Even though Elden Ring’s open world is impressive, there are other games with bigger maps for players to discover.
Elden Ring has enough things to do that players will want to keep coming back for at least 50 hours. Then, players might be surprised to learn that, in the big picture, the open world isn’t all that big. At 30.5 square miles, or 79 square kilometers, it is bigger than the maps of some famous open-world games like Skyrim, but it is still smaller than many others.
Elden Ring is better than many of these games because it has a lot of stuff in it. Even if a player spends tens of hours wandering around a single part of Elden Ring’s map, they can still find a lot of new things. Still, the numbers don’t lie, and there are plenty of games that are much bigger.
Grand Theft Auto 5 – 49 Square Miles
The release of Grand Theft Auto 5 was easily one of the biggest moments in the video game business. This long-running open-world series showed how much Rockstar had perfected the art of making video games. Grand Theft Auto 5 not only looked beautiful, but it was also bigger than any other game in the series, even San Andreas.
Even if the huge open world wasn’t enough to sell the game, the fact that players could handle more than one main character was a first for the GTA series and blew people away. Players could switch characters at any point in the story, and many tasks used character switching in a cinematic way to make firefights and other similar set pieces even more impressive!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 84 Square Miles
The world of The Witcher 3 is huge, which is what you would expect from a modern open-world RPG. Also, it might be as full of things as Elden Ring’s world. Even though there aren’t as many levels or big bosses, there are still plenty of reasons to explore as much as you can.
The world of The Witcher 3 has always felt very real because the player can get involved with the lives of almost everyone. Even the smallest towns have stories to tell, and players can find them in a wide area.
DayZ – 86 Square Miles
When it was first made as a mod for Arma 2, the first DayZ mod used the same map as Arma 2, which was already a very big game. DayZ tried to fill that map with a lot of survival items that players could hoard and fight over, as well as lots of zombies.
The solo mod used a map that was mostly the same as the mod, but with a few changes. As a survival game, the map is a little less full than most, but that just adds to the feeling of a lifeless world where most of the surviving life wants to kill everything in sight.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 90 Square Miles
The team at Ubisoft did an amazing job of including an entire country made up of many islands in the Mediterranean. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has the biggest world the series has ever had. It’s the right place for a big, secret-filled adventure.
The world had to have all the things you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, as well as a war between the Spartans and the Athenians. Each area would be on one side or the other, and players could send troops there to cause trouble and switch sides. Add to that the fun sailing game, and you have a huge, varied world that players will never get tired of discovering.
Arma 3 – 104 Square Miles
The world building in the Arma games is one of the main reasons why they are known as one of the most realistic combat games out there. Even though the developers are making up places, the landscape and distances have to be accurate.
The island of Altis in Arma 3, which is 104 Square Miles, is their biggest area to date. It has everything from fields and swamps to towns and cities. No matter what activities players want to carry out, the island will always throw something new at them.
Xenoblade Chronicles X – 154 Square Miles
The games in the Xenoblade series have always been very big. Their worlds are full of big, open spaces that look amazing and push the limits of the hardware they’re running on. In this way, Xenoblade Chronicles X was one of the most amazing games. To make this huge world, it pushed the WiiU to its limits.
The player’s quest will take them all over the world and give them the chance to explore every little part of it. The world is full of distractions and areas that add to the long playtimes that the series is known for. There are a lot of secrets that will keep them busy, and the fights and superbosses will test all of their skills.
True Crime: Streets Of LA – 240 Square Miles
Many people didn’t like True Crime because they thought it was just a weak copy of the Grand Theft Auto series. This was a fair comparison, since True Crime did feel like a copy of Rockstar’s most famous series. But these games did have some fun parts, and True Crime: Streets of LA is a great example of this.
Streets of LA has one of the biggest open worlds ever seen in a video game. It is a huge recreation of Los Angeles with a lot of famous landmarks. But even though this world is huge, the open world feels pretty empty and dead when compared to GTA. Even so, Streets of LA might be a good game for people who want to play a famous open-world game that most people have forgotten about.
Just Cause 3 – 386 Square Miles
When most things in an open world are made to be blown up, there better be a lot of things to blow up. The Just Cause series has always known this, and the second game in the series was already making huge open-worlds.
Every game is full of ways for Rico Rodriguez to bow up, and there are a lot of clever ways to do it. Both Just Cause 3 and Just Cause 4 are about the same size, but Just Cause 3 is just a little bit bigger, especially now that the DLC has added more places.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint – 781 Square Miles
Taking a page from Arma’s book, it was clear that if Ghost Recon Breakpoint was going to be the exciting, long-lasting military experience it was supposed to be, the map would have to be huge. Things like how far away weapons are in real life had to be taken into account, and there are many ways to complete a job in the game.
The map is made up of one huge island and a few smaller ones to the north and south. In the middle of everything are jungles, mountain tops, and beautiful valleys that players can use to their advantage when trying to kill a target.
The Crew 2 – 1,900 Square Miles
The United States is a big country, so even a smaller version of it will be huge. There are a lot of details on the game map that most players will never even see. For example, every big city is represented in some way, and there are landmarks and open spaces to play around in.
The average player will need between 20 and 30 minutes to drive from coast to coast in the fastest cars in the game, but that would mean missing out on all the features that are packed in there. There isn’t really anywhere that players can’t go because they can use so many different kinds of vehicles to get around.
Fuel – 5,560 Square Miles
Fuel’s map is several times bigger than almost any open-world map made in the last few years, and the game has been out for over a decade. It’s a very amazing feat, but it’s a little bit of a cheat because most of the world is empty except for places where players can start instanced races and events.
Funny Shooter game takes place in a post-apocalyptic USA, but its map doesn’t even cover the whole country. Instead, it faces the Pacific Ocean in the northeast and the Grand Canyon in the southwest. It takes 8 hours to drive around it once, but there isn’t much to see during that time.
The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall – 80,823 Square Miles
At first look, the open world of Daggerfall might seem too good to be true. The world is so big that people can walk for hours without seeing an end. But this number looks a lot bigger than it really is, since the world of Daggerfall is pretty simple and doesn’t change much for hours on end.
The whole world was made by a set of rules, and it can be hard to get around sometimes. It’s easy to see why Morrowind became so popular. Its open-world was huge, hand-made, and new for its time.
Minecraft – 2,500,000+ Square Miles
When Minecraft first came out in 2011, it took the world by storm. Even though it’s been out for more than a decade, it’s still very famous. In that time, almost 250 million copies have been sold. One of the best things about the game is that you can build and make almost anything you can think of. The game’s huge open world is the perfect place to do this.
The size of a Minecraft world is more than 2.5 million square miles, which means it would take players many lives to fully explore it. This makes it not only bigger than Earth, but also bigger than all of the other planets in the solar system put together. Some space-themed games have bigger areas, but when it comes to single landmasses, Minecraft is hard to beat, let alone compete with.
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