GodisaGeek: "The list does not include purely sandbox titles, like Minecraft or Garry’s Mod, because open-world games with a great story often have a more profund effect; regardless of the fun of those sandbox games."
inFamous 2 would on my list, I loved that game.
I say GTA 4's and Mafia 2's open worlds, in terms of truly realized cityscapes, are the most impressive out of all of them. Crackdown's from a purely entertainment standpoint. While it's not on the list, I give mention to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s open world. The game's atmosphere is almost unmatched, let alone as far as open world games go.
I was always quite impressed by the open-world of the first 2 GTA games, those cities always felt 'alive' to me.
Yay for Saboteur...very underrated game, in my opinion.
I would add Stalker Call of Pripyat and defo Skyrim
Interesting that nobody is saying "Fallout 3" etc?
a game like crackdown/saboteur beats out GTA:SA? wow I can only imagine why...
Personal taste, would be the reason why.
Looking at the main characters from your lists,I have ZERO doubt it's personal taste.
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