Open-world RPGs are usually the longest type of game there is, as the nature of the genre is exploration and with an appropriate map and quest amount, completing one Open World RPG could be a tedious quest. In this list below we will list out some of the longest Open World RPG ever made, from shortest to longest.
10) Shadow of Mordor – 77 Quests
The Challenge system weaved into the Nemesis combat system has generated a great deal of replayability to Shadow of Mordor. Don’t let its relatively modest amount of quest (only 77) fool you, as a quest would include a lot of back and forth orc hunting actions.
Shadow of Mordor is one of the most praised game at the time of its release, as the combination of Tolkien’s world and Batman’s strike/block combat is surprisingly great.
The game is available on Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
9) Horizon Zero Dawn – 93 Quests
Horizon Zero Dawn was a perfect combination of sci-fi and action in a video game. The world in Zero Dawn isn’t as big as some of the other Open World RPG, but the masterful designs for both the world and its inhabitants more than made up for that. Also, you don’t just fight machines in Horizon. While not as engaging as their mechanical counterparts, the human targets can still be pretty challenging - they are the bandits located in camps across the region. As they are heavily armed, you should pick a stealthy approach and snipe them down one by one.
The game has a total of 93 quests, which would take quite a bit of your time – as clearing out every zone and every weapon tutorials are not as easy as you might think.
Overall, Horizon Zero Dawn has lived up to its hype, ever since the teaser back in E3 2015.
The game is available on PS4
8) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 133 Quests
Embark on a journey again as the legendary hero Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This time, the actions and adventures happen in a gargantuan sized world map, which is much different than that of previous entries. Combined with the sheer volume of Quests, Link’s journey to defeat Calamity Ganon would indeed be a long one.
This number hasn’t even come close to displaying the real amount of contents stuffed into the game, as there are 120 shrines with puzzles and combats, 15 towers to climb, and dozens of random objectives that would have you collect too many items.
The game is available on Switch and Wii U
7) Mass Effect Andromeda – 213 Quests
Mass Effect Andromeda, while not being as good as its predecessors, still has something going for it: its sheer size. Explore the new galaxy on a grand exodus quest definitely would not be an easy task, after all. According to the numbers, Andromeda beats out its prequel, Mass effect 3, with double the number of quests.
However, just quantity alone cannot save the game from being a commercial failure – as the quality of the game at launch is abysmal.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
6) Fallout 4 – 268 Quests
Bethesda has always been one of the biggest makers of Open-World RPGs, boasting size and quality from every game they made from every previous generation. However, their latest games are unusually riddled with some of the most annoying amount of fetch quest known to man, and Fallout 4 is a testament for this. The fifth entry in the Fallout franchise was made from the same engine as the previous games, the creation kit. Its outdated nature leads to some problem with optimization - the framerate could drop randomly at a moment's notice.
With a grand total of 268 quests, even more than that of Fallout New Vegas, your journey in the nuclear wasteland of the commonwealth is definitely going to be an epic one.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
5) Final Fantasy XV – 291 Quests
Final Fantasy XV is one of the longest in-development games ever, with ten years under its belt. During that amount of time, Square has managed to whip up a massive open world, with vibrant faunas and creatures.
There are about 41 story-driven quests and 120 side quests to be done inside this gigantic world, along with more than 100 bounty hunts. Prepare to tackle the largest amount of Final Fantasy contents ever playing this game. Fun fact: there are side quests even before the main story kick in and it might even take up to ten hours to complete all of them.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
4) Skyrim (including all DLC) – 330 Quests
Before the Witcher 3 took over the position as the best Open World Fantasy RPG, there was Skyrim. The 2011 release was Bethesda’s most successful game to date. Boasting 330 quests in its repertoire, it is rather surprising that Skyrim does not have a bigger map.
However, that is exactly what makes people love this game, as the whole small world is packed with contents. The player can stumble upon quests while doing quests, which in turn leads to another quest. The other thing that contributes to Skyrim’s success is the freedom in character build, as you can pretty much control every single aspect of your Dragonborn. Furthermore, Skyrim is designed to let you wander, as there are no level restrictions anywhere in the game. You can just go outside the beaten part without worry about attacks from creatures above your level.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
3) Dragon Age: Inquisition (including all DLC) – 363 Quests
When it comes to making RPGs, BioWare is pretty much one of the biggest names. However, they have not tried to make a real open-world RPG until Dragon Age Inquisition. The game, while being not as good as the first Dragon Age, is still the best RPG in 2014 with multiple awards to its name.
Expect to burn about 100 hours on this title if you are going to explore everything, as the maps are filled with fetch quests and monster spawn points. Doing repeatedly the same task might not be your thing, but at least the combat is fun and the world is easy to look at.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition – 405 Quests
The Witcher 3’s epic scale has been explored ever since its release to the global audience in 2015. The third game of the Witcher series is pretty much the epitome of action RPG, with a massive open world, a fluid combat system, an engaging story, and lastly, its sheer size. The Witcher 3 is a gorgeous world, carefully designed with rich details and primed ambiance. Regions flow organically into one another and crisscrossing quest lines do a masterly job of foreshadowing future events, guiding you past crucial landmarks - the looming battlements of a distant city, or a towering hillside rising awkwardly through the swampy mist, adorned with a single gnarled tree - and offering tantalizing glimpses of things to come.
You simply cannot find any other game in the market with such a high level of quality and quantity – from the epic main story mission to the basic treasure hunt fight quest, The Witcher 3 showed a level of polish that is out of this world (no pun intended)
There are 405 quests in the game, not counting the question marks, hidden treasures and dungeons. If you plan on playing this game, prepare to spend a good part of the year on it.
The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
1) Xenoblade Chronicles – 480 quests
The low processing power of the Wii has definitely not been able to stop Monolith Soft from making one of the biggest role-playing game ever. Along with a gigantic open world, an arsenal of almost 500 quests was weaved in.
Xenoblade is pretty much a single-player MMO, as the developers have taken a massive amount of inspiration from popular MMO like World of Warcraft, especially when crafting Xenoblade's alien landscapes and real-time automated combat system (the game can actually play by itself, with occasional inputs from players).
However, in typical JRPG fashion, the quests are mostly grind-heavy and combat challenges. Xenoblade might not offer a free open world like Skyrim, or an intricate story experience like The Witcher – but if you are looking for a classic JRPG experience, this game is definitely something you would want to try.
The game is available on Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
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