11 Best Open World Games to Play in 2015 and 2016

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Ever fancied venturing out into a nearby forest all on your own?

You’re probably here because you’re a wanderer at heart who likes going on long hikes and exploring new places, but if you’re not, then you’re about to fall in love with these open world games. I mean, who doesn’t like roaming around going wherever you want and doing whatever you want.

But if you really are an explorer, then you’re in for a treat because these games amplify and augment that thrill of discovery and exploration with its unique gameplay elements. So make yourself comfy and dive into these games’ rich worlds and lose yourself in it.

1.Dying Light

Intro and the first campaign mission.

It’s a strange and vindictive kind of pleasure when you can do some cool and awesome stuff that others can only dream of doing. And this is the story of Dying Light, the zombies down below can’t do anything other than gaze longingly as you vault and sprint over buildings and trailers well out of reach from them. But there are a few elite zombies out there that can still follow you relentlessly even when you’re high up, so beware of them.

But anyway, if you want a plague ravaged city to free run and show off your parkour skills to the inert zombies, then this is the game that you want. You could almost say that the open world in this game is dynamic, because some side quests open up new paths and shortcuts that help you traverse the city faster.

Dying Light has a fun world to explore and if you want some zombies thrown in too, then you won’t be able to resist this one. Apart from its open world, it’s a really awesome game except for its missions which can sometimes be a drag.

2.Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 E3 Gameplay Trailer.

Avalanche Studios could have as well as named this game “Blow up some Stuff”, because this whole game seems to be centered on just that. It’s more focused on having fun and letting off steam by destroying stuff rather than pursuing a serious storyline.

This game’s world is pretty huge and spans over 400 square miles for you to explore and wreak havoc on. In this third installment of the series, Rico Rodriguez returns to his homeland, Medici where he finds it oppressed under the tyranny of its cruel dictator General Di Ravello. It’s up to him to liberate his hometown and put an end to the general’s shady schemes.

3.Homefront: The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution Gameplay Video.

This is Crytek’s next venture, a company known for creating Cryengine, an engine famed for being capable of creating gorgeous visuals. Homefront is developed on this very same engine owing to its fancy graphics. The developing team has owed to push this game’s dystopian open world to its graphical limits.

This game’s storyline is similar to JC 3, but here you and a group of fellow citizens fight to regain independency against the Greater Korean Republic (GKR) who have invaded and seized control of your state.

You’ll often find yourself playing the numbers game with heavily armed patrols, thus putting an emphasis on stealth and deceit to thin their numbers gradually before it comes to a full on firefight.

4.Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst E3 2015 Gameplay.

The original Mirror’s Edge released in 2008 was not open world but the developers have decided to make this follow-up an open world. If you liked Dying Light so much but wished there were no disgusting zombies, then look no further.

The melee moves have been improved greatly and Faith will no longer be able to yield a weapon but will have to rely on her quick reflexes to bring down foes.

The game is all about building momentum as you roam around a futuristic city free running and using parkour movements to get where you’re going. The open world is a really cool addition for this type of a game letting you run around freely exploring alternate routes to your destination.

5.Fallout 4

Fallout 4 initial footage from E3 2015.

While its predecessor was based on a post apocalyptic nuclear war ravaged world, the beginning of Fallout 4 rewinds back to the actual bombing where the protagonist and his family take refuge inside Vault 111 and then mysteriously finds himself as the lone survivor of his vault 200 years after the bombing without aging up.

Fallout 4 will include V.A.T.S (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) which enjoyed a hugely positive reception when it came with Fallout 3. The trailers seem to have captured the same desolate aura and ambience that Fallout 3 was so acclaimed for. But we’ll have to wait till we can actually get our hands on the game before we can confirm this.

6.Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Gameplay Trailer.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is not a separate fully fledged game but a standalone expansion, which means that you won’t need the previous Saints Row installment to play this expansion. A significant and notable addition to this expansion would be the wings that the player’s character seems to have sprouted angelic wings and the flight mechanism feels great as you soar through the open world gazing down below.

In order to progress through the storyline, you’ll have to fill a meter called the Satan’s Wrath with your deeds until the next cutscene starts rolling. The open world that you get to fly over becomes even more interesting because it’s pure hell below.

7.Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight HD Gameplay.

This game has pretty much got everything bundled up within it, action sequences, mind bending puzzles, destruction sprees, vision distorting speed, lightning fast combat moves, and the list keeps going on, making this one easily the best of Rocksteady’s trilogy.

The first game of the series was amazing, the next one failed to hit the right chord, but the third has gone beyond expectations breaking all barriers, making it a definite must play for every Batman fan. Nothing beats the thrill of summoning up your batmobile and cruising around town in it, pulverizing everything standing in your way, making you feel truly godlike.

8.Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2 Co-op Gameplay.

Dead Island 2 is all about hacking and slashing your way through with some very gruesome melee weapons. You do get some firearms but not until after a long time of waving around your machete or chainsaw. If you love watching zombies getting dismembered in the most gruesome ways, there is no other game that can satisfy you better.

The thrill and excitement is more pronounced than sheer fear when all you can visibly see is your round patch of light from your torch highlighting a door beyond which who knows what horrors lie. This game is really enjoyable with a huge open world to boot, with the only sad thing being that the release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.

9.No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky Gameplay Video.

This game’s for those gamers, who are not just satisfied with a simple open world, so why not take it up to the next level and go for an open universe. But not just any open universe but one with truly no boundaries, where new planets crop up everywhere you go, each unique and different from every other planet.

This game is literally a heaven on earth for the true explorer at heart, because exploration never ends when the universe never ends, you can keep travelling to the edges of this game’s map and still find new content jumping up at you.

10.Elite: Dangerous

 

Elite: Dangerous Gameplay Footage.

Elite: Dangerous is an MMORPG of its own standard, have you ever dreamed of zooming past galaxies and travelling light years in a game that does it so realistically instead of just jumping from one system to another with the help of an animation sequence or a loading screen. But rather you’ll have to fly your ship manually until you reach the next system, a gamble that could have failed miserably, but it turns out that nothing can beat the sensation of gazing into the inky black depths as you zoom past asteroid belts and fiery gas giants towards your next destination.

There are several things that you can do in this game and you’re free to choose whichever path that interests you. If you’re the guy who loves cruising along sightseeing distant stars and heavenly bodies that float past you while you haul valuable cargo on a high profit trade route, then buy a merchant trader ship and load it up.

If hunting down the bad guys and playing the vigilante is your thing, then go check out the wanted list and buy a heavily armed light fighter while you’re at it. So happy hunting buddy, blast those bad guys into smithereens and grab their bounty reward.

Or if you’d rather be the bad guy, then the path of the space pirate is open for you. If you feel especially evil, then threatening little merchants over the comms and bullying them into dropping their cargo will definitely make your day, but not theirs.

If you don’t want any of these hassles, but rather you’re the quiet type who wants to go solo, bothering no one and reveling in the silence and tranquility of space, then the entire universe is waiting for you to explore it. Every new system you scan will yield some cash rewards and if you’re the first player to scan and discover a system then you get your name tagged into it as the discoverer.

The possibilities never end in this game and this is probably a niche type of a space simulation game that has not been discovered by a lot of people, the thing that has actually helped this game truly work is its manual nature of everything, from docking your ship to flying across hundreds of light years, everything is completely manual, take your hands off the stick and you find yourself confronted with a hefty repairs bill.

11.Wander

Wander Gameplay Trailer.

There are no fusses with this game, it’s strictly an exploration only experience where you forage ahead to discover new and strange stuff which you can share with other online players playing with you in this game’s own unique language. The developers seem to have created an in-game language that they hope will transcend all language barriers regardless of the player’s mothertongue, helping them communicate with each other.

If you dive into this game looking forward to blasting off and exploding stuff, then you will be disappointed, very savagely. This is a game for the explorer who likes the peace and quiet while they explore with other like minded people and later share their experiences with each other.

There are not a lot of people who prefer the calm tranquility this game can offer, especially with the brash online gaming community who prefer to blast other people just for the fun of it. And because of this, Wander has not garnered much of a positive response, but with the right marketing strategy, maybe within meditation circles, this game has better chances of prospering.

 

Ancestral Compulsiveness

Exploration and the act of seeking out new unfound lands is hardwired and ingrained into our brains right from the days of the caveman age. Even though we have mapped and satellite photographed every square inch of planet Earth, the quest for the unknown never ends as we launch new probes ever other year into the endless cosmos.

The same way, exploration and seeking out new lands is the main purpose a game is decided to be set up as an open world, so that the player can tap into the ancient neural wires of discovery and revel in it.

 

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