Open World Games

Postal 2

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Sometimes stirring up controversy can help you with sales and name recognition. After all, bad press is a form of marketing after all - especially if you’re a game that came out anytime between 1992 ...

The Long Drive

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The Long Drive is a very weird game. Meaning that it doesn’t really have a purpose to it, you’re just basically supposed to drive around and see the sights in a post-apocalyptic randomly generated ...

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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When it was released Yakuza 6: The Song of Life got raised some eyebrows for being a more simple kind of game. While it has 6 in the title, this was actually the seventh game to be released and it is ...

The Tenants

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The Tenants is brought to us by the same people who gave us the very addictive House Flipper. The first time I saw this game I got major Sims and even Urbz (remember that?) vibes from the style of ...

Valheim

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I have to say that Valheim is a shining example of how you do an early access game. This is a survival game that you can play on your own, but it is at its best when played with friends. The Viking ...

People Playground

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People Playground is the kind of game/experience that is very hard to tell people about. Not because it is bad, but because it is the kind of thing that you need to experience first hand to truly see ...

Dyson Sphere Program

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As someone who had a fair bit of fun with Satisfactory and Factorio, I felt that Dyson Sphere Program would be a game that fits right in the middle of those two. It is worth noting that this game as ...

Immortals Fenyx Rising

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Immortals Fenyx Rising was actually one of the first handful of games that I would play on the PlayStation 5. While I played the PS5 version, this game is available on everything! Xbox One, Series ...

Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact is a free to play action RPG that I have put a ton of time into on the PlayStation 4. Even though it is a free-to-play game and pretty much has a loot box system, this is still well ...

When talking about open world games we mean video games which are characterized by the open structure of the presented world, which allows for unrestricted exploration. Another commonly used name for this type of experience is sandbox although the meaning of this term is slightly different.

Designing games with an open world has become an increasingly popular practice. Most of the big and popular titles are advertised as ones with open worlds. Starting from the GTA series (eg Grand Theft Auto V, or Grand Theft Auto: Vice City), which were on the first truly successful games, and ending with the Polish RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which impresses with fantasy medieval setting landscapes.

The development of games and gaming gear has made open world games possible. One of the first games that can boast of being such a sandbox was the Japanese Yakuza released on the Nintendo Dreamcast. Nowadays many games series move from closed locations to open worlds. In some games, such a solution works better, in others it doesn’t quite deliver the goods. It is more difficult to maintain consistency of the game in games where the player can indulge in any activity on the map.

An open world is not just a vast area, in which you can move freely. The games with open worlds also mean that there is a multitude of activities that you can perform. This is done perfectly in the abovementioned GTA series, in which the world is full of all sorts of things to be found, activities or side missions. Open world games should not give you an impression that you’re traveling in empty space. That would be boring. Another feature of sandboxes is the lack of artificial restrictions. You do not have any invisible barriers on the world’s map, and the transitions between successive sections should not be interrupted by loading screens. However, to naturally narrow down the area of the game, obstacles in the form of high mountains or the sea are common.

When talking about such games we mean video games which are characterized by the open structure of the presented world, which allows for unrestricted exploration. Another commonly used name for this type of experience is sandbox although the meaning of this term is slightly different.

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