PlayStation Studios certainly lives up to its reputation when it comes to console exclusives. Though its first-party line-up tends to earn unanimous praise, Sony doesn’t shy away from striking third-party exclusivity deals for risky endeavors, which pay off more often than not. When it comes to PS5, choices are plenty. From indies to AAs to AAA blockbusters, players have it all. Here are our nominations for Best PS5 Exclusive 2022, and category winner.
5. The Last of Us Part 1
The Last of Us Part 1‘s reception may have been muddled by the discourse surrounding its release and price point, but it’s impossible to deny that it was rebuilt with love, great care, and excellent attention to detail. With many PS5 players picking up a Sony console for the first time, it only makes sense to treat newcomers to one of the best PlayStation exclusives to date. Part 1 breathes new life into a 10-year-old game, with new additions like accessibility features that open the franchise up to everyone.
Described as an “anomaly” for its day-one release on PS Plus Extra and Premium, Stray commands attention. Playing as a cat in a neon-lit, lush world with a touching story, players will find their heartstrings tugged. Stray’s excellent art direction and environmental storytelling combined with its strong level design make it a must-play game.
3. Ghostwire Tokyo
Ghostwrite Tokyo might be the last (new) Bethesda-published game on a Sony platform, and it’s one to remember. It’s a treat for players who have a penchant for psychic and paranormal themes, and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The protagonist’s hands are central to combat, and combine spell-casting with elements of Kuji-Kiri. Add to this the perfectly haunted semi-open world of Tokyo, and players have one of Tango Gameworks’ finest releases to date.
2. Horizon Forbidden West
Aloy is back, and she’s no longer a confused outcast. Horizon Forbidden West improved every aspect that it retained from its predecessor, and added to its world deadlier machines, smarter foes, and unique new locales that are haunting and exotic in equal parts. Those who enjoy sprawling open worlds have plenty to do, from side quests to fun activities with NPCs. Those who prefer a linear experience will enjoy the storyline. Accessibility features are the cherry on top, ensuring that Horizon Forbidden West is for everyone.
And the winner is…
1. God of War Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok moves away from a single protagonist, offering players a chance to play as both Kratos and Atreus in a touching journey that sees the father and son duo travel to all Nine Realms with trusty friends. Ragnarok comes with a stunning cast of characters, each with an important role to play. Whether players are throwing Kratos’ magical axe around or smashing things with his Blades of Chaos, icing enemies never gets old and combat remains satisfying from start to finish. God of War Ragnarok is well worth the four-year wait and is one of the best PS5 exclusives to date.
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