It's amazing that four years later, not one-open world game has managed to best the Witcher 3 as ARPG of the generation, not even newer open-world games that emulate it - AC: Oddysey, AC:Origins, Red Dead 2, Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn.
No open-world game has been able to match the depth of story and exploration that the Witcher 3 offers. Playing the Witcher 3, you get lost in its world. After a few hours and you actually feel like you're Geralt while exploring the world. Play BOTW or RDR2 and it feels like you're just controlling Link or Arthur.
Playing BOTW, Red Dead 2, and both AC games were fun, and they are all great games, for the most part, but they seemed like they were all missing something, something to really draw you into their worlds. What is it? I'm not so sure it's the fact that the Witcher 3 has some of the best storytelling we've seen so far, especially with its expansions. Skyrim, despite having a mediocre story, also engrossed players in its world like the Witcher 3 does.
What's missing in other open-world games that made the Witcher 3 the best open-world ARPG ever made? Is it its excellent soundtrack perhaps?