Top 31 Best Open World Video Games For Xbox One

Note: This article was updated in December of 2018.

Each console generation provides gamers with whole new worlds to discover and explore. If you enjoy roaming about within a video game all while completing quests and campaign narratives, then chances are you tend to seek out open world video game titles.

Within this list, we’re going to showcase some of the best open world video game titles that you can enjoy today. We’ve included not only sequels to beloved franchises but brand new IPs as well. Of course, this list could see new updates in the future.

Take a look at our picks for some of the best open world video game titles on the Xbox One and let us know some of yours by leaving a comment down below.

Likewise, make sure to check back periodically as we’ll continue to update this list when new exciting open world video game titles release.


#31 Mad Max

  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mad Max may have been overlooked a bit when it first launched into the market. Most games based off of films or television series tends to not do so well and likewise, Mad Max launched the same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. If you missed out on this title then you’ll want to go back and give it a go today. Gamers will explore a giant desert wasteland as they battle foes in vehicle-based combat.

#30 Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

If you’ve never played Dragon’s Dogma, the new version that has already released on both Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 known as Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen may be your best bet in going through this RPG. While already available on both the last generation consoles for Sony and Microsoft, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is set to release on PC this coming January 15, 2016, and being the updated version of the game it will feature various updates and tweaks. Additionally, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is set with all the previously released DLC content for the game along with new items, weapons, armor, quests, and a brand new fast travel system.

#29 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games

If you enjoyed the Borderlands franchise or if you have yet to try and game then we suggest Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. This is a compilation of the series which will include Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

This game series is a FPS that works best with another friend jumping along for the ride. You can expect remastered graphics along with options for four player split-screen.

#28 Dead Rising 3

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Dead Rising 3 is an action-adventure video game title that follows the previous installments. If you’re unfamiliar with the Dead Rising series, this is melee focused zombie title with the third installment allowing players to fight undead hordes. This third installment offers a big open world to explore, collect items and even craft unique weapons.

#27 The Long Dark

  • Developer: Hinterland Studios Inc.
  • Publisher: Hinterland Studios Inc.

The Long Dark is a first-person survival video game where players take on the role of a pilot who has crash landed into the frigid Canadian wilderness. Set in an open world environment, players must explore the area to gather resources while also maintaining their vital signs such as body temperature. Additionally, its worth pointing out that the game also randomly spawns items and wildlife in the game making gameplay sessions unique and challenging.

#26 Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved is more of a survival action-adventure game. Players are tossed into the island and forced to survive in the ruthless environment. Not only will you have to gather supplies and resources to build a base, but you’ll have to prepare your protagonist to survive other players and creatures that are consistently seeking your demise.

#25 Far Cry 4

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Within Far Cry 4, players step into the role of Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American who travels back to his home country of Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country.

During his travel, Ajay finds that this home country has been caught in a civil war that is controlled by a tyrant king, Pagan Min. A large portion of the game allows players to freely explore the Himalayan country and the wildlife that dwells within it. Furthermore, because the game has a few different storyline branches, gamers will likely replay the title a few times, offering a chance to explore a bit more of the world than before.

#24 Final Fantasy XV

  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game and the fifteenth main installment to the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall the story of Final Fantasy XV will center between two empires that have declared war, Lucis and Nifheim, though after Nifheim successfully captures the kingdom’s crystal of Lucis, a group of friend’s sets out to regain it. Players take control of Noctis, prince of Lucis, who teams up with his fellow friends in a grand journey against a massive empire force. The game is also set in an open world environment with available quests and collectibles to gather.

#23 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise. This time around, the game is set in Bolivia, where the rising power of drug cartels has become a concern to the United States Government.

To deal with this concern, the Government has sent in an elite special operations unit called “the Ghosts” to destroy the cartels in question. Unlike previous installments within the franchise, players will be set in an open world environment to explore along with more freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

#22 State of Decay 2

  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.

#21 Dying Light

  • Developer: Techland
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Dying Light was created under Techland, who was also the developers behind Dead Island and as such, there are some clear similarities between the two. However, between the two video game titles, Dying Light certainly carries a more mature tone and bleak world.

The video game follows an agent named Kyle Crane who is tasked with infiltrating a quarantine zone city of Harran which has become infested with a virus turning civilians into ruthless zombies. Interestingly enough, there’s a twist on the day and night cycle in Dying Light. During the day, the zombies are more lethargic and easier to deal with, though once the sun set’s they become more aggressive and harder to escape.

Developers have also tossed in some parkour elements within the game allowing players to easily traverse the city and its obstacles when fleeing the undead hordes. Combat as well has been changed from the melee focus from what we seen within Dead Island to gunplay, giving players an action-adventure experience.

#20 Conan Exiles

  • Developer: Funcom
  • Publisher: Funcom

Conan Exiles is a title that’s been available since 2017, but it has since received its full release. This is an open world survival game set within the world of Conan the Barbarian, but the story won’t follow Conan, instead, players will create their own protagonist.

From the start of the game, players will find that their character is sentenced to death by crucifixion under the beating sun. As you lay waiting for death, Conan comes by and rescues your character leaving players to navigate the harsh and unforgiving world.

Now labeled as an outcast, players will have to roam the wasteland where the weak are killed. You’ll find that in order to stay alive, you’ll need to gather resources, craft goods and dominate fights in a world filled with enemies.

#19 Sea of Thieves

  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft

Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title that is centered around pirates. Players will take to the open seas with their cooperative crew as they search for hidden treasure and taking out other pirate crews that show up along the way. This is an MMO game where players will consistently run into each other throughout their various adventures. Combat will take place both in ships and on land as well, giving players the full pirate experience.

Players will also be able to attend safe-zones where they can trade, hire on new crew or even dabble into the black market goods.

#18 Tom Clancy’s The Division

  • Developer: Massive Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Ubisoft’s The Division takes place in the United States after a smallpox pandemic causes the government and its cities to collapse. Now only chaos remains where one force may be the last line of defense when it comes to bringing back the stability and peace throughout the nation. This last line of defense is called the Division, a classified stay-behind force with self-supported tactical agents.

Taking place in New York City, players traverse the city as they team up with other Division agents to clear out the infected and protect the innocent, however, throughout the game, the Division agents find themselves in a worldwide conspiracy leading them to a group responsible for unleashing the deadly virus.

#17 L.A. Noire

  • Developer: Team Bondi
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games

LA Noire takes the gamers into the 1940’s as they step into the role of a detective, solving homicides. Set in Los Angeles, players will raise through the division ranks in the LAPD as they investigate crime scenes, explore clues throughout the city, locate suspects and interrogate them for answers.

The city may not be as lively or filled as Rockstar’s latest release, Grand Theft Auto V, but it proves to still be an entertaining journey filled with action, drama and exploration.

#16 Middle-earth: Shadow of War

  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Following after the events of Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will continue to follow our main protagonist Talion as he forged a new Ring of Power. However, conflict may arise between Talion and his infused spirit of elf lord Celebrimbor when it comes to their end goals.

Outside of the narrative, most of the gameplay mechanics you’ve become acquainted with in the first installment will likely make a return as you take down orcs and travel across the lands completing quests.

#15 Far Cry 5

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5, takes place within the United States of America in a fictional Montana place known as Hope County.

Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.

Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment which can be explored either on foot or through vehicles. However, the campaign can be experienced both as singleplayer experience or through cooperative multiplayer.

Likewise, Far Cry 5 will include a map editor where players will be able to build maps with objectives to complete for when gamers finish the main campaign.

#14 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment which is full of exploration, wonder and a whole slew of quests. You can easily spend countless hours within this fantasy world and we’d honestly be surprised to find a gamer who has yet to experience this journey. If you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and begin to weave your own tale.

#13 Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Developer: BioWare Edmonton
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.

While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.

#12 Watch dogs 2

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

After the success Ubisoft had with their new IP Watch Dogs, a sequel was released back in 2016. This time around, players are taken to the San Francisco Bay Area to explore and cause havoc by hacking various terminals connecting to city functions or personal smartphones. Much of the same gameplay mechanics are present, though the developers did make a few overhauls such as driving.

#11 Saints Row 4

  • Developer: Volition
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

Saints Row 4 is the open-world genre taken to its most logical conclusion. However, much like the previous installments to the Saints Row franchise, the video game encourages over-the-top moments and wacky storylines.

Within the game, players will have to face against an alien invasion shortly after becoming the President of the United States of America. Outside of the usual artillery weapons at your disposal, developers Volition added in supernatural powers.

#10 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Developer: Deep Silver
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a more accurate period piece role-playing game. Set in 1403 within the Kingdom of Bohemia, the old king has passed leaving his heir to struggle in maintaining order within the lands. Players take on the role of a blacksmith’s son who is out for vengeance when his family is slaughtered during an attack. As mentioned, developers Warhorse Studios has taken great care in presenting a game that would show an accurate depiction of the period with various armor, clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles.

#9 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Developers: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed latest installment is known as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The video game is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.

Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature a modern day protagonist as well. Ubisoft will be reintroducing players to Layla Hassan who was present during Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Developers over at Ubisoft seems to also be working more on an RPG progressive system in this upcoming title which ranges from dialogue choices to a skill tree that can help in aspects such as stealth and combat. Likewise we will see dialogue options which can alter the story narrative and gameplay.

#8 Fallout 4

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

If you’re a fan of the Fallout franchise then it’s likely you’ve already picked up the latest release. However, if you’re completely new to the series, Fallout 4 still marks as a great first entry. Set during the events of a nuclear war, players manage to escape into a vault, only to awaken hundreds of years into the future. What’s left of your world is nothing more than decay and outsiders trying to make it by in this new world.

Each installment to the Fallout franchise manages to bring out an incredible wasteland to explore and Fallout 4 is no exception to that trend. You’ll come across old ruins, new structures, and a fleshed out cast of characters to meet along your journey.

#7 Grand Theft Auto V

  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V is by and large one of the biggest open world titles ever developed and it really fleshes out the city of Los Santos. Players take control of three protagonists this time around with narratives dealing with old kept secrets and new beginnings. Outside of the cast of characters featured within the main campaign, Los Santos acts as the setting for the online component known as Grand Theft Auto Online.

Online, gamers can face against each other in a wide variety of game modes, join together and complete missions or even decide to wreak havoc while fleeing the police. Years after its initial release, Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a popular video game to play.

#6 Assassin’s Creed: Origins

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the latest installment within the Assassin’s Creed series. Players are taken to the end of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt as they witness the origins of the long driven conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Being an Assassin’s Creed game, you can expect a heavy emphasis on stealth with Origins being more opened world to explore during your game progression.

#5 Just Cause 3

  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Just Cause 3 is the third game in the long-running Just Cause series. 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 is a bit similar to that of Just Cause 2, offering 400 square miles of content.

#4 Nier: Automata

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix

If you’ve been following this video game then you’ll know that this is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series.
Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity.

If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.

#3 Monster Hunter: World

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

Even if you’ve never played any other game in the series, Monster Hunter: World wants to bring you into the fold with a variety of awesome changes that turn this grind-happy, cooperative RPG into something much more palatable for western audiences.
The world has expanded considerably, and you’re free to jump in and explore all you want — but there’s still a whole lot you probably won’t know going in.

#2 Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain

  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami

Taking place after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, players can enjoy the last installment of the beloved franchise in which was directed under Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain follows Snake as he goes through a new mission that takes him to a Soviet-occupied Afghanistan territory.

During the journey, Snake seeks his revenge on those who destroyed his forces during the ending of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, however, to do so, he will have to explore and chart the lands. For fans of the franchise, this latest installment is seen to be a bit different in terms of the gameplay with this time around, developers have allowed players a little more freedom when it comes to completing objectives rather than following a specific set of orders.

#1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. With its deep rich narrative journeys and fleshed out worlds, the trilogy has wrapped up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As expected the third installment not only saw a massive overhaul in terms of graphics but provided gamers with a much more lively world filled with quests and exploration.

While still taking the role of Geralt of Rivia, players will find that that they must deal with the invasion of the Norther Kingdom along with the growing threat of the Wild Hunt. Outside of just a massive world to explore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers campaigns and quests to keep you busy for hours on end.