It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the Open World genre of games really began. But let’s say Grand Theft Auto 3 for sake of brevity. The third game in the GTA series was revolutionary due to its immersive open-world nature. The possibilities of game play were at once given to the gamer and cultivate especially for them. We all like to travel, to explore cities with complete freedom.
This is what open-world games let us do. We are placed into a foreign city – although one that is still similar to our own – and told “do what you want.” Play the game how you want, do the things that you want to do. Above all, have fun.
If GTA revolutionized the open-world genre then the genre itself actually revolutionized video game design on a whole. Open-world games undoubtedly mark a point in video game history.
They transcend a traditional linear design and instead allow the player to experience a sandbox in which they are free to roam around in. Last year we published a feature on the top 7 open-world games that were due to arrive in 2016 and now we’re back for another. So want to know just exactly what’s to come in 2017 in the universe of open-world games? Find out below.
Red Dead Redemption 2:
We had to put it first. Why? Because it’s Rockstar, and it’s Red Dead Redemption. When the industry-leading developer/publisher teased the long-long-awaited sequel to 2010’s western epic Red Dead Redemption, the internet exploded.
Hype reached enormous levels not seen in the industry for months and months. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of those rare games that the demonstrates the power of Rockstar to generate mainstream interest in the industry. Red Dead 2 is set to be released in the fall of 2017. A trailer was dropped for the game that was incredibly exciting – although pretty short. The sequel is set include a incredibly crafted narrative with online components.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
Another incredibly successful and influential series that is recognized outside of the industry as well as in, a new Zelda game is on every gamers mind right now. Regardless of if Zelda meets your tastes as a gamer, it’s difficult not to comprehend its legacy and appeal.
Breath of the Wild was Nintendo’s showpiece at this years E3 in LA and it came away with a ton of awards. Nintendo are clearly putting a lot of time, effort an dedication to the game and the reception will surely show that when it finally gets released later this year for The Switch and the Wii U.