Always prefer to play the pacifist in open world projects? Then the next 12 games are for you, because combat mechanics are simply absent in them.
The open world game genre has been at its peak in the past decade. Titans like Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto V, and Minecraft came out in the early 2010s, paving the way for dozens of open world projects of varying degrees of success.
Titles in this genre include compulsory “find and bring” quests, chat with NPCs, search for useful loot, as well as battles with numerous opponents of all shapes and colors. However, the endless fight against evil can tire even the most patient gamers, because sometimes we all just want to explore virtual worlds without getting caught up in battles with bandits, zombies, aliens and various monsters.
Fortunately, there are quite a few open-world games that focus on solving puzzles, communicating peacefully with NPCs, and simply exploring the vastness.
And to help you navigate, we have added to each item from the selection the estimated time of the game and the platforms on which it was released. Moreover, here you can also find games from which all hints of battles with enemies were removed with the help of mods.
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Exploration Mode)
The Assassin’s Creed franchise launched in 2008 and has set new trends in the open world genre ever since. The first parts were stealth action-adventure games, but by the time Assassin’s Creed Origins was released, the franchise had turned into action-RPG.
The incorporation of RPG elements is not the only interesting detail in Origins. The game also has an exploration mode, in which enemies, quests and battles are completely absent. It allows you to look at Ancient Egypt from an educational point of view, listening to audio lectures with detailed information about a particular monument.
Minecraft (creative mode)
About 10 years have passed since the official release of Minecraft, and the game is still popular among the gaming community thanks to regular updates that have significantly improved it. In Survival Mode, the open world of the game is full of different opponents, and if you want to avoid collisions with them, then Creative mode is perfect for you.
In this mode, you can get almost all available items and equipment without wasting time on a long grind. And with their help, you can create any buildings for which only your imagination is enough.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Prideful Sloth’s action-adventure Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles was released in 2017 on PC and PlayStation 4, and a year later dropped on Xbox One with Nintendo Switch.
After the main character’s ship wrecks on the island, you have to help the locals to get rid of the gradually spreading darkness. The gameplay here is mainly built on quests with the search for various objects, and the study of the virtual world in the style of Breath of the Wild can give you long hours of aesthetic pleasure.
Shape of the World
Developed jointly by Hollow Tree Games and Plug In Digital, it was released in 2018. In this wonderful first-person game, we find ourselves in the middle of a mesmerizing forest, through which you can walk and … and, in fact, everything.
The world of the game uses the mechanics of procedural generation, due to which each time we are presented with a completely unique version of the forest. Shape of the World invites us to simply relax and admire the surroundings. And the philosophy of the game is perfectly reflected in the description on Steam: “This is a calm and relaxing world in which you can immerse yourself for several hours and enjoy its beauty without haste.”
Forza Horizon 4
In all fairness, this collection could have been composed entirely of numerous open world racing simulators, of which there have been quite a few in recent years. But such a list would turn out to be uninteresting, and therefore we will limit ourselves to just one example.
Forza Horizon 4 from Playground Games has become one of the most highly regarded titles in the portfolio of Microsoft Studios publishers. The fact is that traveling along the beautiful British country roads (albeit virtual ones) at different times of the year is an incomparable pleasure. Forza Horizon 4 has become one of the best racing simulators on eighth generation consoles, as evidenced by its Metascore score of 92 and the Xbox Game of the Year title in 2018.
The Sims 3
The first part of The Sims was released in 2000 and has taken an important place in the development of the casual games market. Over the past couple of decades, the Electronic Arts franchise has made it to the list of the most successful video game series, due to its focus on a wide audience.
The Sims 3, which was released in 2009, marked a departure from the usual formula for the series. The linearity from past games has been replaced by a full-fledged open world. And exploring the town in part 3 was incredibly fun, which is why The Sims 3 remains the most played game in the franchise.
Tequila Works’ Rime Puzzle came out on all major platforms in 2017. The third-person adventure (like many of the games in this collection) was set on a mysterious island.
Rime’s main focus was on interacting with objects in the environment, and some of the puzzles had to be well thought out. The game received mixed reviews from critics – the Nintendo Switch version received 64 points on Metascore, while the Xbox One version received 82 points. However, everyone agreed that the visual style of the game deserves the highest praise.
A Short Hike
A Short Hike by Adam Robinson was one of the nicest surprises of 2019. Its Nintendo Switch version scored 88 points on Metascore, and the vast majority of reviews on Steam are enthusiastic.
The gameplay here is based on the search for golden feathers, which are located in random parts of the open world – both on the tops of the mountains and in the depths of the lakes. And in addition to the main quest, here you can fish, search for treasures using maps and even play with a ball on the beach.
Cyan World’s Myst is one of the most famous puzzles along with Portal and Tetris. Its action takes place on a mysterious island that must be explored, revealing its secrets and not relying on in-game clues.
The game was remembered by many for its interesting puzzles. Some of them are so difficult that to search for clues you will probably need a pencil and a heavy notepad, which will end by the end of the passage.
Obduction, released in 2016, was developed by Cyan Worlds, which released the aforementioned Myst. The plot of the game starts with the fact that the main character is abducted by aliens, after which he finds himself in an open world (the scenery of which resembles the environment from Myst) and is forced to solve puzzles in order to find a way to return home.
Obduction has left critics and gamers alike in awe. Everyone loved the atmosphere of alienation and the set of interesting puzzles.
This is an open-world game from Eastshade Studios with a catchy visual style and a peaceful atmosphere. Of course, it starts with a dynamic scene with a ship wreck, but immediately after that it slows down until the very end.
The hero of the game, armed with an easel and canvas, travels the world of Eastshade and draws it in a remarkable way. However, the set of activities is not limited to this, because here you can still complete quests from NPCs and brew dozens of varieties of tea.
Released in 2016, The Witness was expected to revolutionize the genre, as Jonathan Blow, the author of the legendary Braid, was responsible for its creation. And when it became clear that this was an adventure puzzle on a mysterious island, the interest in the game only increased.
Of course, The Witness differs from Myst in the variety of puzzles – they are all done in the same format. However, each of the problems in the game has several solutions, making it almost impossible to break away from The Witness.