While there have been a few new releases for PlayStation consoles, the major titles that most people were looking forward to have been postponed until next year. However, this has created more room for games that may have otherwise gone unnoticed or not received the attention they deserve.
Sony’s platforms will have another blockbuster-packed year next year, but this year has been one for the underdogs and upgrades.
5. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
If you’re looking for a revolutionary new take on the franchise, Ratchet and Clank’s latest adventure falls short. It does, however, a fantastic job of translating the classic formula to the PS5, making the most of every ounce of power the machine has to offer.
The rifts, which instantly transport you between two completely different worlds, are the most impressive feature aside from the stunning visuals.
In many ways, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart feels like it wouldn’t have been possible on the PS4, but the DualSense controller drives that point home.
Each weapon and interaction has its own distinct feel, drawing you deeper into the game than ever before. While it isn’t the best example of DualSense adaptive trigger use on the console, it is an essential purchase for any PlayStation fan when combined with what you see on-screen.
4. Hitman 3
The final installment in the Hitman reboot trilogy is truly the best. Fans can explore and murder their way through six new locations in Hitman 3 in whatever way they want.
While the main campaign leaves a lot to be desired, each location has enough challenges to keep you busy for months. That is, of course, excluding all of the levels from Hitman 2016 and Hitman 2, which can now be played within Hitman 3 thanks to the improvements made by the developers.
The PSVR compatibility makes the game shine on PlayStation, allowing you to explore each location as if you were Agent 47 himself. On consoles, it’s an unrivaled experience.
IO Interactive, the game’s developer, has delivered an action-packed first year of post-launch content, with even more planned for 2022. This game has it all in terms of value for money, to the point where you might never get through it all.
3. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
One of the best PlayStation games of 2020 was Ghost of Tsushima. The game received a PS5 upgrade this year, which would have been sufficient. With the Director’s Cut, however, Sucker Punch Productions added an entirely new expansion to the game, bringing a new story and island to explore.
Even fans who had completed everything in the base game had a reason to return, and it’s safe to say it was well worth the effort.
The Iki Island expansion is the game’s main attraction. Even if you didn’t play the base game, Iki Island and its story are so well integrated into the story that you’d think it was included from the start.
The expansion has enough to do to justify the upgrade, but it’s even better on PS5, where the DualSense brings the game to life like never before. It goes without saying that the Legends multiplayer portion of the game has been expanded to include co-op with this release.
Returnal is a roguelike shooter that wouldn’t have gotten a second chance if another major PS5 exclusive had come out sooner. You must battle your way across an entire planet, destroying bosses along the way, and putting together the perfect build to get to the end.
The inability to save is the game’s most vexing flaw, though an update in late 2021 added a half-measure to appease those who desired it.
The game is the ideal combination of an intense story told through scattered puzzle pieces and intense roguelike gunplay, which requires you to carefully balance a build with the right weapons and abilities. It’s just as important to manage your health and damage output as it is to hit your target.
Furthermore, the wonderfully strange world and the way you interact with it via the DualSense create a sense of drama and atmosphere that no other game on the platform has been able to match all year.
Our pick for the best PlayStation game of 2021 is Deathloop. The game has a lot to offer players who are willing to learn how to use the time loop mechanic, navigate each level, and make the most of what’s on offer.
This game, like developer Arkane Studios’ previous titles, Dishonored and Prey, isn’t for everyone. It’s for you if you enjoy games where you can freely explore levels, uncover secrets, play through in multiple ways, and unlock secret endings. You may struggle if you want a shooter that takes you from point A to point B with as little deviation as possible.
Deathloop, we believe, is the culmination of everything the developer has learned from previous games. In terms of weapons, the powers are limited, but they work well within the context of the world.
While you begin as a weak noob, you quickly master the time loop in which protagonist Colt is trapped, allowing you to become far more powerful through knowledge rather than grinding levels. This is a divisive title, but it’s the best PlayStation game available in 2021.