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Open World Games and the Future of Gaming

Updated on April 6, 2017

The Appeal of Open World Games

Open world games involve adventure, simulation and action, pertaining to zombie, shooting, and car games. As players embrace more and more the idea of a story with no ending, exploration, and unlimited opportunities, open world games become popular, offering more new features. One such feature is the ability to share the worlds. New technologies make consoles like Gamecube relevant only to those who feel nostalgic about associated games, although there are some good open world games for Gamecube as well. These are Spiderman 2, Need for Speed or Super Mario Sunshine.

At the same time, there may be limitations due to reliance on effects while neglecting other important features.

  • Zombie games that are also open world games include games such as Dying Light.
  • Shooting open world games include Far Cry 3, Borderlands, Just Cause, GTA, Bioshock, and Saint Rows.
  • Open world car games include Need for Speed, Forza Horizon 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Batman Arkham Knight, and Goat Simulator.

The First Open World Games

The first open world games were games such as Elite and Alternate Reality. They then became popular due to the success of games such as Far Cry 3 or adventure games, Assassins Creed. Not all computer games allow for as many options as these games offer. In video games such as Assassins Creed, players have the freedom to move their characters in various directions, swim, run, jump, receive funds as well as rent properties.

A prelude to open world games are games such as Pac-Man games, where games had no ending.

Also, these games influenced Grand Theft Auto featuring police chase, other maze-based games and games with progression to the next level.

Content Generation through Story Progression

In such games content as well as game levels can be generated. The story progression requires certain objectives to be met. In non-linear games, there are story paths while missions can be chosen in any order.

A believable world that is constructed makes it easy to progress through levels and procedures. These worlds allow for interactions when responding to players' actions. As complex situations occur, players can roam freely and the created world expands.

Exploring Worlds and Environments

Best Open World Games

One of the first open world games was Ultima. It featured a gradually expanding single world. Ultima online is a massively multiplayer role-playing game that can be used by simultaneous players. Here, the worlds are added with the past, present and future merging.

New Ultima releases include new lands and monsters as well as the ability to design homes, while skills involve necromancer abilities and new professions. Ultima received an award for the longest running MMORPG game.

Grand Theft Auto is the bestselling open world game so far, where players can explore worlds through environments, drive vehicles or use other modes of transportation. These worlds create opportunities to visit exotic or unknown environments such as those offered in Elder Scrolls. They are like virtual games and players can form their own avatars visible to others.

Classic PC games with open world that are some of the best PC games are Final Fantasy VII, Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3, Borderlands 2, Dark Souls, and Game of Thrones that substantially improves the gaming experience with mods.

The best open world games of 2014 were Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny, Watchdogs and Minecraft.

Experiences and Graphics

The realism of 3D world is what captivates players in open world games as well as elements of unpredictability, reactions occurring in unveiling situations that created, recreated or simulated. Another aspect of such games is the immense size of worlds, and consequently players want to play the biggest open world games, such as in Sacred. Those who like military games can experience life simulating scenarios. Motoring car enthusiasts can engage in driving game simulations, such as in Forza. In Grand Theft Auto players enter bars, pubs, and shops, and drive or fly when completing missions.

Skyrim's Elder Scrolls online also offers impressive landscapes with various worlds. Interactions can be made with all types of characters, including criminals. Players can explore nature, story development as well as complete quests. Adventure games online can also offer some of the most impressive worlds.

In Saboteur, players are able to play with colors in German-occupied Paris that is only black and white. When German army is weakened, colors are gradually added and players gain rewards.

Open world games online

Upcoming Open World Games

The popularity of open world games prompts many players to disregard other types of games. There are still those who like the linear story progression.

In 2017, good open world games include the Legend of Zelda: the Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Down, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Gravity Rush 2.

Games that stood the test of time, such as Minecraft are also available on PlayStation Vita. Minecraft offers the exploration of generated worlds. Popular open world games for PC include Elder Scrolls, Just Cause 2, Batman Arkham City, and Minecraft.

Top ten open world games

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