Open-world could be described as a genre, but I personally find as a sub-genre as many games can fit into an Open World style. Open World games focus on a completely open map, free to explore with next to no consequences. There are many different genres with Open-World types including Racing, RPG, Survival, and even Exploration. Skyrim, Burnout Paradise, and Rider's Republic (which came out this year)
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Rider's Republic allows you to explore Yosemite, Teton, and even the Colorado River with different types of extreme sports. Image Courtesy of GamingBolt
The Gameplay of Open-world games can be mostly described as mostly calming outside of the main "story" of the game. Most of these games have objectives that you can activate whenever you please, other than that you can freely explore the map to your own pleasure. To keep the game enticing, a lot of games feature completion tasks along the map. These aren't needed to complete the game, but offer cool rewards most of the time. These completion tasks often involve mini events or collectables across the entire map.
This Billboard in Burnout Paradise is an example of a collectable side-objective, as you can earn a car if you manage to find all of them.
Besides that, these games feature a wide variety of gameplay types, these include RPG's, Racing, Survival, and Sandbox.
Breath of the Wild is an example of an Open-World RPG and is one of the most critically acclaimed games in the entire series.
|Open-World Games||Platforms||Accessibility/Difficulty (10 scale)|
|Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||Nintendo Switch||6|
|The Crew 2||PC, Playstation 4, Xbox 1, Google Stadia||4|
|Burnout Paradise||PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 (Remastered) Playstation 4, Xbox 1, PC||5|
|Riders Republic||PC, Playstation 4, Xbox 1, Google Stadia, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Luna||5|