When we hear the word Open World Games, we instantly get an idea about a game, where players are allowed to do anything they want. Some people like me instantly get flashbacks to Old GTA Games, which were kind of the first to genuinely highlight Open World Gameplay. Well, apart from Grand Theft Auto Games. We have other open-world games, that you shouldn’t miss on.
These games available for PC are a must-play. That is to say, they all feature incredible plots, graphics, features, and tremendous open-world gameplay potential. Lastly, do not judge these games based on their rankings. All are in no particular order, and each one of them is unique in their own ways.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Starting off our list, with the great Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This game is everything an Open World Games fan could ask for. The graphics are incredible, the level of detailing is next level, and most importantly its story is one of the best you ask for.
So The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set in a unique fantasy world. It features Monsters, Dwarves, Elves, Ghosts, and all sorts of creatures. The map is quite huge and has several regions. A Large portion of the open world is demolished by a war between two empires. The Game setting is really something out of a book, featuring Monsters and Civilians in the same world.
Anyway, the game begins with Geralt, who is a skilled hunter, monster, and Witcher. In contrast to other Monsters in the game, Geralt is a good one helping people and doing all sorts of positive stuff. Geralt has various gifted abilities like advanced magic and Witcher’s sense. The story starts with Geralt talking with his mentor Vasemir and chooses to go on a journey to locate his lost adopted daughter Ciri.
Ciri herself is very talented, as she was raised by Geralt, and is trained in Witcher abilities. As you embark on your journey finding Ciri, you do dozens of side missions. Each side mission has some sort of contribution to the main one. Choices matter a lot, and unlike other games. Decisions in The Witcher 3 can really change the dynamic of the story.
Apart from its great storyline, The Witcher 3 also has some extra-ordinary Open World Gameplay.
Players earn gold through side missions and then the gold can be used for better armor, swords, crafting, and potions. Similarly, The Witcher 3 has great detailing to stuff like Books, Crafting, Upgrading Powers, Sword, and whatnot. Since the game setting is really backward and traveling in it could be exhausting. Players can either travel through Sea (Quick Travel) or use Geralt’s horse, Roach. Other than that, you can explore beautiful villages, talk with people, do side-missions, play cards, have duels, upgrade armors, meditate, hunt, and last but not least go to brothels.
The Witcher 3 frequently viewed as a standout amongst other open-world games is without a doubt worth playing. The game’s story is so impressive, and the level of detailing is simply stunning. For me, the game’s setting is really cool, as there is a bunch of fantasy stuff joined with real life. Lastly, The Witcher 3 also has additional content, so once you get going. There is just so much to explore.
Release Date: 18 May, 2015.
Steam Reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive.
Developer: CD Projekt Red.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Recently Released, Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently the fan-favorite Open World Game. The game took 8 years of development and highlights a plot set in the 1899 Wild West period.
The game plot starts with Outlaw Arthur Morgan in the United States. Arthur is a member of the outlaw gang Van Der Linde who is ordered to leave the city. Before they leave, however, the entire gang decides to rob everything that comes in their way.
All things considered, robbing everything is not entirely easy as the gang goes through many ups and downs in the story. I won’t go in much detail, because then it’ll spoil the many twists in the game. What I can assure you is that the game has a really excellent story and perhaps one of the best I’ve ever experienced
What’s so good about Red Dead Redemption 2 is the level of detailing in its marvelous Open World Gameplay. For example, The Witcher 3 allows you to play guent. However, in Red Dead Redemption 2 you can play Poker, Blackjack, dominoes, Five Finger Fillet, and all those classic American games. Apart from that, Red Dead Redemption 2 also forces players to hunt, which is a vital part of the game. Hunting gets you food, money, materials, and other resources for further crafting. Moreover, there are dozens of animals, heritage, types of cities, and what not in the game.
The combat system is really like the Wild West. Gunfights are the fundamental piece of the game, and those Cowboy fights you have seen in movies are part of the game. Anyway, the game features dozens of weapons, these include rifles, shotguns, bows, repeaters, and most importantly revolvers. Other than that, the game has great detailing to combat. For example, enemy health and reaction is automatically generated from the body part where you shoot him.
Like other Rockstar Titles, Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different. The game has a lively environment, beautiful landscapes, excellent narrative, huge maps, unbelievable graphics, and most importantly an attractive story. I don’t think you have done justice to yourself if you haven’t played Red Dead Redemption 2.
Release Date: 5 December 2019.
Steam Reviews: Mostly Positive.
Developer: Rockstar Games.
Assassins Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t entirely an Assassins Creed Game, actually its much with its new RPG style-focused gameplay. The game does not have a lot of Assassin’s character, like Hidden Blades or those stealth kills. Nonetheless, it does feature a timeless Open World Gameplay combined with an excellent story.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Plot is really long and weird. Anyhow, I’ll sum it up.
Our player was thrown off a cliff by his father in childhood. Somehow, our player was rescued and now he attempts to restructure his leftover family. Along the way, he comes to war, helping people and ends up doing many side missions.
The setting is really the most interesting part of the Odyssey. The setting is inspired by Ancient Greece, and similarly, you will meet with a lot of historical people like Plato, Herodotos, Socrates, and Pythagoras. Secondly, there is also a list of historical places you can explore. These include the Athenes, Statue of Zeus, Agora of Athens, and many more.
Like other open-world games listed above, Assassins Creed Odyssey also has a wide range of inventory, farming and craft options. Moreover, decisions and interactions can completely change the game. I once took an alternative option in a mission, and that person involved in the option died.
Subsequently, I started the game again and this time I had taken a different choice in the same mission and saw that specific person helping me in later stages of the game. Note that this was just an ordinary decision, but it played a very vital role in the game’s plot. Other than that, the game like other Ubisoft titles has great graphics, level of detailing, features, and above all decent storyline.
Some fans are not particularly happy that this game isn’t true Assassins Creed Anymore. But from what I’ve read in various forums and game stores. Right now, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is being called the best Assassins Creed game ever.
Steam Reviews: Very Positive.
Release Date: 6 October, 2018
Death Stranding is maybe the most intriguing game on our rundown. This game features a movie like gameplay and it is designed by none other than the infamous Hideo Kojima.
The game is filled with extra-ordinary long cutscenes, emotional stages, and on top of that an incredible story. I can’t really describe Death Stranding, and to be honest, no one can possibly understand it without playing it once or twice. The reason being that there are so many factors connected to the plot, that it would require an article of its own. Anyway, to sum it up. The game starts with Sam Porter, played by the actor Norman Reedus. Sam is a delivery man in apoplectic America.
In Death Stranding, there is a constant Timefall run, which is basically an acid run. Apart from that, there is an afterlife near-death experience involved, in which players encounter with different invisible creatures. In this whole weird and futuristic world. Our character Sam porter somehow gets involved with important tasks to rebuild America. Afterward, the game story dwells with amazing twists, open-world gameplay, and mind-blowing story.
Death Stranding is the most incredible futuristic game I’ve ever played. When I first played it on PlayStation 4, I always thought about how could someone generate this epic idea. The game’s open-world potential is incredible. As a delivery man, you can explore and do so much stuff. The graphics are excellent, featuring huge landscapes with some of the best weathers I’ve seen. If you are in for incredible open-world gameplay that features an impactful story. You should go with Death Stranding Eyes closed!
Steam Reviews: Very Positive.
Developer: Kojima Productions.
Release Date: 14 Jul, 2020.
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition
If you are a big fan of movies like Godfather and Goodfellas, particularly those WW2 Mob movies. Then, I guess Mafia 2 from Hangar 13 won’t disappoint you.
Considered to be one of the all-time great Mob Games. Mafia 2 revolves around Post WW2, when our character Vito Scalleta returns from Sicily, after being rescued by Don Calo Vizzini. Upon Returning, Vito finds out that his family is poor and is constantly being threatened by a loan shark. Afterward, he notices the importance of money and therefore ends up joining the Clemente Crime Family, who does all the bad work in Empire Bay.
The graphics, visuals, setting, and overall gameplay is so timeless. Similarly, the mob gameplay is really nice, and when playing you really get the feeling of being a true mobster. Mafia 2 features fantastic open-world gameplay. The maps aren’t that big, nor it has a variety of cars. However, the game does feature fantastic weaponry and most importantly it has a very lively open world environment. When playing, you will be instantly attached to its superb gameplay. Players can explore Empire Bay, Loot Shops, Drive Vehicles, Have a shootout with cops, buy new weapons and also tune cars.
Note, that we are talking about the Mafia 2: Definitive Edition, which is the remaster of the original Mafia 2.
2K Games improved the graphics and many more things, which really puts Mafia 2 back on the track in 2020.
Steam Reviews: Mixed.
Developer: Hangar 13.
Release Date: 19 May, 2020.
Far Cry 5
Far Cry Games have always had a special place in my heart. These games are really extraordinary, and what’s so unique about is that they feature the best villains ever. We look at the likes of Vaas in Far Cry 3 and Pagin in Far Cry 4. These villains completely turn around the experience, that you would normally experience in an average open-world game.
Back to topic, Well Far Cry 5 features first-person gameplay and is set in Montana, United States. You will play as Junior Deputy, and do everything to stop the villain Joseph Seed. The villain is a preacher and has false thoughts that he is chosen and forces people to salvation, thus ending the world. As a deputy, your job will be to stop his operation. Therefore, killing his siblings, capos, and many bosses under him.
The open-world gameplay of Far Cry 5 is really the best we have seen. You can explore the huge country of Montana, drive cars/bikes/boats/helicopters, and whatnot. Other than that, you can also do fishing, hire NPC’s that are your bodyguards, upgrade weapons, craft, hunt, and train your pets. There are like dozens of features, that are circled around its incredible open-world gameplay. For me though, I personally loved the overall customization, that features a garage, items, and loot.
This customization we are talking about consists of a shop, that allows you to buy hundreds of vehicles. These vehicles can be further modified. The same way goes for guns and many other items. Moreover, there are just so many options for customizations and the overall potential for exploring is incredible.
To conclude, Far Cry 5’s open-world gameplay is really addicting. Every day, you will be involved in some sort of grinding, so you purchase more vehicles, guns, perks, items, and many more.
Steam Reviews: Mostly Positive.
Release Date: 27 March, 2018.
Watch Dogs 2
Another Ubisoft game on our list is Watch Dogs 2. The Watch Dogs trilogy is always talked about when discussing open-world games. Watch Dogs 2 our topic today, features a very exotic open-world gameplay, that is set in San Francisco.
I’ve played a lot of games, and I’ve to say no one creates a better in-game replica of real places than Ubisoft. Watch Dogs 2 features a really great story that is all circled around futuristic tech and hacking. Players play as Marcus Holloway, in a corrupt world, where everything is controlled by a company called Blume.
This company controls everyone’s life through a ctOS technology, that drives data from traffic, cameras, smartphones, internet, and any electronic device you can think of.
Our player Marcus somehow discovers the way Blume exploits people and therefore goes on a mission to uncover the reality. On this journey, he meets with a group of other talented hackers and together they form an anonymous hacking group called deadsec.
The open-world gameplay of Watch Dogs 2 is excellent. You can hack anything you want. That goes on to say, you can control traffic lights, civilians smartphones, vehicles, motives, and whatnot. Just to clarify, Watch Dogs 2 has hacking and tech stuff beyond your thinking. For example, there is this mission where you have hacked satellite and then you watch the planet earth from its Satelite’s POV, discovering Blume’s locations. That was without a doubt, one of the most extra-ordinary missions I’ve ever completed.
Apart from the excellent gameplay. The movement is parkour like, and the overall combat has a lot of stealth involved. Further, players can drive cars, explore San Francisco, upgrade tech, clothes, and many more things. The open-world gameplay is very similar to GTA V. However, in Watch Dogs 2 case, there is the potential of hacking, which makes it absolutely great.
Steam Reviews: Very Positive.
Release Date: 29 November 2016.
Just Cause 3
Some people might hate seeing Just Cause 3, and would prefer Just Cause 4. But, to be honest, anyone who has played both games would know that Just Cause 3 is miles ahead of Just Cause 4.
Just Cause 3 like other Just Cause Games starts with Rico Rodrigues, who returns to the Mediterranean republic of Medici. Rico’s job is to rescue them from the brutal power of the dictator General Di Ravello. In this journey, players encounter some incredible missions that feature one of the best stunts you will see.
Moreover, the game like other Just Cause’s features incredible combat and ruthless chaos. You can literally destroy anything you want in the game, almost all objects can be destroyed to pieces. Players can drive cars, vehicles, boats, Airplanes, and many more things.
Moreover, they can also use Rico’s incredible grappling hook, parachuting, and most importantly Wing Suit at all times. Likewise, there are dozens of things you can do in this huge map. Not gonna lie, I enjoy attaching people to cars, and then further attaching cars to airplanes. This sounds crazy, but to clarify, anything in Just Cause 3 is possible. The overall map is quite huge, featuring all sorts of landscapes.
The game’s open-world meta also allows you to request airdrops, that feature vehicles, guns, items, and much more. Similar to Far Cry 5 that we listed in the article. Just Cause 3 also features a nice ability tab, that always motivates you to spend more time at the game and unlock new abilities. I think Just Cause 4 is one of the best Open World Games available right now. That is to say, whenever I open it there is just so much to do that you can never get bored of. The game’s campaign is a bit boring, as you will encounter repetitive missions over and over again. However, the open-world gameplay is phenomenal and endless.
Steam Reviews: Mostly Positive.
Developer: Avalanche Studious/Square Enix.
Release Date: 1 December 2015.
Another game that features a wide range of customization, crafting, and upgrade options is Fallout 4. This game has everything that an open-world games fan could ask for. Players play as Sole Survivor, who is one of the few people that survived the Nuceal Attack, and now lives in the post-apocalyptic Boston. Our Player spouse was killed, and his son was kidnapped. Likewise, he sets on a journey to avenge their murder.
What’s so special about Fallout 4 is obviously its massive open-world gameplay. Players in Fallout 4 can build bases, add power lines, water, garden, neighbor, generator, and many more things you can think of. Further, players can also de-construct any place they want, and then use their resources for their own base building. Not only that, but they can also literally breakdown any material and use it in some way to craft their items.
Apart from base building options, the game has mind-blowing Weapon Customization and crafting. The game allows you to modify over 50 guns, and change the way they look or also improve their stats. To explain why I said mind-blowing is because there are more than 700 modifications available. You can craft or modify them adding laser, barrels, mags, and so many more things. Now if you think that base building, crafting, and weapon customization is more than enough.
Well, then you are wrong because Fallout 4 also has a character progression system through which you can improve intelligence, agility, perception, strength, and many more things. Similarly, there is the protagonist’s level, which keeps increasing with points. Lastly, these special abilities to further enhance your skills can be unlocked through perks that are all part of the game.
Fallout 4 is filled with joy and fun. I’ve personally ended the game twice and I’ve to tell you. This game is seriously fun and once you start grinding in its immense open-world gameplay. There is nothing stopping you. Fallout 4 features a really in-depth crafting, customization, and character-building options, that are really worth trying. Apart from these usual features, the game also has excellent graphics and the city of Boston also looks good. For me personally though, Fallout 4 has without a doubt a really good open-world gameplay. However, what I really admire about is its emotional story right from the beginning to the end.
Steam Reviews: Mostly Positive.
Release Date: 10 November 2015.
I really wanted to do a brief overview of all these games, so anyone reading out there can at least know which game is most suitable for him. Just to clarify, I’ll say it once again, all of these games are worth playing, and comparing them to each other is injustice. If you are a big fan of open word games, simply start playing these games. Moreover, its really a great time to start playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Watch Dogs 2, and Far Cry 5, because these games are now going to be replaced by new ones. I don’t really recommend skipping out on these and jumping on the latest ones. Lastly, if you are also looking forward to the best upcoming games in 2020, consider reading this.