16 Best Open World Games THAT KEEP ON GIVING

This rundown isn’t aiming to highlight the 16 best open world games of all time. No, instead we’re taking a more nuanced look at these worlds with the aim being to highlight what keeps you going back once the main story is all wrapped up.

The open world games on this rundown might excel in wonderful side quests that add more meat to the game world’s bones, they might incorporate player choice in fascinating ways so as to affect the game world in realistic ways, or they might continually throw up surprises, or something new, that no matter the hours spent exploring you’re always likely to encounter something unique. Of course, some might be so extremely beautiful that they’re simply a joy to exist in – how an open world looks has value too.


  1. Looking back, Forbidden West has been by far the most disappointing PS5 game for me.

  2. A.C ODYSSEY the king all open world games…

  3. Shadow of Mordor is one of the most underrated & my personal favorites!

  4. I will never undertand how people like Death Stranding. Ive tried that game a few times and it just doesn't click. I get SO BORED.

  5. Nearly 6 years on and RDR2 still there …. How ultra magnificent would it have been with a raft of DLC .. instead of that utter effluent that is RDR On-line.

  6. Ummm….the title card is wrong lol. “HELLDIVERS 2 CREDITS!”


  7. Forbidden West and Burning Shores provided my absolute favorite action RPG experiences so far – a rich and compelling open world I got lost in for hours – and I have NG+ set up for another run I can’t wait to get back to. I think about it all the time. (And I know people dunk on Ubisoft’s worlds for being overly bloated, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is another great game in my top 5.)

  8. I think you missed quite a few good ones like Just Cause 3, Tom Clancy's Gost Recon Breakpoint, GTA V, Skyrim, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Assassin's Creed Mirage, NFS Heat, NFS Unbound, New World, Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2, Watch Dogs Legion, and Saints Row

  9. I own and love all these games, great list!

  10. Death Stranding SUCKS. it's gorgeous and runs like a dream, but it is missing the most important thing a game can miss: fun.
    The game is a literal chore to play.
    Doesn't help that Kojima can't tell a coherent narrative to save his life.

  11. It’s a crime red dead 2 is STILL locked at 30fps on console.

  12. 200 hours into Cyberpunk 2077 and I’m almost done. One of the best open world RPGs I’ve ever played.

  13. For the true ending, you actually can just use the godblade when you are flying on the Dragon and kill yourself. This will trigger the true ending without doing the good ending.

  14. Holy Chit Shadow of Mordor is 10 years old

  15. No Man’s Sky. It doesn’t get any more open world then that.

  16. Honestly Shadow of war is much bigger open ended than shadow of war and you are son wrong there

  17. Oh man, as a Console Player only i would love to replay RDR2 ….. but not unpatched in 30fps 👎👎

  18. The Division 2 is basically endless. There's always something else to do or something to chase.

  19. Are you kidding me, Cyberpunk has most empty and lifeless world in the whole generation

  20. 0:35: Cyberpunk 2077
    1:28: Death Stranding
    2:07: Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
    3:02: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
    3:43: Horizon: Forbidden West
    4:18: Red Dead Redemption 2
    5:02: Subnautica
    5:35: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    6:07: Elden Ring
    6:37: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    7:25: Batman: Arkham City
    7:59: Ghost of Tsushima
    8:44: Forza: Horizon 5
    9:29: Far Cry 3
    10:10: Dying Light
    10:43: Dragon's Dogma 2

  21. A great list, all titles well deserved, though I think Zelda Breath of the Wilds and Tears of the Kingdom would fit well on this list~

  22. Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout 4, Enderal ???

  23. Never forget that Gaming Bolt released a video entitled "Starfield's Neon Puts Cyberpunk 2077's Night City to Shame" lolololololol

  24. You can't make this list and leave out Skyrim and Zelda:TotK.

  25. Learn to use timestamps, you have 1.2m followers, ffs

  26. Xenoblade Chronicles X getting ignored again.

  27. When it comes to open world the best are Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto (mostly all of them), Witcher 3, Skyrim, Death Stranding, Zelda, and Subnautica. These games have their own settings and world. Each of these games stand out on each of their own category.

  28. I feel like I can never trust the site ever again. By putting death stranding, has your thumbnail pick? As one of the most boring pieces of trash, I've ever played and I'd reviewed games and played games since 1977. When you have Hideo Kojima Himself say it takes 50 hours into it to enjoy the game. The casual gamer should give no more than thirty hours of their time for you to develop a story and gameplay if it is not fun by that time then clearly I have been putting a stockholm syndrome to enjoy it because I paid for the game. One of the worst examples of a good game. Beautiful structure. Well, detailed pretty has always but good game no

  29. Why didn't you make the list for Rise of The Ronin? It is also open world and high quality

  30. Shadow of Mordor has got to be one of my favourite games of all time it's a shame the sequel was botched and we will probably never see a 3rd one.

  31. I’ve GOTTA add DayZ, both most recent Ghost Recon games, and Days Gone ✌🏻

  32. Far Cry 3 was a treat! I used to enjoy causing chaos with the flamethrower.

  33. Hey it's Masterpiece Theatre. narrating on GameBolt again ,you like do so much in Red Dead Redemption 2 .Is why it one really cool kick ass game .But I could remember there was certain gamers and reviewers complaining that it was boring as hell ,and that was when it first came out ,and said on that like bullshit it like funds hell to play .Plus there is lots to do in it .

  34. My favourites are the witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead 2, Days Gone, Horizon ZD and FW, Spiderman 1 and 2, GTA 5 and Elden Ring, Sleeping Dogs and Ghost of Tsushima.

  35. Okay but which of them won't crash on my laptop?

  36. Why does cyberpunk keep getting mentioned, outside the story it still feels dead

  37. Just platinumed the witcher 3 after 240 hours. And I'm sad af it's all over. One game I didn't have a single issue replaying twice just to do all the story and dlc over again. The witcher sets just make it a whole new game with each different new build. My favorite rpg of all time by a landslide.

    I've probably played more RPG than 90% of all gamers in the world as my skin and lack of life would show and I have to say The Witcher 3 esp3vially for its time even pre complete edition (4.0) I've yet to see the detail and lack of fluff out if any game. Sure some xome close but what CDPR did was aweing. Every single quest and side quest was detailed and most don't kmow this but the entirety of each map is designed around the quests and lore in case you missed it go back and take a look. The maps were made around the lore. Also the side quests always felt as good as main if not better. AND what other game mixes side quests and main quests as well as the witcher 3 to a point to where it changes almost every dialog for both main and side depending on what you have and haven't done. CDPR went as far as to add content for ppl who exploit xp and currency and special dialog for ppl who skip or go out of their way to try and avoid major main missions and decisions. You can not trick any npc in the witcher 3. There's even a part where you aren't supposed to go back at but you can glitch through a wall and get a key off a body to reenter said area later. It also has some of the best DLC I've ever experienced hands down. They also implemented DLC lore into the vanilla game off the launch for you to pick up on later and you say to your self "holy shit" no Parr of the world's were used for fluff or there just to be there. Once I realized how the maps and landscapes just so happen to align with every quest and mission and piece of lore from the books you pick up even I started roaming for many many hours. I quickly picked up on how most things couldn't be changed or moved around from where or how it is laid out without recreating several other things. The only other game I feel has revieved similair attention would be Balders Gate 3 but again , The Witcher 3 Is actually on a much larger, more difficult scale to navigate and construct. Bg3 could be mixed up a good bit and still not know a difference or change lore. But the witcher 3s world is shaped by character lore like it's actually been lived in and managed for centuries even. Even a random no body npc that gives a bit of information is not random. There's always a unique explanation to why everyone Is and where they are and why they are who they are. And the balance of magic and chaos and humans monsters and nonhumans stay within their boundaries and laws and lore. Everything stays bound by the world's laws of physics so to speak. From start to end. You never find yourself saying "well that was put there just ti make the story/game make sense because they had no other way" at first glance I thought differently until later in game when some of the characters (no bodys) give information that a no body should have and I initially thought "…here we go with the bs, devs just giving guidance and making simple things uo to point you in the right direction" but nope. Those guys came back much later in full force 80 hours I'm like "holy shit no way, that makes sense now " especially playing your ng+ the witcher games could be made into their own respective books being as the witcher 3 coukd be split uo into 2 novels with 2 side story books or 3. I've never seen anyone make a game outside a novel that is so far from it but sticks so true at the same time and gets everything notonly right, but perfect. You almost forget that nome of the ganes are cannon but yet they almost could be. Honestly one could argue that the games may hold just as much importance as the books surprisingly. Also, anyone only doing the story in the witcher 3 are only getting less than 5% of all fast travel sign posts and are seeing less than 10% of the entire capacity of the explorable maps. Novigrad/Velen you'll see a lot but you aren't seeing Jack shit in toussaint, the nicest map in the game with the best quests and side quests and skellige is a bit depressing but also has a very unique vibe/setting that is very The Witcher like. But again, I've 100% the game all quests and side quests and errands, done every ending and have done every glitch and weird routes I could think of just to try and trip the dialog up but haven't been able too. Theyve thought of everything. This is a gsme you can beat in 40 hours and not even experience 10% of what's actually going on and technically only running through the main story is the most confusing thing I've experienced. Some things are done/said that has happened or has not that you either heard about read about or just didn't get to experience bit still happened while you were playing all while where you could've actually been apart of it. The main story ahouldve added 50% of the side quests as they are directly linked to the main I feel or close there to

    I also believe Elden Ring belongs in the top 5 best rpgs of late in every lists mentioning rpgs. I can't even adhere to an argument against this.

  38. why is the intro title to this vid helldivers 2 – 10 improvements it needs? did rise of the ronin have something to do with it?

  39. No Fallout, Skyrim, even underrated gems like Sleeping Dogs and Mad Max?

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