The best PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games you can play right now

There are already hundreds of games available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X even though the consoles only launched in 2020.

The current generation of consoles is still in its infancy, but the rate of new titles hitting virtual and digital shelves is enough to make your head spin.

However, when it comes to getting the most out of either hardware, these are the essentials you need to play.

Gran Turismo 7

Platform: PS5

Developer: Digital polyphony

Editor: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The forensic details that went into creating this racing simulator make it an absolute must-have for car enthusiasts.

Cruising famous tracks such as the Nurburgring in Germany in a 1966 Ford GT40 is a real thrill.

But it’s the depths of information on each of the automaker’s vehicles that will really please gas-heads.

It’s like a playable encyclopedia of the automotive industry — and it looks glorious too.

Forza Horizon 5

Platform: Xbox series X

Developer: playground games

Editor: Xbox game studios

For those who prefer their motor racing in a bombastic way, Forza Horizon 5 is the game for you.

This open-world runner is set in a pseudo-realistic slice of Mexico that brings a festival feel to its vehicular action.

Traversing beautifully diverse landscapes, which include volcanoes and arid deserts, and navigating ever-changing weather conditions, such as disorienting sandstorms, makes Forza Horizon 5 a sensational ride from start to finish.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Platform: PS5

Developer: insomniac games

Editor: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The timeless duo of PlayStation since the PS2, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the perfect game for the whole family.

As cliché as it sounds, it’s as close as it gets to a Pixar/Disney movie playable on current consoles.

It perfectly blends tongue-in-cheek humor and an array of fantastic weaponry as you traverse galaxies and dimensions to rid the universe of evil.

This latest adventure features a new parallel universe version of our heroes, Rivet and Kit, to help you along the way.

Infinite Halo

Platform: Xbox series X

Developer: 343 business sectors

Editor: Xbox game studios

Xbox’s flagship hero, Master Chief, returns to action for the sixth installment of the Halo series.

This time he uses some new tricks in his fight against the banished, like a grappling hook.

This makes traversing the landscape much more fun, especially when raining hot plasma bullets on unsuspecting enemies below.

Brilliantly, the superb multiplayer is separate from the main, free-to-play game.

As such, you can still get a taste of the action without paying a dirham.

Death Loop

Platform: PS5

Developer: Arkane Studios

Editor: Bethesda Softworks

Just like the movie groundhog day, Death Loop replays the same 24 hours of a day.

It takes place on a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere and unlike other first-person shooters, its greatness comes from the open ways you can approach each mission.

Lay traps, sneak around, fire anything or use the tiles that give you superhero powers. It’s yours.

He also has some of the best vocals around, as you can read about in our interview here.

Psychonauts 2

Platform: Xbox series X

Developer: Double fine

Editor: Xbox game studios

A sequel 16 years in the making finally returns to Xbox.

It’s an artsy platformer where you can play with pyrokinesis and telekinesis powers, but there’s a pretty serious tone beneath the flashy visuals.

Clever writing and gameplay bring to light the complexity of mental health issues as you try to overcome conditions such as addiction.

Don’t worry, not everything is depressing and there is a good dose of humor that is present throughout the action.

Forbidden Horizon West

Platform: PS5

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Editor: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Set in post-apocalyptic North America, the sequel to the surprise hit Horizon Zero Dawn, brings back the Huntress Aloy to put an end to a mysterious plague that is about to finish off humanity for good.

There’s a lot more open-world feel this time around, which means more exploration of treacherous lands.

It takes our hero atop a decommissioned space rocket on an old launch pad to the depths of the sea, where she must battle even deadlier machine/animal hybrids.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Platform: Xbox series X

Developer: Asobo studio

Editor: Xbox game studios

Unless you’re a real pilot or training to become one, this is the closest thing to navigating the skies behind the controls of your own plane.

It uses data from Bing Maps to recreate 3D plains of the Earth. So one minute you can be admiring the view of the Shetland Islands in a propeller plane, and the next soaring above the Burj Khalifa in a Boeing 747 passenger plane.

There’s also real-time weather to contend with along the way, making landing on a runway a white-knuckle affair.

Ring of Elden

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X

Developer: From software

Editor: Bandai Namco Entertainment

From the pen (keyboard?) of George RR Martin (The iron Throne) and the creative mind of developer FromSoftware is this zen balanced action game that lives up to its hype.

You are thrown into a land that has been corrupted and the only way to rid it of evil is to defeat those who hold fragments of the titular Elden Ring.

FromSoftware games are known for being tough from the start, but also fair. As a result, you’ll find the combat here incredibly rewarding.

underworld

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X

Developer: Supergiant Games

Editor: Supergiant Games

Easy to pick up, hard to put down, it’s underworld in a word.

Loosely based on Greek mythology, you play as Zagreus, who tries to escape the underworld and his father, Hades.

There’s a real arcade feel to the game as you fight your way through waves of undead enemies.

The gods of Mount Olympus give you random boons, such as Zeus’ thunderbolts, to help you escape, meaning no two games are ever the same.

Updated: May 02, 2022, 04:25

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