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

We’re in the camp of the former; we can’t get enough of running around a sprawling map, completing mindless objectives in whatever order we 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 place 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 those in 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 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 we’ve selected what we believe to be the best open world games on Xbox One. If you’re a fan of the open world adventure genre, these are the games you need to add to your collection.

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