By bbayle – Posted on 04 Sep 2022 at 15:00
These Open World games are not grandiose: they are relatively small, and getting lost in them is ultimately quite unlikely.
The Witness is an open world without any action. Here the goal is to solve puzzles that can sometimes block our path. But in the idea, we can from the beginning of the game reach all the areas proposed in The Witness. We are on a mysterious little island, and the goal is to discover what it hides, a bit like a Myst. It’s probably the smallest open world on this list.
Gravity Rush succeeds perfectly in giving a feeling of immensity in a universe that is not so big. Because by controlling gravity, the player can benefit from a whole host of different perspectives of the open world he is exploring. Not to mention that the game only benefits from 4 neighborhoods to explore, which isn’t huge considering their relative small size.
The size does not make the quality of a game! And Marvel’s Spiderman understood it well: by focusing on Manhattan only (and not New York in its entirety), Insomniac’s game offers a compact open world, pleasant to navigate on the ground or in the air, and in which it is impossible to get lost.
Sleeping Dogs places the player in an open world Hong Kong, much smaller than what we are used to seeing in action games of the same style, namely GTA. And the fact that the map is smaller allows it to be filled with a little more events, which works perfectly with Sleeping Dogs.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Unlike classic 2D Zelda games, A Link Between Worlds has many open world elements. Very compact, it is a sequel to A Link to The Past that you can explore in any order you want. This is a big difference from other games in the series.
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