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Those lucky enough to buy a PlayStation 5 on launch day have had the console in their hands for a fortnight.

These are the five games that have impressed us and delivered on the promise of the “next generation”.

The Astro arcade should be the game everyone plays first. (Sony)

Don’t sleep with the game that comes free with every PlayStation 5.

Astro’s Playroom should be the game everyone plays first, not for its undeniable charm and crisp platform that rivals Super Mario, but as a sensational display of the new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.

Feeling the triggers being pulled as you draw back with a bow or prepare to launch yourself up in a spring-based frog suit are two of many great examples of next-level immersion that wasn’t possible with old hardware.

One level is enough to spark your imagination as to what might be possible in the next five years if developers really embrace the feature.

The game is short but sweet and with all the levels and collectibles tied to PlayStation history, it is the perfect game to appreciate what came before and get excited about what will come after.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War campaign runs at 4K 60fps on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, 120fps on multiplayer
The Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War game already appears to be one of Sony’s best sellers. (Activision)

If Astro’s Playroom sells the DualSense wonder, Call of Duty proves it’s more than a gimmick.

Classic, zombie, and warzone multiplayer modes are here, but, in an unusual twist for Call of Duty, the campaign is why PlayStation 5 owners should buy Black Ops Cold War.

Adaptive triggers are dialed at 11 during the short four- to six-hour version of Call of Duty on the Cold War era, which is inspired by recently declassified government files.

Every gun feels different on PlayStation 5. A pistol is lighter to lift than an AK-47, and the kick you feel from the right trigger as you fire each round is mind-blowing.

It’s something you can’t get on Xbox right now and proof that PlayStation has done something really special.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man Miles Morales
Spider-Man Miles Morales was released alongside PlayStation 5. (Insomniac Games)

The exclusive and hugely popular PlayStation at launch doesn’t disappoint.

We were promised almost non-existent loading times on PS5 thanks to the new SSD and Spider-Man: Miles Morales delivers.

Everything from the title screen to the gorgeous cut scenes and gameplay come together seamlessly.

If you don’t die, fast-travel, or restart a challenge, there’s literally nothing between you and the game and even when you do, we’re talking one to five seconds until you get back into action.

What Insomniac Games has accomplished is truly extraordinary.

The glory of ray tracing – more accurate lighting and reflections – is on full screen as you swing between the glass-covered skyscrapers of Manhattan in ‘fidelity’ mode or you can lock the game at 60 butter-smooth frames per second in ‘mode. performance’.

The only disappointment is that you have to choose between the two.

The graphics in NBA 2K21 are something to behold, even the player’s sweat is incredibly realistic. (Sony)

There is no better graphic showcase on PS5 right now than NBA 2K21.

The game alone sells this generation’s leap forward in a single trailer.

In practice, best-in-class basketball game and 2K commentary are finally combined with realistic visuals that are so close to the real thing that they can occasionally be unsettling.

The players were always going to look great, but it’s the coaches, the commentators, the crowds, and even the cheerleaders that make this experience unforgettable.

2K21 is the first game I have shown to my visiting friends.

We don’t even play games, I just start a game, wait for someone to take a photo, pause, and wander in instant replay mode to show how sweat on a player’s forehead reflects light.

If that’s not next-gen, I don’t know what is.

Demon’s Souls is a high-stakes maze where death could be waiting around every corner. (Sony)

Demon’s Souls earns last place on our list as a visual showcase and as a game to sell PlayStation’s highly touted 3D audio and SSD load times.

In a high-stakes maze where death could be waiting around every corner, wearing headphones and being able to immediately recognize the direction from which a cracking or labored enemy is coming is wonderfully immersive.

Fans of previous From the software Games know the pain of death was worse with load times of one to two minutes, but the BluePoint remake lets you get back in action in seconds. The deformation is also instantaneous.

After experiencing it for yourself, you won’t want to go back to the PS4 ever again.

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