45 BEST Open-World Games On PS4 In 2022

The comprehensive list of the 45 best games of the Open World genre on the PS4 console

There are a variety of genres in Video Games but only a couple managed to entice players. Some may love the passion of indies while some may strictly stick to the grinding of Fighting Games. But there is doubt that the Open World has revolutionized the medium in a way that new games offer creative freedom and pure joy. The entire genre has paved the way for critically acclaimed Video Games like Elden Ring and The Witcher 3. So join us as we discuss the 45 of the greatest and most fun Open World games that players can play on the PS4.

Related to this: Best Open World Games Xbox One

The Best PS4 Open World Games

The PS4 has a massive library of games. The console is almost at the end of its life cycle however Sony is still pushing games out for it. These games even include Next-Gen Playstation 5 titles like Horizon Forbidden West and the recently announced God of War Ragnarok.

So aside from a fantastic library of exclusive first-party titles. There are tons of amazing Open World games that PS4 users can get on to play to get the best value out of the system before they make the switch over to the PS5.

The Open world games that we will be looking at today all have something special and unique to offer. There might be a few caveats but surely they will please you with their gripping stories and awe-inspiring exploration. So without further delay let’s briefly discuss our list of the best Open World games to play on the PS4.

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45. Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition

Final fantasy 15
FFXV
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Single-player or Multi-Player: Both

The Final Fantasy game shave been known for its gripping stories. They are one of the founding pillars of JRPGs alongside Dragon Quest. Over the past decade or so, there have been numerous Final Fantasy games like the MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, and even the soon to be releasing and hyped-up, Final Fantasy 16.

However, when it comes to the title in the franchise that truly speaks volumes of Open-World capabilities is none other than Final Fantasy 15. The game had a rough development, as it was originally under the “Versus XIII” project before being re-made into the next FF title for the series.

You as play Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum, a soon-to-be-crowned king who travels the World of Eos with his friends; Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis. He learns that his Kingdom has been besieged by the Empire. Now it is up to Noctis as he must rightfully take back his father’s throne and claim the power of “King of Kings”.

FF15 has a somewhat barren and lackluster Open World design. This is why it ranks the lowest on our list. There are some equally fun and wholesome parts like riding along the roads of Eos in the Regalia car or traversing the landscapes on your Chocobo mounts. But that is far from a saving grace due to other mediocre aspects.

The Royal edition contains the complete saga of the game. Meaning you will have access to all of the Character Episode DLCs and other free content updates. The storytelling and other under-appreciated aspects make it a good Open-World Final Fantasy game available on the PS4.

44. Final Fantasy X

Final fantasy X
FFX HD Remaster
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Speaking of JRPGs, it was only right we went ahead with one of the best Final Fantasy titles. Final Fantasy X was originally launched on the Playstation 2 and featured a mediocre follow-up sequel known as Final Fantasy X-2.

However, the main game of the discussion is FFX. The main hero of the story is Tidus and the world of Spira. He is a renowned Blitzball player; an underwater-based football tag sport. His world is suddenly turned upside down as a legendary beast known as ‘Sin’ thrusts him into the future of another part of the world.

Along the way, we meet Yuna, the Love interest of Tidus, and many other characters and creatures. Now it is up to Tidus to shape his story and find out his origins as well as grow closer to Yuna and her companions as they fulfill her pilgrimage and stop Sin from causing more destruction.

The game features a semi-linear Open World that towards the end-game, expands wider in range. It opens up a variety of different mini-games and side content to hunt. Completing these things unlocks the most powerful weapons and gear for Tidus and the rest of the party members.

Final Fantasy X has a complex yet simple turn-based combat. It is strategic and requires proper knowledge of your turns. There are sleuths of awesome-looking summons in the game including Bahamut and Shiva to aid you in battle. Overall, it is one of the most beloved Open World Final Fantasy games ever made, and its Remaster, Final Fantasy X-2 is available on the PS4.

43. Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4
Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

It is without any given question that the Kingdom Hearts Franchise is known to boast action-packed gameplay and combat. Most players in the fanbase cherish it for the Disney crossover storyline and characters.

Kingdoms Hearts 3 is the latest title in the Franchise and leaves many questions to be asked about the future. Players are once again joined by Sora and along with his friends; Donald and Goofy. Together they venture across various new worlds to eliminate the Darkness and help restore balance to the order of Light and Darkness.

Right from the start, players can explore multi-facet Disney worlds taken straight from the movies. Where they can meet various Characters like Woody and Buzz Light year from Toy Story as well as Jack Sparrow and his crewmates from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Open world elements of Kingdom Hearts 3 are massive. The levels are much bigger in scale as compared to previous titles like Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 2. They offer a much-needed verticality in both combat and progression. It is all topped by a super-satisfying hack n slash combat system with Keyblades and magic.

We highly recommend playing through the previous games which are bundled as the All-in-One Package of Kingdom Hearts. The story can be confusing and tedious for a lot of players. But we assure you the combat and charm of the game will keep you glued with every title. We can only hope what Square Enix might cook up with the next title, Kingdom hearts 4 slated to launch in the coming years.

42. Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom

NNK2 PS4
Ni no Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom
  • Developer: Level-5 Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Ni no Kuni 2 is a Ghibli-inspired game and the sequel to the first game, Wrath of the White Witch. It supports unique RPG elements with a fantastic open world map. The game was followed up by an MMO-RPG spinoff for smartphones called Ni No Kuni Cross Worlds.

The game takes place more than a hundred years after the events of the first game. It is about Evan, a half-human Half-Grimalkin boy who is set to become the next heir of his kingdom. However, he is soon faced with the odds of a coup from the other species.

So now with the help of Roland, a human man from another world, he is tasked with the impossible task of rebuilding his kingdom from the ground up. Along the way, they will unite the forces of various other kingdoms and meet characters who will shape Evan’s heroic party.

There is tons of exploration to be done across the Open Word landscape in the game. There are many uniquely designed kingdoms to explore like Goldpaw and Hydopolis. The game has a fantastic builder-sim-like aspect where you design your Kingdom and place citizens to work in different estates.

Aside from that, you can hunt and take down various creatures and beasts found while exploring the world map. There are tons of grinding to be done for each character as well as tons of side quests to complete. The game is great for anyone looking for a light-hearted Open World RPG for the PS4. Not to mention the game has an adorable Ghibli Movie art style and supports a smooth 60 frames-per-second.

41. Fallout 4

PS4 Fallout 4
Fallout 4
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda SoftWorks
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

When it comes down to the best western RPGs, The Fallout franchise is one of many to come to mind in an instant. Fallout 4 was the latest title in the mainline game series. It was followed up by a multiplayer-focused game called Fallout: 76 which ultimately sent the series’ reputation into a complete downfall.

Fallout 4 provides a great luxury of open-world freedom as well as deep RPG element gameplay. There are many companions that you use as your sidekicks in the game including NPCs like Hancock. You can further boost their potential with the various Companion Perks to unlock for them.

Players venture across the post-apocalyptic lands of Boston, MA in hopes of reuniting with their long-lost child. There are various types of strong enemies to fight throughout the game like the Deathclaw among other fearsome and deadly creatures across the Commonwealth.

The game’s highlight is that players can build their Settlement and invite many friendly NPCs to take shelter there and grow it. It is a creative suite that is highly remembered in the hearts of diehard fans. Although the game might not be as creative and revolutionary as Fallout New Vegas.

But being able to take part in various Factions like the Railroad Clan. Farming for materials like the Fusion cores and Aluminium to create powerful items like the Ballistic Weave Mod. These features combined with the brilliant & classic Bethesda Open-World design make for it to be a great Video Game to pick up for the PS4.

40. Minecraft

PS4 Minecraft
Minecraft
  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Mojang/Playstation/Xbox Studios
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Technically, Minecraft is a sprawling sandbox game. But there is no doubt it too has become a pillar in gaming for having a masterclass open world philosophy and design. Gamers all over the world have grown up playing it and the popularity of the game isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Minecraft is readily accessible thanks to many of the Launchers you can find to download and install it. The main charm of the game relies upon its building and creativity aspects. There are multiple things to do in the game with your friends on the servers as well as the solo survival mode.

You can go out adventuring in lost dungeons or caves to farm for materials like Leather or Diamonds. You can further enhance the qualities of your arsenal with the Best Bow or Sword enchantments in the game. There are even specific Armor Enchantments available to craft and grow your character even more powerful.

The most amount of joy players will find in the game is creating their unique types of Farms, Houses, or even large structured Bases with their friends on multiplayer servers. You can complement your creative architecture with one of the cool-looking Room designs and even animals like Llamas or parrots.

So it goes without any question that we highly recommend trying the game out once. It supports intergenerational crossplay with all platforms including Switch, Xbox, and PC. So if you and your friends are looking for the best and most comforting cooperative Sandbox Open-World games on the PS4, Minecraft is gonna be a solid choice.

39. Prototypes 1 & 2

The Prototype games
Prototype 1 & 2
  • Developer: Radical Entertainment
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

The ultimate fun in today’s gaming era is all divided into fun bombastic gameplay or thought-provoking and emotional storytelling. The Prototype games the former with exhilarating gameplay almost similar to the Infamous games found since the PS3. Badass powers combined with a gritty New York metropolis setting.

Both Prototype games deliver high-octane and brutal violence through their combat. You play Alex Mercer who is a scientist that is afflicted with a mental illness. He gains the inhumane abilities of shape-shifting and constructing weapons and various other arsenals through these special powers.

The game may have some moments where the AI may act wonky or the story might feel too edgy for anyone’s comfort or viewing pleasure. But there is no questioning the fact that the game has one of the most well-praised traversals and combat styles. Mowing down enforcers with beat-em-up-like abilities feels ultra-satisfying.

Both of the games are heavily optimized for the PS4. They are available as a part of the Biohazard Bundle on the PSN Store that offers both titles. It is relatively cheap nowadays on sale and surely will prove to be an interesting choice for Action-Openworld gaming fans on the Playstation 4.

38. Haven

PS4 Haven
Haven
  • Developer & Publisher: The Game Bakers
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Haven is one of the lesser-known titles that was just released a couple of years ago. It is mostly centered around the dating sim aspect of two main characters Yu and Kay. But the gameplay is heavily revolved around navigating on a forgotten planet as you travel from zone to zone, learning all about the civilization and its habitat.

The game is unique in a sense with its turn-based combat. It is different than others because you control both characters using the different sides of the Controller and Keyboard. Additionally, players can control them using separate controllers in couch co-op, making it an excellent game for friends and couples.

The two lovers leave their homeland and crash land on an unidentified planet. Together they venture across its many zones, discovering ancient ruins and a growing and spreading infectious plague. The planet is divided into multiple areas where players can discover various interactions and fight strong enemies and creatures.

The combat is simple yet it requires you to pay attention since it is also an active time system. You will also see several interactions between the couple as you learn more about their characters and backgrounds. There are plentiful side objectives and tasks to keep you immersed and the main quest to guide with the primary progress.

The game is available on almost every platform with enhanced versions for the PS5 and Series X. The Game Bakers are known for making incredible games like Furi so it was nice seeing them take a newer fresh approach by designing a comforting Open-World game like Haven.

37. Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

DBZ Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
  • Developer: CyberConnect2
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is an Open World Adventure game. It is the first major installment in the long franchise of DBZ games to feature an Open World style design and gameplay since the Budokai series. The game lets you relive through the major arcs of the hit shonen show coupled with exciting and strategic beat em combat.

The gameplay is similar in elements to the recent Xenoverse games. Players in the story mode are locked in place in a determined zone and duke it out in a fast-paced arena-style combo battle. The prominent features are undoubtedly the RPG aspects which are unique to the series this time around.

Players can freely explore the various iconic cities and landscapes taken straight from the show and manga. You can hunt down various items and currencies whilst free-roaming the map, complete side quests to level up your characters, and even fight powerful resurrected bosses too.

Whereas Xenoverse also has an open-world element to it, Kakarot is more welcoming to newer fans or players looking for a streamlined DBZ game experience. The battles are fun and exhilarating. The legendary villain battles like Frieza and Majin Buu all put up a difficult fight for anyone who does not pay attention.

Overall, Kakarot is well worth your time if you are looking for a DBZ game that has a faithful adaptation to its origin and roots. The RPG aspects and combat make it an instant buy. Most of all, It is undoubtedly a fantastic creation of an Open-World game mixed with the DBZ universe, perfect for fans of the show who are on PS4.

36. Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 PS4
Borderlands 3
  • Developer: GearBox Software
  • Publisher: 2K 
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Borderlands 3 is the latest installment of the Borderlands franchise. It is the third game in the mainline series with a spinoff title; Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, which was released a couple of months ago on March 25, 2022. Borderlands 3 is known for facing a few minor controversies but it is still a fantastic Open-World Looter shooter.

Players once again step into the shoes of four brand new Vault Hunters; Amara, FL4K, Moze, and Zane. They all have drastically unique sets of abilities and builds to create like the powerful Iron Bear build for Moze.

The storytelling can be hit or miss with many people. The hardcore fans of the series neglected it since the downgrade from an amazing Video Games Villain such as Handsome Jack to the wannabe-Streamer Calypso Twins was a questionable decision on the writer’s part.

That aside, it is fundamentally one of the most fun and addictive borderlands experiences. The combat tweaks and adjustments made since the 2nd game in the series are noticeable in the buttery smooth gunplay. There are brand new locations to explore throughout the Galaxy for and more than a Billion Guns to hunt and farm.

You heard that right. It might sound comical enough but Borderlands 3 pushed the looter shooter boundary by doubling down on the loot chase incentives. Players can spend hours farming bosses for various types of different legendary guns to suit their builds and characters. Borderlands 3 fulfills the ultimate gamer fantasy of providing stellar and satisfying gunplay, so it easily is a must-buy for Open world shooter Video Game fanatics.

35. Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 is a Post-Apocalyptic Open-World Survival game that was released this year on February 4, 2022. The game is a sequel to the original beloved Dying Light game. and it prominently features a mix of free parkour melee and shooting combat coupled with a fantastic emphasis on world exploration.

Dying Light maintains the general nature of the first game in perfect essence. You fight to stay alive against a city overrun by zombies and rogue militia troops and gangs. Players can arm themselves with various Weapons and Killer-instinct Skills to combat various enemies with grace and precision.

You even enhance your equipment by finding the Best Blueprints & Easter Egg arsenal tucked away in the blind spots of the map and quests. There is even a paraglider to benefit the players who dislike ground traversal.

When it comes to Dying Light, the diehard community of fans appreciates its maneuverability and combat the most out of anything. Thus Farming XP for the Combat and Parkour progress bars become essential as the true fun and viability in the game’s smooth combat are derived from it.

The game has a huge map, set in the European city of Villedor. Getting around the map by parkouring across the rooftops or using unique objects like the Hoverboard will immensely help you travel with ease and even hunt down the Airdrops and other valuable items with your friends in Co-op. The game runs brilliantly on the PS4. We highly recommend checking out our Review and analysis of Dying Light 2 to learn more in-depth about it.

34. Saints Row The Third Remastered

Saints row the third
Saints Row the Third Remastered
  • Developer: Volition
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Although the latest entry is Saints Row 4. The game that made SR4 go off the rails wacky was due to the release of Saints Row 3. Even now, years later after the original release. The remaster of Saints Row 3 is surprisingly more appreciated by fans because of the game’s balance in maintaining the craziness over its mediocre successor.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered version was released in May 2020, almost 10 years after the original release. The remaster is well-received for preserving the spark and charm of the original with a sleuth of graphic enhancements and performance tweaks.

The Saints Row series is famous in the industry for combining different elements from the sandbox genre and mixing them up with comical and over-the-top themes such as god-like powers and other hilarious features.

The game is centered around gang warfare but dialed up to a hundred on the lunacy and fever-dream scale. There is so much to do in the game which can be similar in hindsight to the GTA series. But what Saints Row does differently than it is the engaging and fun dynamic of multiplying the creative mayhem to tenfold heights.

With a new paint job fit for the current generation consoles, Saints Row the Third is well worth your time if you are looking for a plain and simple Open World Sandbox game on the PS4 that isn’t afraid of going full-on absurd in both style and gameplay to fuel your inner chaos fantasy.

33. Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 PS4
Watch Dogs 2
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Ubisoft is not one to amaze the current generation as some of their franchises have seen “better days”. However one cannot simply deny the sheer complexity and variety of its older titles from a few years ago. Watch Dogs is one of the few underdog franchises of the company that still manages to garner immense love and support.

Watch Dogs 2 was released back in 2016 and upon launch, it was apparent that the developers had achieved a leap over some of the bland qualities and aspects of the first game. Although you can find some debates even now about fans preferring Aiden Pearce in the first game as a much better protagonist than Marcus in WD2.

Watch Dogs 2 is based on the real-life setting of San Francisco, CA. The game features Marcus Holloway as our main hero who gets recruited by an independent group of hackers known as DedSec, to take down the corrupted IT software known as CtOS and their founder company, Blume.

The game has a beautiful sprawling Open-World complete with various side content to do like infiltrate camps and hack your way through various puzzles. These features including the side missions and other collectible activities unlock brand-new weapons and skills. They make Marcus more technical in his gadgetry and expertise.

Overall, if you haven’t yet played the game, you will instantly be pulled in by some of its appreciative features like a well-designed open world to get immersed in and enjoy. Watch Dogs 2 Gold edition is relatively cheap on sale nowadays and is well worth the investment for the best third-person open-world games on the PS4.

32. Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria PS4
Tales of Berseria
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Tales of Beseria is one of the popular titles found in the Tales JRPG Franchise. There is no doubt that the latest Tales of Arise has been hitting the top dog of the JRPG genre right now. But when it comes to sheer devotion and remembrance from its hardcore fans, there is nothing quite like Tales of Berseria.

The main star of this title is Velvet Crowe as she fights the Abbey, a daemonic cult to avenge the death of her little brother, Laphicet. Along the way, she will meet several unique characters who will join her party including the likes of the comical and mystique witch, Maglilou, and the Pirate’s life gangster, Eizen.

The Open-world of Berseria is linear but slowly and surely it opens up to be a marvel for the most coveted JRPGs of the past decade. It looks and runs smoothly at 60FPS with dynamic hack n slash combat, which is strategic on the basis that you need to be aware of your special powers like Mystic Artes, party combos, and enemy attacks.

It all flows beautifully with a layered level design featuring zone-to-zone complexity in each dungeon and areas that you visit in the world of the Holy Midgand Empire all have an intricately designed verticality to them. Not to mention that is a great beginner game for first-time JRPG fans. So hence why we highly recommend checking Tales of Berseria out and making it your first JRPG to play if you haven’t already on the PS4.

31. Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Speaking of which, it only seemed appropriate to list one of the best JRPGs out right now. Tales of Arise won the Best JRPG award at The Game Awards 2021. It is critically acclaimed by many JRPG enthusiasts and critics. Most importantly, it is easily a few of the best Open World adventure games to play on your PS4 console.

However, If we compare all of the Tales games’ stories, then Arise has some weak elements to it. As we mentioned previously that some fans might prefer the storytelling elements of the past titles. But even that aside, the gameplay and combat aspects in Tales of Arise are exceptionally stellar and fun that you can’t help but love it.

The story follows our heroes Shionne and Alphen venturing across the lands of Dhana to liberate its masses from the tyranny and cruelty at the hands of the Republic of Rena.

The combat and world exploration of the Arise is considered the best in the market right now. There are in total of 6 playable characters during fights, each with a unique fighting style. In addition to that, Alphen has access to a whole set of special skills completely separate from your party, making it complex and layered.

The art style is extremely well-done from gorgeous lush fields to dazzling night markets brimmed with lights. Almost every area is equipped with its own set of dangerous enemies and creatures. There are distinctive OSTs for each location in the game too. Overall, if you love JRPGs, then you will love this game without question. Furthermore, you can check out our Detailed Review on Tales of Arise to learn more deeply about it.

30. Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3
  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
  • Publisher: Square Enix Europe
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Wanted to feel the mayhem at the edge of your fingertips? Look no further than Just Cause 3. The entire franchise of Just cause games is renowned for letting players take the creative freedom and cause as much havoc on the enemy militia as possible while still maintaining a logical atmosphere for all of it.

Just cause 3 was released back in 2015 and instantly became a hit among players. The game is most notable for its gigantic map and the ability to freely access it at your pleasure. There is still an established story mode as you play Rico Rodriguez who liberates the country of Medici from Sebastiano Di Ravello.

However, the real treat of the game is eradicating the map of various activities. The map is littered with enemy bases to destroy, outposts to exterminate, and captive towns to liberate. Doing these activities liberate a region of the map and there are several regions to be found, so you will be doing these activities for a long time.

Players can use the excellent traversal system of the game the wingsuit in conjunction with the grappling hook and parachute. It provides such a steady flow of maneuverability that most players end up refusing to drive any vehicles in the game. It is then coupled with the Jetpacks you can get from one of the fantastic DLCs.

Overall, Just Cause 3 is not only dirt cheap nowadays, but the game has a massive scale of things that you can accomplish inside a humongous Open world ready for you to jump into at the beginning of it on the PS4.

29. Nier Replicant

Nier Replicant PS4
Nier Replicant
  • Developer: Toylogic / PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix 
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

It is without a question that the Nier series has evolved so much over years. The storytelling is exceptional. It leaves you utterly speechless with each piece of complex writing. Nier Replicant is an Action-Adventure Open World game that is a prequel to 2017’s Nier Automata. all a part of the Drakengard series.

The remaster titled Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139 was released worldwide in April 2021. The game launched for all modern gen consoles with new enhanced visuals and other fine-tuning done on the combat and more. The story was also remade in certain aspects to befit the connection between the other titles too.

You play as a young unnamed buy who is in search of a cure for his sister. Along the way, you are introduced to the cursed entity known as the Shade and other characters like Kaine and the floating verses book, Grimoire Weiss. The story is all divided into consecutive playthroughs while adding in new plot points and details.

The storytelling style might be a hit or miss for many players but for gamers looking for a rich storytelling experience topped with a smooth hack n slash combat, the Nier series and Replicant accomplish that feat easily. Not to mention the Soundtrack of the game is an absolute masterclass in every single way.

28. Mafia Definitive Edition

The Mafia definitive edition
Mafia 1 Definitive Edition
  • Developer: Hangar 13
  • Publisher: 2K
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Mafia Definitive Edition is a remake of the original Mafia game released back in 2002. The game is a fantastic and faithful retelling of the impactful drama in the first game, combined with a 1:1 remake of the Fictional City of Lost Haven, Illinois. These are all crafted with life-like graphics and a host of new features exclusive to the remake.

The game is based on classic Noire criminal warfare storytelling. You play Tommy Angelo, a cab driver-turned-gangster working within an Italian mob gang. The writing aspect is inherent to the game and fans love cruising around Lost Haven in free ride mode while enjoying the 1930s atmosphere and action that takes place in it.

The city of Lost Haven is similar in size to Grand Theft Auto Vice City. There are a plethora of activities you can do when you’re not out doing missions like race horse betting and rally car racing to venture out in the world to discover secrets like Phone Booths or even hunt down special vehicles.

The performance of each character during the story combined with the smooth pacing of the gunplay shape it to be the most appreciated remakes of a classic gem. If you enjoy games like GTA but are looking for the story to be handled with finesse and integrity, not to mention with a great Open world to complement it? Then the Mafia Definitive edition is worth every dollar on the PS4.

27. Okami HD

Okami HD PS4
Okami HD remaster
  • Developer: Clover Studio
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Okami is an incredible one-of-a-kind open-world action game developed by Capcom’s Clover Studio. The game was exclusively released for the PS2 back in 2006. The game has a timeless art direction alongside a unique combat system, unlike other games of its genre.

Okami’s story takes place in a classical Japanese Era. It combines Japanese mythology with folklore to give players a sense of memorable and long-remembered nostalgia. It follows the story of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu as to how she saved the lands from evil and darkness.

The gameplay involves Amaterasu exploring the alluring ancient lands of Japan. The open world layout in Okami is breathtakingly beautiful. It is brimming with locales and sceneries reminiscent of watercolor paintings. Players use a paintbrush from drawing explosives or cutting stuff to drawing the sun and shining its light in the darkest parts of the lands. You also use it to interact with many other features of the game in special ways.

Okami HD was later released for modern-day consoles and is easily one of the best Open-world games ever remastered that you download on the PS4. Hideki Kamiya’s direction combined with the fact that there are rumors for a sequel has fans eager for more news.

26. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

PS4 Skyrim
Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda SoftWorks
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

It’s hard to undermine the impact that Skyrim has had on many gamers around the world in the past decade. The game easily has one of the largest modding communities in the entire industry. When it comes to legendary Open World RPGs, there is no one other to hold the torch quite as Skyrim has done for a long time.

The influence of the game on RPGs is so consequential, that Nexus Mods to this day, has almost an infinite number of mods available for it. The game is multi-faceted in terms of customization such as Light Armors to create and bows to craft. You can also boost your equipment using the Enchanting System of Skyrim.

The world and map layout of Skyrim is enormous. The world is functioning on its own and right from the start as you, the Dragonborn wakes up, you can go anywhere you want and do whatever suits you best. There are vast castles to discover, Powerful Dragons to slay, and many unknown horizons to explore.

Players can sink more than countless hours into it. So essentially, the game becomes like an offline MMORPG where the world is constantly evolving, and your character, as well as the actions you commit plus the multiple activities you do, all build a legacy in the world-building’s craftsmanship. The game officially supports mod compatibility on PS4 so there is no better time than now to experience the greatest Open World RPGs.

25. Grand Theft Auto 5

PS4 GTA 5
Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

When it comes to hitting the top sales chart in gaming, Rockstar has managed to accomplish that feat with their immensely popular Grand Theft Auto 5. It is the 5th installment in the mainline GTA franchise. The game had earned $1 billion in its first three days of launch. Now, GTA 5 is leading with 165 million units sold worldwide.

It continues to transcend past its record-breaking sales numbers to this day. The game offers the traditional blend of sandbox Open-world gameplay combined with three Protagonists; Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. They each have their unique abilities like Bullet time for Michael and Slo-mo driving technique for Franklin.

Lost Santos, the fictional city based on Los Angeles from GTA San Andreas is back and bigger than ever in size. The world is massive with an entire countryside and Desert region plus many other features to do inside it. Outside of missions, you can go do activities like side missions and discover loads of other time passes.

The online mode of the game called GTA Online is getting support and content drops even after all these years. It even got released as a standalone version for the Next-Gen consoles with upgraded Graphics and Performance. Overall, any gamer would know about GTA 5. It is one of the games alongside Skyrim which are a pillar in modern gaming history right now as the ideal Open World games, that are easily playable on the PS4.

24. Far Cry 5

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Far Cry 5
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal / Toronto
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in the critically acclaimed Far Cry franchise by Ubisoft. The game is beloved by many fans around the world for its First-Person Open-world action exploration. Not to mention the series is responsible for creating one of the best Video Game villains like Vaas Montenegro and Pagan Min.

Far Cry 5 takes place in the fictional countryside state known as Hope County, MT. You play as the custom-created character known as “The Deputy”. You are sent to investigate the bizarre and occultic occurrences in the state but you soon find out that it is besieged by a Cultist Leader known as Joseph Seed and his “Followers”.

The game features a vast array of awesome weapons and equipment that you use throughout the game to take on “Father Joseph’s” militia and followers. Most notably, you even have the creative freedom to take down an entire outpost with just a mini shovel as your tool of destruction.

Hope County is tremendously beautiful with lush landscapes and forests as well as the rural towns add a fair bit of depth to the game. You will be taking down Convoys with strategic planning and slowly taking back each region of the map. Players will need to eliminate his 3 main family members before they can take on Joseph.

Ultimately, the game provides you with enough freedom that the outdated formula of Ubisoft’s Open-World design gets outweighed. Far Cry 5’s entire campaign can be enjoyed in co-op with another friend to double the amount of mayhem and fun that you do in the game, keep in mind you will need an active PS Plus for it.

23. Mad Max

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Mad Max the Video Game
  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

While the Mad Max media is vividly known for its Blockbuster Movie franchise by George Miller. The game adaptation of the series was a hit among fans and to this day remains an underrated Post-apocalyptic Open-World game that brilliantly connects the universe of the beloved pop culture medium.

Mad Max The Video Game takes place in the apocalyptic wastelands. You play the series’ renowned hero, Max Rockatansky who finds himself broken and battered by the War boys who steal everything from him. He then ends up allying himself with a hunchbacked mechanic, Chumbucket.

He calls Max the “Saint” and introduces him to the Magnum Opus; the new car Max slowly builds throughout the entire venture of the game. Together you will explore the wastelands, complete various activities like outposts and Bandit Camps and uncover lost ruins filled with mysterious secrets to unearth.

The Wastelands is massive, it might seem empty and barren at first but for players looking for a game to keep them occupied for a hours on end, Mad Max is perfect. It features great Beat-Em-up combat similar to the Batman Arkham titles. Upgrading the Magnum Opus is deeply rewarding with its complex customization options. Overall, it’s a pure Open-World adventure title that many fans of the genre should not miss playing on the PS4.

22. Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

It is the 10th major installment in the long-running Assassin’s Creed Franchise. The game is the 1st title in the RPG trilogy of the games. It is based on the Egyptian mythology era with its various characters and folklore aspects featuring in it. The game was later followed up by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018.

Assassins Creed Origins was a huge turning point for the series. The game was essentially a soft reboot to the formula of the franchise and signaled that Ubisoft was looking to expand and try new things with their games. Ultimately, it ended up being a success and Origins was easily the most-liked out of the RPG trilogy series.

Players play as Bayek of Siwa, he is a medjay who goes on a quest to hunt down the Templar Order who was responsible for killing his son. You are accompanied by his wife, Arya who is also another assassin like him. Together you will venture across the ancient and elegant lands of Egypt and hunt their kind down.

The beautiful world of Egypt is intricately designed and created with high regard for its real-life counterpart. From exploring ancient tombs with hectic traps to scaling the top of the historical Pyramid of Giza. AC Origins is such an impressive accomplishment for the series. The Open-world RPG alteration was a risky route for the games but it was the best decision since it proved to be a breath of fresh air for fans who played it on PS4.

21. Batman Arkham Knight

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Batman Arkham Knight
  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

The Batman Arkham series is known for being the best Superhero Open-world game since the days of Xbox 360 and the PS3. Batman Arkham Knight is the 4th main title in the series and the sequel to Batman: Arkham Origins. The game is the epic finale of the franchise as players fight an ever-growing threat in Gotham City.

Players once again reprise the role of Bruce Wayne, A.K.A The Batman. The game is much more focused on an open-world setting this time around instead of the usual Linear-Adventure level design from past games. The entire city of Gotham and its boroughs are fully explorable and look breathtaking in the dark nightly skies.

Most Notably in Arkham Knight, players are granted full reins of the colossal Bat-Mobile. It functions as the primary means of getting around each area on ground level. The vehicle can transform into a massive tank that is used to take down other enemy combat tanks with precision and power.

The city of Gotham looks superb under the permanent night skies with its bright neon lights and grim atmosphere adding to the game’s penultimate finale. The game ends on a high note with a secret ending, adding speculation to this day on what Rocksteady might work next after the Suicide Squad Video Game. The PC port might’ve failed at launch but the game is hands down one of the best superhero open-world games on the PS4.

20. Days Gone

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Days Gone
  • Developer: Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

With so many technically impressive PS4 exclusives like the Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted 4. There exists the game known as Days Gone which relatively managed to get the short end of the stick in terms of popularity. The game is created by Bend Studio, who are also the creators behind the cult-classic Syphon Filter.

You play as Deacon Saint John. He is a former biker gang member who turns to live a peaceful life riding on the road with his motorcycle and his wife, Sarah. But amidst everything, an infection outbreak occurs. Deacon is forced to send his wife away and years later, it is now up to him to find out if she is alive in the world.

The game has a solid array of weapons that you can use to combat the hordes of zombies and other infected wildlife predators. The zombies are called ‘freakers’ in the game. The main star of the title is perhaps the motorcycle traversal system and the Horde battles.

Riding the bike across the rural countryside and hills of Oregon feels pleasing with only the fuel system hindering that enjoyment. The horde battles are a major highlight as they truly test the skills of the player and how they can use the environment and arsenal of Deacon in an epic “one versus all” scenario.

The game might not be everyone’s cup of tea due to some low points of the storytelling but we assure you it is worth a try if you are looking for a solid zombie survival open-world game tailored for the PS4. In addition to that, the game is also upgraded in performance and quality for the PS5 and is available on the PS Plus collection.

19. Infamous Second Son

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Infamous Second Son
  • Developer: Sucker Punch Studios
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

One of the most popular exclusives that were available on the PS3 console was the Infamous series. Infamous Second Son had an alluring charm of fulfilling the power fantasy genre for players. The game is pretty short but most importantly it was overlooked due to the fact it was released amidst the early stages of the PS4’s lifecycle.

Players take the role of Delsin Rowe who is played marvelously by renowned motion and voice actor, Troy Baker. Delsin is a loner who likes to spend his free time doing no-good antics and whatever might please his idle time. In an accident, he is struck with the powers of a conduit; people infected with biological shape-shifting powers.

The game takes place in the beautiful rendition of Seattle, WA. You can upgrade and unlock 4 different types of powers available for Delsin from Digital gamma blasts to Neon slipstream wonders. Seattle is occupied by the D.U.P military crew, and it is up to you to destroy every last one of them and free various boroughs of the city.

The game is yet another underappreciated gem from Playstation. The Karma system is extremely good in that it provides 2 different routes to pursue in the game that shape Delsin’s character into being Pure-hearted or Evil.

Overall, the game runs at a smooth 60FPS on the PS4 Pro and it looks gorgeous and plays great. So if you require cool-looking and badass powers in a great Open World setting? Second Son is a worthy purchase.

18. Monster Hunter World

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Monster Hunter World
  • Developer & Publisher: Capcom
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

The Monster Hunter Franchise is the most popular RPG series in Japan. The game boasts some of the most robust variety of weapons and builds. It has a great sense of gameplay loop and progression incentives. The latest game in the series is Monster Hunter Rise, which was the successor to Monster Hunter World.

When it comes down to it, so much can be said about Monster Hunter World and its beloved aspects. The game manages to never drop a beat in its complex and fast-paced combat design nor in its ability to keep players engrossed on the grind for the most badass equipment.

There are 14 different weapon types to choose from including the swift and speedy Dual Blades to the Almighty Greatsword. All these weapons’ functions and performance remain the same across all games including MHR. The monster designs are all unique and provide one of the coolest armor sets you have ever seen in a game.

As of now, MHW has sold over 18+ million copies and is easily one of the most titles in the long-running series. Capcom’s plans of introducing the franchise to the western audience with MH World was a massive success. The game is playable across all platforms.

You can relatively play most of the monster hunts with up to 3 players. There are tons of side activities to do too. So it is a must-buy for anyone looking for a unique Open-World game to sink their teeth into for hours on end.

17. Sleeping Dogs

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Sleeping Dogs
  • Developer: United Front Games
  • Publisher: Square Enix Europe
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

‘Sleeping dogs’ was pitched to be the spiritual successor within the True Crime franchise. But it was canceled by Activision Blizzard in 2011. It arguably made the fans of the game furious so hence even after all these years of the game’s release, Sleeping Dogs is easily one of the best “sandbox” Open-World games for the PS4.

Players may relatively judge a book by its cover most of the time when they check out this game. Some might call it a bootleg GTA clone or others may love the game instantly for what it does and how it tries to be different.

Players take the role of Undercover Cop Wei Shen. He is shown to be a part of a deal gone wrong situation and gets captured in the process on undercover duty. So Shen is then thrown into the mess of going undercover once again to infiltrate the Triad Clan known as the “Sun On Yee”.

However aside from that, there is so much to do and see in the various districts of Hong Kong. Players can compete in Cock Fights, participate in races, help the police bust drug deals, and much more. The combat is an excellent mix of shooting and hand-to-hand brawling with various special attacks to spice your combos.

The story, topped with the voice acting is exceedingly good. It feels like a crime thriller drama at times and Wei Shen feels like a perfectly laid-back and charismatic protagonist. The game is available quite a few times on sale for just a couple of dollars. It is undoubtedly an instant purchase for such an underrated and fantastic game.

16. Gravity Rush 1 & 2

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Gravity Rush 1 & 2
  • Developer: Japan Studio (Team Gravity)
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player

The first Gravity Rush was originally released on the PS Vita console in 2012, It was later ported as a remaster version over to the PS4 three years later It has a niche fanbase. It was followed up by a sequel in 2017 which thankfully did better than the first game.

The game is excellent by all means. The only real issue was that the game had zero marketing. One could even consider it the most underrated exclusive title alongside Shadow of the Colossus remaster.

The story is about a girl named Kat who mysteriously wakes one day in a world called Heksville having no idea about her existence. She is gifted gravity-defying powers by a strange cat whom she names Dusty. Essentially these powers allow Kat to combat interdimensional creatures called the Nevi.

The traversal and combat are the most unique aspects of both of the games. Most players get turned off by the fact that a lot of the maneuverability is done by Kat’s shifting powers. You control her via the flow of the camera in an unorthodox fashion. It can be nauseating and uncomfortable for some players.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg to the real charm and beauty of the game. The world is built with so much passion and care put into its art style and soundtrack. There is an indescribable charm hidden in the game which makes you appreciate it so much.

It is disheartening that the development team has since collapsed. However, we still urge you to check them out as it is a one-of-a-kind designed Open World game whose existence many players are not aware of on the PS4.

15. Shadow of the Colossus

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Shadow of the Colossus Remake
  • Developer: Team ICO / Blue Point Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

One of gaming’s most cherished series of games is easily Ico followed by Shadow of the Colossus. These games are historic in the sense that they inspired future open-world games including Zelda Breath of the Wild. It is especially important once you realize that Shadow of the Colossus became a cultural phenomenon.

The game already had a remaster for the PS3. However, Sony went the extra mile and gave fans a total remake with HD graphics from Blue Point Games. They are the profound creators of the new Demon Souls Remake as well as the Nathan Drake Collection. They made a remake of SOTC which was released in 2018 for the PS4.

Furthermore, the game was built from the ground up in comparison to its remaster and PS2 original port. The game follows a young boy named Wander who attempts to resurrect a girl named Mano from a deep slumber. Together with his trusty steed, Arno. Wander travels across the lands to slay 16 Colossi to free her from the curse.

Additionally, the main focus of the game is on its combat as well as the influence it has had on gaming. The David vs Goliath-inspired fight styles of each boss battle offers so much complexity and awe-inspiration. They all have different gimmicks and puzzles designed to topple them.

The game is so special in the hearts of fans, especially ones who grew up playing the original game. It is rather disappointing Sony hasn’t yet ported the game over to the PC fanbase waiting eagerly to play it. The ICO team that was responsible for creating it had a long road in its invention.

14. Dragon Quest 11

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Dragon Quest 11 S Definitive Edition
  • Developer & Publisher: Square Enix
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

The Dragon quest franchise started kickstarted the turn-based genre. The series is considered to be the foundation for all future JRPGs of the industry including Final Fantasy. Dragon Quest 11 was released in 2017 on the Switch and then 2 years later, the game would receive an enhanced version with new features in 2019.

You play as the “Hero” who journies to the Kingdom as the fated Luminary. However, the story pulls off an excellent twist that frames you as the villain and thus you are thrown into Jail. You escape and are soon on the run for answers from the ancient Yggdrasil tree. There are many fearsome challenges on your quest.

Along your journey to the Yggdrasil, you will meet any party members who have charming and different personalities like Serena and Veronica, Erik, Sylvando aswell Jade, and Rab. They all have their unique skill trees to unlock more of their arsenal which will no doubt help you slay ferocious beasts and creatures.

Renowned writer and artist, Akira Toriyama’s influence on the series with his art style is a testament to the greatness of the series and its long-running history. If you are a JRPGs lover and are looking for an awesome Open-World and accessible game in the genre, you find that Dragon Quest 11 Definitive Edition is a valuable investment on the PS4, not to mention it looks and runs great on it too.

13. God of War 2018

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God of War 2018
  • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

God Of War 2018 is considered to be the Top dog of the Playstation exclusive line-up. The game has won multiple Game of the Year accolades in the year that it was released especially since it reinvents are a franchise and took it to new heights. It is one of the best-selling Linear-Open World games for the PS4 system and Steam.

The game shifts its tone with the Main character Kratos taking a more laid-back approach. We see the more humane side of Kratos. It is all topped off with a fantastic Father-son cinematic storyline as he struggles to bury his past and come to terms with Atreus, his son. The writing and storytelling are a treat for storytelling lovers.

During the very early stages, the game might feel linear to an extent. However, you will soon begin to have the freedom of venturing across worlds beyond Midgard, the main location. Players can travel to places like Alfeim, Helheim, and the endgame areas too like Niflheim and Muspelheim.

Throughout the game, you will come across many challenges and side quests. You will obtain valuable collectible items like the Dragon Tears. Upgrading Kratos’ Leviathan Axe or his health bar capacity will require you to hunt objects like the Frozen Flames. There are even Treasure maps that will reward unique gear and helpful resources.

We can only hope how the future of the game pans out since the next mainline title is set to be the turning point. God of War Ragnarok features a few changes that might refresh the state of the game even more than before. Additionally, it was confirmed just ta a few days ago that the game is launching this year on November 9, 2022.

12. Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Developer: Guerilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Horizon Zero Dawn is a fresh and completely Open World exclusive that was created by the famed creators of the Killzone Franchise, Guerilla Games. The game was one of the many top-selling open-world games on the PS4. Furthermore, the PC release of the game had issues on launch but it further elevated its sales and appreciation.

Players take on the role of Aloy as she must overcome the odds of being a warrior and the oppression of her tribes. She finds herself digging for secrets that could save the world from a major catastrophe. Along with her bow, she will take on machine monsters and creatures to exterminate the evil known as Hades from the planet.

The game has a drop-dead gorgeous post-apocalyptic world filled to the brim with lush valleys, ruins, and jungles. Deadly and passive machine creatures roam the world periodically. Players can equip Aloy with a variety of equipment such as blastslings as well as armor crafted and upgradeable from various machine components.

The game was offered as a freebie on a few rare occasions. It is one of the Staple franchises of Playstation. The game was later followed up by an amazing sequel which we will briefly entail in our list too.

11. Bloodborne

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Bloodborne
  • Developer: From Software
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Bloodborne is an Open World Action RPG developed by From Software. It is one of the few exclusive titles from Sony that to this day gets adored by numerous players around the world. Before the legendary arrival of Elden Ring, Bloodborne was considered the true magnum opus by the series’ Director Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Bloodborne is notorious for being the most-wanted game requested by PC users. It has been more than 5 years that the game since the game has not received any patches or support from the Developers. The game has been a major influence on the Souls genre, even altering the name to the coveted, Souls Borne genre in Video Games.

Bloodborne is filled with multiple unique and bizarre locations. The game has an excellent gothic and grim nature in almost every zone. Whether it’s the 80s victorian inspired City of Yharnam or the monumental Castle Cainhurst. The connection between each mainline area will leave players mind-blown at its level designs & World-building.

It is an understatement how Bloodborne is a crowning achievement of its franchise. The die-hard fans of the game are still in high hopes for a PC port, remake, or even a supposed sequel. The game may be fairly difficult and merciless but it is indeed the perfect entryway for new fans of the series. Undoubtedly, it is easily one of the greatest exclusive video games made for the PS4 console.

10. CyberPunk 2077

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Cyberpunk 2077
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Although it might have suffered tremendously at launch. Beneath the entire rumble of criticism, Cyberpunk 2077 is an amazing action-packed Open World RPG. The gripping and emotional story of V combined with the exploration of the complex infrastructure of Night City is just too good to be missing out on now.

The custom-created protagonist, V is played excellently by both Voice actors, Chermai Leigh & Gavin Drea. Additionally, Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand and various other characters have such unique performances that the entire cinematic story of Cyberpunk keeps you immersed throughout its main campaign and side stories.

Players choose between 3 Beginner Lifepaths, each drastically changing your V’s personality and characteristics. You are then thrown into the chaotic and urbanistic world of Cyberpunk 2077. It is chock-full of crazy activities to do and feats to accomplish like hunting for the Best Legendary Armor to discovering the most Iconic Weapons.

The combat and gameplay are so complex and deep with the skill tree offering so many options for perks. You can alter these skills to match your builds whether it’s the Mantis Blades or the Katanas.

With so many Cool Looking Weapons and Clothes to customize your character too. Cyberpunk 2077 runs smoothly without any issues after the recent Patch 1.5 of the game. There are now little to no bugs or glitches to hinder its quality. We highly encourage you to give it chance now on the PS4 and see if it impresses you.

9. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Metal Gear Solid 5 is the penultimate conclusion to the critically acclaimed Franchise. It was the final Metal Gear Solid game directed and written by the legendary Hideo Kojima before he departed from Konami in 2015. MGSV was a highlight for the series because it was the first MGS game to feature an Open-World sandbox design.

MGS 5 is a trendsetter in the open world genre. When it came to the gameplay, it provides countless ways to execute your actions and get to the main objective. The game encourages all types of playstyles by handing you the main objective while the rest of the execution is completely up to your decisions.

The most unique aspect is that MGS 5 will punish players if players keep using the same tactics or approaches in conquering the enemy outposts and bases. It is astonishing and mind-blowing that the enemies become self-aware of your tactics and the next time you tackle missions, they are prepared with countermeasures.

So with such an incredible depth of sandbox action and gameplay. Combined with the fact that you have the pleasure of completing the game in total free-roam creativity is a testament to how special MGS5 is after all these years not just for Kojima himself but for hardcore fans of the series now on the PS4.

8. Yakuza 0

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Yakuza 0
  • Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Yakuza 0 is the prequel to the original game released back on the PS2. The game is considered to be one of the best Crime drama beat-em-up games from Japan. Additionally, Yakuza 0 is the most popular game in the long-running series from RGG Studios.

The game features dual protagonists Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. They both have entirely different background personalities and stories that converge into one towards the end of the entire game. The parallels between both of these renowned characters of the franchise are staggering and full of complexity and charm.

The game has excellent and satisfying combat which is amplified by its many unlockable move sets and upgrades to enhance the character’s potential. Both Kiryu and Majima have access to 4 different fighting styles with the final style being their iconic styles unlocked via completing their unique side activities.

The game takes place in the 80s of Kamurucho, Tokyo which is based on the real-life Kabukicho district. Although the dialogue might be exhausting and it might slow the pacing down in the beginning. The game offers one of the best high-octane dramas and boss fights. Not to mention pure banger boss fight tracks too. If you are looking for an entryway into the Yakuza series or a fantastic open-world story game on the PS4, Yakuza 0 is it.

7. Lost Judgment

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Lost Judgment
  • Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Speaking of which, RGG managed to branch off from the Yakuza series. Thus came the Judgment series, spinoff games taking place in a separate universe with some additional returning characters as cameos. Lost judgment is the sequel to the first judgment game released back in 2019 for the PS4.

Judgment was later remastered and released for the Series X and PS5. LJ improves on many aspects of the original by allowing quick fighting switch styles for the protagonist, Takayuki Yagami. It has a wide array of activities to do and most importantly, it has the most stellar and underrated storytelling in all RGG titles.

The game features two distinct locations; Kamurucho which is a returning location from past entries and Yokohama, Injincho which is the primary setting for Yakuza Like a Dragon. The open world and combat of LJ are full of immersion, from dancing & bike racing to taking part in some of the hilarious side quests.

RGG crosses the boundaries of writing by implementing a story about false sexual harassment, bullying, and suicide cases. It is disappointing that the series is as niche and that it did not get featured in any award nominee in a show. We highly recommend giving the games a chance as it is perfect for newcomers as well as fans looking for a grim and dark detective Open world game on the PS4.

6. Horizon Forbidden West

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Horizon Forbidden West
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Horizon Forbidden West exemplifies how Guerrilla managed to improve every crucial aspect that was wrong or lacking in the first Horizon game. It features a new and improved engine, a vast array of new weapons to use, and tons of other improvements that make it superior to the original game that was released in 2017.

Aloy is back and better than ever with a whole other cast of characters along her side. While the first story focused more on building Aloy’s character from the ground up. The story this time, emphasizes the various side characters, new tribes, and clans as well as Aloy’s struggles to rely more on her friends and family.

Players explore the extremely gorgeous Forbidden West lands and take on the new enemy clan known as the Tenakth rebels under Regalla. Players can equip Aloy with brand new Bows and powerful legendary Armor. There are new valuable collectibles to hunt in the world such as the new Relic Ruins, Survey Drones, and Black Boxes.

HFW has by far the highest fidelity in graphics from any Playstation game so far. Guerrilla has truly pushed past the borders of implementing realism in Video Games. The Tallnecks have new solvable puzzles to reach them. Topping 50% of the game sales chart in the UK, Horizon Forbidden West is an absolute must-buy on the PS4.

5. Ghost of Tsushima

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Ghost of Tsushima
  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Single or Multi-player: Both

Ghost of Tsushima is an Open World Adventure game that takes place during feudal Japanese times. The initial gameplay reveal trailer at E3 2018 had fans extremely hyped for it. Fast forward to a few years later it has successfully become one of the biggest open-world games to sell like hotcakes on the PS4.

The game features a completely free-of-cost multiplayer mode with up to 4 players with raids and other modes including a 2 player campaign mode. The game is only second to Horizon FW in being the most visually amazing game at the current time right now. Players play as Jin Sakai who fights against the Mongol invasion.

Jin is a Samurai-turned-shinobi who sacrifices his honor as a Samurai to save the lives of Tsushima Island against the Mongolian forces of Khotun Khan. Players can use the wind to guide them across the vibrant and alluring lands of the Island and complete various side activities like discovering Fox Shrines and NPC side quests.

The game takes a few inspirations from Assassin Creed’s playbook but it is safe to say that Tsushima manages to translate those beats without any repetitive hindrance. It is the perfect Open World game that will entice any player to invest hours into exploring every corner of its beautiful map.

4. Spider-Man PS4

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Spider-Man PS4
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

Insomniac Games are known for their high-quality and insanely fun games such as Ratchet and Clank as well as Sunset Overdrive. However, they are most well-known due to the amazing superhero video game adaptation of Spider-man on the PS4 which is soon to be released on Steam for PC in August.

The game boasts superb controls and fighting mechanics. It is set in a well-reimagined copy of New York City. Players play as the friendly neighbor Spider-man, Peter Parker. The game lets you fully web swing with immense satisfaction throughout the urban world of the city and features many iconic villains aswell as characters.

The game is a little short but the sheer quality of the storytelling, characters, and gameplay makes you well ignore past that minor aspect. Spider-Man PS4 game was a former Game of the Year nominee too. Using Peter’s many multi-faceted gadgets during the combat feels extremely rewarding and full of variety.

The game was followed up with a spinoff title that takes place after it and focuses on Miles Morales and is just as good as the original game in every aspect. The sequel is in full development and is slated to launch in 2023.

3. Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Developer: Rockstar Studios
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

Probably one of the longest-awaited games that were released back in 2018 alongside God of War was the sequel to a legendary game, known as Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar had built one of the most richest narrative experiences and mechanically realistic Open worlds at the time.

Even after all these years, the game is praised for its innovative design in a constantly shifting world. Arthur Morgan, the protagonist of the game is easily the most beloved hero in modern Video games. The writing and development of his character throughout the game are emotional and heart-breaking for many gamers.

The world is massive from swamps filled with Alligators and deadly cultists to Towns and settlements scattered across the wild west. They all have a varied change of pace for the player like hunting Legendary animals like the Panther or bear. There are even treasure maps scattered to award you for pitch-perfect discovery.

Rockstar has programmed each aspect of the world so masterfully that each small detail of the game leaves players speechless especially with the realism and attention-to-detail being kept so well. So much more can be said about the game as it is an achievement in technicality by Rockstar over a decade of development & work.

2. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Single or Multi-player: Single-player Game

The 2nd game on the list of Best Open World games is of course the legendary hallmark of the genre, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt which features unprecedented storytelling, soundtrack, and a rich cast of characters. The game is famous in the world for its amazingly crafted World and map design as well as its overall writing.

Geralt of Rivia is back and players are tasked with finding Yennefer’s whereabouts as well as taking on the forsaken Wild Hunt before it gets to his Daughter, Ciri. Players of the game are well-known to get sidetracked very easily when it comes to playing it. It is in fact, considered the best way to play it.

The map of Witcher 3 is littered to the brim with question marks to discover. What Witcher 3 does so different and more special than other Open World games is that each question mark may lead to a side quest that will have just as superb quality to treat it like a Main Quest in the game.

You cannot help but love every single moment of it. The combat is deeply engaging as players can combat fearsome creatures and enemies with various Steel swords and ranged Crossbows. Not to mention Geralt has the power to wield unique spells cast from Rune Words found in the game. Players who after all these years haven’t played the game are missing out on the most legendary Open world games out there.

1. Elden Ring

PS4 Elden Ring
Elden Ring
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Single or Multi-player: Both

The final game on our list is the recently released and worthy successor to Breath of the wild, Elden Ring. The game is superior in every single way to anything in the market. FromSoftware and Miyazaki have set a new standard for the entire genre of Open World games with the release of this game.

The game is so rich in style and presentation that it is the perfect combination of the Souls Borne formula enveloped into an Open World package. There are so many builds that players can strategize and play with from a pure Strength DPS to the swift and deadly Samurai build as well as builds focused on Mages too. Most of the Best Builds are all enhanced using only the Best Armor and Talismans found within the game.

The world is brimming with multiple layers of resourceful tunnels as well as bizarre Villages to investigate. Players can arm their tarnished with a multitude of amazing Weapons like the Rivers of Blood and Bolt of Gransax. Not feeling like using weapons? look no further than to overpowered spells such as the destructive Comet Azur.

Elden Ring is home to the most difficult bosses Fromsoft has ever created since the days of The Ringed City in Dark Souls 3 such as Malenia which offer powerful and rewarding Remembrances. But even so, there are players from the community known as “Let me Solo Her” who stand to tell tales like defeating her 1000+ times.

The game truly stands proud among every other in its genre and will continue to do so for a long time. Hardcore fans of the game and Souls Borne just want more and more of it. The game is our pick for one of the greatest and best Open World games available across every console and platform.

Verdict

The Open World genre is massive with a variety of games that offer different aspects, each of which can be different or end up being superior to other games despite being in the same genre.

Developers can experiment with so much creativity and systems that even the most perfect can feel flawed in a few ways. Besides that, the total 45 games we have covered today all contain different elements that make them feel unique in their way.

Few of which you might’ve already played or some might intrigue you so much that you will end up gushing and adoring it for years to come. It is what encapsulates players of Open World fans who grow fond of multiple aspects of the games.

We hope you enjoy reading this in-depth list of the Best Open World games for the PS4. Feel free to let us know which one is your favorite one and would you recommend it to other players in the comments section below!

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Usama Qaiser


He is eccentric about Action games like Yakuza as well as his favorite JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Persona. Nowadays you can find him focusing his mana on writing guides at eXputer.