90°
Submitted by insertcoin 321d ago | opinion piece

Are Open Worlds Really "Open-World"?

But is the term "open-world" just an illusion, a half-truth, or, at worse, a lie? Sure, we can play petty semantics. Even the widest environments from Grand Theft Auto V or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have their limitations, and players will eventually hit a wall, a mountain, or some impassible border that removes the sense of freedom that an open-world design is meant to invoke.

~ Nick Tan, GameRevolution (Grand Theft Auto V, PC, PS3, PS4, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

JonnyBigBoss  +   321d ago
Most of them aren't IMO.
Ezz2013  +   321d ago
and all of them have linear story

for me it doesn't matter the game is open world or not
what i care aboyut in games are Story and gameplay as equal

pretty much most of my favorite games are not open world games
only few like RDR,Sleeping dogs,fallout 3,fallout:NV
BX81  +   321d ago
True, infamous second son wasn't as open as I thought it was gonna be. I like a game where you can go into different places like gta. Also like read dead redemption.
ScottyHoss  +   321d ago
What if there was an open world game which was a gigantic sphere? That would be a truly open world game, and there would be no walls.
ReBurn  +   321d ago
Most games aren't fully open, but do give more freedom than others.
knifefight  +   321d ago
I always want Yakuza worlds to be bigger and bigger.
They're usually big, but not big enough :(
WeAreLegion  +   321d ago
Just Cause 2 is! :D
TheEternalGamer  +   321d ago
well its kind of impossible to make unlimited amounts of space? But these Open World games do give more freedom then some of these linear games out there. so yeah you can't do the impossible but you can make them bigger especially with newer hardware
Blacklash93  +   321d ago
If the world is open and lets you engage in a variety of activities from (or near) the beginning, it's open-world. If the world is mostly a guided experience through a linear series of corridors and challenges, it's not.

It's about the openness of the world, not the narrative. Thus the name.
#6 (Edited 321d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
aLiEnViSiToR  +   321d ago
Well same as this Universe isn't really UNIverse :P
clouds5  +   321d ago
No man sky is probably gonna be the first real open world game :)
WeAreLegion  +   321d ago
What about Minecraft's infinite worlds?
#8.1 (Edited 321d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
clouds5  +   320d ago
True! Never played mine craft so that didn't come to mind ;)
HanzoHattori  +   321d ago
Untethered exploration is a more accurate description.
saviin  +   320d ago
I agree its just a term, nobody claimed it actually had to be the size of a whole word. Otherwise mario galaxy and armillo could be considered open world and they're not
#9.1 (Edited 320d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
stavrami-mk2  +   320d ago
It's as open as your gonna get depending on power of console. Just don't know what ppl expect sometimes?? Theoretically real life is an open world game soooooooo grab a gun and go crazy 😜
#10 (Edited 320d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
ShaunCameron  +   320d ago
No. As with real life, there's only so much a person/player can do in it before it gets redundant, pointless and eventually limiting. Some things are just simply not worth doing since they serve no real purpose other than to compensate for its lack of content. And that's why I rarely play open-world games beyond the main story's final credits.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
10°

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate - 10 Crucial Things It Must Learn From Unity

14m ago - WC: Now we know about the new protagonists, some gameplay refinements and an idea of what this ye... | PC
10°

The Greatest Moments of ‘Metal Gear Solid’

17m ago - With The Phantom Pain incoming, VICE Gaming takes a look back at Hideo Kojima's always fascinatin... | Culture
Ad

Start Making Games for the PS4

Now - Want to design the next generation of video games? Start learning game design today. Click for more info on how to get started. | Promoted post
10°

'Chaos Rings 3' Review - Put A Ring On It, This One's A Keeper | Touch Arcade

17m ago - Chaos Rings 3 is a big, meaty evolution of the series that makes a lot of changes. Some of those... | iPhone
20°

Mortal Kombat X Review | My Fanatics Gaming

19m ago - MFG writes: "This game deserves KUDOS and I am here to give it!" | PC
20°

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Dated for North America

20m ago - The release date for the first-person dungeon crawler from the classic Etrian franchise has been... | 3DS