Open Worlds Revisited – Vidjagame Apocalypse 394

We’re coming back to the table this week with clearer impressions of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – but first, let’s take a look at five of the rare few open-world games that actually re-used their open worlds, with PNB‘s Kayla Zumbaum! Then we’ll bite into Bugsnax, Demon’s Souls, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, The Game Awards announcements, and your favorite third-party launch games.

Question of the Week: What’s an open world you’d love to revisit? (Besides the real one.)


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4 thoughts on “Open Worlds Revisited – Vidjagame Apocalypse 394

  1. QOTW: The Mojave Wasteland. I replay New Vegas at least once a year, and every time I’ve done so, I wind up exploring different places on the world map and finding something I never discovered on a previous playthrough. Mind, this game is a decade old now, and I’ve done over a dozen playthroughs at this point. There’s so much to see and do in the Mojave that it’s not even funny (it’s usually hilarious).

    That’s before considering where questlines in the story will take you depending on your allegiances, not to mention the excellent DLCs that build up a compelling myth arc. Sure, the Sierra Madre and Lonesome Road are hardly “open worlds”, but Zion Valley and the Big Empty are absolutely delightful to explore, in addition to the compelling stories they tell.

    With Microsoft’s acquisition of the Fallout IP, as well as Obsidian, I hope we get to see a return to the Mojave (or a similar setting) in the Fallout game I know we all eagerly want: a return to the classic Fallout gameplay in the form of an isometric turn-based RPG, developed by inXile Entertainment. No, I’m not kidding. Obsidian’s got their own projects to work on, and inXile is fresh off of Wasteland 3!

  2. New San Vanelona. This little mentioned city is from Skate. 2. But I’d want to return with BMX instead of just skateboards. City geometric is ripe with gaps, stair sets and sick grinds. I know the physics may take some rejigging to accommodate bikes but, with all the gamers out there clammouring for a new Skate. game it would be the perfect way to bring it back with something fresh.

  3. The world of Ultima: Savage Empire! When I was a youngun’ in the mid 90s I received a disk with an assortment of titles – Space Hulk, Chuck Yeager Air Combat, Seven Cities of Gold etc. My favourite by far was this spinoff Ultima title. The player awakens to a shaman in a jungle hut, his memories and companions scattered. After creating your character and inputting the correct DRM keywords in response to the shamans questions, you’re set loose in a huge Arthur Conan Doyle “The Lost World” style open world. The player is free to wander to look for his modern day companions while fighting prehistoric animals and discovering human tribes related to real world stone age societies (including The Thee Stooges…) The game had an excellent story finding a lost civilisation city of wonders and finally confronting the ant-monsters that had been invading the valley. Along the way you’d kill an enormous gorilla, get a T-Rex drunk, craft improvised modern weapons, ride giant river turtles, discover a race of lizard men and more…. This kind of of mashup of human history and extinct creatures in a lush Eden style setting would make for a brilliant open world RPG, though I could see it being more of a Far Cry style game too.

    1. Oh and I didn’t mention, it’s FREE on GoG! So go and give it a crack! There is also another World of Ultima game set on steampunk Mars, but the red colour palette of the world was so harsh in comparison to the lush Valley of Eden that I didn’t keep playing it for very long!

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