Back in the 2000s open world games where the best I can ask for. A big map that you can explore by your own, starting missions whenever you want and enjoying your time in the sandbox. Fast forward to now, almost all games are open world and it is getting under my skin. So let me start and tell you the reasons behind that.
- Being a grownup with a full time job:
One of the most important reasons not to enjoy open world games is being an adult with job responsibilities. Having only 5 hours a day that you have to share it between playing games and actually getting something useful done is a hard task. Having to travel from point A to point B in an open map will take most of that time you’re putting to play the game. So if you’re aiming to play for 1 hour and 15 minutes, most of that time is gone between going to missions, failing the same mission more than once and travelling back to another mission. By the end of that hour, you have finished 2 missions.
- Having a sandbox distracts from storytelling:
I have recently spent 25 hours in Far Cry 4 achieving 53% completion rate. I have beaten the game, done some side quests and such, but did I really enjoy the story? I don’t think so, I’m not sure if it’s just me but the open world nature of the game made me lose the taste of the story and just play the game because the gameplay is intriguing and didn’t focus on the story. As fun as that might be, I feel it’s taking away from the storytelling and distract your focus on that. Having a sandbox while telling a story might be hard to achieve. That is why I prefer set pieces if it’s a heavily story based game.
- Having a backlog of games:
Keep in mind the limited time I have daily to play, and the 5 more games I want to play next. Even if I’m enjoying what I play and want to continue it, it will be hard to focus when my mind is on another game. This might be my reason to not focus on story as much as on gameplay. That is why I play indie games that are fun to play and don’t take much time to beat. However, I still want to enjoy AAA games as they meant to be from time to time.
These are three of the reason why I feel I’m being burnt out of open world games. And since almost everything is now, I feel like developer should start making other type of games before the whole market is saturated by that. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree, I would specially like to hear from younger generations.