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Open World

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Open World, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
97% 138,605 votes
97% 99,977 votes
95% 199,584 votes
95% 83,475 votes
98% 9,137 votes
96% 30,662 votes
94% 282,408 votes
93% 815,800 votes
96% 19,946 votes
97% 7,406 votes
99% 1,543 votes
96% 10,262 votes
94% 41,613 votes
93% 106,689 votes
96% 4,955 votes
96% 5,475 votes
94% 16,308 votes
92% 265,022 votes
95% 8,437 votes
95% 10,414 votes
97% 1,782 votes
93% 24,764 votes
92% 58,834 votes
93% 18,962 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Open World is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Open World, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Adventure 59%
  2. Singleplayer 55%
  3. Action 53%
  4. Exploration 45%
  5. Indie 39%
  6. RPG 38%
  7. Simulation 35%
  8. 3D 32%
  9. Sandbox 31%
  10. First-Person 28%
  11. Atmospheric 27%
  12. Survival 26%
  13. Third Person 25%
  14. Casual 25%
  15. Multiplayer 23%
  16. Early Access 23%
  17. Action-Adventure 20%
  18. Crafting 20%
  19. Story Rich 19%
  20. Fantasy 19%
  21. Building 17%
  22. Realistic 17%
  23. Strategy 16%
  24. 2D 16%

The Open World tag refers to a genre of video games that feature vast and expansive virtual worlds for players to explore. In open-world games, players have the freedom to roam and interact with the game world in a non-linear manner, often without strict limitations on where they can go or what they can do.

In an open-world game, the game map is typically much larger than in traditional linear games. These maps are filled with diverse environments such as sprawling cities, dense forests, deserts, mountains, or underwater locations, which are seamlessly connected without loading screens.

Key elements of open-world games include:

  • Exploration Open-world games encourage players to discover every nook and cranny of their expansive environments. Players can traverse the map on foot or using various means of transportation like vehicles, horses, flying mounts, or even spaceships. Hidden treasures, secret areas, side quests or encounters await those who venture off the beaten path.
  • Freedom Open-world games grant players a high degree of freedom when it comes to gameplay choices. While there often is a central narrative thread driving the game forward (main story), players may choose how they approach it – deciding when and where to complete missions, tackle challenges or engage with non-playable characters (NPCs). This flexibility allows for different playstyles and personal narratives within the game world.
  • Sandbox Gameplay Open-world games sometimes incorporate elements of sandbox gameplay where players have tools and systems that allow them to influence and shape their environment more directly. This may include base building features, resource gathering mechanics that affect the economy within the game world, or dynamic events that can be triggered and manipulated by the player.

Some well-known examples of open-world games include:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – This game from Nintendo features a vast, explorable version of Hyrule where players can climb mountains, glide through the skies, and tackle dungeons in any order they choose.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – As the Dragonborn in this game, players have an entire province to explore with towns, cities, dungeons, and mountains to conquer. The vast open world is filled with side quests, factions to join, and secrets to uncover.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - In this game developed by Rockstar Games, players can freely roam around a large cityscape as they fulfill missions or partake in various activities like car racing, heists or simply causing mayhem.

Open-world games provide immersive experiences that allow players to get lost in richly detailed virtual worlds while offering a sense of freedom and discovery. These expansive environments offer countless hours of gameplay with diverse activities and hidden surprises at every turn.

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