Best Open World Games


The Top Ten

1 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I used to be a good student like you. Then I took Skyrim in the head


The only game you'll ever need with over 60,000 mods, plus the three DLCs. you will never get board, ever.

My personal favorite game ever this game is so lucrative and beautiful with the perfect class system fantasy aspects and questing with brotherhoods and guilds nothing compares

2 Grand Theft Auto V

Best of the best

Best game on earth

This is the true number 1 guys

Best game

3 Red Dead Redemption

It's ThE BeSt

Best game ever made

I am really upset to see this as number one. this game is fun this game is great but best open world definitely not yeah there is a lot of fun stuff to do but for the most part is just big wide open deserts with nothing in them. and I am really upset that ocarina of time is not in the top ten - makyho

best ever

4 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are best Games ever made and worth spending your precious time.

It's better than skyrim that's for sure. Skyrim's combat was so choppy and dull. Even magic sucked. Witcher's combat is not perfect either, but it's a less complicated version of Dark Soul's combat is how I see it. Side quests all feel like they had a lot of time and effort put into them, and that's not counting the extreme quality of the main story or the DLC's story's. The world is as densely packed and fun to explore as any Grand Theft Auto, Red dead, or Fallout game. But what I like the most about the Witcher is the feeling it gives you. You're on a quest, for money primarily. Geralt's job is to kill monsters, but why do anything you're good at for free? That sense of already knowing that every decision you make will have a permanent impact on the world is also really really cool.

This game blows the competition away.


5 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Classic game!

Come on! It is the best game!

Follow the damn train

It inspired all open world games to come after it.

6 Fallout 3

One of the best open worlds in any game. I recommend yall try and just ignore the main storyline and do a playthrough without the excessive breadcrumbs and handholding from it - xEliHbkx

This game is awesome but I am still stuck in the town with the bomb.

Should be higher


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7 Just Cause 2


Aka Michael Bay Simulator

Pure chaos, explosion, grappling hook and infinite parachute. It's Michael bay dream come true!

jc3 better

8 Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag

Best Open World Of All time

Good. And its open world. But it should be on top 7 from my point of view. - zxm

Shark Hunting was a very enjoyable thing. Plus the sea. - zxm

This game completely revolutionized the AC series by adding the possibility of traveling all around the map (ground and sea) and use your own damn ship in order to conqueer the English templars forts, discover new lands, unlock side missions, harponing, make submarine requests, destroy and own enemy ships and it's cargo as well and explore the whole Caribbean sea and islands, just loved the 3 main places: Nassau, Kingston and La Habana, of course the combat engine is still brutal and marvelous, I would have really liked to count with more weapons in this one but swords and axes, like the past games: hammers, bow and arrow or knives but still, this game deserves at least top 3, AC franchise will always be the best and this game, the greatest of it. - MadisonLeeJong995

9 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I like fallout 4 but it is not appropriate for children so I like this better

Def should be first

This should be at #1! So much better than that Skyrim crap! - neehawgamer

The best video game of all time! - neehawgamer

10 Saints Row: The Third

I used to love the game but I can't stand it anymore, it was a mess of a game in my eyes - xEliHbkx

Definitely the best open world game ever, it actually feels like an open world game, the gameplay and combat are fantastic, missions are fun, creative, and stand out from other games such as the second mission of the game, just amazing and customization is key in that game, the fun is just endless in SR3.

1.Grand Theft Auto V
2.Red Dead Redemption
3.The Witcher 3
4.Saints Row 3
5.Saints Row 2

Best of the Bests


The Contenders

11 Far Cry 3

I've played this one, really cool game

Aaah Far Cry 3, this title should be at least in top 3 and I'll tell you why: this is the greatest definition of sandbox, I mean pure sandbox, you can choose whenever you believe it's convenient to do this or that mission over there in the map; plus the crafting, the possibility of customize your weapons, the lots of methods of assassination and the side quests are only the 50% of the game, the other half centers in the marvelous class A story, with hateable, disturbing and apotheosically sick villiains, the challenging and enduring missions and the fact that there's only you (with a few help of the Rakyats lol) against the nature, the pirates and privateers and the main villiains, that's what makes this one my favorite and I fully recommend it to all the people out there.

This game should of been higher for its great campaign

What! This game has to be number 1!

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12 Fallout 4

I love this game

This game is not higher on the list because it is so new. But it is stupid that PS4 has not had mods yet. But at the time it came out the sales were record breaking.

13 Sleeping Dogs

Extremely underrated although it has its flaws - xEliHbkx

Wow that fighting scenes...

One of the best games I recommend it

Sleeping dogs is the "DAWG" of the open world games.Best figts best graphics but driving is a serious LETDOWN. Besides it's a GREAT game,for sure.

14 Assassin's Creed

The Best Action-Parkour game that I ever played...

15 Batman: Arkham City

Really great game, with a perfect blue/dark ambience

Perfect open world game...

Arkham city is so fun to explore with subways, buildings, and the streets ruled by the most dangerous inmates and super villains. The story is great containing almost every single batman villain you know. And the dlc packs are also really good, having different story's and playable characters. A truly must own.

This is one of my favorite games! Perfect story and dlc packs, great graphics, Must have!

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16 Borderlands 2

One of the best games in terms of bang for your buck, it has probably thousands of hours of gameplay if you wanna put the time in, especially with replayability - xEliHbkx


17 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Nice Top game

Vice city should be on top 3 it was the base on which ROCKSTAR continued their Grand Theft Auto series hugh success Tommy

18 Minecraft

The best game should be minecraft

It has its flaws, but overall an awesome game! - neehawgamer

I prefer BotW, but minecraft was a revolution! - neehawgamer

This game is awesome, you can do what ever you want. This game is so fun and entertaining. And it's open world. - floridiancat

19 Assassin's Creed 3
20 L.A. Noire

This game evolved graphics and emersions by having realistic facial movements and storyline as well as cars and weapons.

It wasn't very open world. But unlike many games, this is one of the fewest open world detective games. - zxm

21 Mafia II

Should be number 10 - kedibey

22 Far Cry 4

It was Ok, but I liked Far Cry 3 better. - AlienKing

23 Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Wish for it to get higher

Best in list

24 Batman: Arkham Knight

Fun open world game, even more content than City and a fitting conclusion to the Arkham series

25 Grand Theft Auto
26 Fallout
27 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
28 Shadow of the Colossus
29 Bully

Great storyline. Make Bully 2.

30 Watch Dogs 2

Awesome. So much better than the first WatchDogs

31 Saints Row 2

What a fun game I love this masterpiece

32 Saints Row
33 Mass Effect 2

Why is this here. It's my favorite game of all time, but it is not open world.

Its not open world you mad dog

34 The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion

Seriously? 41° I'm kill myself,bye...

This needs to be higher up.

Ranking the Elder Scrolls games:
5. Arena
4. Daggerfall
3. Morrowind
2. Skyrim
1. Oblivion

35 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Why is this great game so low? I own Skyrim, Fallout 3, Watch Dogs, Batman Arkham City, Assassins Creed 3 and 4, and Minecraft. MGS 5 is every bit as good as them. This should be in the top 10, but whatever.

36 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Guys this is 1 on best games list why is it 40 on open world like come on that's more specific

37 Far Cry Primal
38 The Sims 3

Not really open world at all

39 Just Cause 3

I didn't think about it until I saw some people say it but this is honestly miles better than 2, it fixed tons of issues, smoothed gameplay, had a way cooler mad, and was somehow even more fun - xEliHbkx

How is this game not in Top 10? It is much better than Just Cause 2

Most interactive Open-World game ever made.

So much explosion

40 Saints Row IV

I think this game was put down because it was a lot like saints row the third but if it ain't broke don't fix it

Best saints row game

Such an awesome game. Had so much fun playing it. Also its funny and I recommend it. :D

41 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

This game can be played forever because you can get new enemies to kill as you die, and each one is different

42 Grand Theft Auto III
43 Prototype 2
44 South Park: The Stick of Truth

I was able to go all over South Park and see all my favorite characters

Wait, it's an open world game? - KalloFox34

45 Assassin's Creed II

Where is (the ryse of rome)

Best in list

46 Watch Dogs

A really unique game although it can be sorta clunky sometimes to be honest - xEliHbkx

This game sucks - iliekpiez

Watch Dogs probably has one of the best and the most compelling stories you'll come across in the recent times! I had a test, but I quit studying for it just to finish this masterpiece of a game! Love it.

Very fun, I wish you can talk with pedestrians and have a relationships too, that and having you're own music too.

47 Driver: San Francisco
48 Infamous 2
49 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
50 Horizon Zero Dawn
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List StatsCreated 10 Dec 2012
Updated 17 Jun 2019

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