In the last decade the open world genre has become the undisputed king when it comes to sales and popularity with players on all platforms. It shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The really great open world games really have it all: engaging stories, loads of side content, and perhaps most importantly, huge environments with tons of locations just waiting to be explored.
The range of sandbox and open-end experiences is available on the Xbox series X / S is already impressive and getting better thanks to the fantastic value of the Xbox Game Pass. Some absolute blockbusters are slated to hit the Microsoft console in 2022, and they’re becoming a must-have for any true fan of the open-world genre.
Thanks to the popularity of the Elder Scrolls and Fail Franchises, Bethesda hasn’t developed a new open-world IP in years. That should change in 2022, with Star field should be released in November of the same year on Xbox and PC. It will also be available from day one to play with the Game Pass subscription!
That’s what the developers said Star field will be a completely new, exclusive, next-generation open world experience that gives players the opportunity to explore a vast galaxy by spaceship and visit dozens of different planets. Some of the more skeptical fans started calling mockingly Star field the “Skyrim in space, “but that doesn’t change the fact that the gaming community is eagerly awaiting the release of Bethesda’s upcoming title.
Developed by FromSoftware, the thought leaders behind it Dark souls, and takes place in a world that George RR Martin, the mastermind behind it, imagined Game of Thrones, Elden ring is emerging as a strong contender for the title of Game of the Year 2022. The combination of open-world mechanics with soul-like combat and storytelling elements is an exciting prospect that could result in a unique, immersive experience.
Although a lot of Elden ring Still shrouded in secrecy, fans of FromSoftware games should more or less know what to expect: difficult but rewarding boss fights, loads of hidden knowledge, and a steep learning curve that is more than worth the time. The studio isn’t known for open-world titles, however, and it will be interesting to see how they go about translating their award-winning game mechanics into a more open-minded experience.
The legacy of Hogwarts
All Harry Potter Enthusiasts will agree that the vast majority of video games based on this hit franchise really weren’t the most engaging experiences. The best titles from the eight games that came out alongside their respective ones Harry Potter Movies were those in which players could roam freely at Hogwarts, exploring the various nooks and crannies of the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Set in the 19th century, with a completely independent plot Harry Potter Series, The legacy of Hogwarts becomes an open world action RPG with a fully customizable protagonist. From the limited in-game footage released so far, it seems like Avalanche Software is delivering a game that gamers who grew up on the record-breaking franchise are begging for.
Ark: Survival Evolved is a gaming phenomenon. Though the reviewers generated rather lukewarm reactions, millions of gamers flocked to its immersive mix of open-world survival mechanics and battling unique enemies. ark Creativity and diversity are unmatched by many games to this day, even though it was released over six years ago.
After the announcement of Ark 2, many fans and gaming media expressed their doubts as to whether the sequel can replicate the success of the original, especially with a view to introducing more innovative and creative game and exploration mechanisms. On the other hand, the graphics of the in-game trailers look fantastic, and Vin Diesel’s involvement suggests that the title may have an expanded story element as well.
STALKER: The heart of Chernobyl
the STALKER Series is one of the post-apocalyptic classics. The first game, released in 2007, blew players away with a non-linear storyline and sprawling, post-apocalyptic open world. The setting of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl was also carefully modeled on the buildings and surroundings deep in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Back in the day STALKER was one of the first games to introduce open world mechanics to the survival horror genre. Nowadays with titles like that metro Series (often as the spiritual successor to the STALKER Games), this niche is much more extensive. With Heart of Chernobyl, The developers at GSC Game World can prove they can still pave the way for open world survival horror, especially after such a long hiatus.
In an open-world Gotham City after Batman’s death, the premise of Gotham Knights should immediately pique the interest of DC Comics fans. With no Batman and Commissioner Gordon to keep evildoers at bay, the city will be overrun with crime and plunged into chaos. It is up to Bruce Wayne’s protÃ©gÃ©s to restore order to the city and preserve the legacy he left behind.
Players can take control of four characters in Gotham Knights: Nightwing, Bat Girl, Robin and Red Hood and the storyline will follow the rising heroes as they uncover the mysterious storyline behind Wayne’s untimely death. The game will include a two-player co-op mode, where players can get in and out without affecting the original score.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Gotham Knights isn’t the only DC game to grace our consoles in 2022. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is another large open world project developed by Rocksteady Studios, responsible for the legendary Batman: Arkham Series, mentioned (alongside Insomniac’s Spider man) as the best superhero titles ever.
This time around, Rocksteady decided to shake things up a bit and put players in the shoes of the villains of the infamous Suicide Squad. With four playable characters (Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, King Shark) and a cooperative mode that allows players to go through the story together, Kill the Justice League certainly looks like it can to set a new standard for all future superhero games.
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