The 10 best open-world games on the market
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Every gamer knows the feeling of placing themselves into a new Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto or any open-world game. Expansive landscapes packed full of millions of adventures to discover and conquer. If there are cars on the roads, chances are you can drive them. If there are mountains in the distance, you can most likely climb them. There is something new around every corner. For those not familiar with the term ‘open-world’, it refers to video games where the player is able to move freely throughout the virtual world and is given considerable freedom in how and when they approach particular tasks within the game. The games listed below represent the best open-world games on the market. Huge cities, Giant kingdoms and entire continents have been brought to life with incredibly intricate detail. If you have hours of free time and want to get lost in another time or world, you have lots of options. These are my picks for the top ten best open-world games on the market. 10. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Shadow of Mordor offers players their own epic story of death and revenge against hordes of bloodthirsty orcs. The antagonist’s armies are endless, but beware of your choices. Dying at the hand of an Orc will result in the creature being ‘promoted’ through the leadership roles. Run into that Orc again and they will remember you. Your demise throughout the game creates a history for each Orc leader in the game but one will always be special. The Orc that causes you the most pain and hardship will evolve to become a primary nemesis in the game and the final boss. However good the plot of Shadow of Mordor is, this game falls short in its gameplay elements. The game’s world is dull and uninteresting, in game combat is disappointing and the list of collectables are uninspiring. 9. Batman: Arkham Knight Batman: Arkham Knight allows players to explore the whole city of Gotham, drive the Batmobile and play with a huge variety of gadgets. The game’s Gotham city is packed full of interesting sights and tasks. Batman and DC fans will find cleaver Easter eggs hidden throughout the game pointing to their favourite villains, heroes and storylines. Perfectionists will happily spend hours solving every puzzle, completing every sub-plot, winning every fast-paced race and finding every trophy hidden within the game. Players who stick to the main story will not be disappointed as their decisions within the game cause batman and Gotham to evolve. This provides the player with impressive scenery changes and new tasks to overcome. Arkham Knight gives players the best insight into the Dark Knight’s Gotham and is a great open-world game. 8. Dragon Age: Inquisition In this game, players are able to play the role of the boss. The inquisition (the player’s private army) is one of the most powerful in the land. At the war council, Thedas’ political landscape is shaped by the player. Three council strategic advisers (diplomatic, espionage and military) offer unique tasks from both peasants and royalty. Who the player assigns to each task creates a unique outcome. Decisions like theses help players to understand just how much power their rule has in the game. The game’s fast paced combat is easily some of the best in the series and mixed with some impressive graphics, players will not be disappointed. The game is filled with many customisable features for the protagonist and their party to ensure that the players army is the best it can be. 7. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag Much like Earth, the world of Assassin’s Creed 4 is 70% water. But do not fear as Black Flag uses this to its advantage and makes the players seafaring adventures one of the best parts of the game. The game is full of ornate shipwrecks hiding riches, mysterious islands hiding quests and ancient temples guarding dangerous secrets. With Assassin’s Creed 3's hard to control sailing mechanic having been fixed in this new instalment, players can now fully engage themselves in epic sea battles. Sailing without aim is also a pleasure with stunning scenery and marine life.
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