100 Greatest Open World Games

The 100 greatest open world games of all time.

Posted By | On 23rd, Jun. 2013 Under Feature | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

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100. Simpsons Road Rage

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Despite the similarities to Crazy Taxi, Road Rage does have the Simpsons likenesses and the world of Springfield to drive around. It’s a fun diversion – by no means the best open world game but certainly better than Crazy Taxi 3.

When it comes to wide-open spaces, games these days offer so many options to just explore the environment around you; often you stumble upon a hidden treasure, or get ambushed by a roving gang of thieves or assassins. One moment you are riding your horse without caring about anything, the next minute you’re attacked by a fire-breathing dragon. So join us as we count down to the top 100 greatest open world games of all time.

Please note that we have included games that are yet to be released on the basis of hands on impressions or video previews.

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  • Havana

    GTA 3? I was sure it would be 1st on this list as it started open world and was the first open world game!

    • Wraithlord_Koto

      False, Open World is NOT Sandbox, GTA 3 was one of the first Sandbox games (although not THE first, that belongs to a lesser known Rockstar title) Legend of Zelda (Original) Is an (Seamless) Open World game, it pre-dates GTA 3.

  • Shahirm Muktasidsd

    The Assasin’s Creed should have been at the top

  • FarCry3 BEST

    How is far cry 3 29 on the list!!!

  • saint

    Worst List I have ever seen!

  • crazysnake

    I followed the list until I got to True Crime: New York City. The game was full of so many bugs and game breaking things it was awful.

  • pipis

    I think the biggest is Daggerfall from the Elder Scrolls franchise, that game is massive …it has like 500.000 NPC.

  • Quang Điên

    This list SUCKS.
    Well, GTA IV is better than Watch Dogs. And GTA V is better than Skyrim.

  • Francisco Guglielmoni

    Chrono Cross/Chrono Trigger > games under Red Dead Redemption

  • Mario

    Mmhhh… For a moment, I thought Xenoblade Chronicles would be on this list.

  • mederic

    of Time
    Red Dead Redemption
    Metal Gear Solid V
    Watch Dogs
    Borderlands 2
    Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Dragon Age
    The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
    Shadow of the Colossus
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Assassin creeds IV black Flag

    inazuma eleven go

  • Just Pointless

    games that are too old to enjoy or so new they’re not even out yet, what a stupid post!

    • Wraithlord_Koto

      A game is never too old to enjoy.

  • jesse ficarra

    Are we seriously listing games that haven’t even been released yet? Destiny? Wow.

  • I found some enjoyable, new games to play in this list. Thank you!

  • Brandon

    So many horrific games – and nary a mention of some of the best open world games ever made: World of Warcraft, Everquest, Dark Ages of Camelot, or the King of them all….Ultima Online.

    What a shame.

  • James Smith

    Lmao if they would update this list and allow someone with common sense to do the list then it would be completely different. Watch Dogs would have never made the list and a lot of games would be completely re-ordered. Best to see this list in no specific order.

  • Mike

    Didnt even get past page 1. You suck.

  • TimmyP

    NO GOTHIC II? You know, the BEST 3D RPG ever made?

  • Velosi

    Probably a good idea you didn’t go with the title “All the Open World Games I Could Think Of”, even if it was the truth.

  • mrsatyre

    Any link that contains “gamingbolt” is henceforth banned.


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