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25. theHunter: Call of the Wild

This title, developed by Expansive worlds and published by Avalanche studios, will let you feel the diverse thrills of hunting in the comfort of your own living room. Step inside their visually breathtaking world, and walk around to your heart’s content in search of those prized trophies. Call of the Wild attempts to simulate the real-life hunting experience with an array of exotic beasts. Patience-testing as it is, it’s your go to first person shooter game without all the anxiety inducing fuss. It has a PlayScore of 8.13

24. The Evil Within 2

With this sequel to Bethesda's underrated horror game, Castellano’s nightmares were only the beginning. Returning to the shoes of our haunted protagonist, The Evil Within 2 shows off a world of unending frights. Though it marks Shinji Mikami's step down from the helm, the horrors continue in the hands of director John Johanas. Not quite as exquisite as the original, with not enough memorable monsters among other things, its difficulty curves and character direction gave it a more than decent score of 8.47

23. Watch Dogs 2

They may have had a rocky start with their first title, but Ubisoft brings back the ragtag band of misfits for another cybersleuthing escapade. With a drastic change in tone, they put the volume down on dark narratives to put on a more lighthearted atmosphere. Leaving the Chicago shores for the sunny San Francisco Bay, go on a stealth murdering spree as you hack banks, offices, and random treadmills for your own selfish pleasure. New features and a shift in tone later, it receives a PlayScore of 8.5

22. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

An award-winning RPG, what this CAPCOM open world lacks in size, it makes up for with immersion and the liberating freedoms of their fantasy setting. That's especially true for this expanded Dark Arisen version, containing additional weapons, armor, and an extra dungeon called the Bitterblack Isle. While it suffers from some age-related faults, offered at a budget price, it's perfect for first players and veterans wanting to experience it the second time around. With a diverse bestiary and satisfying combat, it has a PlayScore of 8.53

21. Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Ubisoft's latest look at their viral shooter takes out from the limiting streets of Manhattan to a Washington DC that's ripe for the taking. Coming a long way since the invisible walls of the the first game, The Division 2 fully commits to the sense of openness. This time, the world feels more organic, with new secrets and shortcuts, and a variety of events that add to the narrative feel of the post-apocalypse. With over 40 hours of campaign--and more in the post launch DLC--it's a bigger world out there with a score of 8.54

20. A Hat in Time

This title might be a leap from the dark, medieval, and crime-laden titles in this list, but it works. And, it's been sending us on wholesome hat-filled adventures for a while. Dubbed as the Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch-less, A Hat in Time gets to work, serving a market for the charming and magical with the journeys of their time travelling girl. Although not completely open world, each level is divided into vast kingdoms which players are free to explore. Endlessly delightful, it gets a PlayScore of 8.57

19. InFamous: Second Son

Delsin is back and with him, all the powers from that fateful event, and all the government baddies out to get him. With the duality system, you get to choose your own path--good or bad. Released in 2014, Second Son's visuals are an impressive feat for its time. Roaming around the districts of a rich Seattle opens players up to an array of missions and opportunities. A step back in some, it ushered in a new generation of gaming and it gets a score of 8.61

18. L.A. Noire

Rockstar--while known for their ever popular Grand Theft Auto series--has even more under their hood. As this investigative action adventure shows. Considered one of the best detective games of all time, it doesn't just wear the film noir inspirations on their sleeves, it embroils you in the experience with their unique gameplay. Coming to the PS4 with all the DLCs plus a new coat of paint, the fistfights, gunplays, and witness readings of the 1940s feel good as new. It has a PlayScore of 8.66

17. Far Cry 4

Far Cry 5 and New Dawn have hit the shelves and it hasn't stopped Far Cry 4's domination on the PlayStation charts. Far from the tropical settings of their previous titles, 4 takes us to the beautiful world of Kyrat--A fictional Himalayan place filled with snowcapped mountains, mystical tribes, and the occasional evil honeybadger determined to rip you to shreds. In the midst of a civil war, the title entertains as it joins together their solid shooting mechanics and lush environments. The perfect game to get lost, with a PlayScore of 8.66

16. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Set between the events of Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, Shadow of Mordor puts a spotlight on the beginnings of the one true ring. Play as the troubled Ranger Talion as he ventures through Mordor along with the wraith of ringmaker Celebrimbor. Help them fight against the growing armies of Sauron and use their famed Nemesis system to create alliances with the ferocious Orc Captains. Even with the release of their latest sequel, one does not simply forget the magic of the original. It has a PlayScore of 8.66

15. Gravity Rush 2

The grand sequel to the world-bending game on the PS Vita. Bringing forth our love for the adrenaline rush of free falls, Gravity Rush 2 takes the series to new heights. With a scale much bigger than the original, this sequel lets you immerse in the comic book environments and activities as you take on the shoes of Kat, Raven, and Syd. Continuing on the events of last game, the main story is packed with their engrossing narratives and satisfying combat--taking you even deeper to the sights of their world. It has a PlayScore of 8.73

14. Assassin's Creed Origins

Not the latest Assassin's Creed game. As good as Odyssey is, Origins was the start of something new for the seemingly formulaic series. Set in Ancient Egypt--way before the rise of hidden blade brothers, it follows Bayek as he roams around their stunning deserts and architectural wonders. Heralding a move towards a more numbers-based RPG experience, it's one of the best recent AC title, and its legacy will be felt for years to come. It has a PlayScore of 8.76

13. Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third installment of the Dragon Age epic from BioWare. Continuing the legacy of the first two games, play as the Inquisitor and save the world from a growing threat. Awarded by many as one of the best RPG games of its year, Inquisition boasts a huge open-world to explore and a story so riveting it keeps players in their toes. Gameplay is a mix of tactical and real-time combat, and characters are lovable as ever. It has a PlayScore of 8.76

12. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Dragging it back to relevance after all these years. This special edition of Bethesda's beloved and innovative open world title, despite never technically leaving, invites us to see the wrold of Skyrim with brand new eyes. Revamped and refurbished, its textures and details almost rival today's lineup. Building on an already stellar reputation--with over 200 game of the year awards--it might be the perfect entry point for the series. It has a PlayScore of 8.79

11. Yakuza 0

Witness the origins of the Yakuza lore in SEGA's brutal prequel to their popular beat 'em up action adventure. Returning players into the rich aesthetics of 80s Japan, Yakuza's open world is rife with violent delights, and, of course, Karaoke. Taking with it all the weirdness of its setting, this Yakuza origin story is one that doesn't take itself too seriously. Injecting humor into the otherwise violent world of crime, it nails both the action and excitement of gangster side while leaving enough to uncover in the sidelines.

A PlayScore of 8.86

10. NieR: Automata

Platinum Games' latest sexy heroine envelopes you in a cloud existential dread. An absolute unit of a game, Nier is great for players looking for good story, intense hack and slash action, and a wide selection of appealing characters. Inviting some debate about their open world status, Nier's universe may be small, sparse, and a litte lacking in endgame. However, what it offers in its hubs is enough to make one feel existentially tiny. Existential dread in a small package, it gets a score of 8.9

9. Fallout 4

It was good, and it was bad, then it was good, and it’s bad. Released 5 years after the acclaimed Fallout New Vegas, Bethesda took their time with this fifth mainline title. Which makes sense, considering the many changes in the Fallout formula. Still set in their open world nuclear wastelands, its base building focused adventures as the sole vault survivor is a fresh take on the series. Elevating the story, despite the polarizing new dialog system, it has a PlayScore of 9.03

8. Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady’s open-world action-adventure changed the superhero genre in gaming forever. This third and final entry to the caped crusaders quest to stop crime is packed with explosive firepower, tactical mayhem and insane futuristic gadgets that make players feel like Batman. With an expanded Gotham City, nothing is out of reach with your trusty Batmobile. Combined with your newfound weapons and gadgets, beating Gotham’s finest is a piece of cake. It has a PlayScore of 9.04

7. Horizon Zero Dawn

The future looks hauntingly beautiful in Guerilla Games’ debut to the open-world genre. This open-world action adventure game is set in a primitive, cyborg-dinosaur infested post apocalypse. Players control Aloy, a brave young woman dedicated to keep their culture safe. Packed with a stylish combat akin to the Uncharted series, this grand quest to save a decaying civilization from corrupted sentinels is a fine addition to this list. It’s DLC, Frozen Wild’s expands Aloys story even further and refining its combat to please new and old fans. It has a PlayScore of 9.10

6. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

Larian Studios' isn’t holding back with this follow-up to their highly successful RPG debut. Returning to this entry is its signature deep customizations and highly interactive environments. This second installment packed with an elevated level of immersion as it brings the spirit of pen and paper RPGs to the videogame world. This definitive edition makes it better, especially on the PS4. Explore this living and breathing universe and dive deep into their vast lore. It has a PlayScore of 9.20

5. MARVEL’s Spider-Man

2018 was a great year for Spiderman. Everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood hero takes the superhero genre in gaming to a whole new level. Heavily inspired by Rocksteady’s Arkham series, this web-slinging adventure takes players to an open world New York City. Fight crime and stop Spidey’s rogue’s gallery one by one. With its dynamic gameplay, players can actually feel like playing this iconic superhero. It’s amazing. It has a PlayScore of 9.24

4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Time and time again we keep blaming Konami for severing its ties with Kojima. This fifth and final major installment of the Metal Gear Solid series is an emotional send-off to Snake and Kojima’s story. The war for the future goes on as Venom Snake continues to destabilize the impending recreation of the Metal Gear. Experience open-world action like never before with its unique emergent gameplay. Use your wide array of espionage abilities to finish every mission in your own way. It rewards exploration, quirkiness and creativity. And what better way to end a fantastic franchise like that. It receives a PlayScore of 9.25

3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

There are games that don’t age well over time. CD Projekt RED’s epic open-world fantasy-adventure is not one of them. Released way back 2015, this polished Polish game continues to mesmerize players in its beautiful and grand RPG experience. The legendary Geralt of Rivia’s final quest is filled with many surprises, including slaying monsters, meeting and dating cute Sorceresses, and even playing a game of cards. It’s always a welcome treat to our list, and it has a PlayScore of 9.29

2. Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar's fifth major GTA installment literally triples the possibilities of their open-world carnage. Featuring a cast of three main characters, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Being able to switch between these three characters adds another layer to GTA’s already expansive gameplay, making at explosive and addictive world of criminal killing sprees. For those who seek its multiplayer options, GTA Online is a great place to make new friends and mess around. It has a PlayScore of 9.33

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Of course. Rockstar’s bravado when it comes to the open-world genre is a staggering feat. Now we have two of their games taking over our list. Not only it improves upon its predecessor, it paved a new path to the Western genre in gaming. This prequel to the original takes players to the center of the Wild West. Ride horses, terrorize towns, take a bath at a local inn, and enjoy bar fights. It’s the greatest open world game on the PS4 so far, with a PlayScore of 9.52