20 Best Open World Games To Play Right Now

Open-world games have only grown more popular with time, with many series even shifting away from linear design to give players more freedom and bigger areas to explore. Not every open-world game is created equal, however, with classics such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild standing out against alternatives that rely too much on “stuff to do” and ever-bigger worlds than making the open world suit the experience. That can make it difficult to find the best open-world games, especially on newer consoles that have so many to choose from. We rounded up some of the very best ones, accounting for the world itself being a big reason for their inclusion–games with tremendous stories that happen to have open worlds, such as Nier: Automata, were left off for this reason. We’ve also geared this mostly toward newer games that are easily accessible today. 

For more games to check out on the current consoles, check out the best PS5 games, best PS4 games, best Xbox Series X|S games, best Xbox One games, and the best Nintendo Switch games. You can also check out the best PC games if you want to game with a mouse and keyboard.

Timestamps
0:00 Introduction
0:18 Red Dead Redemption 2
0:49 GTA 5
01:31 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
02:09 No Man’s Sky
02:47 Batman: Arkham City
03:22 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
04:07 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
04:43 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
05:29 Minecraft
05:55 Forza Horizon 4
06:35 Microsoft Flight Simulator
07:14 Far Cry 3
07:43 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
08:26 Yakuza: Like A Dragon
09:05 Horizon: Zero Dawn
09:50 Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
10:32 Marvel’s Spider-Man
11:13 Ghost of Tsushima
11:42 Sunset Overdrive
12:20 Death Stranding

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50 Comments

  1. Tushig Khishig on September 9, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Where is Dark Souls? Its open world and rpg 🙂

  2. Luiz Tello on September 9, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    That moment when you have 85% of these games and are through with them. Lol

  3. TotalJerkFace on September 9, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    METAL gear solid 5 is really good game,but is it really open world? I mean the place feel like empty space with a few enemy base ,you cant do any activity beside kill or rescue mission ,i dont think thats open world to me

  4. Andrew on September 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    In hindsight, Ref Dead 2 is overrated.

  5. Pinkie Love on September 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    zelda all day ,, until the new open world pokemon game comes out in a few months ,,Which is modeled after Zelda

  6. Landon Mel on September 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Jackasses where’s fallout new Vegas

  7. Johnny Bravo on September 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Annnnd most came out a decade ago

  8. Joe Laposata on September 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I’d throw in Subnautica. Might not be as popular as a game like Death Stranding but whereas most of the games on this list are very like one another, Subnautica is completely distinct for many reasons

  9. Stechnical Mike on September 9, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    We know these games already… I mean you seriously put Minecraft and Skyrim on here as if people who don’t know those games exist.

  10. Napzie on September 9, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Arkham city has a good story and all but Arkham Knight deserves more attention since it reaches open world quality that no other open world super hero game will ever reach

  11. cҼsarin ғɊshіon on September 9, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Doesn’t the Witcher has missable achievements you can no longer unlock anymore??

  12. Marc Cioffi on September 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Witcher 3 is overrated, i’ve tried so many times to play it, i just can’t get into it.. and i love those types of RPGs

  13. CEWIIH on September 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Can’t wait for the PS5 remasters of Witcher 3 and Skyrim! Bomus shout out for how amazing AC: Odyssey is too, especially now it’s 60fps on PS5! But Sleeping Dogs will always be the best, most fun open world game I’ve ever played.

  14. Aaron Shepherd on September 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Just gonna ignore destiny 2 eh?

  15. Just In on September 9, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    hmm no genshin impact?

  16. Fiano Anthonio on September 9, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    No love for Kingdom Come Deliverance ???

  17. Kevin Espinoza on September 9, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Arkham knight should replace Arkham city in this list

  18. markedhayden7 on September 9, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    POV: your sad Dying light isn’t here

  19. Toy Gains on September 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Elex, is so much more fun to explore than half the games on this list. And I’ve played them all. If you you see a mountain and fly to the top theirs loot there. Is there’s something that seems worth checking out there’s loot there. You’re rewarded for exploring. That’s good open world design.

  20. Dan Warner on September 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    yeah agreed AC4 black flag is one of my fav summer games to play

  21. beano boys on September 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I’m just wondering why they used like 2011 Minecraft footage

  22. David Kellin on September 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    A few of my favorites that didn’t make the list:
    Fallout 4
    Dragon Age Inquisition
    Cyberpunk 2077
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    Mass Effect 3 (if it counts)

  23. Cipher on September 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    i only played spiderman – batman – gta 5 from this list

  24. Self Help Group on September 9, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    06:04 "Forza Horizon 4 takes the open-world racing series to rural England"
    Scotland would like to have a word…

  25. Jace on September 9, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    In my opinion, the fact that Kingdom Come: Deliverance isn’t on this list is an insult. Genuinely probably the best game I have ever played, ridiculously immersive and fun

  26. Talha Rehman on September 9, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I was calling for a RDR 2 60 fps patch but after playing it on ps5, i realised how stable 30 fps is not as bad as i thought. The ps4 version was a stuttering chore but the ps5 runs it like magic although it is capped at 30

  27. Jack Jager on September 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    You forgot Kingdom Come Deliverance and Fallout New Vegas.

    Red Dead Redemption 2
    Skyrim
    Witcher 3
    Breath of the Wild

    Those 4 open world games were awesome i had a lot of enjoyment with them.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for realism and alive open world.
    Skyrim for freedom of gameplay and sandbox gaming.
    Witcher 3 for worldbuilding and quests and story/characters
    Breath of the Wild for exploration and physics

    4 Open world games that defined a generation.

  28. fachrizal adicahyo on September 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    And Fallout New Vegas

  29. VRicken on September 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    where is cyberpunk 2077, too scared to put it on this list because of last-gen crybabies?

  30. Wicked Wolf on September 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    How did BoTW “revolutionize open world design?”

  31. Sumit Chowdhury on September 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Dragon age origins
    Dragon age Inquisition
    The Witcher 2
    The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

  32. nateman79 on September 9, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    How about a sunset overdrive 2. Damnit

  33. Dan Miller on September 9, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Star Wars: The Old Republic – the most expensive game ever made. Why no SWTOR love?

  34. triple9edits on September 9, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    we already know about these games and have played them so many times lol

  35. AoDeGaula on September 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    It’s 2021 and Witcher 3 still overrated!!

  36. Red Trenedy on September 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Man, I’m glad Sunset Overdrive’s getting recognition. The game’s criminally underrated.

  37. Noctis Sama on September 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    We had some amazing open world video games in the last 10 years. I remember how big Oblivion felt in 2006 and now almost every game is just bigger and bigger

  38. Cesar Perez on September 9, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    My top ten games of the decade are there.

  39. BaoZakeruga on September 9, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    "There aren’t that many new releases out right now"

    ????

  40. Crix on September 9, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Death Stranding…come on. I guess you need one more…I get it. 😉

  41. Wang オウQiyu ケイウ on September 9, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Also GS: red dead redemption 2 is frustrating, 9/10.

  42. Nishant Kelkar on September 9, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is missing in this

  43. Leonardo di parma on September 9, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Fallout 4 wasn’t mentioned on the list , big wow

  44. Ruslan Azimov on September 9, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Kingdom Come Deliverance?!

  45. Rcade now on September 9, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    "Sleeping dogs" and "horizon" are my fav 2 open world games in the last 10 years.

  46. Ronnie Fazzio on September 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    There’s also Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising. Gliding through the skies of the Golden Isle with a colorful cast of the Greek Pantheon as well as the Legendary monsters that will get in your way. As you try to save the Gods and become a Hero.

  47. XO TWOD on September 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Play the Infamous series on PlayStation Now enough said

  48. HΛKΞRΛV on September 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Ah popular AAA games that probably everyone played by now. If you want RPG Try Divinity Original Sin 2 even if its not your genre give it a try. It gets you hooked!

  49. TwisteeTetra on September 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    was this video even necessary

  50. Spyros on September 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    In an alternative universe Cyberpunk 2077 is in the list

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