There are a lot of games on the PS5 that aren’t as well-known but can still be just as exciting as its AAA exclusives.
The PS5 has a huge library of games with thousands of titles in all kinds of genres. Some exclusives, like Horizon: Forbidden West, Final Fantasy 16, and Marvel’s Spider-Man, are more well-known, but many great games from independent makers get lost and harder to find. Some of them might not even be on your mind.
PlayStation is a great platform for games with deep worlds and stories, and many of these hidden gems will give you just that. Whether you want more horror-mystery, science fiction, or fantasy, these games will blow your mind.
Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo
Aflred Hitchcock: Vertigo is a choice-based, interactive story game for the PS5 that is as interesting as any Don’t Nod or Quantic Dream game. It’s not a remake of Hitchcock’s 1958 movie about a San Francisco detective. Instead, it’s a whole new story with new characters and a similar mystery thriller plot in which the main character gets vertigo.
You play the part of a writer named Ed Miller who has been in a terrible car accident and needs to piece together his past by reliving important memories. The gameplay and story remind me a lot of games like Life is Strange and Tell Me Why, and Ed’s story is a great puzzle with a lot of turns and turns.
The Last Hero Of Nostalgaia
The Last Hero of Nostalgia used to be an Xbox-only game, but you can now play it on the PS5. It’s a game like Souls, but it has a funny tone that I haven’t seen much in other games.
Soulslikes have a narrator who makes fun of the game world and some of its tropes. This is a nice touch of humor in a genre that tends to be dark and serious.
Right from the screen where you make your character, you’ll notice the humor. With all those customization choices, your character will always be a glowing white pixelated exoskeleton, no matter where the slider falls.
You can choose from classes and wear gear, which is a funny process, and the enemies and bosses are still as dangerous, numerous, and out for your life as in any other Soulslike.
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened (2023)
Even though the PS5 has a lot of mystery games, Sherlock Holmes is often forgotten.
If you liked Frogwares’s other Sherlock Holmes games and want to play as the Victorian detective again, The Awakened is both a remake of the 2007 game and a sequel to 2021’s Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, which is why the main character is the same age as in both games. It has great images for the PS5, too.
This case, which has ties to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, is darker and more supernatural than any that Holmes and Watson have faced before. By solving puzzles, which is what the series is known for, the mood gets much scarier, and the story is about a strange cult that might have something to do with people going missing.
Killer Frequency is a first-person horror walking simulator and collaborative story that takes place in a 1980s radio station. Even though the Whistling Man is a serial killer on a killing run in the town of Gallows Creek, the writing is often funny and fits well with the puzzles.
Because in this game, you play DJ Forrest Nash, the host of the radio station, and help people on the other end of the line who might be victims of the Whistling Man. As you look through the building’s rooms and secret passages, you find more clues about who the killer might be and send information from puzzle pieces to try to save as many lives as you can.
Some of the best open-world maps are always found in PlayStation-only games, but Blacktail is a small game with a map that is just as beautiful. In this FPS mythology story, you shape the beginnings of a much younger Baba Yaga by making moral choices that can turn her into the evil person she is usually shown to be or into a more kind person.
You have a bow, like Aloy in Horizon, and you have to protect yourself from memories that have come back as dangerous creatures that roam the bright and colorful fantasy world, including some giant bosses. It’s a game that mixes different types, with a great traditional story and beautiful graphics.
Dredge is a fishing game with a Lovecraftian twist that you will come to love. You’ll take your boat and sail through the seas of an island called The Marrows, where the marine life isn’t your typical catch of the day. The fish look strange and alien, and you have to catch and sell them as part of tasks. But even bigger monsters live deep below the surface.
Using a day and night routine, you have to catch as many of a certain kind of fish as you can before the bigger Eldritch monsters catch up to you and try to destroy you and your boat. In addition to the fishing game, there is a story with a lot of information. You can find mysterious messages in bottles that tell you about the world, and a character named the Collector is after you.
Bramble: The Mountain King
You may have played the praised horror platformers Little Nightmares or Inside, but Bramble: The Mountain King is another unique experience with a more mature and gory Nordic folklore twist. You play as a young boy named Olle who is trying to save his sister in the 3D fantasy world of Bramble, which is full of beautiful landscapes, huge mythical creatures, and magical elements.
The horror is made worse, but the character still has the same innocence and charm as the main character in Six and Inside. When you jump past enemies from pads across a pond or giant mushrooms across a forest and move through scary dark vast settings, you’ll be mesmerized by the background sound design and music.
Star Trek: Resurgence
This less-talked-about Star Trek game from Dramatic Labs, which is a company that took over from Telltale Games and is made up of many of its former designers, has a cinematic branching storyline. With all the Star Trek movies and spin-off TV shows from Paramount+, Resurgence lets you play one of the most exciting original Star Trek stories based on characters.
Even though QTEs and the timed dialogue choices are back, the art style is different from that of Telltale games. The character models and facial animations are more lifelike, and there are new ways to fly spaceships and fight with phasers. On the USS Resolute, you’ll play as Starfleet officers Jara Rydek and Carter Diaz, who meet with many different characters, including fan favorite Spock.
After Us is a puzzle platformer game set in a post-apocalyptic future that looks great and would look even better on PS5. Aside from the beautiful 3D settings with dangerous environmental puzzles and grotesquely beautiful images, the game’s sound design makes the whole thing feel ethereal and surreal.
After Us tells the sad story of a world without people, where only the souls of animals and the bright Spirit of Life, Gaia, are left. Gaia’s shape and the way she flies remind me of Journey. When she walks, she leaves a trail of green behind her, and she has the power to turn barren environments back into their original, colorful state.
Only for PS5, Tchia is a cozy open-world island journey where you play as the game’s namesake. Even though Basket Random game is set in a made-up sandbox world, it is based on the native Kanak culture from New Caledonia, which is a French archipelago state in the South Pacific.
The main character is trying to save her father, and she has the fun ability to control anything around her, whether it’s an animal like a dog or a bird or something artificial like a tire. You’ll have a lot of fun things to do and minigames to play, like swimming through the water, or you can just play your ukulele like Ellie in The Last of Us Part 2.