Hey there Wanderers!
Ahh can’t believe Christmas is so close yet so far! I swear, the week before Christmas goes by at a snails pace for me because I’m just way too excited.
For today’s post, I wanted to do something game related since I got a very awesome early Christmas present from my boyfriend, the open-world masterpiece Horizon Zero Dawn. I’m not gunna lie, I’ve probably spent waay too much time in front of my PS4 since unwrapping this present but I can’t help it – it’s so addicting! As most open-worlds are…
I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite open-worlds! If you’re not big on gaming, an open-world is a game that allows you to deviate from the main story-line so that you can explore the world and do a ton of side quests in new and exciting areas.
Let’s get into my list! 😀
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My Favorite Open World Games!
Rise of The Tomb Raider
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Rise of The Tomb Raider because story-wise, I wasn’t too crazy about the game before it. The combat system had been fun but as for story and game-play, I just couldn’t get into it. BUT when I started playing ROTTR, I was so insanely in love with it. Not only was the story really engaging and heartfelt but you could put a pause on the main adventure any time to go back to each area Lara discovers and test yourself to find a bunch of relics, hidden tombs, documents and overcome dicey challenges. And to top it all off, the scenery (which goes from desert to snow-capped mountains and woods,) is freaking gorgeous!!
Horizon Zero Dawn
Everything about Horizon Zero Dawn is amazing!! There is so much to do and so much to discover. But before even getting to that, the story itself is genius and the number one thing that drew it to me. Horizon Zero Dawn takes place centuries after technology has taken over the world and reverted humans back to a primitive lifestyle, most forbidding the use of technology. Aloy, an outcast to her tribe since she was a child, trains all her life to compete in a competition called The Proving which grants one wish to it’s winner. It was suppose to help her discover the reasons behind the mysteries of her past, but when most of the contestants are slaughtered, Aloy is sent on a quest across her world to discover the answers to the questions she’s always wondered about herself – on top of saving the world from a crazy group of army-raising, robot-worshiping cultists of course.
Final Fantasy 15
I’ve been at this game for a while and when I got it for Christmas last year from my boyfriend, I spent my entire break adventuring around with Noctis and his best friends as they take their prince on the road-trip / epic bachelor party. However, things don’t go as planned when Notis learns that his father has been slain and his kingdom overtaken. With the help of Notic’s special abilities and the support of his friends, the four go on a quest to take back the kingdom and save their people. Every destination is soo different within this universe and I love it! It felt like each place, what with it’s enemies and people and side-quests, was it’s own game. Plus, the addition of sitting down to a campfire every night under the stars after a long day of exploring and travelling was really cool!
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is a first-person shooter about a vacation gone seriously wrong when Jason and his friends are kidnapped by pirates when they accidentally parachute onto a dangerous island. Might be a random detail, but I thought the sky and weather in this game was gorgeous. You have the chance to explore the island for treasure and save the islands inhabitants from the pirates by overtaking radio-towers, camps and by doing several quests. I loved how there were a bunch of different ways to travel too, from driving around in a jeep or cruising in a boat orr my personal favorite, the hang glider. All around, the story wasn’t just fun for the compelling voice-acting and story, but for the fun game-play and chance to run around the island and do whatever you’d like!
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And there’s my list! Typically, any open-world with a really great story is gold in my books. I’ve played so many open-worlds where the story just didn’t interest me at all and I couldd go ‘oh cool that all looks real pretty’ but how could I be motivated to explore a world and learn about it’s lore if I don’t care about it – if that makes sense!? These games go above and beyond being an interesting tale and something worth getting sucked into for hours on end.
I hope you all found this post interesting and maybe found an interesting new game to try? What are your favorite games? What do you look for when you’re looking to buy a new game? Let me know in the comments down below!
That’s it for me! Have a good night 🙂