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Top 20 Best Open World Games on Xbox One

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Top 20 Best Open World Games on Xbox One

The best open world goodness on the Xbox One.

Best Open World Games on Xbox One

Fallout 4 – Fallout 4 tasks players with surviving in the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as the Commonwealth which is based on modern-day Boston. You’ll take on all kinds of weird and wonderful radiation-mutated monsters, complete a ton of quests, and find a bunch of cool hidden gear to help you out along the way. If you’re looking for an open world game that keeps on giving, look no further than Fallout 4.

Skyrim – If you prefer your open world action to have more of a fantasy setting rather than the post-apocalyptic worlds of the Fallout series, then Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is well worth checking out. Plus, the Xbox One version is complete with 4K and HDR support, as well as mods, too.

Mad Max – Mad Max didn’t get talked about all that much when it released alongside Metal Gear Solid V, but it’s definitely worth revisiting if you missed it back in 2015. If you’re a fan of the post-apocalyptic setting of the movies, the game does a pretty great job at nailing the aesthetic. Plus, rebuilding the Magnum Opus is pretty great.

Far Cry 4 – Far Cry 4 was the series’ first entry on the Xbox One, but it manages to deliver a memorable adventure in the Himalayas. Pagan Minn is a chilling villain and the world is teeming with side quests, challenges, and more to keep you occupied for hours at a time.

Far Cry Primal – Far Cry Primal was a welcome breath of fresh air to the tried and tested Far Cry formula. Rather than giving you guns, vehicles, and all other manner of modern-day conveniences, Primal took players back to the prehistoric ages, leaving them with spears and clubs to defend themselves.

Best Open World Games on Xbox One

Destiny 2 – Destiny 2’s shared open world makes for plenty of great social moments with other players. Be it friends or complete strangers, you can take on the tricky challenge of the Raids or Nightfall Strikes, grind for exotics on one of its many planets, or just hang out at the Tower or Farm.

GTA V – GTA V is essentially the open world playground that keeps on giving. Whether you’re playing offline on your own or online with friends, there are endless opportunities to mess around with. Want to see who can drive a massive truck down a mountain the fastest? Game on! Or maybe just a relaxing game of golf is more your cup of tea.

The Witcher 3 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is often heralded as one of the best games of this generation, not to mention one of the best open world titles to hit the Xbox One. Its story is massive and will see you exploring all of the world’s unique regions, slaying monsters and upgrading your gear along the way.

MGS V – Following Punished “Venom” Snake as he explores Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border region, Metal Gear Solid V was the first time a main entry in the stealth-based series opted the open world formula. Though the story can be hard to grasp for series newcomers, the freedom that Phantom Pain’s open world allows for in how you tackle missions makes this another stellar entry in Kojima’s former series.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – After taking a couple of years off to refine the series, 2017 saw the return of Assassin’s Creed with Origins. As you’d expect from an Ancient Egyptian setting, there are plenty of secrets tucked away for players to uncover, from the Stone Circles, to the secret inside the Sphinx. Plus, the reformed combat and gameplay mechanics are the spit and polish the series desperately needed.

Best Open World Games on Xbox One

Forza Horizon 3 – A racing game can be open world too, y’know, and that’s what the Forza Horizon series is all about. Horizon 3 takes players to the Australian outback and puts them in charge of running the festival this time. Plan the races, recruit drivers, and even choose the radio stations you want representing at your festival. Plus the racing gameplay and visuals are just as stunning as you’d expect from a Forza title, so there’s that!

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – Setting foot into middle earth is magical. Not just because Monolith Studios has done such a great job at recreating the gritty feel, but because of the Nemesis System driving all of your encounters and interactions with both enemy and ally orcs. Slay countless uruk, amass an army, and hope you don’t get stabbed in the back by one of your own as you try and lay siege to the fortresses scattered across the realm.

Minecraft – When it comes to having complete freedom in an open world game, few come close to what Minecraft offers. Whether you want to try and survive the Creepers and Skeletons that patrol the world at night, or whether you just want to create incredible structures with your friends, Minecraft has you covered.

Sunset Overdrive – Sunset Overdrive’s vibrant world should give you an immediate idea of what you’re getting yourself into. This is quite possibly the most eccentric open world game you’ll find on the Xbox One, filled with crazy weapons and even stranger characters. You won’t want to explore by foot here, though. It’s all about grinding, leaping, and bouncing your way around the city, all the while raining down a whole lot of pain on your enemies from above.

Final Fantasy XV – After over 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV finally hit the Xbox One and PS4 in 2015. The world of Eos has plenty to see and do, from a plethora of NPCs with their own side quests for you to beat, to fishing and camping spots. Final Fantasy XV is what happens when the open world formula takes a road trip, and it’s great.

Best Open World Games on Xbox One

Watch Dogs 2 – The original Watch Dogs had its fair share of problems, including a forgettable protagonist and a fairly dull and uninspired open world. Watch Dogs 2 puts both of these things right, bringing a near-future San Francisco to life as players follow the story of Marcus and a bunch of other lovable Ded-Sec hackers as they try to pull off the biggest hack in history.

Dying Light – Mix terrifying zombies, parkour, and an open world together and you get Dying Light. Craft weapons, help your fellow survivors, and put an end to the undead horde plaguing the city. You might want to avoid going out at night, though; zombies become even more powerful, so unless you’ve got a death wish, sleep through till sunrise.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Head to a near-future Bolivia either alone or with up to three friends and take down the Santa Blanca – a dangerous drug cartel hell-bent on chaos and destruction. Wildlands is at its best when you team up with friends to pull off the ultimate, tactical takedown before making a frantic escape across the rugged landscape.

Elder Scrolls Online – Elder Scrolls and the MMO genre seem like a match made in heaven, so it was only a matter of time before Bethesda gave ZeniMax Online Studios the reigns to do exactly that. Though the core experience is far from the best MMO out there, its Morrowind expansion really helps to round out the experience. If you’re looking for a deep and engaging MMO on console, Elder Scrolls Online is definitely worth checking out.

Just Cause 3 –  Just Cause 3 is the best open world game if you just want to experiment with bizarre explosions and combinations of weapons. The grapple hook at protagonist Rico Rodriguez’s disposal allows for some exhilarating stunts. Combine it with some explosives, a cow, and a building (we’re being serious), and prepare to witness something magical. Its open world may not have the depth of others on this list, but it’s great fun to be in all the same.

Best Open World Games on Xbox One

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