Best Open-World Games On PS Plus Premium & Extra

Sony’s new PlayStation Plus model is out in North America, and subscribers to the Premium and Extra tiers are well served when it comes to open-world games. The platform is chock-full of massive maps that are just aching to be explored.

Whether searching for a PlayStation exclusive or a third-party juggernaut, PS Plus Premium and Extra have players covered. With so many titles to pick from, picking somewhere to start can be challenging; therefore, let’s take a look at the best PS Plus open-world games.

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Ghost Of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Platform PS4, PS5
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 25 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Sucker Punch Productions
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

The PS4’s swan song as Sony’s main console, Ghost of Tsushima transports players back in time to the 13th century as the Mongols invade Japan’s Tsushima Island. After failing to stop the invasion and almost meeting his end, Jin Sakai goes on a quest to recruit fighters that could help turn the tide of battle.

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Ghost of Tsushima‘s open-world is gorgeous, be it on the PS4 or the PS5. Tsushima Island is lavish, varied, and breathtaking. The same can also be said about Iki Island, the location of the expansion that is included in the Director’s Cut. Within this map, players can look forward to engaging in intense samurai-themed battles and decent side quests with memorable NPCs.

Yakuza 0

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 32 Hours
Genre Action
Developers Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Lab42, Hardlight
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Sega’s Yakuza headlined PS Plus’s August line-up, adding three games to Extra and Premium’s library. While all these titles are fantastic, Yakuza 0 is the cream of the crop, and the entry’s status as a prequel means it works well as an entry point into this universe. Chronicling Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima’s early days in the Yakuza, the story expertly blends fist-pumping action with genuine emotion and even a hint of absurdity.

Yakuza values small but dense maps over sprawling behemoths, a creative decision that has worked wonders for the license. Yakuza 0 takes place in Kamurochō and Sotenbori, two cities filled with side activities to keep people engaged in between the exceptional main missions.


Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2 are also on PS Plus Extra and Premium.

Horizon Zero Dawn – Complete Edition

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Guerrilla Games
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best PS4 exclusives, which means it is also one of the best open-world games on PS Plus. Set in the distant future when humanity has regressed by centuries and Earth has become overrun by nature and machines, Horizon Zero Dawn unleashes players on a world overflowing with mystery, danger, and beauty.

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Aloy, the protagonist, starts out as an outsider but steadily grows more entrenched in the political and social climate of this era. The open-world is visually stunning and thematically consistent, while the combat is also generally entertaining.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Platform PS4, PS5
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 60 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Prior to the launch of the new PS Plus model, Sony announced that a range of Ubisoft games would be joining the Extra and Premium tiers. Naturally, this greatly expanded the service’s collection of open-world options, adding titles like Far Cry 3, Watch Dogs, and The Crew 2 to the library.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the most recent Ubisoft open-world game on PS Plus Premium and Extra, and it is representative of the studio’s formula. Taking place on a huge and dense map, Valhalla is a Viking-themed adventure that can consume someone’s life if they immerse themselves within its world. On July 19, a number of other Assassin’s Creed games were added to PS Plus Premium, including The Ezio Collection and Black Flag.

Days Gone

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 37 Hours
Genre Action
Developer SIE Bend Studio
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Due to launching in a less-than-stellar state and suffering from some genre fatigue, Days Gone got a somewhat mixed reception, at least by the standards of PS4 exclusives. The post-apocalyptic zombie game boasts quite a big world, and while the activities within are hit-and-miss, traveling through the roads of Oregon can be a lot of fun.

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This mainly comes down to Days Gone‘s customizable bike, which develops into a beast over the course of the campaign. The game’s zombie hordes also ensure that this world always feels dangerous.

Outer Wilds

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 16 Hours
Genre First-Person Adventure
Developer Mobius Digital
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Outer Wilds is a fascinating open-world game with a time loop central mechanic. Every 20 minutes, the sun basically explodes, causing the player to reawaken on their home planet. Luckily, they happen to be astronauts and have access to a ship, so they can travel to other planets in search of clues to decipher the mystery of what exactly is going on.

Outer Wilds superbly makes its story the central puzzle as the protagonist collects slivers of information en route to stitching together a complete picture of what is going on. Gripping, ambitious, and unique, Outer Wilds is an incredible ride that everyone with a PS Plus Premium and Extra subscribers should take.


Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Action Adventure
Developer Gunfire Games
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Darksiders cannot be criticized for playing it safe, as each entry in the franchise switches lanes. While explorable areas are present in every game in the series, Darksiders 2 is the only one that can be classified as an open world, as Death is given free rein to investigate sizable maps in-between dungeons.

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Now, there isn’t all that much to do within the game’s open world, but Darksiders 2 does offer a few side quests and optional bosses for players to take on. The map mostly serves as a way to connect the different dungeons together, and the hack and slash gameplay is stellar enough to make these trips worth taking.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 27 Hours
Genre Tactical Shooter
Developer Ubisoft Paris
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

An August 2022 addition to PS Plus, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is another Ubisoft open-world experience. For better or worse, the game sticks close to the publisher’s standard formula; consequently, people remotely familiar with the company’s output should be able to predict whether Wildlands is something they might enjoy.

That said, the game is not without its unique features. Wildlands is multiplayer-driven, more so than most of Ubisoft’s open-world projects. In fact, the shooter is comfortably at its best when friends team up to take on missions. Solo players can still have a good time with this title, although there are superior open-world PS Plus Extra games.

Death Stranding

Platform PS4 & PS5
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 40 Hours
Genre Third-Person
Developer Kojima Productions
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

A Hideo Kojima project is always going to be something special, and Death Stranding‘s bizarre reveal and early trailers instantly made that apparent. Set in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States, players portray Sam, a person charged with traveling across the country delivering packages and establishing communication points.

Death Stranding is very much about the journey; in fact, Sam has to carefully plan his trips and every step he takes along the way. Barren landscapes dominate the scene, and the gameplay can be quite meditative once players get used to its rhythm.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Sandbox
Developer Volition, Sperasoft
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Except for the first entry, PS Plus Premium has every Saints Row game, and they are quite different from each other. Saints Row 2 strikes a decent balance between serious and comedic storytelling, while the gameplay is serviceable but not particularly unique for the open-world genre. Saints Row: The Third started to turn the license into a cartoon, delivering more ridiculous missions, silly weapons, and over-the-top characters. Saints Row 4 continued down this road, arguably going a bit too far since it barely has anything in common with the earlier games.


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All these three titles have their positives, but Saints Row: The Third gets the nod since the game offers a mid-point between its predecessor’s somewhat grounded tone and its successor’s unapologetic absurdity. More importantly, it is simply fun to spread chaos across Steelport’s streets as the Saints’ charismatic leader.

Shadow Of The Colossus (2018)

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 7 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Bluepoint Games, SIE Japan Studio
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Bluepoint Games can be relied upon to deliver high-quality remakes, and the studio’s 2018 rendition of Shadow of the Colossus is a treat for fans of Team Ico’s PS2 classic. Retaining the core elements of the original version, the remake improves the visuals and controls, providing a faithful but modernized experience.

Shadow of the Colossus drops players in a desolate world and gives them a straightforward task: kill 16 roaming colossi to save the life of one girl. The Forbidden Land is haunting but sporadically beautiful, and while the map is not that large, the game does a splendid job of making it feel epic.

Unturned

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 50 Hours
Genre Survival Sandbox
Developer Smartly Dressed Games
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Unturned takes a few pages from Minecraft and throws zombies into the mix. After loading into a map, players are mostly left to figure things out for themselves, regardless of whether they are offline or tagging along with some friends.

The survival element takes a familiar form, demanding the monitoring of resources and meters while strategically planning out actions to avoid attracting unwanted attention. There is even a base building mechanic. Unturned provides an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. It is not the most graphically impressive or unique open-world game on PS Plus, but Unturned has its charm.

GreedFall

Platform PS4, PS5
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 24 Hours
Genre RPG
Developer Spiders
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Spiders spent the majority of the 2010s crafting ambitious but uneven RPGs, and GreedFall might be the studio’s best work to date. Although not completely free of jank, the open-world game envisions a fascinating island setting that gives players a reasonable amount of freedom in how they decide to impact this location and the stories held within it.

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The game has a rather underwhelming prologue section that fails to highlight the RPG’s strengths, but once the narrative moves to the island, things open up and improve greatly. Similar to the plot, the combat takes a while to really hit its stride, however, the system holds far more depth than might initially appear to be the case.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 17 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Insomniac Games
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Spider-Man games are a dime-a-dozen, but Marvel’s Spider-Man is anything but ordinary. Insomniac nailed the character’s movement better than any other Spidey game in history – the basic act of swinging through Manhattan is a joy. These moments transition seamlessly into combat scenarios, be it the epic boss fights peppered throughout the story or the bursts of random encounters that populate the city’s streets and rooftops.

Marvel’s hero is synonymous with New York, and that’s something Insomniac’s project respects and promotes. Manhattan feels like a living, breathing metropolis.

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 100+ Hours
Genre MMORPG
Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Rough start aside, The Elder Scrolls Online has grown into one of the best MMORPGs on the market, with its most recent expansion, Blackwind, coming out in June 2021. ESO: Tamriel Unlimited only provides access to the base content, so it lacks a lot of overall material, however, the game should still keep players busy for a few months.


Anyone looking to fully immerse themselves in this MMORPG will eventually need to move away from PS Plus Premium and acquire the game’s Gold Edition or purchase Tamriel Unlimited along with ESO Plus. For those who are unsure whether they want to fully commit to this massive undertaking, Tamriel Unlimited serves as a fantastic way to make that decision.

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is also on PS Plus Premium (but not Extra).

Fallout 3

Platform PS3
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 25 Hours
Genre First-Person RPG
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Despite Bethesda’s connection to Microsoft, all the 3D Fallout games are on PS Plus Premium, so subscribers who are fans of the post-apocalyptic franchise have not been left out in the cold. Fallout: New Vegas is arguably the pick of the bunch, but Fallout 3 gets the nod as it was Bethesda’s first showcase of the direction it would be taking this beloved franchise.

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While dated at times due to its stiff combat and average visuals, Fallout 3 still has the ability to fully immerse players in its Wasteland. One of those endlessly replayable RPGs, Fallout 3 is impressive even more than a decade following its debut.


Red Dead Redemption

Platform PS3
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 18 Hours
Genre Sandbox
Developer Rockstar San Diego
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Rockstar’s 2010 trip to the Old West tells the timeless tale of John Marston, a gunslinger desperate to protect his family. Set in 1911, Red Dead Redemption takes place in a period of American history defined by change as the era of outlaws quickly comes to an end. On the surface, this open-world game follows a relatively straightforward narrative, however, the story treats its characters and setting with care, crafting nuanced presentations for both.

Any fan of Red Dead Redemption 2 owes it to themselves to play the original if they have yet to get the chance to experience it. While the gameplay is somewhat dated in places, the overall experience is just as brilliant in 2022 as it was in 2010. Also, do not skip Undead Nightmare.

Vampyr

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 17 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Dontnod Entertainment
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Vampire games are (surprisingly) in short supply, but fans of bloodsuckers do have a couple of great games to choose from. Set in 1918 in London, Vampyr painstakingly recreates the city from that era, resulting in a gorgeous but fittingly grimy aesthetic.

Containing side missions in the form of “Investigations,” Vampyr‘s world is drenched in atmosphere and personality, permitting the game to truly stand out from anything else available on PS Plus Premium. For anyone seeking a novel and not especially long open-world game, this game is a great place to start.

The Long Dark

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre First-Person Survival
Developer Hinterland Studio
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

The world finds itself in a post-apocalyptic era, leaving the player stranded in a freezing Canadian wasteland. The Long Dark has a story mode in the form of Wintermute, which guides players through a largely straightforward path that teaches them the basics of survival. Although this option is fine, it is merely an appetizer to The Long Dark‘s Survival mode. As its title implies, this section is all about persevering for as long as possible against the overwhelming challenges offered by the weather, cold, and wildlife.

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The Long Dark is at its best when it just lets its users do their own thing. With death lurking around every corner, the game creates a constant sense of tension as players desperately attempt to keep their meters healthy in an environment that feels tailor-made to destroy them. The Long Dark is far from an easy game, although it does come with a variety of difficulty settings so that players can customize their experiences.

Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-MARS-tered

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developers Volition, KAIKO
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Originally released in 2009, Red Faction: Guerrilla lived and died by its stellar destruction capabilities. Few gameplay loops are as satisfying as swinging a big hammer through a colonized Mars’ smatterings of structures, leaving devastation in your wake.

The Re-MARS-tered addition doesn’t bring any new content to the plate, opting to merely polish the visuals and improve the performance. While this results in a remaster that has the same shortcomings as the original version, it also retains the exact same strengths. Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-MARS-tered offers simple but effective fun, and blowing up a few buildings never gets old.

Gravity Rush 2

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Action Adventure
Developer Project Siren/Team Gravity
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

The underappreciated sequel to Gravity Rush, Gravity Rush 2 gives Kat a bigger playground to jump across. In this universe-swapping adventure, players will be taken to multiple locations, although the majority of their time will be spent in Jirga Para Lhao and Hekseville.

Gravity Rush 2‘s open-world is beautiful, large but not overwhelmingly so, and diverse. Like its predecessor, the sequel’s gravity-driven traversal system enhances the game’s world as it provides a unique way to interact with its highs and lows.


Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 22 Hours
Genre RPG
Developer Kaiko
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Originally released during the PS3 era, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning received a remaster in 2020. More than anything, this version helped put the game back on the market as it was not the easiest product to come by for a few years. Kingdoms of Amalur is a relatively straightforward fantasy RPG, and its story should not hold too many surprises for veterans of the genre. However, the game’s world is refreshingly colorful and vibrant, helping to set it apart from some of its contemporaries.

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While somewhat dated in this day and age, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning‘s gameplay is nevertheless a great deal of fun. Taking a few hints from hack and slash titles, the combat system is fluid, fast-paced, and explosive.

Mafia 2: Definitive Edition

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Third-Person Action
Developer 2K Czech
Available With PS Plus Extra No

PS Plus Premium subscribers looking to get their gangster fill can pick from Mafia 2 and its sequel. The latter benefits from being a downloadable PS4 title, but its predecessor is generally regarded as the best entry in the series. As tends to be the case with this series, Mafia 2‘s strongest feature is its story, one that pays homage to the genre’s tropes while still diverting from the path frequently enough to stand on its own.


Mafia 2‘s world, Empire Bay, is meticulously crafted, although there is not much to do besides completing story missions. Consequently, Mafia 2‘s open-world is quite shallow, serving more as set dressing than an interactive part of the experience. Still, it complements the story well.

Prey

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 16 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Arkane Studios
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Set on a space station, Prey puts players in Morgan Yu’s shoes as he investigates the Talos 1 after it has been invaded by an alien threat. Combining elements of horror, stealth, and Metroidvania gameplay, Prey doesn’t handhold players, allowing them to explore the environment at their own risk.

Talos 1 is not as big of a location as some other open-world games, but it serves as a detailed and immersive sandbox filled with secrets to uncover and challenges to take on.

Borderlands 2

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Gearbox Software
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Included as part of The Handsome Collection, Borderlands 2 arguably marks the license’s peak, at least when it comes to its narrative. Set on Pandora, Vault Hunters traverse the wasteland in a path that leads them into a confrontation with Handsome Jack.


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Borderlands‘ art style might not lend itself to realism but it has permitted the visuals to age quite well, and Borderlands 2 still looks impressive after all these years. Although segmented, Pandora offers variety, treasures, and secrets by the bucket load.

Infamous: Second Son

Platform PS4
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Third-Person Action
Developer Sucker Punch
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

All the Infamous games on PS Plus Premium are worth playing. While Cole’s entries are fun and generally highly rated, Second Son tends to get overlooked due to its (relatively) early release in the PS4’s lifecycle. Despite coming out within a year of the console’s launch, Infamous: Second Son is still one of the best-looking games on the PS4, and its iteration of Seattle is incredible.

As Delsin Rowe unlocks new powers and ways to interact with the world, Second Son grows into something truly special. This is also a pretty short open-world game, presenting a nice alternative to the RDR2s and Horizon Zero Dawns of the world.

Batman: Arkham City

Platform PS4 (Return to Arkham)
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Rocksteady Studios
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Rocksteady revitalized the superhero genre with its Arkham trilogy. Expanding considerably upon Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City unleashes the Dark Knight on a large prison that is basically a section of Gotham.


While the story is quite linear and can be completed within 15 hours, Arkham City does contain plenty of other activities to distract Batman, be it the Riddler challenges or quests featuring DC villains such as Deadshot. Arkham City is a near-perfect open-world game and shows that the use of a map is far more important than its size.

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