Best Open World Video Game Series

The Top Ten
1 Grand Theft Auto

No other game should even be compared to this series, greatest video-game series in my opinion. Almost every game in the Grand Theft Auto series has been amazing.

A Revolutionary Gaming series. Love every one of then and hopefully Grand Theft Auto 5 will be groundbreaking

It's the best when it comes to city open world games. Nothing can top it, in my opinion. (Tho Saints Row is a good competitor ngl).

Grand Theft Auto 4 & 5 are boring in my opinion. But the other are fun especially san andreas

2 The Elder Scrolls The Elder Scrolls Product Image

The world of Skyrim is so huge, epic, beautiful, majestic, immersive, vibrant, and lively it's beyond belief. You can go anywhere and do anything whenever you want. You're always discovering new places, new people, new secrets. Bethesda created several thousand years of lore for TES, unlike Grand Theft Auto where they just plonk you down in a city.

How does this not have 100% of the votes. The time and care that Bethesda puts into this game, it is outstanding. I used to think nothing was better than Halo until July 30, 2012. That's when I first played Skyrim. I've played all of the five main games now and I even buy books about it now, its amazing.

Played Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim and, while the games have got progressively worse, the continent of Tamriel offers complete freedom to explore a vast, beautiful world. Easily the best open world series by far. Anyone who has played the games before Skyrim will see this.

A true gaming masterpiece. One of the few games that completely immerse you even after the main story is finished. One of the only games I have ever spent 150+ hours on and I'm still no where near finishing it, not to mention all the huge DLC packs.

3 Assassin's Creed

It's pretty easy to take the AC franchise for granted. There are things Rockstar, Bethesda, and Far Cry do better but at the end of the day nothing lives up to the amazing worlds Assassin's Creed puts out.

Not only do they look beautiful but they are painstakingly researched and recreated to the specifications of the historic time and location. You learn so much by reading the entries this game has for the various landmarks and buildings and they are really respectful to the cultures represented. Rockstar is a close second but I feel what is done here has just a hidden spark that can't be outdone by Rockstar's more satirical & fictional take on American cities/eras.

The entire Assassin's Creed franchise gives you an immersive atmosphere that you won't get in any other game because it has everything; a cool, extensive and interesting story; free running, stealth, a modern and brutal system of combat; suicidal and crazy dives, deep characters, outstanding weapons and outfits; freedom of going/doing everywhere/anything and much more, by far the best Ubisoft game ever created and one of the best open world games in history, I personally recommend AC2 mostly because of the story and the combat system but if you really want to kick some serious ass then get AC Revelations or AC4 Black Flag, a couple of masterpieces of course.

What makes the open world in the ac games better than in the other open world games is, that you are not restricted walking on roads or on the ground. Climb that tree if you want to. Climb that house and air assassinate that guard if you feel like it. DO WAHT YOU WANT!

I love AC, it's one of my favorite videogames franchises of all time mostly because of the story and the marvelous system combat which is bloody and brutal as hell, I like the freedom that it has because you can move not only in the ground or water, you can also do it in the roofs and walls and even through the air (in some missions) which is really innovative, cool characters and precious outfits, a deadly and accurate parkour and free running system, a tremendous arsenal (i love the mercenary hammers and swords but playing with axes and heavy weapons is also extremelly barbarous), variety of factions which you can help for and subsequently join them for your cause; and interesting environments, personally I loved Italy in AC2 (Venice, Florence, Milan, Rome); Jerusalem, Acre and Damasco in AC (during the third crusade) and France (AC Unity during the French revolution)

4 Dark Souls
5 Bloodborne
6 Far Cry Far Cry Product Image

You like exploring nature? Far Cry is what you should be playing, then. Every game is a whole new environment and has tons of fun in its best games.

How is the greatest game series of all time not first?!
Far Cry 4 alone makes this series the best

7 The Witcher

This is how every game should be made

8 Saints Row

I love saints row. The third is my personal favorite in the series and my second favorite game in a series of all time. Batman Arkham series I love the most but 2 out of 100 ain't bad (saints row the third reference 2 outta four ain't bad).

Everybody knows that Grand Theft Auto franchise is 95% Famous with 15 Games and Saints Row is 80% Famous with only 5 Games.It means 2,3 more movies of Saints Row and It will become number 1 All time Open World Games Series.

Grand Theft Auto is Best Franchise But Saints Row is the Best of Bests.Which Game of Grand Theft Auto is Equal or Better than Saints Row 2 and Saints Row 3

Neither Grand Theft Auto nor Assassins Creed
Saints are The Legend

9 Fallout Fallout Product Image

fallout is the best open world franchise
by far!
the series mixes loads of themes and the dialogue options in all the games affect the world around you - FO4 and 76!
but hey every franchise has a drop!

Best open world game
Best story

Why isn't this higher?

This should be number one because fallout 3 is the best game ever and new vegas is great also so best open world game and series

10 Batman: Arkham

This should be at the top of the list


The Contenders
11 Mafia

MAFIA II Was such an amazing game, it had a great story, good graphics and lots of things to do in this open world set in Empire Bay (New York) in the 40s to 50s!

This is the best BATMAN game series ever. Arkham knight will be the best batman game ever!

Mafifa is great.2k should make mafifa 3. It is the one of a few gangster games that can compare with Grand Theft Auto.

12 Bully
13 Midnight Club
14 Infamous

Unlike Grand Theft Auto or far cry where you use guns and other hand held weapons infamous allows the player to super powers and choose to be good or bad.

15 Red Dead

With the release of RDR2 I don't think any game has ever matched the story or connection to the character. the growth of Arthur Morgan from start to finish is unmatched. I've never been so emotionally struck by a series other than this

Red Dead kept/is keeping me entertained for a long time. This game brought more out of me than any other game

Fantastic story, characters, weapons, Universe, Multiplayer and dlc. Just fantastic

16 The Legend of Zelda

Like the higher games on this list, but I expect that Breath of the Wild will be great.

How this isn't in the top 3 ?

I vote for this because it is so low and very influential to open world gaming and it is a great game

17 The Sims
18 Watch Dogs Watch Dogs Product Image

The best ever franchise, this should be first without any doubt. Selling Nine million copies.
They are the best games evrr!

19 Just Cause Just Cause Product Image
20 Xenoblade
21 Driver
22 Prototype Prototype Product Image

Prototype is not the one of the best open world game series. Should not include even in the top 100.

23 Borderlands
24 Need for Speed

Hate to break it to you but need for speed is actually a free roam franchise it's so fun you can spend hours driving and exploring the city man.

25 Dragon Age
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