Open world games are a fixture in the gaming landscape. But in the Corona year 2020 in particular, it was downright liberating to say goodbye to the real and the virtual worlds. In the following ten games, however, we would have spent a very, very long time without lockdown. 

10: Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

Nobody had this title on their screen in advance, but after two weeks the Chinese action role-playing game had earned hundreds of millions. Genshin Impact got off to a quick start thanks to the free-to-play approach, but was also able to hold up successfully afterwards. And that despite the unloved gacha mechanics. In terms of style, obviously strongly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the successful title follows the plot of a pair of twins who are divided by a goddess. In search of the missing sibling you combed the huge world of Teyvats, fight against a lot of opponents, level up the character and collect food, money and weapons. If you really want to, you can accelerate it with real money, but it is not necessary.

9: Windbound 


Roguelike adventure, survival game and charm à la Nintendo: that's Windbound. As a young Kara you are stranded on a deserted island after a bad storm. From now on you have to look for resources with which you can build a new boat and escape from the island. However, because it takes a while, weapons must be made and animals hunted so that Kara has enough to eat. The islands are procedurally generated so that a new adventure awaits each time. Despite a certain demand for the correct management of objects and time, Windbound always remains fair and motivating. But the picturesque cartoon optics also ensure that you are always happy to face the fight for survival.

8: Journey to the Savage Planet

Journey to the Savage Planet

Laugh heartily instead of just shooting? In Journey to the Savage Planet, that's exactly what is happening. The action adventure is bursting with amiable charm, ironic wit and funny clips. The world is just as crazy, brightly colored and above all one thing: full of interesting puzzles. As the only traveler on an unexplored planet, you will happily explore the local flora and fauna. You collect, craft and map your way through the diverse world or just enjoy the foresight and attention to detail of the game. Sure, there are also a few opponents, but who wouldn't prefer to scan these cuddly cat things or finally open the hidden door with the alien symbols?

7: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition 

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Still traded as an insider tip towards the end of the Wii era, Xenoblade Chronicles has developed into a recognized role-playing pearl over the years. But even on the thumb console, Shulk's breathtaking adventure looked anything but fresh. Ten years later, the extensive JRPG lands on Switch as the Definitive Edition and finally looks as good as it should be from the start: with completely revised character models and some content adjustments that link Part 1 more closely to the sequel. A completely new epilogue extends the story even further.

6: Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia is considered a pioneer and classic of the open world genre and has hardly lost any of its fascination even eight years after its appearance in the sensationally revised remake. The staging and story are still breathtakingly captivating, and the believable game world does its part masterfully. Gleaming chrome street cruisers, steaming gullies, trench coats and fedora hats: New Heaven breathes the flair of the 30s in the completely new graphics of the Definitive Edition. The open world still functions more as an accessory and stage for the tragic epic about taxi driver Tommy, whose fate is becoming increasingly entangled in the machinations of the Mafia. But that still moves like no other in gaming history.

5: Yakuza: Like A Dragon 

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

It's different, this Yakuza: Like A Dragon. This is not only due to the new main character Ichiban Kasuga, but also to the changed gameplay: Instead of swinging your fists directly as in the past, this time round-based and team pounding. In fact, the Yakuza series with Like A Dragon is changing from a pure open world to a real role-playing game - with experience points, skills and everything else that goes with it. But what makes this part so special is its crazy nature in every respect. From insane actions in the fights to wonderfully stupid story lines to completely absurd sideline activities, Yakuza: Like A Dragon does everything to cause you blatant fits of laughter . That this ingenious nonsense also makes a really good J-RPG, 

4: Spiritfarer


It is not easy to tactfully address serious issues in a game. Spiritfarer does exactly that. You play Stella, who has just been appointed ferryman for the deceased. It is up to her to accompany people in the last moments before their death. Often strokes of fate prevent the game's characters from making the final crossing into the afterlife. So it is up to you to help the lost souls and guide them there with dignity. You travel the beautiful platformer world on your houseboat and experience heartbreaking moments full of emotion again and again. Atmospheric locations, a moving story and the tasteful setting make Spiritfarer one of THE surprise hits of the year.

3: Ghost of Tsushima 

Ghost of Tsushima

The last major exclusive on the PS4 ended the era more than worthy. In the fight against the Mongols, who invade the Japanese island of Tsushima in 1274, you have to pull out all the stops as samurai Jin Sakai. You travel on foot and with your faithful horse to a game world that is bursting at the seams with grace and style. Gentle turrets caress picturesque flower meadows, massive waterfalls pour into the sea and blood-red sunsets bathe the war-scarred island in matching colors. Aside from the visual splendor, Ghost of Tsushima is also convincing: Jin can aggressively swing his katana or attack from behind the scenes to spread fear and terror. With throwing knives, smoke bombs and other weapons you decimated the Mongolian ranks bit by bit.

2: Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

After Egypt and Greece, the latest part of Assassin's Creed goes to England. And Norway. And Vinland, Asgard and Jötunheim. You can already see: Valhalla has once again become an open-world game of super-super-superlatives. Anyone who plays through the story alone is well and happily busy for 100 hours. Those who also want to recover all the treasures, find the fabulous swords, defeat the legendary beasts, uncover the ancestral secret, assassinate all members of the order and expand their settlement into a city can plan around 200 hours. Assassin's Creed Valhalla is less generic than its predecessors, in that it gives the player more personal responsibility and even packs collectibles in small puzzles or challenges. Or let's put it better like this: With Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the long-running series enters the world of the Vikings. Valhalla is also the first next-gen Assassin's Creed. But can the new setting convince on its own?

1: Immortals: Fenyx Rising 

Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Greek gods, a typical Ubisoft open world and lots and lots of Zelda magic. Immortals: Fenyx Rising is the French answer to Breath of the Wild and proves that a near-clone doesn't always have to be a bad thing. With the Golden Island, Fenyx Rising delivers a wonderfully picturesque and varied world full of tasks and secrets, which is similar to, but not quite as perfectly shaped as Hyrule, inviting you to explore. Through narrative wit and an action-packed combat system, this title has secured a special place in our hearts in 2020. Ubisoft has given Immortals a difficult start between other open-world monsters from their own home. We haven't overlooked this wonderful adventure!

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