411 Games Top 5 08.24.13: Top 5 Open World Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 08.24.2013
From Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Saints Row: The Third and more, the 411 staff counts down their Top 5 open world games of all time!
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* This Week the 411 staff were asked to come up with their Top 5 Open World Games*
Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
5.Spider-Man 2 - While Batman's Arkham games are widely recognized as the best comic book games out there, I chose to include Spider-Man 2 for a couple of reasons. As it stands, I think Spider-Man 2 not only happens to be the best movie tie-in game out there to date, for a long time it also stood out as one of the best comic book games out there. Plus, who didn't spend at least a bit of time climbing all the way to the top of the Empire State Building, only to do a picture perfect swan dive to the pavement below?
4.Saints Row The Third - In my opinion, this was by far the best game in the Saints Row series (written before SR IV was released on the 20th). There were so many fun things to do inside of Steelport, I found myself driven to get 100% completion for the first time in an open world game. Had it too, till the damn DLC fudged everything up.
3.Bully - Take the GTA formula, and throw it into a high school setting, and you essentially have Bully. While nowhere near as violent, or over the top as GTA was, Bully was still a blast to play. Running around your school campus and the town that it was a part of offered a lot of fun. If none of the tasks struck your fancy, you could always just go to class.
2.Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Of all the GTA games, San Andreas was probably the largest, and most fully realized iteration of the game. We are now getting to see a part of this setting come to life again in the upcoming GTA V, but San Andreas is easily the pinnacle of the franchise.
1.Red Dead Redemption - Beware them damn cougars! Red Dead not only sits as my favorite sandbox game, it also sits as one of my favorite games ever. Witnessing the story of outlaw turned family man John Marston unfold was a thing of beauty. Rockstar really outdid themselves this time out.
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Organizer of Games Top 5, Regular Contributor to Cooperative Multiplayer 411 Games Podcast)
5. LA Noire: Throw in what people love about Grand Theft Auto, set in the 1940's, and make it about being a detective, you've got me hooked. Team Bondi spent a ton of time on some of the best facial graphics and animations we've ever seen in gaming, which gave personality to all these NPC's you would have to interview to try to determine whether they were being honest or lieing. I had fun with the game from the first mission to the end.
4. The Simpsons: Hit & Run Perhaps the greatest Simpsons video game ever made and wouldn't you know it, all they did was clone Grand Theft Auto to perfection. The thing that makes this game great is that you truly get to feel what it means to be in Springfield. The characters are all voiced by the original actors and even if they only say one line, if you are a Simpsons fan you'll complete missions just to hear them talk. Before playing this game, I hated everything GTA stood for, but after playing it I could understand the appeal of GTA and grew to enjoy the series. I still find myself playing this game to this day.
3. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning I really hate what happened to 38 Studios because I loved this game and I wanted it to succeed. KOA had the best combat system out of any of the fantasy action RPG's out there. I didn't like games like this until KOA and I couldn't believe how many hours I'd spend doing meaningless quests just looking for enemies to fight.
2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City I don't think anyone can dispute this is one of the best open world games out there. Sure, it had it's glitches, but you could go around and literally do whatever you wanted. The best part was the huge 80's soundtrack you could listen to as you went around Miami. I still wish I had my PS2 so I could play this.
1. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Enough has been said about this game over the years. I really don't think I need to explain why this is here.
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Games Coming Out the Week of 08/25/13
Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
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Lost Planet 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
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