Selective Creation: Pick Your 25 Preferred Open World Games!



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3

    Still my favorite Fallout.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous

    The first Infamous has a special place in my heart. It surprised me with its really neatly-working serious comic book story and style. I liked Cole's character a lot, especially his voice acting and how he made the story feel important and that there'd be consequenses. And the electric powers themselves were great and well-suited for everything around there. Loved surfing on the power lines and gliding over buildings with that static electricity and all. Very good soundtrack as well.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous

    Batman Arkham City

    Practically no game in existence does as many things exceptionally well as Batman Arkham City. It has exceptional combat, excellent stealth, superb traversal mechanics, geniusly designed puzzles, the best collectibles in any game ever, and brilliantly designed challenge maps to test your skills.

    Most open world games are diluted in many areas. Arkham City completely avoids that.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2

    Not necessarily the most polished open world, but the sheer fun I had with this game is something I won't forget anytime soon.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    Dark Souls

    My last nomination.. feel free to veto this if it doesn't count because I think it could be argued that it's not true open world.

    I'd like to put it up for doing something different with the open world formula though.. giving a more labyrinth-type dungeon crawler feel rather than an open expanse while still putting an emphasis on exploration.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    Dark Souls
    No More Heroes

    It's not the best as an open world game, but it is amazing in other wyas.



  • @Faaip Original, instant gut reaction is to say Dark Souls is not an open world game because despite being a singular world, you are restricted in your traversal. It does have excellent level design by being clever with the environments allowing them to double back on themselves and be interconnected, but its still a two way corrider.

    But, I'll leave it up to everyone else:

    Does anyone else feel Dark Souls to be open world? I don't think so, but if the majority of you believe so, it will stay.



  • @Brannox It's not open world, instead I would say it has multiple levels masterfully crafted together. But I wouldn't mind having dark souls still included in this list, as it has so brilliant level design that it even confuses players with it's open ended design to make it seem like open world.



  • @Brannox 3d metriodvania is what id call it



  • @Brannox Good points

    I'd agree that its probably not true open world. Though you can access later stages of the game right from the beginning, I think it is more a seamless transition between different levels with some options as to the order in which you play them.



  • All excellent observations. After reading, Dark Souls is not open world. Here is the updated list:

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    No More Heroes



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    No More Heroes
    LA Noire

    Back when Los Angeles traffic was more manageable



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    No More Heroes
    LA Noire
    Dragon Age Inquisition

    It's not the best game, sure, but I really loved it while I was playing it.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Brutal Legend
    Sleeping Dogs
    Red Dead Redemption
    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
    The Witcher 3
    Mad Max
    True Crime New York City
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    Far Cry 3
    Mafia
    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Fallout 3
    Deadly Premonition
    Infamous
    Batman Arkham City
    Just Cause 2
    No More Heroes
    LA Noire
    Dragon Age Inquisition
    The Saboteur

    More love for Pandemic Studios. Man, I loved their games. Black and white Paris (plus some French countryside) where you get to fight against Nazis by destroying their stuff in the shoes of a gentleman Irishman? Why, yes please. Then the colours returned and yeah!



  • @Sentinel-Beach ok, so question. Is this game really good? I was intrigued by the idea of black and white turning to color, but then I got turned off by that topless dlc or whatever.



  • @Inustar I enjoyed it a lot, even have the platinum trophy, but to be honest that colour thing didn't play the biggest role in it for me. It was really neat, though, liked it. The game was somehow just simple enough in what it was trying to achieve as a game and for me it worked well. With Pandemic as the makers the game felt something between Mercenaries, Assassin's Creed and even Hitman, I think.

    Sorry to hear that such a thing kept you away from the game, but I get it. There was some cabaret/burlesque show in an underground tavern or something, resistance HQ maybe, which had some nudity even, yes. For some reason, though, I have this vivid image of a Eurogamer article maybe that a patch was released later on that did something to that whole thing, can't remember what, though.

    I'm sure not everyone would enjoy The Saboteur, but I think it's that perfect game you'd be willing to try under 20 bucks at least. Might surpise you.



  • @Sentinel-Beach yeah, a friend had suggested it in the past but that DLC just put a bad taste in my mouth.



  • So nazi flags are okay but some tame nudity is not? You people are fucking weird.



  • @Musou-Tensei I think he means more that it was DLC?

    I agree that its kind of weird to release official DLC just for nudity even though nudity on its own doesn't bother me really.