It would be difficult for players to go wrong with any game that is exclusive to the PlayStation 5 library, judging by the powerhouse of cinematic and narrative driven single player experiences on the platform, such as the remastered versions of Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part 1, Final Fantasy 7, and Uncharted 4, to the Demons Souls Remake, Returnal, Horizon Forbidden West, and God of War Ragnarök.
However, this top list of best adventure games the best that PlayStation has to offer, but also what may exist beyond the exclusive library to some of the best third-party games that the genre has to offer, which play excellent on the PlayStation 5.
This is the 5 best adventure games on PlayStation 5, in no particular order, in 2023, and some may be considered outside the box, but just as deserving of the title.
5. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Before its release, Miles Morales got some criticism among fans who assumed it would be glorified DLC, as it was a launch title for the PS5. However, that was certainly not the case. While it is not as big of a game as its predecessor, there is a lot here to validate Miles Morales as a title that stands on its own on the PS5.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Spider-Man Miles Morales picks up where Spider-Man left off, and follows Miles as the main protagonist in a story that hits close to home, which sees Miles confronting the truth for what it means to be Spider-Man. The game plays spectacularly on the PS5, especially with those that have a 4K 120hz display with VRR enabled. Developers Insomniac know what they are doing on PlayStation and are truly ahead of the curve when it comes to unlocking the power of the PS5.
With Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 just around the corner, the remastered version of Spider-Man and Miles Morales are the perfect games to get accustomed to. Being able to swing around Brooklyn, New York, and the powers and abilities specific to Miles make this adventure personal, and for players that have already beat the game or even got the platinum, it is worth revisiting.
4. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
While the launch of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor may not had been quite as bad as Cyberpunk 2077, it was still pretty terrible, as the game was essentially unplayable on PC unless using a 4090 GPU, and the console versions also had a range of issues holding it back from the great game that it is. Thankfully, several patches later, and although the patches have not fixed all of the issues, and there is still a long road ahead, Jedi Survivor is now recommendable on the PS5, and developers Respawn Entertainment are sure to continue improving the game to make the experience better for everyone.
The Force Is Strong with Cal Kestis
Jedi Survivor picks up where Star Wars Fallen Order left off after the events of Episode 3, and it is a major improvement over the original in every regard. Assuming Respawn Entertainment continues to improve Jedi Survivor, then it will stand the test of time as one of the best Star Wars games, and Cal in a poncho does look pretty cool.
3. Ghost of Tsushima
The remastered version of Ghosts of Tsushima on PS5 is the definitive edition and lives up to the AAA single player games that PlayStation is known for. The open world is memorable, the story is cinematic, and the gameplay is addictive and satisfying. The game effortlessly immerses players into its story with a tutorial that players won’t even know is one and then, like Elden Ring, players are given the freedom to explore and tackle the open world in any way they want to.
Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold
The future of Ghost of Tsushima is bright, as the DLC offers more content that continues the story. There is a sequel that will be built from the ground up on PS5 that is on the way, and even a movie by PlayStation Studios. Like Spider-Man, players on PS5 will have a lot to dive into with Ghost of Tsushima.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Speaking of open world games that exist in a unique fantastical world that follow a silent-heroic protagonist, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now has a next-gen patch available for PS5 that offers 60 fps, 4k resolution, and raytracing. The Witcher 3 is critically acclaimed and considered to be one of the best games ever made in the genre, and the optimized complete edition on PS5 is the best format to play.
Explore the Western Coast of Pontar
Contrary to the previous games, which were more linear and leaned on story-related areas, the latest addition in the Witcher series treats its players to a vast and diverse open world that is filled with detailed areas that they can explore. And if wild combat on foot, and horseback, isn’t for them, then players have the option to sit back and enjoy a fast-paced game of Gwent with available NPCs littered throughout the world.
1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the 17th installment of the PlayStation franchise that started in the fall of 2002. Due to an incident with the Dimensionator, the game’s protagonists are transported to an alternate universe where they are separated and have to figure out a way back to each other. The players are able to explore 9 planets that are fleshed out with unique environments, including a space saloon where you can fight waves of enemies in a colosseum style. Each planet also hosts distinct kinds of enemies, and with the multiple different weapons available in the player’s arsenal, they are able to take the creatures on in any way of their choosing.
Ready to Kick Some Robo-butt?
Rift Apart was just ported to PC, but the PS5 remains the best way to play, as there are substantial performance differences with the game being built specifically for the PlayStation console. The newest game supports HDR and also features three options in terms of graphics and performance: Fidelity that will run at 4k 30 FPS, and Performance and Performance Raytracing that both run at 60 FPS, but at a lower base resolution.