1Best Open World Games on Xbox One

Open world games are a bit like Marmite: you either love them, or you hate them.

I’m in the camp of the former; I can’t get enough of running around a sprawling map, completing mindless objectives in whatever order I see fit. It’s cathartic escapism. Other people find them too boring and repetitive, however. Sure, the same mission types might pop up again, but getting to boss around a big city like you own the town is a feeling like no other.

As video game technology continually advances, these open worlds are getting bigger and more detailed than ever. Games like the Assassin’s Creed series have continually pushed boundaries to make the cities you explore as faithful and historically accurate as possible, whereas other games like Grand Theft Auto 5 take artistic liberties with real world cities, making them as believable yet as fun and frenetic as they possibly can.

The best open world games have a great story at the heart of them, too. To get the formula just right, a game needs to have a map that’s just the right size, filled with interesting landmarks, people and tasks, but at its core, it needs to have a protagonist you love, and a story that you actually care about. Sometimes, excellent gameplay can make you look past a weak story, but the best games will have a perfect balance of both.

There are a lot to choose from, but I’ve selected 13 of the best open world games on Xbox One. If you’re a fan of the open world adventure genre, then these are 13 games you need to seek out for your collection.