Playing games is an excellent way to detach yourself from reality for a few minutes or hours. Open world games, in particular, can bring you to a different world. With them, you can experience what it is like if you have special skills, abilities, powers, or anything that you cannot and do not have in real life. Not to mention, most of them feature intriguing storylines, complex characters, challenging quests, and many more.
With such characteristics, it would not be a surprise if you even want to take on the shoes of the main protagonist in a different reality. After all, real-life can be pretty dull or plain at times. Perhaps you want to take a break from real life or play other games aside from the best cross platform games around. If you do, then these four games on our list can help you immerse in new different worlds for a change.
Far Cry 3
Originally by Crytek until acquired by Ubisoft, Far Cry is an iconic open-world first-person shooter game franchise. Here, you get to explore different landscapes and face deadly enemies and animals as you try to survive in the game’s current location. But what makes Far Cry even more unique are its stories and charismatic villains – both highlighted in the game’s third installment.
In this 2012 game, you play as Jason Brody – a tourist who went for a vacation with his friends and brothers to Rook Islands, a fictional tropical archipelago. After a skydiving trip gone wrong, a group of pirates led by Vaas Montenegro, the game’s trademark villain, abducts and aims to sell you into slavery. After escaping your way out to Vaas’s camp, you will receive aid from the natives of the island, the Rakyat. Characters such as Dennis, Dr. Earnhart, and Citra will also help you rescue your friends and brother and escape the dangerous archipelago.
Far Cry 3 is an excellent choice if you want to play an adrenaline-filled open-world game filled with action, challenges, and excitement. In this game, you can use different kinds of firearms, weapons, and explosives that you can unlock by buying from stores or liberating watch towers owned by your enemies. Not to mention, it features an intriguing storyline with insanity as its theme as Jason starts to lose himself to Rook Islands’ violence. Indeed, after finishing the game, you might ask yourself: do you know the definition of insanity?
Batman: Arkham City
Whether you are a casual fan or a hardcore geek, most people adore superheroes, and this 2011 game is a great pick to play if you want to feel like one. Developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham City, or Arkham City for short, is the second installment of the all-time classic Batman: Arkham series. It also serves as a sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. And as its name implies, you get to play as the Caped Crusader himself.
You start as Bruce Wayne, protesting against the establishment of Arkham City – a prison located in Gotham City where prisoners from Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison were relocated. During a press, armed men led by Dr. Hugo Strange abduct and throw you in Arkham City. You will then suit up as Batman to stop Protocol 10 – Strange’s evil plan. Aside from Strange, you will also face off against other members of the Caped Crusader’s rogues’ gallery and even make unlikely alliances with some of them.
In terms of gameplay, Arkham City encourages you to be as stealthy as you can. And if you have to face enemies head-on, the game challenges your focus and reaction time as you defeat your enemies and dodge their attacks. Not to mention, Arkham City will test your wit as each villain will require a different mechanic to defeat them. You also get to unlock handy gadgets and upgrades as you progress the story and level up. So if you want to test if you have what it takes to be Batman, Arkham City, or even the whole Arkham series itself is the game for you.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
If you want an open-world game that is just as rich in action as it is in the story, then you might want to give the Middle-earth game series a look. The series is set on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, and it follows the story of Talion, the Captain of the rangers of Gondor, and Celebrimbor, an Elven wraith.
Middle-earth has two installments: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War. The former, released in 2014, tells the origins of Talion when he cannot die after being killed by Sauron’s men. He is then bound to Celebrimbor’s wraith as a Gravewalker who walks the realm of the living and the dead.
Meanwhile, its 2017 sequel, Shadow of War, follows the duo’s story as they made a new weapon to defeat Sauron. They then lose it to Shelob, an ally of Sauron. And after regaining it, Talion and Celebrimbor raised an army of orcs called Uruk-hai as they did in Shadow of Mordor. However, Shadow of War features trolls or Ologs that you can control or recruit. And as Talion, you can also dominate other creatures such as Caragors, Graugs, and Dragons as you progress the story and your skills.
Aside from defeating Sauron and his forces, Shadow of War also has additional questlines and challenges that offer excellent storytelling. These include helping human survivors escape Mordor and stopping a cult from reviving an ancient evil slumbering beneath the lands. With such a story inspired by one of the most iconic works of literature, you can enjoy Shadow of War even if you are not a hardcore geek in Middle-earth.
Bethesda Softworks is one of the most well-known game publishers globally. Some favorites among the gaming community include The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein. Fallout is also one of their most well-known games as it lets the player traverse dystopian wastelands after a nuclear war in each installment. And one favorite among the gaming community is Fallout 4.
This 2015 game is set in Boston and some areas of New England in 2287 known as The Commonwealth. You play as the sole survivor of Vault 111 as you search for your son after he was kidnapped during a cryogenic sleep. While searching the barren wastelands, you will encounter non-playable characters who can serve as your companions. They include Dogmeat – a loyal German Shepherd, Codsworth – your robot butler before the nuclear fallout, Strong – a super mutant, Cait – a cage fighter, and many more.
You will also encounter four factions, and each of them has its plans for The Commonwealth. The Minutemen aim to help survivors in need, while the Brotherhood of Steel wants to eradicate every mutated non-human organism in The Commonwealth. Meanwhile, The Institute resorts to immoral means for a better future of The Commonwealth, while the Railroad aids rogue androids known as synths. The Nuka-World expansion includes a fifth faction of raiders that aim to conquer the entire Commonwealth. With five groups having opposing ideas, you can only pick one to stick to until the end, as choosing certain quests from each faction will cancel the future missions of the other.
In a Nutshell
These four games are just some of the available picks from a massive selection. Each of them presents excellent gameplay, unique stories and missions, and hours’ worth of enjoyment. Overall, if you want to detach yourself from the cares and troubles of reality and immerse yourself in a different world, then feel free to play any or all of these games!