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 At launch, there weren't exactly many graphical arguments to get a PS5. But that's normal because it takes some time for developers to get to grips with new hardware. Almost two years later, it's... not much better either. So be it: We present ten games that will spoil your eyes and use the console's possibilities in terms of 4K resolution, HDR, and ray tracing as well as currently possible.


10th place: Demon's Souls

The first major PS5 title caused jaws to drop, and not just because of its extreme level of difficulty. From the original, the remake of the From Software classic no longer reveals anything, at least on the technical side. The game world Boletaria shines in new splendor, thanks to the crisp 4K resolution, even the smallest details are able to impress - and seen practically without loading times. Behind all this splendor is the ingenious level design, but it's still pretty much unchanged, and even the smooth animations last exactly as long as those of the PS3 original. However, the lack of ray tracing is symptomatic of the big problem with the PS5 launch game: It's nice but doesn't even begin to show what the console is capable of.

9th place: Horizon: Forbidden West

Aloy's first adventure pushed the PS4 to its limits back in 2017. Horizon: Forbidden West may not challenge the PS5 in a similar way, but the foray into the forbidden west nonetheless conjures up beautiful scenes on television. In performance mode, the upscaled 1800p looks much sharper thanks to temporal injection, and that at 60 FPS. Especially with activated HDR, the world is absurdly alive: detailed meadows, beautiful sunsets, and the finely crafted dinosaur machines quickly forget the most annoying fact: Forbidden West would probably have looked a lot better if it had been developed exclusively for the PS5. And if Aloy's stubborn hair physics didn't regularly have their own, well, head.

8th place: Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The spin-off of the great Spider-Man on Playstation 4 offers more of the same gameplay - and that's meant in a positive way. Because the mix of swinging and fighting also works well in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Compared to its predecessor, however, the launch title makes a strong leap forward. Above all, it is the grandiose ray tracing effects that make for big spider eyes. In New York, it shines, sparkles, and reflects in almost every situation: when swinging the net through the street canyons, during the smooth fights, or on a relaxed sightseeing tour. Rarely has the Big Apple been so lively and handsome!

7th place: Returnal

Returnal is hard, even very hard. The rogue-lite sends you to a distant planet with astronaut Selene, who only wants one thing: to kill you. Trapped in a time warp, you'll need a great willingness to learn and a tolerance for frustration to survive in this mix of action-adventure and shoot-'em-up. But Returnal not only rewards your diligence with great feelings of happiness but also with splendid graphics. You explore a dark, fascinating, and highly exciting world, whose design is settled between Metroid and Alien. Each area sets different visual accents and surprises with unusual opponents. Massive ray tracing effects, crisp 4K resolution and stable 60 FPS show what an action title should look like. So Returnal is not only one of the hardest, but also one of the most beautiful PS5 games.

6th place: Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 is the love of the car in a game. Sure, even the PS1 debut was about crazy tuning and cars that cost more than many single-family homes. But part seven turns all controls to the limit, both in terms of content and graphics. In the car dealership, you will delight in meticulously reproduced vehicles. The level of detail is breathtaking: Thanks to a high-quality 4K resolution, even fine writing on the speedometer or filigree elements on the dashboard catch your eye. HDR support puts the changing times of day and weather conditions in the best light: smashing through the night rain with the headlights on looks simply stunning. In addition, the haptic triggers and an excellently balanced control let you feel the differences between the cars at any time.

5th place: Cyberpunk 2077

Let's just pretend that Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous launch, with all its technical glitches, never happened. Due to the heavily delayed next-gen patch, CD Projekt Red finally made enough apologies. Night City shines more beautifully than ever and literally engulfs you in its dark, brutal atmosphere. Support for the DualSense controller, hardly any loading times, dynamic resolution, stable frame rates, and many other features - this is what makes rambling through the bright neon city fun. The only bitter thing is that ray tracing only affects shadows and not reflections.

4th place: God of War Ragnarok

Kratos and his boy deny their arduous journey on the PS5 even in 120 FPS, assuming an appropriate television. The art style is so harmonious and coherent, the animations so fluffy that it is a sheer joy to roam the Nordic world of legends and beat up all sorts of mythical creatures. With all the optical finesse, imperfections are of course all the more noticeable. Low-detail deserts, recycled level elements, weak lighting. Ragnarök pushes the PS4 (Pro) to its limits and is still one of the best that can be had on the last-gen console. However, the PS5 doesn't even begin to sweat. However, it still delivers a consistently stable 60 FPS.

3rd place: The Callisto Protocol

All hell is breaking loose in Black Iron Prison and you're in the thick of it! Dead Space dad Glen Schofield is making full use of the PS5's hardware power for his new survival horror offspring to scare you. The smallest details such as scratches on the walls bear witness to the atrocities committed by the guards or the attacks of the mutants. The animations are sluggish, and powerful and convey the brutality perfectly. The graphics are impressive even in performance mode with 60 frames per second. However, the higher resolution and improved reflections and shadow play in quality mode really push the immersion to unhealthy heights. If you don't get scared here, you're already dead inside.

2nd place: A Plague Tale: Requiem

The predecessor A Plague Tale: Innocence already caused disbelieving looks in 2019. How could the relatively small studio Asobo, with its comparatively limited resources, create such an incredibly beautiful title? The successor went two shovels on every point. A whopping 300,000 rats scurry across the screen at once, and the level of detail increases many times over. Environments, cities, facial animations: Often you just have to stand in awe and admire the splendor. Roaring festivals on Mediterranean islands or a normal weekly market pull into the game world and don't let go so quickly. The only downside: Requiem only runs at 30 frames per second on the PS5.

1st place: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Remember the days when there was a graphical flagship game for every new console? One where your jaw dropped to the floor in the first second? That's what Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is for the PS5. The interdimensional trip of Lombax and robots enchants you with rich colors, playful animations, detailed locations and funny interludes. Technically, the game was tailored to the possibilities of the PS5. You'll notice that in particular with the crazy changes between the dimensions, which take place without any loading times. It goes seamlessly from swampland to space and back again. But all this is no show, but the bread and butter of an action platformer that is great from start to finish.