What Open World Games Did Right in 2012
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- Jan 15, 2013
2012 had some open world games that brought some great new game mechanics to the table. Here's what we would like to see more of.
ok so i loved FarCry 3 and sleeping dogs and my fav was horizen but what bout need for sreed most wanted i don't know if it is an open map but i looooooooooooved it what u think ??
im playing sleepingo dogs a it has a incredible world , but no one cant win the map of just cause 2 that is a biiiiiiiiggggg wolrd to explore
YOU FORGOT ASSASSINS CREED 3!!!!!! WTF MAYNE!!!!!!!
It had way better hunting that farcry 3 and more realistic animal encounters
example, you shoot an animal with a pistol/musket or whatever, and when you go to skin the animal the hide is ruined, but if you use a blade to properly kill an animal the animal hide is not ruined.
in farcry you shoot a pig with a shotgun and you can still skin it and somehow get a perfectly skinned useable hide from it.
farcry 3 is awesome its got a huge world filled with tons of stuff to do besides the main story and the quick travel system makes it perfect this game defo got it right
@asnelenkas Hotdogs.. can u do hotdogs ??? tx for ur comment man... amazing.. Anything???? omg, i am going to do everything in that game.
YES!!! Farcry 3 is an amazing game, when you get a little tired of doing missions, run around, air glide or drive a buggy and kill some animals. They did everything right in farcry 3
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@vannacut @lionheart66 @daniel1998dude
I don't know, maybe put a little more shooting and a little less running around jumping on rocks opening boxes.
Also it's spelled suggest not siggest.
What I like most about open world games is always having something to do. In many games I can feel intimidated by having to start yet another huge mission or level but when I feel I can pick a bitesized chunk of gameplay I tend to play a game more often. The funny thing is that I end up playing a *lot* longer as well. It's almost insidious game design. Pointing at you, Far Cry 3!
Bows! or at least far cry 3 nearly did except for lack of visual feed back and making it slightly to awkward to use. Skyrim had bows in 2011 but at the very least continuing the trend of potential badass archery should be applauded.
I don't buy FC3 as an open world game. Yes it's a beautiful game world with, lot's of baddies, and hostile wild life, great game play......................'but" in the end the main story line is a cut scene, tightly scripted, linear corridor shooter with two endings. How about half the gameworld being off limits without a mod to open it up for you; or you have to hit all the main story check boxes in the canned missions to get there. Then there's the sophomoric plot taken from someone's 8th grade writing class, that in conjunction with the scripted linear main missions leaves you no choices on how to accomplish them. Wouldn't being able to handle the two main antagonists at times and places, and in your own manner have been the bomb? Not to mention a branching story line to go with that scenario.
@FlankerDFMax You are spot on. Great! I am going back to FC2 now and then but FC3, I wont play it twice.
Didn't Far Cry 2 try this in a way?
I agree with you on the linearity of the story missions. It's like two types of games combined. Personally I don't mind the story missions, though. They're pretty well done and serve as a nice distraction from the open world gameplay. The story being a distraction is probably not what the designers intended but it works for me. The plot may be thin but the individual cutscenes and, mostly, well written dialogue, accompanied by great musical cues, were pretty good. What I still don't get is why Jason keeps acting like a wimp in cutscenes and dialogue while his actions in game are that of a killing machine. I guess that's one of the difficulties of trying to combine open world gameplay with a linear story.
I don't really have a point to make. Just my opinions on the game.
Also, while I enjoyed Far Cry 3 and its gaming, it doesn't hold a candle to those advertisements that keep saying "It's Skyrim with guns!" The reason I'll go back and play Skyrim 10 times, then throw 50 mods on it and do it again, is because the open-world environment is memorable. Far Cry 3, while large and populated, had no set-pieces that wowed me, or stunning visual croppings that made me want to play for ages. It had fun gameplay and story, but I'd be much more interested if they hadn't used the ctrl-c / ctrl-v method for their world.
"Sleeping Dogs has this crazy idea about combat in an open-world action game. The idea goes something like this: what if you made hand-to-hand combat not...suck."
Been playing NFS: Most Wanted, personally. I loved Burnout Paradise, so playing another Criterion game in the same sort of fashion felt great. Admittedly, I don't think it ever achieves the sort of ingenious freedom that Paradise did, but it's still a good amount of fun, and it looks fantastic.
Well for an open world game i am waiting around for Grand Theft Auto 5, Hopefully it won't be GTA4 2.0 because if it will be like that well...San Andreas, i shall re-install you and play you for the whacky stuff that you do
Also not sure if this counts but I've seen some watch dogs and well...Seeing as there are cars in it and a bunch of crazy stuff i hope there's an open world to it too, if not well...I will be rather annoyed because i was hoping to muck around with people's devices with my phone from the year 4000
@marvelx3 what san andreas
If you're referring to GTA V, then ... Goddamn it, I wish people would stop saying that! It's just Los Santos, not the entire state of San Andreas. If you're not, I'll just shut the hell up.
@ooblah @marvelx3 still they said that GTA V will be their biggest map yet and seeing as GTA IV was pretty big I'd say that's still pretty awesome! I've always had fun with GTA even when the graphics werent so good. If GTA V looks the same as GTA IV i wouldn't be dissapointed since theirs a different world and new characters. I find that having 3 different characters was a great idea and I cant wait for GTA V
@Kabooshon21 @ooblah @marvelx3 GTA's graphics have always been great for the date they have released the game, best GTA i ever played in my late teens was san andreas so im a lil excited jus like everyone else for this one, infact i replayed san andreas about 3 months ago and its still a great game to play now.
Best thing Far Cry 3 did was first person driving. In a lot of other Sandbox games players go into third person view as soon as they get into a vehicle. I find it hurts the immersion in games like Borderlands 2 that do this.
@jpnelson82 yep. too bad the driving was so terrible. Personally, I'd like to see an expansion where there's a third island, hopefully with a bigger town or city, full of quests. Badtown was just a waste imo.
@jpnelson82 Well how hard would Borderlands 2 be trying to kill other bandits in there vehicles only in first person view mode, and in sleeping dogs 3rd person view mode is needed to know when to ram other vehicles which would be much harder in 1st person view, so even tho i get where ya coming from it jus wouldnt work for other open world games i dont think.
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I liked how, in Sleeping Dogs, Wei Shen pulled a helmet out of his ass everytime he hopped on a motorcycle. Safety first!
Haven't played FarCry 3 yet. Waiting for it to come in from Gamefly. But I DID play Sleeping Dogs. LOVED IT! The fighting on the streets was the best type of fighting by far. You can practically do anything you want in the streets. Is is better than GTA? Yeah and no. There is no martial arts system in GTA and in Sleeping Dogs there is not enough weapon use. You cant really just pull out an AK 47 and shoot up everyone withing 100 feet of you. Sleeping Dogs had a great story line; cant complain at all. Only thing I didn't like is that it was too short. I want a game like Sleeping Dogs or Saints Row to have over 100 main missions plus side missions. The only game that had this many missions was San Andreas.
@SixersPG1 Got both saints the third and sleeping dogs en i honeslty thought sleeping dogs blew saints the third away, found it hard to really sink into saints personaly, i think sleeping dogs should have had a higher review on gamespot.