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The best open-world games for PS5

Since its release in 2020, the PS5 has amassed a large library of experiences, from shooters to sports games, RPGs, and platformers, along with a wide variety of open-world adventures. While “open world” isn’t necessarily a genre in and of itself, it’s a style that millions of players have fallen in love with over the years. These days, open-world games are quite common, meaning the competition to grab your attention is much stiffer. And with the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 down the pipeline, there will be plenty more to play in the future.

Despite this, there are so many fantastic open-world games available on the PS5. Some lean into horror, others send you to historical periods, while one, in particular, lets you explore the entire galaxy. There is no shortage of open-world games to play on PS5, and here, we’ll go through all of the best ones to choose from.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West
90 %
4/5
T
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Guerrilla Games
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release February 18, 2022
When it comes to open-world adventures, few games are on the same level as Horizon Forbidden West. This is the sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn, taking place in a post-apocalyptic world full of machines. Forbidden West feels very much like a sequel, featuring gameplay enhancements and improvements to the overall story and experience while introducing new mechanics to keep things fresh. In this game, you have access to a glider that allows you to get around much easier and even have the ability to swim underwater. The open world is absolutely littered with things to do, from main quests to side missions and lots of other activities to keep you busy. Aside from its excellent design, Forbidden West is one of the most beautiful games we’ve ever seen, with stunning character models and an equally impressive-looking world. This is easily one of the best PS5 games to date, and we highly recommend trying it out.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring
88 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer FromSoftware
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release February 25, 2022

Elden Ring is an incredible example of redefining a familiar formula for the better. The tried-and-true Souls games haven’t strayed much from their core mechanics over the years, and while we love those games, Elden Ring is a nice change of pace, due in part to its open world. After spending dozens of hours with this game, it’s clear just how impactful this game’s open world is. For instance, it introduces a meaningful sense of exploration, doubling down on some of the ideas from previous Souls games but raising the stakes a substantial amount. Elden Ring is absolutely massive and gives players the freedom to complete areas in any order, leading to different experiences across the board. This is also a game that is littered with little moments or experiences that are easy to miss, making it fun to discuss with other players. It brings us back to the days of being on the playground, talking about our favorite games, and learning about their secrets from others. This isn’t just one of the best open-world games on PS5, it’s one of the best games ever made.

Read our full Elden Ring review

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
82 %
T
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Insomniac Games
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release November 12, 2020
Following in the footsteps of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) superhero games of all time was likely no easy task. But Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales delivered, and in many ways is even better than the original Marvel’s Spider-Man. Whichever you prefer, there’s no denying just how fantastic this stand-alone game is. Everything from the story, writing, performances, and the way it portrays people of color is top-notch, raising the bar for how all of those things should be handled in the future. But the glue that holds this game together is its gameplay, which is just as fast-paced and fun as the original. Swinging around New York City never felt better, and thanks to Miles’ different powers, playing this game is a unique, yet familiar experience. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is also a shorter game, clocking in at around eight hours to complete, making it a digestible, yet full experience that never feels too long or short.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Gameplay Demo | PS5

Demon's Souls

Demon's Souls
88 %
M
Platforms PlayStation 5
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Bluepoint Games
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release November 12, 2020
Although 2009’s Demon’s Souls is excellent and influential, it doesn’t hold up as well over a decade later. But that’s precisely why Bluepoint Games’ 2020 remake is so important, as it somehow preserves the integrity (and soul) of the original, while improving upon nearly every aspect of it, from visuals to gameplay. What’s fascinating is that the remake is nearly a one-to-one recreation of the original, which is particularly exciting if you know your way around the 2009 game. When it comes to its design, it’s certainly more linear than a lot of the games on this list, but its labyrinthian structure makes it feel open-ended. It’s debatable whether it truly falls into the open world category, but an argument can certainly be made since each of the stages are so massive. Either way, this is one of the best games on the platform. Of course, Demon’s Souls is notorious for its unrelenting difficulty, though the remake does address some of the frustrations, making it easier to play. It still feels very much like Demon’s Souls, but without many of the limitations from the PS3 edition. It’s not for everyone, but to the fans of the Souls games (or action RPGs in general), this PS5 launch title is a must-play.
Demon's Souls - Announcement Trailer | PS5

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky
69 %
3/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, SteamVR, PlayStation VR, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Meta Rift
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Adventure, Indie
Developer Hello Games
Publisher Hello Games, 505 Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release August 09, 2016
Calling No Man’s Sky an “open-world” game is a bit of an understatement. That’s because this game is an open universe. It consists of 18 quintillion planets, all of which are fully explorable. While some planets might have some similarities, no two are alike. No Man’s Sky is fascinating because it started as one of the most disappointing games of the previous generation. But since its launch in 2016, developer Hello Games has made good on its promises and then some. In fact, looking at the vanilla version of No Man’s Sky compared to the current edition is a sight to behold. Nearly everything has been revamped, from the visuals to its multiplayer component, base-building, and exploration. Best of all is that every update is free, along with the PS5 upgrade, so long as you already owned the game on PS4. From a design standpoint, it’s impressive this game even exists.
Read our full No Man's Sky review
No Man's Sky - Paris Games Week 2015 Trailer (Official)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
76 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher Ubisoft Entertainment
Release November 10, 2020
Set during 872 AD, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla builds upon the fantastic foundation introduced in Odyssey but instead focuses on Vikings and Norse mythology. With an incredibly beautiful and vibrant world, excellent combat, and a story that feels epic, Valhalla has a lot to love. Most impressively, the game completely doubles down on its RPG mechanics, giving you plenty of agency with how you build your character. This makes each playthrough feel varied and unique, throwing linearity out the door. While this might be a turnoff to longtime Assassin’s Creed fans, RPG lovers will likely fall in love with this installment. Valhalla sure has its flaws, but developer Ubisoft has made substantial improvements to it since its launch, so right now is a great time to dive in.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Official Teaser with Boss Logic – Timelapse

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut
98 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release August 20, 2021
Sony’s first-party studios set the bar high with open-world games, from the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn, and even God of War to a lesser extent. But it somehow managed to surpass the expectations of open-world design in Ghost of Tsushima. One of the things we love about this game is how it doesn’t feel too big. There’s plenty to do, with lots of collectibles and places to explore, but you can get through the mainline story in a reasonable amount of time, which is refreshing. The combat is deep and satisfying, the characters are likable, and it’s downright one of the most stunning games ever made. The Director’s Cut on PS5 is even more beautiful and features additional content and quality-of-life improvements. Ghost of Tsushima isn’t just one of the great open-world games, it’s one of the best PlayStation games. Period.
Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut - Announcement Trailer | PS5, PS4

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3
78 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter
Developer Gearbox Software
Publisher 2K Games
Release September 13, 2019
The wacky cooperative shooter series is back with the third installment (not counting the Pre-Sequel), aptly titled Borderlands 3. This entry turns everything up to 11, with a greater emphasis on wild weapons, explosions, and over-the-top characters. Of course, Borderlands has always been a mashup of RPG and first-person shooter action, and this entry is no different. You start off exploring a large open world, but eventually end up on other planets, though don’t expect to be able to travel across the entire galaxy like in No Man’s Sky. The ability to travel to different planets is one of this game’s strengths, as each one feels and looks unique, breaking up some of the monotony of making your way across the same area over and over again. Best of all is that Borderlands 3 prioritizes cooperative play, meaning you don’t have to travel alone.
Borderlands 3 Teaser Trailer - Mask of Mayhem

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online
72 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release April 04, 2014
Combining the classic Elder Scrolls gameplay with MMO mechanics is an absolute match made in heaven. The only thing more satisfying than completing quests and exploring the continent of Tamriel is doing it with friends, and that’s exactly what you get in The Elder Scrolls Online. It has all the features you know and love from games like Skyrim, with the ability to create and customize your own character and their attributes and abilities. The kicker is being able to experience what this game has to offer with others, with the option to tackle quests with your friends. Though, you’re able to play this game by yourself, as long as you’re connected to the internet. Thankfully, The Elder Scrolls Online ditched its monthly subscription model in favor of a buy-to-play offering instead, making it easier to justify giving it a try. On PS5, the game supports 4K at 30 frames per second.
The Elder Scrolls Online - PvP Trailer

Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village
84 %
3/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release May 07, 2021
Once again, Resident Evil Village is a game that falls just on the line of being open world, featuring large areas to explore that don’t feel massive. The village itself is large and has tons of items hidden throughout every nook and cranny, making it feel very much like an open world. Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 7, Village is presented from a first-person view, upping the ante in the horror and immersion departments, along with a ton of creepy monsters to take out (or run away from). Littered throughout the world and castle is currency you can use to upgrade your weapons, which incentives you to explore. Some players might not be as into the more action-oriented approach in Village, but even if survival horror is your preference, we still recommend giving this one a try. It also has some wild boss fights, along with a slew of fantastic, memorable characters. Resident Evil Village is, in many ways, a modern take on Resident Evil 4, encouraging exploration and action, while still being scary.
Resident Evil Village - Special Developer Message

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising
74 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Puzzle, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Québec
Publisher Ubisoft
Release December 02, 2020
One game that arguably doesn’t get the credit it deserves is Immortals Fenyx Rising (formally known as Gods and Monsters). This was a launch title for PS5 and focuses on Greek mythology, from the perspective of Zeus, Prometheus, and Fenyx. In it, you play as Fenyx and can customize them to a certain degree. Since this is an open-world Ubisoft game, you might already know what to expect from it. There are lots of icons across the map, with various objectives to complete. As you check each one off your list, your character grows stronger, much like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Fenyx Rising, however, is far less realistic, with a vibrant art style, and featuring various abilities that make you feel like a god. This game is also wonderfully written, leaning into humor and wit, rather than a serious tone. Overall, it borrows from many games you might already like, such as Breath of the Wild and Ubisoft’s most popular open-world games, but it does enough to stand on its own.
Gods & Monsters: E3 2019 Official World Premiere Cinematic Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon
87 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Ryū Ga Gotoku Studios
Publisher Sega
Release January 16, 2020
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is remarkable in the way it feels very much like a video game, while still immersing you into its world. That’s a fine line to walk because it’s easy to stray too far in one direction or the other. Interestingly, Like a Dragon is a major departure for the series, featuring a turn-based battle system that takes the place of its beat ’em up formula from before. This is arguably a much-needed change that makes it feel like a true JRPG. Beyond the superb gameplay is one of the best cast of characters a video game has ever had. These characters are all wonderfully realized, with backstories you can’t help but get invested into. This also makes the story so much more engaging, with cliffhangers, and twists and turns all over the place. The very end of the game is such an emotional moment that will no doubt lead to tears.
PS4専用ソフト『龍が如く7 光と闇の行方』ティザートレイラー

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6
74 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher Ubisoft Entertainment
Release October 07, 2021
Ubisoft has practically perfected the open-world formula by now, creating massive worlds for players to get lost in, with tons of things to do. Far Cry 6 is, in many ways, a greatest hits compilation, full of things you’d expect, from a wild political story, plenty of action, and points of interest littered throughout the map for you to visit. The island of Yara is based on Cuba, with beautiful beaches greenery, and a densely packed city full of characters for you to meet. Far Cry 6 treads a fine line between being serious and silly, which is one of its strengths. In one moment, you’ll encounter a serious scene between the game’s antagonist, dictator “El Presidente” Antón Castillo, then the next, you’ll get to make use of your companion named Chorizo, a deadly Weiner dog with wheels for legs. It doesn’t always nail this dichotomy, but when it does, it’s a blast.
Read our full Far Cry 6 review
Far Cry 6: Cinematic Title Sequence Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition
99 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer CD Projekt RED
Publisher CD Projekt RED
Release August 29, 2016
]If you’re reading this, you’re probably at least familiar with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It’s easily one of the most beloved games of the past generation, and now, it’s playable on PS5. Of course, the PS5 version comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, like enhanced audio, improved performances, and 4K textures, amounting to a much more polished, immersive experience. But beyond all the new features, The Witcher 3 is an incredible experience, with engaging stories and captivating visuals to rope you in while you explore the vast open world.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
96 %
Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Release June 15, 2022
The Grand Theft Auto series is iconic and the fifth mainline installment is the most popular of the bunch. It’s true, Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world action, with fast cars, a plethora of weapons, and a massive playground to explore. Since its release in 2013, GTA V has evolved a great deal, now offering an immersive online mode that allows you to live out your wildest dreams (like owning a yacht). The single-player portion is a bast, too, throwing players into an absolutely bonkers story with plenty of lovable (and hatable) characters throughout.

Death Stranding: Director's Cut

Death Stranding: Director's Cut
89 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 5
Genre Adventure
Developer Kojima Productions
Publisher 505 Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release September 24, 2021
Call him pretentious, but Hideo Kojima certainly thinks outside the box with his games. A prime example is Death Stranding, an open-world adventure about delivering packages. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about making connections and bringing people together and is presented in an eerily timely way. The performances by its actors are top-notch, the visuals are incredible, and the emphasis on realistic animations adds to the immersion. Though, with it being a Kojima game, the realism quickly goes out the window, with an absolutely bonkers premise that somehow sticks the landing. Even if this game isn’t your thing, it’s tough to deny that it’s doing something different.
Death Stranding Director's Cut - Teaser Trailer | PS5

Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6
87 %
4.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Fighting, Arcade
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release June 02, 2023
Sure, Street Fighter 6 is a fighting game, but it also incorporates an extensive open-world to explore. Now, it’s nowhere near the scale of a Grand Theft Auto or Assassin’s Creed game, but it’s large enough, giving the player plenty to do. In Street Fighter 6, the world is explorable on foot, with various locales to visit and NPCs to interact with. This adds yet another layer to the gameplay, mixing in a ton of flavor along the way. But aside from the world itself, Street Fighter 6 is a stylish, satisfying fighting game with lots of content, serving as one of the best games of 2023.
Read our full Street Fighter 6 review
Street Fighter 6 - Announce Trailer

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition
87 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release October 27, 2016
You probably saw this one coming. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is easily one of the — if not the — most iconic open-world game ever. While it certainly shows its age (it’s over a decade old at this point), it’s remarkable how well this game holds up. The PS5 version also looks and plays better than past iterations, with visual enhancements across the board. There’s something so timeless about exploring the world of Skyrim, whether it’s your first or hundredth time playing.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition - Trailer

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