Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Super Mario. Not only are the graphics a marvel in themselves, but they consist now of detailed storylines and intricate maneuvers. Even the worlds that the games take place in have evolved into large, boundless simulations where the player can have a unique experience every time. Here are a few of the largest open-world video games on the market today.
No Man’s Sky
If you’re into space exploration, look no further. The highly anticipated No Man’s Sky by Hello Games is an exploration and survival game with an infinite procedurally generated universe to explore. The game consists of over 18 quadrillion unique planets (yes, quadrillion) for the player to discover, and each planet has its own habitat and wildlife. Even though it’s impossible to discover everything in the game, players can upgrade their weapons and spaceships, name undiscovered planets, fight creatures, and locate and identify new plant and animal species. If you’re dead set on discovering all of the planets, it might take you awhile. The founder of Hello Games, Sean Murray, stated: “If a new planet in ‘No Man’s Sky’ was discovered every second, it would take 584 billion years for them all to be discovered.” No Man’s Sky is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC.
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Even though this game is 20 years old, it still has one of the largest video game worlds. As the second installation of the Elder Scrolls series, this is a fantasy role-playing game where you can customize your spells, buy houses and equipment, and have the ability to turn into a werewolf or vampire. This massive world is the size of Great Britain, over 88,000 square miles, and includes over 15,000 villages, cities, towns, and dungeons. The vastness of this game was one of the first of its kind and helped initiate a new style of gaming. Daggerfall is available on PC for free download online and is playable through a DOS emulator.
Released in 2009 by Asobo Studio, this post-apocalyptic racing game allows the player to race through a barren wasteland affected by global warming and intense weather. The game is roughly 5,500 square miles or the size of Connecticut. Players can participate in challenges and races, and can customize their vehicle and character. Not only will the weather be extreme, but the player will also experience full day and night cycles. You can get Fuel on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
Just Cause 3
This action-adventure game by Square Enix was released in 2015 and is about 400 square miles. What makes it unique is its volumetric terrain which adds more playable space on a vertical level. Players can explore subterranean caverns and scale very tall structures in a realistic manner. There is a plethora of customizable weapons, cars, and aircraft to use to fight the enemy and destroy buildings. Just Cause 3 is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Video games are rapidly becoming more involved and detailed, some even taking more than hundreds of lifetimes to complete. From racing in the desert to discovering new galaxies, you can immerse yourself in a new world in one of these massive games.
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