What are the best open world games for PS4?

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    #1The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an adventure role-playing game created by CD Projekt RED. It was released in 2015 as a sequel to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. In this game, the player controls Geralt, a monster hunter trying to save his daughter.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $49.99

    Roger Elliott
    Written on May 14, 2017
    "I'm a big big big fan of the original books. When my friends told me about Witcher 3, I was wary. I expected some dull cash-in. Oh, boy, I was so wrong. The Witcher 3 is not only a huge open world game (even bigger with its two expansions) but also it has the same grey and twisted stories and characters from the books. Nothing its what it seems. Everyone hides their own secrets and an iniatially simple side-quest can turn into a big adventure. And then there's the painful decisions. The situations that you'll need to tackle as Geralt are not white nor black: they are complex situations where you won't see the consequences of your actions until much further in the game. Get ready for an awesome adventure. And if you love the game, READ THE BOOKS"
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    #2Horizon Zero Dawn

    Horizon Zero Dawn

    Horizon Zero Dawn is an open-world action role-playing game played from a third-person view. Players take control of Aloy as she progresses through a post-apocalyptic land ruled by robotic creatures known simply as "Machines".

    Games

    PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    John Chang
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "Open world games are my favorites, because I don't have to follow what the creators think is the best path for me, I can just take off and find my adventure and create my path in the game. Horizon Zero Dawn is totally this kind of game! I went for the open world experience, but was in total awe of the beauty: the scenery is awesome, the weather system and day cycle, wow, totally brew me away! But if you think is all fluff and no content, you're wrong: the combat system is tight and the story telling will make you think, something not all games manage to do... "
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    #3The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game, playable from either a first or third-person perspective. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment. 

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

    $39.99

    Jordan Garrett
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "No shite that Bethesda is the frontrunner when it comes to open world games. Sure, they're bound to be plenty of glitches to be found in any Bethesda release, but I personally think that it's all part of the charm in their games. This game has it all: swords, magic, and even dragons that you can slay, along with colorful NPCs that you can interact with. FUS ROH DA!"

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Open-world games are a type of video games where the player is free to roam around the virtual world, hence the name. Freedom is the defining characteristic of the open-world genre, providing the player with the ability to do what they want in the game with little to no limitations. These games are characterized by nonlinear gameplay, with fewer restrictions on the player to visit certain places on the maps because the story hasn’t progressed that far.

DID YOU KNOW?

Two of the top five best-selling games are open-world games. Grand Theft Auto V, the fastest selling video game, has sold over 95,000,000 copies since its release in 2013. Minecraft, on the hand, has sold over 144,000,000 copies since 2011. The appeal of these games depends on the fact that in open-world games, the whole world is the player’s oyster. In Minecraft, the player is limited only by his imagination. In GTA V, the player dictates gameplay outside the missions. In the four decades since open-world video games were first developed and released, open-world games have evolved from games played on a mainframe to games with stereoscopic 3D graphics. Improved game technology and the promise of freedom have resulted to a rise in popularity for open-world games, with prime examples being World of Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and the Witcher series.

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    #4Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game for Windows computers, and for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4 video game consoles. It was developed by Rockstar North and released by Rockstar Games in 2013.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

    $29.99

    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "GTA 5 is the best entry of the series and one of the best open world games ever. Period. You have a rich campaign with THREE MAIN CHARACTERS (Trevor rules, you know it, everyone knows it) AND a complete multiplayer mode that keeps updated every now and then and allows players to create their own modes AND you have a massive living world with urban zones, mountains, parks... with plenty of activities and mayhem opportunities. It's only flaw? The campaign DLC hasnt come over yet!"
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    #5Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption is an action adventure game by Rockstar Games which has a Western setting in an open-world environment. The player controls Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and gang member in 1899. It will be released in October 2018.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $59.99

    Roy Russell
    Written on June 6, 2018
    "The first game was pretty darn good, and I would expect for this to piggy back off of this one and only get better. With that said sometimes it does not happen that way. We shall see what happens but I expect it to be good, and while I want it, I won't be on the pre-release."
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    #6Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a tactical open-world stealth action video game developed and published by Konami Digital Entertainment. The game is set in 1984 and the goal is to revenge on the shadow group, XOF.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

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    Chao Hu
    Written on May 2, 2017
    "Yes. The story sucks. It lacks a third act. True. But if you focus on the gameplay... then, oh, boy, you are in for the ride of your life. THIS is how you do an open word - sandbox experience. You can tackle the missions in any way you want. You have plenty of tools, the IA adapts to your movements, and the game has some good QOL system that the series needed from years ago. As I said, forget about the story and enjoy its almost infinite possibilities to be Big Boss, the stealthy legend."
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    #7Watch Dogs 2

    Watch Dogs 2

    Welcome to San Francisco. Play as Marcus, a brilliant young hacker, and join the most notorious hacker group, DedSec. Your objective: execute the biggest hack of history. 

    Games

    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows

    $59.99

    Frank Barnett
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "Watch Dogs, the original one, the first one, was a failure, a dull game. Watch Dogs 2 reminds me to Assassin's Creed 2: improves the original entry in any possible way. The hacking elements are more flexible and easy to use, the missions are more varied and fun to do and you don't want to punch the main hero. I hope that Watch Dogs 3 will follow its path."
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    #8inFAMOUS: Second Son

    inFAMOUS: Second Son
    In Infamous Second Son, players control the main character Delsin Rowe from a third-person perspective and freely roam open world Seattle. Players parkour-style climb vertical surfaces like high-rise buildings. Delsin is a Conduit, which allows him to use superpower abilities by manipulating materials such as smoke, neon, video, and concrete.
    Games

    Amazon, PlayStation 4

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    Jordan Watkins
    Written on July 29, 2017
    "inFamous Second Son was the first PS4 must-buy and its still one of the top open world games for the Sony console. You'll control a sort of super hero that can absorb other "heroes" powers. You start controlling smoke, then neon... So every few hours the gameplay gets more varied and funnier. The bad things? A boring plot and a even more boring villain."
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    #9Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs is an action-adventure video game that takes place from a third-person perspective. The player controls Wei Shen, a Chinese-American police officer who goes undercover and infiltrates the Sun On Yee Triad organization.  

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

    $29.99

    Brandon Barrett
    Written on July 14, 2017
    "Sleeping Dogs for PS4 is a remastered version. But you won't notice its age. Imagine a GTA like game but with a more "intimate" approach. It's world, some districts of Hong Kong, its smaller than its rivals but its more lively and dense packed with content and activities. The car chases are few but they are stunning. The story is less epic but more dramatical and personal. I wish there was more games like this..."
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    #10Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

    Create a team with up to 3 friends in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and enjoy the ultimate military shooter experience set in a massive, dangerous, and responsive open-world.

    Games

    Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation 4

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    Jack Patel
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "Wildlands rocks if you have some friends to play with. Doing coop missions or coop exploration to its MASSIVE world its super fun, specially if you try to f*ck with each other instead of playing by the book. You are a lonely wolf? Then try another thing. Solo play is super dull in this game."
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    #11Gravity Rush 2

    Gravity Rush 2
    Gravity Rush 2, is an action-adventure video game. Players are able to choose among three gravity styles: the original style from the first game, Lunar and Jupiter. Lunar will be light and increase Kat's speed and her ability to jump higher. Jupiter will make Kat feel heavy, giving her attacks more impact.
    Games

    Amazon, PlayStation 4

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    Justin May
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "Kat is my waifu. Kat is love. Kat is life. Ehem. Okay. Now to the main point: Gravity Rush 2 lacks the originality factor from the first one but its still an enjoyable adventure. The world is now bigger and its amazing to use gravity at your will to travel from place to place or knock down the enemies. The problem is that there's a lot of missions that blocks Kat's gravity powers."
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    #12Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    Spider-Man is an action-adventure open world game by Insomniac Games that lets players control Spider-man and experience a whole new plot and storyline that is unique and unlike any other to date. It will be released in September 2018.

    Games

    GameStop

    $59.99

    Jose Gomez
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "NGL, I hope this game won't be another disappointment during its public release because I already preordered the game. It's been fun so far, and I'm 100% sure they're going to add more features to it that would make it more enjoyable"
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    #13Just Cause 3

    Just Cause 3

    Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure game, played from a third-person perspective. It is set in an open world environment of fictional Mediterranean island known as Medici with Rico Rodriguez set as the protagonist. 

    Games

    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows

    $19.99

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "Fantastic moves and over-the-top actions made this pretty enjoyable to me, despite some players criticizing its "unealisticness". Like m8, we play video games to escape reality. God forbid they allowed you to stand on top of a flynig fighter jet or strap a rocket to a sheep and let it fly"
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    #14Minecraft

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang and Markus Persson. Released in 2009, this game became the best-selling computer game with over 29 million copies sold worldwide. Available on various platforms.

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4

    $26.95

    Mildred Boyd
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "No one can really say that their game is open world except minecraft because lets face it, this game is literally an open world with randomly generated shit the moment you walk farther away from your spawn point. and i love how they keep adding new things to it that make it even more lovable than it already is"
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    #15Death Stranding

    Death Stranding

    Death Stranding is an action game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. It is the first game from director Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions after their disbandment from Konami in 2015.

    Games

    PlayStation 4

    $59.99- Pre-Order

    Alice Porter
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I would guess that the name Norman Reedus will make people look twice at this game. It isn't available yet, but it looks like it will be an awesome game!"
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    #16Destiny 2

    Destiny 2

    Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. Battle with friends in multiple co-op modes or challenge others in intense multiplayer matches.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

    $99.99

    Dylan Foster
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "It is a really good game as compared to the first part. It has tons of missions and activities to keep you busy on the game. The shooting and fighting experience in this game feels like a real life experience. The graphics are way much more improved than I ever thought before. "
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    #17Trove

    Trove
    Trove is a free sandbox adventure massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Trion Worlds. In the game, players can build anything in the game from their home to a world. It is available for PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Free

    Alan Medina
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This game is basically mine-craft if the developer decided to fleece your wallet clean of money. As a free player you cannot win against the heavy spenders and whale of this game. It makes playing almost pointless as everything is such a grind without heavily investing in items and features that boosts your progression."
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    #18HITMAN

    HITMAN

    HITMAN is a stealth/shooter game developed by Io-Interactive and published by Square Enix and is the sixth game in the series. Players take the role of agent 47, an assassin contracted to complete contract killings.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, iOS, Android

    Free

    Dorothy Silva
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Good game. Its classic Hitman play. Of note when reading the reviews. Ignore the kids screaming about pricing. They don't understand that this game was out for over a year for full price, and this is actually a price drop. They decided to release the prologue for free and everyone is mad that they didn't get a full free game."
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    #19Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Square Enix. The plot follows a young prince Noctis, after leaving his home city of Insomnia embarks on a journey with his closest friends to reclaim his throne.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $49.99

    George Gardner
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "This game is simply amazing! It has a great story line and tons of areas to explore. I felt completely free to wander around and drink in the scenery. "
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    #20Saints Row IV

    Saints Row IV

    In Saints Row IV the US President must save Earth from Zinyak, an alien overlord. You'll have an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons at your disposal in the wildest open world game ever. 

    Games

    Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Windows

    $14.99

    Pamela Riley
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "To the guy complaining about it being too wacky, you really need to read up on what Saints Row is all about. This game has NEVER taken itself seriously lmao That's why plenty of people love it. It has the same charm as GTA, but without the grim shite and more funny stuff to do and use"
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    #21Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG video game based on the fictional Tolkien's universe and is the sequel of Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $49.99

    Wei Lai
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "been a fan of lotr lore ever since i was a child, and this game let me live in middle earth and actually rp as a person who lives there. i love it!"
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    #22Agents of Mayhem

    Agents of Mayhem

    Agents of Mayhem is an open world video game released in August 2017. This Action-Adventure video game was developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver. The themes of the game are based on superhero films.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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    Simon Wu
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "Agents of Mayhem is a video game that is available for X-Box One and PS4. It is an action adventure game that was developed by Volition. It is a superhero game in an open world. This is the kind of game that I really would have enjoyed back when I gamed more. At $13.99, it is a real bargain and worth checking out. This would fit the topic very well if the linked solution would have been to the PS4 version instead of the X-box One version."
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    #23The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR reimagines the complete epic fantasy masterpiece with an unparalleled sense of scale, depth, and immersion. From battling ancient dragons to exploring rugged mountains and more, Skyrim VR brings to life a completely open world for you to experience any way you choose.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Android, iOS

    Free

    Bruce Henderson
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "The VR game that we didn't know we need and want. The vanilla Skyrim was already funny and interesting enough with its funny ragdoll physics. Then Bethesda went ahead and blessed us with this game that let us actually play as the Dovakhiin firsthand, with our every move being done in the game itself. So if you're obese and out of shape, you can expect your dragonborn to be the same lmaoooooo"
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    #24Rage 2

    Rage 2

    Rage 2 is a first-person shooter game by Avalanche Studios set in an open-world with a post-apocalyptic theme. Here players play as Walker, one of the last Rangers in the world. It will be released in December 2019.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

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    Dorothy Nelson
    Written on June 9, 2018
    "Not many open world games in PS4 that spark my interest, except for Rage 2. It's set in a post-apocalyptic making it scary to move through the world. High recommended."
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    #25Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an adventure fantasy open world role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions and released by Warner Bros. The game is based on the novels written by author J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Joshua Hill
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "Shadow of Mordor is exactly the kind of game I'm looking for. It has a massive open world and the lore is fantastic. I think I'll enjoy this game for a long time. I look forward to playing it!"
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    #26Murdered: Soul Suspect

    Murdered: Soul Suspect
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is an adventure mystery and stealth video game developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix. It challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all their own murder.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Donald Lawrence
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This game is barely open world. I almost feel like this tag wasn't suppose to be there. I'm very disappointed in this aspect of it, BUT...the game was actually pretty good for what it was. I don't like being lied to but I felt that I got my monies worth either way."
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    #27Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a platform game by Toys for Bob which contains remastered versions of the original three Spyro games developed by Insomniac. It was released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September of 2018.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Timothy Russell
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "These are remakes of classic 3D platformers. This will appeal to fans of the classics. However, these are definitely not open world games. This compilation is available on the PS4, as well as other platforms, but this is not the type of game I am looking for here."

Summary

Best What are the best open world games for PS4
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Witcher 3: Wild HuntGames 61 Paid
2Horizon Zero DawnGames 59 Paid
3The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimGames 52 Paid
4Grand Theft Auto VGames 51 Paid
5Red Dead Redemption 2Games 50 Paid
6Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainGames 46 Paid
7Watch Dogs 2Games 41 Paid
8inFAMOUS: Second SonGames 40 Paid
9Sleeping DogsGames 37 Paid
10Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: WildlandsGames 36 Paid
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