Best Open World Action Game in 2015

OPEN WORLD ACTION

Open worlds are all the rage at the moment, particularly for big studios with the budgets to create massive virtual playgrounds. There are some promising specimens coming in 2015, including the delayed release of Batman: Arkham Knight. Elsewhere, Assassin’s Creed: Victory will give us Victorian London to explore, GTA 5’s Los Santos is sure to amaze and we’re getting the madness of MGS 5: Phantom Pain on PC as well. We’re also excited about The Witcher 3’s open world. You’ll find that on our RPG page.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5

Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar
Release date: 27 January, 2015
Link: Official site
Took them long enough. Grand Theft Auto 5 first came out late-2013 to critical acclaim and commercial success. Last year, it made it to PS4 and Xbox One, and now, finally, PC is getting its turn. It’ll be worth the wait. Not only does the PC version get all the features of the enhanced editions—including amassively expanded soundtrack and first-person mode—it will also boast native 4K support. PC is soon to be the definitive way to travel Los Santos.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Release date: 2015
Link: Official site
Big Boss returns for the sequel to Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, and the prequel to Metal Gear 1. Okay, so the timeline—hell, the entire Metal Gear plot—can be confusing. All you need to know is that The Phantom Pain promises an expansive stealth adventure set across a series of large open-world environments. Not only that, but here you’re actually building up Big Boss’s mercenary haven. You can capture guards, upgrade buildings and even befriend a one-eyed wolf cub.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight

Developer: Rocksteady
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive
Release date: June 2
Link: Official site
The Arkham series is still one of the best interactive realisations of a superhero fantasy ever, and that’s hopefully set to continue with Arkham Knight. It’s already clear from early stealth and combat demos that AK is taking a the-same-but-bigger approach to the latest sequel, but technological advances have allowed for a massive leap in fidelity since Arkham City. The new city is huge, incredibly detailed, and full of criminals to punch, and punch them we will repeatedly in June.

Assassin’s Creed Victory

Assassin's Creed Victory

Image via Kotaku.
Developer:Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: TBA
Link: Announcement
A collection of leaked images revealed the setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game: Victorian London! It’s an excellent fit for AssCreed, and we already have very clear opinions about what Ubi should and shouldn’t do with it. Most of all we hope it won’t slip out with all the technical problems that Assassin’s Creed Unity had. Will Ubi’s strict annual launch schedule claim another victim, or will Victory be a rainy, smoggy return to form for the series?

Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Assassn's Creed Rogue

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: Early 2015
Link: Official site
It might be easier to think of Rogue as Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag 2. It’s got the sailing, port assaults and scattered structure of Pirate Creed, but this time you play as Shay Patrick Cormac, a templar with a big musket and a cool jacket. Explore the North Atlantic, visit young New York, see the sights, skin a whale. It came out on console boxes last year, but it’s due out on PC “early 2015.”

Dying Light

Dying Light

Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland
Release date: January 27, 2015
Link: Official site

The creators of Dead Island have ditched that series, going their own direction with a new open world zombie-‘em-up. Though, as we learned from a preview build, combat is often unwise and melee weapons break quickly. More important is the ability to freerun over rooftops, avoiding the slow, stumbling infected below. Dying Light also includes a day/night cycle and a story interesting enough that we want to know more (though Techland asks that we don’t spoil the setup.) It’s out the first month of the year, so there’s not long to wait.

Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2

Developer: Yager Development
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release date: Spring 2015
Link: Official site
It’s best not to take that title literally, Dead Island 2’s zombie apocalypse takes place on the mainland, in California. Techland have handed development duties to Spec Ops: The Line developers Yager, but don’t expect any harrowing commentary on war and human nature either, this is going to be another romp about teaming up with friends and chopping up zombies, and will hopefully be a little more technically refined than the first game.

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3

Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Square Enix
Release date: TBA 2015
Link: Official site
Rico returns in another chaos-filled open world adventure. Expect another absurd romp with your magical grappling hook and infinite parachute. This time, we’re off to the Mediterranean, as players are tasked with taking down dictator General Di Ravello. Avalanche has also revealed a more varied terrain; with a map that features more verticality and explorable caves.

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

Saints Row - Gat Out of Hell

Developer: Volition
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release date: 20 January, 2015
Link: Official site
It’s not exactly Saints Row V, but standalone expansion Gat Out of Hell promises to be a departure from virtual Steelport. Notable differences include the fact that you’ll no longer play as The Boss, but rather pick between supporting characters Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington. Also: it’s set in hell. That means more crazy superpowers, oddball activities and bizarre weapons – from an exploding frog cannon, to an armchair gattling gun.

Mad Max

Mad Max

Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
Release date: 2015
Link: Official Site
The creators of the Just Cause series invite you to play as the titular Aussie ass-kicker in a post-apocalyptic open-world Outback. Build custom cars for vehicular mayhem, dish out devastating combos in melee combat, and hunt down the bandits who stole your iconic Interceptor.

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