10 Best Open-World Shooter Video Games, Ranked By Metacritic

Microsoft began a Super Saver Sale that includes many beloved open-world Xbox video games that dropped their prices up to 90 percent off their original value. There are significant discounts on popular titles like Mass Effect: Andromeda, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Watch Dogs 2 available, which is an opportunity Xbox owners can't miss.

The open-world genre has popularized in the past decade and many successful videogames have thrilled on the beautiful landscapes, endless missions, big maps, and gameplay liberty that the genre can offer. However, some open-world games are obviously better than others, and each of them provides a distinct experience. If gamers wish to explore engaging maps and their interminable possibilities in this genre, these are the best games to play, according to Metacritic.


10 Red Faction Guerrilla (2009) - 82Red Faction Guerrilla Explosion

The game was first released in 2009 but players cannot get over its immersive and fun open world. It follows the Red Faction movement, a guerrilla that fights to gain its independence from "Earth Defensive Force" and players incarnate one of the rebellious group's soldiers.

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Red Faction Guerrilla is extremely entertaining and offers many options on how to play quests, explore each map the player is introduced to, and destroy plenty of things. It also has a very effective and amusing co-op campaign. The only thing it lacks, however, is a good story.

9 Crackdown (2007) - 83

It may be a game from 2007, but its mechanics and gameplay still make Crackdown hold up today as one of the best open-world games for casual gamers. Gamers get to play as an Agent whose mission is to take down three crime lords, and it offers a great variety of fun ways to do so.

It provides so many things to do within its open world that is easy to get lost in the amusement of stealing cars, enhancing them automatically, provoking explosions, crashing cars, and shooting villains within the streets of Pacific City, but it's all very much worth it.

8 Fallout: New Vegas (2010) - 84

Many gamers consider Fallout: New Vegas to be one of the games that should be remade with 2022 graphics given that when it came out in 2010, it provided players with an unprecedented gaming experience that left many fans glued to their screens.

The adventures of Vault Dwellers who decide to explore the post-apocalyptic world of the Wasteland after the devastating destruction of the Atom Bomb are surely intriguing, entertaining, and worthy of more than a few hours of gameplay.

7 Death Stranding: Director's Cut (2019) - 85

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Many consider Death Stranding one of the few non-horror video games that are genuinely scary, and not without reason, the story of Sam Porter Bridges under the direction of legendary videogame creator Hideo Kojima can only be described as gender-defying.

Death Stranding's gameplay has great value but what's really impressive about this unique and astonishing game is its story and jaw-dropping visuals that promise gamers an unforgettable and extraordinary experience.

6 Fallout 4 (2015) - 87

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Fallout: Las Vegas became one of the best and most popular titles of the franchise only to be outmatched by its next game: Fallout 4. In this title, once again, players must leave the safety of their Vaults and face a post-apocalyptic world full of raiders, mutants, ghouls, and other radioactive creatures.

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The open world offers so much to do that frequently the main mission gets cast to the side by players only to explore other Vaults, caves, cities, and towns, and shoot at everything that presents a threat to the player and other NPCs. The game is incredibly enjoyable to play, although sometimes, it is a little too easy.

5 Halo Infinite (2021) - 87

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Luckily, Halo is one of the best video-game franchises on Xbox Game Pass, therefore, anyone who wishes to play this title can get it for a fair-priced monthly subscription. It recovers everything fans love about the previous Halo titles and makes them even better.

Players get to play as the iconic Master Chief and missions are divided between linear quests and open-world exploration, which enriches the experience in such a way that Halo Infinite feels like one of the most complete games of its kind.

4 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) - 95

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There are only very few titles that have transitioned so well from their old titles to their newest, and with this game, the Metal Gear Solid franchise proved to be one of them. The ninth installment of the beloved franchise is almost flawless in its gameplay depth.

The many concepts, functions, and interactive surroundings that condition the way Snake moves around, sneaks, shoots and completes missions are as immersive as it gets, and it can easily hook any gamer to play for many hours.

3 Grand Theft Auto V (2013) - 97

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The already legendary Grand Theft Auto V needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular and successful games of all time, despite it being once entangled in controversy because of its violent nature. The game has definitely stood the test of time, and although it was released in 2013 many people still play it today.

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Players have an almost overwhelming amount of freedom as criminals within the city of Los Santos and they can choose to fly their cars off city buildings, run away from the police, kill other criminals or civilians, or play very entertaining quests, among other liberties that are incredibly entertaining.

2 Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) - 97

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Red Dead Redemption 2 offers players many fantastic elements. It is difficult to pick only one that has made this game outstand from many other titles, but among its best traits, it has a compelling narrative, unforgettable characters, engaging gameplay, and an extraordinary story.

Its western plot and cinematic approach that follows the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang of outlaws fleeing throughout America proves how deserving its universal acclaim is. It's safe to say it is a gaming experience of a lifetime.

1 Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) - 98

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Rockstar Games sure knows how to create appealing and incredibly fun open-world shooter games, and it is not surprising that the Grand Theft Auto franchise has yet another title that was voted as the game of the year by Metacritic and achieved the highest score in its genre.

The game follows the same rules as previous and future titles of the franchise, and players have the liberty of committing all the quests and crimes they want in the open world of Liberty City. The game offers many hours of gameplay that never get boring. The number of options on how to play and complete the game proves why it is considered by many a masterpiece.

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