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Best Open World Games of All Time, Top 25 Open World Games

Experience the ultimate open world gaming adventures with the selection of all-time favorites. Here we have a list of top 25 games, take a look.

by Reshwanth A

Updated Mar 28, 2024

Best Open World Games of All Time, Top 25 Open World Games
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Best Open World Games of All Time

Open-world games let players explore big virtual worlds that feel real and exciting. These games give players lots of freedom and control. Some of the best open-world games ever made are "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," which changed how these games are made with its amazing world and fun gameplay. "Grand Theft Auto V" is also really good, with a huge city to explore and lots of things to do.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is another great game with a detailed world, an interesting story, and fun quests. Other cool open-world games are Red Dead Redemption 2, Skyrim, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

Top 25 Open World Games

Year

Game 

2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

2018

Red Dead Redemption 2

2013

Grand Theft Auto V

2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Minecraft

2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

2010

Fallout: New Vegas

2022

Elden Ring

2013

Grand Theft Auto Online

2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

2018

Marvel's Spider-Man

2022

Horizon Forbidden West

2015

Dying Light

2013

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

2018

Just Cause 4

2019

Death Stranding

2020

Ghost of Tsushima

2010

Mafia II

2012

Dragon's Dogma

2008

Far Cry 2

2023

Marvel's Spider-Man 2

2020

Cyberpunk 2077

2016

No Man's Sky

2023

Starfield

2020

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

2011

Batman: Arkham City

2014

Assassin's Creed Unity

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a popular video game in the Legend of Zelda series. Nintendo made it and came out on March 3, 2017, for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles. 

In the game, players explore a big open world and go on adventures. It is an action-adventure game set in the kingdom of Hyrule. Players take control of the main character, Link, who goes on a mission to save Princess Zelda and defeat the bad guy Calamity Ganon.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game made by Rockstar Games. It takes place in America during a time when things were changing a lot. In the game, you get to explore a big world and be part of the story of Arthur Morgan, who is an outlaw in a gang called the Van der Linde gang. Arthur and his gang have to find a way to survive in a tough part of America with lots of open spaces, beautiful scenery, busy towns, and faraway places.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, also known as GTA V, is a video game made by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in 2013 and is the fifteenth game in the Grand Theft Auto series. GTA V takes place in a made-up state called San Andreas, which is similar to Southern California. In the game, players can explore a big city and do lots of different things.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a video game where you can play as a character in an adventurous story. It was made by Bethesda Game Studios and came out on November 11, 2011. You can play it on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It's the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls series.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a popular game that allows you to explore and create in a virtual world made of blocks. It was made by Markus Persson and developed by Mojang Studios. It came out in 2011. In Minecraft, you can gather resources, build things, and do different activities. There are two main ways to play: Survival mode, where you collect resources and fight enemies, and Creative mode, where you have unlimited resources to build whatever you want.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is a really exciting game where you get to play as a character named Aloy. It's an action role-playing game made by Guerrilla Games. It came out in 2017 for PlayStation 4 and later for PC. The game is set in a world after an apocalypse, where there are these robotic creatures wandering around, and people have gone back to living in tribes. Aloy, the main character, is a skilled hunter who goes on a journey to find out where she came from and what happened to the world.

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is a video game set in a world after a big disaster. It is a game where you can play a character and make choices to decide what happens. The people who made the game are called Obsidian Entertainment and Bethesda Softworks. It is the fourth game in the Fallout series and came out on October 19, 2010. You can play it on a PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring is a make-believe game where you take on the role of a character and go on exciting adventures. It was created by a company called FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. 

Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto Online is an online game where many people can play together. It is part of a series called Grand Theft Auto. In the game, you can explore a big virtual world, do missions, and play different activities with other players. It was made by Rockstar Games.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a video game made by CD Projekt Red. It's the third game in The Witcher series, which is based on fantasy books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The game takes place in a continent that's been ravaged by war and filled with monsters. The main character is Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a witcher. Geralt's main goal is to find Ciri, a special person who can change the world.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Marvel's Spider-Man is a video game about the superhero Spider-Man from Marvel Comics. It was made by Insomniac Games and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game came out on September 7, 2018, all around the world, but only for the PlayStation 4. This was the first game that Insomniac Games made using a license from Marvel.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is an action-adventure game made by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is the next part of the famous game Horizon Zero Dawn. The game happens in a world that got destroyed, and players control the main character, Aloy. Aloy explores a big and dangerous area called the Forbidden West. She goes through beautiful landscapes, meets incredible machines, and deals with new dangers. Aloy wants to find out about her own history and the secrets of the world.

Dying Light

Dying Light is a scary game made by Techland, the same people who made Dead Island. It came out in 2015 and is a different kind of zombie game. It has intense fighting from a first-person view and lets you do cool parkour moves.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a game with exciting adventures. It was made by Ubisoft Montreal and came out on October 29, 2013. This game is the sixth important part of the Assassin's Creed series. The story takes place in the 1700s, during a time when pirates ruled the seas in the Caribbean. In the game, you become Edward Kenway, a pirate who is also part of a group called the Assassin Brotherhood.

Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 is a fun game. It was made by a company called Avalanche Studios and sold by Square Enix. This game is the fourth one in the series, following Just Cause 3 that came out in 2015. It was released on December 4, 2018, and you can play it on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding is a video game made by famous game maker Hideo Kojima. It's a unique game that mixes action, adventure, exploring a big world, and storytelling. The game was created by Kojima Productions and released by 505 Games. It has famous actors like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner.

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is a video game that takes place in ancient Japan. It tells the story of Jin Sakai, who is one of the few remaining samurai. Jin fights against the Mongol Empire, who have invaded the island of Tsushima. The game focuses on Jin's inner conflict as he tries to decide between following the honorable ways of the samurai or using sneaky and dishonorable tactics as the "Ghost".

Mafia II

Mafia II is a video game. The game was made by a company called 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. It came out on August 24, 2010, in North America, August 26, 2010, in Australia, and August 27, 2010, in other parts of the world.

The game takes place in a made-up city called Empire Bay, which is based on New York City. The story is set during the 1940s and 1950s. In the game, Vito Scaletta is a war veteran who gets involved in organized crime to pay back his family's debts.

Dragon's Dogma

Dragon's Dogma is a game where players can play as a character in a big world. It gets to fight in exciting battles and customize your character. There's also magic and a dark fantasy theme. You can explore the world and have fun with combat. It's a game you play by yourself, and it combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and fast-paced fighting.

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 is a video game made by Ubisoft. It is a follow-up to the first Far Cry game, but the story is not connected. In Far Cry 2, players go to Africa and meet new characters. The game lets players explore different African places like deserts, jungles, and savannas. It came out on October 21, 2008, in North America, and on October 23, 2008, in Europe and Australia.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is a video game made by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It's an action-adventure game and the third one in the Marvel's Spider-Man series. It continues the story from the previous game, Marvel's Spider-Man (2018), and also connects with the DLC expansion called The City That Never Sleeps and the separate game, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020).

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is a video game where you can explore a big city in the future. You play as a cyberpunk soldier and go through a city that's full of danger and advanced technology. The game has a cool story, interesting characters, and you can make choices that really matter.

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is a video game made by a small company called Hello Games located in Guildford, UK. The game is focused on exploring and surviving in a never-ending universe that is created randomly. It allows players to freely explore and find different planets, creatures, and landscapes.

Starfield

Starfield is an exciting space game made by Bethesda Game Studios, the people who made popular games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. It's a new universe they created after 25 years, and it lets players explore the huge space and go on a big adventure to solve the biggest mystery of all time.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a video game that takes place in the same world as the Spider-Man comics and movies. It's the newest game in the series and can be played on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. In this game, you play as Miles Morales, a teenager who is getting used to his new home. He looks up to Peter Parker, who is the original Spider-Man, and wants to be a hero like him.

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a really cool video game that is like a continuation of the previous game, Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was made by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game happens in Arkham City, a super safe area in the middle of Gotham City where all the bad guys, like criminals, thugs, and crazy masterminds, are kept.

Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity is a game set in Paris during the French Revolution. It was released in 2014 as a follow-up to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. In the game, you play as a character named Arno Dorian. He joins a group called the Assassins to investigate the murder of his adopted father. His adoptive sister, Elise de la Serre, is part of a rival group called the Templars. The game has both a single-player mode and an online cooperative mode for up to four players.

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