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What are the best adventure games on PS5? An adventure is described as an “exciting or daring experience”, and while most video games tend to tick this box, there’s a specific subset of releases that span this genre. Typically, adventure games tend to boast a mixture of mechanics, spanning everything from exploration to problem solving, with a focus on narrative and story-telling. Often, there’ll be a blend of combat and puzzles, which may expand to dungeons and open worlds.
However, there can be different types of adventure game, some without any combat at all. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is a more text-heavy take on the genre than Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, for example, which combines a hearty broth of gunfighting and environmental conundrums. A game like Horizon Forbidden West, meanwhile, revolves around its role-playing systems, but feels like a grand adventure in terms of scope and scale, as you navigate sprawling cities like Las Vegas and San Francisco.
A lot of adventure games will boast open worlds, but they can be more linear and smaller in scale. A game like A Plague Tale: Innocence, for instance, takes you on a very controlled excursion through Paris, as you work your way through the French capital and discover its secrets. The same can be said of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which represents a smaller-scale, indie production compared to some of the higher profile blockbusters you’ll find on this page.
As always, we’ve ordered these games based on your votes, so that they best reflect your personal opinions. If you want to have your own say, then you can search for a specific title using the box below, or simply rate any of the titles you find on this page. As time advances, this list will continue to grow and evolve, so that it’s always representative of your opinion of the best adventure games on PS5.
It’s worth noting that a game will need at least 50 ratings before it makes its way onto this page. If your personal favourite adventure is missing, it could be that it just hasn’t been rated enough times yet.
Best PS5 Games
With all that said, let’s get to our list of best adventure games on PS5, as determined by you.
20. The Pathless (PS5)
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Giant Squid
The Pathless lives up to its name with a gorgeous open world to explore, but it’s how you get around that sets this adventure apart. Playing as an archer, firing arrows at targets dotted throughout the map provide you a speed boost, letting you blitz through the natural environments and mysterious ruins with amazing flow. This traversal leads you to discover the secrets of a corrupted world, and you’ll solve puzzles and tackle fearsome creatures in your quest to cleanse the land. A beautiful game in many ways, this is quietly one of PS5’s best.
19. Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Developed primarily by the team that crafted the gigantic Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Immortals Fenyx Rising is an open world fantasy RPG with an emphasis on fluid combat and puzzle solving. You play as the customisable Fenyx — a hero tasked with ridding the realm of a corruption spread by Typhon — a key figure in Greek mythology. In fact, Immortals is heavily based on Greek myth, but the story’s told through humorous character interactions and offbeat narration. As such, it can be a fun adventure for players of all ages.
18. A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive / Developer: Asobo Studio
A Plague Tale: Innocence is the best kind of surprise: an unexpectedly strong historical outing with a likeable cast of characters and unique stealth mechanics. The fantasy underpinnings may not be to everyone’s tastes – especially as the tale somewhat limps to its conclusion – but Asobo Studio’s outstanding use of the PS5 hardware, including the DualSense, make it a must play for fans of story-based adventures.
17. Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5)
Publisher: Ember Lab / Developer: Ember Lab
This is the debut game from developer Ember Lab, and it’s a strong first effort. Kena: Bridge of Spirits gets top marks for its animation and visual flair, but it’s also a very enjoyable action platformer. It puts us in mind of PS2 classics such as Jak & Daxter; you’re traversing a sort-of open world environment, collecting things, solving puzzles, and engaging in simple yet surprisingly challenging combat. Those lovable Rot creatures and some tricky boss battles further cement this as a cult hit.
16. Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Remedy
Control pushed the limits of the PS4, delivering an intense third-person romp — but a technically flawed one. This return trip to the unorthodox Old House feels much more at home on the PS5, however, and while there are some strange difficulty spikes, Remedy’s unique brand of shooting shines throughout much of this engrossing outing. The oppressive setting, unnerving enemies, and wonderfully eerie atmosphere really come to life on Sony’s current-gen machine, offering much improved visuals and performance.
15. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS5)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Respawn Entertainment
One of the best Star Wars games in recent memory is Jedi: Fallen Order, and it’s even better with its PS5 iteration. The action title charts the adventures of Cal Kestis, a character who undergoes secret Jedi training amid the Empire’s crackdown. With a motley crew, you journey to various known and new worlds, engaging in simple environmental puzzles and intense melee combat. On PS5, the game benefits from improved framerate and higher resolution, giving you the best picture possible while cutting through Stormtroopers with your customised lightsaber.
14. Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS5)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Looking at it now, it’s genuinely hard to believe that Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn started life as a terribly misguided and badly designed MMO that came close to sinking one of Square Enix’s internal development teams. Its rebirth has been one of modern gaming’s most extraordinary success stories, and the game is now widely considered to be one of the greatest MMORPGs ever made. Bolstered by multiple extremely well received expansions, A Realm Reborn has gone from strength to strength, and it continues to attract millions of players. Many would even argue that it’s the best Final Fantasy game of the last decade — MMO or not.
13. Death’s Door (PS5)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Acid Nerve
Death’s Door isn’t doing anything particularly original, but everything presented here is just so well crafted. The game is an isometric action adventure, starring you as a reaper crow who must venture out and calm the lost souls that haunt the land. The world created here is a fascinating one, designed in an almost Dark Souls-like way; it intertwines with itself and pockmarks each area with baddies to fend off. The combat is straightforward but satisfying, and the presentation is really strong throughout. It might not break the mould, but this unassuming game puts its best talon forward.
12. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS5)
Publisher: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM
Disco Elysium stands as a truly great achievement in role-playing. Attempting to crack a dangerously suspicious murder case as an amnesiac cop, you’re tasked with interrogating the locals while trying to work out just who the hell you’re supposed to be. Engrossing from start to finish, Disco Elysium is built on a foundation of fantastic writing and brilliant characters, as you carve your own unique path through the atmospheric city of Revachol. Its methodical pace won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a deep and brain-bending RPG, you won’t find anything better on PS5.
11. Hitman 3 (PS5)
Publisher: IO Interactive / Developer: IO Interactive
The culmination of a generation of effort from the highly talented Danish developer IO Interactive, Hitman 3 is not only a sensational stealth game on its own – but it also compiles all of the locations from the World of Assassin trilogy, bringing them under one umbrella for near limitless espionage. The series blends large, intricately designed sandbox stages with clockwork-like gameplay, which is open to manipulation in any way you see fit. Your objective in each mission is to murder your marks without being spotted – and how you go about it is entirely up to you. A truly unique and flawlessly designed experience.