Top 25 Best Open World Games of all Time

Best Open World Games: Satiate your wanderlust with the top 25 open world games to ever grace the medium of videogames. [Updated with games for Xbox One and PS4]

Best Open World Games

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We've updated this list with the inclusion of The Witcher 3, which promises to offer the grandest and one of the largest open-world settings in an RPG to date. Just as well, we've included Just Cause 3, which is set to be even greater than its predecessors in the series.

Original article follows:

What is an "open world" game? Wikipedia defines it as a type of videogame level design where the player can freely roam through the world and is given considerable freedom to interact with objectives and the like.

I decided against including the likes of Deus Ex and the Thief series, which despite the freedom they offer to the player, are strictly linear titles—at least in terms of exploration.

Rather, the showcase you see before you is a collection of the best open world experiences in which you, the player, can explore freely and to your heart's content while engaging in a myriad of activities unrelated to the "main story", if there is one.

2015 Entry: The Witcher 3

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. This series of Polish games based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski has gained a lot of fans over the years, mainly thanks to its complex world and stories, incredible graphics and deep gameplay systems.

The third and final installment in the series sees a much older Geralt of Rivia – one of the titular Witchers – dealing with the invasion of the Northern Kingdom by the Nilfgaard Empire and the otherworldy threat of the Wild Hunt, spectral riders who’ve plagued humankind for ages. Offering a massive open world, hours upon hours of story content and sidequests, tons of NPCS to interact with and monsters to hunt, a living economy that adapts to different locations and events and improved gameplay, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking like a worthy conclusion of the series.

2015 Entry: Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is the third game in the long-running Just Cause series of third-person action games. Offering a vast, open world setting on a fictional Mediterranean island known as Medici, series protagonist Rico Rodriguez returns, this time to oust a dictator named General Di Ravello from power. The game's map size has been confirmed to be similar to that of Just Cause 2, offering 400 square miles of content–but with increased verticality. The game will be the biggest, baddest entry in the series to date. 

Original list continues.