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Best PS5 games: 7 you need to play on PlayStation 5

Published: 21/Dec/2020 15:08 Updated: 21/Dec/2020 16:57

by James Busby

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Are you one of the lucky ones who managed to secure a PlayStation 5? If so, you’ll be wanting to know what are the best PS5 games you can play right now on your new console.

There were 28 games available when the PlayStation 5 launched on November 19, including the likes of Demon’s Souls and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Whether you’re a fan of free-flowing sandbox games or devilishly punishing RPGs, there is bound to be something you’ll enjoy.

Of course not every game is essential, but there are some that you must experience to get the most out of your new console. Here, then, are the seven best PS5 games you need to play.

7. PS Plus Collection

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Santa Monica Studios
The PS Plus Collection allows you to replay or revisit any games you missed.

This is a bit of a sneaky one, but considering the level of games on offer, it’s hard not to recommend. All PS Plus members gain access to a huge collection of some of the best PS4 games available, all of which can be played on PS5.

God of War, Bloodborne, Days Gone, and The Last of Us are just a handful of the PlayStation exclusives that you’ll be able to download and play. While many PS4 owners may have played a lot of these titles, anyone who has yet to experience these previous-gen classics won’t want to pass up this opportunity.

6. Astro’s Playroom

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ASOBI Team
More than just a tech demo.

Astro’s Playroom is free for all PlayStation 5 owners and while it may seem like an over-glorified tech demo for Sony’s DualSense controller, it’s actually a pretty nifty platformer. 

The game sees players take control of Astro Bot, a small robot who is tasked with collecting PlayStation consoles, accessories, and games. There are even cutesy reenactments of classic titles, giving those that have been brought up with Sony’s consoles an instant hit of nostalgia. 

Not to mention the fact that Astro’s Playroom makes complete use of the PS5’s DualSense controller. Different types of terrain and weather conditions all feature their own unique vibrations, showcasing how Sony aims to utilize the haptic feedback feature in future titles.

5. The Pathless

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Giant Squid
The Pathless’ blend of momentum and speed is incredibly satisfying.

This artsy action-adventure game tasks players with using their trusty bow, loyal eagle companion, and incredible acrobatics in order to lift the curse that has befallen the island. Zipping through the open world is as satisfying as it is breathtaking, particularly when you get into the meditative flow of stringing together arrow shots, jumps, and dashes. 

In fact, the game’s movement system proves so satisfying that merely running around the open world is a joy in itself. Combine this with Austin Wintory’s (Abzu) sweeping soundtrack, head-scratching puzzles, and monolithic bosses, and you have a recipe for success.

4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Ubisoft
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s world is as beautiful as it is brutal.

Ubisoft’s latest foray into the Assassin’s Creed series, sees players take control of Eivor – a battle-hardened Viking who sets out on a quest for revenge. During the course of the 51-hour campaign, players will raid Viking camps in Norway, take on hilarious sidequests, and explore the vast kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England. 

While stealth is still an option in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, combat is often tailored towards a more brutish approach. Everything from two-handed axes to gigantic Warhammers can be equipped, enabling you to truly decimate your foes. 

Tearing your way through Assassin’s Creed’s enemy hordes and exploring its vast open world has never been so satisfying. There’s enough blood, beauty, and challenge here that’ll keep both newcomers and series veterans entertained for hours.

3. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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Sumo Digital
Sackboy’s latest adventure is brimming with color and charm.

A 3D platformer full of color and charm, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a great choice for those who want to kick back and enjoy some lighthearted fun. Sackboy’s latest adventure sees PlayStation’s loveable mascot transported from his previous 2.5D confines and into the 3D world. 

During your adventure, you’ll leap through leafy jungles, traverse snowy mountains, and float around off-world space colonies. Sackboy: A Big Adventure even supports four-player coop, so you can team up with your friends and family in order to stop the dastardly Vex from transforming Craftworld into a barren hellscape.

2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Insomniac Games
Just as good as the 2018 game, maybe even a little better.

Miles Morales is a worthy follow-up to Insomniac’s first Spidey title. Instead of taking control of Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Mile Morales follows Miles a year after the events of the first game. 

Spider-Man fans can expect the same web-slinging action, exploration, and fighting that the first game excelled in. Despite sharing the same world and core gameplay, Spiderman: Miles Morales features dozens of new gadgets, enemies, and characters that make this an essential purchase for any superhero fan.

1. Demon’s Souls

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Bluepoint Games / FromSoftware
Demon’s Souls is better than ever thanks to this faithful remake.

Demon’s Souls is the first game in FromSoftware’s punishingly hard Souls series. This critically acclaimed action role-playing game pits you against fiendish foes and blood-curdling bosses as you journey through Boletaria, a once-proud kingdom that has been consumed by darkness. 

If its eerily beautiful world and breathtaking orchestral soundtrack don’t grip you, then the hard as nails combat will. You’ll need to parry, dodge, backstab, and cleave your way through the game’s horrific creatures in order to carve out your blood-soaked path to victory. 

Demon’s Souls is not for the faint of heart, but if wish to test your mettle, then Bluepoint Games’ faithful remaster will certainly put your skills to the test.


So there you have it, the best PlayStation 5 games you can play right away.

Call of Duty

5 times that Black Ops Cold War butchered history

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:16

by Lauren Bergin

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War certainly caused a stir. The Cold War setting was something that fans were hyped about, but does the game really capture the era? Well, not quite. Here’s five times that the newest CoD release butchered history.

While there’s always been a debate as to whether or not the setting of Call of Duty games is simply an accessory to the fast-paced FPS action, Black Ops Cold War changed the discussion. The historical plotline was among the many things that fans were excited about, reinforced when the game’s trailer dropped, showing off a perfect blend of original and in-game footage.

Being Black Ops, the game’s fantastical but insanely popular Zombies maps make an appearance yet again, with the newest location (Firebaze Z) spelling another chapter in the iconic game mode.

So while, at the end of the day, Cold War is just a game, it suffers from some pretty serious inaccuracies. As a War Studies graduate who has done far too much research into the Cold War, let’s look at five times Cold War messed up its history.

The Viet Cong

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Viet Cong Soldiers
Activision
One of Cold War’s biggest mistakes is it’s portrayal of the Viet Cong.

North Vietnam’s Viet Cong army were hardly anything to smirk about. A well-oiled machine, the efforts of the Communist faction are the reason that America left the Vietnam conflict with their tail between their legs.

Both in the trailer for Cold War, as well as in the virtual world itself, the Vietnamese are pictured with the stereotypical farming hats used to shield against the sun. To say this is a historical inaccuracy isn’t even half of the truth.

This depiction somewhat creates the sense that the United States were an all-powerful behemoth fighting an army of farmers. In reality, the Viet Cong were hardly running around in padi headgear just waiting to take a bullet to the brain.

Also, why was Perseus in Vietnam?

Black Ops Cold War Perseus
Activision
Realistically, Perseus had no reason to be in ‘nam.

While the character Perseus is based on the supposed contemporary spy of the same name, the fact he’s decided to take a trip to Vietnam isn’t exactly something a lot of Soviet spies would have had on their bucket list.

After all, despite common conceptions, the Vietnamese and the Soviets practiced two very different forms of politics. The main focal point of the Cold War era for the Russians was the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union, which was literally falling apart at the seams from the beginning.

China was the main power that propped up North Vietnam, alongside other Communist neighbors like Laos and Cambodia, the targets of the infamous Christmas Bombings of 1972. Presenting the Vietnamese and the Soviets as friends is pretty far from actuality.

The East German Stasi

Black Ops Cold War East Berlin

One of Cold War’s best missions (Brick in the Wall) takes place in East Berlin, where the player attempts to infiltrate the desolate city in order to kill or capture known Soviet terrorist and crime lord Anton Volkov.

As you weave through the murky streets, you encounter a fantastical amount of Stasi, the East German secret police service. And therein lies the issue. The Stasi’s reign of terror was born of their invisibility. No one knew if they were watching, or if a family member was an informant.

So while Cold War clearly wants to give players a shootout, murder lurked in the air of the former Soviet Republic. While of course, the game focuses on action, it doesn’t even touch the fear that accompanied real-life in East Berlin.

The Cold War was a war on many fronts

Lawerence Sims Call of Duty Cold War

Lawerence Sims is, from a historical standpoint, one of the game’s most perplexing characters. It’s important to remember that, throughout the early years of the Cold War and well into Vietnam, people of color were fighting for their rights.

With both Civil Rights leaders and anti-Vietnam protesters attacking army decisions to use people of color as cannon fodder during the Vietnam conflict, Sims was pretty lucky to score a Black Ops gig of this scale.

While Cold War’s inclusion of his character is the perfect nod to how far we’ve come, giving Sims a little more depth by recognizing the fight for freedom that his historical counterparts undertook would have taken the game’s historical content to the next level.

Mikhail Gorbachev was no tyrant

Gorbachev in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
Activision
Cold War’s supposed tyrant was anything but.

During the Lubyanka Building mission, Belikov attends a meeting regarding a mole within the establishment (that is actually him, plot twist.) Said meeting is chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, then-Secretary of the Soviet Central Committee, but later Soviet Premier.

The Gorbachev we see in-game though is hardly the Gorbachev of real life. By 1984, two years after Cold War is set, his influential principles of glasnost and perestroika brought a new wave of transparency to the formerly censored society.

It’s also important to note that his friendly relationship with the US, as well as the rest of Europe, is cited by many as the reason for the Soviet Union’s collapse. Gorbachev loved his country, yes, but his vision for its future was very different from that of the KGB’s.


Whether video games should be historically accurate is a debate I can have until the cows come home, but at the end of the day these are games. Just like with TV shows and books, content has to be appealing.

There’s a reason the Cold War is remembered, and it isn’t a good one. Games like CoD keep these conflicts alive, and that’s something historians will always be appreciative of. Just remember and take it all with a pinch of salt and try not to use it as a basis for answers in your history finals!