The DualSense controller is the jewel in the PS5’s crown. It feels remarkably different from what’s come before, truly earning its next-gen status. But some games make better use of it than others.
Let’s look at some!
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
To be fair to DMC5, it’s a remastered PS4 game. So it was never going to be at the top of the innovation list.
It does an adequate job of implementing some haptic feedback that feels natural and fun during DMC5’s combat. But when compared to other entries on this list, it feels tacked on at times.
Capcom has clearly just applied the template from DualShock 4 to DualSense, then added some extras. Which is perfectly acceptable; it’s just not very inspiring.
However, if DMC 5 used the same system that Demon’s Souls does, the controller would never stop buzzing. Its combat is much more frantic and fast-paced, so we need to be realistic.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The DualSense controller adds new layers of fun to Black Ops Cold War, especially the responsive triggers, but there’s a caveat – this can actually be detrimental to competitive online play.
In essence, the triggers cause a mild lag, which can be the difference between life and death during a frenzied match. Some players feel it puts them at a disadvantage and have turned haptic feedback off. So those looking forward to Season One may opt to do this too.
It’s a shame, because the DualSense triggers feel truly next-gen when used casually or when playing through the campaign.
Ultimately, it’s down to player choice, but we’d be interested to hear what you think about this issue.
Bugsnax isn’t going to win any awards when it comes to next-gen graphical fidelity. But when it comes to making the most of the DualSense controller, the game does an admirable job.
It doesn’t do anything special, but makes a consistent effort to incorporate lots of small haptic responses, which enhances the experience on PS5.
This means Bugsnax makes much better use of the DualSense controller when compared to many other PS5 launch titles.
NBA 2K21 also does a decent job of incorporating lots of little haptic responses into its gameplay.
From moving around the court, to bouncing the ball, from taking a shot into the hoop, it’s clear 2K has got to a lot of effort.
This will make all the difference to players of the series; it just fits so well with the game style. Which is a great way to make the most of the PS5’s DualSense controller.
Dirt 5 is one of two rally racing launch titles on PS5, the second being WRC 9. It was inevitable that comparisons would be drawn between the two, especially when it came to how they make use of the DualSense controller.
WRC 9 makes more subtle use of the haptic responses, which racing purists may prefer. However, Dirt 5 goes full throttle and arguably makes better use of the new technology.
As Dirt 5 is much more of an arcade-style racing game, it benefits from this approach, meaning it’s a great game on which to experience the DualSense controller’s features properly.
Bluepoint games said they wanted players to really “feel the metal on metal.” We’re not so sure we’d go that far when describing the haptic feedback during Demon’s Souls combat – but wow, does it feel satisfying!
Demon’s Souls takes a measured and methodical approach to combat. It’s all about timing and patience rather than frenetic hacking and slashing. So when your blade does clash against another, or through armor and the demonic flesh below, you really know about it.
While Demon’s Souls may be a remake of a classic PS3 game, it’s use of the PS5’s DualSense controller truly cements its status as a next-gen title.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
If you’ve not played Spider-Man 2018 yet on PS4, we’d implore you to pick up a special edition copy of Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5.
Existing somewhere in the space between stand-alone DLC and full game, Miles Morales does an excellent job of letting you truly feel like Spider-Man – all thanks to the DualSense controller.
This is why playing both games on PS5 doubles your experience and doubles your fun. While it’s by no means perfect and won’t impress everyone, the haptic response from Spidey’s web-slinging feels made for the DualSense controller.
Let’s be honest about Astro’s Playroom. It’s a glorified tech demo that only exists to show off what the PS5 can do, specifically the DualSense controller. In fact, the software is totally geared around this and revels in the haptic technology at every opportunity.
This makes it by far the best game released on PS5 when it comes to demonstrating what the DualSense controller is capable of. Even if referring to Astro’s Playroom as a game is questionable in itself.
But they really have thought of everything when it comes to haptic experience. No other software released on PS5 quite captures this. The rain feels like rain, splashing in puddles feels authentic and every sensation is simulated to perfection.
While many players will be uninstalling Astro’s Playroom to make space for more complete titles, make sure you check out everything it has to offer first. Especially if you want to gain a real understanding of what your new DualSense controller can do.
While we absolutely love the PS5’s DualSense controller, this device is not without its issues – particularly when it comes to the analog sticks.
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