Best Open World Games


The Top Ten

1 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This is how open world games are supposed to be you create your own character you aren't given one you choose your class what you you level up and so so so much to do. - makyho

Not only is this the best open world game it is easily the best game ever made.

I don't know how could someone dislike this game. It's legendary!

Truly a masterpiece in open world titles.You can spend dozens of hours in thin game because of just how brilliant it is

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2 Grand Theft Auto V

It Is one of the greatest games ever Grand Theft Auto five is amazing Games ever The graphics are great it's a kill you get the shoot people and it's just a great game overall

It should be number 1. It is THE BENCHMARK for all open world games that have released or are yet to. Be it the graphics or the gameplay this game excels everywhere.

Best open world game ever. And one of the best games ever.

I've never seen anything like this before & this game deserves more than number 1 because it is super duper way big ultra mega ultimate Grand Theft Auto game! it's truly amazing & excellent.

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3 Red Dead Redemption

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

This game has so much things you can do. I feel that you could never get bored with it. I find myself returning to it more often than any other game on this list.

Very fun only played it once though - winfreyb

The best ever!

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4 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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.

What? Witches 3 is easily the best open world game! Sure, skyrim, Grand Theft Auto 5 and red dead redemption are all fantastic games, the witches 3 actually puts its main focus on the open world aspect.

I'm a Grand Theft Auto and Elder Scrolls fan, and I've never played the Witcher 3. I will buy the Game of the Year edition for PS4 Pro, and taste this work of art. It's not hard to admit that this is true mastery in the gaming genre.

Should be #1 because it's SO AWESOME! - molasses

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5 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Follow the damn train

It inspired all open world games to come after it.

San is my first game and last game because no any other game is legend

Come on! It is the best game!

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6 Just Cause 2

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

Aka Michael Bay Simulator

jc3 better

7 Fallout 3

Should be higher


Best open world game
Better than Grand Theft Auto v - shatti

8 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.

What! This game has to be number 1!

This game should of been higher for its great campaign

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9 Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag

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

Best pirate game
And I love pirate

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10 Saints Row: The Third

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.

I personally believe that the saints row series is better than Grand Theft Auto and sr ranks 1st on my favorite game of all time

Two words: DUBSTEP GUN

This is one of the most underrated games out their.Seriously this game has the best character customization which lets you choose from thousands of clothes which also lets you chooses from all kinds of presets which means you can make your character however you want.You can make him/her look like peter griffin from Family Guy,Mysticque from xmen etc.
But without the customization the game would still be amazing.

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The Contenders

11 Batman: Arkham City

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!

The Arkham series is my favorite video game series

12 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Every open world games are inspired from this series. If this series was not created in the past then all present open world games wouldn't exists in the world.

Not only is this the best Zelda game I've ever played, but the best open-world game I've ever played. And not only that; this is the best video game I've ever played.

The exploration is absolutely unprecedented by anything other than Dark Souls. There is so much to explore and there are absolutely no restrictions.

The best by far!

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13 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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

14 Fallout 4

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.

15 Sleeping Dogs

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.

16 Batman: Arkham Knight

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

17 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

18 Borderlands 2


19 Assassin's Creed

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

20 Minecraft

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

Stop acting like its Skyrim or Grand Theft Auto because it's not!

I would have chose this but skyrim is just better. It is a fun game to play with friends but when your alone it can get kindd of boring. But if your good you can make some awesome stuff and make others in that case playing alone is for you

Yeah. This game used to be good before the fandom. Now it's boring. - lesanae

This is the number 1 game of all time

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21 Just Cause 3

Most interactive Open-World game ever made.

So much explosion

22 Mafia II
23 Saints Row 2
24 Assassin's Creed 3
25 Far Cry 4

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

26 Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Wish for it to get higher

Best in list

27 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

28 Bully
29 Grand Theft Auto
30 Fallout
31 Batman: Arkham Origins
32 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
33 Shadow of the Colossus
34 Batman: Arkham Asylum

This isn't really open world - Username123

35 Far Cry Primal
36 Fallout: New Vegas
37 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

38 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

This game is AWESOME! - Kfox101

39 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
40 Saints Row
41 Watch Dogs 2

Awesome. So much better than the first WatchDogs

42 Watch Dogs

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.

The map is large and its Chicago!

One of the most memorable games I’ve played. The story is great and the open world is amazing.

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43 Mass Effect 2

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

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44 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
45 The Sims 3
46 Driver: San Francisco
47 Grand Theft Auto III
48 Prototype 2
49 Assassin's Creed II

Where is (the ryse of rome)

Best in list

50 South Park: The Stick of Truth

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

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Top Remixes (16)

1. Grand Theft Auto IV
2. Watch Dogs
3. Bully
1. Grand Theft Auto V
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
3. Red Dead Redemption
1. Grand Theft Auto V
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