Incredible Open World PS4 Games To Explore Today

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Get ready to delve into the best open world PS4 games of the year folks!

We all love computer games; that’s why you’re here and what keeps food on our table, after all.

Still, there’s more demand for open world games now than ever before. I don’t know whether it’s because of the Covid-19 lockdowns and people feeling the need to escape or whether we just want more and more from our games.

Either way, they’ve never been more popular.

From Marvel legends through to post apocalyptic adventures and quests seeped in culture, this list is a one-stop shop for some of the most immersive games on the PS4.

In other words, it’s the only compendium you need too keep you occupied for the next couple of years.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the best open world PS4 games for this iconic system right now and get your game face on!

10. Spider-Man (2018)

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Spider-Man kickstarts our list of the best open world PS4 games, because who doesn’t love swinging through a massive city on threads of web?

It’s a trick question; everyone loves it!

When it comes to fighting crime and putting bad guys away, there’s no one better than Peter Parker for doing it with acrobatic showmanship. This is Spidey at his peak, not a young lad starting out on an adventure.

We’re talking the best version of himself that he could ever possibly be… and who wouldn’t want to get a slice of that!

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Use a whole host of epic moves in fast-paced beatdowns, swinging between New York cityscapes in a world where Spidey and Peter’s lives have intertwined.

I know, epic right!

Marvel fans don’t need any persuading to buy this game. With an original story and graphics that could have dropped straight from a blockbuster. movie, this is one open world adventure that needs to be in your collection pronto.

9. Fallout 4 (2015)

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Fallout 4 is a bloomin’ gaming institution. Fans of the previous two Fallout games, ‘Fallout 3 and New Vegas should already know what to expect from this insane game, albeit with even better graphics and more mayhem.

It’s still possible to move between first and third person views while roaming around, and there’s more firepower than Goldeneye in a space-age munitions factory.

Plus, if side quests are your bag, then the sheer number of added quests and forking paths that players can take on the way to the endgame will blow your mind.

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Still, I’ve got to remember that some of you might be coming to this series for the first time, so here’s a little lowdown.

The year is 2077 in an alternative timeline leading on from WWII. Nuclear power rules, but there’s not a lot of it to go around… just enough to make load of bass weapons to fight in a brutal war.

After your family are tricked into cryosleep, you enter a barren land to fight for their freedom.

Do you need any more persuading ti give this game a go?

8. Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)

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Assassin’s Creed Origins stealth kills its way into the Number 8 slot on our list of the best open world PS4 games ever made!

It’s hard to pick my favourite Assassins Creed game out of the later titles. If you’re a regular reader, then you already know my thoughts on how monotonous the first few games are, but things have changed in recent years and I’m a big fan of where the series are heading.

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So, we find ourselves in Ancient Egypt exploring Pyramids, delving into tombs, and kicking ass with a brand new way of fighting.

Yeah, if you got a bit bored of Assassins Creed 2, then this is going to change your whole outlook on the franchise.

Origins is, as you might expect, an origins story. find out what happened at the very beginning and pick up new features and fantastic experiences each time you crank up your PS4!

7. No Man’s Sky (2016)

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There are around 18-quintillion randomly generated planets to find and explore in No Man’s Sky. I don’t even know how many ‘0’s to put on that number, but I know it’s a lot!

Players will find themselves crash-landed on a planet and have to rebuild their broken craft by gathering materials. From there, this open world game can be played entirely how you want

The endgame is to reach the core of the universe, though what you do on the way is up to you. Destroy other ships, farm, buy a massive space freighter, destroy someone else’s space freighter…

… the possibilities are endless.

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Take on the appearance of one of the different factions found throughout the galaxy, taking heed of who has beef with who when you walk into different space stations to trade with others.

Explore ruins, adapt to different world scenarios, upgrade your suits and craft, and blast the crap out of enemies you meet along the way.

For those that like Minecraft and other open-ended open world games, No Man’s Sky will feel like they’ve won the lottery!

6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is one of the biggest MGS games in the canon and an absolutely massive title to navigate through.

Seriously, this prequel to the original MG will keep you occupied for months and months, if just for the epic 80s soundtrack that plays throughout.

Sniping bad guys never sounded so good!

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Obviously this is an MGS game, so there’s tonnes of guns, sneaking around, and plenty of ways to dispatch enemies quietly and swiftly.

There are also tonnes of cool features like a realtime day and night cycle as well as the weather to contend with too.

Navigate through sandstorms or snowstorms while tracking enemies, all the while concentrating on how visible you are or how much sound you’re making along the way.

Fight both under and overground, pilot vehicles, destroy objects for diversions – it’s a one-stop-covert-shooting shop and a cracking game to sink your teeth into!

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

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We’ve hit the halfway point in our best open world PS4 games, which means it’s time for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This game seems to have been around forever now. It’s been over 10 years since Skyrim dropped, and we’ve all played it on a number of consoles over the years.

Still, none of them do this game as much justice as the PS4. If playing it on the PS4 is the first time you’ve ever seen it, then you’ll have no problem believing that it’s won well over 200 titles in its lifetime so far either.

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Even though this game came out 10 years ago, I still find new things every time me and Dragonborn hit the streets.

It would have been far too easy to just put Skyrim at the top of this list; The Elder Scrolls is an institution after all.

Still, older isn’t always better, and the PS4 had some absolute corkers that I’m still playing daily.

Few games have the level of AI generated speech that Skyrim boasted though, and for 2011 that was a massive feat. There’s a reason why we’ve all waited so long for The Elder Scrolls VI; Skyrim is just too damn good, and we can’t and don’t want to stop playing it!

4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

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Like the Elder Scrolls VI, Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game that we thought would never come. There was an 8 year gap between Red Dead 1 and 2, but all was forgiven once I finally slotted this game into my PS4 Pro.

The American Frontier has never ever looked as amazing as it does on RDR2. I know I probably said the same thing about the original RDR, but just take a look at the still below and tell me I’m wrong!

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If you love your games with more debauchery than Motley Crue breaking up a strip joint, then RDR2 should be right up your street.

We’re talking cheating, killing, fighting, stealing, and anything else you might need to do in order to survive a world where everything is constantly changing and the law is always one step behind you.

I guess you shouldn’t expect anything else than ultimate brilliance from the team that brought GTA into the world. It’s like an interactive version of Django Unchained and a title that I never get bored of.

Have I sold it to you yet?

This is a tale of fighting, cheating, stealing, killing, and surviving. Lose yourself in an ever changing world, one where the law is continuously on your heels. 

3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

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So, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes the bronze medal in our best open world PS4 games list, sending Poland’s prodigal son into the spotlight.

We all know that the TV show is something else, but the game came first.

Ok, the books came first, but you know what I mean.

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Andrzej Sapkowski has a mind that could rival Tolkien and George R.R Martin. With sword slaying action, killer creatures, and beautifully crafter worlds to delve through, it’s a visual feast for all the senses.

Talking control of Geralt of Rivia never gets old either. His weapons are fantastic, and the open world nature of this game is simply astounding.

Move your way through the world shaping the land for future generations, slaying beasts and defining how the lives of the people around you might play out.

Keep in mind that every action has an effect on the people around you and the NPCs you meet, so play nicely… or not.

2. Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017)

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It was a really tough call, but Horizon: Zero Dawn is taking the silver medal in our best open world PS4 games list.

If you went ape for BOTW but have never owned a PS4 before today, then you need to get a copy of this game immediately.

I just don’t have enough good things to say about Zero Dawn. Aloy is one of the best characters on any next-gen system. She’s so kick ass and never backs down from a challenge in a world where pretty much everything is trying to kill her.

That’s right; mechanical creatures have sent humans into hiding, and they all want to kill you at every turn.

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If you can spot elements of the Killzone series in this game, then that’s because Guerrilla Games used everything they learnt in that epic franchise to make the majesty that is Zero Dawn.

I think I love this game so much because it has a different apocalyptic feel to Fallout. It’s more tribal, like the Apple TV series ‘See’. There are elements of Turok with all the explorative gameplay I love in the Zelda series.

Man, turns out I can talk about this game a lot for someone who doesn’t have enough good words to say about it!

1. Ghost Of Tsushima (2020)

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Ghost of Tsushima is the best open world PS4 game of all time!

If you’re looking for immersive open world games jam packed with action, adventure, beauty, and mystery, then Ghost of Tsushima is the best game of them all.

You know how much I love Japanese art and culture; it’s part of the reason that I love Ōkami. Taking the honourable Jin Sakai on a mission from Samurai to Ghost in a pre-Ninja world is utterly breathtaking, and the levels are so detailed you’ll find yourself just wandering for hours and hours!

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Battle Mongols and other barbarians as you try to protect your homeland from invasion. Pull off kills with panache and more blood splatters than you can count.

Let’s talk about Jin’s kills; everything from the traditional Samurai blows to flicking blood off your sword is so cleverly done.

There are multiple modes too, including a realistic one-kill mode for the ultimate players.

This open world takes on an even more exciting twist when you play online with a player in the Legends co-op mode. Seriously, it’s the gift that keeps on giving and a worthy winner of our best open world PS4 games compendium!

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