As games get bigger and bigger over the last few years, the open world genre has started to become stale. However, we still have some standouts that refine and reinvent upon the existing formula in interesting ways. So here are our top picks for the best Open World Games of 2018.
Red Dead Redemption 2
No other games defies the standard conventions of Open World Games than Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a beautifully realised world with gameplay systems that mesh with each other. It’s a delight to explore the Wild West in Rockstar’s rendition of the genre, thanks mostly to the sheer beauty and variety on display.
Gameplay, visuals and narrative blend perfectly in Marvel’s Spider-man. Peter’s story is well told with interesting characters supporting the strong story till the end. Collectibles are meaningful, doling out backstory and useful upgrades, with interesting side-activities providing enjoyable breaks from the action packed story.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Like RDR 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance aims to bring in realism to the open world formula, and does a pretty good job of it. The game is set in Bohemia during the 1403, and puts you in the shoes of a peasant who rises up the ranks of Imperial society.
Monster Hunter: World
While technically Monster Hunter World has different biomes instead of a fully open world, it does have enough similarities to the genre to warrant a place on this list. The gameplay is fun, once you get a hang of the myriad options available. The biomes are diverse, each with their unique inhabitants and challenges.
Far Cry 5
While Far Cry’s open world template is beginning to get old, playing Far Cry 5 with friends has been a really enjoyable experience, thanks in big part to the open world hijinks available to the player. Everything can be either driven, shot at, flown or blown up, and it never gets old.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Now, this a contentious entry in our list. Many have complaints about Odyssey being a reskin of Origins, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. However, the sheer scale of the world, the gameplay refinements, and other merits of it’s own raise it above a lot of other games in the genre.
As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.
State of Decay 2
If you’re a fan of systems driven gameplay, State of Decay 2 is for you. Minor launch issues aside, this is one of the best zombie survival games in the market right now, and I can’t wait to see what the team at Undead Labs does next.
Shadow of the Colossus
The vast majority of the land in Shadow of the Colossus is empty and lifeless, but not dull. It does an exemplary job of creating a sense of intrigue as you wander around in search of the colossi, with a dramatic and melancholic soundtrack to accompany you on the journey.
Forza Horizon 4 Forza Horizon 4’s take on the United Kingdom landscape is a breathtaking one. The open terrain, dynamic weather and the change of seasons all culminate in a memorable experience, making it the best racing game to come out this year.
So those were our picks for the best open world games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.
The Steam Autumn Sale is upon us and with so many good choices, let’s pick out the best deals right now for you to spend all your money on. The games listed below are in no particular order but are great deals on games we really suggest you check out for one reason or another. If you’d like to go to Store page of the game, click the title of the game.
An extremely fun, satisfying and one of the best Metroidvania style games out there. It does rogue-lite so damn well that keeps you coming back for more and with all the updates and dev support, this game really deserves to be played by more people.
Another Roguelite title that has immense replayability, a great soundtrack, and so much diversity that this twin-stick shooter is one of the most fun games I’ve played in a long time along with Dead Cells.
Another Metroidvania title but this too is very unique and mysterious. Gorgeous Visuals, an intriguing world filled with various characters and a brutal difficulty curve hooks you onto the game because you always want to know just a little bit more which keeps you coming back for more.
This city builder is one of the best out there. Period. It will give you over a hundred hours worth of gameplay and more if city building and management is your thing or if you enjoyed SimCity or any of those games really.
Now usually I wouldn’t really recommend this game for its normal price but at 60% off, this game does seem worth it. You have to build and run your own Jurassic World. This is first and foremost a theme park sim that’s not too complex that it pushes you away. It’s fun and can be really entertaining so if you’re thinking of trying it, this sale would be a good time to do so.
What is this doing here you ask? This is the closest you can get to playing Mario Kart on PC with your friends(Barring Emulation). It’s not just a clone and is extremely fun when played with friends so grab yourself a copy, get your friends to grab one or gift them one since it’s so cheap and enjoy the fun-filled madness of this game.
Another Sonic title but this one is an actual Sonic game. The best one to come out recently and has everything good about the original Sonic games without being a simple cash grab. Brand new levels that take inspiration from the older games and stay true to the roots while still being innovative and fun is part of what makes this title so damn good. It’s also one of the only good Sonic games to come in recent times so, yeah.
If you still haven’t played this game, what are you even doing? This game is impressively immersive, well written, filled with detailed and a fantastic audio-visual treat. It’s one of my personal favourite open world games of all time and with the Netflix series coming soon, is a good way to get yourself familiar with the world and character. It’s also got a lot of content in both the main game and DLCs so you’re in for a ride. This should be a must buy if you haven’t played it yet.
I am a tad bit upset at myself for not playing this game sooner. One of 2015’s best games once you play it it’s pretty clear why. The game starts off slow but after 5 hours or so picks up and after that, it was a lot of me going “Wait, what? OMG, that’s so damn cool”. Yes, I used the words cool and rad and this game is exactly that. It’s got great character interaction, an enjoyable combat system, a hauntingly gorgeous world with a soundtrack that adds to it and an intriguing storyline and a dash of that flair that makes a lot of great JRPGs. If you do get this though, get the FAR mod and read the guide for it, otherwise, you won’t be able to play the game properly and an absolute must.
One of my favourite games that I played this year since it finally got a PC release. The Yakuza series of games is one of the most unique sets of games to grace the world. While earlier only available on the PlayStation consoles, this is the first time any Yakuza game has come to PC and it’s quite a good port. This is also the prequel to Yakuza 1/Kiwami and is a great way to get into the series. You play as Kazuma Kiryu, a member of the Yakuza who is trying to clear his name for a murder he didn’t commit. And to do so he sings Karaoke, teaches a lady how to be a good Dominatrix, buys an adult magazine for a child and also beats up a bunch of bad Yakuza men with brutal moves and his various fighting styles.
You also play as Goro Majima, a badass crazy dude who is basically The Joker. Majima also runs a Cabaret Bar which is one of the most fun minigames I’ve played. Do yourself a favour and GET THIS GAME. The boss fights are amazing, the story is fantastic, the voice work is superb and I absolutely love this game and can’t wait for Yakuza Kiwami to come to PC.
The game did just recently come out and seeing it go on sale for half its price is good. The game is a conclusion to Lara’s origin story and while it isn’t the best of the series, it’s still a damn good game with beautiful visuals, a lot of actions and a lot of puzzles. It’s a decent game all around and if you want to get it, it’s at its lowest price ever right now so go ahead.
The game is surprisingly good and not just a rehash of Origins and is worth your playtime if you’re a fan of the series. However, the game itself needs a powerful system to run well, especially on higher settings so keep that in mind before you buy the game. It can get a little bit repetitive and grindy at times so keep that in mind too if you don’t have the time or patience to do side missions to level up your character.
Another rather recent title that is on sale. The first Monster Hunter to come to PC and while it was a bit rough when it launched, it has gotten better thanks to the devs listening to community feedback. The game also needs a somewhat powerful system to run at a locked 60fps at 1080p and high so be warned. The end game grind can also get tedious but if you’re playing with friends it should be less so.
It’s a Far Cry with a couple of changes to the gameplay loop. The territory is split up that have their own bosses, towers have been removed, you can now have a human or an animal like a bear accompany you or even both if you’d like and it’s set in the glorious land of freedom, ‘Murica. It’s a pretty fun game and if you enjoyed previous Far Cry games, you will quite like this one.
We ain’t getting Red Dead Redemption 2 any time soon so GTA V on sale it is. If you haven’t played this on PC or haven’t tried the Online due to certain reasons you should do it now. It’s quite cheap right now and while I hate how much of a grind the game is at times, multiplayer with friends is an absolute blast and with so much freaking content in Online, you really are missing out on a lot of great times.
This game is an extremely great co-op game that has so absolutely immense replayability and a game that a friend of mine swears by. It takes the Left 4 Dead experience and adds it’s own twist on it in a brilliant way that even comparing the two games is a gross simplification. There are different classes who have different builds and you can change your build based on your preference. It’s absolutely worth playing with a couple of friends. It also has a great soundtrack which I listen to casually.
It’s challenging, it’s frustrating, it’s rewarding, it’s filled with hidden lore, it’s Dark Souls. The game is a meme but it also is really good and is absolutely worth playing. I wasn’t a big fan when I heard about the Souls series but I tried it and I want more.
People tend to liken this game to Dark Souls but the only similarity is that it’s hard and enemies respawn. The combat is top notch, and you get to customize your badass Samurai warrior while fighting weird demons and things from Japanese folklore. It’s a great PC port too and comes with all the DLCs.
The Metro series is really good post-apocalyptic shooters that keep you on your toes and can scare the bejesus out of you. The Redux versions fix a lot of the issues with the games and at this cheap is totally worth getting. Plus, Metro Exodus is coming in a few months so you should really catch up on the series.
That’s some of the deals we spotted on the current Steam Autumn Sale and we’ll keep this post updated when we spot more good deals on great games.