If you’re up for a challenge, there’s perhaps no single-player game on PS5 better than Returnal. From Housemarque, developer of hits such as Resogun, Alienation and Nex Machina, it’s a game that defies genre, combining elements of bullet hell shooters, rogue-likes and horror. It’s absolutely brilliant as a result.
In Returnal you play as Selene, a woman who has found herself crash landing on an alien planet. As if things couldn’t get any worse, upon exploring, she then finds dead bodies that inexplicably look like her. It’s upon dying that she then realises she’s caught in a cycle; after each death, she finds herself back at her ship, with the world around her changed somewhat. Can you take control of Selene and break the cycle? It’s a task that requires a great deal of skill.
With its fast-paced third person combat, stunning audio-visual design and effective implementation of DualSense features, Returnal is a shining example of what the PS5 is capable of. With no multiplayer features to speak of other than online leaderboards for its daily challenges, it’s also a strictly single-player affair. So, if you’re after the best single-player games on PS5, consider this essential.