The Best Adventure open-world Games for Playstation 4

Update : Bilkins\' Folly added at rank #8.
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Eastshade (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Embark on a peaceful and wholesome adventure as a traveling painter exploring the beautiful island of Eastshade. Engage with unique and captivating characters, complete quests, and create works of art that impact the world around you. With stunning visuals and a mesmerizing score, Eastshade offers a unique and uplifting experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.


What we like:
  • Captivating characters and engaging quests
  • Stunning visuals and attention to detail
  • Art creation adds an extra layer of gameplay depth
  • Soothing and relaxing experience
  • Strong plot and exploration opportunities.
What could be improved:
  • Technical flaws including glitches and crashes
  • Mixed bag of voice acting.

  • open-world
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • crafting
  • beautiful
  • combat-free
  • rpg
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • photography
  • adventure
  • story
  • fantasy
  • violent

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The Pathless (2020)

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Playstation 4 Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5

Embark on an epic adventure on a mystical island to dispel the curse of darkness in The Pathless. With your eagle companion, explore breathtaking landscapes and engage in unique boss battles against giant corrupted spirits. The emotionally resonant story, fast-paced gameplay, and stunning visuals and music make for an immersive experience that you won't forget.


What we like:
  • Well-written characters and story
  • Satisfying movement mechanics and puzzles
  • Stunning visuals and music
  • Unique boss fights
  • Relaxing gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Lack of tutorial and map system
  • Potential overpricing
  • Inconsistent performance
  • Tedious exploration

  • open-world
  • boss-fight
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • boss
  • stealth
  • archery
  • shooter
  • adventure
  • battle
  • action-adventure
  • rhythm
  • stylized
  • story
  • narrative

3

Lil Gator Game (2022)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s Playstation 4

Embark on a joyful journey with Lil Gator in a vibrant, open-world island filled with quests, friends, and fun. Swing your stick sword, glide through mountains, and bop cardboard baddies. With no health bar, it's a no-pressure adventure that captures the essence of childhood playtime. Experience a heartwarming story, delightful dialogue, and a relaxing gameplay that leaves you with a meaningful message.


What we like:
  • Humorous and touching story
  • Fantastic art and good tunes
  • Relaxing and fun gameplay
  • Includes a speedrun mode
  • Carries a meaningful message
What could be improved:
  • Short playtime
  • High price for the content
  • Some bugs and performance stutters
  • Some in-game tasks lack clear direction

  • cozy
  • wholesome
  • short
  • adventure
  • lgbtq
  • funny
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • open-world
  • family-friendly
  • 3d
  • platform
  • colourful
  • park
  • pretend

4

A Short Hike (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux

Join Claire on her vacation and take a hike to the top of Hawk Peak in A Short Hike. Meet quirky characters, gather collectibles and uncover secrets across the charming island park. Enjoy the original soundtrack that perfectly captures the game's atmosphere. Don't let the game's title fool you, there's plenty of adventure waiting for you on this short hike.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a captivating story and charming characters
  • Beautiful pixel art and evocative soundtrack that complement the game's atmosphere perfectly
  • Rich and detailed world with lots of secrets to uncover
  • Short and concise game that provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience
  • Great value for money
What could be improved:
  • Cumbersome inventory system
  • No map

  • park
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • adventure
  • flight
  • open-world
  • walking-simulator
  • inventory
  • parkour
  • funny
  • nature
  • platform
  • vertical
  • short

5

Tchia (2023)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Playstation 5

Embark on a magical adventure with Tchia, a young girl set on a rescue mission in a vibrant tropical world. Use her unique Soul Jumping ability to possess objects and animals, play Soul Melodies on her ukulele to control the environment, and explore the vast landscape at your own pace. Tchia's heartfelt story, stunning visuals, and innovative gameplay will captivate you.


What we like:
  • Unique Soul Jumping ability adds a new dimension to gameplay
  • Immersive open-world environment with stunning visuals
  • Challenging yet accessible gameplay
  • Diverse mechanics, including exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving
  • Exceptional sound design and enchanting music
What could be improved:
  • The map can be awkward to use
  • Second half of the game can feel slowed down by a combat-heavy quest line

  • open-world
  • exploration
  • sandbox
  • sailing
  • rhythm
  • instrument
  • adventure
  • physics
  • narrative
  • underwater

6

Outer Wilds (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Android

Unravel the mysteries of the universe in Outer Wilds, an award-winning open world game. Explore an ever-evolving solar system, uncover alien secrets, and enjoy a thought-provoking narrative. With no enemies to fight, you're free to discover at your own pace. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in space!


What we like:
  • Unique and immersive gameplay experience
  • Beautiful and intricate world-building
  • Thought-provoking narrative
  • Encourages fearless discovery
  • Captures the mysteries of the universe
What could be improved:
  • May cause motion sickness
  • Game's physics can lead to unexpected deaths

  • exploration
  • mystery
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • open-world
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • endless
  • adventure
  • story
  • first-person
  • day
  • narrative

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2016)

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Playstation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox One

Immerse yourself in the award-winning fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. With stunning graphics and all-new features like dynamic depth of field and volumetric god rays, this epic adventure comes to life like never before. Explore new quests, characters, armor, weapons, and more with the full power of mods. Discover why this game has won over 200 Game of the Year Awards and experience limitless possibilities.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with endless possibilities
  • Engaging storyline and lore
  • Wide variety of quests and activities
  • Strong modding community with infinite customization options
  • Ability to connect and bond with others through gaming
What could be improved:
  • Combat and animations may not be as polished as desired
  • Frequent updates and mod compatibility issues

  • rpg
  • dragon
  • open-world
  • dungeon
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • combat
  • skill

8

Bilkins' Folly (2023)

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Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch l

Percy’s on a quest to find his missing relatives, and he needs your help! Join him and his beloved dog Drayton as they adventure through a series of unusual islands, solve puzzles to uncover valuable treasure, and bring to light the foreboding family secret buried beneath it all.


  • nonlinear
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • dog
  • colourful
  • multiple-endings
  • pixel
  • choices
  • exploration
  • family-friendly
  • cute
  • open-world
  • skill
  • light-hearted
  • pirates

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Traveler (2015)

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early access Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 PC Windows Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS

Building the game as Open World so you are able to go on in your speed - just to tell, only the ones who want to explore will find out the ultimative ending. Traveler contains 8 different themed worlds you are able to explore by your own.


  • character
  • quick-time-event
  • shooter
  • story
  • episodic
  • loot
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • customization
  • action
  • first-person
  • pve
  • comedy
  • open-world
  • narrative

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Horizon: Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds (2017)

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Playstation 4

The Frozen Wilds contains additional content for Horizon Zero Dawn, including new storylines, characters and experiences in a beautiful but unforgiving new area.

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  • open-world
  • post-apocalyptic
  • dinosaurs
  • combat
  • narrative
  • exploration
  • crafting
  • fight
  • stealth
  • skill
  • robots
  • adventure
  • battle
  • underwater
  • sci-fi

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