No one can deny the impact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had on gaming. While changing the way we think about open-world games, it inspired several imitators. Even after exploring every nook and cranny of Hyrule, what can you do? I’m sure you’ll find something useful here! Ethan Gach’s Destiny 2 blog post inspired me to compile a list of 13 games that share some of the same open-world vibe as Nintendo’s big-ass open-world game.
1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft Quebec’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is more like Breath of the Wild than 2020’s Valhalla, a Viking-themed adventure, in terms of overall design and look. The Assassin’s Creed series doesn’t have any weapon degradation, but Odyssey, with its improved combat system introduced in 2017’s Egyptian adventure Origins, makes switching gear more fun than BOTW ever did. Beyond the open world, Odyssey shares a lot of similarities with BOTW in that it encourages you to turn over every stone for gear and solve its many riddles. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a great follow-up to The Order: 1886 if you want to get lost in the vastness of the world.
2. Death Stranding
As you gallop over Hyrule’s hills and flatlands, or climb its rough-hewn mountains, Breath of the Wild makes you feel like you’re actually experiencing the landscape…. Link’s bond with Hyrule, its geography, and its history is important to BOTW. Death Stranding by Hideo Kojima is a great way to get more of that. As a result, it’s a game that forces you to interact with the environment in a way that most games can’t even begin to replicate. A similar sense of serene contentment may be found when gazing down from a high vantage point, seeing your target below, and knowing that it’s all downhill from here in BOTW. Carolyn Petit, a writer and poet
3. Forza Horizon 4 and 5
Getting lost in the vastness of BOTW can be a source of pleasure for some, since it allows you to set your compass toward the sky and simply follow it. Open-world racing games like Xbox’s Forza Horizon series do an excellent job of capturing that feeling. This year’s Forza Horizon 5 and 2018’s Forza Horizon 4 are among the greatest in the series. Objectives, notifications, and an excessively comprehensive map abound. In fact, they’re best enjoyed when you switch off all the technology and let yourself get lost on the highways and byways of the world. (As an added bonus, both games are included in the Game Pass subscription.) Aristotle of Miletus
4. Genshin Impact
As a result of comparisons between Genshin Impact and Breath of the Wild at launch, the devs received a lot of public criticism. Open-world views, the air glider, the ability to scale anything you see, elemental attacks, and traveling through a natural environment do share some similarities. That being said, Genshin Impact also depicts the post-BOTW world, where some of the BOTW design features are just the beginning. Instead of focusing on a single character as in BOTW, Genshin emphasizes the need of assembling a diverse cast to maximize the potential of the complete group. Genshin Impact may be a better choice if you enjoyed BOTW but found it to be a bit isolating. – Sisi Jiang’s name
5. Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite, like Breath of the Wild, is a sandbox-based recreation of the Halo franchise. Systemic, physics-driven interactions have always been promoted in Halo, including deadly ammo containers propelled by grenades, one-ton spartans launched by gravity cannons, and gloriously floaty vehicles. In order to live in Halo Infinite’s vast open environment, you’ll need to make use of every item at your disposal. Open world design, which appears to exploit sightlines in like Breath of the Wild, as well as weaponry that must be constantly rotated to fit the circumstance and map-spanning physics manipulation—the resemblance between these two games is obvious. In the words of Renata Price:
In spite of its resemblance to old-school Zelda games, Runic Games’ Hob manages to recreate Hyrule’s immense mystery in its world design. As the titular Hob, you’ll explore a ruined mechanical world to discover what happened to the machines that formerly coexisted with nature in harmony with one another. Hob challenges you to use a range of tools, including the main character’s big-ass left arm and their numerous upgrades, to solve puzzles, smash adversaries, and explore the environment in order to heal the parts of a broken universe.
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
Everyone was blown away by a big open-world game in the first few months of 2017. Scuba diving through abandoned civilizations would take up most of your free time. Bows and spears were the primary weapons of choice for combatants in this pre-industrial era. Climbing was a common occurrence—mostly cliffs, but there were also the occasional seven-story-tall monsters. The globe was littered with rickety communities, evidence of a civilisation that had been ravaged by its own self-inflicted Armageddon. BOTW? Huh? That’s not going to happen! It’s Guerrilla Games’ action-RPG about dinosaurs, Horizon Zero Dawn, which is now available on PlayStation and PC and is due out later this year. Currently, a sequel is set to debut in February for PS4 and PS5.
8. Immortals Fenyx Rising
As one of two apparent allusions to Link’s open-world adventure, its title could just as easily be dubbed Breath of the Fenyx Wild. Ubisoft Quebec’s Immortals Fenyx Rising offers a brilliant color palette, an emphasis on close- and ranged combat, a big-bad that feels like Calamity Ganon, and a “go anywhere” mindset.
9. Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
More so than Immortals Fenyx Rising, Oceanhorn 2 by Cornfox and Bros. is a direct homage to Breath of the Wild, the first open-world adventure in the Zelda series. This game’s art style is similar to BOTW. The combat, despite the lack of weapon durability, has a BOTW feel to it. Even Hero, the silent protagonist, has blonde hair, a blue tunic, and a sword and shield like Link did in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is a pretty bizarre case of equivalency! It’s the game’s landscape, which is full of trees, signposts, enemy-populated forts, and the occasional puzzle dungeon, that makes the similarity feel more genuine to players. In order to obtain more BOTW than Oceanhorn 2, you’ll have to go back and play through the first BOTW.
10. Red Dead Redemption 2
Breath of the Wild and Red Dead Redemption 2 have a lot more in common than you realize, according to Rockstar Studios’ Red Dead Redemption 2. RDR2 is a perfect fit for BOTW’s emphasis on exploration, letting yourself become lost in a world, and unearthing random occurrences as you go. Just like BOTW’s horseback riding, RDR2 has horseback riding that’s equally gratifying in terms of exploration and gameplay mechanics. Then there’s Arthur Morgan’s epic journey, in which you’ll experience similar highs and lows like Link. The parallels end there, but if you’re looking for a lovely environment to lose yourself in, RDR2 is a must-have.
While Breath of the Wild relied on physics-based fighting, crafting, and big risks, Sable opts for a more intimate experience. Sable manages to create a beautiful world despite its limited gameplay features, which mainly consist of light platforming. Sable borrows Breath of the Wild’s freeform “climb anything” approach, allowing you to explore its beautiful, Moebius-inspired desert landscape without much constraint. –
12. Shadow of the Colossus
Unforgettable memories were made. You can play Team Ico’s 2005 PlayStation 2 original, the PS3 remaster from 2011, or the 2018 PS4 version of Shadow of the Colossus as a lad and his horse, traversing an expansive fantasy environment, occasionally stopping to climb hills, mountains, or giant sentient beasts with visible weak points. Wielding his sword aloft, Wander channels Link and points it at the sky, illuminating his path ahead. In contrast to BOTW, this is a more structured experience that retains the game’s adventurous essence. In this case, the actor is Michael Fahey.
13. A Short Hike
The connections between adamgryu’s A Short Hike and the other games on this list may not be immediately apparent, but after you’re given full license to explore the game’s lovely setting, the similarities become apparent. To get the most out of your time in the great outdoors, A Short Hike offers a variety of activities, from peacefully traversing the mountaintops to solving simple puzzles with only a few items of equipment.
That’s all there is to it, 13 games to replace the void left by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There is, of course, a sequel in the works, but we don’t know anything about it yet. So, in the meantime, as we wait for Breath of the Wild 2 (if that’s what it’s called), I recommend playing these titles to satisfy your gaming itch.