This article showcases our top picks for the Best Open World Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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The Ghost of Tsushima on PS4 is definitely up there in being one of the best open-world games I played. The story takes place in 13th Century japan. The intro is already chilling as you prepare to face the monster that is the Mongolian army, whose ships are slowly approaching the island. You play as Jin Sakai, the only samurai to survive the attack (thus The Ghost). The evolution of the storyline, the amazing scenery, the characters and the relationships you form, and that satisfying feeling of piercing through your enemies with your trusty samurai will surely get you hooked. Especially when you start hunting for upgrades for your armor and weapons!
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We believe Minecraft is a great open-world game due to the versatility it offers players. Players are able to make the game truly their own through the world they build. They can craft, explore, and create worlds with combat elements. Also, Minecraft is a highly social game. It’s always more fun to play online with some of your friends. Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all time, has a very active community, and is playable on every type of game console or PC. It also boasts a high level of post-release support that continues to this day. The PC version alone has sold more than 42 million copies. Minecraft has a creative mode where players can use their imagination to the fullest using block-based building to develop their world. If you were ever a fan of Lego back in the day, then Minecraft is the online version of creative building. Plenty of players have spent years building their online world. Aside from finding great masses of fortune or investigating the sunken depths of a pirate ship, the multiplayer aspects of Minecraft can’t be beaten. Your friends can roam the world you’ve created and explore its depths all while playing by the rules that you create.
I’m not really a gamer, more of a weekend gamer, so getting into open world games is difficult for me. Generally speaking, weekends are reserved for some light gaming. Days Gone captured me from the second I fired it up. Deacon St John is one of the most believable protagonists I’ve seen in a game. The bike mechanics are crazy fun. The zombie AI is incredible. Honestly, the whole game is sublime. Days Gone is the only Platinum I’ve gotten on my PS4 and for good reason – you can easily fall in love and suck the marrow from this game! It’s been polished since launch, so if reviews are preventing you from giving it a chance, buy it today!
The groundwork for Middle-earth: Shadow of War lies in its predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but the sequel expands its massive Middle-earth setting with varied areas that show off the fiery, twisted mountains as well as the (slightly) more tranquil plains. With the Nemesis system, you can run into a previous dual partner at nearly any moment, and they can strike you with an ambush attack in the middle of a different mission. Have your own supply of allied orcs, however, and you can strike fear into the heart of Sauron’s army and take the land for yourself. With satisfying combat inspired by the Arkham series and plenty of gear customization options, it’s a can’t-miss open world game.
Despite its age, sleeping dogs offers players one of the most fleshed out, detail orientated open worlds I’ve had the pleasure of playing. Every crevice is packed with detail; detail which feels as engrained into the story as narrative itself. Speaking of narrative, the story is engrossing, heartwrenching, and frankly, one of the best in video game history! The combat mechanics are not dissimilar to older Assassins Creed releases, but in a modern setting, which scratches an itch many gamers have.