The Best Open World Games of All Time

Open world games have become a gaming industry norm during the previous decade. Almost every AAA title published attempts to present players with an immersive and massive open world to explore. Having said that, there have been several games that have excelled in terms of both quality and quantity. As a result, we bring to you our list of the Top 10 best open world games of all time.

It’s worth noting that we only picked one game per brand, so the list isn’t entirely made up of Elder Scrolls and Grand Theft Auto titles.

10. Just Cause 2

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Just Cause 2, perhaps one of the most underappreciated open world games of all time, is the definition of unrestricted fun. Back in 2010, it arguably established a bar for sandbox action games, garnering a lot of attention and fans. Just Cause 2 is one of the most memorable open world experiences ever, thanks to its fantastic destruction system, inventive ways to battle and explore the environment, and massive playground.

9. Minecraft

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Minecraft is without a doubt one of the most well-known video games of all time. Also , it is also one of the most imaginative games ever created, as the only limit is your imagination. Its procedurally generated open worlds are awe-inspiring to adventurers, and even after all these years, people continue to flock to the servers to participate in this magnificent experience.

8. Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Marvel’s Spider-Man, along with the Batman Arkham series, is one of the finest superhero games ever made. Aside from the addicting fighting and movement, New York has never looked better in a video game than it does in Insomniac’s superhero game. Spider-Man and traversal systems go hand in hand, and the game’s vast environment is fantastic. With its buildings and scenery, the world feels alive, making it a terrific open world game befitting of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

7. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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The Yakuza series has long been regarded for its excellent storytelling and bizarre Japanese adventures. However, its open world is underappreciated. Unlike other open world games, the Yakuza games have always sought to cram the most activity into small neighborhoods such as Kamurocho and Sotenbori. Like a Dragon is without a doubt the most polished and developed open world game in the series, earning it the number eight spot on our list.

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Skyrim, one of the most famous RPGs of all time, wowed everyone in 2011 with its vast world. While its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, were both fantastic in their own right, Skyrim took the open world approach to a whole new level. The game’s open world is excellent, from the dozens of forgotten dungeons to the gorgeously constructed cities. We won’t judge you if you got lost in the game and the world for more than a few hundred hours, since we did too.

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games’ latest masterpiece, delivered everything the first game couldn’t. Aside from its captivating story and immersiveness, the open world is one of the most alive in gaming history. Rockstar Games has long been recognized for their meticulous attention to detail, and Red Dead Redemption 2 is no exception. Everything seems natural, and riding across the world is a blessing, which places RDR2 at number five on our list.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

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Back to back Rockstar Games! GTA V, like Minecraft, does not require any introductions. This phenomena has been ongoing for more than 7 years and shows no signs of stopping. While some gamers would undoubtedly love a new entry in the series, GTA V remains one of the world’s most popular games, and its world remains one of the most engrossing. The game’s chaotic fun, along with the enormous areas in Los Santos, make GTA V’s open world one of the most unforgettable in gaming.

3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3 and CDPR managed to build one of the most engaging open world games ever developed, making it perhaps the best Action RPG ever made. Velen, Novigrad, and the Skellige Islands are all brilliantly constructed locations that entice the player to explore and confront creatures far and wide. It is a testament to the brilliance of the Witcher universe and ranks third on our list.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Few games have lived up to the immense anticipation surrounding Breath of the Wild, and even fewer have exceeded all expectations. It is without a doubt one of the greatest masterpieces ever created, thanks to its magnificent open world. The world’s immensity, activities, traversal, and overall vibe make it one of the most memorable and well-crafted. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a brilliant game with an open world that has kept gamers engaged and exploring since its release in 2017.

1. Elden Ring

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While Elden Ring is a newcomer, it is tough to ignore its amazing world. Keeping the formula of prior From Software games, it was able to produce the best experience for veterans as well as new fans. Some of them may not appreciate it as much as others, but the Land Between undoubtedly keeps everyone involved in the game. The open world is the finest ever developed because of its mystery, vastness, massive landscapes, and danger. As so, Elden Ring will be remembered for the fantastic experience it is, but its open world will be regarded as the greatest ever.

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