If you hate linear and structured gameplay, then an open-world game is the perfect choice for you. You can explore the map freely, you are perfectly autonomous. If you’re curios to learn what’s the biggest open-world game ever created, keep on scrolling through this list.
List of the biggest open world games
- 1.5 billion sq. miles: Minecraft
- 62,000 sq. miles: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- 15,000 sq. miles: Guild Wars Nightfall
- 5,560 sq. miles: Fuel
- 1,900 sq. miles: The Crew
- 700 sq. miles: Final Fantasy XV
- 618 sq. miles: Test Drive Unlimited 2
- 500 sq. miles: Asheron’s Call
- 400 sq. miles: Just Cause 3
- 240 sq. miles: True Crime: Street of LA
- 200 sq. miles: Burnout Paradise
- 135 sq. miles: Operation Flash Point: Dragon Rising
- 105 sq. miles: Ghost Recon Wildlands
- 103 sq. miles: Arma 3
- 84 sq. miles: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- 80 sq. miles: World of WarCraft
- 55 sq. miles: Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
- 49 sq. miles: Grand Theft Auto V
- 43 sq. miles: Fallout 4
- 31 sq. miles: Far Cry 2
- 22 sq. miles: The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
- 16 sq. miles: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- 15 sq. miles: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- 15 sq. miles: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Minecraft is the biggest open world game ever created. It features over 1.5 billion square miles. By comparison, the runner up (The Elder Scrolls II Daggerfall) features a 62,000 square mile map.
Fun fact: The Earth has a surface area of 197 million square miles. Minecraft is about eight times larger. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
An open world game allows you to explore the entire map in a non-linear manner. Open-world games offer you interesting ways to interact with the broader level or even the entire map while ignoring your main objective.
By comparison, a story-based game forces you to stick to the main path or objective. You can’t really explore the map in much detail. Basically, the game subtly directs your steps to ensure you remain on the main path.
Which of these games have you played? What’s your favorite open-world game? Let me know in the comments below.