10 Best Open-World Games Of The 2010s (That AREN'T GTA)

Sleeping Dogs FTW.

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Open-world games are a dime a dozen in today's gaming market. Once rarely found outside of Rockstar's forays into the sandbox sphere, now you'd be hard pressed to find a game that doesn't have a world more open than your wallet after a ten hour bender.

Rockstar's devs made open world games popular due to their very well-realised landscapes filled with things to do, places to see and people to recklessly murder.

There is a craft to making such a title that they certainly made popular, and many attempts have fallen flat on their faces (looking at you, Crackdown 2). It is difficult to bring a title out that is not only solid on its own, but can match or even surpass GTA in certain aspects - be it through gameplay, story or world size.

Thankfully, there have been some gems to have sprung out from the sandbox sphere that stand strong in the face of Rockstar's crime sagas.

With that in mind, here are various open world games from the last ten years of gaming that don't start with the word "grand" or end with something rhyming with "heft motto".


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