Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
In this latest addition to the Metal Gear Solid series, players are dropped into a vast desert map. Coming in at just under 10 square miles, the game is full of engaging content and classic MGS quirks.
This massive 4th addition to the Fallout series introduces players to an expansive landscape full of content and radiated creatures of the wasteland. The map comes in at a staggering 3.82 square miles, which doesn’t even include space accounted for inside buildings and other structures. From end to end, it will take just shy of one to hour to walk the entire map.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This addition to the series brings players into the first truly open world experience in a Zelda game. While not typical for a Zelda game, the developers made it a strong contender with a map size of 29 square miles. There’s bound to be a ton of Rupees waiting to be found.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls games have long been known for having enormous maps for players to explore. Bethesda didn’t hold back when they released Skyrim giving players just over 14 square miles of adventure dense landscape to explore. Want to walk across the entire map? Make sure you set aside a good chunk of time because it will take over two hours from end to end!
Grand Theft Auto V
While the majority of open world video games take place in a fantasy setting, Rockstar Games delivers its dose of an open world on an almost unimaginable scale. The hit game tips the scales with a map measuring in at just over 30 square miles. All of the games in the Grand Theft Auto series have gigantic maps, but number five takes the cake.
Probably one of the most densely populated maps amongst modern games, Farcry 4 steps up to the plate boasting a massive 17 square mile map for players to have fun in. Bursting at the seams with content, the level of detail Ubisoft put into the jungle based map is truly astounding.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the iconic Assassin’s Creed series. Black Flag dwarfs the scale of the previous games by immersing players in a massive 111 square mile map. Between the cities, islands and open ocean, players will definitely get their exploration fix.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Are you looking for a gaming experience that can easily drain 200+ hours from your life? Look no further, the Witcher 3 comes in as one of the most expansive and content filled single player RPG games of all time. The map measures up at a mind-blowing 20 square miles. The Witcher is sure to leave you awestruck at the sheer depth of this massive world.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Bringing the Wii U into the running, Xenoblade Chronicles X is a titan of a game by its map size. Though a lot of the open world lacks detail or features, the 154 square mile game is easy to get lost in.
Just Cause 3
In this title which seems like a Looney Toons influenced Farcry game, players are dropped into an extremely entertaining 400 square mile map. The open ocean does make up for a lot of this space, but players will drain a seemingly endless amount of hours into this ridiculous experience.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
This addition to the Ghost Recon series takes players to the cartel run land of Bolivia. Sporting gorgeous visuals, players will have a hard time complaining about any part of the 170 square mile map. Make sure you have plenty of ammo because there are thousands of enemies across this monster of a game.
World of Warcraft
The juggernaut of all MMO RPGs in existence – World of Warcraft – makes its appearance on our list boasting a map size of 120 square miles. Of course, that doesn’t include any of the dungeons or raids which surely add considerable size to the game as well.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Although this game is separated by different “zones”, we still count it as an open world game. As a strong contender, giving The Witcher 3 a good run for its money content wise, Dragon Age: Inquisition has an incredibly rich map measuring out to 43 square miles.
Taking it back to 2012 for a moment, Arma 3 makes it onto our list setting players in the middle of a gorgeous Greek landscape. While the gameplay is rather dull and unexciting with the lack of NPCs to interact with, the gigantic 104 square mile map is full of great views.
Test Drive 2 Unlimited
While we are now eagerly awaiting Test Drive Unlimited 3, the second addition to the series is a real heavyweight. Players can hit the open road and drive almost endlessly down long straight stretches, or through winding mountain roads. This behemoth of a map scales up at just over 600 square miles.
Pushing the boundaries with sandbox games has long been around. Back in 2009, Fuel was released and allowed players to traverse an almost endless post-apocalyptic map and complete races. Much of the world looks the same, but the sheer scale of this game is unfathomable. The map measures up at 5,500 square miles!
No Man’s Sky
Taking the number one spot by a longshot is No Man’s Sky. Hello Games ambitious sandbox space exploration game literally gives players the universe to explore. We don’t actually have an in-game map size, but calculations suggest that it would take a player over 5 billion years to visit every planet and moon.