Some video game developers really spend their time crafting the game world. There are so many titles out there in the market that is filled with extra visual goodies to discover as you explore. From open-world titles that toss the players into an oddity location along with the classic adventure style games, exploring your surroundings just comes naturally.
In this video game list, we’re going to showcase some of our favorite titles that left us spending plenty of time looking around the in-game world rather than pushing to progress the narrative along. To establish some guidelines, this list will only contain titles that are readily available today on the PlayStation 4. Likewise, we’re only focusing on video game titles that have been released in the last five years.
With all that said, take a look below at some great video games filled with spectacular exploration elements. Furthermore, let us know what video game you spent the longest exploring within the world rather than progressing the campaign by leaving a comment!
#20 Just Cause 3
- Developer: Avalanche Studios
- Publisher: Square Enix
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 is similar to that of Just Cause 2, offering 400 square miles of content–but with increased verticality. This game installment also marks as not only the biggest but most over-the-top entry to date.
- Developer: Campo Santo
- Publisher: Panic, Campo Santo
Firewatch is the debut title for development studio’s Campo Santo. Within the game, players take on the role of a forest fire lookout named Henry. Set back in 1989, Henry’s only form of communication is through a walkie-talkie to another nearby forest fire lookout named Delilah.
Overall, Henry is tasked with maintaining the safety of the forest and preventing forest fires if possible. However, there seems to be something more going out in the woods leading to potential sabotage. During this narrative adventure title players will discover the reason behind Henry taking a job that essentially secludes him from the outside world.