The 10 Best Open World Video Games

    November 28, 2011 at 5:40 am

    No one likes to be told where to go, what to do, or how to do it. Especially in video games, we want to feel like we’re in control. That’s why gamers have always loved open world video games. They let you to feel transported to another place by allowing you to immerse yourself in exploration of a seemingly never-ending landscape. It could be because of the size of the map or the abundance of activities in-game, but for whatever reason, open world video games are just awesome, and these are the best open worlds in video game history.


    Saints Row: The Third

    I am personally not a fan of the Saints Row series but even I have to admit that the GTA copycat has gotten the open world sense of the genre correct. The latest edition in the series, Saints Row: The Third takes place in the expansive city of Steelport. With four different districts plus a few extra areas, Steelport has more than enough places for you to explore.

    Panua Island

    Just Cause 2

    Located in Southeast Asia, the island of Panua has terrain varying from a desert landscape, to alpine mountains to a rainforest. Seeing the view of the island from the top of a building is nice. Seeing the view from the top of a cliff is awesome. Try seeing the view while falling from an airplane above the island. That will make you crap your pants. Not literally of course! Could you imagine a video game that could literally make you crap your pants!?…… Moving on…

    Light World/Dark World

    The Legend of Zelda: Link to The Past

    Though technically not the an “open world”, Link to the Past was the first game that I remember making me feel like I got lost in a game’s world. You explore every inch of the map, scour dungeons, climb mountains, swim lakes and find items only to realize half way through game… that there is an alternate dark world of the one you’ve already memorized! The fact that Link to the Past gave you at the time a huge world and then made it twice as big, gives it a spot on this list.

    New Vegas

    Fallout: New Vegas

    Sure the game itself has glitches, but the overwhelming size and variety of the New Vegas map is undeniable. The giant set pieces of Caesar’s Camp, The New Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam are picturesque, not to mention the snowy mountain village Jacobstown and the giant dinosaur motel and old west gambling town, Primm. Incluse all the vaults and whopping 78+ side quests and New Vegas is an open world certainly worth exploring.


    Assassin’s Creed

    Assassin’s Creed is set in 2011, but once you go back in time to Renaissance Italy, it’s a pretty cool feeling. Just walking around in the city makes you feel like you’re in a new place, within a new place. Plus, leaping form a platform at the top of a building in Renaissance era Florence into an expansive crowd below is just… too cool.

    New Austin, West Elizabeth, and Nuevo Paraiso

    Red Dead Redemption

    The Majestic American Southwest has never been more nobly presented. With three different cities to explore on horseback or on foot, Red Dead Redemption can seem almost dauntingly big. Add in all of the extracurricular activities like hunting (bounty and/or animal), side quests and even several different gambling games, Red Dead Redemption creates a world that you really can get sucked up into. I lost a lot of time in this one, guys.


    Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

    The latest edition in the Elder Scrolls series is a masterpiece to say the least. Skyrim is one of the biggest worlds video games have ever seen. Just think of an Elder Scrolls game and then add dragons. Sounds pretty great, no?

    Washington D.C.

    Fallout 3

    Everyone is taught about what Washington D.C. looks like in elementary school. But in Fallout 3 we’re given a nation’s capitol that seems familiar but is anything but. The war/nuclear disaster torn city has monument and building remnants that are familiar but decrepit. Add in mutants, monsters and quests that will test your moral fiber as a character and as a player and you have a world that is an unforgettable experience.

    Liberty City

    GTA IV

    What would you do if you were allowed to run a muck in New York City and its surrounding areas with any weapon or vehicles you could imagine? Grand Theft Auto IV answered that question by giving you the chance to roam an almost completely real to life clone of the city that never sleeps. The bridges, buildings and people feel like the real deal. Tired of parking helicopters on the “Chrysler building”? You could head down to the Splitsides Comedy Club for a show or you could play darts or find hidden jumps or go to a strip club. Oh, and there’s the awesome main story line too. Almost forgot about that.


    Elder Scrolls: Oblivion

    The first time you play Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is an unforgettable gaming experience. But the first time you realize you can’t fast travel and have to walk across the map of Cyrodill, you realize that the size of this world is f’ing bananas. It doesn’t matter if you want to compete in the arena with the Fighter’s Guild, go on Assassin mission with the Dark Brotherhood or close all of the Oblivion gates, you’ll be spending all your time wandering around Cyrodill. And you will never get tired of it.



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