Looking for a gigantic world to explore filled with lots of quests and conflicts to resolve? Look no further than this quick summary of the best open world games you can play in 2019. Each of these games features an immersive world with an engaging story and solid gameplay.
15. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky got a lot of flak upon release for PC and PS4, but Hello Games has been hard at work improving the game. The result is No Man’s Sky finally resembles the product Hello Games advertised it would deliver when the game launched in 2016. Players can build bases and play with friends in the procedurally generated galaxy that features 18 quintillion planets.
14. Mad Max
The post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max is hauntingly beautiful, no matter which platform you decide to play it on. Take control of Max with his buddy Chumbucket tagging along to decimate the War Boys. The giant map features tons of space to engage in vehicular warfare, but watch out for sandstorms that kick up out of nowhere.
13. Watch Dogs 2
Watch Dogs 2 improved upon the first game in every way imaginable, creating an engaging story with a variety of high-tech gadgets. Players join the secret hacking organization DedSec and get embroiled in a global conspiracy. Players can use gadgets like the hacking drone to cause mischief around San Francisco. Hacking skills can even help you outrun the police.
12. Just Cause 4
The Just Cause series is known for its over-the-top approach to open world games. In Just Cause 4, players step into the world of Solis, a fictional South American world rife with conflict, oppression, and extreme weather. Players assume control of rogue agent Rico Rodriguez, who is hunting down the truth about his past. A fully customizable wing-suit and grappling hook lend style and a unique way to travel in the world of the Just Cause series.
If you end up loving this one and want to try the others, they’re just as fun in their 80s action movie approach to gaming.
11. Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 explores a deadly cult in the heart of America in Hope County, Montana. The doomsday cult Eden’s Gate and its leader Joseph Seed are sparking revolution and resistance among a community who isn’t too keen on joining Seed. Players work to free Hope County in solo or two-player co-op using a variety of approaches. Go in guns blazing and liberate the county or take a stealthy approach in the most customizable game in the series.
The Far Cry 5 spin-off New Dawn is also worth checking out but be warned, events in New Dawn spoil the ending of FarCry 5.
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the quintessential open world experience. Lose yourself in the world of Skyrim and its conflict between Imperial forces and the Stormcloaks, led by Ulfric Stormcloak. Players assume the role of the first Dovakiin–the Dragon Born–seen in thousands of years, mastering the ability to speak the language of the dragons. Skyrim’s many expansion packs brought the ability to own a homestead, adopt children, and even fight vampires, too.
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo took over five years to deliver The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the wait was worth it. Players awaken in the world of Hyrule 100 years after the dark forces of Ganondorf besieged it. As Link, players journey forth to reclaim the world of Hyrule with the help of four animal guardians. Breath of the Wild is legendary for the amount of detail in the game. Rivers have currents, lightning storms can be deadly, and Link can climb anywhere he has enough stamina to reach.
8. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a low-fantasy medieval RPG that simulates life in a medieval Polish village. Players assume the role of Henry, the local blacksmith’s son, who finds himself alone and in the service of his lord after his village is raided. Decisions you make as Henry have consequences and directly affect the story. Combat is best avoided until you are properly trained, and you’ll need to seek out a scholar if hope to know what those books you find say. KC: Deliverance is one of the most accurate medieval RPGs to date.
7. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
The Metal Gear Solid franchise goes open world in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Explore a massive world as Big Boss as the Cold War rages on. Players must establish a new private army in pursuit of the shadowy group, XOF. Themes of psychological warfare and the atrocities that result are a common theme in the game. The game’s open world design gives players maximum freedom in how they approach missions, either stealth or guns blazing.
6. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Explore the ancient Greek world as Alexios or Kassandra in one of the largest open world games created to date. Ubisoft turned the Assassin’s Creed series on its head when Origins debuted and Odyssey continues that trend. As a Spartan mercenary, players set out to find the truth about their father with the help of Leonidas’ legendary spear.
Ubisoft took clear inspiration from games like The Witcher and Skyrim to make a world where dialogue choices matter. The naval gameplay first introduced in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag returns for players to explore the many islands located around the Aegean.
5. Fallout 4
Players can explore New England and the region around Boston in the world of Fallout 4. Fallout 4 tells an adequate story that is worth experiencing if you enjoy the post-apocalyptic setting. However, compared to past entries in the series like Fallout: New Vegas, the story pales in comparison. Still, the weapon customization and characters you’ll meet in Fallout 4 are worth experiencing.
4. Fallout: New Vegas
Despite being nearly ten years old, Fallout: New Vegas is still one of the best story-rich open world games you can play. Players assume the role of the courier who is shot in the head and left for dead at the beginning of the game. Exact your revenge or uncover a deeper conspiracy that plagues the Nevada desert and Caesar’s Legion.
3. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto 5 is the most profitable piece of entertainment of all time and for good reason. Rockstar Games hit a home-run with its combination of story-telling that switches between three main characters. As players swap between Michael, Trevor, and Franklin the game reveals how these character’s stories are entwined. Players can perform heists and engage in a variety of mini-games around Los Santos.
2. The Witcher 3
Take on the role of Geralt, a monster slayer for hire known as a witcher. The Witcher 3 builds on the previous two games by creating an open world that is absolutely stunning to explore. As a professional monster hunter, you’ll offer your services to people in need and you’ll need the right tools for the job. Mutating potions, upgradeable weapons, and special armor help Geralt on his quest to find Ciri, who may have been taken by The Wild Hunt.
1. Red Dead Redemption II
Despite being the second game in the series, Red Dead Redemption II is a prequel to the first game. Players assume the role of Arthur Morgan as a member of Dutch Van Der Linde’s notorious outlaw gang. The gang is on the run in 1899 after a score in Blackwater goes bad. The massive world of West Elizabeth and surrounding territories features plenty of unique characters and a heart-wrenching story for players.