Top 5 Open World Games to Explore in 2022

Open world games have become the defacto choice for gamers worldwide.

Video games have become a major form of entertainment, and the stories they tell have evolved over time. Not only exceptional storytelling, but the amazing fictitious and fantasy worlds they have been bringing to us gamers have been simply mind-blowing. More and more games have started adapting open-world environments with plenty of side quests, main quests, and other points of interest to keep you occupied for hours. 

Prepare yourself for the top 5 open world games with the best aesthetics and lively environments for you to sink hundreds of hours into. These titles with rich digital experiences are sure to allow you to escape reality while enjoying the breathtaking and detailed worlds they feature.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witched 3: Wild Hunt Cinematic

It’s been 7 years since CD Projekt Red released their monster title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is incredible how its environment, side quests, and attention to detail are unrivaled by any other game. The game features a haunting world ravaged by monsters and other mythical creatures.

You get to play as a badass mercenary-like super-human known as a “Witcher” who has unique abilities and kills monsters for coins, and his name is Geralt. Apart from the bloodthirsty monsters, the world is also populated with humans, dwarves, and elves. The game revolves around you saving these people from bloodthirsty monsters for rewards.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also features some of the most stunning sceneries you can find in any video game. You get to explore the stunning, cozy, and haunting countryside simultaneously. You also get to experience medieval cities that are alive with thousands of NPCs and mountainsides that are breathtaking with wildlife and water streams.

The aesthetics of this game alone are enough to earn it the top spot on this list but what makes things even better is that the world is filled with tons of stuff for you to do. It is filled with tons of side quests, collectibles, and other points of interest that are sure to keep you occupied and immersed for hundreds of hours.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cinematic

Rockstar is simply a genius at making some of the best open-world games, and Red Dead Redemption 2 confirms this. The game takes you to a Wild West world filled with everything you can imagine doing as a cowboy. You have the freedom to choose if you want to go hunting, fishing, ride horses for hours or even get into a bar fight. Either way, Rockstar has ensured that you are having a good time.

Like Rockstar’s other flagship IP, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption 2 is also filled with tons of stuff to do while giving you that uncapped freedom. The game tells a powerful and emotional story of Arthur Morgan, the game’s protagonist.

Apart from the main storyline, the game is filled with a ton of side activities and stories you can do, all while observing the beauty of its western world. What has been praised about this game is its realism and attention to detail. So, go find out what you can do in the shoes of a badass cowboy in this amazingly detailed and mesmerizing world.

3. Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto V

It is simply mind-blowing how an almost 10-year-old game, made by Rockstar, still holds up to this day. If you are looking for a more arcade experience to wreak havoc, Grand Theft Auto 5 is your game. The game features a recreation of a modern Los Angeles with its deviations and name, Los Santos.

You can do anything from high jacking a car to getting into a fistfight or blasting someone in the face with a shotgun. Apart from its remarkable story, it also features some cool side quests and activities you can do while discovering plenty of Easter eggs.

GTA 5 has been around for some time now, and if you are somehow bored with it, there is GTA Online that features tons more stuff to do, including some exclusive quests. You can also invite your friends to join in on the action and have a good time. And especially if you want to relieve some stress, GTA 5 is an ideal candidate as driving alone in this game is enough to keep you satisfied.

4. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2022 Cinematic

Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably among the most disastrous game launches in video game history. It was filled with bugs, glitches, and poor optimization, making the game almost unplayable. However, it has been more than a year since its release, and CD Projekt Red has managed to salvage this mess of a game to a somewhat playable game with many updates. The game’s next-gen version recently came out, and it has made the game way better with lots of new content and bug fixes. 

Nonetheless, what earns Cyberpunk 2077 the fourth spot on this list is its enthralling cyberpunk atmosphere. The game takes you to a futuristic American city called the “Night City,” which is simply breathtaking. This game is ideal for you if you are a fan of the cyberpunk world and art style.

The futuristic cars, the techno music, and the futuristic cyber body parts of its inhabitants make an extraordinary sci-fi world for you to explore. There have also been rumors that an expansion is on its way, and it might just be a perfect time to get into this futuristic world.

5. Elden Ring

Elden Ring Cinematic

Elden Ring, which was developed by FromSoftware, who wasn’t exactly known for making the best open-world games, has turned that impression around with their latest title. However, they are and have been well-known for making some of the best and hardest action RPGs, such as Dark Souls, Sekiro, and Bloodborne. Now imagine a game with the difficulty of Dark Souls, bosses much like those found in Sekiro and Bloodborne, and the best features of each of their combat systems, mixed into an open world. We present: Elden Ring.

Elden Ring features a fantastic fantasy world that is dangerous yet explorable. Since it is a role-playing game, you have the complete freedom to choose how you approach the game and explore its massive shrouded world to your liking. What makes Elden Ring a tremendous open-world experience is its world’s mysteriousness. The world is all yours to explore, and you aren’t given any pointers as to where to go or what to do.

You have the freedom to go wherever you want and unravel the world yourself. FromSoftware has managed to deliver a genuinely thrilling experience with its exploration, and Elden Ring is a sure bet if you are looking for a challenge.

An open world just for you

There’s no denying that the rise of open-world games has given way to a unique and almost personal approach to playing them. Players are discovering more and more creative ways to play open world games their own way and producing entertaining content for viewers and their communities’ enjoyment. If you haven’t tried an open world game yet, or are looking for your next one, consider giving the above a try!

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Dg is the founder and co-owner of Corrosion Hour, a niche gaming community established in 2016 focusing on the survival game RUST. He is an active and contributing member of numerous other RUST communities. As a community leader and server owner for over 15 years, he spends much of his time researching and writing guides about survival games, covering topics such as server administration, game mechanics, and community growth.

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