Open-world exploration games are among the most impactful games in existence. Their achievements in design and gameplay contribute to genres other than their own. If you've played an Assassin's Creed game or delved into another open-world game, you may understand their importance in gaming.
With groundbreaking open-world games like Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Dying Light 2, and Shenmue 3 on the approach, there has never been a better time to compile this list. This is the definitive ranking of the 10 best open-world games of all time.
10 Horizon Zero Dawn
Open-world exploration in Horizon Zero Dawn is unique because of the game's artistic value. Traversing landscapes such as deserts, woodlands, and mountains is a joy in Horizon Zero Dawn. Traveling in Horizon Zero Dawn is slightly more complicated than other similar games. To fast travel, players must create a Fast Travel Pack with resources, then use it to travel between campfires. A Horizon Zero Dawn sequel could release for the PS4 or PS5. Rumors indicate that it might release in 2021 for the PS5.
9 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Insomniac Games created what is arguably the best Spider-Man game ever made. Open-world exploration in PlayStation 4's Spider-Man is unlike anything we've seen before. Words cannot describe how impactful this game was on the genre.
In Spider-Man, players are immersed in a version of Manhattan that closely measures up to the real thing. Spider-Man swings effortlessly from building to building, gliding as if for the first time. Spider-Man is one open-world game you can't miss!
8 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed is a good franchise which encourages exploration in an open-world setting. Given the number of hits from the Assassin's Creed franchise, several games could have made this list. With that said, exploration may not have ever been better than it was in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. As a game that focuses on sailing boats, it provides breathtaking visuals. Combatting wildlife like jaguars, monkeys, and tigers is a thrill in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
7 Fallout 4
According to a poll on gamespot.com, half of the people preferred Fallout 4 with the other half choosing Fallout 3. Both games are exceptional in their own right, and the RPG elements might be better in Fallout 3. Fallout 4 had a shaky launch, but since then, the game has improved with fewer bugs and an option for mods on console. Using a Pip-Boy to navigate Fallout 4's wasteland is intuitive. Whether you're a fan of Fallout 3 or Fallout 4 (or New Vegas), it's hard to disagree that Fallout has first-class open-world exploration.
6 Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games didn't let up with their most recent Grand Theft Auto title. Grand Theft Auto V is a behemoth containing a vast open-world to explore and an abundance of activities to keep players busy. As an open-world game, GTA V is exceptional. Exploration can be carried out in a variety of vehicles or on foot. It's easy to use map lets players reach destinations at their leisure. Many of the places in GTA V are based on real-life Los Angeles locations, which is a reason why GTA V is one of the top open-world games to play.
5 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Open-world exploration has never been better in The Legend of Zelda series than it is in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Moreover, the world is filled with hidden collectibles that add to the replay value of the game. Collectibles like Memories and Korok Seeds benefit you in the game and are a joy to find. The fact that the game runs in 1080p 30fps holds it back from its potential, but fans of the series love the game regardless. There is something new to find at every turn.
4 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
It was clear long before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released that developer CD Projekt had a hit on their hands. It is an adventure that truly needs to be experienced, even if players are discouraged by the game's learning curve early on. Some of the boss battles are intense beyond words. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is like few RPGs as it is a game of its own. It built upon the previous Witcher games with distinct differences. Open-world exploration has seldom looked better than in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
3 Red Dead Redemption 2
Don't mistake this screenshot for a photograph; it's actually from Red Dead Redemption 2! Red Dead Redemption 2 is a western open-world title and the latest from Rockstar Games. We would like to see Red Dead Redemption 2's online expand even more, and its everything but guaranteed it will happen. Due to Red Dead Redemption 2's vast, detailed landscape, it is considered one of the best open-world games of all time. You can't miss out on this epic western journey! Long but engrossing, its story will leave you speechless.
As the second best-selling game of all time, it only makes sense to include Minecraft in this listicle. Minecraft is an open-world survival game that has a significant building component. Its gameplay features are simplistic but have terrific execution. The result of this game that revolves around building blocks is a masterpiece in its own right. Millions of people around the world play Minecraft because it's an excellent open-world game. It opens a world of possibilities for its imaginative players. According to fool.com, Microsoft's "shelling out $2.5 billion for a studio dedicated to the ongoing development of a game that first released in 2009 was a bold move."
1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
When we rank games that are the best in a given category, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a title that often comes to mind. Open-world games never had so much depth before Skyrim. Developer Bethesda Game Studios accomplished the unimaginable by creating a game with so much substance that doesn't stagnate. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the finest examples of open-world done right. Fast traveling is intuitive, but traveling by horse and on foot is so fun that you won't want to.