There’s plenty of choice, but only finite time and money. The genre can eat up a lot of your time, so eventually you're going to have to choose what to play and what to skip. To that end, I'm aiming to highlight some big name games, but I'll also shine a light on a few titles that you might not be aware of.
Every single game on this list is worth both your time and money, offering varied experiences that all make use of the best qualities of open world titles. There are plenty of tropes that we associate with the genre too, whether that be climbing towers to fill in maps or hunting for a near-endless amount of collectibles.
Whilst a good number of games have these and more, all of the games on this list take the cliches of the genre and make them their own. The hugely talented creators of each of these titles have taken the science of game development and turned it in to an art form.