In the genre of open world games, the Grand Theft Auto franchise is revered as one of the best. From massively successful GTA III in the early days of the franchise, to the big and beautiful world of GTA V- the games have always had the sense of freedom. To explore, and go anywhere on the map that the player wants to go.
However, the highly successful action adventure games from Rockstar are not the only open world titles that one should look for. There are a number of elegantly crafted masterpieces of open world games that are equally astonishing.
Freedom and exploration: five best open world games similar to GTA V
Open world games have a unique sense of freedom and the joy of exploration. From a gripping story, interesting characters and memorable missions, Grand Theft Auto V has all of it. Although, there are a number of games that will give you a similar experience to GTA. Below here are five best open world games on PC that you need to try now-
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
The latest entry from another Rockstar franchise, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes you back to the good old era of cowboys and the wild west. Released in November 2019 for PC, RDR2 is set in a setting of late 20th century western US. The vast map is sectioned in five parts, and has snow capped mountains flat lands, big cities to frontier towns, with a sensational storyline. Every open world fan must try this one out.
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This is one game you definitely have heard of. Released back in 2011, Skyrim set a new definition of open world games. The fifth and latest entry from Bethesda in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim is, set in the fantasy, open world setting of dragons and mountains. Even after nine years of its release, it is still one of the most played games till date.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In a Polish mythological backdrop of monster hunting and saving the world, CD Projekt Red ticked all the right boxes with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Released in 2015, Witcher 3 is one of the best games ever made, and the storyline takes you through multiple phenomenal open worlds, giving you an experience of a lifetime.
4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Ubisoft franchise famous for historical setting and vast maps, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the latest entry of the series. Set during the Peloponnesian War, Odyssey lets you explore the vast landmass and waters of Ancient Greece. It also has a ‘discovery mode’, so you can take a break from the story and take you on a guided trip through the Greek World.
5. Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs is basically what any GTA game will offer you, but unlike America, it is set in Hong Kong. The 2012 release by Square Enix, Sleeping Dogs became a sleeper hit among the open world gaming fandom. The game has a thrilling plot filled with memorable characters, and a visually astounding contemporary Hong Kong that will make you spend hours and hours in it.