The 4 Best Games For Open World

When I discuss open world games, I largely mean games that are non-linear and give you freedom of movement to move about the map as you please completing missions in an order entirely up to you.

Sometimes this idea goes horribly awful. But sometimes it works out perfectly. I will be discussing the times that it works out perfectly.

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The GTA series has always pioneered the open world concept. Their construction of entire cities was always amazing. They have mastered putting the player into a world that they can immerse themselves into. GTA V is no exception.

When you play, it feels like you are a citizen in the city of Los Santos. It seems like Rockstar Studios has mastered the open world concept. The missions are scattered across the map but never feel like they are too far away from you.

The movement around the map never takes too long to become mindless, and there are so many little features that incentivize exploration. It’s the world that is jam packed with features, both big and small.

The story is funny and a little emotional at times, but it does an effective job of introducing you to all the big things that Los Santos has to offer you.

There are flying missions, shooting missions, hunting mission, heist missions, driving missions. It’s incredible there is such a diverse amount of gameplay. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from your criminal activities and follow the rules. It’s nice to obey traffic laws and see the idiots that break them. When I break the law, I do it much better than they do.

The core gameplay is diverse and can be exciting but can also be tedious in just the right way. This is closest to a perfect game I have ever seen. You can either drive around all day, fly around or just go on a massive rampage where you decimate the population of the city and murder a small countries population worth of police officers.

This game is a masterpiece.

Who is this game for?

Grand Theft Auto V is for everyone. Even children. If you don’t like shooting, then do yoga. If you hate yoga, then go driving. If you don’t like driving, then go biking. And on and on. Sure you do need to be careful about where you go. You don’t want your ten years old going to the Strip Club. But it is pretty easy to avoid it. If you want a clean PG experience, It is easy to do so.

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Another game from Rockstar Studios. This was the game that sold the open world genre to me. This is GTA V but set in the cruel environment of the wild west. You take control of John Marston, a sharpshooting bad ass who needs to fight to save his family in a plot line that very slowly moves the game forward.

The core gameplay surrounds doing your own thing and doing little quests for those around you. The great part of this game is that it gives you a choice of what kind of man you want to be.

Do you want to be a bandit terrorizing the west and racking up the biggest bounty this side of the Pacific? Or do you want to ride in the Sheriff’s posse rounding up bad guys and bringing order to the wild?

The choice is yours, in fact, you can do a little bit of both. My favorite missions were the ones for the sheriff but my favorite past time was going to the bar, getting drunk and then shooting up the place. Or at least trying to.

The game has held up incredibly well and still stands as one of the best open world games ever. Nay, one of the best games ever. Of any genre.

Who is this game for?

This game is for people who love a good story. Those who want to play a game at their pace. Do their things. And anyone who likes Westerns. And anyone who loves open world games. This game has a little bit for everyone.

For me, the most compelling aspect of the game is the story and the setting. The gameplay backs up those two experiences.

An open world game did right.

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I have found the latest Assassin Creed games to be stale and not have much improvement over the previous games. Much like the annual Call of Duty games. Most annual franchises become stale quickly.

But the 3rd installment of this series was anything but stale. The first was a brand new concept that immediately captured my heart. The 2nd was a solid sequel. But the 3rd one blew the first 2 out of the water. There has yet to be an Assassin’s Creed this good.

This game introduced so many new features and refined so many other things. It introduced the ability to create a brotherhood of assassins that could assist you. It also gave you the ability to build and improve a base and have a real impact on the world that you inhabited.

The story was just as convoluted as the other games, but that didn’t matter as long as I could continue to build my base and following. All that mattered to me was changing Italy as I murdered my enemies and helped my friends.

My only issue with this game was that it was never challenging. Whenever I was in even a little trouble, I can call for my brothers to give me a hand and boom. All the enemies are dead.

But if that’s my only complaint then a game is pretty damn good.

Who is this game for?

This is for casual players. If you just want to pick up a game after a stressful day of work and murder some guys. This is the perfect game for you.

But if you are a little more hardcore and want to pour untold hours into a game. This is not the game for you. It just gets too repetitive and boring. But for casual players this game is awesome.

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Sure, Geralt is looking for his daughter. A noble cause straight out of Taken. But being noble alone doesn’t pay you unless you are nobility.

So Geralt is always looking for a way to make the quick buck, which naturally leads to tons of side quests in this massive, sprawling RPG. Those side quests do not feel like useless fodder thrown in to increase the length of the game. They feel like legit quests that play a role in character development. Not to mention that they are just fun.

This world is full of detail and interesting people. One of the games was so interesting it is being developed into its own full game. Gwent is now becoming its own standalone game that can be bought without having to play The Witcher if for some unknown reason you do not want to play this great game.

The story is well written and while a little slow does have some decent pacing. On top of that, the combat is entertaining and does not become stale very quickly. The game does an excellent job of rewarding skill and still forcing you to grind for your equipment a bit.

All said it is a very solid open world game.

Who is this game for?

This game is ideal for anyone who loves RPG’s and wants hundreds of hours out of their game. Someone who doesn’t feel a need always to be online and don’t enjoy multiplayer. This game is great for both casual players and hardcore players.

If you love story and want a game with lore and in depth characters. You want a big world full of little things for you to explore. Somewhere you can immerse yourself in and escape. Get this game.

But if you want fast paced action, or you want to play with your friends. Or you don’t like a little bit of grinding, then don’t get this game.

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