The best open world games to play in 2022

Our countdown of the best open world games

The best open world games take you by the hand and introduce you to friends and foes, tales big and small, and vista upon vista to explore...

An all-time great that encourages exploration and removes a degree of grind associated with the Dark Souls games. Elden Ring is the biggest seller of 2022, and it's not hard to see why.

7. Elden Ring

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

A minimalist UI, waypoints pointed out by gliding birds, and the fluttering wind makes for one of the most natural open-world experiences to date. Oh, and also, all those beheadings.

6. Ghost of Tsushima

Platform(s): PS5, PS4

Aloy's sprawling sandbox sequel is one of the best games in recent PlayStation history. It's also arguably the best exclusive on the PS5.

5. Horizon Forbidden West

Platform(s): PS5, PS4

See that mountain? You can climb it. You can also attach octopus balloons to a raft to float into the air, or turn a fallen tree into a deadly projectile. BotW is breathlessly bold. 

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platform(s): Switch

The most successful entertainment product of all time is also naturally one of the greatest open world games ever made. Its take on L.A. is electric.

3. Grand Theft Auto 5

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Rockstar's epic cowboy quest is stuffed full of inventive side content. What are you waiting for, partner? It's time to be the best in the West

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Our favorite open world game ever is set in an imperfect world that makes for a perfect game. Geralt has set a lofty bar no other sandbox can quite yet reach. 

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
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