The Best Open World Games of 2015/16
Open world games offer some of the most exciting, interesting and enticing games to have graced our desktop, laptop and mobile gaming devices since the birth of the industry itself. Growing ever more sophisticated with each coming year, the idea of entering through a game into an entire world doesn’t seem such an impossible to believe feat in terms of software engineering and player fantasy. Now it’s something of the norm.
But with new titles vying for our time, attention and wallets across this year and the next, just which ones should we be most excited about? Here we take a look at four we think it’s worth getting worked up about for the major game console platforms and PC computers over the coming twelve months.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series was woefully lagging behind rival titles until the emergence of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, the pirate-themed spin-off that became a great success. This new title, set in Victorian London, looks to avoid the mistakes of previous Assassin’s Creed titles and inject everything that made Black Flag such a great piece of game art back into this new iteration. Stalking Victorian London, taking in the key sights, and wandering dangerous Dickensian back alleys, will definitely go a long way to delivering the thrills. Due out in October.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Making the step-up into the open-world format for the first time, Metal Gear Solid is one of gaming’s best known series and one no doubt that many people are anticipating to be a smash hit. Taking the lead role of the series’ protagonist Snake, players will be able to move around the world in a helicopter, extracting soldiers in and out of combat and airlifting a whole host of objects. The best thing about this title? It’s huge open-world map, making it likely to match up to the level of engaging gameplay players last saw in the series’ earlier title Snake Eater. Out September.
The Legend of Zelda
Due to hit the screens of Wii U players the coming year, the majority of gamers will be no stranger to this series, a staple of Nintendo console gaming for well over 20 years. Having redefined the open world format in The Ocarina of Time, this new title promises to offer a bigger, better, more immersive experience. Expect to load up your horse and get parachute jumping from cliffs too, which will seem all the more novel given the Wii U’s motion-controlled features.
Open world gaming doesn’t have a long history with movie tie-in’s but in the case of Mad Max, a reboot of an old cinema franchise in itself, gamers are opening up to the concept of films moving into open-world gaming more smoothly. Taking concepts from the Arkham franchise, specifically when it comes to fighting and brawling, coupled with Jak-3-like aspects including dune buggy racing, Mad Max looks set to deliver a number of surprises.
Open world gaming looks set to get even more engaging over the next year. Go out and get one of these titles and you’ll see what monumental works of art games can be.