your buddies, either in person or online, and take Sackboy on an epic journey inside a multiplayer arena filled with vibrant levels and creative obstacles. It's the ultimate co-op experience that's bound to keep you laughing and challenging each other. Team up today and take on imaginative challenges, puzzles, and boss battles.



Death Stranding: Director's Cut

Death Stranding character Cliff Unger stands fully suited, a baby floating above his hands.
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Death Stranding is back with a bang on SonyPS5 in its Director's Cut edition. It is bigger and better than before, offering improved visuals and seamlessly integrated new content, albeit at a steep price of $59.99.


If you're new to the game, this is the ultimate way to experience it, complete with fresh missions and gameplay enhancements. For fans of the original, these new missions offer a breath of fresh air.


Plus, with features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3D audio, the game becomes more immersive than ever. In a world where couriers are the beating heart of a post-apocalyptic America, Death Stranding's story feels oddly relevant. It's a game that truly comes to life on the PlayStation 5 and deserves a spot in your gaming collection.



Astro's Playroom

A joyful image capturing Astro Bot and other colorful characters from Astro’s Playroom.
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Astro's Playroom serves up a trip down memory lane for gamers. It's not just a tech demo; it's a whole bunch of fun with tongue-in-cheek humor and trivia galore.


Join Astro Bot in a platforming adventure that takes you through the history of PlayStation. Traverse vibrant and creative levels, packed with references to iconic PlayStation games and hardware. It's a fun trip for gaming enthusiasts and an ode to the gaming console itself, one that’s bound to make you smile.



Deathloop

Imagine being stranded on the mind-boggling Blackreef Island, where every day is déjà vu. That's the wild premise of Deathloop, an RPG where you play Colt, an assassin on a mission to break this vicious time loop. The catch? You've got a single day to off the bad guys. Julianna, one of these baddies, is hunting you down, so watch your back! Despite the intricate time-looping, it's all about a heist story in reverse, full of suspense and exploration.


Blackreef is divided into four zones, each with its own morning, noon, afternoon, and evening. These times matter because what you do earlier affects later events. If you mess with a villain’s fireworks in the morning, expect fireworks of a different kind in the evening. But don't fret; the game guides you clearly with map markers.


Now, Deathloop might seem like a roguelike, but it's more forgiving. Lives (you've got two per day) are precious, but you don't lose everything when you kick the bucket. Plus, the knowledge you gain stays with you, making each run more of a learning experience than a punishment.


In Blackreef, there's no day/night cycle. If you enter a level in the morning, it stays morning until you leave or finish the job. Time ticks forward in chunks, starting from morning and circling back. This setup lets you explore at your own pace, and trust us, you'll want to. The more you dig, the more you uncover about the island, the baddies, and yourself. It's all about finding secrets and hidden gear while you wrestle with the time loop.


Ready for a temporal rollercoaster? Our gaming community’s got your back!



Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Kena, the young spirit guide, stands amidst a breathtaking, ethereal world. She is surrounded by enchanting spirits and the lovable Rot, ready to embark on an action-packed adventure.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t your average video game. It's an artistic journey that appeals to both the senses and the heart. In this action-adventure, you step inside the shoes of Kena, a young spirit guide, on a quest to liberate trapped spirits and take on the wicked Rot. It's the perfect fusion of combat and heartfelt storytelling, set in a world that's nothing short of breathtaking.


Kena's combat moves are smooth, and the puzzles are brilliantly crafted, with the loveable Rotpitching in for both battles and brainteasers. The game's tempo is spot on, offering intense, action-packed sequences and a captivating story stitched with immersive moments, all accompanied by a stellar soundtrack.


While it's not the lengthiest game out there, it compensates with quality and plenty of side adventures to keep you entertained. All said, the PS5 game is an emotional and visually stunning ride that'll resonate with you long after you put down the controller.



God of War Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok character Kratos is shown in combat, with a backdrop of an otherworldly Norse jungle.
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Your favorite franchise is back with God of War Ragnarok, where Kratos, Atreus, and Mimir find themselves navigating the treacherous Norse wilds during a cruel winter.


Kratos, burdened by the weight of his past mistakes, is determined to shield Atreus from the brutal lessons he learned during his conflicts with the gods. He's on a mission to keep his son safe, and their clash with Baldur reinforces the belief that meddling with the Aesir only leads to tragedy. Together, they face a pivotal choice that will determine the fate of the Nine Realms as Ragnarok looms ever closer. If you have no clue what we’re talking about, don’t worry. Getting in on the shenanigans with no context is half the fun!


Combat in God of War Ragnarok promises to be a formidable challenge, with a fresh array of enemies drawn from Norse mythology to test your skills. The realms have turned more unforgiving, and you'll venture into previously inaccessible realms like Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard, along with new areas within familiar locations.


From vibrant, otherworldly jungles to intricate underground mining networks, this latest installment introduces a stunning variety of locations, making it the most diverse and interesting God of War game yet. There’s never a dull moment with Kratos and Atreus at the helm, that’s for sure!


Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II characters Mono and Six stand on top of a pile of rubble in the midst of an eerie night time scene.
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With Little Nightmares III set to release in 2024, now is the perfect time to check out what Little Nightmares II is all about. The PS5 game takes you on a hair-raising ride through a world of haunting beauty and unrelenting dread. You’ll play Mono, an unfortunately-named boy trapped in a nightmarish realm, guided by Six—the star of the first game.


Together, you’ll navigate through grotesque and spine-chilling landscapes, solving puzzles and evading bone-chilling foes. The level of detail in the video game's design is astonishing, drawing you into a surreal and unsettling reality. What makes Little Nightmares II truly stand out is its ability to convey a story without words. The silence of the characters, combined with the atmospheric soundtrack, creates a sense of unease at every turn. The world-building is nothing short of exceptional, offering a disturbing commentary on power, control, and vulnerability.


The gameplay straddles the line between horror and puzzles. Instead of confronting your adversaries head-on, you'll need to outsmart them, intensifying the feeling of vulnerability and suspense. With each new chapter, the game introduces fresh mechanics, ensuring that things never get dull.


In a world where many horror games rely on violence and gore, Little Nightmares II offers a refreshing and genuinely chilling take on the genre. If you're into psychological horror and enjoy games that keep you captivated without all the messy gore of slasher flicks, this one's a must-play. It's a dark, enthralling masterpiece that will seep into your nightmares and leave you craving for more (gaming time, not nightmares).



Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is brought to us by the wizards at Insomniac Games, and it’s the sequel we've all been waiting for. In this one, Miles Morales takes center stage, and the game dives headfirst into his journey as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.


The Sony PS5 offering is a visual stunner from the get-go. The console’s power brings Harlem's snowy streets to life with jaw-dropping graphics. Swinging through the city is a rush like no other, and Miles' Venom powers kick combat up a notch. Serving up venom blasts and cloaking for sneak attacks makes you feel like a total boss.


The story has a heart and tackles deep themes like identity and community. It’s also about diversity and representation, giving us a Spider-Man for a new generation. In the world of superhero games, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an absolute gem. It's a true next-gen experience, mixing incredible graphics, a captivating story, and electrifying gameplay. Are you a Spidey superfan or just looking for an epic gaming adventure? Miles Morales is your guy!



Let the Games Begin!

The Sony PS5 is a gaming powerhouse, and these games are the perfect way to make the most of it. Pick up your controller and embark on unforgettable adventures, face terrifying challenges, and explore stunning virtual worlds.


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