Open World games have flourished over the past years taking advantage of the new next-gen hardware. The PlayStation 4 system was more than capable of delivering the definitive open-world experience, with a substantial open-world library covering all genres and satisfying every type of gamer.
The Open-world games will always be a great choice both for new players and veterans, allowing a vast map to discover with so much to do starting from the main story up to the small detailed secrets and easter eggs. The player will find himself absorbed in these lively worlds spending countless hours of his free time.
Today we are here to provide you with the absolute best Open World games on the PlayStation 4 system, popular or not, so stick with us as we introduce our best 17 PlayStation Open-World games.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open-world game developed and published by the kings of open-world games Rockstar Games. RDR 2 is a direct sequel to Red Dead Redemption released exclusively on the previous gen consoles. You take control of one of the Van Der Linde gang members under the name of Arthur Morgan, Arthur finds himself in a world declining the Wild West while fighting rival gangs, running from the law enforcers, and discovering himself.
The game can be played both through first and third-person view, mainly the player can freely roam the map interacting with NPCs, following the story, or even fooling around. Just like the previous game, an honor system is available that can go up and down in favor of your deeds, also the wanted system is also here where you’ll find both law enforcers and bounty hunters trying to kill you if you do any criminal acts. Overall, i can’t recommend this enough as many of us clearly heard of it unless you were living under a rock, this is surely the definitive next-gen open-world experience unless Rockstar unveils the new GTA game.
Ghost Of Tsushima is an action-adventure open-world game developed exclusively for the PlayStation system. The player takes control of Jin Sakai a samurai warrior who is also known as the last survivor of his clan. After the Mongols invade his homeland killing his family and leaving him wounded, Jin realizes that the classic samurai warfare will not do any good against the Mongols, therefore he ventures to the nearby island to find new allies and learn new tactics to take revenge against the invaders.
The game is entirely played from a third person’s perspective, you can fight off enemies directly with your katana which can chain a series of fatal blows against your enemies, or you can play it stealth invading enemies’ camps without being noticed, developers encourage this king of gameplay with a decent array of weapons at your hand including a bow, smoke bombs, Kunais, and a blowgun. Ghost Of Tsushima features a huge map giving the player the full freedom to discover it using a horse. Overall, Ghost Of Tsushima is an amazing game both in terms of gameplay and visuals, if you like Japanese-themed games mixed with a dark atmosphere and a huge world to explore, this is a must-play on your system.
Horizon Zero Dawn is an open-world action RPG taking place in a distant post-apocalyptic future. The player takes control of Aloy a young huntress who has been cast out from her tribe the Nora, after several years Nora grows up with the help of another outcast named Rost, now Nora must embark on a new world discovering the truth about her past.
The game is played from a third-person perspective where the player can use a decent array of weapons including a bow, spear, projectiles, and many more. Aloy venture into a world full of machine creatures who act like wild animals, you can hunt these creatures for parts either by confronting them directly or attacking them discretely. The game terrain consists of four main structures jungle, desert, mountains, and forests, roaming the areas can be rewarding especially if you take on corrupted machines. In a word, Horizon Zero Dawn provides a huge lively world with amazing creatures’ behavior and an outstanding combat system that will keep you stuck in front of your tv for hours.
Just Cause 3 is an open-world GTA-style action-adventure game, the game mark the third installment of the Just Cause series offering amazing visuals and fun physics. Rico is now back in his homeland after six years of the event of the second game, now he must save his homeland from a newly rising dictator under the name of Sebastian Di Ravello. While the game story might be interesting it’s not by any means the main focus of the game.
Instead, developers took great care of the game’s physics including explosions, destructions, grappling hooks mechanics, and many more fun features. The focus of the game didn’t change, you roam the huge island causing chaos and destroying the dictator’s manufacturer and propaganda signs, you can do this by using weapons and explosives or even using your signature grappling hooks mechanic. In addition to the grappling hook and parachute, the new wingsuit is also here allowing you to glide mid-air, other game mechanics have also been updated allowing some creative destruction using the grappling hook tethering mechanics and many more. To wrap it all Just Cause 3 is a great example of a good sequel done right if you’re new to the just cause series this might be the perfect title to start with.
Mad Max is an open-world action-adventure game inspired by the well know Mad Max movie franchise. The main protagonist of the game is none but Max Rockatansky, Max roams the deserted wasteland fighting other gangs member and collecting resources to build vehicles, hoping to reach the Plains Of Silence.
The game is seen from a third-person perspective with a huge emphasis on vehicular combat. Mad Max roams the deserted wastelands fighting off gang members both on vehicles and on foot. Over the course of the game, the Magnum Opus can be upgraded and equipped with new weapons using the other gang’s vehicle parts including a grappling hook, flame throwers, and spikes. The game world consists of several regions each with its own theme, side quests, and collectibles to be found. Overall Mad Max is one hell of a ride presenting the movie’s world in such a captivating and charming way while also providing one of the best vehicular combat experiences on the system.
Subnautica is an open-world survival game with some mild horror elements. The game begins with the spaceship Aurora crashing on the ocean planet 4546B, the player takes control of one of the survivors exploring the vast ocean and unveiling the secret of this mysterious planet.
Subnautica is seen from a first-person perspective, mostly the player will spend his time exploring the ocean looking for clues left by other members of the Aurora. Scanning the Aurora debris scattered across the ocean will allow the player to build more powerful and useful items and buildings, depending on the difficulty chosen a thirst and hunger meter is also available if you like some challenge. Further up in the game you can build your base, upgrade your suits and oxygen tank or even build a huge submarine to explore the deep oceans. Despite the huge emphasis on freedom and exploration, the game has an amazing story to unveil if you follow the clues. Overall, Subnautica is an amazing survival game combining both an amazing sandbox experience with outstanding storytelling.
Assassin’s Creed series took a different approach after Syndicate, the developers choose a new path turning the game toward the RPG genre the new trilogy follows the same gameplay formula with different themes and historical backgrounds. Origins take place in ancient Egypt following the story of Medjay, a young Egyptian seeking revenge upon his son’s killers, Odyssey uses the same formula while taking place in ancient Greece, with a choice to play a male or a female player. Finally, Valhalla is set in the Viking age following a Viking warrior seeking power and authority to establish his new clan.
The three games are all seen from a third-person perspective, the player roams the huge map taking quests from various NPCs. Completing the main and sub-quest will grant the player experience point leveling the character and unlocking new powerful skills to beat the enemies down. Unlike the previous games in the series, the combat system has been entirely changed to fit the action RPG genre establishing a slow-paced combat system with fewer animations and harder executions. Although the new AC trilogy marks a huge departure from the classic formula, Ubisoft made the experience worth it with a huge world and a good historic choice.
The Long Dark is a first-person open-world survival game. The main story focus on Will Mackenzie a mysterious pilot. After hitting a storm, Will crash into the frozen Canadian wilderness, now wounded and freezing Will must survive the harsh environment while avoiding hostile animals and crafting survival items.
The game challenges the player to think and act in every aspect leaning more toward a simulation game. The player can craft useful items to help him in his adventure these items include weapons, hooks, torches, clothes, and many more. Two main modes are available story mode which takes the shape of an episodic adventure game unveiling the story of a mysterious pilot, the second mode is survival, in this mode, the player can roam the snowy lands freely surviving the harsh environment and testing the player skill to survive. For the most part, The Long Dark is an amazing open-world survival game especially if you enjoy some challenge in your games.
Far Cry 5 is an open-world first-person shooter game, the game mark the fifth installment of the Far Cry series. This entry takes place in the fictional land of Hope County, the land is now ruled by a mysterious doomsday cult under the leadership of a charismatic and brutal leader named Joseph Seed. Joseph rules the land of hope with iron and fire forming a militia under the cover of the doomsday plot. The player takes control of a sheriff deputy referred to as The Deputy, he is sent to Hope to investigate this new cult and hopefully, take down its leader with the help of the town’s residents. The game stick to its predecessor formula offering a first-person shooter open-world game while giving the player the freedom to explore the map both on foot and on vehicles.
Different from the previous games the main playable character’s appearance is now fully customizable to please the audience’s taste and preferences. Also different from the previous games the player now has more freedom to explore the map and engage the enemies in a nonlinear experience, the game urges the player to discover regions and complete certain actions, completing these activities will earn the player resistance points, reaching a certain number will trigger a story event. Also, you can recruit the locals to fight alongside you similar to the Far Cry 4 guns for hire system. On the whole, while Far Cry 5 sticks mostly to its predecessor’s formula the new unique story and the amazing visual upgrades make this game a must-play on the system and a good entry for new players.
Outer Wilds is a story-driven open-world space adventure game. The player takes control of an unknown alien creature, exploring a solar system on the verge of destruction. While trapped in a time loop, the player will find himself back in time after every supernova explosion while maintaining his old memories and experience. Now the player must unveil the mystery of the collapsing solar system by exploring all the planets across the solar system, and hopefully, break the time loop circle.
The main goal of the game is exploration, the player explores each planet to unveil its secret and collect more information about the ancient civilization that lived there. Most areas of the game are accessible from the beginning with the exception of a few planets that can only be accessed at a certain time while meeting certain requirements. after each death or supernova, the player will find himself respawned back in time holding the same knowledge allowing him to unveil more after each playthrough.
Watch Dog 2 is an action-adventure open-world game, the game follows the same formula as its predecessor presenting an open-world experience with a huge emphasis on hacking. Following the events of the first game, you control a young hacker named Marcus, Marcus joins a hacker group named Dedsec aiming to take down the new version of the Central Operation System.
Just like the previous game, Watch Dogs 2 is entirely played from a third-person perspective, with a huge map to explore. The player can roam the map freely using different vehicles including bikes, cars, trucks, and many more. The combat system encourages stealth using various hacking skills and manipulating the electronic environment in your favor. Also, normal weapons can be acquired using a 3d printer at the gang’s headquarter, these weapons include fire weapons, explosives, and melee-based weapons. Hacking and manipulating the enemy’s device can be useful, as it can lead to a police warrant and further arrest or turn the enemies against each other. Overall, Watch Dogs 2 is a fun ride from start to finish, with an amazing huge open world to explore and a brilliant hacking and combat system.
Batman Arkham Knight is an open-world action-adventure game, the game mark the fourth installment of the Batman Arkham series. The game takes place nine months after the death of the joker during the event of Arkham City, now Batman must deal with the struggle of losing his nemesis while getting ready for a new threat roaming the street of Arkham City.
Just like the previous games in the series the game offers an even bigger city with more details and outstanding graphics. The player can roam the city with Batman using the batmobile or on foot using the grappling hook and gliding with the black cap. through the city Batman encounter different enemies including guards, watchtowers, drones, and many more. New to the game, the enemies now can use various skills to counter your attack or even revive their fallen comrades. Overall, Arkham Knight offers a great entry into the franchise with a larger city to explore and great vehicular combat sequences.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open-world action RPG and the third game in the Witcher video game series. Just like in the previous games, you take control of Geralt a monster hunter for hire known as The Witcher. Geralt is now in search of his young apprentice Cirilla who disappeared years ago, with the help of his former friends Geralt embarks on a journey to save his former apprentice and uncover the mystery of the Wild Hunt group.
The game is seen from a third-person perspective, the player control Geralt discovering the vast world and interacting with NPCs on foot or on the horse. You have several weapons at your service including two swords, bombs, a crossbow, and many more. In addition, you can use magic which has been divided into five categories including defensive and offensive spells. Besides the amazing world-building and great battle system, the game focuses heavily on narrative and dialogue choices offering up to 36 different endings.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is an open-world action-adventure game, Miles Morales shares the same concept and setting with different story events. The first game takes place eight years after Peter Parker’s superhero journey; now having the experience needed Peter struggles to balance between his secret superhero life and his personal relationships. The second game is a direct sequel and spin-off following Miles Morales as he takes on the role of the second Spider-Man.
The game is seen from a third-person perspective, the player can freely move around New York city swinging and balancing between buildings, taking on new missions, and interacting with various NPCs. Completing tasks and main story events will grant the player access to new abilities and gadgets. The combat system is mainly divided into three categories physical, dodging, and web-based attacks. In addition, Spider-Man has access to various combat gadgets including electrocuted webs, web bombs, spider drones, and many more. Overall, Insomniac succeeded in every aspect of these two games offering an amazing ride from start to finish.
Elden Ring is an action RPG open-world game, the game takes huge inspiration from the previous Soul series. You take control of one of the tarnished one of many warriors who has been stripped of their grace and sent to fight in the new land looking for the Elden Ring.
The game is seen from a third-person perspective offering a huge world to explore and a combat system similar to the previous Fromsoftware titles such as Dark Souls and Bloodbourne. The combat focuses heavily on characters building elements and calculating movements such as dodging and timing your attacks perfectly while the game difficulty might seem a bit off for casual players learning the game’s mechanics is very rewarding and satisfying especially when you take on one of the bosses after countless tries. On a whole, Fromsoftware keeps amazing its fans with such perfected executions despite the same formula the developers always find a new way to perfect their next games and Elden Ring is not an exception.
Days Gone is an open-world post-apocalyptic survival third-person shooter game. The game takes place two years after a mysterious disease swept the world killing most of humanity, and turning them into zombie-like creatures known as Freakers. The player takes control of Deek a former us army soldier, after the pandemic Deek work as an outlaw mercenary completing the request of other community and gangs in exchange for supplies.
The world is completely open allowing exploration and gathering of resources to craft new weapons and supplies, the player can complete an objective in multiple ways including stealth or going full blast. Also, a huge variety of weapons can be used and crafted through the course of the game including pistols, rifles, explosives, and traps. The map features a fictional Oregon map with over six regions to explore.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is an open-world survival horror game, it acts as a direct sequel to Dying Light following the same storyline. The game takes place 22 years after the events of its predecessor, the player takes control of Aiden an infected survivor looking for his missing sister. Visiting the new city Villedor Aiden must take on missions and quest from various factions across the city struggling for power and resources.
Just like the previous title, the game is entirely seen from a first-person perspective with a huge emphasis on parkour and melee combat. During the day the city is mostly populated by human factions and survivors, the real action occurs at night when everyone hides inside and zombie lurks on the streets. During your journey you can use and modify weapons at ease, killing zombies and completing missions will gain you exp points which can be exploited to unlock new skills and moves. Overall the game did a great job improving some of the previous title mechanics and enhancing the gameplay with new content.