Submitted by leonHurley 599d ago | opinion piece

The PS4 open world games that’ll change everything. ‘Big’ is just the start

OPM: With the age of PlayStation 4 almost upon us, things are going to be changing. We round up the open world PS4 games that are going to redefine free roaming action forever. Incredible scale, new ideas or just really pretty – this lot are going to blow your tiny little minds. (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Destiny, PS4, The Crew, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Watch Dogs)

TheLyonKing  +   599d ago
Big is good but I also want:

Every house explorable
A lot more misc stuff destroyable or able to use
More variation if the ai and npc
More freedom of the character
Gimmemorebubblez  +   599d ago
Thats my problem with games like Just Cause 2, a beautiful big wonderful game, where you are able to do so many crazy things, but the NPC's are wooden, interiors are non-explorable and destructibility is on a minor scale.
Need4Game  +   599d ago
Filling the World takes a lots of People, Time, Energy, Money.

But there's another way,
Player Created Contents in Open World Games, similar to Skyrim mod-community, with it such detail world is highly possible.
minimur12  +   599d ago
Isn't this just a list of all of the open world games coming to PS4 now?

And is destiny even an open world game??
stevehyphen  +   599d ago
Completely agree. A few of these touches would have made Just Cause 2 a far better game. That said, I still loved it, and to this day it's my only platinum trophy.
inveni0  +   598d ago
Yes, procedural generation of interiors (like apartment buildings and such) would push games like GTA to the next level. Imagine escaping the cops and being able to kick open doors and run through any apartment you want, with people inside screaming, passing through the front room to the bedroom, out the window, down/up the fire escape.

That would truly be next gen.

Plus, we could experiment with breaking into a random apartment and killing people in their sleep. *evil grin*
malokevi  +   598d ago
I hate these articles. Eight separate pages for boring, rehashed information that PSMO has published a million times already.
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   597d ago
"Big is good but I also want:

Every house explorable
A lot more misc stuff destroyable or able to use
More variation if the ai and npc
More freedom of the character"

Dead Rising 3 says hello.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   597d ago

I'll see it when I believe it.
thehitman  +   599d ago
What your asking for requires a shit ton of work with the every house explorable and I dont think its even necessary just sounds good. I rather developers focus on story and gameplay than making every house being able to walk-in and out. Even in GTA that is really unnecessary. Everything else though you said I would like more of.
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kneon  +   599d ago
It's not really as hard as you'd think. They would only need a couple of dozen different pieces of furniture plus a few dozen other household items. The furniture layout and item placement can be randomly generated when you open a door for the first time and saved to your hard drive.

They already have to design each building, laying out internal walls and designating rooms types isn't that much more work.

This approach would result in less diversity in the look of interiors than we get today but I'm ok with that if it means I can climb in any accessible window and open unlocked doors.
Bigpappy  +   599d ago
have you ever heard of Elder scrolls? Ever home sewer and cave is explorable.
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thehitman  +   598d ago
@bighappy I am talking about cities not caves and dungeons.
GameSpawn  +   598d ago
Making everything explorable does take a lot of work when the scale of the game begins to hit a certain size. Plus if everything was explorable in games the size of JC2 or others you run the risk of glitchy behavior (something not remotely foreign to Skyrim and other Bethesda games) or lots of interiors that look the same because of set pieces being reused over and over and over again (something that occurred with a lot of areas in the Fallout games from Bethesda).

I only bring up Bethesda as Elder Scrolls was mentioned, but other open world games fall prey to these two problems in varying degrees as well.

I don't mind the "cookie cutter-ness" of Elder Scrolls and Fallout's interiors because the rest of the games' fun factors make up for it.

On a side-note I'm really pumped for Watch Dogs and Assassins Creed 4. I'm happy with AC4 that they are going back to the simpler notoriety system of pre-AC3 games; with AC3 at times you had no option but to fight and stealthing was much more cumbersome and difficult in comparison to previous titles. I'll admit the original you could hold down blend and stealth your way through 90% of the game and guards were none the wiser - AC2 was close enough to being balanced so that you could whore the blend to aid in stealth all the time.

Let's just hope at the last minute Ubi doesn't screw the pooch and turn Assassins Creed into Ubi's version of Call of Duty.
GameSpawn  +   598d ago
*couldn't whore the blend
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JunioRS101  +   598d ago
I completely agree,

but imagine how difficult it must be to program all of that into enjoyable, playable interactions lol

Like, damn... I'm glad I'm a gamer and not a game developer.
blueberry  +   598d ago

What good is a big world with lots of options, when none of the achievemnets feels worth it, or important, or even earned?

My main issue with the Assassins creed series.

STILL- I´ve never had such high hopes for a game - EVER.

Come on, Witcher 3, don´t let me down.
Intentions  +   599d ago
How big can it get?
Leon_Blu  +   599d ago
That's what she said !
kneon  +   599d ago
She was talking about your beer belly ;)
thehitman  +   599d ago
I am hoping more mmo experience make their way to consoles. I hope they are not done like how blizzard is doing diablo with dividing the console and PC communities but more like how SE does FF and cross platform plays them.
showtimefolks  +   599d ago
I want getaway 3 reboot

I want eight days

Give me Sony give me
mic_cala  +   599d ago
getaway 3 would be awesome !!!
webeblazing  +   599d ago
i second sinba said up top but doing all that stuff will definitely take time. i truthfully dont care as long as the game is fun so more power to them and i cant wait to play them. i feel like imma miss out on division and destiny, yall definitely got some gems there.
SillyYou  +   599d ago
Big brings only cons, if it isnt filled with stuff to do. I prefer smaller, but worlds with more details and stuff to do, over gigantic maps with nothin in it.
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Khajiit86  +   599d ago
Thats why I loved Arkham city. It was not huge but so much to do where ever you turned.
SillyYou  +   599d ago
I tried to like it, but im not a fan of this genre (fighting stuff.. like god of war, devil may cry etc.)
Khajiit86  +   599d ago
Everyone likes something different. For me its between Arkham City and RDR for game of the generation, until GTA 5 comes out and it is as good as it looks.
Cihan  +   599d ago
More than anything, we need emergent worlds and not ones filled with predictable routines. I wrote and uploaded an article about this which I hope is approved for the site! The gist is, if developers can continually update their open worlds, it can keep things fresh.

There's no sadder feeling when after hundreds of hours of exploring a world, you want to continue past a mountain or whatever, but can't.
fattyuk  +   598d ago
Fallout 3 springs to mind :0(
Bigpappy  +   598d ago
The cloud is supposed to make this possible. They can and stuff to the game dynamically. e.g. If you kill an NPC, his son might have grown up over the years and is trying to exact revenge. The area you destroyed may now be fully rebuilt looking better and more robust than before, with new leadership.
Cihan  +   598d ago
I really hope that's the direction games are heading in, but I have serious doubts about the Cloud. Online connectivity is still so unreliable in most countries (even in the UK and USA), and online data is prone to suffering crashes or security issues.

I think we're still in the teething phase, and won't see the full potential of the Cloud till next decade.
Bigpappy  +   598d ago
I get that internet is not super reliable. But people play real time games on it all the time with no real issues. It is also used to do massive downloads reliably. So I am optimistic that this can indeed be done with no difficulty. The problem only comes if they try to change up the gameplay during the action sequence in real time. That could cause some issues.
Khajiit86  +   599d ago
I cant wait for next gen. Im still not done with this gen, not til im bored of gta v and had my hands on Beyond....

Beyond seriously looks better than any x1 game.
Supermax  +   599d ago
All of those games are on x1 except for the crew.
OpieWinston  +   597d ago
Dude...The Crew = X1/PS4/PC.......
RedHawkX  +   598d ago
ps4 is the best. make sure to get the ps4 if you want these amazing open world huge explorable games.
medman  +   598d ago
A huge world to explore is great, but only if it is filled with interesting places to explore and fantastic characters to interact with. A large map with lots of nothing outside of isolated hubs of activity is not my idea of a good time. I want a game world that has surprises around every corner, and leads to a heightened sense of anticipation for what may be in store for you around that corner that you haven't even considered might be possible.
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tigertron  +   598d ago
With the increase in RAM you'll be sure to see many more open world games. I think this is the generation where you'll see the rise of open world games. This gen and the generations before were just a small taster. Hell, I expect games in a few years to be even bigger and jam packed than GTAV.
JimCom95  +   598d ago
Jeez i can only imagine how massive elder scrolls and fallout will be on next gen platforms.
greedybear88  +   598d ago
Witcher 3 looks incredible!
Chrisgamerguy  +   598d ago
Non of these games are exclusive to ps4
ZBlacktt  +   598d ago
Why yes, said this last week. :)

OpieWinston  +   597d ago
None of these games are PS4 exclusives? So why say "PS4 Open World", as a matter of fact these devs said there isn't much difference between next gen consoles so IDK how retarded N4G is but I think this article proves it.
Steelmanner  +   595d ago
I'm not trying to sound like a jerk, but many of those games are coming out on other consoles too. As a result, I'm not sure that they will make a large impact on the PS4 individually.

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