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Holiday 2021 Gift Guide – Great PS4, PS5 Games To Buy This Holiday Season

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday 2021 Gift Guide – Great PS4, PS5 Games To Buy This Holiday Season – With the holiday season soon upon us, there is no shortage of great PlayStation games that you can give to your loved ones. Including only the very greatest PS4 games and PS5 games, our 2021 PlayStation holiday gift guide will ensure that you get the best gifts this holiday season. Also don’t forget all PS4 games mentioned in this guide can be played on PS5 too! For further reading, you can check out our in-depth PS5 guide, PS4 games that give free PS5 upgrades guide, all the best PS5 games available, all PS5 games that have enhanced graphics, PS5 games that support crossplay, PS4 games that run at 60 FPS on PS5 and our feature which details all the PS5 games that perform better than the Xbox Series X versions.

Holiday 2021 Gift Guide – Great PS4, PS5 Games To Buy This Holiday Season


A Short Hike

  • What is it – A Short Hike is exactly what it says on the tin – a brief dalliance up a series of paths carved out by nature. That said however, it is also much more than that, as A Short Hike soon reveals itself to be a super relaxed and wholesome tale of exploration that has players uncovering nature’s bounty and discovering something new about themselves in the process. At just 1-2 hours long (though longer if you want to do everything), A Short Hike is the sort of unobtrusive, soul-affirming adventure that all of us could do with fitting into our busy schedules.
  • Who would like it – Fans of chilled out indie games and exploration
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite

  • What is it – Strap on your pulse rifle, light your flamethrower and prime your automated machine gun turrets because Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a bombastically violent co-operative shooter which throws you and a bunch of friends face first into the Xenomorph menace. With many different types of Xenomorphs to deal with and a range of classes to use and objectives to complete, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is basically Left 4 Dead with aliens and any fan of the movies will be super happy with it to say the least.
  • Who would like it – Fans of FPS games, aliens, horror and co-op shooters.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Back 4 Blood

  • What is it – The spirit of Left 4 Dead returns in Back 4 Blood – a spiritual successor to that classic zombie FPS of old that comes from the same developer no less. Strap up and strap in as you and up to three other players (or computer controlled bots) put your wits (and your substantial firepower) against a seemingly endless and surprisingly intelligent zombie horde. Throw in some stunning visuals, oodles of gooey horror and a clever card loadout system and it becomes clear that Back 4 Blood would make for a cracking time of shooting up zombies over the holiday period.
  • Who would like it – Fans of FPS games, zombies and horror.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Battlefield 2042

  • What is it – Stepping away from the dusty battlegrounds of WW1 and WW2 respectively, Battlefield 2042 brings EA’s marquee FPS franchise screaming into the near future. While 128 player encounters across massive maps with dynamic weather and destruction are certainly impressive to say the least, Battlefield 2042 really excels with its Battlefield Portal mode which allows players endless freedom to customise the action, pitting units and vehicles against each other from different time periods. Want to see how well a WW2 Russian sniper fares against a contemporary specialist? Well, you can have at it. Battlefield 2042 is the deepest and most sprawling Battlefield game to date.
  • Who would like it – Fans of FPS games, Battlefield games and military shooters.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Bonfire Peaks

  • What is it – A stunning indie effort that combines heart-rending melancholy with endlessly smart puzzle design, Bonfire Peaks has players climbing the titular peak and burning their possessions along the way in order to shed the skin of their current (previous?) life. Tasking players to burn their belongings in a variety of different, diorama style isometric block puzzles, Bonfire Peaks is a beautiful little game that dutifully taxes the old grey matter as it does to pull on those heartstrings.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games and puzzles.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Call of Duty: Vanguard

  • What is it – The latest entry in Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Vanguard whisks players back to the familiar stomping grounds of the Second World War. The difference this time however, is that players take control of a special unit of elite soldiers from Russia, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom to mention just a few, as they go to head to head with the Third Reich in a number of key battles that help to turn the tide of the war. Throw in the very latest version of the series fan favorite Zombies mode, in addition to a raft of other modes and Call of Duty: Vanguard soon cements itself as a must have shooter.
  • Who would like it – Fans of FPS games, Call of Duty games and World War II.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Deathloop

  • What is it – While Arkane Lyon no longer make PlayStation games on account of their absorption into Microsoft’s fold, it’s perhaps then quite fitting that their swansong for PlayStation 5 is Deathloop, a stunningly ambitious FPS that blends together the studio’s penchant for physical shooter goodness with elements of roguelike design. As an assassin looking to break a timeloop on an island tailor built for nihilistic hedonism, Deathloop has players re-living the same day over and over – but gaining new powers, clues and insights into the story with each rise of the morning sun. Witty, stuffed full of clever dialogue, endlessly experimental and dripping into retrofuturism, Deathloop is as essential as it gets.
  • Who would like it – Fans of first-person shooters, Dishonored and clever sci-fi.
  • Available on: PS5 only

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Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

  • What is it – Arguably the definitive version of Hideo Kojima’s most recent (and many might argue) most eccentric opus, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut not only provides the now customary visual boost with improved environments, character models and 4K resolution/60 frames per second modes to boot, but it also encompasses a raft of new activities, tweaks and additional missions. Want to play Hideo Kojima’s ponderous but epic third-person adventure but have been sat squarely on the fence? Then Death Stranding: Director’s Cut should absolutely be your next jam.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima games.
  • Available on: PS5 only

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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

  • What is it – An eye-opening amalgam of a point and click detective adventure with the sort of deep writing one might expect to read in an Alan Moore novel, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut brings the award-winning offbeat adventure to PlayStation in stunning fashion. As a trouserless detective that has just awoken from a hangover so severe it has quite literally broken your brain, you must gather your wits (or not) and attempt to solve a murder with your loyal partner which could have massive ramifications for the world and everyone in it. Offbeat, brash and never less than absolutely whipsmart witty, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is the sprawling and boundlessly ambitious detective adventure that you’ve always wanted.
  • Who would like it – Fans of point and click adventures, detective adventures and deep novels.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Dreams

  • What is it – A construction suite that is built for anyone of all ages to use, Dreams allows players to create stories, games and even entire worlds from scratch with a limitless number of tools to make their dreams a reality. Not only that, Dreams supports the less creative too, as players can simply download the creations of others and play those instead should they so choose. There’s nothing quite like it on the market today.
  • Who would like it – Those who are creative, enjoy building things and trying out new gaming experiences.
  • Available on: PS4

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Eldest Souls

  • What is it – Fast paced and packed with ferocious combat, Eldest Souls puts players in control of a lone warrior left standing after the Old Gods unleash a final act of vengeance upon the world. With a focus on pixel-perfect combat and execution, Eldest Souls has players carving through the dark legions of the Old Gods and becoming ever stronger in the process, until they finally taken on the Old Golds themselves in all their endless horror. For fans of precise Dark Souls style combat and Lovecraftian fiction, Eldest Souls simply cannot be missed.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games and Dark Souls style combat.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Farming Simulator 22

  • What is it – The longest running farming simulator franchise returns on both PS4 and PS5 with Farming Simulator 22, the latest and most conceptually ambitious entry in the series. Though farming Simulator 22 offers players to get stuck into a predictably sizable variety of farming operations focusing on agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry, Farming Simulator 22 goes much further, feature greatly improved visuals, seasonal cycles and co-operative multiplayer for the first time. Quite simply, if you know someone who has enjoyed the Farming Simulator games in the past and just wants to try something a bit different, then Farming Simulator 22 could be right up their alley.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Farming Simulator, strategy and, well, farming?
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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FIFA 22

  • What is it – EA’s perennial football offering returns with FIFA 22. With much more authentic looking play and animations afforded by EA’s new HyperMotion technology and a rejigged FUT mode, FIFA 22 is quite simply a must have for anyone who has even a passing interest in football (soccer – you know what I mean).
  • Who would like it – Fans of FIFA games and football.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Final Fantasy VII: Remake – Intergrade

  • What is it – An epic, from the ground up remake of one of the most critically acclaimed landmark PlayStation games of all time, Final Fantasy VII: Remake is a stunning action adventure that fans of the series, both new and old, will absolutely love. On PlayStation 5 though, Final Fantasy VII: Remake – Intergrade takes the experience to a whole new level, not only boasting improved visuals that look better than some CG movies, but also including an additional single-player expansion that introduces players to the Materia-stealing (but ultimately loveable) rogue Yuffie. This is as good as Final Fantasy VII Remake gets – so what are you waiting for?
  • Who would like it – Fans of Final Fantasy VII, adventure games and games with great graphics.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

  • What is it – A samurai epic set during the Mongol invasion of the Japanese Tsushima islands, Ghost of Tsushima puts players in the clogs of one Jin Sakai – a supremely skilled samurai who must blur the line between honor and the shadows in order to defeat the Mongol menace. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions who also made the excellent Infamous: Second Son, Ghost of Tsushima is beautiful third-person, open-world odyssey set in the far east that you won’t soon forget. In its PlayStation 5 incarnation however, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut brings a gorgeous visual upgrade and an all-new location to explore in the form of the mysterious Iki Island.
  • Who would like it – Fans of samurai films and games. Fans of ninja films and games.
  • Available on: PS5 only

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition

  • What is it – The series that started it all, Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas are all making a return onto current consoles with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. Remasters of all three games that not only keeps the original design largely intact while also bumping up the visuals with additional detail, lighting and better framerates, each title has also been reworked to include more modern Grand Theft Auto V controls too. If you’ve ever wondered how it all began, then this, my friends, is *exactly* what you should be buying next.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Grand Theft Auto, crime games and open world games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Hades

  • What is it – Can Supergiant Games do no wrong? Currently four for, well, four, the talented team of folks behind the likes of Bastion, Transistor and Pyre has now realized its magnum opus in Hades, a gorgeously framed isometric roguelike that has you fighting your well out of the titular Greek mythological underworld as you encounter all manner of Ancient Greek gods and other mysterious figures. With hugely satisfying combat, roguelike design that always keeps on rewarding the player and some legitimately hilarious dialogue, Hades is *easily* one of the best games you can get on PS5.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Diablo, indie games and hack and slash games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Hot Wheels Unleashed

  • What is it – The miniaturised mayhem of the Hot Wheels franchise is brought to vivid life with Hot Wheels Unleashed; a visually arresting and easy to pick up and play racing game that not only has you screaming around tracks in a domestic environment, but which also allows you to create your own tracks and tailor them however you like. If you’re a Hot Wheels fan – what more do you need?
  • Who would like it – Fans of Hot Wheels and racing games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Insurgency: Sandstorm

  • What is it – A proper take-no-prisoners tactical shooter, Insurgency: Sandstorm has players fighting pitched, strategic battles against each other in the rural and urban sprawls of the Middle-East. With a solid emphasis placed on CQC (Close Quarters Combat) and tactical awareness, a single bullet can end your day in this fantastically tense multiplayer shooter that is quite unlike any other FPS on the market.
  • Who would like it – Fans of first-person shooter, current military shooters.
  • Available on: PS4 (Enhanced on PS5)

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It Takes Two

  • What is it – From the same developers that conjured up the great Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons and much more recent (but no less brilliant) co-op effort A Way Out, It Takes Two is easily one of the best split screen games you can buy right now on any system. With each player cast as a squabbling parent that has been transformed into a diminutive child’s doll, It Takes Two riffs on Honey I Shrunk The Kids as it presents players with a series of unique and deeply fun challenges that have you facing off with a band of rebellious squirrels, a deeply sarcastic book that’s trying to help (but really isn’t) and much more besides. The absolute embodiment of great split-screen gaming, It Takes Two is simply sublime.
  • Who would like it – Fans of co-op games, local multiplayer games and platform games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

  • What is it – Designed by a group of extraordinary talent with deep roots in Hollywood animation, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a spellbinding platforming RPG that places players at the centre of Asian inspired folklore and mythology as they seek to rid the world of a creeping darkness. Absolutely *gorgeous* to look at and boasting some tremendously timeless gameplay that evokes Nintendo’s flagship Legend of Zelda series, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the sort of boundlessly charming adventure that everybody needs to play.
  • Who would like it – Fans of platform games, the Legend of Zelda and folklore movies.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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KeyWe

  • What is it – There’s nothing like KeyWe, let me tell you. As a pair of mad birds (Kiwis obviously), trying to keep a post office running, two players must not only work together to make sure that the mail is running on time (and in the correct quantity), but also deal with all sorts of hazards such as flooding, gusts of wind and much more besides. If you’re looking for a madcap co-op game with plenty of chaos to spare to see you through a weekend, then gather up the snacks, bring a friend around and get a session on KeyWe going.
  • Who would like it – Fans of co-op games, local multiplayer games and party games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Lost Judgment

  • What is it – Now fully comfortable in its own skin, the Judgment spin-off series hits an absolute home run in just its second outing with the utterly super Lost Judgment. Doubling down on the deliciously OTT real-time combat that fans have always loved the mainline Yakuza series for prior to Like A Dragon, Lost Judgment is an action packed epic that effortlessly stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games in the mainline Yakuza franchise. Though Lost Judgment arguably boasts one of the darkest plotlines ever seen in the entire series, it also balances that tonal tightrope perfectly too – tasking players one minute to track down UFOs and train detective Shiba Inu dogs to investigating a horrendously grisly murder and tackle troubling cases of high-school bullying. If Yakuza: Like A Dragon didn’t do anything for you with its turn-based combat then Lost Judgment is absolutely the game you’re looking for.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Judgment, the Yakuza games and action RPG titles.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Madden NFL 22

  • What is it – It’s time to return to the gridiron with Madden NFL 22, the latest instalment in EA’s Madden football franchise. With generation defining visuals and an up to date roster of players and teams, Madden NFL 22 is an eye-opening take on the nation’s favorite pastime and looks set to keep players and fans alike entertained through the Holiday period and beyond with its evocative take on the sport.
  • Who would like it – Fans of football, Madden NFL games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy

  • What is it – Coming from the same publisher which manage to bungle a fellow Marvel property in Marvel’s Avengers, it’s perhaps fair to say that many folks didn’t hold out much hope for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Wonderfully – nothing could be further from the truth. Filled to the brim with excellently written takes on characters that all we know and love, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy feels akin to a much more laid back and dare I say, much more fun, take on Mass Effect but with some truly superb writing, world building and soundtrack strong enough to punch a hole in the planet. Quite simply, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy might just be the best comic book adaptation on PlayStation 5.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics, Marvel Movies and Mass Effect.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

  • What is it – One of the most revered RPG trilogies of the last decade, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition brings Bioware’s groundbreaking trio of action RPGs together on current consoles in fully remastered form. With a galaxy spanning storyline that links together all three games and with a game design bedrock with player choice and non-linear storytelling at its core, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is an unparalleled space odyssey that fans of deep stories and action RPGs everywhere will enjoy.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Mass Effect, Bioware games and action RPGs.
  • Available on: PS4 (Enhanced on PS5)

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Mundaun

  • What is itMundaun is a lovingly hand-pencilled horror tale set in a dark, secluded valley of the alps. Explore various areas full of secrets to discover, survive hostile encounters, drive vehicles, fill your inventory and solve a variety of hand-crafted puzzles. For anyone who likes their horror a little different and off-kelter, you really cannot go wrong with Mundaun.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games, horror and alternative cinema.
  • Available on: PS4 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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NEO: The World Ends With You

  • What is it – Set in the gorgeously animated streets of an alternate Shibuya, in NEO: The World Ends With You, players take control of Rindo and his friends as they attempt to win the ‘Reapers Game’ a contest where enemies and demons from another dimension must be banished using a range of psychic powers. Bursting with color and memorable characters in every scene, NEO: The Worlds Ends With You is a stunningly unique JRPG effort that stands in a class all its own.
  • Who would like it – Fans of JRPGs, The World Ends With You and the Persona games
  • Available on: PS4

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Nioh: The Complete Edition

  • What is it – Team Ninja’s superb Nioh and Nioh 2 slice their way onto PS5 in what is arguably the definitive way to play these games. Including Nioh 1 and Nioh 2, together with all the DLC and extra story content for both games, the Nioh Collection is a must-have for fans of action adventure and Soulslike games everywhere. Why you ask? Well, it has some of the most imaginative enemies you’ll ever face, superbly sophisticated combat and 4K/60 and 120 FPS visual modes to boot.
  • Who would like it – Fans of samurai films and games, Dark Souls and Sekiro.
  • Available on: PS5

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Videogame

  • What is it – Even though the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is in the books, Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Videogame is still very much worth a look. Boasting a massive array of Olympic sports including (but not limited to) soccer, sprint, hurdles, swimming, judo, tennis and much, much more besides, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Videogame is the ideal competitive game to play this Holiday season with a bunch of friends.
  • Who would like it – Fans of the Olympics, sports games and party games.
  • Available on: PS4

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Outriders

  • What is it – A violent combination of third-person shooter and RPG elements, Outriders has players joining up into a fearsome trio as they blast their way through a hostile alien planet in search of a mysterious signal. Much more than just a dumb shooter, Outriders has much more in common with a looter shooter such as Destiny, as it encourages players to choose specific classes and embrace that role within a larger group. With the massive Horizons update now live for the game, in addition to a massive story expansion due in early 2022, there’s never been a better time to get into Outriders.
  • Who would like it – Fans of third-person shooters, Destiny and co-operative games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Quake

  • What is it – Arguably one of the greatest first-person shooters ever and a true godfather to the genre, Quake returns on both PS4 and PS5, bringing with it that same rapid fire 3D shooter gameplay that made it such a classic to begin with. Add in all of the single-player content released to date in addition to a special single-player campaign designed by Wolfenstein developer Machinegames *and* a rollicking Nine Inch Nails soundtrack with local and online multiplayer co-op and competitive modes to boot, it soon becomes obvious that if you like shooters of any stripe than Quake demands your attention.
  • Who would like it – Fans of first-person shooter games, retro shooters and gothic action games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 (Only available digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

  • What is it – No other game in this list uses the PlayStation 5’s screamingly fast SSD solution quite as well as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, as players once more take control of the titular lombax and his robot buddy, though this time they find themselves falling through inter-dimensional portals at speed as they embark on their epic, action platforming adventues. One time you could be grinding a futuristic hoverboard over a massive cyberpunk metropolis and then within a split second, you could find yourself speeding down a snowy mountain. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is seriously impressive and a true return to form for the long running series. Oh and it doesn’t hurt at all that the game basically looks like a Pixar movie, too.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Ratchet and Clank, platforming games and animated movies.
  • Available on: PS5

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Resident Evil: Village

  • What is it – Capcom‘s latest outing in its long-running series is an epic slice of gothic-flavoured horror, as Resident Evil 7‘s Ethan Winters returns to the fold to rescue his kidnapped daughter. What follows is a perfect blend of the puzzle-solving, exploration and blood-splattering action, backed up by one of the most barmy plots the franchise has seen to date. But don’t let that put you off. Resident Evil Village is one of the biggest games in the franchise to date, the titular location offering a Metroidvania-esque progression that hasn’t been seen since the classic games, a superb bestiary that dwarfs anything we’ve seen before, epic bosses, and some genuinely stomach-knotting moments of suspense and terror. Throw in some meaty collectibles, and you’ve got the best horror romp on PS5 to date!
  • Who would like it – Fans of Resident Evil and horror games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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Returnal

  • What is it – A stunning third-person shooter with roguelike elements, Returnal comes to PS5 courtesy of Housemarque – the very same studio which graced the PS4 with Resogun at its launch back in 2013. As a pilot stranded on an ever-changing alien world, players find themselves stuck in a time loop where with every death they find themselves resurrected as they attempt to find a way to escape from the cursed planet. Boasting the most stunning visuals to ever come out of Housemarque, Returnal is one of the better exclusives available for PlayStation 5 to say the least.
  • Who would like it – Fans of third-person shooters and roguelike games.
  • Available on: PS5

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Röki

  • What is it – Set in the frozen tundra of the Scandinavian wilderness, Röki is a stunning adventure that casts players as Tove, a headstrong youngster looking to uncover long forgotten myths and legend, all the while trying to find their place in a world pockmarked by tragedy and regret. Stuffed puzzles to solve and interesting characters to meet, Röki is an opulent, eye-opening fairytale that we could all do with more of these days.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games, fairytale/folktale adventures and puzzle solving
  • Available on: PS4 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Stonefly

  • What is it – Stonefly is an action-adventure RPG in which you pilot a tiny robot mech. Hop along rocks and canopies while you upgrade your rig with an arsenal of wind abilities. Follow the journey of Annika as she attempts to recover a stolen family heirloom, strategically battling bugs across an epic story that lingers long in the memory after credits have rolled.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games, nature and chilled out games.
  • Available on: PS4 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Tails Of Iron

  • What is it – Tails of Iron puts players in the tiny shoes of Redgi, heir to the throne of the rodent kingdom as an invasion by the vicious frog clan snuffs out everything he holds dear. Hellbent on revenge, Redgi marshals his strength and his few remaining friends as he sets out to skewer, decapitate and dismember the evil Frog Clan with some terrifyingly precise combat in this stunning action RPG hybrid.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games, Dark Souls and twisted fairy tales
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 (Buy it here digitally on PSN – so why not buy them some PSN credit?)

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Tales Of Arise

  • What is it – Perhaps the greatest JRPG of this generation so far, Tales of Arise depicts a sweeping saga of liberation and mystical majesty with next-generation visuals and storytelling that elevate the series as a whole. For fans of the long-running Tales series and JRPGs in general, it kinda doesn’t get any better than Tales of Arise – so get stuck in.
  • Who would like it – Fans of JRPG games, adventures and the Tales series of games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: House Of Ashes

  • What is it – The third in an ongoing anthology series of horror games, House of Ashes is visually stunning, terror-filled affair that can be played solo, locally with friends or online, where players take control of a US Special Forces team and a local Iraqi soldier as they clash while discovering a long lost cavern that conceals an ancient, terrifying evil. One of the most enjoyable co-operative experiences available, House of Ashes combines heart-stopping terror, with Hollywood production values and non-linear storytelling to make it one of the most essential horror games on any platform.
  • Who would like it – Fans of The Dark Pictures Anthology, horror games, horror films and co-op games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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The Forgotten City

  • What is it – An endlessly inventive indie effort, The Forgotten City has players awakening on the shores of an enclosed Ancient Roman city thousands of years ago. Much more than just a trip to the past, it soon becomes apparent that you’re trapped in a timeloop where a special ‘golden rule’ governs which results in the death of everyone if anybody in the city commits a sin. Opulent to look at and absolutely drowning in depth and great writing, The Forgotten City is a true Russian Doll of videogame – with each delectable layer becoming stunningly apparent the longer you play.
  • Who would like it – Fans of ancient history, detective adventures, indie games and Groundhog Day.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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The Last of Us Part 2

  • What is it – The sequel to the PS3 Game of the Generation and one of the best games ever made, The Last of Us Part 2 is a grim, violent and immensely impactful action adventure that picks up right where the previous game left off. A stunning third-person adventure set in the midst of viral apocalypse, The Last of Us Part 2 boasts some of the best audiovisual presentation on PS4 (it could honestly pass for a PS4 game) and has an ending that lingers long in the mind. The Last of Us Part 2 is a must-have for PS4 owners everywhere.
  • Who would like it – Fans of The Last of Us, third person combat games, great stories and apocalyptic narratives.
  • Available on: PS4 (Enhanced on PS5)

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TOEM

  • What is it – A devastatingly wholesome romp that has you taking photos of animals and other weird creatures in an isometric dreamscape that feels like it has been pulled out of a Wes Anderson movie, TOEM is one of the most essential indie games in years. Awash with things to do, wonderfully wholesome characters to interact with and delightful quests to take on, TOEM feels every bit a true soul-cleansing experience across each second of its ten hour runtime. Want to play an awesomely inventive indie AND walk away grinning like an idiot, TOEM is your jam and make no mistake.
  • Who would like it – Fans of indie games, relaxing games and photography.
  • Available on: PS5

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Wreckfest

  • What is it – Wreckfest is quite simply the next generation Destruction Derby of your dreams. Placing a real emphasis on smashmouth, vehicle on vehicle violence, Wreckfest employs a deliriously satisfying handling model and physics damage system which makes races as much about getting pole position as it is about smashing up the opposition into a collection of smouldering wrecks. Boasting a massive, 4K resolution and 60 frames per second visual upgrade over the already stellar PS4 version of the game, Wreckfest also packs in improved textures, lighting effects, shadows, trackside detail and lightning quick loading times. Make no mistake, this is the definitive version of one of the best racers of the last and current generation. Don’t miss out.
  • Who would like it – Fans of Destruction Derby and arcade style racing games.
  • Available on: PS4, PS5

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