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7 Breathtaking Open-World Games like Far Cry

Updated on April 1, 2017

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From African Plains to the remote Himalayan places; gamers have enjoyed unique open-world settings that lets them explore everything at their own pace. With the latest inclusion of Far Cry 4 and Far Cry: Primal, this series has reached a whole new level and eared respect from the gaming community – something not a lot of Ubisoft games have managed to do. Each Far Cry game immerses you in its rich, evolving world full of distractions along with a solid main storyline that can easily last somewhere between 12 to 50 or more hours.

Being a huge fan of this series, I have compiled a list of a couple of games like Far Cry. All the games mentioned here are open-world adventures with the freedom to explore them at your own leisure–something Far Cry fans love a lot. Let’s take a look without any further ado -

Tomb Raider (Reboot) - One of the best action-adventure games like Far Cry

Lara has appeared in various forms over the years. To a lot of gamers, she is known as a badass, busty action-heroine who loves to take on new challenges. But Tomb Raider (Reboot) sees flashes back to the time when she used to be a fragile, young woman.

Things take a drastic turn when her ship is wrecked, leaving all members dead except her. Stranded on a strange island, she must become more resourceful and fearless in the face of danger. Over the course of this game, we see her transition from a young, afraid woman, to a cold-hearted assassin who can easily take put a couple of guys.

Combat had never been the strength of Tomb Raider series, but for the first time, it really feels like a major part of the game. Developer Crystal Dynamics has finally nailed it. Whether with a bow, pistol or a shotgun, combat always feels authentic and tense. It’s always a do or die situation, which fits the narrative well.

Tomb Raider is a well-written, emotional and exciting journey of Lara that sees her in her younger days and explains how she became who she is right now. If you are looking for some narrative-heavy games like Far Cry, Tomb Raider (Reboot) should be definitely up your alley.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series - A post-apocalyptic series of games like Far Cry

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series consists of 3 games – Shadows of Chernobyl, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat. All the games take place in the area surrounding Chernobyl, just after the famous accident. We learn that there was a second explosion just after the first one, causing strange changes in the nearby areas.

Apparently, the second explosion is the reason for mutants, radiated animals and zombies, making it a true hell for those who are still in the zone for rare loots. You play as one of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s with a goal to make a good fortune while trying to stay alive in this harsh post-apocalyptic world where almost everything is out there to kill you.

While all the games of this series are worth your time, I would suggest skipping “Clear Sky” – the second installment of S.T.A.K.E.R. series. Rest of the games is pretty damn good, clearly benefiting from a tightened design and some amazing linear sequences, especially in the last moments where you have to slug your way through to the other end of a dark tunnel (In the Call for Pripyat).

Is this game flawless? No. There are a couple of things that could have been handled better. For example, the voice-work in the series leaves a lot to be desired. And bugs will haunt you more than the mutants and zombies could ever do. But is it fun? Hell yeah! If you are looking for some atmospheric games like Far Cry series, you should definitely give S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series a shot.

GTA V - A huge open-world game

GTA V is an open world game like Far Cry released by Rockstar Studios back in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Later on, they went on to port this game on current-gen consoles as well as PC. Let me start off by saying that GTA V is one of the most addictive games I have ever played. Taking place in Last Santos, this game offers a huge handcrafted map with tons of variety. There are beaches, airports, bus-stops, tennis courts, strip clubs and whatever else you can imagine to be in that city.

Although, this game has a lot of offer in terms of main and side story, you’d find yourself wreaking havoc on the city, using a vide array of weapons. Sometimes, being a maniac is more fun than completing the missions.

If you want to have some fun playing with your friends or complete strangers, you can do that in GTA Online – The online counterpart of GTA V. Challenge them for a race, go on a mission together, or plan a heist – it’s your game, and you are free to explore it however you want.

Rockstar went to extreme levels with some of the details that you may not even notice while playing. It’s those little touches that make GTA V a must-play game for every fan of open-world games.

Just Cause 2

Take a look at the embedded trailer down below. It’s hard to believe that Just Cause 2 plays as good as it looks in trailers. Apparently, this game packs in more explosions that a usual blockbuster, bursting into the “Action-Adventure” genre in emphatic fashion.

Just Cause 2 puts you in the shoes of a field agent of a powerful American agency who travels to a South Asian island to find out what happened to his colleague over there. It’s not clear whether his friend is already dead or alive, so it’s up to Rico to investigate more about this case. Besides trying to trace is friends, he is also on a mission to overthrow the dictator of that island. To do so he must weaken his position by causing as much mayhem on the island as possible.

You are given all sorts of tools and freedom to do that. If you want, you can assist criminal factions and cause more chaos in the island with more ease. Admittedly, the plotline is the strongest point of Just Cause 2, but it does its job pretty well. It’s the action that really matters here. And I am glad to report that Just Cause 2 is in the league of games like Far Cry in terms of free-roaming gameplay.

Assassins Creed: Black Flag

Assassins Creed: Black Flag doesn’t really want to be an AS game. It seems really keen to shrug off its confusing storyline surrounding Templars vs Assassins power struggle, packing all the fluff of previous game and throwing it in the dustbin. Black Flag still is a part of Assassins Creed Franchise, connecting the missing dots of a continually-evolving storyline, but it’s keen to take a fresh route.

The focus has shifted to naval battles here, which sees you battling pirates, hunters and different armies of various countries. Harpoon Whales, rob ships, or explore large cities like Havana – Black Flag lets you decide how and when you want to approach a situation. If you just want to sail on the high seas instead, by all means, do that. You have the option to avoid the sea battles if you want. Take your time with AS: Black Flag – a huge and beautiful game like Far Cry 3.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a FPS cum RPG that puts you in the shoes of one of the ‘Vault Hunters’ on the planet of Pandora – a dangerous yet rewarding planet if someone is willing to fight the bandits and mutants roaming around in the wild.

One of the things I loved about this game is just how many guns there are at your disposal. You will come across hundreds of guns during your journey, most of which will be big and bulky. The combat is kind of cartoonish, but still manages to quench your thirst for some authentic gunplay.

Although Borderlands 2 can be played solo, it’s more fun to take on the enemies with your friends. Bring someone along with you in your journey from treasure hunt. If you love the co-op of games likes Far Cry 3 and 4, you should give it a shot here as well.

The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: One of the most acclaimed games like Far Cry

Launched almost half a decade ago, Skyrim continues to sell like hot cakes, especially on PC. You can find it in the top 20 selling games on Steam pretty often. With more that 20 million copies sold to this date, it’s more than $1 Billion into Bethesda’s (the developer and publisher of Skyrim) account.

And we can’t say that they don’t deserve every bit of praise they are getting. Just take a look at its vast open-world map stuffed with tons of main and side quests that can easily take more than 100 hours to complete.

The only problem with Skyrim is its inability to emotionally invest players in the main storyline. If you are like me, you’d easily get distracted by other things and may even forget that you got a job in your hands. But Skyrim more than makes up for its lackster storyline with its comprehensive role-playing mechanics and a breath-taking world.

Skyrim, in my opinion, is Far Cry without guns. With a lush open-world to explore and tons of things to do at your own pace, Skyrim has cemented its place as one of the best games Like Far cry. Boot this game up and say goodbye to your social life.

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      Jake Clawson 5 months ago from Kazakhstan

      Nice piece; I really enjoyed Far Cry 3 and have completed Just Cause 100%. I could never get into Elder Scrolls however, just a bit too slow for my taste. Ever play the Mercenaries games on PS2 and PC? Excellent open-world shooters with tons of destruction and weapons to play with.

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      Josh Campbell 11 months ago

      Those games are just like Far Cry. I mean.. except for the fact that the game mechanics are completely different, and most of them are third person.

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      Cedric Yong 14 months ago from Singapore

      These are indeed "worlds" that you can lose yourself in for weeks and months. Actually, I lost myself in Skyrim so much, I never did find the time to complete the main storyline.

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      Michael Murchie 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Mentioned some of my favourites there, nice hub!