Open-world games have become a big trend in Triple-A games, especially in the last few years. While some have better design than others, it’s clear that this is a trend that won’t be stopping anytime soon. With the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins a couple days ago, it got me thinking about open world design again, and what components make a fictional world feel alive.
Some of the most memorable open-world experiences I’ve had are with games like The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and Horizon Zero Dawn. How about you? What open-world game impressed you the most, and why? Were the side-quests well implemented and interesting? Did the setting awe you? What would you like to see more in open-world games?
Let us know in the comments! For more, be sure to check out digital editor Brian Shea’s opinion piece about how single-player experiences are evolving rather than dying.