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5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus (September 2023)



The power of Sandbox games is that the player can literally do nearly whatever they wish. This unbridled freedom is at the heart of what makes these games so enjoyable for many. Not only that, but the level of detail and destruction as well as the simple fun factor of these titles are often exceedingly high. This makes them great fun for either new fans of the genre or more diehard veterans. Without further ado, here are our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus.

5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Starting off today's list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, here we have Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. For players who enjoy sandbox games with an emphasis on player choice, this game is a great title to recommend. This is due not only to the immense freedom that the game offers players but also to how it approaches its sandbox. Players are able to customize many things within the game, such as the game's difficulty, cosmetic items, weapons, and much more. This adds not only to the replayability and enjoyability of the game but bolsters its longevity as well.

Arguably one of the game's strongest aspects is its open world. This can be seen in not only how the people around the game interact with the world, but also how players interact with the world as well. You are given complete tactical freedom in how you want to approach each scenario, which is wonderful to see. This makes it a great game for those players who wish to try out multiple tactics throughout their playtime. Altogether, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

4. Tchia

Switching up things considerably for our next entry on our list, here we have Tchia. For those looking for one of the most charming, and enriching Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, look no further than Tchia. This game oozes charm and allows players to explore a vibrant island landscape, and experience a phenomenally touching story. These elements combine to make Tchia a standout title in many regards. This can be seen not only in the game's beautiful approach to its world and storytelling but also in its game mechanics.

For players unaware, in Tchia players are able to take control of animals and maneuver throughout the world as them for a short time. This allows the player not only to traverse the world differently but adds a different perspective on the islands as well. The game also notably forgoes a traditional map system, instead opting for players to learn their way through landmarks and other hints. This makes the world of Tchia feel like a strong part of the game. For these reasons, Tchia is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

3. Outer Wilds

Our next entry on our list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, here we have Outer Wilds. For players who haven't experienced Outer Wilds, the game is a thought-proving RPG revolving around time manipulation mechanics. This allows players to not only see more of their world through the power of each loop but also gives players access to new abilities and technologies. Along the way, players will experience many hardships, such as going through massive storms and caves looking for answers. This manages to slowly build the world of the game into something massive.

That isn't to say that this game doesn't have its quiet moments, either, it absolutely does. Players can sit back relax and take in the beautiful areas around them. Areas that seem to resonate with a sort of somber loneliness that manages to also feel warm at times. This makes it one of the most touching games you can play. All around, if you are looking for one of the best Sandbox games to enjoy on PlayStation Plus, then make sure you check out Outer Wilds.

2. Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed

For our next entry on our list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, here we have Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed. This title manages to take the fantastic Sandbox game from the past Destroy All Humans! 2.  and recreate it wonderfully. One of the game's strongest aspects still remains very much intact, however, and that is the weapon sandbox. Players can destroy their environments in a number of ways, using a variety of weapons. This freedom allows players to create their own chaos in the game, which never ceases to feel satisfying.

Added to this, is the game's inclusion of fantastic a fantastic cooperative campaign as well. Playing through the story of Crypto alongside another Furon feels great. Players will be able to cause all sorts of havoc while enjoying the game's satirical story. Also, the game manages to feel true to its origins, which really serves the game well. In conclusion, if you are looking for one of the most fun and enjoyable Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, then this title is right up your alley.

1. The Long Dark

Rounding out our list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, here we have a survival Sandbox title. The Long Dark allows players to experience the harshness of winter, all while allowing them to create their tools for survival. This is a feeling that is especially prevalent in the Survival version of the game. The game certainly doesn't hold players' hands but there is a bit of leeway given there for new players as well. This can be seen in the multiple difficulties and experiences the game offers. There are two offerings, known as Survival Mode and Wintermute, a more story-driven experience within the game.

There is a ton of gear to collect throughout the game's world as well. This can be seen in the fact that the game has well over a hundred gear items for players to collect across their journeys. How you choose to survive is up to you, whether it be by fishing, hunting, or crafting what you can from the land. All of these features combine to make The Long Dark a phenomenal survival Sandbox title. In short, The Long Dark is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus (September 2023)? What are some of your favorite Co-Op games on PlayStation Plus? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.