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The PS5 is out, and for some of you…keyword being ‘some of you’…you have the console and are able to play games on it. You might not have many games that fill your time. We can help you find big, beautiful worlds to explore.
#30 The Ascent
The world of The Ascent has changed. A corporation is now running a key metropolis and other creatures are found across the galaxy. What’s more, you are a “worker”, who is literally enslaved by the company and forced to protect the metropolis from all harm.
Everything changes when you discover that the corporation has closed down. Now, everything is in chaos, the district you’re sworn to protect is in danger, and you must fight back to find the truth.
You can personalize the play style of your character in this action-RPG so you can do the job. You can find your ideal playstyle and take back what isn’t yours.
#29 Lost Judgment
Lost Judgment is the continuation of the adventures of Takayuki Yamagami, a former lawyer who became a detective. He discovers that a man accused in one crime confesses to another in court, this time a murder. But he would not confess to the second crime, which was technically a lesser offense.
What’s more, how could he have committed two crimes at virtually the same time in two different places? Yagami discovers new dark and shocking details and truths as he investigates.
Your choices in the investigation of the case will determine if truth or justice is your goal. Which side will you choose in the end
#28 Mafia: The Definitive Edition
Welcome to 1930s America, where prohibition is still alive and the mafia at its strongest. Mafia Definitive Edition brings back the original Mafia title and puts you as a cab driver who is brought into the life of “wiseguys”.
You’ll play as Tommy, who must rise through the ranks of the Mafia and get all the rewards that come by being a part of the family. The Mafia Definitive Edition accurately recreates the original title but expands it in new ways to offer an incredible experience.
So if you’re ready to be a crime lord, get this game.
#27 Kingdom Comes: Deliverance
When it comes to Kingdom Come: Deliverance, they’re going for a bit more historical of a feel in their open-world title. You’ll play the role of the blacksmith’s son, whose family is murdered by the king of Bohemia.
You will now join the rebellion to take down the government. It will be your actions which will determine the fate and destiny of your country. The story and its quests can be done in many ways and you will face different consequences.
Do you believe you can save your country? Find out by jumping into Kingdom Come Deliverance
#26 Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
It’s honestly very easy to describe Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, because this is a large RPG set within a very large world that tries to give you a very special kind of combat experience compared to other games of its like.
The Pawns are a key part of these gameplay differences. These are AI controlled entities, but it’s you who decides how they play, and how they help you in combat.
Which you’ll definitely need help with because aside from having loads to do in the game, you’ll have plenty of mythical creatures to go and fight in combat.
You can prove yourself and be the best.
#25 Kingdoms of Amalur – Re-Reckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is a “second take” on a game that honestly didn’t have the best reputation via their developer. The game was solid, them…not so much. The game was rebuilt to an impressive RPG, with a vast open-world for you to explore.
You will play the role of a special someone trying to stop a civil war from ravaging the land. You’ll get to decide who and what you want to be, then go to battle with a variety of weapons and magics at your beck and call.
There’s a lot to do and explore in Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, so give this 2nd Chance game, a second chance at your life
…we know, we’re probably being a bit generous right here. Had this been near the launch of the game, we easily would’ve put it at No.30, but we’ll be fair because it has been a while, and improvements have been made.
Plus, since this is the PS5 version of the game, you’re arguably getting the most “put together” version despite all the issues it still has.
The point is, when it’s running great, you can see why Cyberpunk 2077 was so lauded. Night City is filled with things to do, the story adapts to your decisions and wills, and it looks amazing. But it’s the bugs that hold it back, and thus it ends up here.
#23 Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a popular product that we know many people are enjoying. But what the REASON is for that might be tailored to your personality…and you know exactly what we mean by that…
Anyway, in the game you’ll play as a traveler who gets separated from their sibling in a world that they’ve never been to before. Now, you’re tasked with not just finding them, but helping stop a set of wars from coming across the nations of the planet.
But of course, the reason that most play this game is because you happen to be able to summon a bunch of warriors to help you…and most of them happen to be very anime-style females…
#22 Days Gone
Imagine you are able to enter a world in which monsters are almost everywhere and where hope is nearly gone. That is the world of Days Gone, inhabited by the man you’ll play via Deacon St. John. He is a bounty hunter, but he’s also a man who is just trying to find some hope in a world that’s gone wrong.
A pandemic devastated the planet, and now those who are surviving are struggling all over, and it doesn’t help that there are hordes of zombies around ready to kill those they can get.
Ride your motorcycle across the land and find a reason to live, even if it’s just by helping other people live.
#21 Dying Light 2 Stay a Human
While the original Dying Light had a lot to make up for during its run (hence why it was only “finished” recently…) Dying Light 2 Stay Human did its best to be the best version of itself right out of the gate, and for many, it did that.
You’ll be in a whole new area that is filled with zombies, and while you’re on your own personal mission, you’re going to be helping out various people along the way. The problem is that you can make a difference in how the city changes.
Oh, and you’re slowly turning into a zombie, so take care of yourself so you don’t fully turn!
#20 No Man’s Sky
Look, we get it, once upon a time No Man’s Sky was one of the biggest jokes of the video game industry because of all that it promised, and the very little it actually delivered. We have to give Hello Games credit. They listened to the complaints and learned from them what went wrong. Then they slowly worked on it until we have a game you can trust.
No Man’s Sky2.0 if you will has a lot of the features that they promised at the initial launch. You can do many things in a variety of worlds. Multiplayer and coop are available so that you can play with your friends and other players.
Sometimes…you need to get a game a second chance. This is how you do it.
#19 Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6: Far Cry 6 continues the franchise’s tradition of dark stories and large spaces. You will be leading a rebellion against a dictator who is determined to make his son succeed him.
It won’t be easy, you barely survive the beginning of the game, and now you must take this vile ruler out before all is lost. You will need to join forces with other revolutionaries in order to slowly dismantle his empire. You will be able to accomplish various tasks and activities that will help you build up and bring down the regime piece by piece.
Your choices will dictate the game’s outcome, so which kind of victory do you want?
#18 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The Assassin’s Creed titles have honestly always been open world for the most part (there were some games that were side-scrolling so those don’t count), and with Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you get to explore not just as a new assassin, but as a Viking!
Yes! Yes! You’ll get to take part in epic raids on villages, or storm castles in mighty sieges!
Help the Vikings to conquer rival factions! It’s yours for the taking…so take it.
Now let’s take dive (see what we did there?) In a completely different open-world title. Mainly because the open world you’ll be exploring is one that is very much beneath the waves themselves.
Imagine that you are a scientist and crash land on a planet. Now, you have to salvage what you can and make yourself a home under the sea (second pun, we’re awesome) to survive. But that’s just one part of this game. You’ll want to go and see what the waters of this alien world has to offer.
Just be wary, as with our own world, not everything in the water is friendly, so arm yourself to fight back when you need to so that these watery depths aren’t your grave.
#16 Nier: Automata
Nier: Automata is one of those titles that you’ll never fully understand until you dive into it and explore this vast world for yourself.
In this case, you’ll play as a set of androids who were constructed by the remaining parts of humanity in order to fight off the robots that took over the world. Is that really the truth? Play as various androids to explore the globe and fight your way through the story.
What do you do when everything is not as it seems? Yet, you have to fight. Find out more.
#15 Metro Exodus
Metro is a story about survivors from a post nuclear world who just want to survive long enough for the light to come. Metro Exodus tells the story of their efforts to do exactly that.
Because here, you’ll go from the underground ruins of Moscow and then proceed on a journey across the war-torn nation of Russia in order to find new lands and hope for your fellow survivors.
However, there are many dangers to be aware of as you explore the continent. Including beasts that won’t hesitate to kill you. This story-driven, open-world title will make you wonder if your hopes can be realized.
#14 Death Stranding Director’s Cut
Oh Hideo Kojima, what is it that you won’t do in order to make not only a big game, but one with a convoluted story that only you seem to fully understand?
While we may never get those answers sadly, we can say that Death Stranding Director’s Cut is his attempt to make more sense of his own title while also adding in more content to it.
Play as Sam Bridges. He is a man trying to reconnect the country following a series events that basically ended the world. You’ll deliver packages and other items to colonies, then try to open them all again. All the while, you learn more about the world and its history.
How appropriate that such a “dark” title will be the No.13 game on our list. It’s almost as if we planned it…
Bloodborne will let you play the part of someone who finds themselves cursed after they visit the ancient city Yhanam. What curse are you being cursed with? This is the lesson you need to learn. Because in this dark and twisted city, not everything is what it appears, and that’s bad news for the unprepared.
You can use terrifying weapons to take on an army of fearsome foes. Search every building and street corner to learn more about what you need to do to survive, else succumb like so many have before you…
This is the game that was an end of an era (no, Metal Gear Survive doesn’t count, we don’t talk about that game). Metal Gear Solid V. The Phantom Pain was the end of the Saga of the Snakes. And how they all connected to one another.
Venom Snake plays the role of Venom Snake. She is determined to fight against the group XOF. Open world is both at your base and you can complete any mission in different orders. So you’re not bound to one path or playstyle.
War calls, and you’re the only one who can answer. Is there a final truth to this franchise? You can play it to find out!
#11 Horizon Zero Dawn
When it came out, a lot of people weren’t sure what to expect from Horizon Zero Dawn. They were pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful post-apocalyptic world that was waiting to be explored.
This Earth is a place where people are still using older ways of life, yet technology is available all the time. Including mechanical beasts that roam around and your own character’s bow that can shoot all kinds of technological arrows.
Take the role of Aloy, an outcast who tries to be accepted by her tribe. See this beautiful world through her eyes. And what about the sequel? It’s coming…
#10 Fallout 4.
The Fallout franchise may have started out a bit smaller in scale, but once Bethesda (and a certain other team we’ll be talking about soon) got involved, they made sure that the Fallout Universe wasn’t just massive in scope, but you could explore just about all of it.
In Fallout 4 for example, you’ll be the last survivor of Vault 111, and you’re on a mission to go and find your missing son, with nothing but the clothes on your back and your loyal dog to help you. Explore the wastelands to find items and materials that you can build, fight and scavenge to see what this nuclear-powered world has to offer.
#9 The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment makes really great RPGs that have huge worlds. If you know them, you’ll know. They can make that happen at any time and with any idea they have, as The Outer Worlds proves.
In this take on reality, the corporations have taken over, people are being oppressed, and you are a once-frozen individual who now awakes to a world you truly don’t recognize. Now, with a colony in need, you can rise up to defend it and take down the corporation…or not.
Yeah, you have a LOT of freedom in this open-world title, so don’t be afraid to use it and see just how cool, or cruel, a person you can be as you explore these strange new worlds.
#8 Red Dead Redemption 2.
It was a sequel many thought wouldn’t come. But it did. Literally everyone who played it is happy it did. Red Dead Redemption 2 is proof that when you put time into a title and don’t just rush out a sequel, you can basically create a masterpiece.
Head back to the time of the Old West when the West…was starting to finally be tamed. Your fate will be decided by your choices as you make your way through the game. Will you become an outlaw right to the end or will you continue your journey? Or will you adapt to the changes happening around you? Find the best way to travel around the globe and explore the possibilities!
#7 Elden Ring
Given that Elden Ring is likely going to be the Game of the Year in 2022, you likely are surprised that it’s only No.7 on this list. That’s because while it is an incredible game, it’s only the first open-world game from the dev of From Software. While the game itself is excellent, other titles have done a better job of capturing the open-world theme.
It is still a must play. The game has been sold well over 16,000,000 units as of the writing.
Plus, even if you don’t like the open-world elements, the combat, customization, and finding the lore of the world will happily fill up your time.
#6 Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
Many people believe Ghost of Tsushima is one of the greatest games ever made. Which is honestly rather funny because there wasn’t as much hype for it when it came out as you’d think.
But once people got into this game’s version of Japan, and got to experience it for themselves, they saw the beauty, the wonder, and the expansiveness of it all.
You play as a Samurai trying to save your land from invasion, but as with many of these games, that’s just the start. As you explore you’ll meet people who not only give you quests, but expand the world itself. So dive into the Director’s Cut version and see for yourself just how epic this game is.
#5 Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West, an earlier game this year is actually a big step from the original in terms open-world appeal. Although the first game was excellent, this sequel just made it even better.
You’ll be in a whole new set of lands and journey with Aloy once again to go and try to save the world from the various parties and events that are trying to lay it low.
What’s really cool here is how much more you get to explore here, as well as the different paths that Aloy can take as a fighter in order to fit a playstyle that better suits you. So don’t miss out on this game, it’s very much worth it.
#4 Marvel’s Spider-Man
We know, at first you wouldn’t expect a superhero game to have a truly worthy open-world to go and be a part of. But don’t be fooled by this game’s title. Marvel’s Spider-Man (either on the PS4, PS5, or now PC!) You will be able to explore New York in Marvel-style. Participate in the community and you’ll get side-missions by regular people to help you upgrade over time and prevent crime in the city.
You’ll literally be swinging from building to building and through parks and other structures to get around, and all of this is on top of a very faithful Spider-Man-style story that embraces who he is and how he interacts with all those around him.
#3 The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Witcher series is an appropriate title. While it’s been called one the best RPG lines, it was in their third Wild Hunt game that things really reached their peak.Th CD Projekt Red: Mainline title
The game features a grand story featuring Geralt of Rivia as well as his “daughter” in Ciri. To be fair, that’s just a small part of the story. This game has a lot of sidequests and quests. There are many monsters to hunt, and two massive DLC packs that’ll ensure that you have even more content to go and enjoy.
#2 Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most popular games ever. We don’t fully understand how that came to be to be honest with you, but it happened, and it’s going to continue to sell even though we know now that GTA 6 is in the works.
One of the definite reasons for this game being so beloved is its big world that is Los Santos (as well as GTA Online, but you can get that separately now so…). This city offers a lot of activities and crime. This is all wrapped up into a story with three different main characters. It’s easy to see why so many have gotten the game.
If we’re going to be doing a list of open-world titles, there are only a few that we can truly label as “best of the best”, and to be frank, Skyrim is still one of the best games ever made, and THE high bar for how to do an open-world title.
There is just SO MUCH TO DO in Skyrim that it has blown people’s minds for literal years. You can go and enjoy this game as your Dragonborn and have them do so much that you still might not be done with all the content before Elder Scrolls 6 comes out…yeah, we said it!
They also made a PS5 version of the title so that you can enjoy it with high graphics and a high frame rate. So get going!