10 best open-world games to replay in July 2022
The open-world game genre encapsulates the complexity and depth of media in a neat package. It’s a versatile genre, complementing and evolving different kinds of design philosophies.
If that wasn’t enough, all of these experiences are backed by intricate gameplay systems that raise the bar for freedom of choice in gaming. Some of the best deals in the genre stand the test of time.
Without further ado, here are 10 of the best open-world games worth revisiting in July 2022.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author
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1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
With this ambitious 2017 action-adventure game, Nintendo has reinvigorated not only the Zelda series but the open-world genre as well.
After waking up from a hundred-year slumber, Link must once again stop the Calamity Ganon from rising and wiping out what’s left of post-apocalyptic Hyrule.
The game trades traditional dungeons for a more open-ended approach as players can go anywhere they want, with the only limiting factor being their own stats (like stamina).
Add organic solutions to problem-solving, something rarely seen in modern open-world games, and it’s easy to see why Breath of the Wild won GOTY 2017.
2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is often considered developer CD Projekt RED’s crowning achievement.
Mutant/monster slayer Geralt is on a journey to find his missing adopted daughter, Ciri. With the threat of the mysterious Wild Hunt at hand, the continent is not safe for anyone.
The open world of the game is vast and picturesque. It’s littered with quaint towns, sprawling wilderness, immersive side quests, and monsters – both human and non-human.
3) Fallout: New Vegas
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010, Fallout: New Vegas is arguably the best game in the series.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor Fallout 3, New Vegas enhances the writing and RPG aspects of the game. As a lone messenger left for dead in the Mojave Desert, players must embark on a journey of revenge to find the killer who ambushed them and retrieve their package.
Gameplay takes place in a post-apocalyptic open-world interpretation of the United States. The world features countless NPCs with rich characters, solid writing, and deep RPG construction – staples of the 2D era of the series.
4) Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games has been known for creating detailed open worlds and compelling Hollywood-style storytelling since its inception. What title to showcase this design mantra better than 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2?
The game follows outlaw Arthur Morgan as he flees the law alongside the Van der Linde gang. The vast Wild West setting has secrets just waiting to be discovered, including a variety of activities like fishing, hunting and gambling.
However, its best feature is the complexity of all its systems, from the behavior of the AI to the painstaking attention to detail.
Minecraft is a household name for all the right reasons. The creativity-driven open-world game is well known to gamers of all demographics.
The blocky sandbox is full of opportunities to play the way players see fit. Crafting, building, farming and survival – all three form the basis of Mojang’s iconic game.
Like all good open-world games, Minecraft relies on the element of surprise to keep things fresh and lively. Most importantly, the possibilities are endless.
6) Grand Theft Auto IV
Considering Grand Theft Auto V’s popularity, its predecessor doesn’t seem to get the same level of attention.
Taking on the role of Niko Bellic, players will explore Liberty City and find themselves trapped in underworld dealings. The game’s open world is one of the best in the action-adventure series despite its gray-brown color.
The realistic controls and car physics are something no other GTA title has emulated, lending a unique element to the game. However, the narrative presented is also one of the best, especially the DLC content included in episodes of the Liberty City version of the game.
7) Dying Light
After the lackluster Dead Island games, Techland finally found success with Dying Light in 2015.
The open-world survival horror game is set in the fictional town of Harran, where Kyle Crane is abandoned to investigate. However, as the city is overrun by zombies thanks to a virus outbreak, players will have to fight and fight their way through streets and rooftops in first-person perspective.
Keeping track of things like supplies and weapon degradation is essential as the true terror manifests at night in the form of deadly mutants known as the Volatiles.
8) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The latest major release in Kojima Productions’ iconic stealth series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a divisive title.
In the game, players roam the desert landscapes of Afghanistan as Venom Snake, who must aid the mercenary group Diamond Dogs. It is, by all means, a stealth game, and every aspect of the gameplay is designed for it. Clever AI, various methods of approaching missions, and tight gameplay enhance the experience.
The game’s story, rushed nature, and cut content have been criticized, but that doesn’t detract from its strengths.
9) No Man’s Sky
Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky has come a long way since its disastrous launch in 2016. This journey through space and an open world takes players across galaxies – literally thousands of them.
As an adventurer, players are tasked with reaching the center of the galaxy. Along the way, they will encounter a variety of planets, both habitable and non-habitable, featuring varying flora, fauna, and resources.
The game follows a similar blueprint to Minecraft, especially with new updates that added features like base building and co-op.
10) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Middle-earth series, the origin of popular Lord of the Rings media, has never really had any exceptional video game adaptations. It’s up to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor from Monolith Productions.
Released in 2014, the game sees the player controlling Talion, a Ranger of Gondor, who bonds with the specter of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor. The two decided to avenge the deaths of their loved ones.
The title’s open world is small in size but rich in content as Tallion engages in Batman Arkham-inspired battles with enemies via the famous Nemesis system.