Open world games are probably my favorite games to play right now. I love the freedom that they give me and the endless amount of fun that I can have in their worlds. Here are my top 10 open world games of all time.
I think this game will appear on my list once I put some more time into it. I love exploring this game. Being lost at sea is terrifying and avoiding it’s various lifeforms is equally terrifying. I’ve never played anything like Subnautica and it’s the only survival game that I can sit down and play for hours without getting bored and shutting down my PC. I love building awesome underwater bases and exploring the beautiful/deadly different biomes around me. This is one game I can’t wait to play again.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
If it wasn’t for the forced Animus bits this game would probably be on my list somewhere. Another reason why this game is off of my top 10 is because I haven’t played enough of it. I haven’t completed this game yet and I wanted my top 10 list to be games that I’ve played from beginning to end. I love the main protagonist, beautiful open world that ubisoft created for us to enjoy, and that this game is more of an RPG than any previous Assassin’s Creed game that came before it. This game is fucking beautiful and I plan on finishing it before Odyssey (not Mario) releases later this year.
I’ve played a lot of Grim Dawn and I love the lore and open world that’s in this game. It’s one of the best and playing this game co op is a blast. The only reason why it’s not on my list is because it was edged out by my number 10 game. That… and I haven’t played any of the DLC for this game yet. That could be the deciding factor because the number 10 game won’t ever have single player DLC. That hint probably already told you what that game is :).
This game was shat on when it released and tossed aside like yesterday’s garbage. It’s a shame because it’s a really good game with a well crafted open world and awesome customization. The hand to hand combat is nice, but the driving is what steals the show here. You can customize your car in hundreds of different ways. Trying to navigate my way through a sandstorm is an experience I will never forget.
10.Mass Effect: Andromeda
I ignored the controversy when this game released and enjoyed it for what it was. An open world Mass Effect game that had more in common with the first game than parts 2 and 3 ever did. Andromeda had some problems. It released too early and it was surrounded by other huge releases. I really enjoyed what Bioware’s B team did here. Ryder is a likable protagonist surrounded by an awesome crew, good story, and beautiful open world. The only problem is that the character models are outdated by today’s standards. I really enjoyed exploring the various different open zones in this game more than I did the ugly ones in Mass Effect 1. The only thing the first Mass Effect game has over this one is the story.
9. Guild Wars 2
I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2 on and off for years. This game is fucking huge and has some breathtaking visuals. Guild Wars 2 flipped the rules on an MMO on it’s head when it first released and was (and still is in many ways) a breath of fresh air for the genre. I don’t have to fight for the first hit on a tough enemy or boss. Everyone that contributes gets a reward. I love it and I’ve lost count on how many toons I’ve trained over the years. Guild Wars 2 is amazing and is my second favorite MMO on the market right now.
8. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
This is a classic. Morrowind was my introduction to open world games. It hasn’t aged very well at all, but it’s still very playable and the world that Bethesda crafted is second to none. If only they had remastered this instead of Skyrim…
7. Borderlands 2
The first Borderlands game was okay. It set the groundwork for the brilliance that is part 2. Everything from the characters to the story is excellent in this game and I have high (and low) expectations for Borderlands 3. This game isn’t technically open world like Morrowind is, but it has some pretty big zones that can be considered open. If the Witcher 3 is considered open world Borderlands 2 has to be too. If you want to play a long ass FPS game with a lot of guns, comedy, and memorable characters look no further. This game will keep you busy for years.
Starbound is fantastic. I lose track of time every time I boot it up and start building shit. I can build above ground, underwater, underground, and in the sky. It doesn’t matter. Your imagination is your limit here and love the pixel art style. The gameplay leaves much to be desired, but it’s not bad by any means. This game even has a story that I’m sure most people forgot was there. Flying around from planet to planet and colonizing them in my own unique style is what I love to do when I play this game. I had a world that I created like Fallout and next to it was a world like Castlevania. Name a game that you can do that shit in?
5. The Elder Scrolls Online
This game has grown so much the last few years. It was already huge, but the last two expansions has added a lot. We got to revisit Morrowind in the first expansion and the second one has us going to the Summerset Isles. ESO wasn’t always as good as it is now. It slowly got that way from a team of passionate developers that refused to let their baby die and I love them for it because I was one of those people that wrote this game off. I came back when they removed a lot of the restrictions that us Elder Scrolls players weren’t used to having in our Elder Scrolls games and I’ve been hooked since. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this excellent MMO.
4. Fallout 4
I love Fallout. I’m not one of those fans that refuse to accept the fact that Fallout isn’t an isometric RPG anymore. I love the direction the series has gone and I love Fallout 4. It’s beautiful, finally has modern gameplay, and a beautiful world for me to get lost in. And I’ve gotten lost in it many times since its release a few years ago. I still haven’t played through the expansions, but I plan to. I love interacting with my companions, scavenging the wasteland for materials to build new weapons and armor, and exploring everything around me. Bethesda games always has the best crafted worlds to get lost in and this game is no different.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Bioware did one hell of a job with this game. Inquisition is filled with beautiful biomes from start to finish. The story missions help slow the pace when I don’t feel like exploration and want something more meaty to do. That’s actually the problem with Fallout 4. There’s simply not enough meaty story, but, thankfully, Bioware has me covered in that area. I can get lost and explore for 20 hours before I feel like progressing to the next story bit. And the story bits are fantastic. The companions are awesome, I love the gameplay, and the amount of work that went into crafting the multiple open zones in this game is amazing. When I stopped running around and just focused on the world around me I was blown away at how beautiful and well designed it all is. I’m currently replaying Inquisition and I don’t think I ever appreciated more than I do now. I’m fucking addicted to it and I plan on finishing my file before moving on to another game.
2. The Witcher 3
What more can be said about this game? It’s a masterpiece and did something not many open world games can do and that’s tell a great story in an open world. This game is fucking huge too. It’s separated in zones (like Borderlands 2 and Inquisition) and is filled with hundreds of hours of content for us to enjoy. The reason why I placed this above Inquisition is because of the story. I think the open world of Inquisition is slightly better than The Witcher 3’s, but Dragon Age just can’t compete with the masterful storytelling that CD Projekt Red did here. I have over 500 hours in The Witcher 3 and I plan on adding to that total before the year is up. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of replaying this masterpiece.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Did you really expect another game to make the top of this list? If you know anything about me this won’t surprise you at all. Skyrim is my favorite game and getting lost in it’s world is a treat every fucking time I do it. I can play through this game a different way every time if I wanted to. Do I want to be a vampire spell caster that likes to sneak around and shoot fireballs at people? Or do I want to be a werewolf alchemist that hates magic? I can be as ridiculous as I want with my builds and the mod support is still amazing for this game. Skyrim will probably stay at the top spot until The Elder Scrolls VI releases in 30 years.
And that’s my top 10 open world games of all time. What are yours?