What's the best open world game on the PS4? There are a lot of good sandbox games on the PlayStation 4. The genre may not be universally praised these days, but a great open world game can really pull you into an experience like few other genres can. Typically boasting huge free-roaming environments for you to explore, open world titles roared into the mainstream scene during the last generation, and since then, they've been expanding, growing, and evolving thanks to more powerful hardware.
In truth, this is a difficult list to put together. 'Open world' is a very broad term -- now more than ever -- but we like to boil it down to its base meaning: 'open world' applies to any game where you're free to go off and do your own thing. You're not always tied down by a story or stage progression, and there's optional stuff to sink your teeth into.
As such, this list focuses on the open world aspect of each included game: how cohesive the open world is, how enjoyable it is to explore, and how it improves the overall experience. Without further ado, here are the best open world games currently available on PS4.
25. Far Cry 5
There was a danger that the Far Cry series was becoming too samey, but Ubisoft thankfully changed the formula just enough to make Far Cry 5 the best entry in some time. A large part of its success is its setting, which sees a fictitious county in Montana overthrown by a religious cult. It's very much still a Far Cry experience, but with no radio towers to climb or mini map to guide you, exploration is more organic and more rewarding. The open world map's also huge, varied, and full of baddies to take out with the series' satisfying gunplay.
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Seattle may be best known for being the birthplace of grunge, but there’s no such grime in inFAMOUS: Second Son’s glittery rendition of the Emerald City – apart from that which is supposed to be there. As one of the smaller sandboxes on the PS4, the drizzly urban environment has less scope to impress compared to the enormous alternatives also available on the console. But it succeeds in serving as a stellar playbox for protagonist Delsin Rowe’s powers, which see him sprinting up the Space Needle and gliding into China Town with ease.
Stretching back to the launch of the PS4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag still offers a unique open world to explore -- mainly because most of it is water. Taking to the free roaming seas as the captain of your very own pirate ship, Black Flag encourages you to pillage your way across the Caribbean, soaking its crystal waters with the blood of your enemies. A selection of lovingly crafted port towns are also on the agenda, should you get a bit seasick.
22. NieR: Automata
You can’t play NieR Automata without feeling like there’s subtext in every facet of its design, and that expands to its open world, too. Whether it’s the monochromatic space station that serves as 2B and 9S’ base hub or the abandoned theme park that some machines have assumed as their home, the role-playing release’s sandbox plays a huge part in shaping your emotions throughout. This may not be the most elaborate setting on the PS4, but its visual variety and impact on the narrative make it stand out.
21. Dying Light
Unforgivably cliched story aside, Dying Light is a great option if you're looking for open world horror. With the city of Harran overrun with zombies, it's up to you and your first-person parkour skills to save the day. The game does a really good job of making its setting seem quite claustrophobic while also allowing for plenty of freedom, and the best part is that you can enjoy the vast majority of the adventure with up to three other players. Surviving together as a group of baseball bat-wielding free runners is fantastic fun.