The best Xbox open world games

Looking to sink some time this weekend? Here are the best Xbox open world games to get acquainted with, either alone or with a friend

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The best Xbox open-world games can have you do anything from building bases, riding through the wild west, or just journeying around trying to look for the next place to turn into a racetrack. Open-world games aren’t just about climbing up towers and grabbing an item that increases your attack by 0.1%, there are some really cool, unique games out there.

It’s tough though, because unlike other styles of games, you know that if you get into one of the best Xbox open-world games, then you’re going to be there for a long time. It’s a commitment, and you need to make sure you’re not going to get ten hours into a game, only to have it turn out to be a giant wasteland devoid of joy.

So, we’ve made a list of the best open-world Xbox games around, so you can be certain that if a game is on this list, then it’s worth the next 100 hours of your gaming time.

Here are the best Xbox open-world games:

  • Minecraft
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remastered
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Halo Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
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Minecraft

Minecraft probably doesn’t need an introduction, but just in case, this is the blocky game that kicked off a trend towards survival games that still hasn’t been satiated.

Each world you create will have no points of interest, new dungeons to explore, and new opportunities for adventure, treasure, and probably death. It’s an undoubtedly incredibly game, and between the co-op and infinite replayability, it’s incredibly hard to beat.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 has the same feeling as settling into a long, but very good, book. Things take a while to warm up, as the characters are drip-fed to you slowly, but you’ll probably end up feeling surprisingly emotional by the end of it all.

The open-world itself is stunning too, with beauty to be found over every hill, and danger lurking around every corner.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Geralt has been getting even more attention of late thanks to Henry Cavill’s excellent portrayal of the grey-haired Witcher in the Netflix TV series.

While the first two games are good, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the one that made the series a quintessential part of people’s gaming lexicon. The world is filled with grey morality, stunning colours, and more monsters to fight than you’ll probably survive.

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No Man’s Sky

Now, technically speaking, No Man’s Sky is an open-universe game, but we’re not sure that’s actually a phrase, so we’re just going to put it here with the rest of the best open-world Xbox games.

What started off as something some found disappointing, has evolved into a truly incredible journey featuring giant frigates, mechs that can be summoned from the sky, and some of the most fascinating creatures you’re ever likely to see.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released over ten years ago now, and has since been re-released constantly roughly every month since. It’s a bit of a meme, but there’s a reason this game has endured the test of time so well, and that’s simply because it’s incredibly good.

The latest version gives everything a bit of a facelift, and it’s going to be the kind of remaster we look back at in ten years time when the 20th-anniversary edition comes out.

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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Some may view Valhalla as the better of the newer takes on Assassin’s Creed, and while it’s certainly good, we much prefer the beautiful high seas of Greece in Odyssey to the grubby bogs of England in Valhalla.

Odyssey is still absolutely massive, but a lot of the quests in this game are optional, so you can spend as much or as little time as you like sailing around, fighting mythical creatures, or just spartan kicking enemies off cliffs.

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Forza Horizon 5

You might not immediately thing of Forza Horizon 5 as an open-world game, but it is, and it’s one that’s aimed at anyone with even a passing interest in cars.

This stunning world is a joy to travel around, and the constant threat of other Drivatars from players you do and don’t know helps to keep every moment exceptionally engaging.

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Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive is a little old now, but as one of the few Xbox One exclusive games, it’s still one of the most entertaining open worlds to explore.

While the edgy humour has aged somewhat, the ability to bounce, grind, and blast your way through this brightly coloured urban hell scape hasn’t lost any of its shine. Insomniac make incredible games, and Sunset Overdrive is no different.

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Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite is huge, pretty, and just a riot to mess around in. The new abilities Master Chief brings with him are great to play with, and you can do some truly silly things if you’re willing to experiment a bit.

The only real downside of this game is that it’s not 100% feature-complete yet, but that just means we’ve all still got proper co-op to look forward to, and that’s hardly a bad thing.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is a fun single-player experience, but the online is where it becomes one of the best open-world Xbox games. There are so many different things to do, roleplay groups to engage with, and challenges to overcome, that you’d be unlikely to see everything without really putting some effort in.

It’s also still getting updates too, which means you can expect to see new things every so often, despite the game being nearly eight years old.

So there you have it, all of the best Xbox open world games in one place. Now you have all the options, it’s time to get out there and explore. Alternatively, check out our list of the best Xbox Series games for more options.