Open world games give you vast landscapes to explore, bustling cities to be a part off and in some cases, rage mayhem till the law gets you. Over the past few decades, open-world games have come a long way. Not only do you have lifelike characters to interact with but also worlds that feel alive and lived in. Open world games not only give you a deep story to explore but also give you a plethora of side quests to indulge in and in some cases you can spend days exploring the world for treasure, and come across random encounters you wouldn’t otherwise see if we’re taking the beaten path. Today open world games give you enough to do and even after spending a hundred hours in them, there is still more to explore, conquer and exploit. So if you are looking for an open world to lose yourself in, then these are the ones to consider.
GTA V is such a big open-world game that you actually don the role of three lead protagonists in the game-enhancing your perspective of the world. There is so much to do and see in the game that you could spend hours, even days just exploring, having fun and creating mayhem before you decide to get back to the main story. The game has a large number of diverse missions and the city you explore is filled with a large number of NPC’s making it feel like a lived-in world. This is truly one of the best open-world games. And to top it all off, you can play the game with your friends in online multiplayer. Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, PC.
If there is one game that will take you back to the old west it is Red Dead Redemption 2. This game is as good a realistic simulation as can be. From riding your horse to stealing trains and even using dynamite to blow things up, RDR2 has one of the best stories. The best part about the game is that you can leave the story quests aside for days and indulge in activities like horse races, don the role of a bounty hunter, play poker, rob trains, and a whole lot more. People have spent hundreds of hours in the game and they are still finding new things to do. Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, PC
Based on the bestselling Polish books, the Witcher is a fantasy game. You don the role of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who hunts monsters for a living. The premise of the game is very simple - Geralt is hunting for his ward - Ciri. This hunt takes him to vast lands filled with monsters, witches and sorcerers. Not only can you indulge in Gwent, a card game, but also take on quests to help the locals. You could help an old lady find her frying pan, figure out why the baron’s wife left him and even help an old spirit find peace. The mystical world the game takes place in is fantastic, feels lived in and offers the player a lot of things to do. Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Bethesda is known for its massive RPG’s and Elder Scrolls V: Skyim took things to a whole new level. The game offers a fantastic world that is filled with elves, magicians and dragons. However, the huge map is filled with tons of things to discover and side quests to complete. So much so that you’ll most probably end up getting side-tracked when playing the game. Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Horizon: Zero Dawn is a game developed by Guerrilla games; a Sony first-party studio known for the Killzone franchise. Departing from the FPS genre was a big risk and it paid off quite well. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a single-player narrative experience. It is a third-person action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world where robotic machines roam the lands. These machines are in the form of animals like dinosaurs and you have a bow and arrow to take down these mechanical creatures. It may sound overwhelming, but the gameplay is one to keep you hooked. Since its release in 2017, Horizon: Zero Dawn was a PS4 exclusive, but will now come to the PC as well. The game has a vast and diverse open world to explore, side quests to embark on and secrets to uncover. If you are looking for an open-world post-apocalyptic adventure to embark upon, then this is definitely a must-have game. Platform: PS4
Considered to have the latest man in any Assassins Creed game, Assassins Creed Odyssey takes place in ancient Greece. Not only do you get to meet some historic characters in Greece but also get to partake in some of history’s greatest events and also visit some well-known historic monuments. The game’s story is a mix of Greek history and mythology. Players will visit settlements large and small and can undertake a number of quests. Some are vital to the story, others just give you an opportunity to explore the world. Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Marvel’s Spider-Man is developed by Insomniac Games, the masterminds behind the Ratchet and Clank franchise and also the underrated game Sunset Overdrive. You don the role of the web-slinger in this adventure, but it isn't an origin story. Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for a few years now and the story of the game revolves around a new villain, Mr Negative. It also brings the sinister 6 into the picture and you have a bunch of famous Spider-Man baddies to encounter. One of the best things about the game is the web-swinging throughout New York City. It feels, natural, fluid and above all, is a lot of fun. The game also has an interesting set of side quests that you can take on. The story of the game is quite unique and not a retelling of any Spider-Man tale we’ve heard so far. If you are looking to play a fun-filled adventure that will appeal to kids and young adults alike, then this is the game for you. Platforms: PS4
One of the best entries in the franchise, Far Cry 5 does not have the traditional “follow the icon on the map to get a mission” structure. The player will encounter people while exploring who will give him tasks to do. You can also undertake hunting activities which will lead to a variety of rewards. Far Cry 5 is a first-person shooter game and one of the best things about it is that you have a munch of companions you can take with you on your missions. Each of them has a unique skill which keeps the gameplay fresh every time you change a companion. The best way to describe Far Cry 5 is that it is a fun game. Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Batman Arkham Knight
Arkham City is considered the best open-world Batman game, but we decided to put Arkham knight in here, as the batmobile is a lot of fun to drive around town. Arkham Knight is the conclusion to the Arkham Trilogy and you get to explore Gotham and take on the supervillains from the Batman universe. The game brings with it great traversal, stellar combat and voice actors from the original Batman Animated Series. What more do you want? Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
If there is one open-world game that truly lets you do anything you want, it is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even today players are discovering new ways to interact in the world. The game may look cartoony but its world is grounded in reality. You can't light a fire if it’s raining, your footsteps are heard by enemies when you walk, the number of things you can do in the game is astounding. If there is one open world that everyone must play, it is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U.
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