In recent times, open-world games have experienced the start of a Golden Age. Technology affords the crisp, clear transitions between cells and makes the experience feel similar to real life. In an even bigger effort to mirror real-life decisions, developers have learned to create non-linear stories where the decision to finish quests and solve puzzles are left up to the players.
It’s nice to pick up a game you can enjoy on the weekends. Sit back, relax, and take a look at these open-world sandbox games.
Forza Horizon 3
Set in what can be described as an almost accurate description of a slice of Australia, Forza Horizon 3 is, first and foremost, a racing game. Now that’s out of the way; Forza Horizon 3 is a racing game that allows you to explore more than just an urban place. There are forests, beaches, and deserts to go to here. As an added bonus, each area unlocks a specific car attuned to the kind of terrain found there.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
A recent game that’s only a few years old, The Witcher 3 rivals the best open-world sandboxes out there. It’s set in a Nordic world that feeds the wanderlust in you. Whether it’s Novigrad or the Skellige region, the bustling towns and rowdy locals makes it feel like you’re visiting another country. This is apart from the different puzzles and quests that the game sends you to, which you can do on your own time.
To para-phrase the famous line from ‘Star Trek’, “Space…the final frontier.” Elite: Dangerous moves you from Earth to outer space, the ultimate destination for those looking to travel and for a challenge at the same time. Fly around in your spaceship and become what you want—an ore miner, a merchant, a pirate, or simply an explorer. Connect to an online galaxy and enjoy traveling between the game’s 4 billion star systems.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
How about roaming the seas of the Caribbean for a slice of real life? Black Flag gives you the chance to live your life as a swashbuckling pirate spreading terror on the high seas. Battle against colonial armadas, explore tiny islands, and claim forts as your own in this game. If you’re after the story, you’d better look for it elsewhere; if you’re looking for adventure, you’ve chosen the right game.
Another game set in the Australian Outback, Mad Max takes after the events of the film of the same name. Face against Buzzards, War Boys, and the other outlandish gangs of this post-apocalyptic wasteland while getting a little travel along the way. It might get a little repetitive along the way, but its open-world setup still gives off a lot of surprises. Be on the look-out for danger as you drive.
These games are perfect when you want to travel and you absolutely cannot. It’s great for kicking back and relaxing while stretching your legs—albeit in a virtual manner—along the way.