Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff! Stuff like your favourite open world games.
This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interesting in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us — more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.
Anyway, here’s today’s question…
It seems everyone’s playing Red Dead Redemption and loving the vast, sprawling wilderness Rockstar created. But what are your favourite open world games? What do you most like about open world gaming?
Me? If it wasn’t already obvious, I adore open world gaming. From the early days of Ultima, Elite, Mercenary and Hunter, through to more contemporary titles such as the Elder Scrolls series, Fallout, GTA, Far Cry 2 and Assassin’s Creed 2, many of my most treasured gaming experiences occurred while exploring an open world. It’s partly the pacing: that ability to set about the task I’ve chosen at my own pace, rather than one mandated by the game’s designer. It’s also the coherence: that sensation that you’re traversing a real place rather than a series of levels.
I like the downtime in an open world. I like the moments when you’re just travelling somewhere. I like the unexpected and mundane encounters. They make the action all the more satisfying.