Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Open World Game of 2022, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category crowns the best PS5, PS4 titles that went to town with their open worlds. At the end, we will list a few honourable mentions.
Bronze Trophy: Gotham Knights
Gotham Knights wasn't that bad, and one of the things it got right was its open world. While this version of Gotham probably isn't as good as anything seen in the Batman: Arkham series, it's still fun to traverse as any one of the four protagonists with some nice vistas from the tops of its tallest gothic buildings. There's a decent amount of activities and side quests to uncover, making it a fun playground to beat bad guys up in.
You can read our Gotham Knights PS5 review through the link.
Silver Trophy: Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 really gets going when you unlock the second part of its vast map. It's here where you gain access to the glider, allowing you to jump off rooftops and cover vast amounts of space with ease. Combined with upgraded parkour abilities, it's a joy to jump, slide, and fly about Villedor, and then reign down terror on the undead hordes dominating the streets. With a full day and night cycle dictating the behaviour of zombies, the open world becomes a much more dangerous place when the sun goes down. Fun to explore and even better to traverse, Dying Light 2 shines in the open world setting.
You can read our Dying Light 2 PS5 review through the link.
Gold Trophy: Horizon Forbidden West
Guerrilla Games' approach to an open world setting is fairly by the numbers, but what it excels at is packing it with very interesting content. The side quests Aloy can take on outside of the main story are some of the best around, and the optional activities are enjoyable distractions. With the glider in her back pocket, Aloy traverses the post-apocalyptic setting in style, making what would be mundane actions a lot more fun to engage with. Familiar structure aside, Horizon Forbidden West is one of the best open world experiences out there.
You can read our Horizon Forbidden West PS5 review through the link.
Platinum Trophy: Elden Ring
What else is there to be said about Elden Ring? FromSoftware cracked the open world code as it successfully adapted the Dark Souls formula for a much more open-ended experience — it's so big that it feels like three of its previous titles all packed into one. Aboard the trusty steed Torrent, you'll wander from one jaw-dropping location to the next, taking in visually spectacular scenes and encountering all manner of inventive bosses. Extending to the sky and then deep underground, Elden Ring surprises and delights in every way possible. It's now the open world game to beat, and we don't expect anyone to come close for a number of years.
You can read our Elden Ring PS5 review through the link.
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