Open-world games feature wide maps and over the years, we’ve seen many titles that offered us worlds that would take us months to explore. And with such vast maps, gamers have the opportunity to explore everything from the deepest dungeons to the highest point of the game.
And truth be told, making it to the top of the map has a quite strange feeling of satisfaction and fortunately, there are many open-world games with the highest points that offer a pure feeling of euphoria. Furthermore, developing large maps in video games is a demanding task and kudos to the developers and designers for putting the extra effort to offer us a map where we could do everything under the sky.
That being said, gamers love playing open-world games and thanks to the inclusion of GTA, Far Cry and Watch Dogs series, our love for this genre has grown and with the GTA Remastered Trilogy right around the corner, it would be the ideal time to play the biggest open-world games that would devour you with their never-ending maps.
In today’s roundup, we’ll bring the 5 biggest open-world games of all time that and if you’re a true enthusiast who spends countless hours exploring the secrets of the game, you’ll love these games.
5 Biggest Open-world Games Of All Time: Countdown
5. Assassins Creed: Odyssey
Map Size – 256 square kilometers (99 square miles)
Developers – Ubisoft
Release Date – 2nd October 2018
An absolute gem from Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey spans over 256 square kilometers (99 square miles) and is one of the biggest open-world games that we’ve seen in our life. It features countless islands throughout the map and each of them is bigger than the last.
And with huge water bodies and oceans surrounding each island, there’s a lot to explore in the depths of the game and if you include the quests, you’ll have to set aside more than 200 hours just to finish the game along with all the side quests.
Furthermore, developers have done an exceptional job in summarizing the Greek world and told a fascinating tale of a Spartan family going through rough times in the midst of the Spartan-Athenian war.
Aside from a perfectly rendered map that’s almost too hard to explore, the story-telling and gameplay are even better and if it wasn’t for the lack of Assassin’s tales, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is almost perfect.
4. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Map Size – 440 square kilometers (170 square miles)
Developers – Ubisoft
Release Date – 2nd October 2018
For the second time on our list, a Ubisoft title has made it and it seems like the developers are investing hundreds of man-hours in rendering the most perfect worlds. Like AC Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is no different and features a massive map filled with all sorts of riddles and enemies.
While Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recond Wildlands is considered an open-world title, it is a tactical shooter at its core and features an extensive campaign that’ll take you roughly around 30 hours to finish. The gameplay is quite competitive and requires you to have precise aim to take down the enemies and have the pleasure of calling yourself the king of the hill.
The graphics offered in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands are absolutely stunning and it could be the most beautiful tactical game we’ve ever played to date. If you’re looking for a mix of shooter and open-world stuff with a lot of opportunities for exploration then you’ll love this one.
3. Just Cause 4
Map Size – 1025 square kilometers (395 square miles)
Developers – Avalanche Studios Group
Release Date – 3rd December 2018
If you’re an open-world games enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Just Cause series. And ever since the release of the first game, developers have prioritized the map size and made just that they develop a wide map, full of possibilities and caves to explore. Out of all the Just Cause games, Just Cause 4 is the biggest of them all and features a world that spans over 1025 square kilometers (395 square miles).
This time around, developers went ahead and filled the game with limitless objects and wherever you go, you’ll find buildings and people running around. Furthermore, the quests and the main campaigns force you to explore the hidden parts of the map, and when you have Batman’s grappler hook on your hand, no place is unreachable.
Map Size – 14040 square kilometers (5500 square miles)
Developers – Asobo Studio
Release Date – 2nd June 2009
Most racing games often have a few tracks to themselves and offer a handful of terrains to choose from but, Fuel is an entirely different open-world racing game that offers a gigantic map that spans over whooping 14,000 square kilometers (5500 square miles) but since it was released in 2009, the idea behind the game was to expand the map as much as possible but unfortunately, there’s not much content to witness in the free-roaming mode.
After the first few hours, a gamer is ought to get bored of its offerings but for someone with low-fi tunes going in their head and a cup of coffee in their hand, they may end up free-roaming the gigantic map, maybe they’ll find some buried ship-wreck from the earlier centuries.
No Man’s Sky
Map Size – TBA
Developers – Hello Games
Release Date – August 8, 2016
One of the most interesting open-world games of the previous decade, No Man’s Sky holds the record for being the biggest video game ever created. It features an endless map that cannot be explored in a single lifetime. In No Man’s Sky, players can travel between trillions of planets and explore a different environment on each planet.
Despite having one of the largest open-world or beyond-world maps we’ve ever seen, No Man’s Sky never bores you because the attention to detail is beyond amazing. Someone who’s a fan of the space-exploration games will love to spend countless hours in No Man’s Sky, we can bet on it. But, due to the mixed reviews it received from the critics, No Man’s Sky wasn’t able to attract players for a longer time.
That’s all folks!