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Best Backwards Compatible Games on PS4 & PS5

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Backwards compatibility gives players the power to breathe new life into older titles. For those who don't know, this feature allows players to play their older games on more recent hardware. So, for example, if you have a game that was released a few years ago. But the technology couldn't keep up. Then this would be a perfect title to make backwards compatible. This is because it can benefit from the newer hardware made available after the game's release. So without further ado, here are our picks for the Best Backwards Compatible Games on PS4 & PS5.

5. Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a game with a grimy Victorian aesthetic that has been soaked in the blood of infected villagers of Yharnam. In this game, players will play as a character known simply as The Hunter. Players will be able to customize their Hunter to their heart's content. Within the game's limitations and begin their gothic adventure. The very atmosphere of Bloodborne is weighty, and with the lore being inspired by Lovecraftian horror, this game certainly has a fear factor.

A lot of the time, players will have to battle with these foul beasts in this excruciatingly challenging game. The combat, however, is gratifying for those who take the time to learn its mechanics. What makes this game a fantastic title for backwards compatibility for the PS4 & PS5 is the improved performance that the game has. This does away with one of the significant drawbacks of the game and allows players to experience the game as FromSoftware intended. All in all, Bloodborne is one of the most fantastic backwards compatible games into which players should definitely sink their teeth.

4. Uncharted 4: Thief's End

Uncharted 4: Thief's End is an absolutely stunning-looking title. It is even more impressive when enhanced through the lens of the PlayStation 5. This gives the game a buttery smooth performance, which only improves on the solid foundation put forth. Players will be able to join Nathan Drake as she adventures for the last time, seemingly, and have firefights that simply flow together. Additionally, this game is one that greatly benefits from being backwards compatible. This really brings the most out of the title, which is fantastic.

Playing this game on the PS% is like playing an entirely new game. Everything from the graphical fidelity to the framerate has been smoothed out to perfection. While in the PS4 version, there are some issues with hitching, this isn't the case on the newer hardware. This makes the game an excellent pick for those who want to experience it and have the hardware to run it at its best. So, in conclusion, if you enjoy fast-paced action-adventure games with solid third-person shooter mechanics, then look no further than Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to whet your appetite.

3. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is already one of the most visually stunning games ever released. Add on top of that the performance boost that the PS5  brings to the table, and you have a recipe for an absolute masterpiece. The developers at Rockstar Games genuinely have outdone themselves in terms of graphical fidelity with Red Dead Redemption 2. From the flowing creeks to the massive mountain vistas and wide open ranges. This game is a title you must stop and admire from time to time.

There are many different moments throughout the game that can bring the player a feeling of serenity with it. Whether this is walking through a thick wood surrounded by massive trees or gazing out at a gorgeous lakeside. The eye candy within this game simply does not let up. With the game running at a buttery smooth sixty frames-per-second on PlayStation 5, there is simply no better way to experience the game. To close, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that one can simply be in awe of from time to time. And this is because it is one of the best-looking backwards compatible games for the PS4 & PS5 to date.

2. God of War

One area in which the PlayStation 5 version of God of War absolutely shines is within its combat. The gameplay has been refined to the point of near perfection with this version of the game. At the same time, the PlayStation 4 version is still excellent. There is no doubt that the PlayStation 5 is the definitive way to play the game. Players will be able to journey alongside Kratos and Atreus as they make their way through the Norse lands. And find out more about the world and themselves.

Players will be able to wield the Leviathan Axe in ways that, while possible on the PS4are nowhere near as polished and seamless. The upgrade in graphical fidelity is simply jaw-dropping, also, with the game locked at a smooth 60 frames-per-second. Players can enjoy all the combat that this game has to offer without missing a frame. For these reasons, as well as many more, players should enjoy God of War while they can, and the best way to do so is through the backwards compatibility of the PS5 & PS4.

1. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most visually stunning games gaming has received recently. Whether it is simply traveling through the countryside or cutting a swathe through your enemies, every second of this game is beautiful. In addition, this game is the type of game that utilizes backwards compatibility the best, as it allows players to experience the utmost of what a game has to offer players.

Playing as Jin Sakai, players will be able to protect the island of Tsushima from invaders. While also learning more about the world as they travel through this gorgeous landscape. The fluidity of motion and the movement of the leaves through the wind are second to none. Or reflections on the water, everything in this game is simply an artistic marvel to look at. So if you haven't experienced Ghost of Tsushima for yourself, try and do so on the PS5, as the hardware will allow you to take the game far past what is capable on the PS4. So in closing, Ghost of Tsushima is not only one of the best-looking backwards compatible games for the PS5 and PS4 but one of the best-looking games, period.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.