Amazing Open World Games With Tons Of Content To Play Through

June 4, 2022

Open World games have grown exponentially in recent years. What started out larger scale adventures with titles like Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie have transformed into truly open-world experiences where players can explore huge maps filled to the brim with biomes, collectibles, enemies, and lore.

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Open World games in 2022 look and feel much different than their past counterparts and players have come to expect a certain level of complexity with modern AAA open-world titles. Because of this, developers are attempting to pack as much content into these expansive adventures as possible. Some of these games end up being much longer and feature a lot more content than their counterparts. Here are some of the most expansive open-world games that players can get their hands on.

Elden Ring

  • Average Base Time: 51 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 129 Hours

The newest release on this list, Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s first foray into a truly massive open world. Many were skeptical about how well the Dark Souls-like formula would translate to a seamless open-world experience but all of those doubts were put to rest when the game finally hit store shelves.

Not only does the Dark Souls formula translate well to the open-world genre, but FromSoftware went above and beyond to create an experience that is truly epic, spanning multiple hours and taking players through a wide array of areas filled to the brim with bosses, loot, and lore. It will take players quite a while to see and experience everything possible in the Lands Between.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

  • Average Base Time: 68 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 274 Hours

Those craving a more traditional RPG experience with a ton of content can hop into Xenoblade Chronicles X. This title is so expansive it may be enough on its own to justify buying a Nintendo Wii-U to play it. Players will find themselves exploring a planet-sized map, with five separate continents that can be explored.

There are many party members to unlock and recruit, and tons of creatures that players will need to battle through to collect loot and complete quests. Although there is an underlying story here that Xenoblade fans should enjoy, a big chunk of what makes the game so great is simply exploring the open world.

The Witcher 3

  • Average Base Time: 51 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 172 Hours

Although the original Witcher and The Witcher 2 were both great adventures, they pale in comparison to the sheer scope and complexity of The Witcher 3. CD Projekt Red put a ton of work into the beloved series with this release and the attention to detail really shows. It’s hard not to be completely overwhelmed by the absolutely staggering size of the game map as soon as Geralt’s adventure begins.

The main story itself is pretty lengthy and engaging but the side content will have players exploring, fighting, and questing for hours on end. This isn’t even considering the additional immersive DLC content which brought its own trials with it.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

  • Average Base Time: 59 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 136 Hours

The Assassin’s Creed series has been growing for quite some time, with each game exploring a larger map and giving players access to even more historically-themed areas. The original Assassin’s Creed was fairly expansive on its own, as were Ezio’s adventures through the next few sequels. But Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag marked a serious turning point for the franchise thanks to its immense world and ship-related content.

Fast-forward to the most recent release in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and it seems that developers have only continued to increase their world size and overall content. It will take players quite a while to see and do everything possible in the Viking-themed game.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

  • Average Base Time: 50 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 189 Hours

The Legend of Zelda series has always felt a bit expansive, ever since the introduction of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 64. Although Link’s adventures were top-down affairs prior to the jump to 3D, they still felt pretty expansive, leading players on a quest through multiple dungeons and bosses to rescue the Princess Zelda or defeat an ancient evil in Ganon.

But Nintendo really outdid themselves with Breath of the Wild, which stands as one of the largest and most immersive open-world experiences ever created. Not only is there a ton to see and do in the lands of Hyrule, but there is so much to appreciate about the visual style, combat, and story in Breath of the Wild.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Average Base Time: 49 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 173 Hours

Although many open-world games stand as collect-a-thon style titles, there are some out there that are built entirely around an overarching storyline. Of these, Red Dead Redemption 2 is perhaps the most engrossing and enthralling. There are so many different plot points to follow in the massive adventure, with even the lowliest of side quests playing out like an old west movie.

Regardless of its wild west aesthetic, RDR2 features some of the best voice acting, storytelling, and quests ever crafted for a digital entertainment space. This is a must-experience open-world game that players will remember forever.

Fallout 4

  • Average Base Time: 32 Hours
  • Average Completionist Time: 216 Hours

Another story-heavy release, with a greater focus on combat and survival, is Fallout 4. The Fallout series is well-known for its expansive and engaging look at a post-apocalyptic world but Fallout 4 stands as one of the largest adventures in the franchise. It will take players a long time to sift through all of the available side quests, let alone the lengthy main storyline.

With so much to see, do, and craft, players can spend countless hours exploring the massive wasteland. There’s even a nifty “city building” mechanic that allows players to create and customize settlements, as well as some lengthy DLC to go through post-game.

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