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5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus (November 2023)

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Players attacking a dinosaur with a spear in Ark: Survival Evolved.

The vast library of PlayStation Plus has tons of titles for players to enjoy. Among these titles are Sandbox games. As their name would imply, these are titles that the reins loosen on the player so that they can create their own adventures and experiences. In doing so, the gameplay variety within this genre of titles is staggering. This makes the genre one that is very open-ended in both its structure and design. With all that out of the way, here are our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus.

5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint: We Are Wolves 4K Gameplay Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

We are kicking off today's list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. For fans of the Ghost Recon franchise, Breakpoint serves as somewhat of a departure from its more grounded roots. Despite this, however, the game at its core retains many of the sandbox elements that make the open-world entries in the series shine. In the game, players are an operator who becomes stranded in a hostile land. In doing so, players will have to use every tool in their tactical toolbox in order to overcome their enemies.

This is where the game's sense of creative freedom comes in, as there are many ways to dispatch your enemies, and you can choose how to make it happen. Whether you prefer a more stealthy or loud approach, the choice is yours. In fact, choice is at the heart of what makes Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint the game that it is. Throughout your skulks through the jungle, you are able to choose your avenues of approach, the time of your attack, and many other aspects. In short, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

4. Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West - Gameplay Trailer | PS4 Pro

We are straying quite a bit away from our last entry with our next. Here, we have Horizon Forbidden West. For players who are familiar with the Horizon series, there is a lot to love here. The core foundation of the game remains the same, with some notable gameplay and quality-of-life improvements. These improvements include everything from an increased sense of scale, as well as more systems for the player to interact with. This does a great job of not only ensuring that the player has tons of freedom within this world but also does so in a way that greatly rewards the player.

For example, when up against seemingly insurmountable odds, players can use tactics to their advantage to get a leg up on the machines. This lends itself well to the game's more sandbox elements. In addition to this, the game, from a narrative standpoint, is absolutely stellar and serves as a worthy sequel to its phenomenal predecessor. So, if you are someone who enjoys an open-ended approach to combat in games and is looking for one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, this entry has you covered.

3. Ark: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved Official Launch Trailer!

We are changing things up considerably for our next entry. The world of Ark: Survival Evolved is simply one giant survival playground. Players are able to traverse through the game's unforgiving world as they try to survive. One of the key ways that they can improve their chances of survival is by adapting to the game's harsh environments. This is where the game's sandbox elements come into play. Players are able to build several structures and weapons in order to aid their journey. But they are also able to incorporate the help of others, as well as a plethora of different methods in which to do so.

This places player choice at the core of what makes Ark: Survival Evolved so great. Couple this with its fantastic inclusion of more hardcore survival elements, and you have a game that rewards creativity. Whether you trap dinosaurs in order to make them do your bidding. Or you prefer to survive through the use of weaponry. The choice is yours. It is for these reasons, as well as many others, that the open world of Ark shines so brightly. To close, Ark: Survival Evolved is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

2. Portal Knights

Portal Knights | Launch Trailer | PS4

We are changing things up quite a bit for our next entry. Here, we have Portal Knights. For players looking for an open-world sandbox to explore with friends, this title has you covered. Players are able to not only build massive bases in the game and fight fierce bosses, but they are able to do all of this within a persistent world with friends. With a total of forty-eight islands to explore, players are somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to locations to set up shop. In doing so, they will be able to battle, craft, and participate in other sandbox activities.

As the game is an action RPG, there is an excellent emphasis on combat. That said, though, players can also use the spoils of their fights to craft gear. This makes it especially rewarding to journey out with friends. Additionally, the game does a great job of balancing its classes in order to allow for a significant amount of skill expression. The ability to build onto the world of Elysia is absolutely phenomenal and a real treat. To close, Portal Knights is one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

1. Terraria

Terraria - Journeys End Update 1.4 | PS4

We are rounding out today's list of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus with a fantastic inclusion. Here, we have Terraria. There are few titles that manage to invoke the feeling of an open sandbox quite like Terraria. No matter what you decide to do in the game, your decision is valid and valued. Whether you wish to simply gather resources and craft items in the game's earlier areas or you want to adventure forth boldly, the choice is yours. This sense of player choice is at the core of what makes Terraria so appealing to many players.

Additionally, the game's simplistic art style ensures that players are not only able to express themselves through cosmetic items but do so in a way that feels meaningful. For the players who wish to test themselves in combat, they will find there is more than meets the eye in this game. This is partially one of the reasons for the game's immense popularity. All around, if you are in the market for one of the best Sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, give Terraria a shot.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus? What are some of your favorite Sandbox 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.