Need An Escape? Then These 2022 Open World Games Are A Must-Play

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Who doesn’t love a good open world game? The best ones provide us with an infinite amount of gameplay and let us chart our in-game adventures. Unlike once-and-done linear games, the vast virtual settings of open world games are teeming with an endless list of things to do and secrets to uncover. While the world waits for the next Grand Theft Auto game, there are more than enough games coming out this year that will satiate your thirst for open world adventures!

9 Best Open World Games In 2022 You Should Get Excited About

Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Before you say “not another zombie game”, this is not your typical zombie game. Yes, this is a zombie game, but throw in an open world setting and parkour elements where you run off walls and leap across buildings to escape from the brain-eating undead, and you have a guaranteed thrilling time on your hands. If that’s still not enough to convince you, the first Dying Light game is critically-acclaimed. After numerous delays, it will finally see the light in February, pun totally intended.

Release date: February 4th, 2022

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, & PC

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best open world games, and a perennial entry in every must-play PlayStation games list. Hence, we don’t need much to convince you to pick up its sequel to continue Aloy’s adventure battling robotic creatures in all shapes and sizes. This would also be a perfect reason to finally pick up a PS5 after a barren year of big games for the Sony console just passed its first anniversary since release.

Release date: February 18th, 2022

Platforms: PS5 & PS4

Elden Ring

The collaborative effort between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin has been steadily gaining momentum since it was first announced in 2019. The dark fantasy action role-playing game set in an open world sends players into a perilous journey across fantastical landscapes dotted with fearsome creatures. The good news is players will not have to wait long to sink their teeth into this early contender for the best open world game of the year.

Release date: February 25th, 2022

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, & PC

Forspoken

Forspoken is a big-budget open world game that centres around an ordinary city girl who gets transported into the beautiful but cruel land of Athia. In finding her way back home, she must traverse the sprawling landscapes and come  face-to-face with monstrous creatures in what is shaping out to be an epic adventure.

Release date: May 25th, 2022

Platforms: PS5 and PC

Saints Row

Often regarded as the wackier cousin of GTA, the Saints Row series is back with its fifth mainline instalment that promises to offer the biggest and best open world game experience. This time around, players are thrown into the sprawling world of Santo IIeso filled with blockbuster missions and meaty side quests. It is up to you to shoot, drive, and wingsuit your way to the top in this crime-infested world.

Release date: August 23rd, 2022

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, & PC

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Superhero games in which we play as the titular heroes battling evil forces are nothing new. But playing as the baddies taking on these righteous individuals? In Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League flips, you play as a ragtag gang of anti-heroes on a mission to eliminate the likes of a brainwashed Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern in an open world Metropolis. We are so ready to take on this suicide mission!

Release date: Tentatively 2022

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, & PC

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Forget the movie sequel that seems to be forever in the making. This year, fans of the groundbreaking film will get to play an Avatar game set in an open world Pandora. Play as the Na’vi (yes, the blue people) protecting your tribe’s sacred land against the Resources Development Administrations (RDA) forces’ invasion. If it’s anything like what the trailer shows, a visually-breathtaking and action-packed game awaits.

Release date: Tentatively 2022

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, & PC

Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter fans are in for a big treat in 2022. Besides a special cast reunion show and the release of a new Fantastic Beast movie, an open world game set in the wizarding world may finally come out this year. There are still a lot of unknowns regarding Hogwarts Legacy, but we will definitely hear more of it this year, as promised by the developers. Hopefully, that means a same-year release as initially planned!

Release date: Tentatively 2022

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, & PC

Untitled The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Sequel

More than two years since its first reveal, details are still trickling at a snail’s pace on the follow-up to this beloved Nintendo Switch game. However, multiple sources are stating that Nintendo is still aiming for its initial 2022 release plan despite keeping most of its cards close to its chest. Whenever it comes out, it will be worth the wait as its predecessor is widely regarded as not only the best Switch game, but also one of the best open world games ever made! We highly recommend playing it on the Nintendo Switch OLED for the best experience. 

Release date: Tentatively 2022

Platforms: Nintendo Switch consoles 

2022 Is Poised To Be One Of The Best Years For Open World Games

No doubt, fans of open world games can look forward to an electrifying slate of games lined up this year. From surviving a zombie-infested world to exploring every nook and corner of a vast magical land based on beloved movie franchises, fun will not be in short supply. With some of the best open world games to look forward to, GTA VI can wait.

For more game recommendations, we suggest checking out these awesome Battle Royale games and multiplayer horror games!

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