Open World Games

Len’s Island

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Len's Island is a game that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I love crafting, building, and survival games and this one looked like it had it all figured out. As I write this, the game has ...

Forza Horizon 5

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Man am I excited to talk to you guys about Forza Horizon 5! Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite make a fantastic one-two punch for Xbox this holiday season. While the fifth game in the Forza series ...

Far Cry 6

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While Far Cry 6 is available on pretty much everything, the version I am specifically talking about is the PS5 version so please keep that in mind. Not only is Far Cry 6 the best game in the series ...

Skyrim Together 1.0.6

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It is kind of crazy to think that Skyrim is over 10 years old. Even crazier than that is the number of times it has been released, including Skyrim VR, I own four versions of this game! Skyrim ...

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 ...

When talking about open-world games we mean video games that 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 the 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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