Whether we’re causing mayhem in the open world, or confronting our guilt over running over a random civilian, Watch Dogs: Legion takes the open-world franchise to another level.
Watch Dogs: Legion delivers a never-before-seen gameplay innovation that allows you to recruit and play as anyone you see in the iconic city of London. Every single character in the open world is playable, and everyone has a backstory, personality, and skillset that will help you personalize your own unique team. Bring your characters online and join forces with friends to take back London in four-player co-op missions, end-game challenges, and daily events. Welcome to the Resistance.
Play as Isaiah Jaxon (Terry Crews) and enter the city of Providence with your rocket launchers. Your target is the infrastructure of Terranova. Play the game in two modes, solo via the campaign mode or with others via the new multiplayer mode called Wrecking Zone. This is a perfect location for utter destruction as the entire map is destructible.
Repetitive and middling, Crackdown 3 is a totally average open-world game that doesn’t give itself a way to stand out.
All these years later, Crackdown 3 delivers on what made the original an enjoyable game, but never much more. Though the compulsive hunt for collectibles can be satisfying for a time, its overall campaign doesn’t evolve beyond a mostly bland auto-lock shooting gallery. Its tacked-on Wrecking Zone multiplayer highlights some neat cloud-powered destruction that’s never used to great effect in this tiny and woefully barebones mode.
Jump into the fictional country of Solis and explore all its 2024 square kilometers of beautiful open world. You will be playing as Rico Rodriguez and your task at hand is to defeat the private army called Black Hand. The locations are diverse from snowy mountains to deserts and rainforests. A new weather system had also been added so watch out for tornadoes and thunderstorms. This is the final entry for this action-adventure series from Square Enix.
Still delivers the series’ sandbox mayhem, but is underserved by some pretty dated combat and design ideas.
Just Cause 4 offers explosive fun thanks to Rico’s neat bag of tricks, but feels too similar to Just Cause 3. If you’re looking for an open world playground to mess around in, Just Cause 4 provides a nice space for that. Sadly, it’s not much more than surface-level fun.
Travel back in time in an 1899 America with Rockstar’s sequel to their 2010 epic western Red Dead Redemption. Offering an incredible story which includes hunting, train robberies, gambling, drinking in saloons and so much more. Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s stark, slow depiction of America’s fading frontier is a monumental work straining against stubborn mission design and stability problems.
Red Dead Redemption 2 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Grand Theft Auto V as one of the greatest games of the modern age. It’s a gorgeous depiction of an ugly period that’s patient, polished, and a huge amount of fun to play, and it’s combined with Rockstar’s best storytelling to date. Even after finishing the lengthy story I can’t wait to go back and play more. This is a game of rare quality; a meticulously polished open world ode to the outlaw era. Looking for one of this generation’s very best single-player action experiences? Here’s your huckleberry.
Play as Lincoln Clay, an ex-military who served in Vietnam and has gone home to New Bordeaux. Your life at home is a mobster, and you are out for revenge for the murders done to your Mafia family by your rivals. Build up a new family and upgrade your weapons and show no mercy.
Mafia 3’s strong characters and confident storytelling kept me engaged, even if the gameplay rarely delivered anything but bog-standard and repetitive open-world action. That’s a bummer, because Lincoln is an incredible protagonist and New Bordeaux is a fantastic setting thematically, and it would’ve been great to see them put to better use.
Starts promisingly, but soon slips into a tiresome, repetitive grind, never doing its unique period setting justice.
Welcome to the San Francisco Bay area as you try to pull off the “Hack of the Century” as Marcus Holloway. You are a part of the notorious hacking group called DedSec. Takedown the advanced surveillance system of the city called the cTOS by yourself or in co-operative gameplay.
Watch Dogs 2’s distinctive hacking and puzzle mechanics do a great job of reminding you that you’re not playing just another Grand Theft Auto clone as you tear through its beautiful Bay Area map. Marcus is a bit too friendly of a guy to be believable as our instrument of mayhem, but the flexible missions let you get through mostly non-violently if you’re good enough at stealth. And when it works, multiplayer is good unconventional cat-and-mouse fun, too.
A great PC port and lovely open world don’t give depth to Watch Dogs 2’s shallow combat and stealth design.
Yakuza 0 is the sixth installment of Sega’s popular Yakuza series. Experience 1980s Japan in this prequel as you go back to where it had all begun. Interact with everyone in Kamurocho and Sotenbori picking fights on streets or alleyways.
Comfortably the best, funniest and most heartwarming game about a desperate battle over real estate, now available on PC as a good port at a generous price.
Despite the shallowness of the combat, you’re always being pulled towards something new, and you can’t help but be carried along by it. Whenever you tire of one thing, the next distraction or big set-piece is just a few minutes away – just be prepared to be offered pocket tissues, have a few scraps, and become someone’s agony aunt.
If you want to laugh, be surprised, and punch the air, you can’t get much better than this.
Create and customize your character and get to save the world in Saints Row 4. The world is being overrun by the alien overlord Zinyak, and you, as the US President must do everything in your power to save Earth. You can ask for help from your friends if you cannot do it alone.
With its recycled map and wildly overpowered abilities, playing Saints Row IV feels like a lot like enabling god-like cheat codes in Saints Row The Third and going nuts. Its ridiculous story, goofy characters, self-aware humor, and amazing character editor make it all work, especially for those of us who’ve played the previous games and can appreciate its in-jokes. But its appeal is shortened by the ludicrous speed at which we can zip across it and grow tired of its lack of challenge.
It might not have the sheen of Grand Theft Auto, but Saints Row IV is both gloriously stupid and stupidly good.
Experience an epic heist spree with your friends in the four-player co-op. Set in Washington DC, once again, get to wear the maks of Hoxton, Wolf, Chains and Dallas. Make friends through Crime.net. Master the art of bank, armored cars, and shop robberies. Difficulty levels range from Normal up to Death Sentence.
Played as intended with a group of friends, PayDay 2 is much like one of its heists: things can get a little sloppy, but the potential payoff is big. Parts of its presentation are lacking, and the state of its single-player is criminal, but overall, it’s a deep, addictive co-op shooter that tickled my inner burglar.
Smart co-op shooting slightly undermined by poor stealth mechanics and dogged insistence on withholding the best toys.
Infiltrate the Sun on Triad organizations in Hong Kong as an undercover cop named Wei Shen. With your unmatched martial arts training, take on your enemies with hand-to-hand combat. The whole of Hong Kong will be your play grand with its open-world setting. Get to enjoy Karaoke, illegal street racing as well as cockfighting.
I’m not sure why more people aren’t paying attention to Sleeping Dogs, but now that the game’s out, hopefully you won’t make the same mistake. Sleeping Dogs did things that wowed me from the moment I started playing, and it never really stopped. A few finicky issues aside, Sleeping Dogs has proven itself worthy of joining the top class of open-world sandbox games revolutionized by the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and currently topped by more recent additions like Saints Row: The Third. But don’t be confused; Sleeping Dogs does some things better than even the cream of the crop, and its story will be what keeps you focused on playing. The fact that the game happens to play well is simply icing on the cake.
A messy story and horrible characters get in the way of decent, violent action in a scintillating open city.