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Best Open World Games on PS5

The Best Open World Games on PS5

Sometimes, there’s nothing finer than a huge, open world to completely get absorbed into. There are plenty of great open world games on PS5, too, so if lengthy games that allow you to make your own path are your jam, you’re well catered for. They even come in all different forms. There’s the epic, story-focused open world of God of War Ragnarok, the action-packed superhero tale of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, or even the slower, more thoughtful open world of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One.

Whatever type of open world you fancy jumping into on PS5, we’re certain we’ll have the best one for you below. We’ve rounded up 20 of our favourites, all taking you to brilliant, engrossing worlds that we’re sure you’ll love. They’re all PS5 native, too, making sure they make use of your powerful hardware. So, read on, and find the next open world game on PS5 you’re going to get utterly engrossed in.

If you want more, you can also check out our list of the best open world games on PS4, all playable on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility.

This article was first published in January 2021 and has been periodically updated with new titles.

1. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

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A launch title for the PS5, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was already an improvement on the original game in numerous ways. Now we have Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Exclusively available on PS5, it pushes things even further, being not only a brilliant open world game, but also quite possibly the best superhero game ever made. Honestly, as soon as you’re playing through its introductory sequence you’ll know it’s something special.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 you can take control of both Spider-Men, making use of both Peter Parker’s and Miles Morales’ unique skills. And you’ll need them when Kraven appears in New York, seeking out powerful adversaries to hunt. Everything from side-missions to combat has been improved here, and there’s a new websuit to make use of, too, allowing you to travel across the skies of New York faster than ever before. Whether you’re a fan of open world games of Spider-Man, if you have a PS5 consider this a must-have.

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2. Elden Ring

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We couldn’t have a list of the best open world games on PS5 without including Elden Ring, could we? Lauded one of the best games of all time, Elden Ring cleaned up when it came to GOTY awards in 2022. Indeed: we crowned it our best game of 2022. How could we not? FromSoftware’s latest game is its best yet, presenting a fantastical world that’s a pleasure to explore and, despite still being challenging, it’s perhaps the most accessible game from the company yet.

Elden Ring still isn’t going to be for everyone, though. Its combat isn’t easy, and not everyone is going to gel with it. But if you’re willing to put the time in and master your weapon of choice, this is one of the most rewarding open world experiences you’ll ever have. You never quite know what’s waiting for you around a corner (spoiler: it’s usually an enemy), but discovering something new is always a joy. And with well over 100 hours of gameplay to enjoy, you’re not going to get bored any time soon.

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3. Dragon’s Dogma 2

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If you’re after an open world game that offers a genuine sense of adventure, look no further than Dragon’s Dogma 2. Placing you in the shoes of the Arisen, a warrior chosen by a fearsome dragon to be its nemesis, you’ve got your work cut out for you as you explore a vast world completing quests while trying to reclaim your stolen throne.

The good news is you’re not alone. You get to create a Pawn at the start of the game that will follow you throughout. And you can also hire the Pawns of others, although they won’t level up while travelling with you. With each having their own roles that gives them particular strengths and weaknesses in combat, the makeup of your party really matters here, as well as your own gear, level and selection of abilities.

As far as open world games go on PS5, they don’t get much better than Dragon’s Dogma 2. And the best thing is it keeps you on your toes, with each journey being rewarding and unpredictable.

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4. Horizon Forbidden West

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Horizon Forbidden West picks up from where Zero Dawn left off, putting you in the shoes of Aloy, a female hunter who has grown up as an outcast from her tribe. Both games offer excellent open worlds to explore — and of course, if you’re new to the series, we’d recommend starting with Horizon Zero Dawn. But its sequel, Forbidden West, offers a bigger and more beautiful world than ever before.

If you can tear yourself away from gawping at the scenery and taking screenshots (we struggled!), you’ll find a massive adventure waiting for you as you journey with Aloy to delve deeper into the truth about her past. Without a doubt, Horizon Forbidden West is one of the best open world games on PS5. There’s an expansion available for it now, too, continuing its story and offering more hunting opportunities.

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5. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

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With Final Fantasy VII Remake only covering the events of the original Final Fantasy VII that took place in Midgar, we wondered how Square would tackle the next part of this classic. Could it really provide the freedom that the original game offered with its overworld? The answer is a resounding yes, with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth being an engaging blend of both an open world game and a story-driven action RPG.

With the story split into chapters, you can push on with it if you wish, only engaging with a minimal amount of side content. Those who really want to get the most out of the game, however, will spend time exploring the huge and detailed world that Square has created, seeking out and completing side-missions and activities to help bolster their party and flesh out the story. Of course, it’s best to play final Fantasy VII Remake first before jumping into Rebirth. But if open worlds are your thing, you can just watch a recap of the story so far.

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6. Cyberpunk 2077

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Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t have the best launch back in December 2020. While the PC version we reviewed was excellent, its console counterparts were riddled with problems, marring the launch and putting lots of people off from playing the game. Years later, though, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally the game that it always should have been. And now with a dedicated PS5 version, it plays better than ever on console, making this one of the best open world games you can jump into.

Its futuristic world is a joy to explore, and with a cast of wonderful characters to meet – including Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand – it’s a pleasure to be a part of. Cyberpunk 2077’s story might be one of our favourites of any open world game, too. It might not have the biggest world, particularly compared to CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3, but don’t let that put you off: there’s still plenty to love here.

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7. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

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Ghost of Tsushima, from Sucker Punch Productions, casts you in the role of Jin Sakai on a quest to reclaim the beautiful lands of Tsushima. This was one of our favourite open world games when it originally released on PS4, but with the PS5-centric Director’s Cut, it’s even better than ever.

You can rush through the game’s story if you wish, but in doing so you’ll miss out on much of the joy of the game. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut feels most alive when you’re simply exploring its extraordinary world. You’ll encounter enemies to defeat in duels or intense swordfights; you’ll meet old and new friends who need your help, and, curiously, you’ll also come across wild foxes and birds who want to guide you to helpful points of interest. It’s an absolute wonder to explore, and for that reason, it’s one of the best open world PS5 games. Plus, it’s just super cool to be a samurai.

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8. God of War Ragnarok

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2018’s God of War wasn’t exactly an open world – at least, not to the scale of some of the other games on this list – but God of War Ragnarok came along in 2022 and blew it out of the water. If we weren’t entirely confident in calling God of War an open world game, we can rest easy giving Ragnarok that title.

The follow-up adventure of Kratos and Atreus is bigger and better in every way, providing players not only with an epic story to get absorbed in, but plenty of side quests and opportunities to go off the beaten path. You’ll want to explore it all, too, because the world of Ragnarok is just so bloomin’ wonderful. Even better, there’s even a free roguelike mode available now to keep you playing after the credits have rolled.

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9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Whether it be Geralt’s gruff and manly tones or Ciri’s, well, Ciri-ness, whoever you are, there’s a good reason to play The Witcher 3. It’s a truly massive experience – and not one to embark on lightly. As far as open worlds go, The Witcher 3 takes the biscuit in terms of size and scope – it’s apparently thirty times larger than the previous Witcher games. Unless you have a couple hundred hours to spare, you won’t be getting far!

The Witcher 3 follows said gruff and manly Geralt, a monster hunter who sets out to find his adoptive daughter who’s being pursued by a group known as the ‘Wild Hunt’. It’s massive, it’s beautiful, and it’s without a doubt one of the best open world games on PS5. Expect a lot of combat, a lot of horse riding, and a lot of sitting around in taverns trying your hand at Gwent.

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10. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

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Ubisoft is no stranger to open world games, which is probably why it was chosen to bring the world of Avatar to life. Taking players to places never seen before in the Avatar universe, Frontiers of Pandora is a lengthy open world adventure that looks absolutely stunning. Playing as a Na’vi, it offers a combination of stealth, exploration and all-out combat as they seek to find their place in the world. And along with some thrilling set-pieces, it offers a very engaging campaign overall.

What makes Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora so unique is a smattering of mechanics that are out of the ordinary when it comes to improving your skills. The clear highlight, though, is gaining your very own Ikran – a flying mount – that allows you to take to the skies. As if exploring the game’s lush world isn’t enjoyable enough already, this takes it to the next level. So, whether you’re a fan of the Avatar films or not, if you’re after the best open world games on PS5, be sure to give Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora some consideration.

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11. Hogwarts Legacy

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If you’re a Harry Potter fan, Hogwarts Legacy is likely to be a dream come true. After creating your own character, this is a game that invites you to enlist at Hogwarts and become a wizard. From there, it’s up to you how you spend your time. You could push on with the story if you wish, with your character holding the key to an ancient secret that could tear the wizarding world apart, or you could simply take your time, exploring Hogwarts and the surrounding areas to take in the sights and sounds.

Whichever you choose, you’ll encounter all manner of beasts along the way as well as make a number of enemies and friends. What might come as a surprise is that there’s even a combat system, which finds you casting spells to both thwart your enemies and protect yourself. The only quest left is: what type of wizard will you become? You don’t have to be a goody two-shoes, after all.

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12. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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The latest proper entry in the Assassin’s Creed series is also undoubtedly one of the best. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla casts you in the shoes of Eivor who, along with their band of fellow vikings, has sailed to England in search of a new life. You’ll work towards building up your new village while creating partnerships – and rivalries – with nearby towns.

The world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is huge and beautiful. It’s England like you’ve never seen it before: stark, picturesque, and often violent. But that’s no problem for Eivor – equipped with weaponry and armour, they’re ready to take on anything this world can throw at them. It’s a huge game with an endless amount of side activities to take on. Even after 100 hours, you’ll still be finding new places to explore. It’s not just its sheer size that makes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla one of the best open world games on PS5, it’s everything; its story, its setting, its characters. We love it all.

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13. Dying Light 2: Stay Human

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If fighting off zombies and parkouring around a huge city sounds like your sort of thing, then Dying Light 2 may be the open world game on PS5 for you. While it is a sequel to the original Dying Light, it picks up with an all-new protagonist in a new location, and so you don’t need to have played the first to enjoy it. It’s much bigger than the first, too, with a huge world to explore, plenty of story to enjoy and a huge cast of characters to meet.

Whether you’re jumping from rooftop to rooftop or engaging in hand-to-hand combat with zombies, there’s so much to enjoy in Dying Light 2. It’s the traversal that really sets it apart from other open world games on this list, though. We just can’t get enough of free-running around the city, running up walls, grabbing ledges and even hang-gliding between buildings.

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14. Far Cry 6

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Yes, another Ubisoft game appears on our list of best open world games on PS5 – and it won’t be the last. What can we say: this is a developer who knows how to nail a huge, sprawling open world. Far Cry 6’s fictional island of Yara is no different. Although this isn’t a real place, this Caribbean island is evocative of Cuba and absolutely nails the Caribbean vibes. Forget the guns, blood and violence for moment, and you could almost think you’re on a tropical holiday.

Not quite, though, since most of your time in Far Cry 6 will be spent hunting down bad guys and trying to overthrow the president. No big deal, then. But when you’re not plotting to thwart President Castillo, Yara is your playground. You’re free to go wherever you want, and there are numerous side activities to take part in (generally involving violence). This is a huge map, and thankfully you’ve got numerous vehicular options to help you get around. Whether you want to travel on horseback, drive a jeep, fly a helicopter or parachute off a tall cliff, Far Cry 6 has you covered.

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15. Immortals Fenyx Rising

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Taking clear inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Immortals Fenyx Rising builds on Ubisoft’s traditional open world formula to deliver a game quite unlike any other. Jump into Immortals Fenyx Rising and you’ll discover a beautiful and colourful world steeped in Greek history and mythology. Playing as the titular Fenyx, you’ll race to take down the nefarious Typhon who threatens the land. To do so, you’ll have to conquer countless puzzles, vanquish powerful foes and negotiate hostile environments. Wrapping it all up is a narrative told by Zeus and Perseus which ramps up the humour found in the game.

If you want to play something that will consume tens of hours of your life, test your grey matter and give you a chuckle along the way, Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the best open world games on PS5 you can pick up.

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16. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

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Okay, Death Stranding isn’t for everybody, but some out there are likely to consider it one of the best open world games on PS5. In Death Stranding the world has become disconnected after a catastrophic event. And so it’s down to you, playing as The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, to activate a network, going from east to west. Along the way there are countless deliveries to make, because it would be too easy to just let you concentrate on your important task. And instead of hostiles being your main enemy, it’s the terrain that will cause you the most hardship.

It can be boring at times, and the story doesn’t quite pay off in the end, but there’s something strangely alluring about Death Stranding. You probably won’t be able to say that you enjoyed every minute of it when the credits roll, but you’ll be glad you played it.

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17. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One

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A Sherlock Holmes game? That’s also open world? Yes, that’s basically what Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is. This might not be the biggest open world game on this list, but playing as a young Sherlock, players are free to explore his childhood hometown on the island of Cordona. Split into multiple distinct areas, Cordona is a rich and vibrant island with a mixture of British, Arabic and Mediterranean influences. It’s a melting pot of culture, then, with so much to see and do.

While you’ll typically focus on the main story as you play through Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, there are plenty of branching narrative paths to follow, side quests to take up, and endless reasons to go exploring. And you’ll want to, too. This is a gorgeous game set in a realistic and beautifully-realised location. And, as the world’s most famous fictional detective, you’ll have plenty of cases to solve, too. Especially if you’re looking for something a little different, this is one of the best open world games on PS5.

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18. Watch Dogs Legion

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Watch Dogs Legion takes you to the streets of London, giving you a hyper-realistic version of the city to play around in. But unlike other games on this list of best open world games on PS5, Watch Dogs Legion doesn’t have a central protagonist. Oh no – essentially, you can play as anyone you meet on the street.

It’s a very cool gimmick, and one that allows more freedom than ever to tackle the game as you see fit. You see, everyone has their own unique skills and abilities. Want to infiltrate your enemy from the inside? You can recruit a disgruntled employee. Or maybe you need someone with their own drone. There’s plenty of drone experts around. The freedom is unparalleled, and the game’s vision of London is simply breath-taking.

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19. GreedFall

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If adventure is your thing, you probably ought to check out GreedFall, a brilliant open world action RPG developed by Spiders. An illness called Malichor is eating at the heart of Teer Fradee, and of course, you’re the one who has to find a cure for it. Cue a dangerous journey full of monsters, traps and plenty of loot to make it all worthwhile.

Adventuring isn’t the only thing you have to concern yourself with in GreedFall though; you also have to manage relations with various tribes and factions, aligning with them as you see fit. There are various companions you can recruit, too, who also might assist with your diplomatic endeavours. But at the end of the day, GreedFall mainly has you exploring beautiful environments and hacking away at enemies with a variety of weaponry. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Needless to say, if you’re after an open world game on PS5 to get lost in, GreedFall will certainly do the trick.

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20. Gotham Knights

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Fancy another open world superhero game? Enter Gotham Knights. Set in a post-Batman world, it’s now up to Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood to protect the streets of Gotham from never-ending crime. Take on the role of any one of the four heroes – or switch between them at will – to glide, Batcycle or run your way around Gotham, attempting to rid the city of dangers. It’s going to be easier said than done, though.

If you’re a fan of DC, you’ll get a big kick out of Gotham Knights’ original story, packed with plenty of familiar faces and iconic villains. Shape your character how you see fit by unlocking new skills and abilities, and even customise their appearance by unlocking new outfits. Gotham really is your oyster here, and aside from a sizeable story to play through, there’s plenty of side activities to keep you coming back for more, too.

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