The Downside of Open World Games

"As open world games continue to increase in popularity, it seems to be turning into the default format for big-budget AAA releases. The developers insist this gives players freedom to do whatever, and play however they like. But is this really a good thing?

So Batman: Arkham Knight was released the other week, and although I haven’t yet picked it up myself, it got me thinking about something that occurred to me when I first played its predecessor Arkham City. Let’s get something straight, I bloody loved Arkham City. It was imaginative, with a gorgeous playable world; excellent gameplay that mastered the rare balance of great stealth and great combat, plus plenty of memorable encounters with Batman’s A-list villains, which are by far the best in the comicsphere. Having said all that, can you guess what game I liked even better than Arkham City? Arkham Asylum." -

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Roccetarius1226d ago

Freedom is available at the cost of compromise to other aspects of the game, and another game was damaged pretty badly because of this. They created a good game, but a poor sequel.

As far as Batman goes, even though it's not on the top of my list of games, Asylum was done better than City.

SolidGear31226d ago

I prefer story driven or cinematic to open world with the exception of RPG's such of Mass Effect, Fallout and Deus Ex.

urwifeminder1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

Open world means I don't buy many games anymore , I do like some but the travel and searching for items is the same over and over , too many unlocks , sub menus , lens flare and open world are ruining gaming lol. Never finished a GTA I did complete Crackdown and Saints row and mass effect 1 and 2 they are the only open world games I have ever finished and then I did not find everything.