Submitted by halocursed 1195d ago | opinion piece

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." (Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, PC, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, Wii, Xbox 360)

Relientk77  +   1195d 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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HammadTheBeast  +   1195d 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.
DanJenkoFMV  +   1194d 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_Box  +   1195d 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-123  +   1195d 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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NukaCola  +   1195d 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-123  +   1195d ago
you mean like the lifeless world of fallout which is miles upon miles of BROWN
MariaHelFutura  +   1195d ago

In Fallout's defense. There has been a fallout (hence, Fallout) its suppose to be kinda lifeless.
MysticStrummer  +   1195d ago
"GTA IV is udder garbage."

Utterly ridiculous.
kaveti6616  +   1195d ago
You can replace GTA IV with inFamous and your statement would be more accurate.
gaden_malak  +   1195d ago
replace Infamous with kaveti6616 and your statement would be more accurate.
NukaCola  +   1195d 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.
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kaveti6616  +   1195d 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.
SilentNegotiator   1195d ago | Trolling | show
kaveti6616  +   1195d 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?
ShinMaster  +   1195d ago
And no one here thought Skyrim had boring landscapes and emotionless characters?
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.
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mewhy32  +   1194d 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. Lensoftruth.com did some head to head comparisons on these two games and the 360 came out on top.
Legion  +   1195d 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_Turtle  +   1195d ago
I disagree with almost everything on that list and I dont like the condescension towards certain games
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kma2k  +   1195d ago
i agree with most of the games belone on a top 25 but i do not agree with the order!
pandehz  +   1195d ago
Next page my arse
ritsuka666  +   1195d ago
Best Open World Games of all Time"

Half Life 2, no contest here.
ThanatosDMC  +   1195d ago
Half Life 2 is not open world. Just like Borderlands isnt open world. I dont understand why Borderlands is on the list.

It's like saying Dead Space is open world since it's just a loading door.
FarCryLover182  +   1195d ago
Half-Life 2 is one of the best games of all time. It is open in some areas, per se...but its def not an open world game.
GamingPerson  +   1195d ago
just kazzz 2!
theeg  +   1195d ago
Stalker, pretty much craps on everything else as far as atmoshphere, then oblivion/skyrim/morrowind.

gtaiv is ok, not amazing, but very cool
YodaCracker  +   1195d ago
I totally 100% agree with GTA IV being in first place, but my list would have Red Dead Redemption right behind it in second place.
roadkillers  +   1195d ago
It's kind of funny too, you look back a couple years and notice the vast majority of people harping on GTAIV for being disappointing. Now you look at it, people think its one of the best games ever made. It took a while but people are finally agreeing with the critics.
ThanatosDMC  +   1195d ago
GTA4 sucks. The Liberty City stories doesnt.
bobtheimpaler  +   1195d ago
I'm not going to click through that. The fact that it's one of those 'list' type of articles that are always popping up on N4G is bad enough. Such a horrible website design.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1195d ago
Ya know...I enjoyed GTA IV, but best open world game? I didn't get as much joy out of it as Just Cause 2, inFamous 2, or Red Dead Redemption.
00185  +   1195d ago
According to this list, far cry 2, saints row & burnout are better open world games than San Andreas. this is bullsh.t
wenaldy  +   1195d ago
GTA 4? Pffffttt.. Vice City, San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption much way better. Far Cry 2 ? Pfffftttbbahahahaha... You cant even travel from south to the north in one succession driving, because of tons of cliff blocking your way, let alone ridiculous checkpoint.
Legion  +   1195d ago | Helpful
For those that don't want to click through the ridicules 26 pages to see the list. (horrible web layout)Below is a list of 25 open world games and all in the wrong order. (p.s. Saints Row 2 was better then 3 and you left out 2 Worlds 2)

1. Grand Theft Auto IV
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3. Minecraft
4. Red Dead Redemption
5. Just Cause 2
6. Morrowind
7. Far Cry 2
8. Fallout
9. Saints Row 3
10. Dark Souls
11. Fallout 3
12. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
13. STALKER: Shadow Of Chernobyl
14. Batman: Arkham City
15. Burnout Paradise
16. Borderlands
17. Xenoblade Chronicles
18. GTA: San Andreas
19. Arcanum
20. Ultima VII
21. Crackdown
22. Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
23. Infamous 2
24. Dead Island
25. Driver: San Francisco
Almir908  +   1195d ago
I don't agree with the list at all. GTA IV best open wolrd game? You're kidding me does Rockstar realize how many fans they disappointed with GTA IV compared to San andreas? Also Where is Jak and daxter series? Obviously one of the best open world games. Number one should go to Red dead redemption or Fallout 3. Those two are most likely one of the best games around period not just the best open world game. Also Assassin's creed Brotherhood over Assassin's Creed 2? Umm why? When it's obvious Assassin's creed 2 is just bigger overall. Rome is the only map you play in Brotherhood...I think Midnight club 3 should be in there too or the old spyro games.
Tommy334  +   1195d ago
GTA4 mwas garbage it went back to LC witch is wayyyyy smaller then san andreas took out the RPG stuff like getting fat. Ittook out the humor and went more realistic I can go on and on.
jalen247  +   1195d ago
Great article!
WeskerChildReborned  +   1195d ago
No prototype? and how is Far Cry 2 before Infamous 2?
chukamachine  +   1194d ago

I know you can't reply.

But i enjoyed infamous 1,2 much more then any GTA game.

For me, all GTA is about is running people over, fighting people in the street, awful fps on consoles. Bad language.

I'm abit older then the average here, that does not appeal to me any more, teenagers prefer gta games.

Infamous 2, has a more right/wrong element, kinda like bioshock. But infamous open world is stunning, fast. Some good weapons, not the standard mg,sg,rpg.
Kurt Russell  +   1194d ago
Ultima Online!
Jacobite  +   1194d ago
Joint ops had large open maps 100 player supported on maps with choppers Tanks bikes etc I think most Novalogic Delta Force serious had large open map areas for FPS anyway. Oblivion should be on the list (loved that game)Crysis was kinda open world in a sort of away big enough for a bit of fun, think most lists have hit it on the nail
Pintheshadows  +   1194d ago
I think there are so many and they get better all the time. Recently Skyrim was a pleasure to explore. Seeing the college of Winterhold for the first time in a dense blizzard was remarkable. I'd go with Morrowind for old times sake.

I still think Red Dead Redemption is my favourite this gen. Not only is it beautifully realised but add to that the storm effects and wildlife and it feels so tangible.

From a fun point of view RF Armageddon was great as well.

There are so many and they're all unique and special. Burnout Paradise, Skate, Infamous, KoA, GTA (especially San Andreas), AC, Saints Row, Arkham City, Just Cause, Fallout NV, Farcry 2, The Saboteur, Mercenaries etc etc. Can't wait to see how open worlds evolve next gen.

Although it may not be specifically open world I always enjoy games like Freelancer and X where you can explore space. I'd love to see that aspect added to a game like Mass Effect.
Legion  +   1193d ago
Good points. I always wonder at what point is a game considered open world? If a portion of the game is closed off until later is it still open world. Well Borderlands and RDR are both on this list and thus that might not be a factor in considering it open world?

I am thinking one game that was one of the original versions of an open world game was left out. It did have a structure that kept it from being true go anywhere anytime... but even today's open world games have some limitations to where or what you can do based on the game circumstances.

I am talking about a game that let you wander around and meet people. Talking to them and getting information... and driven story. Wandering through the game with a working day/night cycle. Waking up every morning and being able to pull out a video game within your video game and play it. Even playing games in the local arcade or buy nick-knacks at the corner store. Getting a job and making some money. Being able to gamble that money away... all while trying to bring to justice the killer of your fallen father.

If you haven't figured out what game I am referring to then you must not get much with the older versions of what an open world game really was. But it should have made an appearance somewhere on this list of greatest.
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Psychotica  +   1194d ago
Can't believe Far Cry 2 made it that high on the list. That game puts me to sleep.

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