If you’re keeping up with the Steam and Epic Games sales, you should consider putting these games in your cart. All of these five games have an incredible story that takes place in an incredible world that is waiting for you to explore!
We’ve all played GTA V and GTA V online, it’s just boring now! Seasoned GTA players are no stranger to having to grind in the city of Los Santos or San Andreas, doing the same heist over and over again, to gain more money. Try something new like No Man’s Sky; you travel to planets, different solar systems and interact with different races of aliens, slowly uncovering the secrets of the NMS universe.
Take a look at our top picks of open-world games and get your exploration on!
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open-world game developed and published by Rockstar Games, making it their third installment to the Red Dead Redemption series. The game launched in October 2018 on PlayStation and Xbox and by the next year was available on every gaming platform complete a high quality online multiplayer feature.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in a fictional version of the West and Midwest in the Southern United States in 1899. The game follows an outlaw named Arther Morgan, a member of the Van Der Linde gang. The story of the game is amazing but the free-roam and exploration feature gives players access to a whole new experience, with Rockstar Games being very good at leaving behind subtle clues to the story ahead, in addition to all the different side missions you encounter in-game.
After a robbery goes sidEWAYS in the western town of Blackwater, Arther Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang are forced to go into hiding, WHILE federal agents, and well-known bounty hunters search for them. The gang has to rob, steal, and fight against various factions to protect each other while navigating through their own complex personal relationships and history. Arthur Morgan has to choose between his ideals and the life of outlaws at the time.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is an open-world, multiplayer survival game developed and published by Hello games and created by Gareth Bourn. Its release and advertisement were supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment and the game was available to purchase on the 9 of August 2016 for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. Later in July 2018, No Man’s Sky was available on Xbox, and in November 2020 the game was available on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox series X and series S.
The gameplay follows an alien with a humanoid structure traversing through stars and planets finding resources and trading them for money, while the story plays out in the background. Your character is tasked with finding material and learning different languages as he receives encrypted signals from an alien who seems to be in some sort of danger and needs rescue.
As you progress and learn different languages, your character will be able to understand the SOS which was sent to him and rescue the fellow alien. The four principles: exploration, combat, survival, and, trading will help you progress in the game, whilst also leveling your character up and giving him a better exo-suit, spacecraft, and abilities.
The game truly feels as if it’s never going to end as players will keep finding planets they’ve never visited and with many mods available for the PC version the game continues to garner new players while keeping the older ones entertained for countless hours!
The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt is the third major installment of The Witcher series which is developed by CD Projekt. The game is available on all gaming platforms (Xbox series, PlayStation, and Microsoft Windows) and its debut was on the 18 of May 2015. The game is based on a fantasy novel called The Witcher and is written by Andrzej Sapkowski.
The Witcher is an open-world RPG and players play as Geralt, also known as Geralt Of Rivia, a monster slayer. He travels from one kingdom to another ridding folks of demons and monsters, but never for free.
The plot of the third installment kicks off right after the second game which is The Witcher: Assassins Of Kings. Geralt meets with Emperor Emhyr, who is the mother of Ciri. She informs Geralt that his adopted daughter is the last heir of an ancient Elven bloodline and has powers that manipulate time and space. He and the group which includes his lover Yennefer and mentor Vesemir set out on a hunt to find his daughter Ciri.
Fallout 4 is an Action role-playing game developed by Bethesda Softworks and is the fourth major installment to the Fallout series. It was released worldwide on the 10 of November 2015 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The story takes place in an open post-apocalyptic world in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, which is also known in the game as “The Commonwealth”. Fallout 4 plays in the year 2287, ten years after the events which take place in Fallout 3 and 210 years after the “Great War”. The entire United States was engulfed in catastrophic nuclear devastation leaving many regions inhabitable. To save humanity bunkers were built underground and people were placed in a long-term cryogenic stasis.
Players play as the sole survivor who wakes up after 210 years and leaves Vault 111 after witnessing the kidnapping of their child and murder of their spouse. You venture out back to the Commonwealth to find your character’s child, along with completing quests, helping out factions, and gaining experience points to level up or increase your character’s abilities.
Fallout 4 also has mods you can install to make the game and your character more interesting and fun. From creating your own house, better graphics, and even giving you the ability to tame a beast and other vast creatures, you will find a mod for it all!
Elder Scrolls – Skyrim
Elder Scrolls 5 or Skyrim was released on the 11th of November 2011, it is an open-world RPG developed by Bethesda game studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series, and in 2018 Bethesda Game Studio released a VR edition to the game bringing a whole new experience to this cult video game.
The story takes place in a fantasy world 200 years after the events which take place in Elder Scrolls Oblivion, in a place called Skyrim, the Northern Provence. Players complete quests which in turn improve your character’s skills, which differ from magic to combat abilities to fight tougher opponents. Skyrim is famous for letting players explore the vast world created by the developers and letting one enter story mode and free mode at their own will.
The story starts with your character as a prisoner on imperial execution. You are rescued by a dragon named Alduin, who unexpectedly saves your life. You escape from the chaos and bloodshed behind you and seek refuge from the city of Whiterun and request help again the upcoming threat of dragons.
While on your journey, you encounter a dragon laying waste to a neighboring town and help slay it. After killing your first dragon you absorb its soul and learn you’ve gained a magical ability called Shout. The city’s guard informs you that you might be Dragonborn, and soon you are summoned by the Greybeard, a group of monks that live in seclusion. They train and teach you to harness your powers and share their knowledge about the prophecy about the city of Skyrim and the return of Alduin.
Skyrim offers players a unique open-world decision-based storyline, making it so that no two gameplay are even slightly the same. You can also add a variety of mods to enhance or completely manipulate your gameplay.
Have you played any of the 5 video games we mentioned above? What have we missed?
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