Open world games have become a norm today. I still remember giddying around in joy when I used to hear about an open-world game in the making. Now, though, things have changed pretty drastically in last couple of years. Almost everyone is making an open-world game now. Simply put, open-world games are tantamount to success now. If you want a game to sell well, you will have to make it an open-world affair. There are no half measures about it. It's a time of cut-throat completion where everyone is trying to get some slice of a huge open-world market. If you are one of those people who love to play open-world games, 2015 is going to be a blast. Here are some of the games that have already been released or about to be released that you should keep an eye out for.
Batman is going to be the last installment of the franchise. It's sad that we won't see any more of the Batman in Gotham city, but we already knew that we will have to say goodbye to Batman and his adventures after some time. Rocksteady already had stated that they are not interesting in dragging this franchise for longer than it needs to. It's kind of disheartening to know that.
Nonetheless, the final entry in this franchise promises to close its doors with a bang. If you have been a big fan to this franchise throughout the years, it seems that this game is going to live up to the expectations by introducing new features like Batmobile. For the first time, we will be able to ride Batmobile! How awesome is it going to be to wander around the streets in this Batman vehicle? With Rocksteady helming this franchise, nothing can go wrong for them.
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The minute you set foot in this huge landscape, you begin to realize how freaking big the world really is. We had no idea how this game is going to look like, but now that they have finally revealed the extended gameplay trailer, we know that it's coming and it's going to look really amazing.
This series will also mark the first time when we will get to play a fully voiced character, which is nothing short of amazing. The voice acting seems really cool. Imagine how much work they would have gone through just to do that!
Apart from voice acting, the world itself looks like a vast improvement from the Fallout 3, a game released back in 2008. It's set in Boston, so expect things to be a little more cluttery as there would be more houses and no desert or vaults here. It takes place after 200 years of the nuclear wars – a time where humans have finally started to re-build the world. The world has come to square one once again, except that there are not as much natural resources left to bank on.
Talking about crafting and weapon customization, they both seem to be forming a formidable chunk of gaming, albeit remaining totally optional if you don't want to do it. For the first time in this franchise, you are allowed to turn almost everything into scrap and build your own houses from that material. The best thing is, you can build it anywhere you want. Afterwards, you can populate it with traders and people and place safeguards outside your house to save it from inevitable raids by bandits. Simply put, there is a lot to look forward to in Bethesda's upcoming open-world game.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 has already been released after 3 years of long wait. They have delivered on their promises in more ways than we could have ever imagined. Who knew that a small team could achieve such diversity and fill in so much content into a game in such a short period of time? But they have done it. Kudos to them for being able to do that. One of the things I loved about Witcher 3 is how open-ended and unpredictable it really is. There are choices you'll make throughout the game that will change everything including your gameplay stats and the world surrounding you. Depending on your choices, one of the 36 alternate endings is going to trigger at the end, marking the end of a legendary franchise. It's really great. You have to actually play the game to get the hang off the enormous scope this game actually has. Words can't explain how beautiful this game is with its well-thought out characters and writing and some gripping combat.
GTA V is one of the most sold games in the gaming history, clinching millions in return. With more than 50 million copies sold all across the world, they are already looking forward to the next entry in this franchise. This game is huge, so huge that you'd be spending first couple of hours trying to understand the mechanics of the game and exploring a gigantic map, which not to mention, is almost overwhelming.
If you are on foot, travelling from one side to another in this game is going to take anywhere up to 30-40 minutes pretty easily. On your way, you are going to encounter dynamic events that are totally optional if you want to do it. They are not as griping as some of the main quests or side-quests in this game, but they are still a pretty nice addition to GTA V. Players have long been begging for an online mode and Rockstar has given them just that ion form of GTA Online, a visual extravaganza for those who want to play with friends, families or strangers. You are free to do anything you want in the online world, including looting a bank or shop store, going to fro hike with your friends, challenging a friend for a race through the treacherous mountains and much more. The content here is almost endless with Rockstar dumping new things and items every now and then. In short, it's pretty great game with tons of things to do. You can get it pretty cheap on PC right now.
That's the end of the list from my side. If you think I have missed some cool open world games that are coming this year please let us know through the comments below!
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