You all know it very well: that magical feeling that one gets by stepping into the new Grand Theft Auto, Fallout, Assassin’s Creed or even any other open-world game. The landscape usually unfolds around you, filled with several little adventures for you to explore. See the mountains within the distance? Chances are that you can climb them. When you see all the cars on the road there are chances that you can pop on down and then make one your own. In short, there is something new that’s waiting for you around each corner.
However, not all open worlds have been are created equal. The below games represent the best in their genre. Entire cities, continents and kingdoms are brought to life with the intricate detail and staggering scope. In case you have around 200 hours of free time and you want to get lost within another realm, well, you have got options. Here are the Top 4 Best Open World Games besides GTA 5:
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is an outstanding technological achievement. It is the vanguard of a relatively new wave of the open world games. The game is capable of leveraging the power of the modern gaming systems so as to create environments of extraordinary scope and detail. The bogs of Velen present a moody aperitif which primes one for the bustle of Novigrad as well as the sweeping forests of Nordic Skellige regions; one of the beautiful game locations that you can ever see.
You can also spend hours while sailing around those islands, breaking curses, stumbling upon quests, killing monsters and also playing Gwent with the rowdy locals. The game’s towns are bustling, nosy places which make the other open world towns to seem a bit lifeless by comparison. It is a pleasure to just pick a direction and then walk; a hallmark of any great open world.
Assassin’s Creed 4: The Black Flag
Black Flag is Assassin’s Creed’s jauntiest outing. The game masterfully combines the toe-to-toe swashbuckling together with sailing in a very luminous Caribbean archipelago. The tiny islands, whales, colonial armadas and forts provide the varieties on the ocean. Furthermore, the sizeable islands hosts traditional free-running Assassin Creed’s action. After a poor 3rd entry in this series, the Black Flag was represents a salty lungful of the fresh air.
The cities are quite smaller. However, few games can actually match the excitements of having to smash a port. You will crack the walls open at the ocean using cannon fire before free running seamlessly through shattered battlements as you hunt the commander using a brace of loaded pistols. It is exactly the kind of action which open worlds do brilliantly but The Black Flag adds a whole new dimension to the open world games.
A brown post-nuclear wasteland should be boring. However, the decades that Bethesda has spent to refine the same open world formula usually pays off in the Fallout 4. While it is not as groundbreaking as compared to its predecessors, the fascinating world usually serves as the battleground for the Boston’s warring NPCs. The diamond City defenders normally fight running battles via the outskirts of this city while raiders in the wilderness bully settlers and mutated wildlife attacks almost anything that it thinks it could eat.
Fallout 4 is one of the few games that gives the players some controls over the landscape. You just have to liberate the settlements and you are free to melt down their possessions so as to build towns with the luxuries such as turret systems and running water to keep out the wastelanders. Since it’s based on the advanced version of Creation engine which powered Oblivion and Skyrim, it is a Modder’s paradise.
Batman: Arkham Knight
When you put the disappointing PC port aside, the Arkham Knight’s city is a very extraordinary recreation of the Batman’s stomping ground. Across the 3 islands you will get the different sense of this city’s social classes as well as gentrification that includes one island where the shiny new skyscrapers are built on the top of old parts of this city. Travelling around the location by Batmobile usually shows Arkham Knight’s the divisive new features at its best. Furthermore, being able to jump out at all times, ambushing the groups of goons using Dark Knight’s extensive armory comes close to fulfilling the whole Batman fantasy.