The 10 Most Immersive Open World Games

Every now and then, a game crosses our path and is one we can cozy up to for hours on end. Open-world games can be riveting, or they can be frustrating and tedious. The scale of open-world games can be both its strong and weak suit. On one side of the spectrum, we have games with enormous maps that are time-consuming to traverse. With focused gameplay, however, open-world games can provide immersive experiences that have immense replay value. The realism of these maps is awe-inspiring. Love or hate the following games, they are some of the highest-selling in gaming. Chances are you've played at least one (or all) of these. These are the ten most realistic open-world games.

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10 No Man’s Sky

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When No Man's Sky launched, it was missing features and was riddled with bugs. Among the missing features was online multiplayer. Now, developer Hello Games has delivered on their promises by adding multiplayer, among other things. The difference between what No Man's Sky was when it launch and what it is now is a night and day difference.

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Open-world exploration in No Man's Sky is spectacular. The scale of the game is so large that it is impossible to traverse. Traveling between star systems is a thrill in No Man's Sky. It is the most realistic interplanetary travel game to date.

9 Grand Theft Auto V

Open-world exploration in the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V is more than we could ask for. The expansive fictional city of Los Santos contains plenty of intricacies that keep players engaged for hours on end. This is Rockstar Games' most realistic Grand Theft Auto game, and bargain hunters can buy it for cheap now that it's been out for a while. Although the cars, people, and places are fictional, their creations were inspired by the real-world. This game about stealing cars could be the most realistic open-world game.

8 Fallout 4

Through a series of updates, there were significant improvements made to the gameplay of Fallout 4. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world like the other Fallout games. Its expansive open-world is what keeps Fallout 4 surprising, to say the least.

Using the Pip-Boy is an intuitive way to find your way around Fallout 4's barren wasteland. On your expedition, you'll find remnants of the old world and many vaults that add to Fallout 4's open-world.

7 Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Ten games later in the series, Assassin's Creed continues to surprise players. In one way or another, its story revolves around the Animus. The Animus is a device that allows a person to interact with their genetic history. Through this device, players can relive their ancestors' lives.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey takes place during the Peloponnesian War in Greece. As the latest game to release in the series, it offers the best open-world experience in the series thus far. With gorgeous visuals and top-notch dialogue, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the best open-world games to dive into.

6 Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the most recognizable open-world games on the PlayStation 4. Players are immersed in a world where robotic dinosaurs run rampant, and humans are brought back to their primitive state.

As protagonist Aloy, players embark on a journey to defeat the machines and prevent them from wiping out humanity. This is one of the most spectacular open-world games to launch on the Playstation 4. Horizon Zero Dawn continues to surprise at every turn, which is why we recommend you play Horizon Zero Dawn and all of its magnificent open-world.

5 Forza Horizon 4

Developer Turn 10 Studios knocked this Forza Horizon entry out of the park by adding more open-world exploration, a more extensive lineup of vehicles, dynamic weather, and improved driving mechanics. Although Forza Horizon 4 is based on a fictional land, it is loosely inspired by areas of Great Britain. The scenery of the game is breathtaking. Open-world has never looked as good in a driving game. Forza Horizon 4 is a must-play for driving enthusiasts and open-world exploration players alike.

4 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Some players were taken aback by Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's storytelling, which was scattered throughout the game rather than focused. Open-world is not something familiar to the Metal Gear Solid series, and it would seem as if the storytelling suffered.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a masterpiece in its own right. The sense of realism is above and beyond. Love it or hate it, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is one of the most realistic open-world games of all time.

3 Spider-Man

Developer Insomniac Games' rendering of New York City is the closest representation we've seen of the city in gaming yet. Touring through real-life locations like Central Park is both overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

Future open-world games can learn a lot from Spider-Man for PlayStation 4. Although it is possible to fast-travel in the game, the city is so detailed and immersive that you won't want to. It will be a while before we forget the brilliance put into Spider-Man for PlayStation 4.

2 Watch Dogs 2

Some would say that the Watch Dogs series is a Grand Theft Auto copycat, but it is so much more. Sure, players can steal cars and drive, but that is one of the few things the two games have in common. Watch Dogs 2 allows players to manipulate their environment through technology. One can change the color of traffic lights, open gates, and disable people's cell phones. The amount of realism contained in Watch Dogs 2 makes it outstanding. This open-world game is super realistic, and too few people have gotten a chance to play it.

1 Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most well-recognized open-world games of the modern era. According to, "Red Dead Redemption 2 sales topped 15 million copies in eight days." With a fictional story set in the western world of 1899, Red Dead Redemption 2 contains a highly detailed and immersive world that encourages exploration. Visiting quaint towns and settlements like Strawberry or the tropical island of Guarma provides a thrill, unlike anything we've seen before. As of now, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most realistic open-world game period.

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