Video games are meant to be an immersive experience and graphics often play a part to bring any title to life. From facial features to special effects, there is much to appreciate - but the entire experience relies on a proper world for everything to come together. Games like Red Dead Redemption and Zelda are known for their attractive in-game maps and seemingly endless worlds that thrive off the graphics of consoles and PCs. Mobile games have recently tapped into the platform and are no slouches too - here are some of the most exciting open-world games for Android/IOS.
Top free/paid open-world games for iOS/ Android downloads
Diablo Immortal’s may have faced some obstacles when it was announced to avid Diablo fans, however, the game in question is still a treat to play. The story is centered between Diablo 2 and 3 and is an exclusive mobile launch that has everything fans wanted. The Diablo franchise is all about roaming the open world via a semi-bird’s eye view that has your protagonist battle demons and saves the realms.
There are different classes to choose from and powerful loot to obtain the more you progress in the story. The game is designed around “grinding” and will not reward those who are tight for time. If you are keen to emulate the console experience with the fire of a dedicated console player, this is one of the best titles to give a try. This exciting game is set to be released in 2021.
Genshin Impact made waves globally for being a cross-platform experience that transcended many titles. The title’s ability to bring console-level graphics to life on the mobile platform was a treat to many dedicated mobile players. The game revolves around a campaign that takes the protagonist around different parts of the map to explore and confront foes.
The game is also a loot-based RPG and relies heavily on luck when it comes to drawing from the lottery system its “Gatcha” archetype is known for. From lighting to water textures, there is very little this game does wrong; it’s easy controls and responsive gameplay makes for an enjoyable journey that you and your friends can enjoy. This game is free to play.
Final Fantasy 7
The title that possibly made Final Fantasy one of everyone’s favorite series, Final Fantasy 7 finally comes to the mobile platform. Because the game came out in 1997, matching its graphics on the mobile platform isn’t exactly a tall order - but it was definitely worth it. Final Fantasy is a title of nostalgia and has shaped the childhoods of many. You are a protagonist who roams the open world of fantasy to vanquish monsters and iconic villains like Sepharoth. Players will have to think on their feet as levels get progressively harder and will require a sharp mind and a brave heart. This game is priced at USD$8.99.
Speaking of Final Fantasy, the creator, Masato Kato created the mobile RPG known as Another Eden. The graphics are cute and cartoony, mainly having players explore different parts of the world through a wide shot side view. Since this game was designed from the ground up as a mobile. Players are treated to one of the smoothest interfaces for a mobile RPG without any cost in graphics quality.
The game has the protagonist travel across time and space to fight impending darkness. While the storyline is pretty straightforward, gamers are treated to hours of quality content that will have you drawn into the story as a classic fantasy novel would. If you are a fan of Japanese aesthetics, Another Eden could be for you. This game is free to play.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
Any fans of the classic tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons will have their desire for fantasy adventure satisfied with Baldur’s Gate. The game is literally meant to transition the gameplay of Dungeons and Dragons to a video game format, and they did so wonderfully.
While the game may seem graphically outdated, the format of this game is akin to the tabletop format and everything you decide to do in this campaign will affect the outcome of the storyline. The possibilities are endless and going on a long campaign with your friends through a variety of missions can be exhilarating. This game is priced at USD$13.99.
Battle Chasers: Night War
Inspired by Final Fantasy, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a turn-based combat RPG that incentivizes grinding in order to collect the best gear as you venture through its world. While much of the graphics are beautifully rendered in 3D, many of the characters you will encounter are beautifully drawn and are coupled with stunning animations in the background to maintain the tone of any respective setting. The gameplay is top-down, much like Diablo, and will provide a satisfying experience as you choose the hero right for the mission at hand. The game is priced at USD9.99.
Possibly one of the most “open” out of all open worlds, Minecraft has been a staple to every gamer’s arsenal over the past few years, and for good reason. Despite its pixelated graphics being somewhat off-putting to the unfamiliar, the world is a canvas of which the player can create entire cities based on the resources they mine.
While the title doesn’t provide much in terms of the campaign, its “workshop” style inventory will give you every possible option you’d ever need to build your own world. Its graphics are meant to be simple and block-based in order for you, the player, to transform these blocks into pieces of digital art. The game is priced at USD$7.49.