6 Stunning Fantasy Open-World Games Like “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”

Updated on January 11, 2019
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Poppy lives near Tokyo and likes to read novels and play video games, especially fantasy RPGs.

Video games with open worlds provide us with the opportunity to explore beyond the main storyline. A well-built world is chock full of secrets, sidequests, and collectible items that players can enjoy discovering. A versatile world with different environments and levels of difficulty gives a player hours and hours of exciting exploration, whether their goal is to grind, find unique and special items, or complete as many side missions as possible.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one such game, with plenty of items to collect, characters, towns, and monsters. Open-world games are incredibly fun, so here are six games similar to Skyrim with stunning open worlds for you to dive into and discover!

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Here are six open-world fantasy games like Skyrim:

  1. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  2. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  3. World of Warcraft
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Guild Wars 2
  6. Horizon Zero Dawn

1. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Year of release: 2014
Company: BioWare
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, XBOX One

BioWare has created a stunning fantasy world and lore in several installments and expansions of their epic Dragon Age franchise. Inquisition was released in 2014. Like its predecessors, Origins and Dragon Age II, it involves making your own story with different character backgrounds and story choices.

Those who love lore and memorable stories in their games will not be disappointed in Inquisition. Complete side quests in the open world from dry deserts to snowy mountains, build your empire, battle dragons, and even find romance and love in this high fantasy masterpiece.

2. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Year of release: 2015
Company: CD Projekt
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, XBOX One

The Witcher series is another game of deep lore with a fantastic open world rich with side quests and discoverable locations. Based on the novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, there is a lot of European influence on the stunning story of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.

Dark fantasy reminiscent of Dark Souls but with a rich story and world like Skyrim, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt isn't one to be missed for fantasy RPG lovers.

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3. World of Warcraft

Year of release: 2004~
Company: Blizzard
Platforms: PC

PC gamers have loved to explore and build their character on the MMORPG World of Warcraft since 2004. There are quests, items, weapons, and characters in every square inch of this gorgeous open-world, and with multiple expansion packs and constant updates, you never run out of things to do, people to meet, or ways to become stronger.

World of Warcraft can take up a lot of your time and also requires a monthly fee, so start with a free trial and see what it's all about. Fantasy open-world lovers will find it difficult to walk away from this stunning MMORPG.

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4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Year of release: 2017
Company: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo Switch

Nintendo really outdid themselves with the latest Legend of Zelda installment, released along with the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Even if you're not a fan of traditional Zelda games, Breath of the Wild has a gorgeous open world you'll spend hours and hours exploring before you even touch the main story line.

Similar to other RPGs, the main protagonist, Link, doesn't start out overpowered; you have to build yourself up by fighting and collecting stronger equipment as well as collecting artifacts to improve your stats. Breath of the Wild isn't to be missed if you have a Nintendo Switch or Wii U.

5. Guild Wars 2

Year of release: 2012
Company: ArenaNet
Platforms: PC

Similar to World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 is an MMORPG though it only requires a one-off payment rather than a monthly fee. Create characters with different races and backstories, complete quests and the enormous map, and build your character to be a powerful warrior.

Guild Wars 2 also has some amazing music and is fabulously immersive. Released in 2012, updates are made daily to keep players up to date with new expansions.

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6. Horizon Zero Dawn

Year of release: 2017
Company: Guerrilla Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Exceeding the expectations of thousands of PlayStation 4 players worldwide, Horizon Zero Dawn is a breathtaking story of a futuristic world. Though arguably more science-fiction than fantasy, the enormous world of quests, weapons such as spears and arrows, and the ability to collect items and interact with the people around you made it one of the most desirable RPGs of the decade.

Anyone with a PS4 should play Horizon Zero Dawn for its unique story, its amazing characters, and hours and hours of exploration.

What better way to spend your time than to immerse yourself in a magical world full of beasts, quests, and epic lore? These six fantastic games will blow you away if you enjoyed Skyrim and are guaranteed to give you plenty of hours of fun experiences. Which one will you play first?

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      • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

        Poppy 

        4 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        You'll like Dragon Age if you enjoy story-based RPGs. Many women like it because of its in-depth roleplaying and the ability to romance other characters but it has many male fans as well. Hope you enjoy it!

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        Aurelio Locsin 

        4 months ago from Orange County, CA

        I've only played World of Warcraft as a gnome rogue. These others sound fascinating. I think I'm going to check Dragon Age next.

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