Top 25 Best Open World Games of all Time

GR - "We decided against including the likes of Deus Ex and the Thief series, which despite the freedom they offer to the player, are strictly linear titles—at least in terms of exploration."

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Relientk772161d ago (Edited 2161d ago )

This generation really has fantastic open worlds.

The Assassin's Creed franchise, Rage, Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls 4 and 5, and more

Ps: I like that you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to go through the slides, good job to Gameranx for that.

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HammadTheBeast2160d ago

See, now these are the types of stories that should be seen more. Great list, nice to see some innovation. I also like most of the games there, nothing like infinite freedom to cool off after a long day of work.

DanJenkoFMV2160d ago

Actually preferred New Vegas to Fallout 3, but maybe that's just me. Would also have included Need For Speed: Most Wanted, but otherwise agree with most of the selections.

Outside_ofthe_Box2161d ago

I'm glad that GTA4 was number one. GTA4 so far is the open world game that feels the most like the world has a life of it's own.

SPAM-FRITTER-1232161d ago (Edited 2161d ago )

agreed. GTA4 gets bashed to hell but its still one of my fave games this gen.i still play the MP and re-run the DLC now and then.

also nice to see farcry 2 on there.

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NukaCola2161d ago

I disagree. GTA IV is udder garbage. The streets are lifeless with lifeless characters. You drive from yellow circle to yellow circle. It looked nicer for the time, but was such a step backwards from San Andreas. You couldn't go into more than a handful of building and the world felt so drab and fake. If the game was truly open, then lets have choices and let it be your playground.

SPAM-FRITTER-1232161d ago

you mean like the lifeless world of fallout which is miles upon miles of BROWN

MariaHelFutura2161d ago


In Fallout's defense. There has been a fallout (hence, Fallout) its suppose to be kinda lifeless.

MysticStrummer2161d ago

"GTA IV is udder garbage."

Utterly ridiculous.

kaveti66162161d ago

You can replace GTA IV with inFamous and your statement would be more accurate.

gaden_malak2160d ago

replace Infamous with kaveti6616 and your statement would be more accurate.

NukaCola2160d ago (Edited 2160d ago )

I am not talking about the game itself but its world as this article is about the world. Liberty City is hollow. LA NOIRE and MAFIA are two other examples of hollow worlds, regardless of their story or gameplay.

Rockstar really did us all a justice when they released Red Dead Redemption. It's a huge open world where theirs places to go and always something to do and world feel real.

GTA IV reminds me of that scene in the Matrix where they are walking down the street and the women with the Red Dress walks by. It's like that. Filled with cars and people and a false sense of reality. Every now and then something unique comes by but not often as I would of like.

kaveti66162160d ago

From my experience with GTA IV, weird things happen often, and it's fun.

You'll be walking around the city and a thief will run by, followed by police.

Or two motorists will get into an accident and start yelling at each other, and one of them will pull out a baseball bat.

GTA IV isn't lifeless at all. Just walk around and those things will happen.

@gaden malak

Very clever. But I was being serious. Everything NukaCola said to describe GTA IV's world more aptly describes inFamous. Save for the hoodlums invading various parts of the city, all the citizens behave rather mundanely, and only the select few citizens lying on the pavement, with their hands out, pleading for ever with the exact same animations, actually add anything to the environment.

But it's popular to pick on big-name games like GTAIV because of perceived flaws that have been spread far too long without any evidence.

Here's some examples of random stuff happening.

The random interactions between cityfolk in liberty city puts it ahead of most open world games.

The attention to detail is staggering. People bored with GTA IV are impatient.

kaveti66162160d ago

Hey, SilentNegotiator

Try giving evidence instead of spewing out abstractions like "hollow" and "shallow."

Unlike you and your kind, I gave evidence for my claims.

You're only attacking me because I made a negative comment about a Sony exclusive. Think about that for a moment. There's a button inside of your mind that deals solely with Sony, and when it's pressed, you react.

You said GTAIV was shallow, I said it wasn't and I provided evidence.

What do you do? Call me a troll, and repeat my "replace" comment the same way Gaden Malak did because neither of you possess the rhetoric to say something original.

"Just because characters will get into car accidents and duke it out, doesn't make it an involving world."

Care to give an example of a game with a more "involving world" or are you just going to trash GTAIV for not giving you a reach around?

ShinMaster2160d ago (Edited 2160d ago )

Really? No one?

A game's fun shouldn't come from glitches and random bs.

Story > Openness.


Doesn't matter, InFamous 1/2 were more enjoyable and so was RDR.

mewhy322160d ago

Well IMO Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption are the two best open world games in this generation. Both of which are best (console version) played on the Xbox 360. I have both systems and have played these on both. did some head to head comparisons on these two games and the 360 came out on top.

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Legion2160d ago

Though I like GTA4 it is nothing compared to RDR when thinking of a game world having a life of it's own.

Crap_Turtle2161d ago

I disagree with almost everything on that list and I dont like the condescension towards certain games

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kma2k2161d ago

i agree with most of the games belone on a top 25 but i do not agree with the order!

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