Our countdown of the best open world games
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.