The Best Open-World Video Games of 2021
The open-world concept of a video game allows players to explore expansive game worlds spanning everything from post-apocalyptic wastelands to lush forests and far-off galaxies. In 2021, the scope and variety of open-world games cover a vast array of genres, ranging from first-person shooters to action-adventure titles. Here’s a look at some of the best open-world games to hit shelves in 2021.
Far Cry 6
The latest installment in the popular Far Cry series takes place in the fictional tropical paradise of Yara. Players take on the role of Dani Rojas, a leader of the guerilla group “Los Reyes” who are fighting to liberate the island from tyrannical dictator Antón Castillo. The environment and local wildlife can be interacted with, and the game gives players the freedom to explore the world. Far Cry 6 brings the trademark open-world shooting mechanics of the Far Cry series, but adds an extra layer of complexity with the strategic considerations brought up by the story’s rebel vs. dictator theme.
Set in the dystopian future of Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 is a role-playing game that blends action with a deep character customization system. Players take on the role of V, a mercenary for hire who is on a quest to find the source of immortality. There are a number of bustling open-world environments to explore, including clubs and other hangouts. The game also features deep customization options that allow players to customize V’s appearance, abilities, and even their skill as a hacker. Cyberpunk 2077’s detailed open world is also full of unique characters and interesting stories to keep players immersed in the game’s world.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The latest installment in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series takes players to the world of Viking-era England. Players step into the shoes of Eivor, a Viking who is leading their clan of raiders into a new life in England. Players can explore the game’s open world to discover secrets, take part in Viking raids, and even interact with the locals. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also features advanced combat mechanics and a variety of side activities that allow players to become part of the game’s world and experience its atmosphere.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This critically acclaimed action-adventure game gives players the opportunity to explore the massive kingdom of Hyrule. Players take on the role of Link, an adventurer who is searching for the fabled Master Sword so that he can defeat the evil Calamity Ganon. The game features an expansive and detailed open world full of puzzles, dungeons, and secrets. The game’s unique physics system makes it possible to interact with almost everything in the environment, allowing for a truly immersive experience.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar’s fifth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series is set in the fictional state of San Andreas and offers an immense open-world experience. Players take on the role of three different characters and can freely explore the detailed city of Los Santos and its surrounding countryside. The game offers a variety of missions and activities, and also features an exciting online multiplayer mode. With an expansive world to explore, missions to complete, and plenty of side activities, GTA V remains one of the most popular open-world games of 2021.