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5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus (July 2024)

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Fighting outside of a castle in open-world sandbox game Terraria.

The landscape of sandbox games has grown to include many different titles. These games have an emphasis on player freedom and agency. This freedom allows the player to create their own adventures through vast worlds. In addition to this, these games are reinforced by systems that give players immense power to control their worlds. Simply put, these games are great for adventure-seekers out there. Here are our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on PlayStation Plus

5. Portal Knights

Portal Knights | Launch Trailer | PS4

The first entry on our list of the best sandbox games on PlayStation Plus is Portal Knights. This game not only allows players to tailor their playstyle to suit the game's fantasy setting but also gives them a wealth of different content to accomplish. As players progress throughout the game, they are able to cart, build, and complete quests as they progress. This not only does a great job of rewarding the player but also retains the freedom that makes the game so refreshing. Aiding in this, the game features a building system that lets the player actively affect the world around them.

In addition, the game features cooperative play for players to play with their friends. It also features random generation, which ensures that each player's session will feel noticeably different. For players who enjoy the more open-ended nature of creative modes in games, this title also has you covered. All of these elements and more make Portal Knights a great recommendation for players seeking something different in the sandbox genre. For these reasons, we consider it one of the best sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

4. Journey to the Savage Planet

Journey to the Savage Planet - Launch Trailer | PS4

Our next entry is Journey of the Savage Planet. This game not only allows players to explore a varied amount of biomes but also allows them to uncover many secrets the world has to offer. The game also features a type of tongue-in-cheek humor that is palpable from beginning to end. For players who are fans of cataloging biomes & flora, and fauna in fantastical worlds, this game has you covered. For players who are fans of the sci-fi aesthetic of games such as No Man's Sky, this game has a more playful take on the visual style of such titles.

The game features an upgrade system that allows players to tailor their character to their needs. This not only allows for more varied gameplay experiences but is simply a great feature to see implemented so well here. Aiding in the game's sense of humor is the absurdist creature design and dialogue in the game. This makes it an all-around great time for players who enjoy the open nature of sandbox games. To close, Journey to the Savage Planet is one of the best sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

3. Forager

Forager - Announce Trailer | PS4

We are continuing right along with our list with our next entry. Here, we have Forager. Despite of its minimalist art style, this game features a level of depth that few sandbox titles can contend with. The game not only allows players to create their own character and live out life as they see fit but also manages to do so in a way that stands out from other games in the sandbox genre. For fans of base-building mechanics in games, this title ties it directly in with the sandbox nature of its gameplay. Players can loot for resources, explore, and do whatever is necessary to further their own set goals.

This makes Forager an excellent example of what happens when the developers give the player the tools to create their own adventures. As players progress through the game, there will be puzzles for them to solve, which not only vary the gameplay but add another layer of depth to this title. The game also comes with a plethora of skills for players to learn as they make their way through their journey. All around, Forager is one of the best sandbox games on PlayStation Plus.

2. The Long Dark

The Long Dark - Launch Teaser Trailer | PS4

We are taking quite a turn with our next entry. Here, we have The Long Dark. This game not only takes the survival sandbox and amplifies many of the genre's core elements but does so beautifully. For players who are seeking a challenge, this game not only features a permadeath mode but also a more laidback mode for fans soaking in the open world. The Long Dark not only features a narrative that will stay with you but the survival mechanics in the game are executed remarkably well. Within these limits imposed by your survivability, players can find many options to explore.

It is this freedom that makes the game so rewarding once you get the hang of it. In addition to this, the game's unwillingness to aid the player plays a substantial role in what makes it feel so impactful. Each decision you make will have reverberating consequences on how your playthrough goes. This is by design, however, making each moment feel both decisive and memorable. In short, if you are looking for one of the best sandbox games on PlayStation Plus, give The Long Dark a try.

1. Terraria

Terraria Official Trailer

Our final entry is one that players undoubtedly will have predicted. Here, we have Terraria. The sprawling world of Terraria is one that, in many ways, is unmatched in its scope and scale. The freedom afforded to players in this game is staggering. Whether you wish to become an adventurer and quest your days away, or you would rather be a shopkeeper or horde items away in your home, the choice is yours. This freedom of choice is at the heart of what makes the game so engaging from beginning to end.

Slowly, as the player progresses, you can see the fruits of your labor take shape. This gives each section of the game a sense of weight that otherwise simply wouldn't be there. Also, the game is mechanically rich, with several systems for the player to interact with. This is great, as it gives players many avenues of enjoyment. Also, for players who enjoy challenging titles, this game doesn't hold the player's hand too much, which is wonderful. In closing, Terraria 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? Do you agree with our picks? 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.