Far Cry 4 – 28.4 kilometres squared
Far Cry 4 is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The game is set in the fictional Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country and you play as protagonist Ajay Ghale who is caught in a civil war in the country of Kyrat between the Kyrat’s Royal Army controlled by the tyrannical king Pagan Min and a rebel movement known as the Golden Path. The games map is massive it features various environments from lust forests, mountanious and hilly to costal regions. You are able to navigate these environments using different vehicles from a wingsuit, a buggy and a cargo truck to name a few
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 39.7 kilometres squared
Playerunknown’s battlegrounds or otherwise known as PUBG is the leading battle royale video game that arguably created the genre and also is the biggest game in the genre for now with its close competitor Fortnite Battle Royale not being far behind. The game currently contains two massive maps the original Erangal map and the second desert Miramar map with a third snowy map being in development. The maps in PUBG need to be fairly big in order to accommodate 100 players and aswell as allow exploration and looting.
Fallout 4 – 111 kilometres squared
Fallout 4 is an action adventure video game set in a post apocalyptic environment and the the fifth installment in the Fallout series, the game is known for being an early pioneer of open world games. The video game introduces major changes to the game such as being able to build settlements, increased and improved dialogue, a four legged companion known as Dog Meat and also its now possible to do melee damage with a ranged weapon when an enemy gets close which is extremely useful. The Fallout 4 map is about 2 times the size of the Fallout 3 map and it takes 20 minutes of non stop running from one end of the map to the other which doesn’t take into account any enemies or hazards you might encounter which will slow you down.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – 117 kilometres squared
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role playing video game developed by BioWare Edmonton and published by Electronic Arts and it is the third major game in the Dragon Age franchise. The game allows you to create your own custom character and lead them in a quest to settle the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas and close a mysterious in the sky known as the Breach. Dragon Age: Inquisition’s map is five times the size of its predecessor, the map is separated in different areas with the map being bigger due to underground dungeons and castles which are essentially a mini map of their own.
Grand Theft Auto V – 127 kilometres squared
Grand Theft Auto V is an action adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, the game allows you to play in either first person or third person in a massive open world game set in a fictional city in the United States called San Andreas in South California with the single player mode following three characters; Trevor Phillips a sociopathic criminal, Michael De Santa a former bank robber turned film producer and Franklin Clinton a drug dealer, former vehicle repossessor (legal job) and armed robber. The map consists of a massive island (you will find yourself in water all the time) that consists of mountainous, desert, forest and urban environments with some areas being restricted such as the army base.
Assassins’ Creed 4: Black Flag – 145 kilometres squared
Assassins’ Creed 4: Black Flag is an action adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft, the game sees you play as Welsh pirate Edward Kenway who finds himself recruited to the Assassins’ guild who are in a vicious conflict with the Templars. The game puts a big focus on sea exploration with the map being absolutely massive, with a boat at full sail it will take you a good few hours to navigate the map not taking into account the various ships that will try to attack and the forts. The game stands out from all the other video games as it significally improves exploration as there are hundreds of islands to explore and you also need to hunt for animals in order to salvage them for better weapons or new outfits.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 218 kilometres squared
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is yet another action role playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt RED with a total budget of $85 million. The map was created by the actual author of The Witcher book, the Witcher 3 map is 35 times the size of the Witcher 2 map and 3.5 times the size of Skyrim.
Xenoblade Chronicles X – 247.8 kilometres squared
Xenoblade Chronicles X is a role playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii U console. The game is a spiritual successor to Xenoblade Chronicles but has no real links or similarities, the game takes place on the unexplored planet of Mira while completing quests, unlocking regions on the massive map and collecting resources to upgrade your abilities and weapons. The map in Xenoblade is about 10 times the size of the map in Skyrim.
Arma 3 – 269 kilometres squared
Arma 3 is an open world, military tactical shooter developed and published by Bohemia Interactive with the game being released in 2013 for Microsoft Windows. Arma 3 is a first person shooter that puts great weight on military tactics and realism. The Arma 3 map was made massive on purpose to give players a sandbox experience and also to make them travel to their fighting destination and decide their own strategy such as from where to approach the enemy positions.
Ghost Recon Wildlands – 273.9 kilometres squared
Ghost Recon Wildlands otherwise known as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft for multiple platforms in March 2017 and it was the tenth game in the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series and the first open world game in the series. The games map is 3 times the size of the GTA V map but still smaller than the Just Cause 3 map.
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Just Cause 3 – 1036 kilometres squared
Just Cause 3 is an action adventure open world video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. It follows protagonist Rico Rodriguez as he returns to his homeland known as Medici, a fictional Mediterranean dictatorship. With the game being released in 2015 it is widely known for its massive map and freedom to do pretty much whatever you like which made it one of the best selling video games of the year 2015.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 – 1600 kilometres squared
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an open world racing video game and the tenth installment in the Test Drive series, it is developed by Eden Games and published by Atari Inc. The game stands out that it is one of the very few open world racing games where you basically can ride around a gigantic map to various mission start points and race there. The game is set on two islands, Ibiza(a Spanish island) and Oahu (a Hawaiian Island) which are both very beautiful and also popular tourist destinations.
Fuel – 14400 kilometres squared
Fuel is the second open world racing video game on this list in a genre that is starting to become very popular, Fuel however is not another generic game where you ride around in expensive cars on various racing circuits instead the game is set in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by the consequences of global warming with the majority of the terrain being desert. The map size is equal to the size of Connecticut a state in the United States and its all accessible from the get go.
The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall – 160579 kilometres squared
The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall is a fantasy open world video game that was released in 1996 and was a revolutionary game as it was one of the first 3D video games to incorporate open world features and also the fact that players don’t have to follow quest lines. The game was made available for free by Bethesda in 2009. The map of Elder Scrolls 2 is absolutely massive and hasn’t been beaten by any other open world games with a fixed size with the only Skyrim game with a bigger map is Skyrim: Arena.
No Man’s Sky – Over 18 quintillion planets
No Man’s Sky was a game that many looked forward to but what ended up happening was that the game’s developers Hello Games released a semi-finished game and had over promised tons of features many of them that didn’t exist at all. The game is the biggest game ever made and it will likely keep that title for a very long time, even if you played this game everyday for the rest of your life you won’t be able to visit every single planet. The game uses procedural generation and loads parts of the game only when the player visits them. The video game was criticized for being bland by gamers and also the CEO of Bungie as it was massive but very repetitive and there was nothing really to aim for or do once you reached the disappointing ending.