It’s time to return to the best open world games of the generation. Very little is missing for Rockstar to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 and Xbox One , we have very recent impressions of Fallout 76 (not to mention the good sales figures that Spider-Man monopolizes or the sensational start of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey )… Anyone would say that the sandbox is experiencing a new golden age. And that we thought that with Zelda Breath of the wild the genre had already reached its ceiling!
In this report we review the best open world games. They are not necessarily the ones with a larger map, but those that, in this generation, have managed to make an impact for different reasons. We are left with such interesting titles as Batman Arkham Knight , Far Cry 5, Ghost Recon Wildlands or Middle-earth: Shadow of War. And with games to come like Just Cause 4 or Harry Potter Magic Awakened!
As you can see, the sandbox genre has a very promising future ahead of it. We leave you the ones that we liked the most in the present generation.
Watch Dogs 2
The city of San Francisco becomes the protagonist with Watch Dogs 2 , an open world game for PS4, Xbox One and PC that invites us to interact with our environment at all times thanks to our hacker skills. The second installment of the Ubisoft saga has managed to improve its predecessor in all aspects with a living world, full of details and the most entertaining secondary activities that, together with the premise of the game, allow us to interact with everything that we see. It surrounds in a simple way at the same time spectacular, often with really crazy results that give rise to really entertainment.
Crazy Max Rockatansky is the hero again. The adventure begins when Max is robbed in the middle of the road by Lord Scrotus, the main villain of the game and a warlord who imposes his psychotic law on much of the Wasteland. Without water, food or even his beloved car, Max will have to start from scratch to get revenge on him. Thanks to the lord of combustion we come across Chumbucket, a crazy gasoline lover who turns out to be a real handyman improving and creating vehicles.
In Mad Max for PS4, Xbox One and PC we will have to build our car from scratch, the Magnum Opus, and liberate the wasteland territories, participating in deadly races and collecting relics, until we enter the city of gasoline to face the Warlord Scrotus and retrieve our V8.
Metal Gear Solid V
MGS V The Phantom Pain for PS4, Xbox One and PC (also PS3 and Xbox 360) takes all the concepts that have elevated the previous installments to the status of a cult saga, and expands them to unsuspected limits. It draws, in particular, from the ideas introduced by MGS Peace Walker: development divided into missions and management of the Mother Base (translated as ‘Base Madre’ in the Spanish version). But it doesn’t just revolve around concepts from the past, it also adds new elements that completely revolutionize the gaming experience, such as the jump to the ‘sandbox’ genre and the change from linear scenarios to an open world. Or rather “open worlds”, because the game features two gigantic main settings: north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, and the Angola-Zaire border region, in Africa.
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Origins for PS4, Xbox One and PC we liked a lot. What best defines it is that, despite the binge of hours that we have stuck to see the end, we want to return to Egypt. We want to quietly enjoy its beautiful landscapes, explore the tombs that have remained pending and discover all the secrets that we have left behind, which are not exactly few. And that says a lot, because few games in the saga have managed to attract us enough to revisit them a second time.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the ultimate proof that when done early, things always work out. And it’s scary to think that if the team has achieved a game of this caliber with an extra year of development… What would they be capable of with more?
The Witcher III Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 offers us, for the first time in the saga, a true open world to explore at our leisure. The gigantic game mapping has left us impressed. It is divided into three large zones: Velen, Novigrad, and the Skellige Islands. Much has been said, comparing its map with that of other games, but to give you an idea of its dimensions, the city of Novigrad is the largest we have ever seen in an RPG. Going through it by heart will take hours. And it’s not just that the settings are big, but that they are taken care of in detail. No two streets are the same in the city of Novigrad, to give a small example.
But there are many more areas, the area where we start our adventures or lots of islands, caves and dungeons in which to discover all kinds of secrets. On our way we meet old acquaintances of the saga, such as Vesemir, Yennefer or Triss Merigold, familiar names for fans of past installments. But, above all, we find ourselves with a gigantic catalog of “anonymous” who wish to hire our services.