What are the best PS4 open world games? 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.
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. If you want to know what we think are the best PS4 games overall, check out that list through the link.
Best PS4 Open World Games
Below is a list of the best PS4 open world games. These are our favourite PS4 sandbox games, as determined by our editorial team.
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 a very solid open world excursion. 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.
23. 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.
22. Mafia III (PS4)
Mafia III certainly isn't the most original open world game on this list, but if you can look past the repetitive sandbox missions, there's a lot to like about the tale of Lincoln Clay's vengeance. The atmosphere is rich and the storytelling is fantastic, while the gunplay is super satisfying. What's more, the 1960s era radio is absolutely top notch, really solidifying the title's tone. This is one of those open world games where simply driving around the city is a pleasure.
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.